The Cambrian

Obituaries

William Gray “Bill” Allen was born in June 1925 at the family home in Riverdale, Calif., and died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at home in Cambria, attended by family. The family is very grateful for the support of Hospice Partners of the Central Coast.

Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, and attended UC Berkeley. He subsequently graduated from and attained his MBA at USC.

He was financial officer for electronic firms in Los Angeles before semi-retiring to self-employment as a corporate recruiter.

Bill had a lifelong passion for fine music, had a beautiful tenor voice and sang for many years with the San Fernando Valley Master Choral as well as in the Vocal Arts Ensemble (SLOVAE).

Bill and his wife, Elizabeth, loved Cambria and in 1985 had moved permanently from Woodland Hills.

His passion for the community found expression in his efforts to save the Fiscalini Ranch for park use and in his work to secure public use and conservation agreements for Hearst Ranch property.

He also volunteered as a bus driver for the Cambria Community Bus and at the Senior Nutrition Program.

Bill was always gregarious and cheerful and exhibited an appreciation for each day, which found even greater expression after his survival of cancer in 1999.

He was selected as an Olympic Torch bearer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and ran a section of the relay in Paso Robles, cheered on by most of his large family.

Bill and Elizabeth enjoyed numerous adventurous trips to many countries throughout Europe, the Far East and the Pacific.

Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Allen of Cambria; their children David Allen (Susan) of Carpinteria, Calif.; Melinda Wellman (Ken) of Annapolis, Md.; Lisa Kromka (David) of Camarillo, Calif.; and Rebecca Christensen (Richard) of Laramie, Wyo.

He is also survived by his brother, Norman Allen (Carol) of Roseville, Calif.; sister, Lila Evans of Palm Springs, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Virginia Russell, who died in 1953.

In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations to Bill's favorite charities: Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, P.O. Box 1664, Cambria, CA 93428; the American Cancer Society; and the United States Olympic Committee.

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Mark R. Yaple

A cherished husband, son and father, Mark R. Yaple, 65, of Cambria passed away after a multi-year challenge with

cancer Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in Mesa, Ariz., surrounded by his loving wife, Debbie, and many relatives.

Mark was born in Atchison, Kan., in 1947 to Hal and Pat Yaple.

At an early age, Mark realized his dream of becoming a firefighter. He worked for the U.S. Forestry and retired a fire captain in La Mesa, Calif.

For 18 years, Mark and Debbie enjoyed leading mule-packing trips in the Sierras. They loved being together outdoors.

He had numerous talents, including detail carpentry and leather working.

He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Mark is survived by his life-mate, Debbie; mother, Pat; three brothers, Flip, Eric and Kim; daughters Marin, Mindy and Megan; two stepchildren, Mike and Geraldine; and seven grandchildren.

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