Albert Allan Arkush, 75, formerly of Hughson, Calif., passed September 28, 2019 at his home in Santa Maria, Calif., with his loving wife at his side. He was born in San Mateo, Calif., and was the eldest son of Claire N. Lundholm.
Albert was a Chief Financial Officer for numerous corporations over a 45 year career. He graduated from University of California Davis and received his Masters of Business Administration from California State University Stanislaus. He dearly loved farming and working the land. After leaving the family farm of 23 acres with Almond Trees, Albert relocated to Santa Maria, Calif., due to cancer robbing him of his strength and stamina. A mentor to many and a friend to all, he was an accomplished traveler, attended the California Ag Leadership Program (Class 11), was a member of the Moose Lodge 719, and always had a deep passion for reading and education. Albert was also a member of the FRIENDS of Santa Maria Public Library; he volunteered with the Grover Beach Community Center Parks & Recreation.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents Claire N. and Brody Lundholm; Walter L. Arkush, Father-in-law, Modesto T. Cardenas, and sister-in-law Patricia Rieswig.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Bonnie (Cardenas) Arkush; his daughter Cynthia D. MacAskill (Scott); granddaughters, Madelyn and Caitlyn MacAskill of Alameda, Calif.; Step-Children, Stephen H. Alvarez (Nancy) Oahu, Hawaii, Erica D. Alvarez (Jacob) and Christina (Curtis) of Santa Maria, Calif.; Grandchildren: Joseph, Alyssa, Nathan, and Ryan Guzman, Jaynica and Jackson Trevino, Chrystal and Caleb Dulay, and Andres Alvarez.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to FRIENDS of the Santa Maria Public Library or KCET Television Station.
With profound sadness, the family of Susie McKean announces her passing on August 30, 2019. She died peacefully from sudden acceleration of lung cancer at the young age of 62, surrounded by her family.
Susie was born Susan Lynn Compton, on February 23, 1957, in Orlando, Florida to Lloyd and Charlotte Compton. She graduated from Cabrillo Sr. High, Lompoc, CA, in 1975 and continued on to earn a BA in Business Management at University of La Verne and a Masters Degree in Acquisition and Contract Management at West Coast University.
Susie married Brian McKean in 1987 and became a homemaker and mother of three beautiful children. She was dedicated to her family: her children meant everything to her, and she was extremely proud of them. She was also very proud of her successful career and dedicated in her work as a Contract Specialist for the Federal Government.
Susie was kind, generous, and genuine. She was loved deeply and will be missed by all. She is survived by her three children, Jordan, Kerry, Madison; her mother, Charlotte; sisters, Terri, Linda (Cliff), and Heidi (Greg); and nieces Kelsey and Jillian.
A memorial service for Susie will be held on Friday, October 18 at 11 am, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2800 Harris Grade Road, Lompoc, with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Children's Hospital of Colorado. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com for more information or to share condolences.
David Kenneth Petersen, 57, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in Orcutt, California, leaving his family heartbroken but with many cherished memories. David was born on November 17, 1961 in Madison, Wisconsin to Donald and Mary Petersen. Though the family lived in several states, most of David's childhood and school years were spent in La Crescenta, CA. He enjoyed playing baseball and looked forward every year to summer vacations in Montana. Following high school graduation from Crescenta Valley High in 1980, David joined the Marines and after serving four years honorably, earned his Degree of Bachelor of Technology in Electronics from Northern Montana College (now MSU-Northern) in 1986. David eventually settled in Orcutt. Shortly thereafter, his daughter Samantha was born in 1991.
David worked as an electrical engineer in Sustainment Engineering and later Flight Safety Engineering. During his time as a sustainment engineer he was responsible for various projects to upgrade and improve launch support sites at Vandenberg Air Force Base. His career as a Flight Safety Engineer involved work on airborne Range Safety Systems for Minuteman, SpaceX, Atlas, Titan, and various other launch programs at Vandenberg AFB. His Flight Safety work supported the 30th Space Wing Range Safety mission. David's dedicated career spanned ITT Industries, Northrop Grumman, InDyne, and Craig Technologies as the Range Contract was re-awarded to multiple companies over the years. His title was Systems Analyst Principal.
