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Dunn, Richard  
Richard Dunn Richard "Dick" Dunn, born in 1922 in Framingham, Mass., passed away April 19th, 2016, at his home in Cayucos. Dick graduated from Worcester Tech with a degree in Chemistry. He spent his young adulthood working in Liberia as a chemist for the Firestone Rubber Company, serving in the Air Force and traveling post-war Europe. After moving to the West Coast he met Katherine "Kay" Dunn, who would be his wife and partner for 65 years. Dick shared his love of travel with Kay and his wanderlust took them to Mexico, South America, Europe and China and on many journeys in the USA. In the 50's they moved to the Central Coast. Dick earned his Master's in Education from Cal Poly. He built their handcrafted hillside home in Cayucos, and they started a family. Dick taught at Coast Union High School where he held multiple positions at the same time (chemistry and math teacher, Spanish teacher, football and tennis coach - and bus driver!). He also taught at Morro Bay High School and then at the California Men's Colony until his retirement. He served on the county Grand Jury and saw the informal side of county luminaries on the annual Caballeros Ride. Dick had a sideline business in real estate and he enjoyed renovating and improving his properties. Post retirement, Dick was "The Man Who Planted Trees," tending to his precious Monterey Pine seedlings. Those trees now cover hillsides in Cayucos. Dick blended a love for learning and music with an unpretentious "down-to-earth" attitude. Richard Dunn is survived by children Lorenzo and Seneca; grandchildren Emory, Cameron, Evan and Holly and daughter-in-law Jayne. A gathering is planned for May 22nd at Dick and Kay's home. Please contact Seneca if you would like to attend. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 1, 2016
La Polla, Chris  
Chris La Polla Christopher David La Polla entered this life in November 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama, and left us for his eternal life April 9, 2016. He danced between the Raindrops Born into poverty, Chris determined at an early age never to let adversity keep him down. He and his parents, brother and sister made their move to southern California in the late 1950's, where his father abandoned the family. Chris took over as the breadwinner and father to his two brothers and sister at the age of 16. He worked two jobs to support them, often their sole caretaker due to his mother's illness. But he remained optimistic, studied hard, and eventually earned his real estate broker's license. The Vietnam draft in the early 60's interrupted his career ambitions, but on receiving an honorable discharge, he continued his remarkable journey of courage and faith. Always the consummate entrepreneur, as a young man Chris designed and opened the first discotheque in Los Angeles, in addition to pursuing his real estate business. He relocated to Ventura County in the mid 70's, opened another very successful restaurant and began yet another career in the mortgage lending business, becoming the leading mortgage loan officer in the area within a few short years. There he met his wife Cynthia, who was to become his lifelong partner in business, in life, and in love. Over the next 25 years they opened and operated mortgage and real estate companies in Ventura, Eureka, and Grover Beach, where Chris proudly served as the Chamber of Commerce President in 1998. He also enjoyed many years of fellowship in the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris fellow in Rotary International. He loved his country, food, old movies, and the LA Dodgers, in that order. Chris was a mentor and a treasured friend to many over his lifetime, and he was proud to say he had had the same friends for over 50 years. He never met a stranger, but also had the gift of being a good listener. He was passionate in his opinions and his politics, both a dynamic speaker and a talented debater. And how he loved to debate. There was never a doubt where he stood on any issue. He deeply loved his family and friends and was always ready to lend an ear or a hand to those who needed it. He is survived by the woman who adored him, his wife Cynthia; by his mother, Marie La Polla; sister Donna; brothers Steve and Rob; sons Greg and Matt; daughter Stephanie; grandchildren Nick and Zack, Allie, Ansley and Jack, Scott, Matthew and Claire; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom will greatly miss his words of wisdom and special smile. Services were held April 20th at St., Josephs Catholic Church in Nipomo. Memorial donations in his honor can be made to the American Cancer Society. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Marshall, Roger  
