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Barba, Cecil  
Cecil Barba Cecil Frederick Barba "Boots," 92, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at his home in San Luis Obispo on May 19, 2015. Boots was born in 1923 to Maurice and Catherine, and was the youngest of seven kids (Maurice, Carrie, Ernie, Leo, Henry, Josephine). He was born and raised in Santa Margarita, Calif. He attended Santa Margarita Elementary and Atascadero High School. He married the love of his life Bernice Jordan in 1947 in Reno, California, and they were married 42 years until her death in 1989. They moved to San Luis Obispo and raised two amazing children, Michael F. Barba, born in 1953 then later passed in 1999 and Ronald A. Barba, born in 1957. Boots retired after 36 years of service in the Departments of Army and Air Force. Boots was a World War II Veteran stationed in the Southern Philippines, Luzon, and New Guinea: decorated with the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star, and World War II Victory Medal. As a Civilian he served as a USPFO Warehouse/ Construction worker at Camp San Luis. During retirement he frequently vacationed with family in Elk Grove and Lake Tahoe. Often times he could be found helping his neighbors and friends with various projects and was also an avid walker in his neighborhood. Boots was a man of God, a very active member and usher of his church, Nativity of Our Lady, San Luis Obispo. Above all, Boots loved his family and getting together with them. He visited family in Santa Margarita every Sunday. He was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren. Whenever possible he was on the sideline of their sporting events, present at school performances and activities, and always a big part of their celebrations. They brought great joy to his life. With family and friends he celebrated his 80th birthday at Madonna Inn and his 90th at AJ Spurs. He was always helping others, extending his ear, and providing some of life's greatest advice. He was a simple but hard working man with an amazing spirit. He is survived by his brother, Henry Barba, 101 years young, of Santa Margarita; son, Ron Barba of Atascadero; brothers-in-law, Wayne Jordan and Ken Jordan; grandchildren: Jayna, Matthew, Jason, Charles, and Courtney Barba; great- granddaughter, Kaylen Grace Barba, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. The viewing is scheduled for 3:00pm at Reis Family Mortuary followed by a Rosary at 6:00pm on Wednesday, May 27. The Funeral Service is scheduled for 11:00am at Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church on Thursday, May 28, followed by a burial at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park. A reception will follow the burial services at the Elks Lodge of San Luis Obispo from 2:00 to 5:00pm. In memory of Boots Barba, donations may be made to Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, 277 South St., San Luis Obispo, 93401. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 24, 2015
Bishop, Robert  
Robert Bishop February 1919 - May 2015 Robert "Bob" W. Bishop, Sr. passed away in his sleep on May 17, 2015. Throughout his life Bob was a thoughtful, caring, generous and considerate human being to both family members and friends. He was always involved with civic organizations like the Lion's Club and with his church. While living in the San Luis Obispo area, he volunteered at Sierra Vista Hospital and was very active in United Church of Christ on Los Osos Valley Road. He graduated from the University of Michigan as a metallurgical engineer and worked for Union Carbide in New York and at Eastman Kodak at various locations during his career. He held advanced degrees from both UCLA and USC. In his last position at Kodak, he was the manager of the film processing laboratory in Hollywood, California. Bob was a proud member of the U.S. Navy in World War II and served on a Liberty Supply Ship in the Pacific. He always enjoyed travelling, family gatherings, playing bridge and golf and fixing things. He met his first wife, Agnes, at the University of Michigan and they were married for 58 years. They had three children. Both Agnes and his youngest son, George, preceded Bob in death. Bob is survived by his second wife, Kathleen Tanner, to whom he was married for 13 years and with whom he shared several memorable cruises. He is also survived by son, Robert W., Jr. (Fonna); daughter, Dianne (George) Krall; by stepchildren, Bill (Chris) Tanner, Ron (Lynn) Tanner, and Suzy (Doug) Reynolds; and by several loving grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Kirsten, Jonna, and Kim remember him especially well. Now in a far better place, we wish him peace and comfort. A Memorial Service will be held at the United Church of Christ on Los Osos Valley Road at 3:00pm on Saturday, May 30. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the United Church of Christ or to Central Coast Hospice. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 24, 2015
