Santa Paula Times


December 17, 2008
Roy F. Jennings Roy F. Jennings, a 56-year resident and longtime high school teacher in Santa Paula, died suddenly at home on December 2, 2008 at the age of 83.He was born on June 15, 1925 in Sitka, Alaska, the youngest of four children to D. Russell and Bertha H. Jennings, who were missionaries at Sheldon Jackson School. The family moved to southern California in 1928, and Roy subsequently attended public schools in the Huntington Park area.He graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1943 and, after being drafted that fall by the U.S. Army, proudly served as volunteer truck driver with the Red Ball Express in France, and later as a combat scout with the 379th Infantry Regiment, 95th Division during World War II in Europe. His combat experiences (which were documented on an episode aired on the History Channel three years ago) resulted in his earning the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He was subsequently evacuated out of combat after acquiring a case of trench foot, and sent to hospitals in France, England and the United States before being discharged on disability on July 24, 1945.Upon Roy’s return home to Walnut Park, California in 1945, he attended Los Angeles City College and Whittier College on the GI Bill and subsequently received his BA degree from the latter institution in 1950. During that time, he participated in local Methodist Church and YMCA activities, where he dated Helen Virginia Sowers, a girl from Huntington Park whose house was on his paper route before the war.Roy and Helen were married on August 19, 1950, and after Roy went to California State University, Los Angeles, to earn his secondary credential, they worked as teachers in the Los Angeles school system for a year. In the summer of 1952, Roy was offered a coaching and teaching position at Santa Paula Union High School. Thus in the fall of 1952, Roy, Helen and their new baby moved to Santa Paula.Roy subsequently taught U.S. History, Driver’s Education Instruction, and Social Studies to generations of Santa Paulans from 1952 to 1986, as well as turning out “El Solano,” the high school yearbook, and coaching Varsity Basketball and JV Baseball for a number of years. His classes were normally taught by him telling stories, often based on personal experience rather than textbooks or newsreels. He also brought actual historical objects (such as Roman coins) to class for students to handle and study. He was always grateful in his retirement years to the former students who would stop him on the street or at the store and say “You were the best teacher” they ever had.Roy was an accomplished painter, woodworker and outdoorsman, as well as teacher. His paintings, furniture and carvings adorned the Jennings home for 53 years. His successful hunting and fishing expeditions provided many wonderful meals.His loving wife preceded him in death in 2006. He is survived by three children, Sue Ellen Austin, Anne Lorene Moore and Mark Russell Jennings, as well as six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. We wish our best to all who have known Roy and his family here in Santa Paula.Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura.David Michael ArguellesDavid Michael Arguelles, “Big Dave,” age 58, of Santa Paula, passed away with family and friends by his side on December 11, 2008 to join our Lord, Jesus Christ.David was born on April 13, 1950 in San Fernando Valley, and moved to Santa Paula his freshman year. He attended Santa Paula High School, graduated, and became a lifelong resident.He attended Ventura College, and then joined the Santa Paula police force for four years. He then returned to his old trade of masonry and worked for the family business, Arguelles and Sons Masonry, retired, and later devoted his life to God.“Big Dave” will always be remembered for his smile and laughing eyes, jovial sense of humor, and his ever-giving heart. He would never turn away anyone in need, and would always be there to give advice. His doors were open to everyone. To many, there are no words to describe his love, joy, kindness, and the many hearts he touched and inspired.He enjoyed camping with family at Yosemite while sipping mai tais by the pool, rafting, playing cards, sitting around the campfire telling stories, and motorcycle riding. “Toto” (a unique name given to him by his grandchildren) enjoyed cooking and baking with his son, Nathan and grandchildren. He loved listening to oldies especially Stevie Nicks. He had a very big sense of humor and was always up for a good joke!He is survived by his best friend, soul mate and wife, Debbi Arguelles; sons David Jr. (Macie), Jamie, Julian and Nathan Arguelles; daughters Melissa (Ramiro) Delgadillo and Kristen (Danny) Wreesman; brother Ken (Pat) Arguelles; sister