Roger Marshall Our Hubby, Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa, Roger Marshall, peacefully left this earth on January 6, 2016, after a massive stroke. He was the second of three sons, born to Sidney and Velma (Harris) Marshall in Bakersfield, Calif., in April 1940. While attending East Bakersfield High School, he excelled in football and wrestling. As a senior, he qualified for the state wrestling championships held in SF. At Bakersfield Junior College he was on the 1959 football team that played in the Jr. Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Ever proud of that, he would let you know he'd played there when a game was being televised from the Rose Bowl. Roger always had an interest in building because his dad owned King-Marshall Lumber Company in Bakersfield. He also showed an interest in architecture in high school and found he was very good in drafting classes and model building. Roger played the accordion and entertained service and fraternal groups. His parents were ready to continue his lessons in LA but other plans were brewing. He met the love of his life, Judy Sledge, in high school and they were married in 1960. With his wife and new baby, Lori, they moved to San Luis Obispo for him to attend Cal Poly. He graduated in 1964 with a degree in Architectural Engineering and a Design degree in 1965. Roger attributed more than the architectural education he got at Cal Poly to his respected instructors and mentors: Wes Ward, George Hasslein, Ken Schwartz, R.L. Graves and Paul Neel. He learned to think logically and to question. His interest in ceramics started in college when he'd go to the ceramics department to throw pots on the wheel to relax. Selling his creations at Poly Royal supplemented his income during those years. After graduation, he went into business with the Cal Poly ceramics instructor, Roger Bailey, at the shop on the corner of Pismo and Archer Streets with the kiln being right out there on the corner firing at least once a week! In 1966 Roger continued in business by himself and began his business name, Architectural Arts. He was proud of the fact that he had been in business for 50 years! Roger loved creating and tried everything, including casting metals, leaded glass, etched and sand-blasted glass, carved wood, furniture and anything he could do with his hands. Roger had the privilege of attending Paulo Solari's summer program in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1965 working on Archosanti. Roger started designing and building with his first job being a studio for a Morro Bay painter and by word-of-mouth he was kept busy for over 30 years designing and building and employing many San Luis guys who are now in business for themselves. Roger's nickname was Big Bear so they were Big Bear Construction. Simultaneously, he also had a booming ceramics business that employed at least 10 guys. He had a shop manager and they traveled to the gift shows in LA, SF, Seattle and Denver twice a year which kept those workers busy filling orders and CME Trucking coming in every day to take a load that was being shipped all over the western U.S. and Hawaii. Roger did work for the city of San Luis Obispo carving entrance signs (some are still in place), signage for Mission Plaza and carved parking lot and park signs. Roger served on the Design Review Board when it was created in 1968 then later on the Architectural Review Commission in 1977-1985. When Roger was hired to design and build a home for someone, there was a lot of consultation at their home. He wanted to see how they lived and planned accordingly. He always built a model for the clients and as he built, he always included many of his unique "extras." As trends changed, Roger adapted and the pottery shop became a cabinet shop because people weren't building new homes but were remodeling kitchens. As Roger went into semi-retirement, he started up the pottery studio again but he would NEVER use the word "retired," because he always went out to the shop every day. He had accounts in locations that he and Judy could drive to which gave them time "on the road." Contractor friends would come by with projects they knew, for sure, Roger could do for them. There wasn't anything he wouldn't try, at least once. He was just a very creative man! Some of his ideas never came to fruition but he had the joy and sometimes the frustration of trying to put them into use. Roger was well-respected among his circle of friends. In 1981 he joined E Clampus Vitus and enjoyed all the shenanigans, camaraderie and California history associated with that organization. In recent years his two sons have become members and shared good times with their Dad on the Clampouts twice a year. His love of history led him to join the Odd Fellow Lodge #168 here in San Luis Obispo and to help form Minor Historians. He also joined Native Sons of the Golden West. Recently Roger and his daughter, Brenda, have collaborated on marketing Marshall Canyon Seasoning which Roger created and has been making for years. It's been quite an endeavor and she will see it through with her Dad's spirit still guiding her. Roger enjoyed camping, barbecuing, telling "stories," local history, photography, football, NASCAR and drag racing. To his family he was "the Rock." Family was always important to him and gave him purpose to live his life. Roger saw opportunity in every problem and confident in a solution. He was generous with his knowledge and time and his word could always be trusted. Roger will truly be missed by many! He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Jon Marshall. Roger's legacy continues through his wife of almost 56 years, Judy; his daughters, Lori and husband Ross of Lincoln, Calif., and Brenda Serrano and friend Wade Howard of Newbury Park, Calif.; sons, Craig Marshall and wife Sherri of Paso Robles, and Todd Marshall and wife Lisa of Los Osos. Grandchildren: Devin Snyder and wife Aimee of