Ralph Spencer Leslie Jr.

| Obituaries | April 1, 2014

Ralph Spencer Leslie, Jr.
1972 – 2014

Ralph Spencer Leslie Jr., 42, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Valencia, CA. Ralph was born April 3, 1971, in Haverhill, MA to Jane Elizabeth and Ralph Spencer Leslie Sr. Ralph Jr. came to California at a very young age (4) and remained here throughout his life.
Ralph Jr. has been a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of Local #33 for twenty-one years and loved his job. He enjoyed music, sports, playing pool, playing darts, video games and being with his family and friends. There was never a dull moment. He was always the first one to start the decorations for any holiday. He was also known by all as “Ralphie”. He was very loyal to his family and friends and if you needed him for anything at any time, day or night, it only took a phone call and he would be there. He was everyone’s “Protector”.
Ralph is survived by his three children: Nicole Cathleen, Cody Dean, and Zaine Owen all of Canyon Country, CA; his sister Brenda Ann Fife of Palmdale, CA; his niece Ashley Jane Fife of Palmdale, CA; his mother Jane Elizabeth Leslie of Canyon Country, CA; his father Ralph Spencer Leslie Sr. of Bend, OR; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins on the East Coast and Florida.
Ralph, a father, son, brother, and uncle, you will never be forgotten and we will all miss and love you always and forever, bushels and a peck. You are now “free” with the capabilities of going wherever your heart desires. ~Until We Meet Again.
Services will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (661-259-0800). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Breast Cancer Society (http://www.breastcancersociety.org/getinvolved/giveadonation/). You may sign the digital guest book at: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Ralph-Leslie&lc=2241&pid=170277411&mid=5900703&cid=em.legacy.dm.2241.5900703 .

John Franco Estrada 1949-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | March 20, 2014

Born May 8, 1949, John Franco Estrada entered eternal rest on March 10, 2014. He was the loving husband of 46 years to Barbara, father to Katrina Villarreal, Teresa Estrada, John R. Estrada (Raquel) and Samuel R. Estrada. He was “Papa” to Vincent Villarreal, Sabrina, John Jacob, and Gabrielle Estrada. He was preceded in death by grandson, John “Ricky” Villarreal.

John retired from General Motors after 37 years of service. Friends to many and loved by all, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3016, and a member of the “Latinos” car club. He grew up in San Fernando, California and graduated from San Fernando High School in 1968. John coached many baseball and softball teams. He also enjoyed traveling, fishing, and camping with his family and friends. John will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Gerard Joseph Marquis 1941-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | March 20, 2014

MARQUIS 001Gerard Joseph Marquis passed away at home, with his family at his side, on March 17, 2014. He was 72 years old.

Gerard was born to Lionel and Alfreda Marquis on December 15, 1941 in the beautiful, small town of Van Buren, Maine. He served his country for three years in the U.S. Army, and married Nina Hanna on March 9, 1973 in Tujunga, California. Gerard loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, fishing, RV’ing, and eating chocolate. He was also a longtime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Above all, he loved being “Papa.”

Gerard is survived by his wife, Nina Marquis, his daughters, Lisa, Susan and Lynn; his son Dan; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; his sisters, Jeannine Du Monte, Pricilla Marquis,  Patricia Perron, Rose Clavette, Fernande Zurell, Leola LaMonthe and Brenda Hollis.

Gerard is predeceased by both of his parents, his sister, JoAnn, and his daughter, Shannon.

Frank Allen Clark

| Gazette, Obituaries | March 18, 2014

Frank Allen Clark

Frank Allen Clark

Frank Allen Clark passed away on March 9, 2014 at his home in Acton at the age of 88. He was born on August 17, 1925 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Frank joined the Navy after graduating high school and served as a Second Class Petty Officer. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the I.A.T.S.E Local 729. He made his career as a department head, studio painter for Paramount Studios.

He is preceded in death by his brothers, James Golden Clark, Jr. and Chuck E. Clark; and his sister, Dorothy Lee. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Clark; his children, Cecelia Clark, Gary Clark, Christine Williamon, Jeffrey Clark, and Scarlett New. He leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a funeral service to follow on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of the Hills, located at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary (23287 N. Sierra Highway). In lieu of flowers, please contribute to “Motion Picture and Television Fund” by visiting www.mptvfund.org.

He will be deeply missed.

