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Subject: alton lamb obit
Date: September 28, 2012 3:36:37 PM PDT
Alton E. Lamb, Sr.
February 3, 1926 ~ September 27, 2012
Wickenburg, Arizona – Alton E Lamb, Sr, affectionately referred to as ""Bud"" for most of his life, lost his battle with cancer on September 27. Bud was born in Salem, OR on February 3, 1926. At the age of two, he moved to Santa Cruz and then to Seaside where he lived for nearly 40 years.
Bud was a well-known Monterey Peninsula automobile mechanic for over 40 years, owning Bud Lamb Chevron stations in Monterey and then Pacific Grove. This was the place he bought to train his sons to be gifted mechanics. He prided himself on his customer service to numerous generations of customers who brought their cars to him and only him to service. After his sons were grown, Bud went on to work at Abrego Union 76 in Monterey until he retired at the age of 62. The only cars he worked on from that point on were his own. Bud's retirement move in 1989 was to Prescott, AZ. A few years later, he moved to Wickenburg, AZ where he spent the last 20 plus years. Bud's love for his adopted state of Arizona was based on his appreciation of its beautiful deserts, numerous one-of-a-kind cacti and the wonderful dry heat.
Bud married his high school sweetheart, Ann Casati Lamb, after college and together they had ten children. His second marriage was to Margaret Ohye Lamb and together they had two children. He leaves his remaining eleven children, Cathy and Jennifer of Carmel Highlands, Alton, Jr. (Amelia) of Hollister, Doug of Marina, Dale (Kat) of Seaside, Charlie (Lisa) of Kaysville, UT, Mary, Jeff, and Darrell of Salinas, Marlo of Kansas City, MO and Robert (Tiffany) of Tucson, AZ. He was preceded in death by his son, Earl ""Buddy"". Bud also leaves his sister, Maybelle Porter, and his brother, Leland of Seaside; nineteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bud enjoyed his last years raising African violets and Christmas cactus. He enjoyed listening to Big Band music and doing word search puzzles. He especially enjoyed his daily telephone call from Pacific Grove from his favorite niece, Patricia Owens.
Bud's family would like to thank Dr. Jerome Rubin and the wonderful nurses at Forest Hill Manor Skilled Nursing Facility for their kind and loving care in his last days. They also want to thank Bud's long-time neighbors in Wickenburg, Jo and Ron Peterson, for their kindness and attention during his last years in Arizona. Their devotion was beyond neighborliness.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated this Friday, October 5 at 9:30 AM at San Carlos Cathedral followed by inurnment at San Carlos Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the SPCA for Monterey County, P.O. Box 3058, Monterey, CA 93942 or the Humane Society, 4000 Industrial Rd., Wickenburg, AZ 85390 where he got Uno, his beautiful Maine Coon cat who, for the last eight years, was the only lady in his life. To sign Bud's guest book and leave messages for his family, please visit
Published in The Monterey Herald from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2012
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"Prayers of comfort and peace during this difficult time. Bud was a wonderful man with a great laugh and..."
- Amy Campbell Jefferies
"My fond memories of Bud Lamb date back to my childhood in the 1950s. After my father, D.R. "Jeff"..."
- Joan Jeffers McCleary
"My deepest sympathy for your recent loss. Treasure your memories. You are in my thoughts."
- Suzanne Benson
"I'm sad to have not spoken to him for so long. Bud/Pops thought me so many valuable lessons when I..."
- Michael "mongo" Ontman
"What a beautiful service today. I wanted to share with my cousins that I last talked to my Uncle Bud..."
- Julie-Ona Singleton
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