Joseph Paul Augustyn Jr. passed away on Sept. 25, 2010, in his home in Claremont, Calif., surrounded by family, after fighting a two-year battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 29, 1940, in New Castle, Pa. to Joseph Paul Augustyn and Frances Elizabeth Wilk Augustyn. Joe attended St. Mary's Seminary High School, Kiski Preparatory Academy, the University of Pennsylvania and Youngstown State University. While at YSU, he met and married Gretchen Freni Augustyn. Joe began work in the titanium industry shortly after he and Gretchen married. A transfer with Reactive Metals, now RTI, took him to California, where he spent the rest of his life building his family and business. In 1974, he founded Sierra Alloys Co. Inc., now located in Irwindale, Calif., and grew the company into one of the premier suppliers of titanium and special-alloy steels to the aerospace industry. Under Joe's leadership and guidance (and, in recent years, under the leadership of his devoted son Jeff), Sierra Alloys has won numerous awards and honors from companies such as Boeing, Lockheed and Northrop. Joe was a strong advocate of personal freedoms and was involved with many philanthropic groups, with a particular interest in environmental conservation, Native American issues and Catholic charities. He enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially competing in field trials with his beloved Labrador retrievers. He also loved exploring California — and all of its hidden and out-of-the-way places. Joe is survived by his wife of 48 years, Gretchen; four children, Susan Augustyn (Glenn Schiller) of New York, N.Y., Jeff Augustyn (Debi Augustyn) of San Dimas, Calif., Betsie Berrien (Bill Berrien) of Whitefish Bay, Wis., and Jennifer Augustyn of Paris, France, and Los Angeles, Calif.; four grandchildren, Brandon Augustyn and Grace, Will and Joe Berrien; one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Augustyn; and his brother, Noel James Augustyn and his family. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joe, and his mother, Frances. He will be missed deeply and loved forever. The Catholic vigil was held and rosary recited Sept. 30 at the Todd Memorial Chapel in Claremont. The funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 1 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Claremont. Interment will be at Madonna Cemetery, New Castle, Pa., Nov. 5, with arrangements being made by the Noga Funeral Home, 1142 S. Mill St.