Carl Max Lau

| Obituaries | February 10, 2014

Carl passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 7 in his home in San Fernando Valley. He lived a long and exquisite 91 years, surrounded by friends, family, and all who loved him. He lived most of his life in San Fernando with his loving wife Mary Elizabeth Lau.
Carl was born November 27, 1922 in Chicago Illinois to parents Theodore Lau and Irene Weinfurt. He moved to Los Angeles with his mother and attended San Fernando High School and later USC, where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Shortly after his graduation he entered into the US naval service as a First Class Seaman USNR and was discharged in 1946. Meanwhile, Carl was married to his high school sweetheart Mary Elizabeth Gregoire at the First Methodist Church in San Fernando on Wednesday, June 20, 1945.
He was a giving member of his community serving as Treasurer of Kiwanis International Club of Sylmar for many years. He and Mary were co-owners of the Country Antique Mall for over 30 years. He also continued to be a dedicated member of the First Methodist Church in San Fernando throughout his life.
Carl is survived by his beloved wife Mary Lau, his two children Theodore Lau and Katrina Lau Tekulve Lau. He also leaves behind his seven grandchildren, Sarah Tekulve, Ryan Tekulve, Katie Tekulve Phelon, Drew Tekulve, Kyle Kloepper, Bevin Kloepper, and Tessa Lau, as well as his two great grandchildren, Harvey Phelon and Eleanor Kloepper. Carl was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Carl was always cracking jokes and making people smile. He will be remembered as a wonderful inspiration and ray of sunshine to anyone who met him. Public visitation will be held from 11-1, memorial service at 1, and an internment ceremony from 2-3, at Eternal Valley 23287 Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA 91321. Family is asking in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Kiwanis in Sylmar, through their website at:

Denvil Eugene Quesenberry January 18, 1937-January 28, 2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | February 6, 2014

Denvil Eugene Quesenberry, age 77, passed away on January 28, 2014 in Northridge, Calif. He was born on January 18, 1937 in West Virginia, where he graduated from high school at the age of 17 and joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict, working as a cartographic engraver and map maker. Unlike most technicians, he was utilized as cartographic supervisor and instructor. Denvil left the service with an honorary discharge in 1958, with several letters of recommendation from higher ranking Air Force officers, expressing their loss of a great map maker.

While stationed in Japan, Denvil also took up photography and enjoyed exploring Japan with a camera.

He married Flora Quesenberry on February 22, 1997 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Denvil was a partner at Hydrodyne Company, an aerospace manufacturing company. He also enjoyed golf, reading, and playing poker and gin.

He was preceded in death by his late wife, Verna; his son, Tyler; his sister, Judy; and his brothers, Rick and Aaron. Denvil leaves to cherish his memory:  his wife, Flora; his stepson, Judson; and his grandson, Bobby; his sister, Anita, and her husband, Tom, and his niece, April; his nephew, Allen and family.

Loren James Bradshaw

| Gazette, Obituaries | February 4, 2014


Loren James Bradshaw passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Santa Clarita, Calif. Born in Burbank, Calif. on November 3, 1955 to Leon and Elizabeth Bradshaw, Loren was raised in Burbank, graduating from John Burroughs High School in 1974.
He enjoyed fishing, football and NASCAR, but mostly spending time with his family and friends. Employed for over 35 years in the aerospace fastener industry, Loren retired in 2010. He was a member/past president of the Burbank Jaycees.
Loren is survived by his wife, Shirley Olson Bradshaw; mother, Elizabeth Bradshaw; daughter, Candace (Andrew) Bradshaw McDonald, treasured grandchildren, Gabriel and Gwendolyn; brother, Lonnie (Dionne) Bradshaw; sister, Cindy (Ron) Sabatine; and many loving niece, nephews and extended family. He was a loving son, husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend to all.
Loren was preceded in death by his father, Leon Bradshaw in 2008.
Loren touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of his Life, being held on February 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Valley Funeral Home, 2121 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA, 91506.  Following the service, the family invites you to join them at home. Directions will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to PHA, Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910 | Fax: 301-565-3994 or email Giving @PHAssociation.org.

Kathy Marie Hartzel

| Obituaries | February 3, 2014

Hartzel, Kathy Marie December 18, 1955 – January 24, 2014
Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt passed away after two years battling cancer with incredible strength and courage. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Kathy moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in 1983 where she worked as the office manager of a successful dental practice. After raising her three children, Kathy became a registered nurse and worked for Anthem Blue Cross.

