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Ashton, Gary - Templeton  
Gary Ashton A majestic oak combined with a giant sequoia has fallen. Gary Elton Ashton has gone home to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2016. Dad/Grandpa/Papa Smurf/Pops/Gary lived a very full 79 years and has touched many lives. He is survived by his sons Marvin, Greg, Paul, Preston and his daughter Tiphanie. They have given him the ability to know and love his grandchildren: Meghan, James, Brandy, Chrissy, Tala, Wyatt, Gunner, Summer and Conner. Those grandchildren have given him six great-grandchildren to date. Born to Ruby Irene Thorson and Orla Elton Johnston in Buena Park, California, he moved to Atascadero at a very young age. After graduating Atascadero High School, he served 3 plus years in the Navy Sea Bees. As a heavy equipment operator, the passion never left his blood. Gary was a corner stone to many dirt moving projects around the county (including Highway 46 and 101) while working for Alex Madonna. Later starting his family excavation business. He and friends built the Templeton Park Band Stand along with being one of the founders of Templeton Boosters and Lions Club. He was instrumental to many of the ongoing celebrations throughout Paso Robles and The North County including one of the first popcorn machines at a much smaller Christmas on Vine Street. His tire tracks are imprinted in so many lots, pools, roads, ditches, events and lives in general as he did not retire until age 75! I was recently asked by my son, 'Why do so many people know grandpa?' The only answer I could come up with is because he was a GREAT MAN! Gary would have been pleased to know that Anna our goat had two kids today, lifting our spirits a bit from our loss. Life continues for all of us that you have touched and blessed. You will be missed and remembered with a smile. Thank you! A friends and family BBQ in Gary's honor will take place April 30. Please contact family for further information. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 24, 2016
Bennett, Richard Charles  
Richard Charles Bennett 1923 - 2016 Richard was first born of Charles Bennett and Meredith Taberner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Gayne Pinto-Bennett of San Luis Obispo and his six children: Maura (Jim) Packwood of Austin, Texas; Michael (Sherry) of Newberry Park, Calif.; Mark of Fresno, Calif.; Peggy (Rick) Gregory and Eileen of Seattle, Wash., and Charlie (Wendy) of North Hills, Calif., as well as 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Old Mission on Saturday, April 30, at 3:00pm. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 28, 2016
Bovee, Donald  
Donald Bovee Donald de la Guerra y Hartnell Bovee, a descendant of pioneer California families and San Francisco/Honolulu businessman, died April 19, 2016. He was 84. Mr. Bovee's grandfather was Don Jose de la Guerra y Noriega, the noble Spaniard and 5th commandante of the Santa Barbara Presidio, whose family greatly shaped the future of Santa Barbara. Don Jose was a wealthy rancher, international merchant and respected Santa Barbara patriarch who built the recently restored Casa de la Guerra in 1828. His eldest daughter Maria Teresa married in 1822 an Englishman/Trader William E. P. Hartnell who was honored by the Hartnell College in Salinas on his 200th birthday given by the Directors and the AAUW. In 1834, he founded his "Colegio de San Jose" at his large adobe casa in Monterey and later built adobe buildings on his land grant Rancho Alisal and had 15 students from other prominent Spanish families as well as his own children. He was granted the Todos Santos Rancho in the Santa Maria area which had the "old Maude" oil gusher which produced for the Hartnell Family five million barrels of oil prior to World War II. This grant was provided to him by Gov. Alvarado who was one of his college students and who had assigned him the powerful job to inspect and correct all of the California secularized missions who were in a corrupt state of disrepair as well as maltreatment of the natives. Mr. Bovee's paternal grandfather was Devillow Bovee who married Mary Ethel Leffingwell Mayfield who owned the Stepladder Ranch in Cambria from the late 1880s and later the six acres of land where the French Hospital now stands on Johnson Avenue. Donald Bovee attended San Luis Obispo public schools, Cal Poly and upon graduation entered the international transportation field in San Francisco in 1961 starting in marketing and became VP-General Manager of Pacific Intermountain Express international division. After PIE was sold, he was President of Diamond Head Terminals in Honolulu. The TransAlaska Pipeline hired him to head up the Transportation Department of the nearly completed 800 mile Pipeline in 1976. In 1983, he started his own Transportation Logistics firm Cal West Logistics who shipped petrochemicals used in the crude oil refining process and hazardous chemicals for Chevron USA Products and the TransAlaska Pipeline. Donald was a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club-Honolulu, The Society of California Pioneers, and The Huguenot Society of America. He has given, at the request of the U.S. Department of Commerce, seminars in Honolulu and Chicago on petrochemical export regulations. He also was Alaska chairman of the Oilfield Shippers Association. Donald donated 1.5 million dollars for the purchase of a permanent home for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast (GALA) Organization at 1060 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo as well as other donations to Hartnell College, PFLAG Organization, and the San Luis Community Foundation. His family and friends will dearly miss him. Services and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 24, 2016
