William Steven Reisbol 1951 - 1967
Dana Athay 1952 - 1970
Steven Frederick Boyce 1952 - 1973
Michael Mendoza 1952 - 1979
Martin Miller 1952 - 1976
Wayne Mattson 1952 - 1984
Helen Megna Selken 1952 - 1990
Cathy Avila Redford 1952 - 1992
Donald Dale Dickson 1951 - 1993
Joseph Michael Maglaya 1952 - 1993
Beverly Alejandre 1949 - 1994
Ralph Carranza 1951 - 1999
Terry Carranza 1952 - 1999
Gary Allen Griggs 1952 - 1999
Rodney Bond 1952 - 2001
Dennis Edgar Coleman 1952 - 2002
Steven Keith Clevenger 1952 - 2004
Karl Meredith Straley 1952 - 2005
Raymond Yanez Perez 1951 - 2005
Randall J. Shook 1951 - 2005
Doug Nunes 1952 - 2005
Dolores Potter 1952 - 2005
Theodore Ranis, Jr. 1952 - 2005
Karen Swisher Grey 1952 - 2006
James Martin Adcock 1952 - 2006
Susan Webb Knapp 1953 - 2007
Kathy McGuire Schultz 1952 - 2008
Serena Calloway Abernathy 1952 - 2009
Raymond Blanco 1952 - 2011
James M. Davis 1952 - 2012
Vicki J. Rich Murphy 1952 - 2012
Margaret Jane Tanner 1952 - 2013
Ronald King 1952 - 2014
Jess F. "Junior" Marquez 1951 - 2014
Lawrence David Silva 1952 - 2014
David Hulen Chenault 1952 - 2015
Leslie T. "Butch" Hendryx 1952 - 2015
Lawrence (Larry) Edward Miller 1952 - 2018
Petrea (Tish) Bartleson 1952 - 2018
Please, if you know of anyone who has passed away, that we don't have listed, contact me (Katy Worden Holicky) @ KaAnWoHo52@outlook.com, or leave a note on the website. It is helpful if you know when and where they passed away, so that I may try and find an obituary to honor them with.
Dana Claytor Athay, son of Claytor Bateson and Lois Eileen Athay, was born July 14, 1952 in Los Angeles and died May 28, 1970. He was interred in the Santa Maria Cemetery on June 1, 1970 after a funeral at the Lutheran Church.
Raymond Blanco passed away peachfully with family by his side on March 05. 2011 in Santa Maria at the age of 58. Raymond Blanco was born on August 27, 1952 to Gregory and Sara Blanco.
He will be missed by his two sons: Raymond, Jr. (Becky) of Central Point, Oregon and their three children: Raymond III "Dino", Julian, and Alanna Blanco; Steven Blano of Santa Maria and daughter Staysha; his two sisters Eleanor Blanco Izaguirre of Lompoc, and Amalia (Brandon) Mahana of Grover Beach; and his two brothers Henry Blanco of Lemoore and Fred (Ophelia) Blanco of Santa Maria.
Uncle Raymond will be missed by his nieces and nephews: Greg, Gilbert, Bella, Mavi, Richard, Jessica, Paul, Paula, Corina, Christina, Joseph, Samantha, Brandon, and Keanu. He will also be greatly missed by his numerous cousins.
Raymond will be remembered by his family and friends as a very skilled mechanic who took great pride in working on old cars and enjoyed spending his free time in the company of his two older brothers and his good friend Carlos.
A special thank you to Richard (Rollie) for his love and care to Raymond. Thank you, Marian Extended Care for the comfort they provided to Raymond and his family during his final days.
Funeral Mass will be held on April 1, 2011 at 9:00 am, at St. Louis de Monthfort Catholic Church, 5075 Harp Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455 with Father John Mayhew officiating followed by burial at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Rodney was the best man at mine and Bill Heiberger's wedding in 1971. He was also the best man at my brother Chuck Smith's who was graduated 2 years behind us. Rodney was a wonderful trumpet player and had a great love for jazz. Rodney was an amazing father and a best friend. We will miss him...
