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Lee R. Petillon

Lee R. Petillon died on July 26 at his home in Palos Verdes. He was 84. Petillon was a securities attorney and an expert on small business financing. He drafted seven bills passed by the California Legislature that helped small businesses. He authored a widely-used book on representing start-up companies and generously shared his expertise with entrepreneurs and with academic, legal, and business groups. He practiced law with a passion for 53 years. Born in Gary, Indiana in 1929, Petillon served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, received a BA from the University of Minnesota, and a JD from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall). Petillon loved to travel and visited five continents with his wife of 53 years, Mary. An avid outdoorsman, he hiked and fished throughout the Sierras with his sons, Andrew and Joe. He enjoyed music of all kinds and loved to read, paint, and spend time with his granddaughters, Emily and Kate. He was a special man who touched many lives. His intelligence, enthusiasm, kindness, and sense of humor will be greatly missed. The family will hold private services in the Sierras. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee Petillon's memory may be sent to the Sierra Club or charity of donor's choice. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Aug. 1, 2013
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