Kathy loved doting on her grandchildren, attending their cheer competitions, recitals and sporting events. She was constantly surrounded by friends and family who adored her glowing smile, gracious manner and kind spirit. Kathy leaves behind daughters Amy Ingram and Heather, son Matthew, granddaughters Ashlee and Madison and countless friends.

The funeral service will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 Sierra Highway, Newhall 91321 on February 8 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Tribute Fund that has been set up in Kathy’s name.

April Jayne Tucker

| Obituaries | January 29, 2014

April L. Tucker
Passed away 12/25/13 after a long battle with cancer. Daughter of Rachel (Rae Lou) L. and Robert S. Tucker (Deceased), sister of Hugh C. Tucker, Ellen Stacey Tucker Sweida (Deceased) and Robert L. Tucker. Owner and mother of her beloved “Batman”. Best ever auntie of seven nieces and nephews and four great-neices and nephews. Graduate of Eagle Rock High School.
Memorial services will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary 23287 N Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA, 91321 on 3/15/14 at 10:00am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers please donate to your preferred charity.

Raymond Sidney Hill

| Gazette, Obituaries | January 29, 2014

Raymond Sidney Hill
March 9, 1964 – January 17, 2014

Raymond Sidney Hill,49, passed away suddenly on January 17, 2014 in Oxnard, Ca.  He was born March 9, 1964 in Santa Paula, Ca.   He was a resident of Santa Clarita for 20 years.

Ray worked part time as an actor, appearing in Baywatch, Clean and Sober and other small parts for T.V.   He also worked in contracting, providing roofing and painting services.

He leaves to cherish his memory:  his mother, Nancy Hill of Santa Clarita; his father, Donald Hill of Santa Clarita; his sister, Teresa DeMayo of Valencia; his sister, Stephanie Hindman of Valencia; his brother, Michael Hill of Simi Valley; his daughter, Ashley Hill of Simi Valley and Ashley’s mother, Carla Hill.

Ray had a good heart, was a caring person and had a tremendous love for his family.  Ray will be missed by all who knew him.  The family would like to invite you to visit a memorial website set up in Ray’s honor at www.forevermissed.com/ray-hill

A graveside service will be held Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:00am at Eternal Valley Memorial Park 23287 Sierra Highway Newhall, Ca. 91321

Gloria Barbara Salazar

| Gazette, Obituaries | January 28, 2014

February 1, 1932 – January 20, 2014

Gloria was a resident of Canyon Country. She had worked for 20 years for the LAUSD as a Salad and Pastry Chef, and was the cornerstone and inspiration of a large and loving family. A woman of unshakeable faith, Gloria was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughters, Patty Burgess and Marlene Salazar; son Jeff (Lisa) Salazar; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Gloria was predeceased by her sons, Bobby and Kenny Salazar.

Irmgard “Emmy” Armbruster 1938-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | January 28, 2014

Irmgard “Emmy” Armbruster, age 75, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014, in Santa Clarita, CA after a long illness. She was born June 27, 1938 in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. She was the only daughter of Paul and Gertrude Mayer.

Emmy was a resident of Santa Clarita for more than 60 years. She was married to Charles “Chuck” Armbruster more than 30 years at the time of his death in November, 1993. She was a loving wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother. Her family meant everything to her.

She is survived by her son Tom Armbruster, daughter Angie Buchanan; daughter-in-law Lori Armbruster; grandsons Jake and Ben Armbruster; son-in-law Joe Buchanan; sister-in-law Joyce Ahern; niece Denise Maronde.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in the Chapel of the Oaks, Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 N Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA 91321.

Anna Ray Staats April 7, 1923 – January 10, 2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | January 16, 2014

Anna Ray Thomason was born in Roff, Ok on April 7, 1923, to parents George and Ollie Ann. She was the 14th of 15 children; there were three girls and 12 boys! They were a hard-working family, managing a 100-acre sharecropper’s farm. Although it was six days of work, on many Sunday afternoons, George would pull out his fiddle, and the family would play baseball, sing and make ice cream.

At 16, she met handsome W.J. “Bill” Staats and the two eventually married on September 16, 1940, in Glendale, AZ. They moved to California and in the years that followed, Ann gave birth to five children; Jo Ann, Stan, Jim, Steve and Bill Jr. In the early 50’s, Bill moved his family from Tujunga to a 13-acre ranch in Sand Canyon (Santa Clarita). Ann managed an egg-selling business and the family enjoyed living in the country for the next 17 1/2 years.

