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Donald J. Phinney
April 8, 1937 ~ August 16, 2020

Donald J. Phinney, 83, a lifelong resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on August 16, 2020 in Redondo Beach.
Don was born in Los Angeles, California on April 8, 1937 to Donald
C. and Catherine F. Phinney. Don's grandparents were early settlers of Redondo Beach, arriving here in the late 1800's. He went to school at Redondo Union High School graduating in 1955. He married Kathryn O. Phinney (Long) on August 3, 1975 in Redondo Beach, California. After attending El Camino College he worked for General
Telephone (Verizon) and retired from the legal department in 1985 with 30
years of service. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in
Korea as a correspondent, where he wrote for Stars and Stripes. He enjoyed weekly Wednesday morning coffee with fellow Redondo High School graduates who were commonly known as the "Senile Seahawks".
Don is preceded in death by his mother, Catherine and father, Donald. Don is survived by his wife, Kathy; sister, Carol A. Johns (Ted); nephew Randall L. Johns (Denice); nephew Robb M. Johns (Edna); close cousins Jim and Jean Harder, Barbara and Andy Rohrer; sister in law, Rene Spineto, and numerous nieces and nephews and other cherished family members.
Don, our "Renaissance Man", enjoyed music, especially Jazz, and played
numerous instruments including horns, guitar, banjo, and piano. He also enjoyed surfing, fishing, wood working, antique cars, stained glass work, USC football, antique furniture restoration, and his passion for gourmet cooking was enjoyed by many.
Due to the current COVID pandemic a private service was held at Riverside National Cemetery on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The family will be having a celebration of life in Spring of 2021. More information will be given at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made in Don's name to Redondo Union High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, PO Box 368 Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
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Published in The Beach Reporter on Aug. 27, 2020.
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September 2, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was certainly an interesting man with so much knowledge and skills, and will be sorely missed...... My sincere condolences to Kathy from and the Rezende family, and may God bless.
Vince Rezende
August 29, 2020
Don(Donnie to me) was the best friend a person could have! He and Fuzz,(my deceased husband), used to walk on the Esplanade every morning! That’s how I luckily got to meet Donnie and Kathy. What luck!!! We enjoyed many years of walks and USC football football parties at their home!!! I loved Don Phinney❤ Pat Nash
Pat Nash
August 23, 2020
Pat and Julie will so miss watching SC football with Donny and hearing his enthusiasm about the latest dinner he enjoyed, cuz he made some good groceries! We hope he will go for nice walks across heaven with his buddy Fuzz. We love you a ton, Kathy!!
Pat and Julie Nash
August 22, 2020
I am sorry to hear of Don's passing. My Dad, Paul Reams, was a friend and carpooled with him for years to Santa Monica for General Telephone and Verizon. I hope your memories will help ease the loss.
Laurie Reams Paolozzi
August 21, 2020
We met Don through our friendship with his mother, Catherine Phinney. He watched over her shenanigans with tenderness and love. He was a good man and we are sorry for your loss, Kathy.
Karen Gebert
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