David had a huge heart and unwavering love for his daughter, entire family, and friends, as well as a lifelong love of Montana. David always considered Montana home. Indeed, he had planned to retire in the near future and move back to Montana permanently to enjoy more time fishing and camping in Yellowstone and Glacier, but most of all, to be closer to family and the original family homestead which was most important to him.
We will be bringing David home to be forever a part of the land he loved so much.
David is survived by his beautiful and loving daughter, Samantha Noel; parents, Donald Haines Petersen (Theresa) and Mary Ramona Petersen; sisters, Kathleen Petersen Schaefers, Andie Petersen Moore, and Jennifer Petersen; eight nieces, Drew (Brock), Danni, Destinee (Anthony), Devon, Delaney, Dale, Dylan, and Davis; great-nephew and nieces, Rhys, Coco and Daphne, wonderful aunts, uncles, many close cousins and extended family, all of whom will miss him dearly.
Julia C. Garcia, 92, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away October 9, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Lloyd E. West was born August 5, 1944 in Wichita, Kansas. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, after losing his battle with cancer on October 6, 2019.
After finishing his education, Lloyd was employed at Union Oil, where he remained for 38 years. He was a Production Supervisor covering Long Beach to San Francisco and the San Joaquin Valley. He loved racing and spending time with his family and friends. He was a very proud Grandpa and attended all his grandchildren's events.
Lloyd is survived by his beloved wife Jackie; Sons: John (Paula) and Jim (Tanya); Daughters: Christy and Britney; Grandchildren: Genna, Scott, Lexie, Laney and Gage. He is also survived by one brother Don (Chris) and nieces Shari and Eva. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and Lillian and brother Buck.
A Memorial Celebration will be held at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, October 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his honor may be made to the American Cancer Society.
John Joseph Gapter was born in Gillette, Wyoming to John and Theresa (Cook) Gapter on Dec. 4, 1919, and passed away on Oct. 7, 2019, in Santa Maria, California. John grew up in Nebraska and served in the U.S. Army, 1942-1945. He was employed in informational technology for many years. John was a life-long learner and earned his University degree at the age of 78. John's religion was the foundation of his daily life.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brother James, sisters Dorothy Mertz, Marie Roethler, his wife Marian Dorsch and nephew David Schaefer. He is survived by his wife, Irma, sister Claire Schaefer of Santa Barbara, nieces Connie Mertz, Jennifer Callsen, Janet McGrath, nephew Deacon Robert Schaefer and many great nieces and nephews.
John will be remembered for his vital and enduring Faith in God and his steadfast good life.
Visitation will be held in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., followed by Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Louis de Montfort at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Interment with military honors will follow in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Crematory. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at www.magnermaloney.com.
Christopher was a beloved father, son, brother, partner, and friend, a very talented artistic soul who loved his children and family with all his heart. Our hearts are broken and we miss him so very much. He passed quickly in his sleep. Chris is survived by his adult children, Adam and Ashley cook, mother Kate Cook, siblings Katherine (Neil) Fischer, David Cook, Molly (Anthony) Estabrook, Claudia (Randy) Tucker, Kelly Cook, and partner Rebecca Andres. Also niece Samantha Cook and nephews Cody (Krystal Bolton) Tucker and Wyatt (Karly)Tucker.
A Celebration of Life will take place Thursday 10/10/2019 at Santa Maria Brew in Nipomo from 5-7pm. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the arts in memory of Chris.
Nellie (Quintana) Varela 73 passed away in the early morning of September 27, 2019. Nellie was born in Santa Maria California on October 5, 1945 to parents Jose Galavis Quintana and Maria Navarro Quintana. Nellie often remarked how blessed she felt born the fifth child in a family of 14 children, 10 girls and 4 boys.
Nellie attended grammar school in Guadalupe and Righetti High School with the class of 1964.
Nellie was the most loving, kind, generous and caring person you could ever have met. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, business owner and community service volunteer.