Ralph Edwin Carranza was born May 30, 1951 in Santa Maria. He passed away September 30, 1999 in Santa Maria, California, just 23 days before his younger brother Terry. He is interred in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Terry Lee Carranza was born on June 2, 1952 and was raised in Sisquoc, California. He married Victoria M. Acquistapace on September 11, 1976. He passed away in Visalia, California on October 23, 1999 and is interred in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Steven Keith Clevenger, 51, passed away April 6, 2004, at his home in Orcutt, surrounded by his family, following a three-year battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at the Orcutt Presbyterian Church, 993 Patterson Road, Santa Maria. Steve was born Oct. 1, 1952, in Santa Maria to Bob and Barbara Clevenger. He was educated locally, and graduated from Righetti High School in 1970. During high school, Steve enjoyed working at Tan Top Bakery in Santa Maria. In 1971, he started working for Union Oil Company in the Cat Canyon Field, until he was drafted by the Army in 1972. He did his basic training in Fort Sill, Okla., before deployment to Germany. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1974. Steve resumed working with Union Oil Company, working his way to field foreman. Following 10 years of service with Union Oil, he went into business for himself as Clevenger Performance Engines. After six years of self-employment, he began work at CalMaria. He then serviced communication sites for Alltech Services until 1999. During the last four years, Steve has worked offshore for Plains Exploration Production as a production foreman.
In life, Steve enjoyed auto racing, rebuilding engines, hunting, fishing, camping and spending time barbequeing with his friends and family. His love of racing began while in Germany, where his first car was a Volkswagon Beetle. He went on the race sprint and California dirt cars at Santa Maria Speedway, where over the years he won three track championships. Special thanks to Dad, Jim Allee, Jim Pond and Eddie Williams; without your help, it would not have been possible.
Steve is survived by his wife, Barb; daughter Sheri Clevenger and her fiance, Steve Madrigal; sons Bobby and Stevie Clevenger; parents Bob and Barbara Clevenger; sisters Nancy Balezentes and husband Mike; and Gayle Goforth and husband Joe; three grandchildren, Jared Rochester, Stevie and Keith Madrigal; grandmother Marie Cannon; mother-in-law Janice Pond; and sisters-in-law Annette McKeehan and Susan Pond, all of Orcutt. He is also survivied by an extended family of numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Marian Cancer Center or Marian Homecare and Hospice. Arrangements are under the care of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
James M. "Jim" Davis, Resident of Danville, CA. Aged 59, passed away unexpectedly on March 27, 2012. Jim was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1975 and he loved his Huskies. He was extremely dedicated to his job as Chief Compliance Officer for Franklin Templeton Investments where during the course of nineteen years he successfully developed the compliance operations for all Franklin Templeton. He ultimately assumed responsibility for the company's compliance worldwide. He loved to run, completing the Boston Marathon twice, and as of late became an avid, award-winning weight-lifter, competing nationally for titles in his class. Jim loved to golf and traveled extensively. His favorite vacation spots included Hawaii and Lair of the Golden Bear with his extended family, where he was the star pitcher of the men's softball team, and loved driving his family around on a houseboat at Pinecrest Lake. He loved watching his children play sports and compete in marching band, coaching sports teams, officiating soccer games and cheering from the sidelines. He will be remembered for his puns, heated debates, loud laugh, wacky dance moves, and the enthusiasm with which he lived his life. Predeceased by his parents, Charles and Nola Jane Davis, Jim is survived by his wife of 23 years, Penny Weight David, children Lindsay, Connor, and Jameson, his brothers Tim and Rob, sister Dianne, and many extended family. A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 3 pm, at the Danville Congregational Church, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to the Davis Children Scholarship Fund at any US Bank location.
