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Louis "Lou" Malnar

With sadness we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend, Louis "Lou" Vincent Malnar. Born June 7th 1926 in Springfield, Illinois, Lou died April 27th 2017 in his Torrance, California home. He is preceded in death by his wife Bertha of 61 years; daughter, Sharon Louise; parents, Ramona (Butkovitch) and Michael Malnar; sister, Mary Rollins; and brothers Emil, John, and Mike. He leaves behind three children: Anna Ward of Encinitas, CA, David of Chico, CA, and Alan of Prescott, AZ, along with son-in-law, Dennis Ward, daughter-in-law, Peggy Malnar, two grandchildren, Michael Barber, Jeffrey Ward and his wife Jean, and three great-grandchildren, Kanin Barber, Alison and Audrey Ward. In his youth Dad was an altar boy and joined the Boy Scouts of America. After graduating from Cathedral High School in 1944 he enlisted in the United States Naval flight-trainee program at Occidental College, but later relocated to Florida to become an electrician's mate. After the war he worked at Hirschman's Drugstore in San Pedro while earning his A.A. degree from Compton Junior College in 1948, at which time he joined the Los Angeles Police Department as a patrolman. Stationed at the Harbor Division he became an accident investigator, bureau supervisor, captain's liaison, and was promoted to sergeant in 1957, but retired early due to injuries sustained in an on-duty automobile accident. We have many fond memories of riding along with him in his police car as he sounded the siren! Dad received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from USC and worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching mathematics at Brett Harte and serving as a guidance counselor at Carnegie Junior High. He retired from the LAUSD after 20 years of service. Along the way he also taught courses in police science at Harbor College and was a District Manager for Insurance Securities Incorporated. He later became a financial planner for over two decades, selling annuities and mutual funds, helping many educators and families with their investments. Dad was extremely proud of his Croatian heritage, a past president of the Dalmatian American Club, an active, dedicated, and lifelong member serving on the Board of Directors and various committees of this well-known San Pedro organization. He was a lifetime member of both the Benevolent Order of Elks Lodge 1948 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gunnison, CO, a dedicated follower of Nativity Catholic Church and a supporter of the Croatian American Club, as well. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman who loved spending time with his family and friends while relaxing at his Colorado home and hunting on his acreage in Oklahoma. Dad dearly loved his neighbors and a host of lifelong friends, and we thank them all for their unending love and support. He was a solid citizen, a dedicated public servant, father, friend, and "braté" (that's Hrvatski for "brother"). He traveled the world with our mother and was kind and generous to everyone, possessed an abundance of energy and lived life to the fullest. He was hardworking and always held multiple jobs to support his family. Most of all Dad always helped his children help themselves. Yes, the "Candy Man" is gone! (A nickname earned for his generous habit of giving boxes of See's Candy). Gone… but always in our hearts.

A visitation will be held 5pm - 9pm with a rosary starting at 6:30pm on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Green Hills Memorial Chapel and a funeral service will be held at 10am on Friday, June 2nd at Nativity Catholic Church. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com.
Published in Daily Breeze from May 19 to May 21, 2017
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