|Birth: ||Feb. 12, 1898|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 1990|
Son of Osbaldo Elwell and Ramona (Ayala) Garcia. His mother married Santiago Garcia in the Old Mission San Bueaventura in May, 1910. After his mother's marriage, Chris changed his last name to Garcia. Not many years later, he married the love of his life, Lucy Griego, and during their marriage they had three children. A son, Chris, was born in 1922 and died in 1938. A daughter Margaret was born in 1920 and died in 2007. A second daughter, Rosie, currently resides in Ventura County. Lucy passed away in 1944 and Chris did not remarry for many years.
Chris worked for the Southern Counties Gas Company for over 40 years and continued to participate in Company events after retirement, proud to win the "oldest member" award several times. He was a man who thought if a hobby is worth doing, it is worth doing well. He had a case full of trophies from his first hobby - bowling. He started bowing in 1912 when there were no bowling alleys in Ventura. He had to travel to Santa Barbara to pursue his hobby. He served as Vice President of the Santa Barbara bowling association from 1920 to 1937 when he organized the Ventura bowing association and served as its President from 1937 to 1947.
He maintained a bowling average of 190 for over 20 years and he twice won the Pacific Coast Singles Championship. In 1937 he bowled a 743 three-game series for the Championship and won it again in 1939 with a 734 series.
In 1953 he quit bowling because after 40 years it had ceased to be fun. That is when he took up woodworking. He was a wonderful cabinet maker and made custom cabinets for trailers and used the money he earned to travel. Once, he made a trip with his second wife, Dorthea, from Ventura to Maine and return. He was a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks for many years and was famous for his wonderful chili and other dishes he prepared for BPOE events.
After retirement he loved spending time with his family and traveling to Las Vegas. Throughout his life he was considered a true gentleman and was loved and respected by his family and all who knew him.
Lucy G. Griego Garcia (1900 - 1944)*
Margaret A Garcia Salas (1920 - 2007)*
Chris G. Garcia (1922 - 1938)*
Ivy Lawn Memorial Park
Created by: chilifries
Record added: Aug 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40892348