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Daryl L. Gustafson

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November 21, 1935 - December 10, 2015 Daryl LeRoy Gustafson, 80, passed away peacefully at home in Mar Vista on December 10, 2015. Daryl was raised in Kingsburg, California, the son of LeRoy and Verna Gustafson. Daryl graduated from UCLA in 1957, and was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. At UCLA, he met Doris Popovich, and they married in 1960. Daryl and Doris settled in Pacific Palisades in 1965, where both were involved in the community for the next 50 years. Daryl spent his entire career with General Telephone of California, ultimately serving as a leader of GTE's Office of Government Relations. Daryl's primary passions were his family (first) and UCLA sports. The Gustafson home was a gathering spot for family and friends during UCLA football and basketball games, and Daryl's fervent exhortations to the Bruins were an anticipated part of the action. The genuine and hearty greeting with which Daryl began every encounter will be missed deeply by all who knew him. Daryl is survived by his wife Doris, his sons and daughters-in-law Mark and Liz Gustafson of Durham, North Carolina, and Randy and Susan Gustafson of Mar Vista; his grandchildren Devin, Drew, Lauren and Kendall; his sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Gerald Erickson of Kingsburg; and many cherished in-laws, nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held Friday, December 18th at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a . Gates, Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy of Santa Monica is assisting the family.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16, 2015
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