Lewis E. (Bud) (Chief) Wright Jr.
Born July 24, 1923 in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated
from John C. Fremont High School in 1941.
Bud joined the Army
Airways Communications System, 139th Squadron, in 1943 and worked in the Asiatic Theater of Operation (New Guinea and South Philippines) as Cryptographic Technician. In this position, he operated cryptographic devices working in message centers coding and decoding messages. He received the following awards: "Asiatic Pacific Campaign" medal, the "Philippine Liberation" ribbon with one "Bronze Star", "Good Conduct" medal, "Meritorious Unit" award and "World War II
Victory" medal. He was honorably discharged in 1945 after obtaining the rank of T Sgt.
Bud married Josephine Lazarov, to whom he was married 20 years, in 1946. Together they had three children: Linda, Jim and Madeline.
In 1952, Bud became a firefighter
, and joined the Manhattan Beach Fire Department, where he ultimately received the rank of Chief. In keeping with his desire to be the best, Bud enrolled in the USC School of Public Administration and completed the Institute of Disaster Preparedness Civil Preparedness Career Development Program, Phase 1 and Phase 2, starting in 1975. As Chief (a nickname he had the rest of his life), one of the things Bud was most proud of was bringing paramedics to his City. Bud retired in 1979 after 27 years of service.
After retirement, Bud got his real estate license, but did not make many sales as he did not like to "bother" people. He said THEY would call HIM if they were interested. Bud was an active member of the Manhattan Beach Lions' Club for many years, serving as their secretary. He also made time for the occasional round of golf.
While working for Manhattan Beach, he met Audrey, who he married in 1970. Audrey had four children: Marcia, John, Rick and Bethany. They settled in Manhattan Beach, and lived there 25 years before moving to San Pedro. Bud was a devoted husband, and cared for Audrey when her health declined the last years of her life. After Audrey passed away in 2010, Bud moved to Northern California to live with his step-daughter, Bethany, and her husband, Tim.
Bud passed away on Dec. 15, 2013 at home in Novato, CA. He is survived by his three children, four step-children, seventeen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, three son-inlaws, two daughter-in-laws and his beloved dog, Charlie.
A private memorial service will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Bud's name to the Fallen Firefighters Foundation at: www.firehero.org
or to the Paralyzed Veterans at: www.pva.org
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