Alturas, Calif.; Garrett Snyder and fianc‚ Allison Felton of Los Angeles; Steven Serrano of Newbury Park; Jessica Serrano and friend Hayden Olson of Newbury Park; Skylar and Sierra Marshall of Paso Robles; Adelina Marshall of Los Osos; Spencer and Hunter Chamberlain of Los Osos and new great-granddaughter, Sonora Grace Snyder, daughter of Devin and Aimee. He also lives on through his brother, Wayne Marshall and his wife Pat of Bakersfield as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. Roger was spiritually and physically surrounded by his loving family at the end of his life and he left his children and grandchildren with a beautiful heritage of trustworthiness, passion for the things in life that you love and the importance of a good work ethic. Roger donated bone, soft tissue and skin before he was cremated and everyone should consider registering with California Donor Registry by getting a form from: DonateLIFEcalifornia.org . Interment will occur when Judy and Roger will be reunited in the original Odd Fellows Mausoleum in San Luis Obispo. In Roger's memory, donations may be made to the Stephen Macie Memorial Scholarship Fund. Stephen was a very good friend of Roger's who died of complications of a stroke. Mail to: 520 Dana St., San Luis Obispo, Calif., 93401. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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McDonald, Robert  
Robert McDonald Robert "Bob" Eugene McDonald (Robob to many) died peacefully on his 88th birthday in Sonora, California, April 23, 2016. Born in 1928 in Little Rock, Arkansas, Bob led a rich and varied life, enriching the lives of all he touched. His warmth, kindness, generosity, and joy of living was infectious and memorable to those lucky enough to be touched by him. Bob was a proud World War II veteran having served as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne in Japan, although he was fundamentally a pacifist and against military interventions in Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. Following the war Bob had a choice to accept a music scholarship or pursue his passion in geology. Although music would forever be an integral part of his life he chose to pursue geology as his field of study. Bob graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Geology, then began his highly successful career as an exploration geologist. He worked for a number of oil and gas companies and eventually went out on his own achieving great success with finds in the Overthrust Belt in Wyoming. As a unique businessman, he greeted New York bankers wearing cowboy boots and traveled with a guitar and running shorts at a time folks "just didn't do that." Over the years he authored numerous papers and guidebooks in Geology. He also received a Distinguished Alumni Award from KU for his achievements and contributions to the field Geology. His success as a geologist enabled him to pursue other longtime interests. He bought farms in California's Central Valley, built one of the first mixed use properties in Pismo Beach, Calif., owned a jewelry store that focused on colored stones and museum quality minerals, raised and bred Arabian horses, all while pursuing his love for geology. His hobbies and passions included flying his planes, collecting minerals, and Southwest Indian art. He was passionate about music, both as a musician and a patron of the arts. His generous donations to the arts have helped bring music to numerous cities. His spirit as an adventuresome traveler and consummate musician is best explained with his journey up the cliffs of Malaga, Spain, to play flamenco guitar with the gypsies. He also enjoyed playing the Irish flute in pubs in Ireland and his own grand piano at home. He loved doing things outdoors, one of the advantages of being an exploration geologist. Bob had six children through four marriages. He has ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. The six siblings: Craig McDonald, Lee McDonald, Lynn Foster, Candace McDonald, Danya Pratt, and Samuel Regusci have many stories and memories. Bob has a bigger family, because of the lifelong relationships he developed. Although Bob was always busy with his businesses and other interests he always had time for them and made sure they were his priority. His children's lives are rich because of his support, good humor, and wise counsel. A friend, a mentor, a source of support - he will be missed. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to your local symphony or performing arts group. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Randolph, Wesley  
