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Bonds, Thomas  
Thomas Bonds Thomas E. Bonds, 74, of Arroyo Grande, passed away June 26, 2015. He was born in Abilene, Texas, in February 1941 and served in the U.S. Marines. An area resident for 40 years, Tom owned Vans Auto Parts in Arroyo Grande from 1975 to 1995. He was an active member of the Arroyo Grande Lions Club from 1975 until his death. He received the Melvin Jones award in 2006 and Lion of the Year multiple times as well as serving as the clubs BBQ chairman. Tom served as Harvest Festival President for 1978 - 1979; and was Arroyo Grande's Man of the Year in 1980. He loved to golf and was a member of the Blacklake men's group and Gold Coast Seniors. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sue; children: Stacy of Florida, Tom Jr. of Ohio and Bill of Temecula, Calif.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, David (Gena) of Texas and George (Candy) of Texas. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall- Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 5, 2015
Cotter, Bill  
Bill Cotter William "Bill" Cotter of Arroyo Grande passed peacefully on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the age of 88. He and his wife Gladys were residents since 1977, having transferred with Pacific Bell Telephone Company from Riverside, Calif. Bill was underage when he joined the Army during World War II and was assigned to the 32nd Division. He was a scout in the Pacific Theatre and then served a year in Japan at Nagasaki and Hiroshima after the war. He is considered an Atomic Vet for that service assignment due to his radiation exposure. Bill was an active community volunteer during his retirement, including preparing and serving meals to the homeless. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two granddaughters and two great- granddaughters. His son, Darrell Cotter, and great-grandson, Connor Leonard preceded him in death. Mass will be Wednesday, July 8 at 10:30am at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Pismo Beach. The family suggests donations to WoundedWarriorProject.org in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are under the direction of the Marshall- Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 7, 2015
Del Pesco, Bob  
Bob Del Pesco On June 28, 2015, Bob Del Pesco passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. During his illness he was lovingly cared for by in-home caregiver Leslie MacDonald and later the staff at Bob and Corky's Care Home. Wilshire Hospice personnel provided many services and throughout Bob's illness, Dr. Stephen Hilty was always there for him with compassionate care and support for his wife, Joyce. Bob was born in 1924 in Danielson, Connecticut, to Charlotte and Angelo Del Pesco. Bob was the youngest of nine brothers and sisters and raised in an active and lively home where the siblings' friends could often be found joining the family in sharing Mama Del's Italian cooking. After graduating from high school, with World War II underway, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served until the end of the war. Upon returning home he attended the University of Connecticut and then transferred and graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, with a degree in psychology. He went on to Tufts University in Massachusetts to obtain his Master's degree in Criminology. While working for the State of California he started as a Parole Officer, then worked his way up as a District Supervisor, Regional Administrator, Chief of Community Services, and retired as a Hearing Representative on the Board of Prison Terms. It was while visiting all of the prisons in California for his job that he got to know San Luis Obispo and knew that was where he wanted to retire. In 1966 he married Joyce Dyvad and they made their home in Southern California. Since both enjoyed boating they lived on the water in Marina Del Rey, Lake Forest and Long Beach, all places where they could have a boat at the front door. Travel was another shared interest and they visited many countries throughout the world. They recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Bob loved spending as much time as possible with son Rob and granddaughters, Andillon and Danielle and attending his granddaughters' various school activities. Always a patient person, he was perfect in the role of 'Papa.' He became Commodore of the Dolphin Yacht Club while living in Marina Del Rey and he and Joyce spent many enjoyable weekends boating to Catalina and up and down the coast of California with the group. He volunteered as a board member with the Salvation Army, was President of Homeowners Associations in Marina Del Rey and San Luis Obispo, and volunteered as a hearing representative for the Parking Department of San Luis Obispo for 15 years. Bob was an avid football fan and was sorry when each season ended. His choice of a favorite team depended on the current quarterback. He was interested in railroads and supported the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. What a lot of people did not know about Bob was his enjoyment of writing. He wrote short stories, poetry, a couple of TV pilots and even lyrics to a song when he was taking guitar lessons after retirement. Bob was a very gregarious, outgoing person and always remembered a face. A fun-loving, generous and considerate person, he will be missed by family and friends. He responded to people to the end with a grin and smiling eyes. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce; son, Rob and granddaughters, Andillon and Danielle of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 12 at 3:00pm at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a favorite charity. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 2, 2015
Forstall, Sandee  
