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PETER BACON


1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
PETER BACON Obituary
Peter Kellogg Bacon passed away peacefully at home on August 23, 2016. He was born on September 22, 1928 to Frank Edward and Charlotte Stalter Bacon in Astoria, New York. He grew up in Flushing, NY, just down the block from his best friend, Fred, brother of his future wife. After high school he enlisted in the US Army and served proudly for three years in the Panama Canal Zone after World War II. He used his GI benefits to attend Pasadena City College, then enrolled at the University of Miami in Florida alongside Jim, his best buddy from PCC. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Pete married the girl down the block, Joan Rita Muller, in 1952. This was the beginning of a love affair and life together that lasted more than 63 years. The couple moved to Alhambra, California, close to where Pete's parents had moved a year earlier and within two years, had their first son, Peter. Within three years, they had two more sons, Steven and David. The family lived in Covina and Arcadia, California, then moved to Bakersfield in 1970.
Pete was a successful land manager and executive in the oil industry, spending most of his career with Richfield and ARCO Oil and Gas. After his boys graduated from high school in Bakersfield, he accepted challenging assignments in Santa Barbara, Dallas, and Denver. He returned to Bakersfield to retire. Pete was a strong leader and effective negotiator who was respected by colleagues up and down the industry, known as much for his integrity as for his business skills.
Pete was an active Little League coach and leader, an involved PTA parent, and a strong supporter of his boys' swimming. As a young adult he competed in bowling leagues then turned his athletic interests to tennis and golf. He was a long-time member of Stockdale Country Club; in retirement, he played golf a couple days a week with a close group of friends. He and Joan were also avid square and round dancers and active members of the Joaquin Squares and Bakersfield Rounders. He enjoyed the symphony and live theatre. Pete loved vacations with his wife and family; he traveled around the world, but Hawaii was his favorite place to be.
For many years, Pete worshiped at the First Congregational Church, was an active voice on church boards and committees, and led a very successful capital campaign to improve the church buildings and grounds. Pete also served on the board of the United Way, and in his later years drove cancer patients to their treatment appointments for the .
Pete leaves behind loving family members including his wife, Joan; his three sons, Peter (aka Skip), Steven (daughter-in-law, Nancy), and David (daughter-in-law, Kathy); and eight grandchildren-Uriah, Maegen, Bryan, Jason, Jordan, Taylor, Courtney, and Whitney.
The world is better for Pete's life of service, integrity, and love.
His family thanks their friends and Optimal Hospice for the caring support they received during Pete's final days.
A service celebrating Pete's life will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery, 2739 Panama Lane. In lieu of flowers, donations in Pete's name may be made to the .
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2016
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