Joseph Secan
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Feb. 4, 1933 - March 12, 2021 It breaks our hearts to share that our dad, grandpa, brother, friend, and uncle, Joseph Secan, passed away unexpectedly this weekend. All those who knew him can surely agree he was one of a kind! A true free spirit and an old school classic guy. He could talk to anyone about anything - politics, history, aerodynamics, Elon Musk's latest's endeavers, Croatia, any author, Yugoslavian picnics, food, art, music, gardening, restaurants you name it. He was an expert on so many things and had a passion for everything. He was a member of almost every art museum in LA and frequented them often! It was amazing how current and up to date he was on everything, but never owned a cell phone or used a computer to Google a thing! He regularly used his original set of ancient Encyclopedias, subscribed to countless magazines and newspapers and read voraciously to expand his understanding of topics that interested him! Museums, libraries, and indoor dining were the things he missed most during the Covid shutdown. Joe was born in Pontiac, Michigan in 1933 and headed west in the 50's. He had 6 siblings: Frank Secan, Anna Secan Devers, Barbara Secan Lockshaw, Mary Secan Smith, Michael Secan, and Nick Secan. He graduated from UCLA, served in the US Navy, and settled in Manhattan Beach and found his paradise. He walked the Strand every day stopping to say hello to all those he knew along the way - his normal distance was somewhere between 10-15 miles a day. He was active till the finish and loved life to the fullest. The loss of his dear daughter Kristine on May 5, 2020 left him broken hearted. He was lifted with the angels in Heaven on Kristine's birthday. We will miss you Grandpa Joe!


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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 3, 2021.
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April 7, 2021
Joe was a long time friend; we graduated from high school together in 1951. I will miss my yearly Christmas cards and his smile and personality.
Ron Kevern
April 6, 2021
I as many have known Joe from High School. Our High School class was very close as most all of us were in one location from the 9th grade on. And still many have stayed close, thanks to many of the ladies in our class. BUT! Joe was always a stand out and he was our class president when we graduated. His memories will keep him alive in our mind as long as we live and they are good ones at that. So I say we will meet again down the road when we join those who have gone before us. "RIP JOE SECAN and SIE LAVIE"
Charles Carter
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April 6, 2021
Joe was an old school mate. I have been away from Michigan well over 50 years and sorry to say I did nit get to know him as well as some you did, From what I have read about him he must have been one great man, So sorry to hear this and God bless and keep all the family
Lloyd Mayo
Classmate
April 6, 2021
I am so sad that I was never able to meet the infamous Joe Secan. My husband, Richard Campbell, has told stories of his adventures with Joe so many times I feel like I knew him well. Perhaps their biggest adventure was when they hitchhiked from Michigan to Alaska together in 1950 or 1951 to work the gold fields. I am so very sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
Mary Campbell
Classmate
April 6, 2021
I first met Joe in grade school and we were pals through high school. He is in a 3rd grade picture I had. He visited me when my aircraft carrier docked in Japan when we were both in the Navy. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Bob Johnson
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