December 05, 2012

Arthur G. Pulido

Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Tata, Turi, brother, uncle and friend, Arthur G. Pulido, surrounded by his loving family, passed away at home on Friday, November 30, 2012 after a prolonged illness.

Art was born on December 9, 1930 in Rancho Sespe, CA to Jose A. and Esther G. Pulido.  He attended schools in Rancho Sespe and Fillmore, graduating from Fillmore High School, where he played football.

Art was a witty, creative, charming man, always ready with a smile, several jokes or a sympathetic ear.  He had many hobbies, including music, drawing, crossword puzzles, crafting, rock hunting, card playing, camping and fishing.  When near a piano or guitar, it didn’t take much coaxing to get him to play something for you.  He and his wife enjoyed their Friday night card club buddies for over 25 years.  He especially enjoyed fishing with his family and friends, in saltwater or fresh, not minding whether he caught anything or not, as long as he was fishing.  He was proud of his Navy service aboard the U.S.S. Chipola as a Radioman, 1st Class and thoroughly enjoyed regaling his children with tales of his world tours.

After his service, he returned to Rancho Sespe and worked at the Port Hueneme Naval Base (where he met the love of his life, Anita Bustillos) and then at Point Mugu.   He and Anita married in 1957, settled in Santa Paula and raised their family of four children there.  He subsequently worked for and retired, after nearly 30 years, from Abex Corporation in Oxnard as Manager of Computer Operations.  He was quite fond and always spoke highly of his “Abex Family.”

Art was a member of Guadalupe and St. Sebastian Churches in Santa Paula, was an AYSO soccer coach, past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 3608 and a member and treasurer of St. Vincent de Paul.

He was well-loved, respected and admired by his family that survives him, his wife of 55 years, Anita Pulido; their children Arthur J. Pulido, Shelly (Lawrence Boatright) Amey, Tisa (Charlie) Grant and Damian (Miriam) Pulido; his 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of Santa Paula.  They will all miss him deeply.

He is further survived by siblings Lawrence (Joann) Pulido, Mary Lou (George) Garnica and Jose Pulido, Jr., all of Santa Paula.  He leaves behind numerous cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews who will miss their “Uncle Art.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Vincent de Paul or Seminary Fund-Commons Regular of the Immaculate Conception, both c/o St. Sebastian Church, 235 N 9th St, Santa Paula, CA 93060.

Funeral Services Honoring The Life of Arthur G. Pulido will be held at Saint Sebastian Catholic Church, 235 N. Ninth Street, Santa Paula beginning with the recitation of the rosary at 7pm, Thursday, December 6, 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 11am, Friday, December 7th with Father Tom Dome C.R.I.C. Officiating. 

For map and directions to ceremony locations please visit our website: and click on Arthur’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr Funeral Svcs, Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.

Patrick Adam “Pat” Thomas, Jr.

Pat Thomas lost a long and valiant struggle against colon cancer and its complications, and crossed to the other side surrounded by the love of family and friends on Nov. 30. He was 45.

 Born in New Mexico Dec. 30, 1966, he spent his early years in Oklahoma, but lived in Santa Paula since 1976.

 While people might be fooled about a person’s true nature, animals never are, and he was Dr. Doolittle personified. Raccoons, squirrels, possums, and birds would find food and water he left for them, and he always took care of strays. He loved to walk his dog Ollie, and his cat would follow along like a pull toy, not wanting to be left behind, a daily spectacle that provided much amusement to all.

 He loved to garden, inundating everyone with the fruit of his 15 tomato plants. He was an excellent cook, and an experimenter who would include the most unlikely ingredients in his tasty dishes.

 Pat was known for his generosity, always helpful and giving, and as a friend that you could count on if you needed anything.__He is survived by his parents, Cora and Bruce Marshall, sisters Michelle Thomas (Art Marcelo), and Geneva (Frank) Obiols, all of Santa Paula, fiancée of 12 years Lisa Heise and her daughter Crystal (Craig) Blish of Canyon Country and their children Colin and Macayla, grandmother Vicki Marshall of Whittier, aunt Geri Marshall of Modesto, nieces Eileen (Andy Rico and daughter Jalynn), Kristina, and Marissa Aparicio, nephews Jesse and Justin Obiols, and baby Steven Marcelo. Aunt Patsy (Jim) Pugh, uncles Manuel (Brenda), Mike, and Trinnie Baca of New Mexico and Alfred (Cindy) Baca of Modesto also mourn his passing.

 Services will be held at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula Street, Santa Paula, on Sat. Dec. 8 at 1 PM, with a celebration of his life to follow at the Church of Christ, 276 W. Santa Paula St. in Santa Paula.

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