Former Claremont resident Phillip Lund died peacefully in Pasadena on June 7, 2015. He was 90.
Mr. Lund was born in Los Angeles on September 18, 1924 to Halvor and Loretta Lund, the youngest of three children. After his mother’s death, he was raised by relatives in Ogden, Utah. Upon graduating from Ogden High School in 1942, he returned to Los Angeles. He served his country in the navy during World War II and, upon the conclusion of his service, worked in the burgeoning aerospace industry.
In August 1947, he married Virginia Howe, a union that lasted for 55 years until her death in December 2002. The couple moved to Claremont in 1956. Mr. Lund was an aerospace engineer at Lockheed Aircraft in Ontario until his retirement in 1981.
In the 1990s, the couple moved to the Seattle area, where Mr. Lund worked at Boeing on the 777 Dreamliner. In 2000, he returned to Claremont and became an active member of the Claremont Senior Bike Club. In 2013, he moved to a senior living community in Pasadena.
His interests varied over the years, including scuba diving, sailing, cycling and playing guitar, banjo and piano. In addition to his wife Virginia, he was predeceased by his brother Allan and sister Beverly. He is survived by his sons, Jeff of Sylmar and Mike of Pasadena, his companion of 10 years Nancy Harter of Dallas, Oregon and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Marwick Place at Monte Vista Grove Homes, 2889 San Pasqual St. in Pasadena.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Friends of Claremont Senior Foundation, Inc., 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont CA 91711, or to Monte Vista Grove Homes in Pasadena or Methodist Hospital in Arcadia.