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Lloyd (Tip) Thibodeaux

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Lloyd (Tip) Thibodeaux Obituary
LLOYD (TIP) THIBODEAUX May 29, 1926-July 8, 2014 Lloyd passed away very peacefully and unexpectedly at home in his sleep of apparent heart failure. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 66 years, and his children, Holly Thibodeaux, Marine (George) Wood, Bryan (Joyce) Thibodeaux, Nola (Sterling) Crane, Noel (Laura) Thibodeaux III, and Mary Thibodeaux, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his children Noel Hollie Thibodeaux II and Roxanna Thibodeaux-Haynes. Lloyd enlisted in the United States Marines at the age of 17 and was in the Pacific campaign as part of the landing on Iwo Jima during World War II. He stayed in the reserves and was redeployed to Korea in 1950 and served as a Corporal in the 1st Marine Division during the drive toward the Chosin Reservoir. He was proud of his service to his country and lived a life with honor and purpose. Lloyd was a resident of the San Jacinto-Hemet Valley since 1950, where he was an active member in the community. He built and raced ¾ midgets in the 1950's, worked as an electrician on the Colorado River Aqueduct tunnels through the San Jacinto Mountains and the atomic testing site in Mercury, Nevada, and was the electrical foreman on the construction of the Aerial Tramway. He started an Electrical Contracting business in 1965, and employed many family members and residents of the valley. His children and grand-children continue that today. He participated in local politics, serving on the San Jacinto Planning Commission in the early 1970's. He was the electrical contracto rfor several of the shopping centers and other developments that are in the valley today. He contracted throughout California and even though raising a large family, also did work in New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. Though retired, Lloyd still participated in the family business every day. He enjoyed problem solving and learning new things. He was a NASCAR fan and spent many Sundays following #24, supplying the doughnuts when watching with friends, or offering commentary when recapping with his son-in-law. He was always quick to help someone in need and sincerely tried to be a friend and mentor to those trying to make a good life. Of all of Lloyd's accomplishments his greatest pride came from his family. He had a bulletin board in his office that he called his "Rogues" gallery, where he proudly displayed pictures of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He lived each day with a positive attitude and was always quick with a hug or an offer to get coffee. Lloyd was an amazing man. He was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a man of integrity, who many called friend. He will be greatly missed.


Published in Press-Enterprise on July 29, 2014
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