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Bristow, Jim  
Jim Bristow Jim J. Bristow, Sr., 84, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015, peacefully at home with his family at his side. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Vickie Lynn; his four sisters, and twin brothers. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley; daughter, Deborah Barrios; sons, Jim Bristow, Jr., Gordon Bristow, and Thomas Bristow. As well as a large extended family. No services are planned. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 1, 2015
Gillian, Willard  
Willard Gillian Paso Robles resident, 91-year old Willard Lee Gillian, died in Templeton on July 28, 2015. He was the thirteenth of thirteen children, born in 1924 to Early and Ellen Cash Gillian in Chandler, Okla. Willard was a World War II infantryman in two theatres: fighting on Omaha beach three days after the Invasion, pushing though France, and liberating it under General Patton. He was shipped to the Pacific Front where he served until the end. Willard worked on the San Ardo Oil Fields for 51 years, tracking, installing, maintaining and repairing oil derricks and equipment in the hills of Central California. He is survived by his son Tommy, daughter-in-law Linda, and grandchildren Laurie and Kimberly; as well as children: Pat, Aloha, and Ben, from his second wife of 43 years, Aloha, (now deceased). Oklahoma nieces, nephews, relatives and oil field friends will mark Willard's passing, as will the Seventh-Day Adventists who knew and loved him during years of fellowship. Willard asked that, instead of flowers, donations be made to Loaves and Fishes or the Templeton Hills Seventh-Day Adventist Church Memorial Fund. Graveside Services will be held at 10:000am on Monday, August 3, at the Paso Robles District Cemetery on 24th Street. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 1, 2015

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Clements, John  
John Clements "We know we are born, we know we will die, the in-between is mine." Our father honorably lived the in-between. John R. Clements, 71, of Arroyo Grande, died peacefully on July 19, 2015, with his loving family by his side. Born in Tipton, Iowa, in August 1943 to John and Betty Clements, he moved with his family to Baldwin Park, California, in 1954. He joined the Air Force in 1960, and was honorably discharged in 1964 as a Vietnam Veteran. After serving his country, he joined Lockheed Martin where he worked on the distinguished SR-71 Blackbird. However, it wasn't until 1966 when he found his true calling, the California Highway Patrol. Entering as a Cadet, he embraced every principle of the CHP with the emphasis of community, service to a greater cause, and the protection of others as his primary motivations. He retired as Deputy Chief from the Coastal Division after 33-years of service. He enjoyed spending precious time with his family, traveling, and sharing his insights from a book he recently read. He was an active member of the Catholic Church, Footprinters, and California Central Coast Cops 'N Kids. John is survived by his wife and children, two sisters, many cousins, nephews and nieces, and countless friends. The Memorial for John Clements will be held at Dinosaur Cave Park, 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach at 11:00am on Saturday, August 1st. Reception will follow at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to: www.gofundme.com/feistyfrankie to provide resources to a precious little girl named Frankie, who bravely battles Leukemia, and is a close friend of the family. Another organization that was close to my father was: Footprinters Chapter 73, California Cops 'N Kids, Inc. P.O. Box 688 Grover Beach, Calif., 93483-0688, Tax Exempt 501(c)3 Ein# 68-0262503 Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 30, 2015
Ipekjian, Robert - San Luis Obispo  
Robert Ipekjian Robert Gary Ipekjian, a longtime resident of Cayucos, California, was born in Pasadena in 1953. He passed away on July 25, 2015, surrounded by his family. Bob is the adored husband of Ikey and the loving father of Russell (granddaughter Lily), and Claire (William). He was blessed with brothers, Richard (deceased) and Jim (Katie); mother-in-law, Marylyn Barnes; sisters-in-law, Betsey (Tracy) and Annie (Jim); and nieces and nephews: Ben, Jack, Maddy, Syd, Mia, James and Maeve. Bob's parents, both survivors of the Armenian genocide, settled in Pasadena, started a business, and raised their sons. As a first- generation Armenian- American, Bob lived his life honoring his parents and his heritage. Like his parents, he was eternally grateful for each precious moment in life, and nothing was more precious in Bob's life than his family. With his son Russell he shared a love of woodworking, building and fishing. With his daughter Claire, he shared a special bond of love and friendship. With his new son-in-law William he shared an enthusiasm for cars, racing and backgammon. And with Ikey he shared everything. With family always near, some of the things Bob enjoyed most were dinner gatherings, music, backgammon, and cars. He was an accomplished athlete and outdoorsman. Hiking, bicycling, skiing, camping, fishing, and boating were favorite