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A truly great man, father, husband, grandpa, great-grandpa, optometrist, friend and horseman, passed away in the middle of the night on August 13, 2015, at his Rancho Bernardo home. He leaves an everlasting legacy of faith, family, humor and wisdom. He made everyone he ever met feel special, from patients in his optometry practice, to children of all ages, and to a chance encounter with a stranger. He could deliver make-believe adventures, cite Scripture, offer business and personal advice, or pose intellectual conundrums with equal ease. Derrell Lee Rhinehart was born in Belen, New Mexico. He served in the Army National Guard for eight years while attending San Francisco State University, University of Kansas, and University of California Berkeley. Upon graduation from UC Berkeley with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1965, he moved to San Diego, where he met and married Charlene Lenore Graham and immediately became a family man. Derrell and Charlene, along with her two young daughters, Sandra and Linda, moved to Escondido and expanded their family adding sons, James and Charles Rhinehart. During the 40 years he practiced optometry in Escondido and, most recently, with Scripps Health in Rancho Bernardo, Dr. Rhinehart held leadership roles in professional and civic organizations, including the California Optometric Association and Kiwanis. He was active in school and sports organizations for his children, and served as an elder in his church in Valley Center. His love of God was deep. For more than 25 years, Derrell and his family resided in Valley Center, living the "country life." He loved horses and taught his children and his grandchildren to ride before they could walk, to drive, play chess, strive to be the best they could be, how to love, how to never stop learning, and how to have fun. 'Having fun" was a lifestyle. While his "never-take-life-too-seriously" outlook was treasured by family and friends, his knack for connecting with children is legendary. Every walk was a safari and every ride an adventure into the jungle or into an old western town. Derrell and Charlene moved to Rancho Bernardo in 2003 and his much-loved horse, Moses, to Morning Star Ranch in Poway, where new friendships flourished. The favorite part of retirement was his daily visit to "the Ranch," riding Moses, and teaching local children and great-grandchildren to ride. He died like he lived, surrounded by his family in a circle of love. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Charlene; children, Sandra Trevisan, Linda Graham, James and Charles Rhinehart; their spouses Dennis Trevisan and Hollee Rhinehart; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A Celebration of Life and Legacy will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 11:30 AM, Emmanuel Faith Community Church, Escondido. Donations can be made in his memory to The Elizabeth Hospice at www.elizabethhospice.org.
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Capt. Gay was born May 11, 1944, in Honolulu, HI, and passed away August 6, 2015, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was affectionately known throughout his life as 'Buzzy', a nickname given him by local soldiers in Hawaii because of his perpetual airplane imitations. His very early years were spent in Kauai and San Francisco prior to moving to La Jolla at the age of five. He then attended Bird Rock Elementary School through grade six followed by what was then La Jolla Jr./Sr. High. From high school he briefly attended San Diego State University before transferring to UCLA. Following graduation, he was accepted in OCS receiving his commission in Army intelligence and becoming a member of their Special Forces unit serving two full tours in Vietnam. Ironically, he subsequently served in the Navy Reserve for 20 years retiring as a Navy Captain. After returning from the war, he attended Hastings College of Law receiving his J.D. followed shortly thereafter by graduate work at New York University receiving an LLM. And it was during law school that he met and eventually married Gloria Knox in March, 1975 and in 1990 had their most precious possession, a beautiful daughter, Lauren, who became and was always the apple of her father's eye. A varied legal career took him through the corporate world including DynaMed, Fujitsu, U.S., eventually culminating at Sun MicroSystems that took him from Silicon Valley to Boulder and to San Diego. Buzzy enjoyed life, surfing in his youth while spending many hours on the beach, was a prodigious reader, loved hanging with close friends, but most of all traveling with daughter Lauren all over the world. He particularly liked to go skiing with her while crowning himself 'King of the Greens.' As his Parkinson's progressed, the thing that kept him going was the everlasting love for Lauren, constant humor and support from his personal assistant and dear friend, Bryan Palmer, and his love and devotion for and from his fiancée, Marilyn Macrate. He will always be known for his sense of humor, as Master of Ceremonies for his high school reunions and, most importantly, his caring for others. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Plaister Gay, and his father, Hubert Gay. He is survived by his daughter, Lauren. Services will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 4:30 pm at La Jolla Christian Fellowship, 627 Genter St., La Jolla, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at Harry's Coffee Shop where he and friends spent many a morning.
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