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Karon Turnbow Luce


1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Karon Turnbow Luce Obituary
July 10, 1932 - December 10, 2017 Beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Karon left us peacefully surrounded by family on December 10, 2017. She was born in Bakersfield, California to Betty and Lyle Turnbow. The family moved to San Diego in the 1930's and settled in Point Loma, California where she attended Point Loma High School. Karon graduated from the University of Southern California and returned to San Diego where she married the love of her life, Gordon C. Luce of San Diego in 1955. Gordon was a well-known San Diego business, civic and political leader. She is survived by her three children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Kelly Luce Forsberg (Lars Forsberg), Christopher and Peter Forsberg, Randall C. Luce (Beth Reed Luce), Jacki Luce, Elle Luce, Robert Luce (Joanna Luce), Michelle Luce, Andrew T. Luce (Megan Hughes Luce) and Harrison Luce. She is also survived by her two brothers Robert Turnbow and Richard Turnbow. Karon and Gordon were a strong team that had a passion for San Diego. They supported and were involved in many of San Diego's art, civic and charitable organizations. Karon spent much of her time and energy serving as an active member of the San Diego Junior League, Las Patronas, San Diego Hospice and was Chairman of the Charity Ball in support of the Rady Children's Hospital. In 1985 she was among a group of women who started an ARCS (Achievement Awards for College Scientists) chapter in San Diego. She was a member on the San Diego Stadium Authority Board and served as the Chairperson for the Super Bowls hosted in San Diego. She also served on the advisory board of the USC School of Gerontology. Besides family, friends were always so important to Karon and she enjoyed planning and hosting parties to bring everyone together. Karon and Gordon also loved travelling with friends and colleagues to Europe and Asia. The family home was filled with art, furniture and mementos from their trips and their over fifty years of marriage. Karon was beloved by many, and will be missed dearly. A celebration of her life will be held at the San Diego Yacht Club on Saturday, January 6th at 11:30AM. We have much to celebrate! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ARCS Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 8394, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 or USC School of Gerontology, 3715 McClintock Avenue, Room 110, Los Angeles, CA 90089.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2017
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