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Sunday WHITE, Thomas Paul 2/18/56 - 6/14/16 Tom White of Grover Beach died at home this week, surrounded by his closest family and friends. Tom was born in Japan to Alice and John White, the youngest of 5 sons. When Tom was an infant, the family returned to the US, settling in Rhode Island for several years before relocating to Goleta in 1969. In Goleta, Tom attended Dos Pueblos high school, finishing with the class of '74. After high school, he traveled with different jobs before choosing the Five Cities area to settle in. Tom was a skilled auto mechanic, working in the trade for decades, prior to opening his own business, White's Auto Repair, in Arroyo Grande. Tom loved life and lived fully. He had countless friends and threw frequent fun filled parties at his home and shop. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was proud to have gone all the way to Alaska on a trip with his closest friends. He will be missed by many. Tom is predeceased by his parents, John L. and Alice J. White and brothers, Roger and Bill White. He is survived by his son, Zackery White, grandson, Elias Zakai Trevino-White, sister, Dr. Anne White of Goleta, brothers: Allen White of Goleta, John (and Kathy) White of Coupeville, WA, and sister-in-law, Liz White of Imperial Beach, CA. The family wishes to especially thank Ms. Molly Ortiz for her generous care in Tom's last weeks, as well as Mr. Jim Gadsby for his years of support at the shop. Much praise and gratitude also goes out to Dr. Gregg Newman, Sansum Clinic, Dr. Jeffrey Wu, Coastal Radiation Oncology and Central Coast Hospice for their care and support.
Sunday THOMAS WILLIAM "TOM" WATHEN "God loveth a cheerful giver" -2 Cor. 9:7 Beloved husband, son, brother, father, uncle, friend, business tycoon, pilot, benefactor and mentor, died peacefully on June 20th, 2016 in Montecito, CA., his wife Carol by his side. Tom Wathen was born in Vincennes, Indiana on Oct. 5th, 1929, the son of William H. "Jack" Wathen and Dorothy M. Stumpp Wathen. Tom spent his early years in Vincennes, attending St. Francis Xavier School, Lincoln High and Vincennes University where he was later honored with the title "Outstanding Alumni". Tom was bitten by the aviation bug early. As a child in Vincennes, Indiana, he made and flew many model airplanes. While in high school, he pedaled his bike across the bridge over the Wabash River to O'Neals Airport, a turf strip on the Illinois side, and hung around watching the flying. As he became known and trusted, he was allowed to wash airplanes and sweep the hangar floor, and sometimes was rewarded by being given a plane ride. This ended when his mother found out that he was actually going aloft and put a stop to it. Aviation was on Tom's mind when he went to college, enrolling in aeronautical engineering at Purdue University. He delighted in telling how the dean of students summoned him to his office after the first semester and asked him why he wanted to be an aeronautical engineer. Tom explained his lifelong love of aviation, and his ambition to play a role in the design of the aircraft of the future. The dean replied that Tom's reasons were laudable, but suggested that he pursue another line of study and return to aero engineering as Tom would say, "When he learned how to add and subtract." Tom enlisted in the United States Air Force, attending Officers Cadet School. Subsequently, he was stationed at the Pentagon, in Washington D.C. Tom later attended Indiana University, majoring in police science. Here he met his wife, Margaret Gibson (Gabby) Corbin, who preceded him in death. Gabby was a true and valued partner and a profound influence in all aspects of Tom's early life and business. In 1958, Tom came to California, working for North American Aviation as a project security officer. By now, he had become a licensed pilot and had purchased his first airplane. It was when he came to California, that he joined the fledgling Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Tom went on to serve on the EAA President's Council and as a Trustee of the EAA Foundation. In 1964, Tom bought California Plant Protection (CPP), a small industrial security company consisting of only thirteen guards and four old police cruisers. So successful was CPP that two decades later it employed 23,000 people and had 130 offices in 38 states. CPP handled security for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. In 1998, CPP bought the famed Pinkerton Company who have the longest and most colorful history in the security field. In 1999, Tom resolved to increase his already sizeable charitable endeavors and decided that the mission of the Thomas W. Wathen Foundation, now called the Tom Wathen Center, would be to use the magic of flight to inspire life-long learning especially by young people. Tom bought the historic Flabob Airport to be used as a campus for the Wathen Foundation's work. Flabob is the home of Chapter One of the EAA, first of some 900 chapters. Under Tom's guidance, Flabob has become the home of an aviation-themed public charter secondary school, of a branch of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, and of the headquarters of the world's oldest pilot fraternity. It has offered field trips, Air Academies, and aircraft restoration projects to thousands of young people from toddlers to high school students. Its at-risk intervention projects have diverted young gang members to useful lives in aviation. Dozens of young people have earned pilot and mechanic certificates, and have had their lives positively changed. In 2011, Tom married Carol Scott Wathen in a joyful ceremony in front of his entire extended family and group of friends at a Wathen Family Reunion. Carol remained his best