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Raul Amador, 70
ENCINITAS — Raul “Roy” M. Amador, 70, died of myelodysplasia Friday, April 7, 2006, in San Diego.
Born Jan. 22, 1936, in Carlsbad, he lived in Encinitas for 63 years. He worked in the flower-growing industry for 52 years, helping Encinitas to become the flower-growing capital of the world. He enjoyed the San Diego Padres and the Chargers. He graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1954.
Mr. Amador was preceded in death by his father, Martin Amador, in 1993; and mother Isidra Amador in 1975.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Martha Amador of Encinitas; son and daughter-in-law Alexander and Barbara Amador of Oceanside; daughter Deborah Amador of Encinitas; brothers and sisters-in-law Manuel and Rita Amador, Martin Jr. and Barbara Amador, Louie Amador, and Charles and Berni Amador; sisters and brothers-in-law Carmen and Moses Martinez, Maria Terry Tapiz, Trini and Bob Evans, Helen Amador, Angie and Hector Sanchez and Lucille Amador; and two grandchildren.
Viewing is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Eternal Hills Mortuary in Oceanside. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Encinitas. Burial will follow at noon at Eternal Hills Memorial Park.
Encinitas man cultivated flowers, friendships
PAUL EAKINS – Staff Writer
April 13, 2006, San Diego Union-Tribune
ENCINITAS — Raul “Roy” M. Amador was known as a skilled gardener who loved his work. But he also grew something he considered even more beautiful than the roses, lilies and carnations that he tended, his family said Wednesday.
Amador cultivated friendships.
The 63-year Encinitas resident was kind, happy and always willing to help those around him, family members said. A bilingual Mexican-American, Amador helped many Mexican families get their immigration papers in order and even helped them find places to live, including the family of his future wife, Martha.
“All of the time, he liked to help people,” she said in Spanish.
As a supervisor at many greenhouses in Encinitas through the years, Amador befriended and helped out his co-workers, his wife said, and even married one of them — her.
“In all the jobs he had, he treated people like his family,” she said.
Amador passed away Friday from a bone marrow disease at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife; a son, Alex Amador, of Oceanside; a daughter, Debbie Amador, of Encinitas; four brothers and six sisters.
His son, Alex Amador, of Oceanside, said his father loved his 52 years of raising flowers.
“It was his passion,” Amador said. “He’d work on stuff at his job and then come home and do the same thing at home. He just loved making things grow. He always had a garden.”
Roy Amador had a large backyard with many fruit trees, such as guava, lemon and avocado, as well as vegetables, other fruits, and flowers — from simple roses to exotic birds of paradise, his son said. Nature was an integral part of Amador’s life, he said.
“He loved the outdoors,” his son said. “He loved being out in the morning and feeling the coolness of the morning. That was his favorite time.”
But after a day of working in the dirt, the 6-foot-tall, wiry, sun-darkened Amador enjoyed cleaning himself up and dressing up to go out, his son said. Amador loved to dance to 1950s rock music and mariachi music, and taught his children to enjoy life, he said.
Amador also was a big fan of the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego Padres and loved to travel, his son said.
“Every weekend, it seemed like we were doing something, going to Disneyland, going to the zoo, or just going out driving around, having picnics and stuff like that. It was probably one of the best childhoods anyone can have,” he said. “He was adamant about showing his children the world.”
Contact staff writer Paul Eakins at (760) 740-5420 or email@example.com.
May 1, 1936 – January 22, 2016
Miriel Alice Leilani Drew was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1936. She was the youngest of two children born to Lucille Cripe and Walter Drew. She and her family survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
They were eventually relocated to Alameda and then to Encinitas where she attended San Dieguito High School with her older brother, Walter Drew. There she met her future husband, William Tompkins, of Rancho Santa Fe.
Miriel and Bill were married in 1962. She studied speech therapy at San Diego State University until giving birth to their only child, Stacy. Miriel later became a legal secretary and worked for over 20 years at the local law firm of Fredman, Silverberg & Lewis.
She resided in Pacific Beach for over 50 years. Throughout her adult life, Miriel battled kidney disease and became one of the longest living UCSD transplant patients. Her family will always be thankful for their wonderful care.
