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Category: Obituaries

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Obituary: Douglas Greene

Obituary: Douglas Greene

Linguist, athlete, world traveler, Army intelligence officer and witness to civil rights history: this is but a partial description of Douglas Walker Greene, who died at 74 from complications of primary progressive aphasia on July 23 at his Laguna Beach home. Doug was born to Earl and Alice Greene on Dec. 13, 1938 in Ishpeming, […]

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Albert Butler

Albert Butler

Albert “Monte” Butler, 59, of Mapleton, Iowa, passed away April 20 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born March 8, 1954, in Onawa, Iowa, the son of Albert Kenneth and Helen Evelyn Collins Butler grew up in Onawa and graduated from Onawa High School in 1972. He attended Morningside College for three semesters. […]

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Randolph Hargrave

Randolph Hargrave

Randolph Leonard Hargrave, 72, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at home in Laguna Beach among family and with his dog on his lap. The cause was chronic lung failure due to a severe reaction to a medication. Hargrave, whom family members and close friends knew as Randy, was born to Hallett Leonard and Lena […]

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Lyle "Tiger" Pickett

Lyle “Tiger” Pickett

September 7, 1927 – May 28, 2013       Lyle Pickett, after a very long struggle with his health, has left this world for his next great adventure. He was affectionately known to many as “Tiger”. Born in 1927 to Joe and Martha Pickett, Lyle grew up in Los Angeles where he met the love […]

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Scientist Joie Jones, Presidential Advisor, Dies

Scientist Joie Jones, Presidential Advisor, Dies

Joie Pierce Jones, age 72, passed into the light on June 23 after several years of failing health. As a high school student in Abilene, Tex., Jones won the National Science Fair using a rocket he built to measure radiation in the upper atmosphere. The rocket rose 52 miles, a record that still stands. Jones […]

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Monica Sorce

Monica Sorce

Beloved Monika Sorce passed away to heaven on Friday, June 21. She was surrounded by her family and her animals. Sorce devoted her time to rescue animals and brought them to her home in Laguna Canyon. One of the dogs she rescued, Boomer, the amazing trick dog, was invited to the Jay Leno show. Money […]

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Shirley Grogan

Shirley Grogan

Shirley Virginia Whitman Aguinaldo Grogan, 93, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 22. She was born Jan. 4, 1920, in her home on 7 Mile Road during the biggest snowstorm in the history of Lake Orion, Mich. She graduated from Lake Orion High School in 1938 and in 1943 she joined the Marine […]

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Henri Hellieson

Henri Hellieson

March 28, 1923 – May 14, 2013   Henri Hellieson had a long and happy life. He had a marvelous deep voice and was a fabulous singer. He sang at several of the church choirs, not to mention any piano bar that was available. He was a chef for many years, including cooking for former […]

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June Esther Campbell

June Esther Campbell

Gay Rights Advocate Dies June Esther Campbell, 89, passed peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2013. She had been in failing health for several months and entered hospice care last summer. Campbell was an active real estate agent in Laguna Beach, selling homes even into her 80s. Legend has it that Campbell sold many local houses […]

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Dewitt Hutchings Carson

Dewitt Hutchings Carson

DeWitt “Dewey” Hutchings Carson, 52, formerly of Laguna Beach, passed unexpectedly while on vacation in Machu Picchu, Peru on April 4, 2013. He was born May 9, 1960 in Newport Beach. A son of the late Clarence William Carson and Helen Hutchings Carson, he was also a descendant of Frank Miller, founder of the Mission […]

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Williams, Hero to Bluebird Slide Victims, Dies at 62

Williams, Hero to Bluebird Slide Victims, Dies at 62

  Charles D. Williams, known to all as “Charlie,” passed away on April 23, 2013 after a battle with cancer. He was 62. Williams was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Charlie was born to Charles Earl and Louise Williams in Pontiac, Mich., on Sept. 26, 1950. He graduated from high school in […]

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Pegi Marie Lopez-Parker

Pegi Marie Lopez-Parker

Pegi Marie Lopez-Parker passed away on March 28, 2013. Ten days later she was joined by the love of her life, husband Tommy (Pickles) Parker. Born Jan. 5, 1951 to William and Peggy Joyce, Pegi was an inspiration to those she met, greeting everyone with a loving smile and open arms. Those who knew her […]

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Dave Gibbs

Dave Gibbs

July 14, 1938 – March 27, 2013   David Rodney Gibbs lost his battle with cancer on March 27. Gibbs was an old- school “Lagunan” who left the malt shops and hot rods of ‘50s-era Santa Ana for the surfing and beach lifestyle of 1966 Laguna. Gibbs cherished Laguna, believing that coming here was the […]

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Patsy Ann Weaver

Patsy Ann Weaver

Patsy Ann Weaver, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at 79. Pat was the daughter of Willard Wallace Tully and Alice Katherine Tully.  She was born in Glendale, grew up in Alhambra and graduated from Alhambra High School and Pasadena City College where she met Everett (Gene) Weaver. They were married on July 18, 1953 […]

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Charlotte Marie McManus

Charlotte Marie McManus

  Charlotte Marie McManus, a resident of Laguna Beach for 53 years, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013. She was 86. She was our mother, mentor, benefactor, and friend. She was born Nov. 29, 1926 in Chicago, Ill., to Albert Frank Comiskey and Charlotte Ann (Lottie) Verry.  She came to California as a young woman […]