friend and constant companion. Tom's special genius was that he never met a stranger. He was instantly and truly friends with everyone he met, without regard to their social standing, money or lack of it. He often drove his pilot friends nuts by his friendly chatter with busy air traffic controllers, but none of them ever spoke sharply to him, sensing his warmth and good will. He knew astounding numbers of his thousands of employees, not only by name, but by their family triumphs and struggles. Tom was the most generous of humans. When it came to the needs of others, his pocketbook was open, as was his heart. Tom Wathen's life and business acumen were anchored in his solid mid-west values, along with his love of God, family and country. He encouraged those of us who are left to mourn his passing to always do our best. Tom Wathen was preceded in death by his parents, former wives Margaret Corbin Wathen and Janna Weaver Wathen. Also preceding him in death are brother Robert H. Wathen, sister Margaret Ann Marchino, brothers-in law John N. Marchino and Dr. John T. Quirk and sister-in-law, Margaret Corbin Lindner. Tom is survived by his wife Carol, two sisters, Barbara Wathen (Tom) Quirk, and Mary Susan Wathen along with his sister-in-law Chieko (Robert) Wathen, sister-in-law Elizabeth McMillian, brother-in-law, Adrian McMillian, two sons of Carol Wathen, Manning and Scott Mann and grandson Manning J. Mann, two sons of Janna Weaver Wathen, Doug (Pia) Jensen, their sons Chase and Michael, and Michael (Diane) Jensen, their daughters, Addison, Gioia, and Janna. Tom Wathen was a loving uncle to Mary (Wathen) Ahern and her husband Paul, their children Diane and John (Jack), to Mark Wathen, his children MacKenna and MacAllister, to Amy (Quirk) Weiss and her husband Dr. Eric Weiss and son Daniel, to Christopher Quirk and his wife Kimberly, with children Cuchulainn, Caitriona, Michael (Josiah) and Beatris (Tilly), to Matthew Quirk and his wife Peggy with their children Andrew and Michael, to Kathryn (Quirk) Panetti and her husband David, their children John (Tommy) and Sophie, to John Marchino and his wife Lori, their children John Lee and Curtis Lee, to C. Edward (Eddie) Marchino and his wife Rebecca (Becky), to Julia (Julie) Marchino, and to Marilyn (Marchino) Westfall and her husband Tom, their children Nathan and Margaret (Maggi). Also surviving are niece Lieutenant Colonial Retired Margaret (Lindner) Herring and her husband, Master Sergeant Retired Michael Herring, their children Max and Camilla. Special family friends surviving are Linda Sue "Sugar" Alsop of New Harmony Indiana and Fr. Aloysius Michael of Aliso Viejo California. A rosary will be recited at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1300 East Valley Road, Montecito, CA on Monday, June 27th at 7:00 pm. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Tuesday, June 28th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom's memory may be made to The Tom Wathen Center, Flabob Airport, 4130 Mennes Avenue, Jurupa Valley, California 92509.
Sunday PAGLIOTTI, Lila Jane Lila Pagliotti passed away June 15, 2016, at the age of 99. She was the beloved mother of Richard Pagliotti who survives her, along with a nephew, two nieces, 4 great nieces and beyond. She is preceded in death by her husband Dee Pagliotti and also her younger son, John. Lila Jane Redfern was born January 5, 1917 in Los Angeles, California. She grew up on the west side of that city. She attended John Burroughs Junior High School. Lila graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1935 (four years before Betty White). From her vantage point in time, Lila was able to watch the construction of the iconic May Company building on Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax. After graduation, Lila took a job at Barker Brothers in downtown Los Angeles. Lila met her future husband, Dee Pagliotti, on a blind date in Bakersfield. After a reasonable passing of time, Lila would move to Santa Barbara and become a member of that Goleta pioneer family. Dee and Lila were married on a "Friday the 13th" in a Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. The marriage lasted just short of 59 years. New in town, Lila worked at such familiar places as Lerner's and Lou Rose. Early on, Lila became very active in the local community. Lila was the first president of the Goleta Women's Service Club for which she received mention in Walker Tompkins' book "Goleta, the Good Land."Lila was a two-time Goleta Union School PTA President. She was a Cottage Hospital "Pink Lady." She was a Cub Scout den mother and also a 4-H crafts leader. Lila may best be remembered for the years she worked at Parry's Furniture Store where she was in sales as well as interior decorating during Goleta Valley's golden age of model homes. After Parry's closed, Lila went to work at I. Magnin & Co. Upon retirement, Lila became a member of the Santa Barbara Assistance League. She was also a County Hospital gift shop volunteer. During their leisure time, the Pagliottis loved to travel, mostly by RV, but there were also a couple of cruises in there. In their suburban, Dee and Lila pulled their travel trailer from coast to coast, and border to border, and beyond. Favorite destinations included New Orleans and Alaska. There was also an especially dear aunt and uncle who had a large sheep ranch outside of Cody Wyoming. All of this, and Lila still found time to play tennis until she was 80 years old. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to anything they wish. Sincere thanks to Dr. Gilbert, Dr. Liang, DASH, Hospice and particularly Maravilla. The family would like to greatfully acknowledge Mark, Matt, Amy, and Richard Hunt, with very special thanks to Janis and Kenny. No services are planned.