Wesley "Wes" A. Randolph August 1925 - April 23, 2016 When I die: When I die, may it be said of me, He dealt with others honestly, Sought to give more than was bid, At least it's true that, in the main, he did. Brought more laughter than he did pain, Preferred the sunshine to the rain, More words to uplift than degrade, An effort, at least, to be helpful made. Displayed more courage than he felt When model's role to him was dealt, At times had courage, to fault, confess And forgive others their weakness. Time did, somewhat, his heart perfect, All others' needs did not reject, Saved his advice when 'twas unbid, At least it's true that, in the main, he did. Saved groans unless the pain was real, Same face in times of woe or weal, Used humor, disappointments hid, At least it's true that, in the main, he did. A ware that man's not saved by works, Although some doubt about that lurks, Consider success if he could know More sorry than happy to see him go. When I die may it be said of me, He left this world unwillingly, More friends than foes he left behind, And where'er he goes, some friends he'll find. Wes leaves behind his loving wife of twenty- seven years, LaDonna. He also leaves his sons Jeffrey of Visalia, Calif., and Mike (Shannon) of Pacifica, Calif.; his sister, Evelyn of El Cerrito, Calif., and brother Ernest (Betty) of Stockton, Calif., and multiple grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A life well lived. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Ricciuti, Evelyn  
Evelyn Ricciuti Evelyn Ricciuti died peacefully in the early morning hours of April 23, 2016, at the age of 103 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Evelyn was born in September 1912 to an Italian-American family on East 215th St. in the Bronx, NY. Her parents Antonio and Louisa Perre were immigrants from Castrovillari, Italy. She lived a full and textured life as documented in her granddaughter Sky Bergman's film, Lives Well Lived. Evelyn's method of unfolding her own life story was humble yet lively with one important philosophy, kind before right. A retiree living in Florida, the film is what brought her to San Luis Obispo in March of this year to celebrate an extraordinary screening at the Fremont Theatre. Seeing the film complete, in many ways completed her life. After her 103rd birthday her daughter Eve Gordon asked her what she wanted to do in her future, she answered simply "I'd like to see myself on the big screen and have my 15 minutes of fame!" Well, she did that and much more! Married in 1938 to the love of her life John, Evelyn received only an early education at Bronx P.S. 13. Juggling being a homemaker and wife, raising her children, working long hours in the garment district in NY, undeterred at age 40 she decided to go back to finish her education by attending night school to become a pattern maker. Growing up with many siblings, along with a storied marriage, wonderful children and grandchildren, family was her key to happiness. She made people smile wherever she went with her unique and well-earned perspective on health and happiness: "Live life to the limits, be kind, have younger friends, and learn something new every day." In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lives Well Lived. Make checks out to: "Art Without Limits" in the memo add "Lives Well Lived." Send checks to: Art Without Limits, 816 Chelham Way, Santa Barbara, Calif., 93108. Or donate online at www.lives-well-lived.com Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Zilinskas, John Patrick  
John Patrick Zilinskas John rode off into the sunset to be with the Lord on April 11, 2016. John Patrick Joseph Zilinskas entered this world on Easter Sunday in April 1938, the second of three sons born to Anna and Victor Zilinskas. He grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pa., and excelled academically developing interest in all sciences, mathematics, physics and biology. After graduating from Duquesne High School he entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea. John attended St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa., and the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, with undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering and graduate studies in Nuclear Engineering. John spent 36 years working for General Electric Nuclear Energy in San Jose, Calif. His work at GE was centered on domestic and international commercial utilities built and served by GE. His work regularly took him to Europe and Asia and he and his family lived abroad at times. John was a noted innovator and developer of applications and processes used in the operation, servicing, maintenance and fueling of GE nuclear power plants. John married Jean Lois Winklevoss in 1964 and the two settled in San Jose, Calif., where they started a family with the birth of their son JD in 1969. Jean and John retired to Arroyo Grande, Calif., in 1998 where John enjoyed woodworking, the Central Coast lifestyle and a good lunch on his favorite bench by the sea. John is preceded in death by his wife Jean (October 2014) and is survived by his son JD and daughter-in-law Sarah, grandsons: Gus, Hank and Ned (Denver, Colo.) and his brothers Vic and Mark (Pittsburgh, Pa.). John's simple philosophy on life was: "There are but two things in this life, the things you want and then the time to enjoy them." Rest in peace Blood, we love you! A Memorial Mass will be held on June 8, 2016 at 10:00am at St. Patrick's Catholic Church 501 Fair Oaks Avenue Arroyo Grande, Calif., 93420. Immediately following the service a luncheon will be held at Lido restaurant, The Dolphin Bay Resort in Shell Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association: www.diabetes.org/donate . Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Obituaries from the Past Three Days

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

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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
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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