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(7/5/06) Long-time Sierra Madrean Paul Magaris Passes Away  Paul Magaris, a Sierra Madre resident for more than 30 years, passed away on Thursday, June 29th after suffering a heart attack and collapsing at home.  He was 77.  Magaris was born in San Diego, CA, on June 13, 1929, and as a self-described “Navy brat” spent much of his young life moving around from place to place.  He was a graduate of Pasadena City College, and spent many years working in electronics/communications for CBS.  He then moved to Bell and Howell, where he worked in marketing.  He eventually retired from Bell and Howell, but didn’t stay retired for long, as he soon hired on with Western Graphtech in Orange County.  He then retired for good, about ten years ago.  Paul was actively involved with many organizations, including a social group called TNT through which he participated in road rallies and competitions, and served as a past president.  He was also involved with an RV group, though he didn’t actually own an RV himself.  Paul taught computer classes at the Senior Center here in town, and sat on the Library Planning Committee which created guidelines for the Library to move into the 21st century.  But his passion was the Kiwanis Club of Sierra Madre, where he served multiple times as a Board member and was a multiple past president, as well. Long-time friend Doug Berkshire recalled that when he joined the Kiwanis in the late 70s, Paul was president of Kiwanis, and stated that “He was really the sweat part of the whole thing….He was a staunch supporter of many Kiwanis events, including the 4th of July booth, the annual pancake breakfast, the Wistaria Festival, was very active in raising funds for the EMT mobile units, and raising the pergola in Memorial Park just east of the Senior Center.  He’s gonna be missed, I’ll tell you that.”  According to Berkshire, Magaris was also very involved with the Pioneer Days chicken dinners held at Lizzie’s Trail Inn, and recently was the “spark plug for Jack’s Tack Shack.”  Jack’s Tack Shack is named for Jack Hughes, a fellow Kiwanian who had passed away and left funds to create a “house” for memorabilia related to Lizzie’s Trail Inn and the mule packers that were such an integral part of Sierra Madre history.  Dr. Bill White, who is also passionate about Lizzie’s Trail Inn and the mule packers of Sierra Madre, noted that Magaris was “a long-time friend, for many years.  He will be missed.  He’s done many things for the people of this community.”  According to “his lady” Rita Pierce, Paul loved to travel, and was her partner in life, her best friend, and a super companion.  “Paul was an incredible human being, with a real zest for life, a wicked sense of humor, and amazing blue eyes."  He is survived by his sister, Georgia Harrod of Placentia, a son, Ted Ziedses Des Plantes and his wife Donna of Cincinatti, OH, and a grandson, Eric.  A memorial will be held on Friday, July 7th at 11am at Sierra Madre Congregational Church.  On Saturday, his ashes will be scattered off the coast of Newport Beach, where he lived for several years, and always loved.

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