Beverly Vega Alejandre was born October 15, 1949 in Mexico. On November 27, 1971 she married Ricardo A. Garcia in Santa Barbara County. She died April 17, 1994 and is interred in the Guadalupe Cemetery.
Karen Louise Swisher Grey, '74 (economics), MBA '76, of Kentfield, Calif., July 25, at 53, of breast cancer. Following her graduation from the Business School, she worked for Bank of America for three years. She was an active volunteer, holding many different positions with parent groups at Piedmont and Marin County schools. Survivors: her husband of 30 years, Richard, '71; one daugher, Kathleen, '01; and two sons, David and Thomas, '10.
From Stanford Magazine: January/February 2007>Class Notes>Obituaries
Karen Swisher Grey passed away on July 25, 2006 after a very courageous fight with breast cancer. Karen was born in Salinas, California on October 26, 1952 to Vinetta MacDonald Swisher and William Lovell Swisher. Karen speant two years in Winter Haven, Florida in 1957 and 1958 and then two years in Bakersfield, CA between 1959 abd 1960. In September, 1960 her father, William Swisher, bought into Valley Farm Supply, Co. Inc. and Valley Liquid Fertilizer Co., located at 1335 W. Main Street in Santa Maria, CA. He was half owner of these two businesses along with Douglas H. Martin between 1960 and 1978 when they were sold to Western Farm Services, Inc. Karen's mother, Vinetta Swisher, taught history at Righetti High School between 1962 and 1978.
Karen attended Orcutt Junior High School where she was a song leader and played the lead role, Laurie, in the drama production of Oklahoma which was staged in 1969. Karen was chosen "Santa Maria Junior Miss" in 1969 and was first runner up as California's Junior Miss in 1970.
Karen attemded USC from 1970 to 1972 majoring in architecture. In 1972 she transferred to Stanford. At Stanford, she earned her undergraduate degree in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She then attended Stanford Business School where she earned an MBA. Following her graduation she spent three years as North Coast Marketing Officer for Bank of America.
At Standford Karen met Richard S. Grey, whom she married in August, 1975. They had more than thirty years of a wonderful marriage and family life. They lived in Piedmont, CA between 1976 and 1993, then in Kentfield to the present.
Karen has three children, Kathleen Ann born in 1979, David Cleveland in 1983 and Thomas Richard in 1989. Katie graduated from Stanford in 2001 and is now attemding Stanford Business School. David graduated from Dartmouth in 2005 and Tom is entering Stanford this fall.
A memorial service was held on Friday, July 28th. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations may be made in her honor to the Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer, 50005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244 or any charity of the donor's choice.
GARY ALAN GRIGGS
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 16, 1999, in Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden for Gary Alan Griggs, who died July 10 at age 47.
Mr. Griggs was born March 6, 1952, in Santa Cruz, Calif. He moved in Portland in 1976. He was a warehouse supervisor for Reed-Harris Direct Mail Marketing, a welder for Nuclear Power Structures and a machine operator for Proto Tools. Most recently, he was a maintenance supervisor for Income Property Management. In 1978, he married Nina Ramsey.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Duane and Micah, both of Portland; mother, Ione, and brother, Edward, both of Santa Maria, Calif.; sister, Kathleen Gibson of Borrego Springs, Calif.; and one grandchild.
Disposition is by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon Inc. Arrangements are by Omega Funeral & Cremation Service.
Ronald William King was born January 31, 1952. After graduation from Righetti High School in 1970, he served as a PV2 in the United States Army in Vietnam. He died April 1, 2014 and is interred an the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, Shasta County, California.
Susan Carol (Webb) Knapp, 54, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, died Monday, January 8, 2007, at Hillcreast Hospital in in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services were held January 11, at the Northside Christian Church in Broken Arrow, followed by interment at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens of Broken Arrow.