As a young woman, Ann accepted the Lord as her Savior and became a devout Christian. She taught Bible study for many years and always kept a focus on studying the Word and doing the Lord’s work.

As her children became married, it wasn’t long until she became a grandmother, or “Nana” as the children called her. Some of her grandchildren enjoyed visiting the ranch, before Ann and Bill sold it in 1972, moved to Canyon County, then to Agua Dulce. The loving grandmother continued caring for more grandchildren, a total that reached 16. They finally moved to Bullhead City, Arizona, a place they had vacationed since the mid-50’s. Ann sometimes joined Bill on the golf course and enjoyed crocheting, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and welcoming visitors. The pair summered in Show Low, Arizona, but always took pleasure in coming back to their Bullhead City home.

Ann passed away on January 10, 2014, following surgery to repair a broken hip. She was loved by her family and will be missed by all. She leaves behind her husband Bill, children Jo Ann (Ed), Jim (Wendy), Steve (Genene), Bill Jr (Jackie), daughter-in-law Janice, 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her son Stan and grandchildren Angela and Geoff preceded her in death.

Funeral Service
Monday, January 20, 2014
Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary
23287 N Sierra Highway
Newhall, Ca 91321

Eugene Mackey Doty

| Obituaries | January 10, 2014

Surrounded by his loved ones, 93 year-old Newhall native, Eugene “Gene” Doty passed away at his home on January 1, 2014. Gene was born in San Fernando, CA on October 23, 1920. His parents, Jesse and Margie brought the newborn home to the Doty house on San Fernando Road (now Main St.), next-door to the Doty Garage (later “Doty Ford,” the first automobile dealer in Santa Clarita).
He lived in Newhall his whole life, attended Newhall Elementary School and graduated in 1938 from San Fernando High School, where he was Student Body President, “Yell King,” Letterman, and the first Eagle Scout in the whole Santa Clarita Valley. While at SFHS, he met his future wife, cheerleader Maxine Morris. At 18, Gene owned and operated the Shell Gas Station in Downtown Newhall. He and Maxine married in 1940 and made their home in Newhall. In the early 1940s, he worked for a short time at Douglas Aircraft, until he was recruited by Lockheed Aircraft. Except for the years he spent in the Army during WWII, he worked at Lockheed, where he spent many years as a part of “Skunk Works” classified operations.

During those early years, he and friend Jim Talman founded the Newhall Tennis Club. Gene was an avid tennis player for decades and was involved-in and devoted-to tennis functions throughout the community. At the time of his death, he still owned the Newhall Tennis Club Pro Shop.

Gene was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church for 93 years. He first served as an altar boy, and later, for many years, as an usher. Many decades ago, he and Julio Lombardi initiated the first OLPH BBQ. Year after year, they spearheaded the popular event which continues annually as the parish’s major fundraiser.

Maxine preceded him in death, as did his daughter Denise Swartzman, and grandchildren Geoffrey Staats, and Angela Staats. Gene is survived by his son, Dennis Doty (Jeralyn), daughter, Genene Staats (Steve), and son, John P. Doty. He is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

There will be a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM, on Monday, January 13, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Lyons Avenue in Newhall. Interment will be at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, North Sierra Highway in Newhall.

Paul Aaron Hammons

| Gazette, Obituaries | January 10, 2014

Paul Aaron Hammons passed away at home after a long battle with leukemia on December 31, 2013. Born on December 13, 1989 in San Jose, California, he has been a resident of Santa Clarita his entire life.

Paul graduated from West Ranch High School and received an associate of arts degree from College of the Canyons in history and went on to obtain a bachelor of arts in political science from University of California, Davis. Paul married his high school sweetheart, Haylee, on September 21, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Haylee Arimoto of Newhall;  his father, Tim Hammons of Santa Clarita;  his mother, LeAnn Hammons of Santa Clarita;  his brother, Andy Hammons of Santa Clarita;  his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and JoAnn Arimoto of Castaic;  his sister-in-law, Samantha Arimoto of Newhall;  his grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A service will be held on January 11, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 28508 Westinghouse Place in Valencia.

Paul always had a smile on his face and was loved dearly by all. He will be greatly missed.

