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Obituaries

News and tributes about the lives of community members who have recently died.
OBIT: Eddie Manuel Garcia

OBIT: Eddie Manuel Garcia

He died accidentally at the age of 60. He was found on a jetty in Seal Beach.
Local College Graduate and Her Groom-to-Be Become Face of Tragedy

Local College Graduate and Her Groom-to-Be Become Face of Tragedy

Mattison Haywood graduated Concordia University in 2010 and planned on becoming a doctor. Fiance Michael Myfett worked with autistic children. But more than anything, they were defined by th
'Fast and Furious' Actor Didn't Die Instantly

'Fast and Furious' Actor Didn't Die Instantly

Coroner reports that Paul Walker wasn't as lucky as driver Roger Rodas, who was dead before being engulfed in flames in their crashed Porsche Carrera GT.
'Fast and Furious' Actor Killed in Auto Crash

'Fast and Furious' Actor Killed in Auto Crash

Paul Walker was a passenger in a single-car accident in Valencia. 'The Fast and Furious 7' was in production.
Orange County Mourns Passing of Chuck Smith Sr.

Orange County Mourns Passing of Chuck Smith Sr.

The head pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa who launched a worldwide movement, Smith had strong ties to the area.
Seal Beach Mother Visits Memorial Honoring Dead Son

Seal Beach Mother Visits Memorial Honoring Dead Son

A memorial in Golden Valley, Arizona honors Christopher Michael Watson.
Former Los Alamitos City Treasurer Passes Away

Former Los Alamitos City Treasurer Passes Away

John Edwards Vondette will be interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, next to his wife.
Friends Remember Skateboarding Pioneer Don ‘Waldo’ Autry

Friends Remember Skateboarding Pioneer Don ‘Waldo’ Autry

The 55-year-old Seal Beach resident, who grew up in Long Beach, is credited with inventing the kickturn on a vertical wall.
Memorial Planned For Former Mayor

Memorial Planned For Former Mayor

Edna Wilson-Sharp served on the City Council from 1984 to 1992, serving as mayor twice.
Halloween Motorcycle Crash Kills Heavy Metal Singer

Halloween Motorcycle Crash Kills Heavy Metal Singer

Authorities are still investigating the collision that lead to the death of Mitch Lucker, the 28-year-old singer for the heavy metal band Suicide Silence.
Los Al Soldier Remembered as Husband, Father, Brother, Hero

Los Al Soldier Remembered as Husband, Father, Brother, Hero

Hundreds attended the funeral of Sgt. Thomas R. MacPherson, 26, a Long Beach Native and Los Alamitos High School grad who died in combat in Afghanistan.
Crowd Honors Fallen Los Al Soldier with Silence, Salutes

Crowd Honors Fallen Los Al Soldier with Silence, Salutes

More than 1,000 line the streets and attend the Hero Mission ceremony for Sgt. Thomas R. MacPherson, a Long Beach native and Los Alamitos High School graduate.
Fallen Soldier, a Los Al High Grad, to be Honored Thursday

Fallen Soldier, a Los Al High Grad, to be Honored Thursday

A Hero Mission at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base is set for Oct. 25 to honor Army Ranger Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson, 26, a Long Beach native, who died in Afghanistan.
Gov. Honors Local Soldier Killed in Action

Gov. Honors Local Soldier Killed in Action

Gov. Brown ordered the capitol flags flown at half staff in honor of Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson, a Los Alamitos High School graduate killed in combat.
Los Alamitos High Grad Killed In Afghanistan Had 'Warrior's Spirit'

Los Alamitos High Grad Killed In Afghanistan Had 'Warrior's Spirit'

Long Beach native Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson, 26, "personified the traits of the consummate Ranger: commitment and courage," according to Army officials.
Readers Remember Beloved Children's Doctor

Readers Remember Beloved Children's Doctor

Commenters pay their respects to Dr. Joel Widelitz, a Los Alamitos and Long Beach pediatrician who passed away last week.
Respected Los Alamitos Children's Doctor Dies

Respected Los Alamitos Children's Doctor Dies

Dr. Joel Widelitz, 66, who has treated countless local children since relocating his practice to Los Alamitos in 1997, died this week from a complication of surgery.
Diet Drug May Battle Obesity, But Is It Worth The Cost?

Diet Drug May Battle Obesity, But Is It Worth The Cost?

A combination diet drug is expected to be approved by the FDA, and it's hailed as the next big thing in combating obesity, but the side-effects are serious.
A Fallen Marine Returns Home

A Fallen Marine Returns Home

Family, friends, and community members come together for the Hero Mission to honor the arrival of Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Christopher G. Singer, 23, of Temecula.