Don Bromaghim, 1933 - 2011

A Celebration of Life for Don Bromaghim was held on December 29, 2011.  Born on June 25, 1933 and died on December 24, 2011.  He was born in Belle Plaine, Minn. to Russell and Mellie Bromaghim.  A surprise twin to brother Jon who survives, they were drafted into the army and served in Korea.  Don was always happy if he could make you smile.  He was a man of many skills: bartender, furniture sales, truck driver, Lockheed Martin maintenance; he answered an ad for IBM salesman.  He took the test and was told "contratulations," he passed the test for a financial planner for IDS (Investor's Diversified Services) which was next door to IBM. He was so happy.

Then he was led into sales of all kinds; prepaid funeral pland, Nebraska Life, Wassell & Reed Financial Servivces, sold new homes for Eliopolous and realter for Century 21, Doug Anderson.  He was a member of the Lancaster Photography Association.

He is survived by wife Dorothy, 44 exciting years together, one son Daron (Lupe), 3 grandsons: Derrick (Darci) and great granson Titus Evan, Bryant and Trevor Williams (sons of daughter Donnell and Anthony Williams).


Lannie Dean Webb, 1936 - 2010

Lannie Dean Webb was born on August 8, 1936 in the San Joaquin Valley town of Dinuba, California, "the Raisin Capitol of the world" as he often would say.  He passed away in the Mojave Desert town of Lancaster, California, on Dec 26, 2010, of apparent heart failure.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Irma May and Lannie Webb.  He is survived by his brother, Donald D. Webb and his wife Karen of Chelan, Washington; their son Todd, his wife Michelle and their son Kaleb; and daughter Melissa along with many close friends and neighbors.

After earning a B.S. in Physics, Dean was briefly employed by McDonnell Douglas in Burbank.  Shortly thereafter, he began a 36-year career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at its Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards AFB, California, as a research engineer of aerodynamics, specializing in airspeed determination research.  He spent much of his early career performing high-speed research on the hypersonic X-15 airplane; of note was his work on the "ball nose" airspeed sensor.  He also authored many technical papers for NASA.

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All Pass, 2001

On Wednesday, March 14, at 11:15 AM, Al Pass slipped quietly away in his sleep, in his room at Antelope Valley Hospital.  His wife Charlene was there with him, as she had been in the days and months leading up to this time and place.  Al's family and many friends knew by that time what Al was facing and would have been there with Charlene if there could have been a way.  Many of us went to the funeral services and interment at Mount Sinai in Hollywood Hills on Friday, and grieved with teh family in what was a most poignant farewell to a man who had honored his Family, his Church, his Community and his Friends with selfless devotion, asking nothing more than to be of service to us all.  We will always remember him as our friend, our teacher, and a leader, who worked for us tirelessly until he could work no more.

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Lois Simmons, 1924 - 2000

Simmons, Lois J., born Jan 29, 1924 in Idaho, passed away March 19, 2000 at her home in Lancaster. Lois was a resident of the Antelope Valley since 1957 and participated in numerous community events and organizations including teh Assistance League of the Antelope Valley, Kids on the Block program, the Assistance League Bowling Team, and Photography Club of the Antelope Valley.

She is survived by her children, Margaret Engstrom (husband Howard) of Quartz Hill, Christina Simmons of Lancaster, and Benjamin Simmons, Jr. (wife Sherri) of Bush, Louisiana; grandchildren Christopher Simmons and David Engstrom (wife Kari); great grandson Brandon Engstrom and a brother, Harry Moore (wife Margaret) of Pasco, Wash.  She was preceded in death ty her brother, Keneth Moore and her husband of 45 years, Ben Simmons in 1990.

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Jim McDonald, 1924 - 1997

McDonald, James J., 73, of Lancaster, passed away Dec. 27, 1997 i Lancaster.  Born May 22, 1924 in Los Angeles, James moved to the Antelope Valley in 1971.  He was a retired aircraft tecnician of 46 years working with Lockheed and Norhrop.  James was active in the Lancaster Photography Association and was the slide charman for the Antelope Valley Fair Photography Division.

Mr. McDonald was presently serving as secretary for the Red Rock Canyon State Park Interpretive Association, and attended the Antelope Valley Astronomy Club.  He is survived by his wife, Esther; sone and daughter-in-law Walter and Marry; daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Bob Richards; two grandsons Jayson and Matthew McDonald; and three granddaughters Kimberly, Heather and Michelle Richards.  James will be remembered y his friends for always being willing to lend a helping hand.  Memorial services will be at 1 pm Friday, Jan. 2 at Halley-Olsen Funeral Chapel, Lancaster.  Conributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

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