Bruce Garlich - 8/25/36 - 3/22/11
A TRUE PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY
As many readers here will know, Bruce was a pillar of our community. At the time of his passing he was the President of the Costa Mesa Senior Corporation Board of Directors. He has also been involved in many other community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, Lions Club and was a volunteer reader in Costa Mesa elementary schools.
PLANNING COMMISSION AND MUCH MORE
Bruce was a member of the Costa Mesa Planning Commission for six years, including a tour as Chairman. During that time he used his finely-honed executive skills to keep the commission focused and productive. He ran for Costa Mesa City Council twice unsuccessfully, but never flinched at those defeats and continued to serve the city that had been his home for more than three decades and was a mentor to many.
He retired as an executive after a long and illustrious career with McDonnell Douglas Corporation He managed billions of dollars in cutting edge projects.
A LOYAL TIGER
He was a proud Missouri native and a graduate from the University of Missouri in 1959. Those of us who called him a friend could see that stereotypical Missouri stubbornness peek out from time to time.
BRUCE THE MANAGER
In recent years Bruce had been slowed by his battle with cancer. During that time he tended to his wife, Marietta, as she also wrestled with a particularly nasty form of that disease. She passed away almost exactly two years ago, on March 17, 2009. (HERE) Bruce "managed" his illness with the skill and tenacity borne of a lifetime of "managing" things. Even in his final weeks he was firm and decisive about how his days would be managed.
Bruce is survived by his son, Gregory Garlich, his former wife, Barbara, both of Huntington Beach; his brother Roger Garlich of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; nieces Carla Lett of Vallejo, CA and Dawn Lett of Los Angeles and nephews Kevin White and Gary Bowles, both of Los Angeles.
REST IN PEACE, MY FRIEND
I will miss my friend, Bruce Garlich. I'll miss his frank and caring friendship, his wise counsel, his clear vision and his terrific sense of humor. He was a true Gentleman of Costa Mesa.
Services are pending for my friend and I'll post another entry when they are established.
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