November 23, 1921 ~ September 3, 2010
Elmer Roy Logan
November 23, 1921 - September 3, 2010
Roy, 88, of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2010 in Redondo Beach. Married to Mary Beth for 65 committed years, he raised four sons who also survive him: John of Torrance, Michael of Pasadena, David of Lomita and Thomas of Yokohama, Japan, and will also be missed by grandson Shaun, step-grandchildren Nicole and Christopher, as well as daughters-in-law Michele, Michi and Kaori. He is also survived by one sister, Bonnie, of Orange, CA. Roy was born in Ramona, California and grew up in hard times but also around any and all sort of fascinating mechanical devices, vehicles or animals, all of which he grew to study and love as an average country boy. Once upon a time, young Roy and a friend received a personal recognition and lunch invitation for their clever invention by Edsel Ford himself, in the 1930s. He was a San Diego pole vault champion and 1939 graduate of Ramona High School. Service as an adult to America came in the form of US Army Air Corps cadet study and pilot training to become a flight engineer, as well as skilled workmanship in defense plants during our nation's engagement in World War II. Having achieved an acquaintance with Mary Beth Hamilton of Salt Lake City, Utah and asking for her hand in marriage, the two of them spent life in such diverse places as Amarillo, Texas all the way to Manhattan Beach-residents there and parishioners at American Martyrs Catholic Church for 53 years. Roy nearly single-handedly built two Logan residences, in addition to all manner of recreational vehicles, ingenious tools or outdoorsman items. He and Mary Beth were fortunate to have visited nearly every continent upon his retirement from the City of Los Angeles Harbor Department where he served as building inspector for many of the wharf renovations there in the 1960s and 1970s. Roy was preceded in death by his mother Mattie and father Walter of Ramona, CA, sisters Lois and Ethel, and brother Kenneth. Rosary & Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Sep. 11, 2010 at 10:00 am at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach with a reception following immediately in the church hall. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Jr. Blind of America.
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