Brock, Dorothy  
Dorothy Brock Santa Rosa, California Dorothy D. Brock, a two-year resident of Oakmont Gardens in Santa Rosa died peacefully Sunday morning the 17th of April, 2016, at Santa Rosa Kaiser Hospital surrounded by loving family. Her life was full and vibrant to within a few days of her passing. Born in Santa Monica in 1929, Dorothy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Pepperdine University in 1953. She was a Life Member of AAUW, and was a past President of both the Napa and Morro Bay Branches. She was a member and supporter of several other community and church organizations. Dorothy taught preschool and elementary school students for many years. She loved children and actively engaged them in almost any situation inside or outside the classroom throughout her life. Dorothy loved the social and physical aspects of exercise and could be found any weekday in body pump and aerobics classes followed by coffee and chat with friends. She was recently learning Spanish and was planning a trip with her husband John down the Columbia River to learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition. She loved socializing, plays, musicals, museums, concerts, movies, church, reading and being with friends and family. She is survived by John Brock, her husband of 61 years; her children, Dana, Kelly and Clay and grandchildren: Lindsey, Anna, Loren and Nelson. A Celebration of her Life, friends and family will be held at Oakmont Gardens, 301 White Oak Drive, Santa Rosa, 95409, on Sunday, May 1 at 2:00pm. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 26, 2016
Chaides, Virginia  
Virginia Chaides June 1924 - April 2016 Virginia B. Chaides went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on April 17, 2016. A Native, born and raised in San Luis Obispo, she was a member of the Old Mission Church, since Baptism, Marriage and Death. Her parents were Francisco and Ventura Blanco. Virginia went to school at the Old Mission and San Luis High. She married Marcelo R. Chaides, of Paso Robles, Calif., on October 30, 1943, at Old Mission Church. Her children, Caroline Gallego, a daughter of the Los Angeles area, who has been her caregiver for the last nine years. Son, William W. Chaides (Nancy) of the Paso Robles area. Virginia was employed at Woolworths, Rasco Variety Stores, as a food server at Cal Poly Union Dining Hall from 1961-1965, for the County Health Department as a Home Health Aide form 1965-1995 off Johnson Ave. until she retired. She is survived by her grandchildren: Frank, Richard, and Gilbert Gallego, Rosalyn, Lisa, Daniel, and Natalie Chaides, as well as 12 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Virginia was a social butterfly, very active in her associations, when her eye sight failed her and she was declared legally blind in 2001 she cut back completely and no longer could drive or attend functions. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America for 58 years, Altar Society, Ladies Aid Society, Moose Lodge, Eagles, Portuguese, Guadalupana, Union Funerica Mexicano, Young Ladies Institute, Fiesta de la Flores at Old Mission (back in the days). She was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Ventura Blanco; husband Marcelo R. Chaides; granddaughter Irene Marie; son-in-law, Pedro Gallego. She is survived by her immediate family, sister-in-law Juanita Barrega of Paso Robles, various nieces/nephews/cousins of Arizona to California. Special thank you to her physician, Dr. Steven Sainsbury, for the compassion, guidance and loving manner. Marie/Paul Wilbor, for eight years coming every week so she could receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ (communion). Our son, Frank Joseph Gallego, for all the dedication and assistance and loving care you have contributed. There will be a Viewing at 4:00pm on Wednesday, April 27, at Reis Family Mortuary, 991 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo. Rosary at 6:00pm. A Mass will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, April 28, at Old Mission Church in San Luis Obispo, 751 Palm Street. She will be interred at San Luis Obispo Cemetery with her husband. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 24, 2016
Ela, Stephen White  
Stephen White Ela Steve Ela, of Paso Robles, died on March 25, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Steve was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1939. He grew up in Madison and graduated from West High School and Harvard College, before moving to California in 1961 to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at UCLA. During a postdoc at Stanford he became involved in activism against the war in Vietnam, and met Judith Strasser, whom he would marry, and with whom he would have two sons. In 1975, Jed Ela was born in Davis, California. The next year, the family moved to Madison, and Nate Ela was born two years later. In Madison, Steve continued working in science and became involved in sailboat racing. After separating from Judith in 1986, Steve returned to Stanford and joined the genetics lab of his longtime friends, Len and Lee Herzenberg. Steve had fallen in love with the landscape of California's Central Coast during graduate school, and after retiring he moved to Paso Robles, where he became involved in community organizing for a transition away from dependence on fossil fuels, and toward more sustainable ways of living. Steve is survived by his son Jed Ela, daughter-in-law Nazgol Ghandnoosh, and granddaughter Ashavan Ela, of Washington, D.C.; and by his son Nate Ela and daughter-in-law Meghan Morris, of Somerville, Mass. Steve requested not to have a public memorial service; donations may be made in his memory to One Cool Earth, P.O. Box 150, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 93406, or via the Donate link at www.1coolearth.org/programs/educational-programs/ Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 24, 2016