John Stevens Fuller 1933-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | January 10, 2014

John Fuller, a generous family man and community leader, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014.

Since moving to Newhall in 1964 with his wife, Ellie, John has been an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall and instrumental for Santa Clarita’s development. John was a founder of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where he served as a board member for 21 years and volunteered for 40 years. He served on the boards of the Santa Clarita YMCA for 25 years, Newhall Schools for 10 years, and the Castaic Lake Water Agency for 12 years. He was also an active long-time member of the Santa Clarita Rotary Club.

John was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and graduated from Occidental College in 1955. After serving in the Air Force for two years, John joined Valley Federal Savings, where he worked for 26 years in various positions, ending as president from 1982-1984. After Valley Federal, John worked as vice president of administration and treasurer at the California Institute of the Arts until his retirement in 1998. After retiring, John enjoyed traveling with Ellie and his grandchildren.

In addition to his many civic contributions, John volunteered and cared deeply for Occidental College, the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall, and the San Fernando Presbytery.

“Papa” John was much loved by his family. He is survived by Ellie, his wife of 58 years; children Steve Fuller, Jane (Craig) Deitz, and Bruce (Liz) Fuller; brothers Bob and Ernie; sister-in-law Nan; nine nieces and nephews; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall, 24317 N. Newhall Avenue in Newhall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Newhall or to Occidental College.

Virginia Alice Phelan

| Obituaries | January 2, 2014

Virginia Alice Phelan, age 81 of Newhall, California, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013. She was born on February 11, 1932 in Los Angeles, California.

Virginia was a homemaker and raised her two children Patrick and Deborah; she also had briefly worked in customer services for Broadway Department Store. Virginia was happily married to Robert for almost 60 years before his passing in 2012.

Virginia leaves to cherish her memory: her son Pat (Patsy) Phelan; her daughter Debi (Jim) Ginnetti; Robert (Michelle) Phelan grandson; Amy (John) Chesbrough granddaughter; Katie Ginnetti granddaughter; Mike Ginnetti grandson; Annie Chesebrough great-granddaughter; James Chesebrough great-grandson; Brooke Phelan great-granddaughter;

Virginia is preceded in death by, her loving husband Robert Lee Phelan, 6 brothers and sisters, and her parents Emilio and Rose.

“Gin is happy to be rejoined with the love of her life, Bob. Together they had many years of happy memories camping, fishing and hunting. Her family, friends and neighbors were very special to her.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 11:00 am at Eternal Valley Memorial Park.

George J Guevara

| Gazette, Obituaries | December 12, 2013

George Joseph Guevara

George Joseph Guevara, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, after a brief and aggressive illness, at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, CA. He was born September 21, 1956 in Bronx, NY.

He grew up in Burbank, CA and graduated from John Burroughs High School. Shortly after graduating, George joined the Army, serving proudly for three years. In 1978 he met Cyndie and they married in 1981. In 1984 he became a deputy for the LA County Sheriff’s Department. In 1985 they moved to Canyon Country, CA where they raised their three children.

George was a man who loved his wife, Cyndie, faithfully and fiercely for 32 years. He was a dedicated and loving father who valued his family. George always appreciated education and obtained his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He was a Drug Recognition Expert and received many awards over his career. He retired from the LA County Sheriff’s Department after 27 years.

He is survived by his wife Cyndie; children Jennifer (Jeremiah), G.J., and Ryan; grandson Jacob.

A memorial service was held Wednesday December 11, 2013. Donations may be made to Grace Baptist Church with “Mission” in the memo line.

Julio G Lemos

| Obituaries | December 4, 2013

Julio leaves behind 5 children and 10 grandchildren. Services are Sunday December 8th from 10:30 to 2:30 at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, 11160 Stranwood Ave, Mission Hills. Mass is on Monday December 9 at 10:30 Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 10390 Remick Ave, Pacoima. Burial will follow mass on Monday.

Help the Children Founder Dies

| Gazette, News, Obituaries | November 14, 2013

Roger Presgrove, who died Sunday at the age of 56, is touted by those who knew him best as a man of great generosity. In addition to the abundant stories where the businessman-turned-charity administrator showed great compassion to those in need, Presgrove’s Christian spirit propelled the non-profit organization Help the Children into some distinctive categories, including Forbes Magazine’s “Best Run Charities” list.

