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September 20, 2016
I knew Dr. Abitia back in '75-'77 when he administered Cal Poly's Cooperative Education program. What a gentleman and an inspiration! He was so good, he found for me three six month internships that exposed me to my first professional engineering settings before I graduated. He is the one who set me on my professional course through all these years. I will never forget that brilliant smile, optimism and love for his fellow man. Rest in peace my friend.
January 28, 2015
I'm shocked and saddened having just learned about Dr. Abitia's passing. Dr. Abitia had a profound impact on me during my years at Cal Poly. Although my memories of Cal Poly have faded, the lessons and teachings from Dr. Abitia will last a lifetime, as they have shaped both my personal and professional beliefs and philosophies. He was authentic, unique, giving, compassionate .... qualities that are hard to find in this day and age. I will miss him, but never forget everything he did for me, and likely thousands of others.

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Abitia's daughter for my senior project on his printing shop. Although I can't remember her name, it remains one my fondest memories....working with the two. I still remember a trip to the Atascadero zoo with them.

My deepest sympathies.

Kevin Lau, [email protected]
IT 1993
August 26, 2012
I just foundout that Dr. Abitia passed away. As anyone who has read the other posts here can see he was a special man. He could captivate a classroom with stories of hard working shoe shine men and how he bought his first house (or houses) My wife and I owned a business in Paso Robles and had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Abitia when he would stop by to buy treats for the ladies at his church. Goodby Dr. Abitia!
July 05, 2011
I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Abitia while at Cal Poly in 2001-03. We need more men like Dr. Abitia. He believed in God and he wasn't afraid to say so. Ten feet from me is a book, The Spirit of Christ, that he had given me. He had a quiet strength about him, the kind of confidence that comes with wisdom. And he understood how things worked. I took one particular class that covered a broad spectrum of topics. From personality tests to grant writing. Each lesson was distilled to the essentials, the important things, some apparent and some hidden. But always very interesting and valuable. Many times it surpassed simple knowledge and reflected his years of experience. I learned things in his classes you can't find in textbooks. Few people are wise, and Dr. Abitia was one of them.

My sympathy for his family and friends. Take comfort in knowing his was a life that gave so much to the people who knew him.
April 28, 2011
After completing 14 years in the Navy and returning to school at the age of 32, Dr. Abitia provided me with the encouragement and motivation to attain even higher goals than I had set for myself. As an older student, I found in Dr. Abitia an inner strength and personal integrity which served as a guiding light for my own perseverance. For his shining example and for his wonderful and lasting influence on my life, I will be forever grateful. I feel truly blessed to have known him and his mentorship. As he looks down upon us with his all-knowing smile, I hope that my professional, as well as my personal, success is making him proud.
God Bless!

Jesse Ouwens
BSIT - '93
MAITS - '95
February 21, 2011
It was with great regret I heard that Dr. Abita had passed away last year. It is said that the measure of a man is how he affects others lives in the short time of knowing them. In my life two teachers (mentors) so changed my life that I owe them the life I live today. Dr. Abitia was one of those life changing people that I was honored to know. I knew him for 6 years while attending Cal Poly. In that time he helped me choose what would be the degree to start a great career. He was moral support and helped me realize that someone with my values could succeed in academia by encouraging me to earn my Masters degree. He put his fortune on the line for me when I was in a severe bicycle accident that required surgery, until I could get the funds together to pay for it. Most importantly he helped me to dream of possibilities that I did not allow myself to imagine before. Because of Dr. Abitia I did dream and will start my dissertation for my doctorate next month. Our father in heaven has a special place for you and as you look down on us I hope you realize your life’s work in part is the legacy of those lives you’ve touched.

Richard Sarabia
BS IT 95’ – Cal Poly SLO
MAITS 97’ – Cal Poly SLO
DBA 11’ – Argosy University Phoenix
December 06, 2010
Dr. Abitia was one of the best teachers at Cal Poly. He was a great advisor both in school and out. I still remember taking technical sketching from him and found it one of the most useful course I took. I have fond memories of him. My prayers go out to his family.

Dan Barber
BS, IT 1976
November 23, 2010
Dr. Abitia was an inspiration. He was an instructor who motivated his students to think outside of the box. I will never forget him. My prayers are with him and his family.
October 22, 2010
I’m sadden by such a great lost, but proud to have been part of Dr. Abitia’s life. He was, is and always will be a mentor of mine. His teaching techniques were unique as they were catered to fit his ways. In fact they were full of stories that brought meaning into the material at hand. My prayers are with him and his family.
October 22, 2010
Dr. Abitia was a teacher and at one time an advisor when I was in the IT program at Cal Poly, 89-94. He left an impression more so than any other teacher did during my stay. I can still vividly recall one day in class when he talked about the importance of "panache". Very impressionable and as it turns out a very important part in my career. He leaves behind an important legacy. Best wishes to the family.

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