Tony Scanlan died Oct. 19, 2012, in Ridgecrest after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He was 66.
A memorial mass was held Oct. 26 at All Faith Chapel.
Born and reared on the island of Tutuila in American Samoa, Tony moved his family to Ridgecrest in 1966 to live near his parents, Julie and Clifford DeGraw.
From his early days working at Grant’s Department Store to selling cars at Bud Eyre Chevrolet to many years managing warehouses for Kerr-McGee Chemical Co. (Ace Cogeneration), Tony thrived on hard work. On into his retirement years, he kept busy maintaining properties with his wife, Teresa.
Never one to sit still even in his free time, Tony squeezed every minute out of the day, drumming for local bands, playing fast-pitch softball, coaching Little League baseball, and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s games, not to mention those of his beloved Angels.
His longing to keep moving was also reflected in his love for road trips. As many days of the year as possible, he and Teresa would jump in the car and travel as far as Canada and as close as quick trips to Beatty and Las Vegas. He never missed a chance to get away and see the countryside.
“Dad always dreamt of traveling the country in an RV,” his son Tony recalled. “He preferred driving to flying so he wouldn’t miss anything.” Still, simply having the family over for barbecues, especially ones that included his favorite Samoan dishes, were his most treasured times.
Tony is survived by his adoring wife, Teresa; daughters Siai Alama (Fia), Cecelia Martin (Calvin), Rita Scanlan (Becca), Trisha Pereira (Pele) and Christy Whittington (Shawn); sons Robert Scanlan, Tony Scanlan (Connie), and George Goldey (Kym); father Clifford DeGraw; sister Marjorie Keenan; brothers Harry, Sam and Eddie Stevens; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son Paul Goldey.
Submitted by the family of Tony ScanlanStory First Published: 2012-10-31