Susan was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daugher, sister, and friend. Her passions included her family, church, patients, bicycling, sewing, cooking, and writing. She was born in Albequerque, New Mexico, on January 1, 1953, to Donald and Betty Webb (currently of Santa Maria, California). After graduating from Orcutt Junior High School in 1966 and Ernest Righetti High School in 1970, she was awarded her Associate of Arts degree from Allan Hancock College in 1972. She married Kenneth Knapp on April 3, 1971, and continued her education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Susan and Ken moved to Missouri in 1973, and she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition for the Univerity of Kansas Medical Center in 1975.
Known for her quiet enthusiasm, positive nature, and conscientious manner, Susan spread joy and hope wherever she went. Her engaging smile and efforless laughter will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. Susan was the first board certified renal dietician specialist (CSR) in the state of Oklahoma. She was employed for seven years as a renal dietician (RD) for DaVita Dialysis Company. Susan was an active member of Northside Christian Church in Broken Arrow and an officer of the Tulsa Bicycle Club. Her professional affiliations included the National Kidney Foundation, where she was an officer with the Council on Renal Nutrition. She served on the Medical Review Board of End-Stage-Renal-Disease Network 13, and was a member of the Oklahoma Council on Renal Nutrition, the American Dietetic Association, the Renal Practice Group, Diabetes Practice Group, the Oklahoma Dietetic Association, and the Tulsa District Dietetic Association.
Susan is survived by her husband of over thrity-five years, Kenneth Knapp. She is also survived by her son, Kyle Knapp, and daughter-in-law, Melissa Knapp of Broken Arrow, and by her daughter, Crystal Knapp of Salem, Oregon. Other survivors include two brothers, Wayne Webb of Portland, Oregon, and David Webb of Vista, California; two sisters, Marilyn Dolby of Gaston, Oregon and Laura Webb of Raleigh, North Carolina; three grandchildren: Bethany, Abigail, and Daniel Knapp, and numerous neices and nephews.
A memorial may be viewed at the Tulsa Biclycle Club website: tulsabibycleclub.com. Memorial donations may be made on Susan's behalf to the National Kidney Foundations at http://www.kidney.org/support.
Joseph Michael Maglaya ws born on January 5, 1952 in San Juaquin, California. He married Mary Ann Hernandez on October 16, 1974 in Douglas, Nevada. They divorced February 15, 1983. He passed away February 4, 1993 in Sacramento, California.
It is with a peaceful heart that we announce the beginning of New Life for our beloved father, popa, and brother, Jesse F. Marquez Jr. Jesse was called home on Sunday, June 22 after a battle with a series of health issues.
Jesse was born May 9th, 1951 in Atascadero, CA to Jesse Sr. and Genevieve Marquez. During his early years the Marquez family moved to Santa Maria, CA where he attended school and worked in agriculture, later becoming a farm labor and business owner of "Jesse Marquez Farm Labor Contractoring." Jesse enjoyed gardening, watching "The Giants" NFL football and spending time with his grandchildren. Jesse will always be remembered as a joker and prankster, "The Enforcer", and also for his charming and witty personality, but most of all his contagious smile.
Jesse is survived by his three children Tweedy, Rosanne, and Jesse Marquez III all of Santa Maria, 10 grandchildren Pedro III "Squeaky", Raelynn, Brianna Rios, Robert, Maleya, Tatianna Silva, Anessa and Reece Mejia, Makayla Moreno and Moniah Marquez. Siblings Ann Copple, Marjorie Meza, and Steven Marquez and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Jesse Sr. and Genevieve Marquez and brother Gregory Robert Marquez.
Actor Wayne Robert Mattson, who received his training at the PCPA Theaterfest and then worked on Broadway, died November 5 at his New York City home following a lengthy illness. No services were conducted, at the actor's request.
He was born July 13, 1952 in Rochester, Minnesota, and lived with his family in Santa Maria from 1964 to 1973. Survivors include is father, Quentin Mattson of Santa Barbara and a brother, Steve Mattson of Phoenix, Arizona.
Mattson was graduated from Righetti High School and Hancock College. At Hancock he appearted in several Theaterfest productions, including "Oklahoma", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Caberet", and "Oh, What a Lovely War."
