Rubesh, Dan (Wind Wizard)
Ever so beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend
Daniel Paul Rubesh (The Wind Wizard) of Port Hueneme, California, passed away on March 26, 2013. He was 70 years old. Dan suffered a sudden heart attack while on a shopping trip near his home. Dan was born on September 29, 1942, in San Diego, California, the first child of Clinton and Margaret Rubesh, who had moved from Iowa to a house on Marine View Drive in San Diego. Dan later had a big influence on his younger siblings Robert, Christina and Timothy. In his late teens, Dan often had more than one hot rod in various stages of completion in the garage of the family home. Dan married Judith (Harris) Breese of La Mesa, California, on November 15, 1967 and he later adopted, Nicholas; Judith's son from her first marriage. Judi gave birth to Dan's second child, Andrea. The couple later divorced. Dan married Christin Aylor of El Cajon, California, on October 12, 1985. He graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1960, and later received journeyman training as a machinist. Dan was adept at implementation of numerical control automation of machinery as well as other cutting-edge technology at his workplaces National Machine & Manufacturing, his father's business which Dan managed and later ran as Alturdyne and Fueling Engineering. Dan was an active board advisor in approving the accreditation of California machinist apprentices. Dan also ran the Wind Wizard Internet Kite Shoppe and offered sales of several popular kite manufacturers as well as his own special brand of humor and his opinions on the state of the establishment-at- large. Dan served in the U.S. Army, having been stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, and later at the U.S. airbase in Da Nang, Vietnam where he was a mechanic in the base motor pool. Dan enjoyed riding motorcycles and working on cars, as well as fishing, computers and gadgets of all types. Dan had a special love of kite-flying and was active in kite flying clubs and associations in Ventura and San Diego. He also rode kite-buggies and was an advocate of naked kite-buggying. Dan was a participant at several Moon Over Amtrak Festivals, held annually at the Mugs Away Saloon in Laguna Niguel, California. Later in life, Dan became an ordained minister and had the distinct privilege of marrying two couples. He was also a lover of animals and enjoyed their 2 dogs and 10 cats. Dan is survived by his first wife Judi of La Mesa; and his second wife Chris of Port Hueneme; son Nicholas Rubesh Breese and his wife Tanya of Troutville, Virginia, and their four children, daughter Andrea Capano and her husband Paul of Carlsbad, and grandsons Cohl and Cameryn; sister Christina Gill and her husband Tom of Walnut Creek; brother Tim and his wife Susan of San Diego; nephew Paul Rubesh and his wife Erin of San Marcos, and nephew Marc Rubesh and his wife Karin of San Diego. Dan is predeceased by his parents Clinton and Margaret Rubesh, who died in 1980 and 1984, respectively, and brother Robert, who died on March 7, 2002. A celebration of Dan's life will be held on Saturday, May 25th, at 12 noon, at the San Diego Yacht Club, 1011 Anchorage Lane, San Diego, CA 92106. In lieu of any flowers, memorial funds or other gestures of sympathy, Dan would appreciate your continuing enjoyment of life, our freedoms, and the messages contained in the following sources:
If you're not into any of that, you could adopt a shelter pet or support your local animal shelter. Oh, and go fly a kite.
Published in U-T San Diego on May 22, 2013