pastimes. Bob established a successful business in Cayucos. As a general contractor, he restored and built homes. He passed his skill, work ethic, eye for detail, and commitment to excellent craftsmanship onto his son, Russell, who worked with him side-by-side. Bob was also active in the Cayucos community. He served on the board of Morro Rock Mutual Water Company for many years. He was always willing to volunteer his time to anyone in need, and he was an ambassador of friendliness and good will to all his neighbors. We will remember always, more than anything, Bob's smile and his talent for making us smile. He had unbelievable timing with witty remarks, often spoken softly and followed by his big grin. We will remember his faith in us and the strength and confidence he instilled in us. Bob left us with a gentle grace that fills us with courage. His love sustains us. A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held from 3:00 to 5:00pm on Saturday, August 1, at his home. There will be a private burial at Cayucos Cemetery. Instead of flowers, donations can be made in Bob's name to the Special Olympics or to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center in San Luis Obispo. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 30, 2015
Lowe, Margie  
Margie Lowe Margie E. (Hobbs) Lowe, passed away on July 18, 2015, surrounded by her five children. She was born in Grove Center, Ky., to Ben and Ethel Heavrin in May 1925 and was raised on the family farm. Margie relocated to Seattle, Wash., during World War II. She worked for Boeing Aircraft, modeled for the Bon Marche, and was a USO junior hostess. Margie had enlisted as a USNR WAVE with a scheduled class date when the war ended, and she was honorably discharged. While in Seattle she met and married Harvey Hobbs, a U.S. Army Sergeant stationed at Fort Lewis. Together they had five children. The family moved to Fresno, Calif., in 1955, and settled in Lemoore, Calif., in 1960. Margie married Keith M. Lowe on July 18, 1970. Together they owned and managed Lowe's Appliance and Sporting Goods until they retired in 1985. During their years together they were active on the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce and founded the Sarah A. Mooney Memorial Museum. They enjoyed traveling together and loved to entertain. She loved her roses, and was the SKIPBO queen at family gatherings. Margie moved to Cambria in 1992, where she remained until the time of her death. She was preceded in death by Keith in 1990; her parents; her brother, Ben; her sister, Kathryn and a grandson, Little Joe. Mother is survived by six children: step-son, Greg (Sherry) Lowe of Santa Barbara, Calif; Michael Hobbs of Hanford, Calif.; Patricia (Harold) Byers of Yakima, Wash.; Joseph Hobbs of Cambria, Calif.; Thomas (Raquel) Hobbs of Cambria, Calif.; Kathryn (Lee) Kuykendall of Rocklin, Calif.; 11 grandchildren: Paul, Jason, Mary, Patrick, Patricia, Irene, Jamie, JB, Edward, Jennifer, and Jessica; eight great- grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. She also leaves an extended family of nieces and nephews in California, Washington and Kentucky. Margie passed away two months after celebrating her 90th birthday with a family reunion in Cambria. The day of her passing, July 18th, was also the 45th anniversary date of her marriage to Keith. The family would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff from Wilshire Hospice who made mom's last few months so much more comfortable. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Margie's name to the DAV, Cambria American Legion, or C.A.N. of Cambria. Remembrances may be sent to 346 Leighton Street, Cambria, Calif., 93428. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Rocci, Samantha Susan  
Samantha Rocci Nov.1968 - July 2015 Samantha "Sam" Susan Rocci, born in Fullerton, California, to Garry William Erik Johnson and Nancy Elizabeth (Pool) Johnson, passed away after an almost year-long fight with Leukemia on July 18, 2015. Sam grew up in Diamond Bar, Calif., as a young child and then Campbell, Calif. She did a lot of traveling with her parents and twin brother and sister and spent time abroad as an exchange student in England in college. She interned for Norman Minetta, former United States Secretary of Transportation, while he was a congressman in the United States House of Representatives representing the Silicon Valley area. Sam was an avid lover of music and one fateful day she went to see the Grateful Dead at Shoreline Amphitheater where she met her husband Michael "Mike" Thomas Rocci. Sam and Mike married on September 24, 1994, at New Brighton State Beach near Capitola, Calif. They resided in Seal Beach, Calif., through 1997 at which time they moved to Oceanside, Calif. After a short stint in Oceanside, they moved to Vista, Calif. Sam became pregnant with their twin boys and Mike's work with the parent company of the Merced Sun-Star moved them to Merced in July of 2000 where they settled down to raise their children. In 2003 they had their daughter. Sam was a stay-at-home mom to her three children and homeschooled the kids with the guidance of Hickman Charter School. Sam taught her kids with an enthusiasm to look further than simply what was expected of them. She