Rufus Turner, a long time resident of Claremont, died at home February 27, 2014, at the age 85. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Elaine, children Terri Bonham (Tuck), Rebecca (Joanne) and Lee; 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He was born in Crockett, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in architecture and architectural construction. In 1958, he moved to California to work at the Millard Sheets Studio on multiple projects including the Home Savings & Loan buildings. For the past 50 years, his firm Turner & Associates established a tradition of excellence in architecture and interior design, receiving numerous awards. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont. A reception will follow. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal School, Upland, CA, Claremont Heritage, or Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 23, 2014