McCune Jr., Dr. Bailey Bruce |
At eighty-two years of age, Dr. Bailey Bruce McCune Jr., passed away in his Yorba Linda farmhouse of 54 years where he spent the majority of his life raising his two sons, Bailey Ross McCune and Bailey Bruce McCune 3rd, with his beloved wife Marilyn McCune. He is survived by his sons and his four grandchildren, Lauren, Liam, Bailey Bruce 4th and Linda. Also Darleen Hollingsworth, dear friend and companion of three years.
Born in Long Beach on September 12, 1931 to Bailey Bruce McCune Sr., a WWII Tug Boat Captain and mother, Gay McCune; The Tula Texas family continued their history of holding land and the life-time love for horses.
Bailey was an avid horseman since his first Pony "Chief", a retired circus pony. He always said, "Chief taught me how to ride."
He continued in his father's footsteps in service to his country. Starting with the R.O.T.C. in High School, which allowed him to enter the Army Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant, 62nd division in the Korean War. He was proud about the beach landing at Inchon, under the command of General MacArthur.
After service to our nation, he entered college at Cal State Long Beach where he met his future wife Marilyn Marie Paul in 1953. They were married a year later and with their new love for each other and an old love for horses, they purchased land in Yorba Linda in 1959. The McCune Ranch was born and that same year their first son, Bailey Bruce. Marilyn, a Chicago gal, called her home in the country "the little gray house" from Sinatra's lyrics. In his first job as a schoolteacher at the Los Coyotes School in Norwalk, he touched many students' lives, a former student's recent letter stating, "You were one of the best teachers I ever had and you made me love and understand history". His second son, Bailey Ross was born during this time.
With his greater need to grow his self, he obtained his Masters in Psychology in 1967 and became the head Education Psychologist for the Tustin School District from 1971 to 1974 to support even more students. With Marilyn's support raising the boys and keeping the farm, he completed his doctorate from the California Graduate Institute in 1974. He began his own practice called Psy-Med Clinical Counseling, supporting the psychiatric staff of local hospitals including St. Jude's, Brea Neurological and Esperanza. Marilyn continued to support her husband's ambitions selflessly, even as much as his clerical assistant in order to maintain her "little gray" love.
In the mid 80's he returned to his military roots and joined the State Military Reserve as a scholar, granting him title of General in 1984.
His travels with his son Bailey Ross and research back to his Scottish ancestry led him to pursue his royal title and arms as Baron of Coll-Earn & Elphinstone The Baron title passes to Bailey Ross McCune and the Younger Elphinstone to Liam Ross McCune. The family crest signifies "new growth", fitting for Bailey Jr.'s pursuit of knowledge and his own history.
A philanthropist at heart, he donated his time to The Noble Society of Celts, The Orders of St. John and St. Stanislaus, Sons of Confederate Veterans and many more. His last works of giving were the planning of the Vietnam War Museum in Garden Grove, California where he sat on the board as an advisor.
As a psychologist he found his own meaning to life through a full life supported by his loved ones and what he deemed, "The quality of life is what is important". He will be missed by many as he supported others' "new growth" and changed many lives.
His family welcomes you to celebrate his loving memory and good life works this coming Saturday, June 28, at 12:00 noon. Memorial Service and Baronial Service for Dr. Bailey Bruce McCune at Fairhaven Memorial Park: 1702 Fairhaven Ave.; Santa Ana, CA. Reception to follow: Lake Park Mobilehome Community Center, 1510 Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana, CA. www.fairhavenmemorial.com
Published in Orange County Register on June 24, 2014