Audrey A. Pangborn
No funeral services are planned for 45-year Bishop resident Audrey A. Pangborn.
Born July 23, 1928 in Salem, Ind., Audrey died Oct. 24, 2010 at the Bishop Care Center.
Audrey married after graduation and moved to Indianapolis, Ind. and went to work at an insurance company while her husband was in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, they moved to Detroit with their son, Michael. She went to work for a division of Chrysler, but quit when two more sons were born.
Michael passed away in 1953 of an accidental death.
Audrey and her family moved to California in 1961. After her divorce, she married the love of her life, Robert George Pangborn, in Las Vegas in 1965. They moved to Bishop to the Sunrise Park in October of 1982. They traveled until his death on Dec. 17, 1997.
Her eldest son, Kevin, died October 1982 at the VA hospital.
Audrey was so grateful to so many people and organizations that helped her during her illness, especially Dr. Kibler and his staff, Airway Medical, Pioneer Home Health, IMACA, Bishop Care Center, Scott from therapy, Hospice of the Owens Valley, Pastor Kent Puls of Grace Lutheran Church and her son, Kyle, and Dara Powell, who both took such good care of her.
She is survived by her son, Kyle Pangborn of Bishop; and granddaughter, Kayla Rochelle Freeman-Costello of Santa Barbara.
A Celebration of Life was held Oct. 23 for Clarence Pool at the family home in Pico Rivera that was built in 1900.
Born Feb. 8, 1909 to William and Helen Pool, Clarence died Aug. 28, 2010. He was 101.
Clarence was a long-time visitor to the Eastern Sierra and founder of Cal-Tron Corporation, which moved to Bishop in April 1970.
Clarence was born in the family ranch house, 16 miles north of Buffalo, Wyo. during the worst blizzard in Wyoming history.
In 1911, the family moved to California. Clarence went to high school in Redlands, graduating in 1927. In 1929 he went to work at Douglas Aircraft Company as an Electro-Mechanical Engineer. He was instrumental in solving numerous mechanical problems with various aircraft.
In 1929, Clarence met a lovely lady named Frieda Young, who was to become his lifelong partner. They were married Aug. 16, 1930 at the “Wee Kirk o’ the Heather Church” located at Forest Lawn in Glendale. Together, they raised a daughter and three sons.
In 1938, Clarence started his first business, Hydropack. During World War II, Hydropack produced many rubber and transfer molded plastic products for use in military aircraft hydraulics.
In 1952, when the family returned from a lengthy vacation, Clarence discovered several employees had absconded with the Hydropack’s financial assets. At this point, the company was reorganized as Clarence Pool Company.
In 1963, he changed the name from Clarence Pool Company to Cal-Tron Corporation, his contraction for “California electronics,’’ with operations in Santa Fe Springs. In 1970 the business was moved to Bishop, with Clarence stepping down as president and his son, Dan, taking the helm. Clarence continued to have a sales office in Pico Rivera.
Clarence held 67 patents, was an accomplished photographer, hunter, outdoorsman and athlete. He had a lifelong love of rocks and was a 45-year member of the Whittier and North Orange County Rock Clubs.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Gigi Tryon, and his beloved wife, Frieda, who died on June 20, 2008.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Bob Tryon, of Terre Haute, Ind.; sons and daughters-in-law, Lionel and Gail Pool of San Juan Capistrano, Dan and Collene Pool of Bishop and Dick and Donna Pool of Tehachapi; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.