Carson, Brian - Los Osos  
Brian Carson August 1976 - May 2015 Brian Steven Carson, 38, resident of San Luis Obispo from 1980 to 1988 died from a bronchial disorder in Anaheim. Born in Anaheim to Mark and Deborah Carson Seehusen; he is survived by parents Shaun and Debby Hobbs in Los Osos. Brian attended Bishops Peak and Chico High, graduate of 1994. He loved music and sports, and could be heard for miles while watching Angels Baseball or Rams Football. He worked for PowerSTAR Home Energy Solutions in Anaheim. God blessed Brian with deep faith and true joy and happiness with Alison Brandsgard; his legacy and fortune was having many genuine friends and family who loved and supported him throughout his life. Viewing May 31, Funeral June 1 at Westminster Memorial 2:30pm. 714-893-2421. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 23, 2015
Clarke, William  
Wm. R. Clarke William Roger Clarke, 80, passed away on May 18, 2015. Bill was born in March 1935 in Washington D.C. At six weeks old, moved across county to find "home" in California, across the street from what turned out to be his friend for life, Roy Smith. Bill attended St. Ambrose Catholic School, Fairfax and Hollywood High School. He was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, stationed in Japan. Bill got his start in the electrical field from Al Berg at BergElectric. He started as an apprentice and went straight up to Vice President. Bill was a very accomplished and well-respected electrical contractor. He later went on to open CLARKELECTRIC and, in his later years, became a consultant for numerous electrical contractors throughout Los Angeles. Bill lived many happy years in the home he built in Malibu. He also spent time on the Sunny C Ranch in Cayucos, enjoying the Cowboy life. In 1993, Bill met the love of his life Jacque and they married in 2000. Bill and Jacque moved to Marina Del Rey and built their home in El Segundo. Bill and Jacque were inseparable, they were truly soul mates, sharing the same thoughts, same humor, same love of life, even finishing each other sentences. They were one, and Bill, along with his entire family, felt blessed everyday to have Jacque his life. Bill was a natural athlete; he enjoyed all things outdoors, but his love was for the ocean. Surfing, diving, fishing, long ocean cruises and sunsets spent with his wife Jacque, Volleyball at San Onofre, happy hour on Gary Horne's boat, as long as he was close to ocean, Bill was happy. He was also known for his stories. No one could tell a story like Bill. You could hear him tell the same story many times and enjoy each and every version. He was hard working, honest, loyal, dedicated and could accomplish things others wouldn't even attempt. Bill was a staunch conservative and enthusiastic political debater. According to family and friends, Bill's charisma drew people to him and his wonderful sense of humor served him well. He was respected by all who met and worked for him. In addition to his wife Jacque, Bill is survived by his sisters, Alice Moriarty (Jim) and Louise Clarke Stone; son, David Clarke; daughter, Pamela Clarke-Brindley (Randy); grandchildren, Amanda and Scott Dunton; two great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and friends, all of whom will miss him more than words can say. In lieu of flowers Bill requested "you not vote for Hillary" and any donations can be made to the NRA in his honor. A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held at 3:00pm at the California Yacht Club (CYC) in Marina Del Rey on Saturday, June 13. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 24, 2015
Crane, Rudolph Evans  
Rudolph Evans Crane Rudolph "Rudy" Evans Crane, 76 years old, passed away at his home on April 22, 2015, in San Luis Obispo due to heart failure. Rudy was born to Mary Juanita and Clyde Gilbert Crane in Cameron, Missouri. He graduated from San Luis Obispo High School, married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Doane, and had three children. Rudy worked as a home builder and owner, originator of Rudolph's Coffee and Tea in San Luis Obispo. He was passionate about painting, motorcycles, travelling with his dog and being with his family and friends. Rudy will be greatly missed by all. He is survived by his three children: Kevin Crane, Kimberly Fields, and Scott Crane, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rudy was cremated at Reis Mortuary and a Celebration of his Life will be held. Please contact Kevin Crane at (805) 712-2765 for information. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 24, 2015