Harris, Floralee  
Floralee Harris Floralee Alexander Harris, 72, beloved wife, mother and grandmother died and was reunited with her loving husband Bob in Heaven on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Floralee was born in Provincetown, Mass., and graduated from Provincetown High School. She married Robert Harris in 1961 and they had a daughter Lisa Marie. Floralee, Bob and Lisa moved to Arroyo Grande in 1973. Floralee worked for over 20 years as a Medical Assistant. She attended St. Patrick's Church, where over the years she was involved as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister and trainer. She was a team member of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Liturgy Committee, and Italian Catholic Federation. She volunteered in the Parish office and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Floralee was an avid reader. She was an artist who loved to draw, quilt, knit and crochet. She made many beautiful quilts, knitted and crocheted blankets, hats and outfits for babies of her friends and family. She and Bob loved camping and spending time with their family. After her husband's death, her dog Bobby was her constant loyal companion. Floralee is survived by her daughter, Lisa Oakes, and her husband, Michael; grandchildren Kyle and Mason; her sister, Shirley Perry, and her husband, David, as well as nephews David John and Alexander and their families. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Robert, and parents, Warren and Florence Alexander. She had many friends and was loved dearly. The rosary will be recited at 6:00pm on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel, 1239 Longbranch Avenue, Grover Beach. The Memorial Mass will be at 11:00am at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 501 Fair Oaks Avenue in Arroyo Grande. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made for her grandchildren's college funds to the Floralee A. Harris Memorial Account at any Rabobank. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 24, 2016
Hendricks, Luella  
Luella Hendricks Luella Hendricks, 99, formerly of Arroyo Grande, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016. Memorial Service will be at 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 27 at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 26, 2016
Hileman, Graydon - Morro Bay  
Graydon Hileman In fond remembrance of Graydon Glenn Hileman, 56, of Morro Bay who went to his heavenly home on Monday afternoon, April 18, 2016. Graydon Hileman was born in November 1959 in San Luis Obispo to Dr. Lloyd Oliver Hileman and Helen Bowen Hileman. He grew up in Morro Bay with his brother, Dean and sister, Candace. As a child, he enjoyed his proficiency on his unicycle and performing magic tricks. He attended Morro Union Elementary School and Morro Bay Jr. - Sr. High School. He graduated from Morro Bay High School in 1977. He attended the Church of Christ in Morro Bay. After high school, he worked as a plumber's apprentice, working in the Sierra Vista area of Arizona. He moved back to the Central Coast in the early 1990's and enjoyed living at the beach on Studio Drive in Cayucos. He worked for David's Plumbing in San Luis Obispo and later became the owner of David's Plumbing. He moved back to Morro Bay eight years ago. Graydon loved the outdoors as he enjoyed rock climbing, the beach and the ocean. He also loved jazz, playing his saxophone and reading books, a trait that he picked up from his mother who was the San Luis Obispo Children's Librarian. He later became a devoted volunteer with the Morro Bay Friends of the Library. He was known for his sense of humor and his kind nature to others with a wide circle of good friends. He was involved in the planning of many of his class reunions from Morro Bay High School. He is survived by his brother, Dean and sister-in-law Sherry of Los Osos; brother-in-law, Randy Kirkman; nephews, Jason Hileman, Travis Hileman, Brian Kirkman, Bradlee Kirkman and nieces, Coral Hileman and Crystal Hileman. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Helen Hileman and his sister, Candace Hileman Kirkman. A Memorial Service will be held at the Los Osos Valley Memorial Park Chapel located at 2260 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos, Calif., on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 11:00am. Reception to follow the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Morro Bay Friends of the Library, 625 Harbor Street, Morro Bay, Calif., 93442. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 24, 2016
Hylton, Sally - Morro Bay, Ca  
Sally Hylton Sally Hylton, 71, of Morro Bay, passed away peacefully at her home in Morro Bay. Sally was born in July 1944 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She met the love of her life, Dale Hylton at a church youth group in Redondo Beach. They were married in 1963 and shared 52 wonderful years together. Sally had a passion for reading. She became a dedicated teacher who fostered literacy and a love of reading in her students. Sally taught at Willow Glen Elementary in Visalia and at Del Mar Elementary in Morro Bay. Sally is survived by her husband, Dale, daughter Vicky and son-in-law Ken Armstrong, daughter Mary Hylton and her partner Kari Sprengeler, and three grandchildren - Anna Armstrong, Makiah Hylton, and Claire Hylton. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Apr. 24, 2016
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