SIDNEY ORVAL SAWIN, 69, of Redondo Beach, CA, former resident of Oto, Iowa, passed away at the Torrance Memorial hospital, Torrance, CA on July 27, 2014. Viewing will be Monday evening, August 4th, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Rice Mortuary: 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503 Service will be Tuesday morning, August 5th, at 10:00 a.m. at Rice Mortuary: 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Following the service, processional to the cemetery for grave site service: Pacific Crest Cemetery: 2701 182nd Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Maps will be available. Sidney was born May 3, 1945 in Oto, Iowa, to Frank and Elnora (Moss) Sawin. He completed the first 10 years of his schooling in the Oto/Anthon school district, before moving to Fort Bragg, CA and completing his high school education, graduating May 1963. He continued his education graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Cal State University, Northridge in June, 1967. Upon graduation, he entered public accounting by joining a national CPA firm, Seidman & Seidman (currently known as BDO Seidman). After six years, he left public accounting for employment in the private sector with a NYSE company, Sony/Superscope. Again after six years, he realized that he enjoyed public accounting more, and therefore left to pursue a career in public accounting. He formed a partnership with Don Hedrick, a good friend and college classmate. The CPA firm, Hedrick and Sawin was created and this business entity lasted for over 30 years. Hedrick and Sawin had two offices: Don ran the Santa Monica office, and Sid ran the Long Beach office. When Don retired in 2006, Sid entered into a new partnership with Craig Kotani, and the firm was now called Sawin and Kotani. To say he thoroughly enjoyed his career was an understatement. When talking about public accounting, this is his own words: "I would encourage and recommend that you would consider the same career path. The primary reasons are the enjoyment of working with the clients to assist in the achievement of their goals which contributes greatly to a tremendous degree of self-satisfaction and job fulfillment and best of all you are financially rewarded for the fun that you experience in working with your client." Even more than his accounting career, Sid loved his family. He was the youngest of seven children and was very close with his siblings: one older sister, and five older brothers. With his first wife, Sheila (Pitt) Sawin, Sid had two children, Helene and Vicki. He was extremely proud of his two daughters. In 1991, Sid married Linda (Daniels) Sawin – together, in their free time, they have enjoyed traveling and RV trips in their motor home. Sid's other hobbies included Hot Rod cars, showing off his bright yellow 1933 Ford at car shows, and attending auto auctions. Sid was a wonderful grandfather and got so much joy from spending time with his three grandchildren, Sydney, Joshua, and Jack. It should also be noted that Sid had a tender spot for the dogs that he has had throughout his life, but he has said that his current dog, a bulldog named Molly, is the best dog he's ever had. He is survived by his wife, Linda Sawin, Redondo Beach, CA; daughters Helene Rosenthal (John) of Sherman Oaks, CA; Vicki Davis (Jason) of Woodland Hills, CA ; three grandchildren Sydney Frances Rosenthal, Joshua Perry Rosenthal, and Jack Benjamin Rosenthal; Linda's granddaughter, Brittany Felmly; one brother, Sherman Sawin and wife, Gloria, from Anaheim Hills, CA; and one sister, Marian Groussman, and husband, Max, from Anaheim; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Alvern Sawin in 1985, Charles Sawin in 1983, Robert Sawin in 2007, and Pierce Sawin in 2003.

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  1. Sid I cannot bear you are gone; I love you so much. You are my life. We went through so much together and I can’t believe you are not beside me holding me up. I need your strength now more than ever. Good night my love you are sitting with God. We will be together again. Until we meet again, you are in my heart and thoughts always. Rest in peace Sid, you were such a wonderful husband, Daddy and most of all a wonderul Grandpa.
    I love you so much forever and always

  2. Reflecting upon the years that I spent working for Sid, I will be eternally grateful for the job and security that he gave me. I worked for him for 14 years.
    And, throughout those years, I came to know him quite well. Without a doubt, Sid was a brilliant man who loved his work. Other than being with his family, his office was the most important place he wanted to be in. Sandee and I used to tease him saying he was waiting for Donald Trump to call because he rarely left his office.

    I now look into his office and I still feel he just went on vacation. His office is so full of life, his life, his favorite things, his cars and pictures everywhere of his family covering the walls, his credenza, and his desk. I used to tell him he had impressive €œwall paper€ with the array of achievements displayed upon his wall. It will be difficult for me to remove everything.

    I admired Sid for his hard work and his way of educating his clients when they had their tax appointment. He had a style that people, including myself, enjoyed listening to. It was like listening to a professor, Sid with his chalkboard showing his examples of where the money was going to go, all the while figuring out a way to save or get a refund. He was a master in teaching and educating his clients as well as preparing their tax returns. He was a friend to his clients always ready to give the best financial advice that he could render.

    The most touching recent memory I have of Sid was just a three weeks ago. There were days he would be fixated on one of his computers staring intently at pictures of his beloved family. He would let them roll over and over again. He loved his wife, family and Molly Rose. He had an old fashioned quality that I found so endearing. He used a lunch pail like my dad used. Linda would pack it with everything he loved and his face would light up as he opened it with delight. There are things that I will miss about Sid.

    To Linda, Vicki, Helene and the entire Sawin family, you were blessed to have Sid. He will not be forgotten, he lives on through you. You will be with him again in eternity.

    Love, Cyndi

  3. I shall always be grateful for Sid\’s wise counsel, kindness, humor and grace as he helped me for 22 years with taxes and the settlement of four estates.
    Yes, I received the chalk board education! Over the years, he patiently helped me move from green ledger sheets to everything on one page Excel. He will be missed
    by all.

  4. Sid was an old school gentleman and the best accountant I ever met. I liked him the moment we met. We both liked old cars and sometimes had a hard time staying on the subject of taxes. So long Sid. I will never forget you. Your pal, Kirt.

  5. Sid actually made us look forward to our annual tax appointment with him! You could tell by his face radiant with love for his family and the dog, too, and the photos and memorabilia in his office how much family meant to him. We shared funny stories, old car stories and our mutual love of classic cars. He served our family with professionalism, integrity, and class, we will miss him and we continue to pray for God’s peace and comfort for the Sawin family and for Sawin & Kotani & Associates.

  6. Mr. Sawin- I never met you personally, but I heard about you from your partner Don.
    When Don passed, I knew what to do. The IRS is a big magilla if you don’t have someone on your side with a soft voice and firm hand.
    Sir. You will be missed. Thank you very much.

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