Published: December 28, 2012
Arthur “Lloyd” Preston
Arthur “Lloyd” Preston of Santa Paula was born in 1914, and died of pneumonia December 18, 2012.
Lloyd and his much loved Dorothy (1915-2007) saw the world change a great deal during almost 100 years. They met those changes with enthusiasm, curiosity, love, and intelligence.
Lloyd became interested in a new thing called radio when he was a child, and, self taught, went on to play a major part in developing the radio and navigation systems that permitted Pan Am to start flying the world. He hacked airport facilities out of African jungles, was marooned on a South Pacific island, and had many friends in all corners of the world. But the most notable thing about him was that he was a fine man of great character and kindness.
Lloyd will be buried at the Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery, with a short graveside ceremony, on December 31 at 10 a.m.
Hazel Hedgecoke was a beloved and generous wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother of five (Hazel, Deja, Andrez, Aariana, and Alice Rain). She spent her entire life doing for others and spent her career as a physiotherapist, concert pianist, piano teacher, and co-owner (with her husband) of RobHaze Kennels.
She was born in Alberta, Canada on July 29, 1921, where she says her father always said Old Chief watched over them. Some of her childhood favorite memories were of her pet crow and her horses.
Following residential school, she rode a day’s ride annually to rent her pony to tourists at Banff and Waterton and worked as a hotel switchboard operator. At 14 she was awarded a teaching degree in concert piano from the Royal Schools of London, and taught piano consistently until retiring in 1985.
Hazel was a WWII widow (Les MacLean), so (as was the custom during the war) she worked in the war factory (John Inglis War Factory, Toronto) in tool and dye, and later (when it was discovered she was a musician) as the factory’s disc jockey before being one of the first women and of the first physical therapists ever trained (McGill University).
Hazel met WWII veteran Robert Hedgecoke in San Diego in 1949, through his sister Lucy. They married November 22, 1950, settled in North Dakota working on the polio epidemic, and suffered the loss of three children before having two surviving daughters and a son.
Hazel suffered a chronically debilitating illness since 1959, yet continued to generously care for other people, to teach piano and volunteer, and to truly enjoy the people she loved. Close relatives include her siblings Bruce (D 3/1/2000) and Nancy (surviving sister) and her parents Sybil and Herb (who preceded her in death), her sister-in-law Mary Jane, her daughters Stephanie and Allison, grandsons Travis and Timothy Vaughan, two adopted grandchildren - Sara Presutto and Sam Dunbar, and her treasured great-grandchildren.
She joined St. Paul’s Church later in life, and was devoted to her friends in Rancho Santa Paula and St. Paul’s and to her favorite team the Los Angeles Dodgers. She spent her last weeks at Vista Cove, and crossed over on December 20th, 2012 and we all love her eternally.
Angela G. Hurtado Diaz
Angela G. Hurtado Diaz, age 81, of Santa Paula, California, entered into Eternal Peace on Monday, December 24, 2012. She was born on November 30,1931 to the late Angel Garcia and Dolores Arambula Vega.
Angela was a nurse tech for several years at Santa Paula Health Care. She then went on to become a teacher’s aide at Isabel Middle School. She retired years later from Santa Paula Unified School District.
For the past five years she was a housewife. Angela was married to Baltazar “Walter” Guadalupe Diaz. She and Walter loved to vacation in Las Vegas. She also loved to go camping at Royal Oaks Resort along the King’s River, and enjoyed her time spent with family.
She is preceded in death by her first husband Jess Hurtado; her two sons, Jesse Hurtado and Henry Hurtado; brother Ralph “ Lito” Prieto; and sister Magdalena “Nena” Pulido.
Angela is survived by her loving family: husband Baltazar “Walter” Diaz; children Cathy Caban, Linda Guiterrez, John (Rosie) Hurtado, Ted (Patty) Hurtado, and Tom Hurtado; and 15 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 427 N. Oak Street in Santa Paula. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 3, also at Our Lady. Committal and inurnment will be held at noon Friday, January 4, 2012 at Santa Paula Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guest book, share stories and post pictures, please visit our website: www.mysantapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Angela’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Svcs, Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.