Vernon Allen Malm

vernon malm

February 16, 1920 ~ March 13, 2009

Resided in: Manhattan Beach, CA

Vernon Allen Malm of Manhattan Beach passed away on Friday, March 13, 2009 at the age of 89. Vernon was born in Wheaton, Minnesota on February 16th, 1920. On May 9th, 1942 he married the love of his life, Shirley Malm. The next year, Vernon joined the Navy and their first year of marriage was spent with the young couple moving all around the country while Vernon underwent his extensive Navy training. During World War II, Vernon served as a Motor Machinist Mate First Class on sub tender No. 18, where he helped to repair other subs and was also as a deep sea diver. He was stationed in Perth, Australia for most of the war. In 1950 the Malms moved to Manhattan Beach, and Vernon began working at the Hyperion Treatment Plant that same year. He began his work as a Diesel Plant Operator, and by the time he retired in 1981 he was the Mechanical Superintendent in wastewater treatment. Vernon will always be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, as well as for his incredible sense of humor. From his family members to passing pedestrians, Vernon had a joke for everyone and every situation, bringing a smile to the face of anyone who had the honor of meeting him. Vernon was an avid Dodge car enthusiast, and he enjoyed going with his family to their mountain cabin getaway. He also loved playing cards, sharing stories from his days stationed in Australia during World War II, and traveling with his wife, Shirley. Vernon was widely known for his generosity, and could often be found leaving out food for all of the neighborhood dogs each night. Most of all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Shirley Malm of Manhattan Beach, his two daughters, Kathy Malm of Prescott, AZ and Nancy Vanaman of Pinyon Crest, his son-in-law Michael Vanaman, and his granddaughter, Danielle Vanaman of Pasadena. A service will be held in his honor at the White and Day Mortuary at 3215 Sepulveda Blvd in Manhattan Beach on Thursday March 19, 2009 at 11:00 am. All flowers may be directed to White and Day Mortuary.

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  1. We here in Arkansas are very sorry for your loss. I hope you can concentrate on remembering Mr. Malm as he was in his earlier life and wipe from your minds his difficult later life. God Bless his soul and may the ship of life disappear from the shore on this side and land on the bank of eternal bliss across the ocean of journey. Let us bid him goodbye as the sail grows smaller and have faith in his arrival on higher ground. Kathy Y Westerman

  2. Dear Shirley and beloved family of Vernon Malm, We are so sad to hear of your loss. Vernon was a kind and gentle soul who always brightened our day when we saw him in front of our house picking up the paper or raking leaves. His many tales of his long life in Manhattan Beach taught us much about him. We will always remember him with deep fondness. With much love, Robert, Dorian, Hadley and Kendall

  3. Dear Shirley, Nancy and Kathy My thoughts are with you. I have such wonderful memories of the 31st street days. I will never forget Vernon and all the interesting labeled collections in the garage that he used to share with us. Lots of love to you all.

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