would often turn simple everyday tasks or activities into a broader learning experience. If you ever met Sam, you would remember her. Her smile would light up every room she went into, and she absolutely enjoyed engaging with people in any way possible. She had a strong devotion to her kids, husband, family and extended family. One of her favorite sayings was, "That you need to learn when to dance in the rain." She loved spending time with her parents at their Morro Bay home. Whenever it got too hot in Merced, Sam would head to the beach with the kids to visit her parents. Her other true joys were 49er games, the beach and camping and hiking in Yosemite. Sam earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from San Marcos State University, Calif. She was working on her teaching credential when she became a mother and decided to spend time at home raising her children. She had just been offered employment at Hickman Charter School when she was diagnosed. Sam went through a heroic battle with her disease. She went through two induction chemotherapies, one consolidation chemotherapy, and then finally went through a bone marrow transplant on May 5, 2015, all at Stanford Hospital's Cancer Center. The staff at Stanford did everything in their power, but unfortunately, in the end, they were unable to save her. Sam is survived by her loving husband of nearly 21 years, Michael Rocci; twin boys, Christopher and Anthony Rocci; daughter, Anne Rocci; parents, Garry and Nancy Johnson; sister, Liz Lauer, and brother, Dirk Johnson. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at https://www. lls.org . Or if you want to donate to the family, go to gofund.me/szzwxs. A Visitation and viewing will be held Monday, August 3, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel, 525 W. 20th St., Merced, Calif. Following will be a Celebration of Sam's Life at Playhouse Merced, 452 W Main St., Merced, Calif. Expect tie dyes, Grateful Dead, laughter and tears. All are invited to join us for some food and refreshments to share in Sam's memories. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Brenneise, Melvin  
Melvin Brenneise Melvin "Mel" Andrew Brenneise, 74, born in North Hollywood, Calif., passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015, at home with his family. He was an active member of his church, a Marine, a volunteer at the Morro Bay Police Station and drove the trolley for many years. He was an avid golfer and musician. Mel is survived by his wife Georgia, five children, six grandchildren, sister, nieces, cousins, and the countless lives he touched through out his life. There will be a Celebration of his Life in Morro Bay at 3:00pm, Saturday, August 1, at Calvary Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Calvary Lutheran Church to be used for a memorial bench on the Embarcadero. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries .
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 29, 2015
Hornung, Elvera  
Elvera Hornung Elvera Margaret Hornung, 87, born in June 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 20, 2015, in her home in Avila Beach, California, with her two "Cosmic" daughters at her side. A woman of substance, Elvera held a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was an early pioneer in the recognition and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is forever held in the highest esteem by the men who served and were held prisoners of war during WWII. Her devoted service in council of more than 30 years at the Veteran's Hospital, Westwood, Calif., is only part of her great legacy. Her life was full, bold and filled with passion. Possessing a fearless wanderlust, and despite her limited mobility from childhood tuberculosis of her left knee, she traveled the world often in solo and independently with great courage, curiosity and compassion and would return with rich stories and meaningful observations of the human spirit. Her retired years were never idle. She devoted much of her time to mentoring young undergraduate Social Work students at Cal Poly University, and held leadership positions with the local chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of University Women and volunteered for years as a psychotherapist with the Community Counseling Center of San Luis Obispo. Each classical music season, volunteering many evenings, she ushered hundreds of guests through the doors of the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center in support of her beloved local philharmonic orchestra's performances. Always an advocate for social welfare of so many in need, Elvera exemplified the true meaning of compassion and hard work, forged with her fierce love of life. She will be missed by scores of devoted friends, admiring colleagues, her two loving "Cosmic" daughters, Nancie and Rozae, and by her lifelong friends: Bruce, Debbie, Gail, Diane, Shirley and Ray all whom she loved dearly. In lieu of flowers, Elvera would have been grateful if friends and family would contribute to her beloved Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Donations may also be made to the "Tribute Program of Lurie Children" in memoriam of Elvera Hornung: Foundation.luriechildrens.org/goto/elverahornung . A Memorial Service to celebrate Elvera's life and achievements will be held on August 16, at 1:00pm at the Country Club in San Luis Bay Estates in Avila Beach, Calif. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 29, 2015
