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John Edwin Trimm

John Edwin Trimm, a longtime resident of Manhattan Beach, California went to be with his beloved wife, Kay, on February 23, 2014. He had been battling Pulmonary Fibrosis among other difficulties that come with age.

John was born in San Bernardino, California on April 15, 1932. He was, by every account, "all boy" and thoroughly enjoyed growing up a 3rd generation Californian. He spent many summers at Boy Scout Camp on Catalina Island and learned all about high desert agriculture with the Future Farmers of America. During high school, he worked in the orange groves surrounding his family's home for extra money to go to the movies at the Monarch Theatre with his buddies.

Upon high school graduation, John heeded the call and joined the Navy to fight the Korean War. John attended Sonar school and was assigned to the Mine Sweeper USS Toucan. In 1952, John sailed for Nagasaki, stopping in Pearl Harbor and the Midway Islands operating along the Pacific Rim. For his second tour, John was assigned to the USS Doyle, returning to the Pacific Rim and later the Mediterranean. It was during this time that John developed a serious case of wanderlust, which he satisfied by traveling the world in later years. John received his honorable discharge in March 1955.

When he returned home to San Bernardino, John met a group of spirited young teachers and was immediately smitten with Kay McKenzie. She was from Wisconsin and had sparkling blue eyes and dark hair. John and Kay were wed before long, on October 15, 1955 and were married until Kay passed away on January 5, 2013. Their quintessential relationship spanned 57 years, a tribute to a marriage that was filled with honesty, integrity, love and patience.

The GI bill and Kay's teaching salary made it possible for John to attend the University of Southern California, graduating in June of 1960. John was a visionary, intent to work in the emerging computer industry. He majored in Mathematics, as the computer science discipline did not yet exist. His fascination with artificial intelligence, transistors and futuristic possibilities made him a pioneer of the computer age. So began his lifelong relationship with computers, beginning with punch cards, wire boards, and mainframes, later evolving to the microchips and servers of today. According to those who worked with him right up to his retirement, John had a passion for the industry, an incredible work ethic, and a team attitude that included mentoring and encouraging everyone who worked for him.

If John was busy during his working years, it was nothing compared to his schedule once he retired. His wife Kay had been awaiting the day they could freely travel the world, and travel they did! Their journeys reached every continent, and most points in between. They returned to some of the places John visited during his tour of duty in the Navy - some of his favorites were Spain, Portugal and France. He was delighted to show her Paris, which he had described in letters home from the war as "the most interesting city in the world." John and Kay's friendly nature on those trips created friendships (and new travel companions) that would last the rest of their lives.

There was nothing John loved more than his family and friends, a good laugh, a good meal and good glass of wine. He will be missed by many, including his two children, Denise (Trimm) Arand and Christopher Trimm; his two granddaughters, Elizabeth Hansen and Suzanne McDonnell and his great-granddaughters, Molly Kay and Grace Michelle Hansen.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests a donation to the South Bay Auxiliary for Children's Hospital L.A., (sent: c/o Treasurer, 14 Sausalito Circle East, Manhattan Beach, CA 92066) or the Salvation Army in memory of John Trimm.
For more information regarding the memorial service please e-mail the family at [email protected] Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 6, 2014
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