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Stephen O. Barden
Was born on January 30, 1935 in Oakland, California and died of complications related to alzheimers in Sherwood, Oregon on May 19th, 2013. He was faithfully attended by his family at his bedside. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley and his three daughters and their families. Susanne and her husband Paul Longson, their two children Sarah and Samuel, Annie Columbo and her two children James and Daniel, and Cynthia and her husband Mark Peacock and their two children Anahstacia and Clairisse. Samuel Longson and his wife Dana have two children Ella and Cole. Steve was a man with many interests and hobbies. He joined the Claremont Congregational U.C.C. and was a member of the church for 49 years. He was a member of the A.T.O.E. and as a result of his interest in theater pipe organs installed a 4 rank Wurlitzer in his home. He was also a member and President for two terms of the Arrowhead Chapter of the Watch and Clock society and owned many interesting clocks. His greatest love was antique cars. He owned many different types of cars, including a 1914 National, 1921 Locomobile, 1932 CP 8 Chrysler, 1939 Packard 12, an Essex, and his greatest pride and joy a 1931 Model "A" Towne Sedan. Steve was President of the Pomona Valley Model "A" Club for two terms, was a volunteer on National tours and drove many miles across the United States to attend National tours, his last being the Colorado Springs Tour which took he and the Model "A" to the top of Pikes Peak. He was also a member of the local Democratic Club and helped with many elections. After Steve graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts, he joined the United States Coast Guard. He successfully completed Officer's Candidate School and was sent to Seattle to serve his enlistment. It was a busy time in his life as he graduated from college, was married to Shirley and left for the U. S. Coast Guard within a three week period of time. Steve ultimately achieved the rank of Lt. Commander, but was only on active duty through 1960.
Steve was actively involved in the credit union movement for nearly four decades. Following in his father's footsteps he joined the California Credit Union League in 1961 as an Educational Specialist and was promoted the following year to head the Educational Department. When the League moved to Pomona in mid 1964, Steve became the Assistant to the Managing Director and held that position until late 1970. In 1971, Steve was hired as the Assistant Manager of the Los Angeles Employees No .11 Federal Credit Union and in 1974 was appointed as its Manager. While there, he was instrumental in leading them to become one of the state's first credit unions to pilot a share draft program. Then in 1982, he became President/CEO of Beckman Employees Credit Union; (now known as Pacific Community Credit Union). During his credit union career, Steve served two terms as a Director of the California Credit Union League and as a CUNA Mutual State Policyowner's Representative, and was a member of ten League committees. In Addition, he served on the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters, including a term as President of the Los Angeles Chapter. Steve served two terms as a member of the Supervisory Committee of WesCorp FCU and also in the capacity of Chairman of the committee. Steve was a member of Security Pacific National Bank Credit Union Advisory Council following the bank's merger with Bank of America, he participated in the organization of the Credit Union Deposit Network and served on its board until it became part of WesCorp. He was a member of the Credit Union Executives society, as well as the Southern California Credit Union Mangers Association on which he served as president in 1982. In 1977, he received the National Association of Federal Credit Unions Award for Demonstrated Leadership and Distinguished Service. In 1980 he was the recipient of the League's highest honor, the Leo H Shapiro Award for distinguished service. Steve was particularly proud of his 36 years of service on the Board of Trustees of the Western CUNA Management School. He served three years as Secretary/Treasurer and 26 years as its Chairman. The School was near and dear to his heart during the majority of his dedicated service to credit unions.
A memorial service will be held in the sanctuary at the Claremont Congregational U.C.C., 233 W Harrison (6th and Harvard) on June 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM.
Donations may be made to the scholarship fund of the Western CUNA Management School, P. O. Box 51476, Ontario, CA 91761-0076. Or the
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on June 15, 2013
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"Shirly, For many of the years I worked for Western CUNA Management School, Steve was one of my major..."
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- Deborah Columbo
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