Ralph Walter Witt
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May 27, 1923 - July 5, 2013
Ralph Walter Witt, 90, who was a teacher at Northview High School, Covina, passed away on Friday, July 5,2013 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Born in Los Angeles, Ralph played
Varsity Tennis at Los Angeles High School, Redlands University and UCLA, where he was captain of the Tennis Team for two years.
He taught Algebra, Biology, Life Science, and PE at schools in Redondo , Punahou, Hawaii, Burbank, and Covina Unified School Districts. In most schools he was the tennis coach until he became head of the Northview Science Department.
In 1980 Ralph and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, also taking their Samoyed "Kaja" who had to go through quarantine. The Witts owned five Samoyeds in their lifetime. Their last and sixth dog is a little Tibetan Spaniel.
Both the Witts got jobs with the State Hawaiian Board of Education and later Ralph became the tennis pro at the Kona Surf Hotel until it closed.
Ralph joined and played in tennis clubs wherever he lived. He flew small planes, Pipers and Cessnas. Until he was 85, Ralph owned and rode a Honda Shadow 900. He and his wife traveled with Globus Tours to Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Due to a fall on May 8, 2009 Ralph's right side was paralyzed. In the next four years he learned to walk, fall and walk again. He broke his leg twice and had three hip surgeries. Ralph was brave through it all, but on July 5,2013 he died after another fall.
He leaves his wife Elizabeth, sons Judge Gary Witt, Dr. Keith Witt, and Dr. Earl Witt , their wives and seven grandchildren. Also his brother Dean Witt of Honolulu and many nieces and nephews. Services held July 13, 2013 at A Hui Ho Funeral Home in Kailua-Kona. Ashes to be distributed at sea.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on July 13, 2013