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Mr. Lynn J. Hubbard died of natural causes on March 31, 2010 in Bakersfield, CA. He was returning to his home in Imperial Beach after spending his 89th birthday with family in Chico.

Lynn was born on March 24, 1921, in Seattle, Washington, son of Lynn P. and Fern E. (Leaver) Hubbard.  He grew up in the Seattle area, and married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Elsey on February 29, 1940.  Lynn served in the Navy prior to World War II, then was called back to service after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  After the war, he went to work as a lineman for the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph company.  Lynn was a lifetime member of the San Bernadino Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons, and spent over 20 years active in the Shriners; his wife was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star.

In the early 1950's, Lynn and Barbara started their own business selling mobile homes in the pacific northwest.  After a successful career that lasted over 20 years, and included dealerships in Washington, Idaho, and California, they retired from the industry and became artisans of 19th century leather work, specializing in handcrafted period clothing.  Their work can be seen in numerous western movies of the 80's and 90's, including Tombstone, Rio Diablo, Legends of the Fall, and Maverick.  Their work is also featured on the Franklin Mint selection of John Wayne collector plates, "Hondo Lane" and "The Duke."

After losing mobility and turning to wheelchairs and other mobility devices in the late 1990's, Lynn and Barbara became advocates for the disabled.  They were personally responsible for hundreds of business locations coming into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, assuring that thousands of disabled people now have full access to private businesses in compliance with the law.

Lynn was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Barbara Jean (Elsey) Hubbard, who passed on November 13, 2009, and his son, Steven B. Hubbard, who passed on January 11, 2010. He is survived by a daughter and two sons, Lynn and Dale Hubbard III of Chico, Linda Jean Adams of Redding, and Douglas S. Hubbard of Imperial Beach.

He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Charles and Melinda (Adams) Mohnike of Chico, Darin and Lorna Adams of Fair Oaks, Dawn Marie Adams of Las Vegas, Sam and Tiffney Lyn (Adams) Simson of Willows, Jordan Adams of Chico, Scottlynn J. and Stacey Hubbard of Chico, Lynn Joshua W. and Echo Hubbard of Chico, Douglas Hubbard II of San Diego, Steven Sykes and LaVonne Hubbard of Imperial Beach, and Elora Lynn Hubbard of Imperial Beach.

In addition, he is survived by 11 great-grandchildren: Benjamin J. Miller of Chico, Loki St. Lynn Miller of Chico, Summer Lyn Adams of Fair Oaks, Lily May Hubbard-Sykes of Imperial Beach, Lisa Lynn Hubbard of Chico, Lucas Hubbard of Chico, Lynn Joshua Hubbard of Chico, Kari Hubbard of Chico, Audrey Hubbard of Chico, Julia Lyn Simson of Willows, and Adam Simson of Willows.

Services will be held at the Chico Family Masonic Center on April 24, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 24, 2010
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