March 18, 2005
Charles William Sciutto Charles William “Bill” Sciutto, 90, died suddenly of a massive cardiac arrest March 15, 2005 at his home in Santa Paula. Bill always said he wanted to go quickly in his sleep and die in his home. Although he will be terribly missed, his family and friends are grateful he got his wish.Bill was born of Italian immigrants, Louise and Carlo Sciutto, in Salinas, California on November 20, 1914. He attended Hollister High School, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class, and University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the “Big C” Society. Bill graduated from Berkeley in 1936, and later earned a master’s degree in education from San Jose State University.After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1936, Bill began his long career in secondary education as a teacher, basketball and baseball coach, principal and superintendent. He worked in various locations in California, including Geyserville, Truckee, Carmel and Santa Paula. He retired in 1978 as the superintendent of the Santa Paula Union High School District, having worked there for 14 years. He loved working with young people throughout his career.Bill was an avid sports fan, and loved to root for all the Cal teams, as well as the San Francisco Giants and Forty-Niners.Bill is survived by his wife of 13 years, Leila Glover Sciutto; his son, Garfield Sciutto and his wife Louise of Carpinteria; his daughters, Luisa Haskell and Susanna Dado of Ventura; his brother, Joseph Sciutto, DDS of Walnut Creek; grandsons, Charles Sciutto and his wife Joy of Santa Barbara, Walter Haskell of Oakland, Joseph Haskell of Thousand Oaks, and David and Thomas Dado of Ventura; great-grandchildren Bill and Iva Sciutto of Santa Barbara; and eight nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Benetta Merner Sciutto, and his sister, Ida Sciutto Tubbs.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23 at the First United Methodist Church, 133 N. Mill St., Santa Paula, with a barbecue to follow at the church.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to Santa Clara Valley Hospice, 133 N. Mill St., Santa Paula, CA 93060.

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