Nellie married John I Varela and together they raised two daughters Gracie and Regina in Santa Maria. John and Nellie traveled to many locations in California, Baja California, Arizona and Washington D.C. Several trips were on their Harley-Davidson to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Ensenada. Nellie was a member of the S.M. Saddle-lite motorcycle club for 10 years. Nellie loved to dance, and together her and John could be seen on the dance floor most weekends. In the disco era Nellie and John would travel to Bakersfield and spend weekends dancing at disco clubs. Nellie enjoyed many dances at the local Elks Lodge #1538 cook your own, Moose #719 Friday night dinners, American Legion Post #56 dinners, VFW Post # 2521 dinner & dance and the Eagles dinner & dance. She also loved to sing be it a sing-along or Karaoke. Nellie was an adventurer without hesitation. Gracie and Regina with Nellie behind the wheel of the family 4wd Jeep would head to Oso Flaco sand dunes and kick-up some sand, without John on-board. She enjoyed camping, on several occasions, Nellie with her girls would pack the families 15ft camp trailer with supplies hitch it up to the Jeep, drive to SLO Airport to pickup John when working out of town. She was a very hard working woman just one of many traits that always impressed her husband John. One detail that husband John is proud to repeat over and over occurred daily before starting his workday. He and Nellie would rise at 5am, he would prepare for work and Nellie would be in the kitchen making breakfast and on the table at 6am. At work co-workers would bring in donuts and offer them to John. He was so proud to reply on many occasions, "No thank you, my wife prepared breakfast for me this morning and does so every morning" and the co-workers reply would always be "you're lucky your wife makes breakfast for you."
Nellie was a very giving person, many folks remember Nellie and her "secret hand shake" (it's just recently, many have shared that with John.)
She wore out two maybe three cars in her daily routine of ensuring daughters Gracie and Regina were dropped off and picked up from school, kindergarten through high school, including other activities Gracie and/or Regina would participate in.
Nellie wanted to keep busy when Gracie & Regina were in school, so she found a part-time job as #1 cook at Howard's Drive-In. She worked for 12 years as an employee and 12 years as an owner/operator. Yes, 24 years combined. She said her motivation was her friendly customers who she considered her friends.
Nellie really loved her grandchildren, when they were born up north (Gilroy area) she spent a week every month caring for them. Sometimes Nellie would be there for a month if she wanted to.
Nellie cherished her great-grandchildren as well and relished the fact that they resided just a half mile away.
Her community service includes many years as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, helping with dinners, raffles, and many fundraisers. Many years with the Moose Auxiliary as well, Nellie made the Monday night Tacos and Chili Verde every other Monday. Including Thursday night burgers and occasionally a Friday night dinner. She also made herself available for fundraising activities during Grace and Regina's school years.
After Nellie retired, the cooking didn't stop. She loved to be in her kitchen warming everyone's hearts through their taste buds.
John I. Varela will always be Nellie's "Gordo".
Nellie touched the hearts of many people, she will be missed and remembered by all.
Nellie is preceded in death by her parents of Guadalupe CA. Sisters Frances Marstaz of Tulare, Rosario Alvarado of Tulare, brothers Jose Jr of Guadalupe and Carey of Guadalupe. Brother-in-law Ruben Varela Jr. of Santa Barbara.
Nellie is survived by her husband John Varela, daughters Gracie Lathrop husband Jim of Paso Robles, Regina Robles husband Ronnie Grandchildren Justin, Alyssa and Ronnie Jr all of Los Banos. Granddaughter Serina Soltero husband Daniel and great grandchildren Mark, Elaina and Izabelle of Santa Maria. Sisters Josephine Gallegos of Hermosa Beach, Luz Kubota husband Ted of San Clemente, Nina Martinez husband Marcos of Ceres, Margarita Perry of Santa Maria, Angelina Salazar husband Mike of Bakersfield, Suzanna Quintana of Springdale, Ohio, Christina Morton husband Edwin of Paso Robles. Brothers Luis wife Erica of Nipomo, Felipe wife Vickie of Carson City, Nevada. Sister-in-Law Kathy Varela, Margaret Chavez of Guadalupe. And a combined 25 nieces and nephews.
Visitation at Dudley-Hoffman on Thursday October 10, 2019 at 5pm, with the Rosary to begin at 6pm. A Funeral Mass to be held at St Mary's Church Friday October 11, 2019 at 10am. Grave site services at the Santa Maria Cemetery. A reception will follow the services at VFW Post 2521.
Jack Lee Landis died peacefully on Saturday October 5, 2019 with his wife, Star, at his side. Jack, known to many of his friends as “Hong Kong Jack,” was born on January 13, 1930 in Macomb, Illinois to Lyle and Charlotte Landis.