Hoyt, Homer  
Homer Hoyt Homer Edward Hoyt died peacefully in his sleep on July 22, 2015, in San Luis Obispo. He was 98 years old. Homer was born during the worst snow storm of the year in April 1917 to Florence and Samuel Hoyt in the village of Conimicut, Rhode Island. He attended schools in Conimicut and graduated from Aldrich High School in nearby Warwick, Rhode Island. He received his B.A. degree from Rhode Island College of Education (now Rhode Island College). He moved west and received a M.A. degree from UC Berkeley. In 1947, he was a new junior high school teacher in Petaluma, Calif., where he met another new teacher in the same school, Jeanne Sahlin. In 1949, they were married at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. They had two sons. Homer was a dedicated educator who served at all levels. He was an elementary and junior high teacher as well as an elementary and junior high school principal. He was an Assistant Superintendent in the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and the Superintendent of the Healdsburg Elementary and High School district. He ended his career as an Associate Professor of Education at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo and served as a ruling elder there several times. He also sang with the Praise Singers and taught many adult Bible classes. He also frequently attended the First Christian Church in Morro Bay. In retirement, he was active in the California Retired Teachers Association and enjoyed golfing with his fellow Education Department friends. He was a faithful, devoted Christian and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne (Sahlin); son, John and Mary of West Hollywood and son, Kenneth and Narhiz and two grandsons, Khristian and Nathanael of San Jose. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 1, at 11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo on Marsh and Morro Streets. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 29, 2015
Marcotte, Jean  
Jean Marcotte Our dear loving Scottish mother and wife, who ensured her family would have a happy life by moving to San Luis Obispo nearly 40 years ago, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015. Jean B. Marcotte was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to parents William and Ellen Kavanagh Begley. Following her formal education in London and Glasgow schools, she acquired many skills throughout her lifetime from private catering, professional seamstress and finally running her own successful business. At the insistence of her loving father, she immigrated to America as a nanny for a family in Winnetka, Illinois, to care for three young children. A few years later, she moved to Florida to work at the Whitehall Hotel and Resort in Palm Beach. The Whitehall was attached to the famous Henry Flagler Museum and has since been destroyed. The Flagler Museum remains the primary tourist attraction in the Palm Beaches. While working at the Whitehall she met her future husband, Paul Marcotte of Maine. They married several months later in Arlington, New Jersey. She and Paul soon moved to Lewiston, Maine, and settled into his inherited home. During this time two sons, James and Scott were born. After 14 years of Maine winters, she and family returned to Florida for three years, where she was employed as an executive housekeeper for several wealthy families in the Boca Raton area. She took it upon herself to find a better location to raise her family and visited San Luis Obispo on her own and soon the family relocated to the Central Coast and has been happy here ever since. Jean visited Scotland often to maintain close ties with lifelong friends, traveled to Europe and enjoyed many cruises with her husband. Being with friends and family, hosting parties, dancing, whatever you care to mention, she was vibrant and full of life and people loved being around her. She is survived by her two sons, James (Sarah) of Los Angeles, and Scott (Maria) of San Luis Obispo; brother, Jerry Kavanagh of Coylton, Scotland; a sister in London and her cherished granddaughter, Rowan, who was her great joy. She was considered a sister to the Brasher families of Alabama and Olympia, Washington, and a long time family member of the MacFarlane's of Ayr, Scotland. She treasured the many lasting friendships she accumulated throughout her lifetime. She was warm and deeply considerate of others and always there for us. While in Maine she became an American citizen and rarely missed the opportunity to vote. She was a member of the Mission Church Young Ladies Institute and a former member of the Central Coast Women's League. She previously served as membership chairman for the GOP Women's Federated Club. Funeral services will be held at the Reis Memorial Chapel at 10:30am, on Friday, July 31, with reception to follow. A private burial in the family memorial bench in Mission Cemetery will take place immediately following the services. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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