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Loren B. Hezzelwood

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Loren B. Hezzelwood In Memoriam
November 20, 1924 - January 11, 1997 It was 91 years ago today that our father, Loren ("Woody") Hezzelwood was born in Des Moines, Iowa to Lawrence Lyman Hezzelwood ("Larry") and Marie Baker Hezzelwood. Our Dad was truly an inspiration to all who knew him. Unfortunately, his mother, Marie, did not survive his birth, so he was raised with love by his maternal grandparents and other relatives who helped him to grow to become a truly great friend to many as well as a loving husband and father. From 1942 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge as a Pharmacist Mate 1st Class. During this time he met the love of his life while stationed in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada -- Phyllis Ruth Emberley. Phyllis and Loren Hezzelwood were married in April 1946 and moved to his home state of Iowa where Loren attended Drake University, intending to become a basketball coach. However, purely by chance he discovered the insurance business and found that he had a knack for it. He quickly decided to change his plans and in 1947 became a life and health insurance agent for Bankers Life & Casualty. Phyllis and "Woody" made a happy home for their children and made many adjustments as his insurance career progressed and they relocated several times, finally settling in the Los Angeles area in 1960. In addition to their home in Encino they owned a home in Rancho Mirage at the Mission Hills Country Club where they enjoyed many weekends with friends and family. Dad's career with BL&C and its California subsidiary, Certified Life, was one of steadily increasing responsibility and success. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of California Life Insurance Companies for 5 years, retiring from Certified Life as President of that company in 1985. After retirement they made their final move to Chico, California which allowed them to more fully pursue their shared passion for golf by maintaining memberships at both the Wilshire Country Club and Butte Creek Country Club. Dad's other great passions in life included Cutty Sark, music and songs of the big band era (especially Frank Sinatra), which he enjoyed at every possible opportunity -- some say he never met a piano bar that he didn't like. In January 2016 it will have been 19 years since Dad's passing. He and Mom were preceded in death by their eldest son, George, and were survived by three children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. This remembrance of a wonderful man is lovingly offered by his sons, William and Larry, and daughter Pamela Radke.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 4 to Nov. 20, 2015
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