Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from June 28
to June 29, 2011
1929 - 2011 Vance Thurston was born on February 16, 1929 in Long Beach,
CA to Jack and Halcyone Thurston. He left us on June 22, 2011, comfortably
at this home in Palm Desert, CA.
Vance attended Long Beach Wilson High School, where he excelled in sports
and upon graduation signed to play professional baseball for four years,
before being drafted into the Army and served two years, attaining the
rank of sergeant.
He married his high school sweetheart, Martha Ann Thurston, who predeceased
him in 1971. Vance went on to serve as a firefighter for the city of Long
Beach for 31 years.
He retired to Palm Desert, CA to enjoy many days of golf and the constant
flow of family and friends who came to visit and enjoy his wonderful disposition.
He was truly a pleasure to be around! Along with golf,
Vance was an avid tennis player, who enjoyed his trips to Wimbledon, the
Australian Open, the U.S. Open, which was arranged by his beloved daughter,
Annalee, who predeceased him in 2007.
Vance is survived by his three sons, Robert (Kathy), James, and Ronald
(Margaret), along with his extended Breithaupt, Muenzer families, many
grandchildren, Brett, Bryan, Jack, Steven, Amanda, Nikki, Troy, Scotty,
Brandon, Kara, Trent and Krista.
Services will be held at Westminster Memorial Park on July 1 at 12:00
p.m., 14801 Beach Boulevard, Westminster, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in care of Annalee
Thurston Endowment Fund - University of Oregon, 1208 University of Oregon,
Eugene, Oregon 97403, Attn: Warsaw Sports Marketing Center.