Sunday MICHAUD JR., Raymond R. Passed away peacefully on June 18, 2016 with his family by his side after a courageous, two-year battle with cancer. "Mr. Michaud," as he was called by generations of school children, was the long-time Headmaster of The John Thomas Dye School and one of the most respected elementary school educators in Los Angeles. Ray was father, son, brother, coach, and Headmaster to everyone he met in his over 40 years as an educator. But it was his own family where he most relished those roles, especially the additional title of "Grandpa." Ray is survived by his sons Michael and Bradley; his daughter-in law Kim; his son-in-law Jason; his grandchildren Parker and Peyton; his siblings Peter, Suzanne, Nancy, Steve and Janet and their spouses and many nieces and nephews. Ray never forgot where he came from and it was the basic values taught to him by his Mom and Dad that he tried to pass on to his students. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ray was the first of six children born to Delphine Rose and Raymond Michaud, Sr. on June 12, 1948. Ray's early years were spent playing ice hockey, baseball, and football. The Michaud family moved to Santa Barbara in 1961 where Ray attended Bishop Diego High School. Ray went on to receive his B.A. in History from University of San Francisco (USF) and was considering law school, when he was offered a position as assistant director of admissions at USF. One of his recruiting trips on behalf of USF brought him to the Harvard School for Boys in Studio City. As the story goes, Ray didn't succeed in convincing any of the students to apply to USF but he did get offered a job as a 7th and 8th grade history teacher the next day. Ray taught history, coached football and basketball at Harvard for seven years and also served as the Assistant Head of the Lower School. Ray Michaud was hired as Associate Headmaster of The John Thomas Dye School (JTD) in Bel Air in 1978 and became Headmaster two years later. At the time of his hiring, the Board of Trustees said they believed Ray was someone who was strong enough to respect the traditions of JTD's founders, Cathryn and John Dye, but flexible enough to grow. How right they were! No one individual has had as much impact on the history of the John Thomas Dye School as Ray Michaud. Ray served as the beloved Headmaster at The John Thomas Dye School beginning in 1981 until his retirement in 2014. After his retirement, Ray moved to Arizona to pursue his passions of playing golf and cheering the Dodgers during Spring Training. Ray taught, mentored, and coached over 2000 students during his time at JTD. He was a constant presence in his students' and faculty members' lives past and present. Of his long list of accomplishments, he may be best known for instituting the 5C's caring, courtesy, consideration, cooperation, and common sense. Those five simple words have truly defined the culture of the John Thomas Dye School and they will forever be the foundation of how JTD students treat each other and live their lives. Ray was honored for his thirty years of service at JTD in 2010 at an event on the field at Dodger Stadium. Over 1,000 people attended the "CelebRAYtion" and there was one resounding refrain heard over and over again that evening, "Mr. Michaud has made such a difference in our family's lives." Ray also forged a sense of community among LA's independent elementary schools by spearheading the creation of an Independent School Alliance of Minority Affairs. This coalition of forty-three independent schools has placed and financially supported over 1800 students in member schools, and has maintained a 100% college matriculation rate among its students. The Michaud Family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Independent School Alliance, c/o "Raymond R. Michaud Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund," 5813A Uplander Way, Culver City, CA 90230. Funeral Services will be private. A celebration of Ray's life will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at The John Thomas Dye School.
Sunday JURGENSEN USN, Cdr. Kenneth I. 8-29-1932 - 4-11-2016 Naval Academy class 1955. Ken a decorated Vietnam War hero who flew jets from an aircraft carrier married Barbara Cunningham in 1960, two children, Neil and Cristal. Divorced 1983. Married Cheryl Randles 1988 and she passed away 1993 at 47. Upon retirement he was an avid tennis player and a travel agent. Will be buried with honors at Oak Hill Cemetery, Solvang, with his parents, Thursday, June 30, at 2:00 oclock.
Sunday DENTON, Mary Dorothy Passed away peacefully in her sleep in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 15th 2016. She was born in Santa Barbara on December 6th, 1931 to John Louis Newton and Maria Dorotea Leyva. She is survived by her husband Frank Denton, her 3 children; Cynthia Lynn Abel Carpenter, Courtney Lee Abel and Joseph Frank Denton, grand children, great grand children and many nieces and nephews. Her love of life, sense of humor, thoughtfulness and generosity will be missed by all. Her spirit and memories will always be with us. It was her wish that she be cremated and no services held at this time.