After leaving the locat area, Mattson was in "Lorelei" in Los Angeles and in the east with Carol Channing on Broadway and in Los Angeles with Lucie Arnez in "They're Playing Our Song", in productions with Frank Gorshim in "Promises, Promises"; Dorothy Collins in "Applause" and Shelley Berman in "The Rothschilds" and at the Milwaukee Melody To Theater with Dorothy Collins and Carl Betz in "Good News". He was in the Broadway version of Webber and Rice's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", was a featured dancer with the New York City Opera's production of "Ashmedai" on the East and West coasts. He also was in the Allan Jones production of "Man of La Moncha" in San Francisco. He performed in "summer stock" on the East Coast and also danced on TV with "Sills and Burnett at the Met". He was in the world premiere of "Music Is" at the Seattle Repertory Theater.
Both an actor and dancer, Mattson also studied with the San Francisco Ballet School, Xoregos Dance Company in San Francisco and the Utah Repertory Dance Theater.
His last role was a musical on Broadway featuring Sandy Duncan and the Radio City Hall Rockettes in 1983.
Michael Mendoza was born in Santa Barbara County on June 27, 1952. He served inthe Military from March 1, 1972 until February 27, 1976. He passed away in Santa Barbara County on October 6, 1979 and is buried in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Born May 29th, 1952, the eldest son of Walter and Lynn Miller Passed away April 17, 2018 to be with Our Lord. Larry graduated from Ernest Righetti His School, Santa Maria, California in 1970. He enlisted in the United States Army, where he served as a Chaplain's Assistant while stationed in Germany.
Larry earned his Master's Degree in Administration of Justice from San Jose State University. Larry was an Eagle Schout, Army Veteran, Scholar, Son, Brother, Cousin, and friend. To his numerous nieces and nephews, he affectionately commaneded the title: "World's Greatest Uncle"!
Larry was proud to share his birthday with Bob Hope. He always enjoyed hearing and telling a 'good story'.
Our brother Larry's sister, Bobbie Campbell, noted that Larry was a huge fan of Roy Rogers, who he got to personally meet as a 40th birthday present from his younger brother, Ron in 1992. Larry was an avid fan of Zorro and Superman. He enjoyed dressing up as 'The Man of Steel' for children on Halloween at his home.
Larry took much pride as a constant contributor in the 'Letters to the Editor' section of his college newspaper, 'The San Jose State Spartan' even years after his graduation.
Our brother, Larry, is survived by his siblings, Donna and James Wagner Ron and Tina Miller, Douglas and Elizabeth Miller, and Ron and Bobbie Campbell. Larry is and always will be the 'The World's Greatest Uncle' to: Randy, Theresa and Tyrell Campbell, Victoria Brentari, Jacob Miller, Rachele Miller Azziz, Tony Miller, Jessica Miller Rocha, Ariel Wagner and Matthew Miller. Larry will also be greatly missed by his 'great' nieces and nephew: Taton and Carol Campbell, Takai and Vonshay Azziz, Graysen Cole Hayden Umphenaur, Mark and Luke Miller and Carol and Jacob Miller. The funeral for Larry Miller will be held on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 11:00 am at St Louis de Montfort Catholic Church, 1190 E. Clark Avenue, Santa Maria, California. A reception following our brother's Celebration of Life Mass will be hosted by Old Town Orcutt's 'Fifty Plus Club'. It will be held directly behind the church on Harp Road in the Mildred Jeffers Hall.
Arrangements are being handled by Lori Family Mortuary, 915-A East Stowell Road, Santa Maria, California. Phone (805) 922-5880.
A graveside service will be held on May 29th, 2018 at 11 am in Monterey County at Coast Veterans' Cememtery, 2900 Park Flats Road, Seaside, California, (831) 393-9371.