Jack was an outstanding multiple-sport athlete at Western High School and went on to star at Western Illinois University. In college he continued his athletic exploits as he quarterbacked the football team, was a guard on the basketball team and was a third baseman on the baseball team. Jack was a proud “Leatherneck” and was admitted to the Western Illinois University Hall of Fame in 1976. After college, Jack was signed by the St. Louis Browns baseball organization and played minor league baseball from 1952-1955. He enjoyed telling stories about playing against future major league players including Hank Aaron.
Jack had a distinguished career working with the Swire Group managing and running factories all over the world. Starting in Los Angeles, Jack later worked in Mexico, Indianapolis, Orange County, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. Jack and Star were married in 1987 in Hong Kong. He retired in 1990.
Jack loved all sports his entire life and relished attending the Indianapolis 500 for many years. While retired he became a fixture in Arroyo Grande at gyms, football fields, baseball and softball diamonds. His love was baseball where he would sit and watch Little League teams even though he knew no one on either team. Jack and Star adopted Arroyo Grande High School Athletics and could be found a couple days a week sitting in the same seats in the gym watching three volleyball or basketball games in a row. They usually followed this up with two football games on Friday night. He especially enjoyed watching his grandson, Dutch, pitch when he was in high school.
Jack is preceded in his death by his parents, Lyle and Charlotte Landis. He is survived by his wife Star; sons Scott (Lori) of Las Vegas, Jim of Long Beach and Greg of Anaheim; grandchildren Jenna (Shane); AJ and Dutch; and great-grandchildren Luke, Alexandra and Grace.
There will be a visitation at Marshall-Spoo Mortuary, 1239 Longbranch Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433 on Friday October 11, from 4:00-6:00PM (Rosary to follow). A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday October 12 at 3:00 PM at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack's name to Arroyo Grande High School Athletics, 495 Valley Rd. Arroyo Grande, CA. 93420
Christopher John Cook, 52, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away October 3, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
The world has lost a great man. Bob was the life of every party and always up for a good time with family and friends. His laughter was contagious, if you planned to meet him somewhere, all you had to do was listen for his laugh and you knew right where he was. He was the guy who became friends with someone he just sat next to at a bar, or anywhere for that matter.
Bob played hard and worked harder, he was part of the Air National Guard for 8 years, worked for Bountiful City Fire and Davis County Fire Departments for many years and was a member of the Utah Firefighters Association for over 50 years. His infectious personality made him very successful in sales and was able to use his love for the fire service to sell fire equipment for LN Curtis and Sons for over 40 years. Bob was born and raised in Bountiful Utah, chased the love of his life to San Francisco. Married the love of his life Norma Jean Scherer in 1960 and moved to Attleboro Massachusetts. They spent 2 years there and then moved back home to Bountiful, Utah where they raised their three children, enjoyed time with family, friends and attended Utah Utes football games and tailgating. Their last 30 years were spent in Nipomo California, where he and Norma started a new journey. There they made new friends and loved going to live Jazz music. Bob was an member of RAM (retired active men) and was the Big RAM in 2016.
Survived by his wife Norma, Daughter Julie Adamson (Brice) sons Scott (Jeanne) and Jim and brother Jay. He has 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of life will be held October 20, 2019 from 10:00-1:00 in Nipomo at the Blacklake Village Community room (498 Colonial Place Nipomo, CA) and in Utah on December 21, 2019 From 11:00-2:00 (1134 N. 350 W. Centerville Utah)
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made in Bobs name to the charity of your choice. Please send a note to one of us, letting us know your generosity.
Ben Cadavido Reyes, 92, passed away peacefully in Santa Maria, CA on October 7, 2019. Ben was born January 12, 1927 in the Philippines. Ben is survived by his four daughters Rose (Paul), Racele (Colin), Renel (Adrian) and Ruby (Richard), two sons Rick and Ronald (Imelda), 19 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and numerous extended family members and friends. Ben was preceded in death by his wife Tessie Reyes, son Romy Reyes, daughters Rayma Reyes and Yoly Valleley, grandsons RJ Mondejar and Malakai Viloria, parents, all his eight siblings, and other loved ones.