Fairfield, Marianne  
Marianne Fairfield Marianne Fairfield, a proud resident of Arroyo Grande for the past 20 years, passed away comfortably on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. She was a pre-Depression baby, born Marianne Chadwell in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but never once chided her daughter or her friends with stories of how hard things were "back in the day." After graduating from high school in Tulsa, she entered the University of Missouri where she received a degree in Journalism and met her eventual husband and ex-husband, John Fairfield. Mr. Fairfield was from Cleveland, Ohio, and the smitten Marianne agreed to relocate there with him in the early 1950s. Her goal to someday live in California was forged during her first Cleveland winter. She worked as a copywriter for WHK radio in Cleveland for five years, until she became a stay-at-home mom during her daughter Michelle's first 12 years. When Michelle entered junior high, Marianne became the first mom in her suburban Cleveland neighborhood to get both a job and a Master's degree. She began her new career as a children's librarian in Berea, Ohio, but fell so in love with the library that she put herself through Library School at Case Western Reserve University. She worked nearly 30 years in that profession, rising to its peak as Branch Manager of the Bay Village, Ohio, Library. But California still called to her. In 1996, she and her beloved companion, George, came to San Luis Obispo to visit his daughter. Marianne was sold on the area and the two of them soon moved to Arroyo Grande where they happily cohabited and shared many adventures until his passing. She filled her time with volunteer work in children's rooms of local libraries, travel with her friends, visits with her daughter and grandchildren, bridge matches with her AAUW pals, socializing with her close friends, working crossword puzzles with her dear friend (also named Marianne), and eating ice cream for breakfast. Always engaging, always witty, and always interested and interesting, Marianne leaves many sad hearts behind. We will always miss her, but we encourage you to have some ice cream for breakfast, work a crossword, and read a banned book to remember her. A Memorial get-together will be held on Memorial Day morning, May 25, from 10:00am to noon. For information, please call 805-801-6949. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com .obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 22, 2015
Fragione, Christine - Atascadero  
Christine Fragione Christine Ann Fragione, age 64, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015, in Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton from complications of liver disease. Born in October 1950 in Pasadena, California, Chris married her high school sweetheart in 1969 and moved to the Central Coast in 1971. She resided in Atascadero for over 40 years. She was a very dedicated mother of three children and was employed as a bookkeeper for 20 years. Chris enjoyed going to the beach, shell collecting, cooking, traveling, and most important spending time with her children and grandchildren. Chris is survived by her husband, Serge Fragione; her daughters, Lisa McKell and Jaslyn Fragione and her son, Shawn Fragione; her nine grandchildren: Hannah, Sequoia, Haley, Shane, Jayden, Blake, Kyler, Brolan, and Christian. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 24, 2015
Frampton, Douglas  
Douglas Frampton December 1946 to May 2015 Douglas Stewart Frampton was born in Long Beach, Calif., to Jack and Marion, the fourth of six children. He graduated from Long Beach Poly High School class of '65, Long Beach City College '67 with an AA in business, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor's in Industrial Technology '70. He was a member of the Carpenters Union in Long Beach and San Luis Obispo. He was a carpenter at the Atascadero State Hospital and Carpenter II at Camp Roberts. Doug married Mary Lou Deehr in September of 1974 in Long Beach. They relocated to Atascadero in August of 1977. Douglas loved to fish, hunt, camp, and garden, always with a cigarette and cold beer in hand. As an accomplished wood worker and cement finisher, he could build just about anything. He succumbed to lung cancer and leaves behind his wife of 40 years, Mary Lou; sons: Jack, Tim (Caitlin), and Ted; grandson, Declan; sisters: Anne, Ritchie (Bob), and Mary Ellis; and brother, Don. He was preceded by his parents; brothers, John and Peter; brother in law, Jim; and nephew, Paul. Graveside Services will be at Pine Mountain Cemetery in Atascadero on Friday, May 29, at 1:00pm. There will be a Celebration of Life pot luck on Saturday, May 30, at the Atascadero Kennedy Club Fitness Club House from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. All who knew him or support his family are welcome to come to both services and bring your best Doug story. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 24, 2015
