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.
These photos were taken Saturday, June 5 at El Nido Park in Torrance; the occasion being JoJo’s first birthday. JoJo is the son of Gilbert and Krissy, whose engagement photos are also on this site. JoJo and I are good buddies, so I was honored to photograph his birthday as my first children’s shoot.
Happy birthday, little guy. Continue reading
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
William “Bill” John Hertan, Jr.
April 16, 1925 ~ February 9, 2015
Bill passed away after a long and eventful life. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to North Holly Wood, CA at the age of 1. He was a General Agent for Knights of Columbus for Northern CA and Nevada. Prior to that he was a salesman for Jack Daniels and worked in the movie industry and the newspaper industry. During his time at Knights of Columbus he worked with and assisted many families to secure their futures. He was a very devoted and faithful Catholic and his work represented that faith and devotion. He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was predeceased by his wife and the mother of their 12 children, Marjorie Ann Hertan, and his sons Bruce, Brent and Brian, he is survived by his wife of 13 years Erma. He is also survived by his loving children William J. Hertan, III, Robert E. Hertan (Cecilia), Rebecca M. Dziarnowski (Mike), Bradley J. Hertan (Christina), Barry J. Hertan (Lisa), Bernie A. Hertan (Kimberely), Bryce E. Hertan, Brett E. Hertan (Karen), Bart P. Hertan (Heather). 20 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Bill was most proud of his family and affectionately referred to them by number. He enjoyed westerns on TV. His biggest hobbies and enjoyment was helping others, selflessly volunteering his time and resources to many causes. He was a true giver in all ways. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
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These photos are from the graveside service at San Fernando Mission Cemetery and lunch at The Bear Pit BBQ. Continue reading
Photos from Willie & Nadja’s visit to Torrance. July 2013. Continue reading