Angela Ast; grandchildren Ryan, Davie, Jeremy, Josh, Deziree, BryAnn, Mercedes, Heather, Jessica, Ashley, and Carlina (Daniel) Flores; great-granddaughter Amaya; godchildren Albert Sevilla, JoJo Contreras, and Alex Galvan, all of Santa Paula; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and his dog Taz.David is now reunited in heaven with his parents Ruth and Mike Arguelles, and son Justin Arguelles. He will remain in our hearts forever… we love you Toto!We little knew that morning thatGod was going to call your name.In life we loved you dearlyIn death we do the same.It broke our hearts to lose youYou did not go alone,For part of us went with youThe day God called you home.You left us peaceful memoriesYour love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see youYou are always at our side.Our family chain is brokenAnd nothing seems the same,But as God calls us one by one,The Chain will link again.Author UnknownCelebration of life ceremony will be held on Friday, December 19 at 10 a.m. at Christian Outreach Ministries, 208 S. Mill St., Santa Paula. Interment will follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.David was entrusted to the care of the family owned and operated Robert Garcia Jr. Funeral Services in Santa Paula. For further information, please call (805) 229-7054.Libby SanchezOn December 12, 2008, our beloved mother Libby M. Sanchez passed away at the Santa Paula Hospital from a sudden illness. She was 87 years old. She will be deeply missed by her children, Ruben, Manuel Jr., Christina and Ronnie, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, family members and friends.She was born July 20, 1921 in the town of Villa Hidalgo in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. She entered the United States when she was almost 2 years old, and later in life she became a U.S. citizen and was very proud of it.She started kindergarten in Sonora, Arizona. When the family later moved to Rancho Sespe, she attended school in Fillmore. Rancho Sespe is where she met her future husband, but she didn’t know it because she was only 9 years old.Later the family moved to Santa Paula, where she attended Santa Paula High School. After her marriage, the family lived in Sanger, Fresno, San Jose, and back to Santa Paula, where she has been a resident for the last 54 years.Mom loved to sew. While working for a drapery business she learned how to make drapes, and after acquiring her business license she started her own drapery business at home called Drapes by Libby. She did that for about 25 years until she retired. This gave her more time to pursue her second love of working in her garden.She was preceded in death by her husband Manuel Sanchez and her parents Manuel and Camila Magdaleno, and was the last surviving child of 24 (yes, 24) children born to Manuel Magdaleno and his two wives (12 with each wife).Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-. Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, 525-3391.Vertis L. “Mac” McDonald Sr.Vertis L. “Mac” McDonald Sr. of Santa Paula passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at Santa Paula Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 76 years old, and had been a resident of Ventura County for 47 years.Mac was a retired business agent for Local #150, and had been a member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters for over 56 years. His career began in Northern California in 1952 and brought him to Ventura County in 1961, where he continued in the trade until his retirement in 1990.During his tenure as a business agent, he served on the executive board and had an instrumental hand in the consolidation-merger of Local #150. Whether it was working with his hands or with his knowledge of the trade, Mac was always very proud to be “a Union Man.” He was well respected among the members, as well as his peers, for his leadership skills and vast knowledge of his trade.Mac was also a recovering alcoholic. With the help of his “Higher Power” and taking it “one day at a time” he was able to sustain his sobriety for over 45 years.Vertis is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jaunita “Nita” McDonald; daughters Gail Norton of Santa Paula, Sharon Wilson of Santa Paula, and Diana Brewer of Russellville, AZ; son Vertis L. McDonald Jr. of Pahrump, NV; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sister Mary Whittington of El Paso, TX. He was preceded in death by parents B. C. and Vader McDonald, one brother and six sisters.Visitation was scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16 at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary. A chapel service will be held on Wednesday, December 17 at 1 p.m., with burial to follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, 525-3391.