Ben was a veteran of World War II, where he earned the WW II Victory Medal. He served as a Corporal with the Guerilla Army of the Philippine Army from 1944-1946. Ben also served three years with the Army of the United States Philippine Scouts from 1946-1949. He then worked as a civilian employee for the US Army from 1949-1963 and then the US Air Force from 1963-1971 at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Ben worked for a couple years for Koyama Farms until he began work in 1973 with Federal Electric Corporation at Vandenberg Air Force Base until he retired at 65 in 1992. Ben enjoyed retirement babysitting many kids with his wife, traveling, and fishing until Chumash Casino came about. From that point on, that was where he had his almost daily “therapy.”
Over the years, Ben was involved in the community serving as a member of the Saranay Association of America of Pismo Beach, American Legion Post 371 South Gate Lodge #63, Freemasonry of Arroyo Grande, Moose Lodge of Lompoc, past President of the Filipino Community of Santa Maria, past President of the Filipino Seniors, and a founding father of the Filipino-American Association of Santa Maria Valley, Inc.
Visitation will begin at 4PM on Friday, October 11th followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6PM in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. A Scripture Service will be held on Tuesday, October 15th at 10AM in the Chapel at Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery with military honors.
Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Crematory. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at www.magnermaloney.com.
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, David Kenneth Young of Brookings, Oregon passed away at the age of 76.
David was born on February 1, 1943 in Santa Barbara, California to Kenneth and Dorothy (Glines) Young. He was raised and educated in Grants Pass, Oregon. Summers were often spent visiting his family in Santa Maria, California and working with his Uncle Purvis on the family ranch.
After graduating from Grants Pass High School in 1961, he attended Allan Hancock College taking classes in Forestry then in 1965 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After serving his country in Germany and Vietnam, he returned to Santa Maria, California to work with Douglas Oil. He was married to the love of his life, Diane Haas on April 20, 1968. In the next few years, they were blessed with the birth of their two daughters, Dawnel and Tammie. The family moved to Brookings, Oregon in 1973 where David became a share holder at Brookings Plywood, later working as a heavy equipment operator at South Coast Lumber Yard. He and Diane also owned and operated The Hungry Pelican Restaurant in Harbor Oregon until the restaurant closed in the 1990s.
David was known for his sense of humor, infectious smile and kind caring spirt. His interests included wood working, fishing, hunting, camping or barbequing with family and friends. David was an avid Pitt Master and enjoyed barbequing beef Tri-Tip and ribs using the Santa Maria style of cooking over coals of red oak. Friends and family often enjoyed David's hospitality when visiting with great food, country music, hunting and fishing stories and laughter.
David was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth, and his mother, Dorothy. He is survived by his wife Diane, his two children, Dawnel (Cary) Magnuson and Tammie Young, his sister Elizabeth (Steve) Brooks, four grandchildren, Josh, Matt, Skyler and Ty, two great granddaughters, Lillian and Dakota, nephew Kenneth Brooks (Laurie) and niece Carly (TJ) Willhite, six great nephews, one great-great nephew and many in-laws, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten. He will forever live in the hearts of all who had the good fortune to know him.
We would like to extend special thanks to Hospice for their help, dedication and special care In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David's name to Coastal Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 6042, Brookings, OR 97415
Donna M. Jaeckels, 83, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away October 5, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Charles “Chuck” David Potter died peacefully at his daughter's home on April 23, 2019 at the age of 84. Chuck is survived by his lovely wife Elizabeth Potter “Bear”, younger brother Mark Potter, daughters Evelyn LeLevier & Carrie Matteucci, Son-In-Law Abe LeLevier, granddaughter Meagan Clowar, great granddaughter Ella Clowar, He is joining his brothers James and Michael Potter. First of four sons and raised at his father's F.A.A. approved repair station Potter Aircraft Service, Inc. at what is now bustling Burbank Airport, Chuck began his aviation knowledge at a very young age. He soloed his first flight at the age of 19 in an BT13 in 1953. Chuck enjoyed a fulfilling career as a Contract Advisor for McDonald Douglas delivering Douglas jets to various airlines. Chuck had several adventures in his life such as the flight in the Navion with holes on the floor of the plane and gas shooting out of the floor to Mexico where his father had to the rescue him and a buddy after crashing in the Bamboo Bomber, and restoring a 1923 FarmAll tractor. He enjoyed his routine of procuring a sticky bun from his favorite bakery while swapping airplane stories at the SY Airport. If you have a favorite memory or would like to attend a celebration at the airport in October, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.