Donald
Donald Keith Dye 1942-2009 Donald Keith Dye, a life-long resident of the South Bay, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Friday, February 6, 2009 in Lawndale. Born in Culver City, CA, Donald was 66 when his long and courageous battle with cancer ended. He grew up in Hawthorne, CA and graduated Hawthorne High School and University of Redlands. Donald was a huge fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, NASCAR and motor racing as well as being an avid golfer. Donald served in the Air Force, and was a member of Peace Officers Golf Association. He started his working life as a manager at the old Boys Market but spent most of his 35 years in law enforcement at Hawthorne Police Department and LA Unified School District Police Department. He held various different positions such as patrol officer, working the crime lab and police photographer, and his most favorite was educating police officers on effective defensive driving techniques. He also held positions in Lawndale government on the Planning Commission from the 1970's until 2009 including a role as Chairperson. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol Dye of Lawndale, CA; daughter, Dawnmarie (David) Zimmerman of Ligonier, PA; daughter, Stacie (Philip) O'Connor of El Segundo, CA; daughter, Jaime (Tighe) Dye-Mishler of Carson, CA; daughter, Carrie (Kevin Sedmak) Dye of Lawndale, CA; and 6 grandchildren; Quinn O'Connor, Jay Zimmerman, Samuel O'Connor, Evan O'Connor, Cole Zimmerman and Madilyn Sedmak. He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Vivian Dye. He was passionate about the importance and powerful bonds of family. He loved taking long drives up and down the California coast or the Sierra Mountains with Carol. Most recently, he really enjoyed watching his grandchildren play baseball, soccer, fly kites, sing, dance, play music, and taking them to amusement parks where he could be a big kid. The family will hold a Memorial Service at Point Vicente Center in Rancho Palos Verdes on Thursday February 12, 2009 at 5pm. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday February 13 from 9 to 10am. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or Torrance Memorial Home Health & Hospice (www.torrancememorial.org). Vivian Mae Dye On February 3, 2009, Vivian Mae Dye passed away at the age of 91. A resident of Hawthorne for over 50 years, she was a homemaker and traveler. Throughout her life she loved to roam the country with her husband in their RV visiting family and friends all over the United States. Vivian was born in Sisston, SD in 1917 to Earl and Kitty Nagel. She was one of 9 children and loved growing up on the farm. Her siblings who preceded her in death are: Ethel Larson, Alice Gehlen, Milan Nagel, Nellie Henslen, Bruce Nagel, Howard Nagel, Rolland Nagel, Donna Bargfrede. She graduated Swea City High School where she met her future husband Keith Wallace Dye. She enjoyed acting and modeling in high school. Keith moved out west to Los Angeles in 1938 and wooed Vivian from afar until she married him and moved out west in1940. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and worked at Western Pipe and Steel before starting a 40-year career in the tile industry. She was survived by her son and daughter-in-law Donald K. Dye and Carol R. Dye of Lawndale; four granddaughters; Dawnmarie Zimmerman of Ligonier, PA; Stacie O'Connor of El Segundo, CA; Jaime Dye-Mishler of Carson, CA; Carrie Dye of Lawndale, CA; and 6 great-grandchildren; Quinn O'Connor, Jay Zimmerman, Samuel O'Connor, Evan O'Connor, Cole Zimmerman and Madilyn Sedmak. She was preceded in death by her husband Keith W. Dye, The family would like Vivian to be remembered for her delicious cooking, adept gardening skills and her undaunting care and love for her family. The family will hold a Memorial Service for Vivian and her son Donald at Point Vicente Center in Rancho Palos Verdes on Thursday February 12, 2009 at 5pm. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Friday February 13 from 9 to 10am. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Vivian Dye to the American Diabetes Association 1-800-DIABETES or www.diabetes.org.

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  1. Don, I’m sorry I did not get to see you, since we both retired from the School Police Department, you were always a great officer, you’ll be missed. I pray for your family. Good bye my friend.

  2. Dear Carol Iam very sorry to hear that Donald passaway I know how hard it is because I lost Joe last Apirl it has been very hard for me and my children even that they are grown up beleive me the first year is hard the first months is the mst hards I feel that may be it will take all my life to get use to not having Joe in my life. So they say life go on but it is a day by day thing and the strom comes any day of the month it hits like lighting and knokts you down. you can do is get right up and stand and wait until the next one hits again and I guess that one day the sun will shine again. So get lots of rest and be kind to your self and your children have to be strong for you they have to be the parnets for awhile until the strom is over Love Evelyn

  3. Every holiday. Don and i shared many up and downs, but he was a real man and taught me to be a real man and i am forever grateful and better for knowing him. Don showed me family and not everyone turns their back when times get rough. He is truly missed.

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