Sandee Forstall Our Sandee came into this world with a passion for life. Sandra Jean Forstall was born in August 1959 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California. She was a loving and devoted daughter to Ed and Donna and a loyal and compassionate sister to Brian, Rick and Ron. Family meant the world to Sandee and the values her parents instilled in her allowed her to become the warm, generous, courageous, dependable, hard-working, independent spirit we all knew and loved. She grew up a typical Southern California girl with a love for everything beach, ocean and sun which stayed with her throughout her life. She was naturally curious, had an incredible drive and work ethic and an endless thirst for knowledge. This combination resulted in a very successful career in a field she was extremely passionate about. Her jobs afforded her the opportunity to travel and leave her mark on buildings all around the world. Sandee had many passions beyond just her career, she loved to cook, was a master at the barbecue, enjoyed fine wine and all types of music but her greatest gift was her love for people. No matter how well she knew you she would give you the shirt off her back and always wanted to make sure everyone, especially her friends, needed for nothing. She will always be remembered for her love for life, her brilliant sense of humor, those infectious belly laughs, her electric energy and her ability to bring joy and laughter everywhere she went! She had a twinkle in her eye and loved to create games out of anything. Sandee left us peacefully on February 28, 2015. In addition to being a loving daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and niece, she was a wonderful friend to a close group of girls who feel so fortunate to have had her in our lives as long as we did and will miss her more than words can ever express. Sandee was everyone's best friend and we will continue to share her passion for life and laughter forever. We will never forget you Sandee, you will live in our hearts forever. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 5, 2015
Harris, Donald - Paso Robles  
Donald Harris Donald L. Harris of Templeton, Calif., born in February 1928, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2015, after a short illness. Donald was born in Vallejo, Calif., and raised in Grand Island, Neb., and San Jose, Calif., where he attended San Jose Technical High School and earned an AA degree from West Valley College. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. Following his military service, Donald worked as a licensed general contractor and Chief Building Official for the city of Saratoga. Donald retired at the age of 50 and became a vintner at Trout Gulch Vineyards in Aptos, Calif., ultimately retiring to Templeton in 2000. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; son, Edward (Kelly); grandsons, Richard (Lisa) and Danny (Janelle); granddaughters, Hayley and Taylor; great-grandchildren: Cadence, Dexter, and Jaydon; nieces: Minette, Patricia, Peggy and Rose Mary, and nephew Thomas. A Memorial will be held at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles on August 2, 2015, at 1:00pm. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Hughes, Glenora  
Glenora Hughes Glenora Evelyn Hughes was born in Liberty, South Carolina in February 1923 and passed away in San Luis Obispo on Friday, June 26, 2015. She first married James Hall in 1939; they had one child, Dona Sue. James died in an automobile accident while visiting relatives in Jacksonville, Florida. During World War II, Glenora worked in a defense plant in Jacksonville; she met George Hughes, a California native, who was serving in the U.S. Navy. After George was released from the service, they married in 1942. A few years after their civil marriage, George joined the church and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. They raised two daughters Linda and Pamela while residing in Menlo Park. George passed away in 1986. After George's death, Glenora moved to Merced; in 1996 she relocated to San Luis Obispo to be near daughter Pamela and granddaughter Rachel. Glenora is survived by her three children: Dona Ichelson, Linda Harvey, and Pamela Hughes; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Glenora was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was loved and respected by all those who knew her. A Viewing will be on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Reis Family Mortuary in San Luis Obispo. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 30, 2015
Hummel Sr., David  
David Hummel, Sr. January 1928 - June 2015 David Ray Hummel, Sr. passed away on June 25, 2015, at home, surrounded by his wife, children and their spouses, following a stroke. Dave was born in Columbus, Ohio, the middle son to Paul and Francis Hummel. Dave graduated cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1952 with a degree in Economics. He married Nanette "Chris" Harper in 1952 and the life-long love affair and adventure began. Dave ended his career with International Paper Company in 1985 and the two retired to their paradise in San Luis Obispo. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, and golf. Dave's family describes him as strong-willed, fiercely independent, honest, caring, quick-witted, and having a dry sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Chris; children: Nancy Campbell (Bob), David Jr. (Trudi) and Trish Butier; grandchildren: Kate, Alex, Nick, Ben and Lindsay; brothers, Paul (Shirley) and Philip (Lois). As children we all remember Dad/Grandpa telling bedtime stories, and when he ran out of "material" he would end the story with, "and the tin bended and the story ended"but the story will never end in our hearts and minds. A private family gathering is planned for the future. Dave's family is extremely grateful for the compassionate care provided by Central Coast Hospice. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library, to honor his love of a good book. However, Dave would say "Save your money!" Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 30, 2015