Formerly Children’s Network International, a non-profit founded by Presgrove, Help the Children applies a whopping 99 percent of donated monies directly to programs. Objective watchdog groups have underscored the efficiency of Help the Children, placing the organization in such categories as the top 100 charities in America, according to Independent Charities of America. Charity Navigator, another independent rating site, gives Help the Children a score of 100% in “transparency and accountability.”

“Help the Children is the most efficient food philanthropic organization, probably in the country,” said Ed Bernstein of 25Score. “Roger, to a tee, was so frugal – he wanted it all to go to philanthropy. He was so selfless and so quiet.”

Despite the fact that Presgrove’s ministry built and operates a hospital in Guatemala, conducts medical and dental outreaches, military assistance programs, disaster relief, supports a girls’ school and orphanage in Kenya, and helps provide residential accommodations in Honduras for children undergoing cancer treatment, the community leader began with the basics.

“There’s a story that illustrates what he was like, which happened one day at the food pantry operated by Help the Children,” said Michael Santomauro, director of the Santa Clarita facility of Help the Children. “One of the clients showed up to get food and had symptoms of not just homelessness, but addiction as well…Roger got there, after a full day of work, and he sat outside, held her hand, talked to her…and then said, ‘Give her whatever she needs.’”

Presgrove’s actions were widely known in the Christian community. Said Pastor Jim Ryan of Heart of the Canyons Church, “I have known a lot of people who are in the business of caring for those who are hurting, but what impressed me most about Roger Presgrove was that he had a compassion for the hurting that moved him to action, not a sympathy that produced temporary reaction.”

The other irony, when you picture the man at the top of an organization that has shipped more than $900 million in aid to people in 12 states and 52 countries, was that he chose to step away from disaster relief that had the attention of the media. He offered assistance to those out of the limelight, who lacked exposure.

“He was always sacrificing recognition,” explained Santomauro. “He didn’t want accolades.”

Though the simple provision of “God’s love and compassion through its programs” was enough for Presgrove, attention could not be completely diverted from an organization cutting as wide a berth as Help the Children. Its programs continue to provide food, clothing, personal hygiene items, over the counter medicines and medical outreaches to third world countries. Help the Children distributes food to hundreds of churches, senior citizen facilities, battered women shelters, recovery programs, and other service providers. These groups, in turn, hand out donated food to the needy people they serve.

Last year alone, using four food distribution sites, Help the Children distributed 1.7 million pounds of

bulk food each month and over 35 tons of food each workday.

“We’re dedicated to keeping Roger’s work going,” said Bernstein. “If you live in Santa Clarita, and if you’re blessed to have abundance, please get involved. If you live in Santa Clarita, and you feel you need a hand up, Help the Children is there to help you with groceries and sundries and clothing.”

Help the Children currently has several food distribution centers throughout Southern California and across the country, and will continue to operate, as it did when Presgrove was alive.

“Our goal in the short term is to continue the momentum,” said Santomauro, “to develop a team who can take it to the next level.”

Presgrove’s funeral service is scheduled for 10 am Saturday, November 16 at Real Life Church. In lieu of flowers they are requesting donations to Help the Children.

Milo Chun

| Gazette, Obituaries | October 21, 2013

January 25, 1918 – October 15, 2013
Milo Chun also known as Hing Y. Chin, a lifetime native of Sacramento passed away October 15th, 2013 in Valencia, CA in the home of his Granddaughter at the age of 95. He was educated in the schools of Sacramento and he retired from McClellan Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic. Prior to his work at McClellan, Milo served in World War II in the United States Army as an infantryman for the 3rd division. Milo was one of the first Chinese Americans from Sacramento to enter the war. He served under General George Patton, had eight combat campaigns and four amphibious landings. In addition to the bronze star and other medals, Milo received the purple heart from being wounded in battle. Milo was born in Sacramento to Chin Wing and Nellie Shee Ow and was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Franklin, Henry, Eugene, George, Don, May, Hattie and Grace. Milo was married for 21 years to his beloved wife Mabel who preceded him in death in 1999. He is survived by his brother Stanley (and his wife Ruth), his son Alan, his step-sons Randy and Marc and his Grandchildren Olivia and Josh as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Milo was a faithful member of his family, his community, his VFW, his wife and the country that he loved, the United States of America. He made his mark on many lives, will sorely be missed and never forgotten.

Service Information


Friday, October 25, 2013
10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, California 95819

Funeral Service

Saturday, October 26, 2013
East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, California
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