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Celebration of Life

These photos were taken Saturday, January 27 at The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum, in El Segundo, where a couple hundred friends and family of Phillip Alan Stadden gathered to celebrate Phil’s life.

Phil was born March 12, 1947, and was taken from us October 21, 2023 after a short bout with prion disease, a disease I had never heard of before, but is apparently always fatal.

Phil was a long time painter of classic cars and motorcycles which resulted in him becoming a member of the Hamsters USA club in 1991. For those unfamiliar, the Hamsters are a motorcycle club that, at least at the time, was made up of the cream of the crop when it came to builders of custom motorcycles.

My relationship with Phil was pretty much a six degrees of Kevin Bacon scenario, and even at his celebration of life yesterday, I learned of even more people that I have been friends with for decades that were also friends of Phil; suffice it to say, Phil had many friends.

Phil is survived by his only son, Jeffrey Alan Stadden, Jeffrey’s wife Shannon, nephews Todd and Trevor Stinson, and his life partner, Linda James.

Rest in Peace, my friend.


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These photos were taken November 6 at the funeral and Celebration of Life for my good friend; George “The King of Spain” Montoya.

George passed away October 1, 2017 at the age of 67. He was born on November 29, 1949. He loved our country and served in the Army in Vietnam from 1970-1971. George received a Bronze Star among other medals.

George was laid to rest, with full military honors, at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada on November 6, 2017; the Celebration of Life was held at Paddy & Irene’s Irish Pub in Sparks, Nevada, one of George’s favorite places to go and play music.

If you knew George, you knew someone. Rest in Peace, Brother. Continue reading