Donald Hoff passed away peacefully on May 14, 2009, with family in his home in Torrance, after a long struggle with cancer. He was born in Hoolywood, CA and lived all his life in the South Bay area, except for a two year period in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and three years in Southern Texas working as a radio announcer, where he met his wife of 59 years, the former Verna Mae Purl. Returning to California, he was emplyed as a Graphics Illustrator at Northrop Aircraft where he retired after 30 years. He had many interests and hobbies -- music, photography, astrononmy, bicycling, and was an expert model builder. His love for building model trains was unequaled. He is survived by his wife, Verna, four children, six grandchildren, and one great grandson: Vicki Sabzerour (John) and daughter, Jessica; Valinda Brisco (Miller) and daughter, Dayna; Terri Ricker (Jim) and daughters, Coral Gingrich (Brandon) & Vanessa Cutrona (Ian); Kevin Hoff (Jan) and sons, Bryan and Taylor; and great grandson, Elliott James Gingrich. Don and his grandaughter, Jessica (with Down Syndrome) had a passion for yard sales and made many friends throughout the neighborhood. He was a delight to his family and friends, and will be missed by all who knew him. A visitation / viewing will be held Wednesday, May 20th, from 4:00 - 8:00pm. at White and Day Colonial Morturary, 901 Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach.

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  1. Mr. Hoff (or “Jessica’s Grandpa” as we knew him) was a treasured patron of the Torrance Public Library. The staff of the Youth Services Department would look forward to Mr. Hoff and Jessica’s Saturday morning visits to check out music after they had visited the local yard sales. Mr. Hoff’s love and happiness touched us all, and he will be missed. We share our deepest condolences with his family and friends.

  2. My Mom and I wish to express our deepest sympathy. It has been a very long time but my sister, Kathy Kramer, went to high school with Terri. You are all in our prayers. Love, Peggy Kramer and Diana Archibald.

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