1920 - 2014 Powell Greenland, a long-time resident of Port Hueneme, CA and 1999 Citizen of the Year, passed away on February 21, 2014. He was 93. A fourth-generation native Californian, he was born to Ora and Walter Greenland and raised in Eagle Rock, CA where he attended Eagle Rock High School. During WWII Powell served in the Merchant Marines and Maritime Service earning the rank of Lieutenant (jg). After the war he graduated from UCLA, Phi Beta Kappa in History. Powell was co-owner and President of Superior Controls Co, Inc. He was an active member of many community and historical organizations, including: the Friends of the Bard; President of the Southern California Historical Society, where he received the Founder's Award; the Oregon-California Trails Association; the Ventura County Maritime Museum; the Museum of Ventura County; President of the Eagle Rock Historical Society; and the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners, where he served as Sheriff in 1983. After his retirement, Powell turned to his passion for history full-time and authored numerous articles and books including: Richard Bard's "A Troubled Dream"; "Hydraulic Mining in California"; and "The History of Port Hueneme," for which he received the Donald H. Pflugar award. Powell leaves behind Billie Greenland, his high school sweet heart and wife of 72 years. He is also survived by a loving family including four children: Anne Pelish (Roger); Richard Greenland (Judi); Cathy Lowthorp (Chris); Carol Price (Jim); seven grand-children, and five great grand-children; and his sister Doris Thompson, and brother Allen Greenland. A service will be held Saturday March 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Westminster Presbyterian Church,755 Bard Rd., Port Hueneme, CA 93041. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Port Hueneme Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Ventura County Maritime Museum.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 27 to Mar. 2, 2014