Martin Grant Miller was born on April 13, 1952. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on June 5, 1974. He died on November 15, 1976 with the rank of First Lieutenant. He is listed as a casualty by the Veterans Affairs Department. He is interred in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Raymond Y. Perez, Sr.
Services will be held at 11 am on Friday Feb. 18, 2005 in the chapel of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary for Raymond Perez, Sr. who passed from this life on Feb. 9, after a year long battle with brain cancer. Ray was born in San Benito, Texas to Jesus and Margarita Y. Perez on March 14, 1951. The family arrived in CA in 1959 from Detroit. They settled in Guadalupe, where Ray attended elementary school and Righetti High.
His adult years had him working for Betteravia Farms and Union Sugar.
He married his former wife and mother of his children Mary Arebalo in 1973, throught their married life, many trials would arise especially the loss of their fourth son Gabriel in 1983, who died in a fire. But as the years passed their friendship continued. In 1989 a change in career interest took Ray to Santa Barbara and then the East Coast where he lived until returning to Santa Maria.
His eye for beauty showed in the work he did on airplane interiors. Ray also had a passion for working on cars and it showed in the time he put into a job well done.
He loved Spiderman and believed there should still be superheroes. His childlike nature kept him young at heart he shared with many, especially his little best friend Jade Dominguez. The courage he showed to doctors, family and friends amazed all who knew him. Uncle Raymond as he was know to many will live on in our hearts forever.
Survivors include his mother Margarita Y. Perez, sons, Raymond Y. Perez, Jr., Manuel F. Perez, and Mike Arebalo Perez in Santa Maria. Former wife and friend Mary Perez. Brothers Frank (Kathy) perez of Santa Maria, Sam (Cindy) Perez of Guadalupe, and sister Yolanda Castillo fo Nipomo, CA. Two grandchildren, Mikaila Sarellano Perez and Ishen Joseph Perez who he kept very close in his heart and memory. His little Jade who became like the daughter he never had and numerous nieces and nephews.
His fourth son Gabriel Perez preceded him in death in 1983 as did his father Jesus Perez in 1995.
Inurnment will follow at the Santa Maria Cemetery. May our Lord be with you now and always. Inurnment Garcia of Jehovah's Witness Kingdon Hall will officiate.
DOLORES JEAN POTTER
1952 - 2005
53 years. Born on April 1, 1952 in Santa Maria, CA. Died on April 22, 2005 at Marian Medical Center
Dolores was raised and educated in Santa Maria. Early on through her high school years she became disabled. Dolores loved to cook, especially baking. She loved fishing and the "oldies" music. Her family mentioned that she lived for her nieces and nephews, giving them her tender loving care. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Sisters: Yolanda and Frank Soares, Santa Maria, CA. Edwina Reyes, Santa Maria, CA. Brother: Paul (Butch) and Linda Potter, Santa Maria, CA. Leo and Debora Potter, Eugene, Oregon. Uncle: Sonny and Thelma Sumner, Santa Maria, CA. Aunts: Hilda and Manuel Ruiz of Milpitas, CA. Maxine and Joe Duran, Lompoc, CA. Rita and Anthony Alexander, Paso Robles, CA. 21 nieces, nephews and grand nieces/nephews. Numerous cousins and cousin Peggy Perez of Santa Maria, who provided home care for Dolores. Best friend, Brenda Shelby of Las Vegas.
Preceded in death by her parents, Paul Potter and Beverly Ramirez. Also the love of her life for many years, K.C. Long.
At the family request there will be no services. Private inturement will be at a later date.
Donations are requested to be made at a Mid-State Bank.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
Cathleen Joy was born December 13, 1951 in Santa Maria to Adam and Linda Avila. On May 21, 1977, she married Kerry D. Redford in Orange, California. She died in Thousand Oaks on February 28, 1992 and is interred at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Helen Megna was born in New York on March 16, 1952. After graduation, she married David Selken and they settled in Ventura County. She died in Ventura County on August 22, 1990 and is interred in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Randy James Shook was born on July 11, 1951 in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois. He passed away on February 21, 2005 in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, California. He is survived by Glenda J. Stafford "Best of Friends - Soul Mates Forever". He is interred in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the untimely loss of our brother, husband, dad and Papa, David Silva. He was our leader, love and touchtone who impacted so many throughout his live.
