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Allan Ayer Corrin

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Allan Ayer Corrin Allan Ayer Corrin was born to William Roger Corrin and Crystene Ayer Corrin on March 31, 1927. He was very proud of his Manx and Scottish heritages. He was the youngest of three brothers. He survived his oldest brother, Roger; and is survived by his older bro ther, Bill of Pleasanton, CA. All three boys were born and grew up in Long Beach, CA. He has many nieces and nephews. Allan attended his graduation from Long Beach Poly High School wearing his Navy uniform, having already enlisted in 1945. He served in the Naval Air Transport Service, stationed in Guam. When landing in the Philippines, his plane had priority over McArthur's. Allan graduated from Long Beach City College, majoring in engineering. He continued his education at UCLA, finishing at UC Berkley in Ag Economics. While at Long Beach City, he met his future wife, Charlene Wood, who survives. They had been married for 56 years. Their daughter, Deby, was born in 1952. She is married to Mel Southwick and they live in Mukilteo, WA. Allan began his career in the produce industry in 1950 as a "swamper" in the LA Produce Market. He was soon working as a field man covering California, Arizona and Mexico, with many types of fresh fruits and vegetables, while living in Chino, CA. They moved to Reedley (near Fresn o) in 1964. Allan is most noted for marketing the Ruby Red Seedless Grape. Martha Stewart thought the Ruby Seedless Raisins to be the best, and she featured him on her program. He was also well known for the Lunch-Brunch and for the Black Corinth "grapes for champagne". In his youth, Allan spent much time at the beach, swimming, sailing, and body surfing. More recently, he earned his SCUBA certification and thoroughly enjoyed visiting the underwater critters. Allan received numerous awards in the produce in dustry. In October of 2004, Allan was inducted into the Long Beach City College Hall of Fame. Mr. Corrin died on May 8, 2007. Remembrances may be sent to Reedley College/Corrin Family Scholarship Fund, 995 N. Reed Ave., Reedley, CA 93654 or Ag One Foundation, California State University, Fresno 2901 E. Barstow Ave., MS OF 115, Fresno, CA 93740 or Long Beach City College 4901 E. Carson Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808. Arrangements are by Cairns Funeral Home. The Memorial Celebration will be at the Reedley College cafeteria on May 19th at 2:30pm. Cairns Funeral Home (559)638-2233
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on May 17, 2007
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