Hale, William - San Luis Obispo  
William Hale William "Bill" F. Hale was born in May 1924 in Chicago, Ill., and passed away on May 15, 2015, in San Luis Obispo. Bill eagerly joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 in June 1941, where he traveled the world fighting for his country. Bill fought in multiple wars including: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. As a Naval Aviator, Bill served on the USS Essex, USS Randolph and USS Bennington. He also served two assignments with the British Navy. While fighting for his country Bill earned many distinguished awards, medals, ribbons and commendations during his 30 year military career, including the coveted Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1971, Bill retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. Bill flew a total of 87 combat missions. Bill and his family were very proud of his military service. Upon Bill's retirement from the Navy, he went to work for a Defense Contract Company for 18 years. This led him and his family to relocate from Virginia to Camarillo, Calif. When Bill decided to retire (again) in 1989 he moved from Camarillo to the small community of Heritage Ranch in Paso Robles, Calif. While at Heritage Ranch Bill devoted himself to ensuring that the community had a proper evacuation plan in case of an emergency. He was honored with volunteer of the year in 2009 because of his dedication to the community. During Bill's retirement he loved to travel all over the United States and world with loved ones. Bill would hook up his truck and trailer and make the long haul across the United States visiting different destinations. Bill enjoyed going on cruises, especially the European boat cruises, no matter where Bill was he would always make a friend or two and share his passion for his country. In 2010, Bill moved to San Luis Obispo to be closer to his daughter, Kelly and her family. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2014. While battling dementia, Bill never lost his charisma and was always willing to share a story about the Navy days. Bill is survived by his six children: Lois Douglas (Ed), Vera Martin (Mickey), Bradley Hale (Cheryl), Kathleen Johnson (J”n), Kelly Fontes (Michael), and Kim Smith (Von); twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bill will be laid to rest with a military burial on Friday, May 29, at 1:00pm at Los Osos Memorial Park and Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's behalf to the Alzheimer's Association, 3480 S. Higuera #120, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 93401. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituarie
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 27, 2015
Hofman, Harry  
Harry Hofman Harry T. Hofman, 91, born and raised in Shafter, Calif., passed away at his home in Morro Bay on Monday, May 18, 2015. Upon graduation from Bakersfield College, Harry enlisted in the Army Air Force and was eventually stationed in India as part of the 24th Weather Squadron during World War II. After the war he earned a B.S. in Business Admin. at San Jose State on the GI Bill. He had a long public and professional career working with Union Oil for about a decade right out of college. Some of his accomplishments included terms as the Mayor of Delano, President of the Delano Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club, Master of Delano Masonic Lodge, as well as a 30 year partnership with his brother-in-law at Hofman-Lewis Tire Shop. His professional/work life spanned 66 years culminating in retirement at the age of 89 as a Realtor/Broker with Morro Bay Realty in 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Evelyn; his brother, Ernie, and his sister, Irene Stockton. He is survived by his wife, Jackie; five children: Kathy Defraga, Carol Barling, Mary Hofman, Harry Hofman, and Jim Hofman; ten grandchildren, eight great- grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, May 30, at 1:00pm at the Cayucos/ Morro Bay Cemetery. A Celebration of Life is planned at the Morro Bay Presbyterian Church, 485 Piney Way, at 2:30pm. In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation in his honor to: H.A.R.T. of Cambria, Calif. or CVAF in Bakersfield, California. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on May 24, 2015
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