Arthur Raymond "Art" Titus(1946 - 2012)

Arthur "Art" Raymond Titus 1946 - 2012 Art Titus was born January 9, 1946, in Oakland, California, to John and Mary Titus. He died October 1, 2012, after a valiant battle with cancer. Art died at home with his beloved wife, Jan, at his side. Art grew up in Castro Valley, California and graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School in Oakland. He then attended the University of San Francisco where he played football (as fullback and defensive end) for the USF Dons while earning a degree in Philosophy. The summer prior to graduating, Art and his roommate (and lifelong friend), John Quigley, decided to travel Europe with the goal of running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. To save money, they hitchhiked to New York by way of Canada and the World's Fair. Once in Europe, they visited Paris, Amsterdam, and Pamplona, where they did, indeed, run with the bulls. After graduating from USF in 1968, Art volunteered with the Peace Corps teaching biology for two years in Kenya. It was here that Art developed his love of other cultures and of reading. On his return to the States, Art enrolled at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1973. Art continued his education at McGeorge School of Law, University of Pacific, earning his Juris Doctor of Law in 1976. He began his legal career in Modesto, California, practicing family and criminal law. In 1981, Art moved to Bakersfield to begin work with the public defender's office. It was here that Art's belief in and respect for the rights of all people was most fully realized. He stayed with this office for 31 years, rising to the position of Public Defender in fall of 2009, a position which he held until his death. When not practicing law, Art was an avid cyclist, riding in countless 100-mile bike rides sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Bike Club. Additionally, he was a voracious and eclectic reader, immersing himself in all manner of literature from philosophy and politics to science and the classics. A Renaissance man, Art also loved music, photography, and gardening. Most of all, he was an ardent animal lover, feeding strays and taking in injured animals. The dogs around town, especially the "Newberry boys," knew that Art carried a huge container of biscuits in his car and would greet him with wagging tails. Art was preceded in death by his father, John Titus, and his mother-in-law, Helen Gerkin. He is survived by his wife Jan (Farr) Titus of Bakersfield, his mother, Mary, and brother, John, both of Prescott, Arizona. Art also leaves behind his beloved and treasured rescue pets, Ellie, Sissy, and Fergus. Special thanks to Dr. Lim and his team at City of Hope, Hoffman Hospice, treasured friends, Barbara Ham, the Davis family, Paul and Joanne Newberry, and John and Margaret Quigley, Tammy Smith, Konrad Moore, Dominic Eyherabide, and our dear colleagues and friends in the Public Defender's Office and at CSUB. Art Titus was a passionate humanitarian, a man of honor and integrity who was loved by many and will be sorely missed for a very long time. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13th, at the First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road, with a reception immediately following. Donations in Art's name may be made to the Bakersfield SPCA or Hoffman Hospice. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Oct. 10 to Oct. 12, 2012