On Monday, June 27, 2016, surrounded by his family, Lloyd Sreden lost his fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 55 years old.
Lloyd was born to Barry and Maxine Sreden in February 1961 and grew up in Granada Hills, Calif.
A resident of Santa Clarita, Lloyd was known for his generous service to several local non-profit organizations, but perhaps more, for his reputation as a practical joker.
Lloyd got involved early as a coach and volunteer with the William S. Hart Baseball and Softball organization. He generously shared his expertise in finance and served as a long-term board member.
Lloyd also served on the board of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years, often as the board treasurer. And in 2010, Lloyd joined the College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors.
An active member of Rotary Club of the Santa Clarita Valley, Lloyd freely donated his financial talents to the group.
“Not only did he serve on the governing board for 15 years straight, he was the treasurer of the Foundation board,” said Michael Berger in his eulogy at Lloyd’s funeral, held Thursday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley, Calif. “Being a 501C3, it was a lot of work, including all the accounting, annual reports and tax returns. In those 15 years, he never charged the club a penny. The money he saved the club went to support a local charity in our community every year.”
The service organization devoted part of its meeting Wednesday to remembering his legacy.
“Lloyd has been a great Rotarian, always helpful with SCV Rotary books and foundation billing and audits,” Jim Lentini said. “He always supported our functions, offering his home, and his family was always involved and supportive. Lloyd was a wonderful family man, always having his family first and being involved in our Rotary programs and what’s important in support of our community. Because of his support and giving demeanor, many of our Rotarians were clients of his firm.”
Lloyd was a senior partner at Stern, Kory, Sreden & Morgan in Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
“He was serious and very good at what he did, and he had a sense of humor, which made things bearable, especially during tax season,” said Ron Morgan, another partner at the CPA firm. “He knew practically everybody in Santa Clarita.”
Berger’s eulogy underscored how Lloyd’s clients trusted his work.
“Lloyd had a stellar reputation,” Berger said. “The ultimate professional. Over the past few days I have heard so many people telling me how much they trusted him and how he has made such a positive difference in their business.”
“His favorite things that I know of were his family … golf, and he loved the Dodgers, even when they let him down,” Morgan said. “He also loved his dogs.”
Called “the ultimate prankster,” one of Lloyd’s tricks involved swapping his yellow Labrador with the neighbor’s, seeing how long it took the dog-sitter to catch on.
“He loved to laugh and he loved to play practical jokes on people,” Morgan said. “It made his day when he could successfully do something like that, and he loved retelling the stories.” Steve Corn, Lloyd’s friend of many years, listed some of his favorite pranks.
“He’d un-strap your golf bag, and when you drove off in the golf cart it would fall off the back. He’d use exploding golf balls on unsuspecting golfers. He put itching powder on one guy’s neck at a Dodger game. … At Rotary, if you got up he’d salt put salt in your ice water,” said Corn. “I think he lived to prey on people with his shocking pen.”
Lloyd’s sense of humor was a natural part of his personality, according to friends and colleagues.
“Lloyd was blessed with charisma,” Berger said. “You can see this by how many different friends he had. Everyone wanted to spend time with him.”
Many of Lloyd’s friends voiced their sadness at his passing.
“I knew Lloyd to be a loving family man and upstanding community and business leader,” Tom Christensen said.
“He was generous with his time, his talents, and financially. I was lucky enough to have called him a friend. He will be missed.”
Lloyd is survived by his parents, Barry and Maxine; his wife, Vicky; and his children, Matt (Jessica), Mandy and Travis.
“Looking at him as a man and as a friend, husband, dad, brother and son, it’s hard to find anybody more dedicated to those around him, so concerned about others,” Corn said. “He’s taught us all to relish every minute, to be grateful.”
Rotary President Louis Esbin sent a letter to members with a take-away that would honor Lloyd Sreden.
It said, “May his smile, wit, humor, good nature, and legacy of service above self guide each of us in our own lives.”