Miriel enjoyed bridge, drama club, shopping, and cheering for her grandsons. Miriel was known for her humor, strength of spirit, courage, deep love for her family and friends, and a smile that could light up any room. She will never be forgotten. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Stacy Tompkins; her grandsons, Ryan and Kevin Zupkas; and her niece, Ms. Irene Diggs.
A private celebration of life will be held. Donations may be made in her memory to the PKD Foundation at www.pkdcure.org/donate or the San Diego Humane Society at http://www.sdhumane.org/how-you-can-help/donate/.”
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Mar. 5, 2016
July 10, 1935-Oct. 30, 2007
Charles Francis Grattan, 72, of Oceanside died Oct. 30. He was born in Dunlo, Pa., and was a facilities manager for Cubic Communications Inc. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Grattan; sons, Gregory and Charles Jr.; stepdaughter, Dana Cross; sisters, Beverly Kearns and Mary Wright; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mass: 10 a.m. tomorrow, St. Francis Catholic Church, 525 W. Vista Way, Vista.
Interment: 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside.
Arrangements: Allen Bros. Vista Mortuary.
—San Diego Union-Tribune, November 6, 2007, Edition F, Page B-6
Submitted by Betsy Schreiber
d. 21 April 2015
Submitted by Betsy Ash Schreiber
Laurel Mannen, 65 artist honored for service to UCSD
From fibers to graphics, Laurel J. Mannen explored the world of art with the same fervor that led her to collect antique furniture as a teen-ager.
She became proficient enough in fiber techniques to teach continuing education classes for the San Diego Community College District and at private art shops.
Later, while employed as coordinator of the Program in Judaic Studies at UCSD, she applied her artistic talents to signs and decorations in the school’s various departments.
Ms. Mannen, a native San Diegan, died of respiratory failure Sept. 16 at San Diego Hospice. She was 65.
Not long after accepting a new post at the University of California San Diego as artist for the dean of arts and humanities in the late 1990s, she was disabled by shingles and emphysema.
Her contributions to UCSD, including 13 years in the Judaic Studies program, earned her a distinguished service award in 1997.
At UCSD, Ms. Mannen designed promotional fliers, decorated conference rooms and created signage for such departments as literature, history and humanities. She also took on free-lance graphics projects.
As a child, Ms. Mannen lived in La Mesa, where her father, Paul Mannen, operated a wholesale egg business. After he became general manager in 1949 of the Del Mar Fair, she worked there during summers. Her jobs at the fair and baby sitting enabled her to invest in early American antique furniture — including a rocking chair, a dry wooden sink and four-poster bed.
She donated some of the items, including the bed, to Casa de Estudillo in Old Town State Park in the late 1960s. “She had five children and she was afraid we might damage some of the furniture,” said her daughter Anne Rotzler of La Jolla. “So she gave some of it up or sold it, but she held onto a lot of it, too.”
Ms. Mannen graduated from San Dieguito High School. She went on to attend Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and studied art at the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles. She later studied psychology at International College in Los Angeles.
As a young woman, she worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines. After her marriage to Tom Stoup, she served as president in the 1960s of the San Diego Junior Chamber of Commerce Wives Club. The couple were divorced in 1980.
While raising a family, Ms. Mannen volunteered at Grant Elementary School in Mission Hills, where she created a learning center, complete with a library and art lessons, Rotzler said.
In the 1970s, while teaching various fiber techniques, she served as president of the Creative Weavers Guild of San Diego.
In 1996, Ms. Mannen was among the founding members of the Women’s History Reclamation Project, which honors the contributions of women with lectures, outreach programs, archival collections, oral histories and a research library.
After meeting the late Mary Maschal, who started the reclamation project, Ms. Mannen embraced the cause of feminism. “She became passionate about it toward the end of her life,” Rotzler said.
Survivors besides her daughter Anne include daughters Susan Medina of San Diego and Elizabeth Hardesty of Dixon; sons John Stoup of San Diego and Peter Stoup of Madison, Wis.; brother, Paul T. Mannen Jr. of Dallas, Ore.; and two granddaughters.
Services were held Sept. 23 at San Diego Hospice. Donations are requested to San Diego Hospice.
—San Diego Union-Tribune, published October 2, 2001