A proud third generation native of the Santa Maria Valley, David was born to Larry and Dell Silva at Sisters' (Marian) Hospital in 1952.
He and his siblings Bill, Schelli and Lori enjoyed an idyllic local childhood defined by family. The "Silva four" grew up fishing, hunting and exploring the beauty of the Central Coast, inspiring a lifelong love of nature. He was active in local youth sports as a boy and went on to play football and baseball at Righetti High School. He graduated from Righetti and attended Hancock College as well.
He spent the majority of his adult life working in insurance sales. In more recent years, he found a new professional niche as a driver for Gold Coast Limousine. He got a great kick out of regaling family and friends with stories about his famous clients. He touched many lives in both vocations. He had an unparalleled gift for putting others at ease and was able to effortlessly communicate warmth, trust and care.
In his free time, David was an avid woodworker. He also enjoyed fishing, casino gambling, Notre Dame football, and barbequeing for his family.
Family was, in fact, at the center of everything for David. He married Pam, his high school sweetheart in 1972. They were looking forward to celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary in October.
He was always actively involved in the lives of his children, Amy and Michael. He coached softball, little league and basketball and served for several years as the President of Orcutt Youth Basketball. He lived for family vacations to Disneyland, Sedona, Toronto, Las Vegas, and most notably, the Kern River.
In 2003, his grnaddaughter Marin was born. The light of his life from the day she arrived, he frequently commented that he'd had no idea how significant the role of grandfather would be in his life. In 2010, he welcomed his daughter-in-law Brittany into the family with characteristically open arms and his family was complete.
Always happiest when he was giving of himself to others, in death he was an organ/tissue donor, ensuring that many who never knew him will celebrate his generosity.
Although gone far too soon, he lived a full, happy life filled with love and laughter. He will be forever remembered by his big heart, great smile, fantastic sense of humor, and infectious laugh. We will miss him every day, but we are all bett for having known and loved him.
A Rosary is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at St. Louis de Montfort Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Louis de Montfort Church.
Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral home and Crematory. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at www.magnermaloney.com.
Karl Meredith Straley was born on September 20, 1952 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio, to Geroge Raymond and Agnes Ernestine blondheim Straley. He married Wilane "Lane" Land on January 23, 1977 and they had one son, Isaac. Karl passed away on February 28, 2004 in Orange County, California and is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Margaret Jane Tanner (Maggie), age 61, of Puyallup, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, with family by her side.
Maggie was born to Howard C. Tanner Jr. and Sally Lou Kuhlman Tanner in Chicago, IL on September 22, 1952. She grew up in Santa Maria, CA and graduated from Ernest Righetti High School. She went on to earn her bachelors degree from the University of Washington and a Masters of Education in Business and Marketing from Central Washington University. Maggie was a clothing buyer for ten years and then went on to become a teacher at Puyallup, WA., where she inspired her students each day for 25 years.
In 1995, Maggie marrie Rocky Wall. They were married for sixteen years until Rocky passed away in 2011.
Maggie Jane was beautiful, funny, smart, courageous, giving, and forgiving, authentic and independent. She dedicated herself to her family, friends and students. She enjoyed a fun and amazing life and leaves a legacy of love and friendship to all who knew her.
Maggie is survived by her daughter Celest Lykken, son Matthew Walker, granddaughters Ellia Lykken and Quinn Lykken, her many siblings, extended family members, close friends and her current and former students.
A memorial service will be held at Puyallup High School on Saturday, January 11 at 3:00 pm. Friends, family, former and current PHS students and teachers are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, Honor or Memory donations may be made to Fred Hutchison Cancer Research: www.fhcrc.org.