Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on May 11, 2011
Whitey was a ballplayer, a firefighter and a beloved figure in Long Beach
before he went to the big baseball diamond in the sky on May 4, 2011 at
the age of 82.
He was raised in Long Beach where he found the love of his life, Donna
Jean Folger. Their beautiful love story began at the age of 13 and will
last for the ages. The memories of her riding on his bicycle handlebars
as youngsters are still vivid.
Graduating from Wilson High School he played shortstop for the Cardinals,
Yankees, Pirates and the Edmonton Eskimos. After baseball he was with
the Long Beach Fire Dept. for 30 years attaining the rank of captain.
In his retirement you could find him on the golf course or spreading cheer
at his monthly baseball players and firefighters luncheons.
The El Dorado Restaurant will be a lonelier place now without Whitey as
the honorary host telling great stories of his past experiences.
Whitey was a devoted family man and leaves his beloved wife of 62 years,
DonnaJean; their daughters, LorieJean, LuAnn, Patti and their husbands
as well as 5 grandchildren and 5 1/2 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of his life will be held on May 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Alpenglow Hospice at 3200 E. 19th St., Long Beach, 90755 or Long Beach
Fire Dept, C/O Local 372 , 3333 E Spring St #222, Long Beach, 90806. Please
sign the guestbook at www.luybenfamily-d-m.com.
He was so very special This man who was a Scot His kind & thoughtful
caring ways Made friends and he had lots! His family meant the world to
him Their love had made him mighty Let's toast this man of many years
This Scot we know as Whitey. Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell (562) 425-6401