Loflin, Gordon  
Gordon Loflin Gordon Ray Loflin, 82, of Pismo Beach, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015. Gordon was born in July 1932 in Lawn, Texas, and was raised in Porterville. He was a resident of Bakersfield for over 40 years prior to moving to Pismo Beach eleven years ago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Gordon was a truck driver; last employed by Getty Refining and Marketing when he retired in 1983 due to rheumatoid arthritis. In 1982 and 1983 he won awards at the California State American Trucking Association "roadeo" competitions in the tank truck division. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Moose, Eagles, American Legion and Petroleum Production Pioneers. Gordon loved to cook. His family and friends were fond of his biscuits and gravy. He enjoyed walking his "kids," Smoky, Bandit and Caddie on the boardwalk of Pismo and having breakfast at CJ's. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Frances; children: Terry Loflin (Kathy), Sandy Loflin (Rich), Vicki Greene (Chipper) and Frank Loflin (Lisa); grandchildren: Alan, Dustin, Christie, Brandon, Katie, Shannon, Britney and Jaden; great-grandchildren: Kylie, Levi and Makenna; brothers: Johnny (Donna), Bobby (Lynn), and Billy (Oneita); sister-in-law, Yvonne Phillips (Richard), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by infant grandson, Vincent Anthony Greene; brothers, Doug and Homer and sister, Melba Sloan. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 1, at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery, 895 El Camino Real, Arroyo Grande. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor may be directed to Shriners Children's Hospital in Los Angeles or St. Paul the Apostle Church in Pismo Beach. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 30, 2015
McNerney, Erin O'Brien  
Erin O'Brien McNerney Erin O'Brien McNerney, 31, passed away at her home in Santa Ynez on June 7, 2015. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, to Denney and Susan O'Brien, she moved with her family to California at the age of five, and attended Arroyo Grande High School. In 2006 she married Jeff McNerney on Maui, Hawaii, and together had two sons. Erin was only 12 when she lost her beloved mother, Susan Keisor O'Brien, who inspired Erin's love of baking, gardening, and spending time with family. She particularly enjoyed being at the family lake property playing with her boys. Her family will fondly remember Erin's sweet tooth - she loved her candy and ice cream, anytime, anywhere. She is survived by her husband, Jeff; sons, Harry McNerney III and Denney McNerney; father, Denney O'Brien and his wife, Joanne; brothers, Duane and Shawn O'Brien; sister, Denae Utne; sister, Shannon Hertan and brother-in-law, Richard Hertan, and niece, Susan; in-laws, Mary Lou and Harry McNerney Jr.; sister-in-law, Dena Allison and nephew, Riley; grandparents, Charles and Shirley Keisor and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Erin's entire family was deeply saddened by her sudden passing and say they will remember their redheaded beauty as a strong and loving daughter, sister, niece, wife and mother. She will forever be in the hearts of her grieving family who all expect she is now in the loving arms of her late mother. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 11, 2015, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Dinosaur Caves Park in the city of Pismo Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital NICU; (805) 879-8980; P.O. Box 689, Santa Barbara, Calif., 93102. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Nakasone, Allyson  
Allyson Nakasone Allyson Nakasone, 54, unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at her home in Morro Bay. She is survived by her loving mother, siblings, and beloved nieces, all of Orange County. After moving to San Luis Obispo in 1994, Allyson became an active member in the community. To everyone who met her, Allyson embodied altruism and integrity as well as exuberance and playfulness. Along with her sense of humor, Allyson's love of music was known by everyone she came in contact with. She was a self-taught guitarist who loved jamming with her friends. Allyson was loved and admired by all. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Soil Science and a minor in Land Use, she combined her passions for environmentalism and serving the public to become a certified EcoBroker and realtor at Coldwell Banker Premier. Allyson had worked for or served on the Board of Directors of ECOSLO for nearly 20 years. At the time of her death, she was Chair of ECOSLO and working hard to build awareness and respect for that 40+ year old local organization. Besides ECOSLO, Allyson was devoted to environmental awareness, recycling, and worm composting, recycling, and more. She was a member of the Botanical Gardens and the UC Master Gardener program. Additionally, she worked hard in the battle for the right to marry for gays and lesbians, conducting workshops with information on why that right mattered. A Celebration of Allyson's Life will take place Saturday July 18, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at the San Luis Botanical Gardens in El Chorro Regional Park.This will be a zero-waste outdoor potluck with music jam, so please bring pictures, memories to share, instruments, food and utensils. For more info, please contact her friend Melody at: mdemerit@calpoly.edu. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to ECOSLO, Allyson's favorite non-profit group. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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