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A.Y. Olds

11/27/23 - 12/9/14

Our beloved husband, dad and friend, A. Y. passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in his sleep with his family at his side. His 91st birthday was on Thanksgiving Day. A.Y. was born and raised in Crowell, Texas and his grandfather, James H., was a famous cowboy, working for several cattle ranches and was a super roper. Dad excelled in acting and was quarterback on the Crowell football team.

In 1941, he won the prestigious Samuel French Award for Best Dramatic Actor in Texas. Dad attended the University of Texas in Austin where he earned his BBA business degree in 1944. He served on the destroyer U.S.S. Hudson (DD475) in the Pacific theater of WW2 with an exciting war record, surviving Iwo Jima and a kamikaze attack.

Dad married Joyce Bumpass, from Quanah, Texas, in 1946, and they were together 69 years. Dad always said this was the best thing that ever happened to him. Upon his Navy discharge near Dodger Stadium, he joined Humble Oil and Refining Company in Dallas and worked there 40 years as one of their key real estate executives. Exxon was extremely well-managed and provided a very good retirement.

A.Y. volunteered a lot in the South Bay, beginning in 1969, when his son's soccer team won the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) State Championship. Dad joined Hans Stierle and Ron Littlefair running Torrance operations and became Regional Commissioner. He was known as "Mr. AYSO" and first invited girls to play soccer, put AYSO on a sound financial footing, and established AYSO educational scholarships. Dad was always proud that everyone gets to play AYSO soccer. Dad was in the South Torrance and Signal Hill Lions Clubs, and also volunteered to help the Methodist Men of Riviera United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts, YMCA Indian Guides, El Camino College's Center for the Arts, Distinguished Speakers Series, and the South Bay Civic Light Opera. He was always there to lend his kids a hand however he could. Later, he was a top team captain supporting the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 5-K Walks for 18 years, raising over $25,000 for diabetes research and education. He was also a charter member of the Seal Beach McDonald's "McGeezers", a fun daily breakfast crowd.

A.Y. is survived by his wife, Joyce and three children, Linda Olds, Carole Preece and Jim Olds. Donations in A.Y.'s honor can be made to the El Camino College Center for the Arts.

A Memorial Service will be held for Dad on Sunday, January 4th, at 2pm at the Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 31, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
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