|Birth: ||Jun. 9, 1926|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 2006|
Ted Waddell, a native son of the Central Coast, died on Sunday, March 26, 2006.
A memorial service will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 Foothill Blvd., San Luis Obispo. Interment follows at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in San Miguel.
Born in Paso Robles on June 9, 1926, Ted graduated from Atascadero High School in 1944, and then served as a rifleman in the 77th Infantry Division of the United States Army, taking part in the occupation of Japan after the Great War.
Ted returned stateside in 1946 and graduated with honors from Washington State College in 1950 with a degree in forestry. He then began a long career as a professional forester, starting with the U.S. government. One of his first jobs was to live at the Cerro Alto Lookout with his young bride, Maggie, where they had no electricity and no car, just a mule and horse for transportation. They could not have been happier.
Ted eventually moved to the California Department of Forestry, where he worked his way up to Ranger-in-Charge at the Nevada-Yuba Ranger Unit, the Amador-Eldorado Ranger Unit, and, finally, as both Ranger-in-Charge and County Fire Chief at the San Luis Obispo Ranger Unit (from 1973-1982). As a Registered Professional Forester, Ted went into private practice and embarked on a career as a consultant. He helped manage such projects as fire control at PG&E's Diablo Canyon Power Plant, using innovative ideas like bringing in goats to eat the brush to keep it in check.
Over the years, Ted was involved in several professional forestry associations, and taught forestry part time at Cal Poly. Much of his life was dedicated to charitable, political and professional organizations. He was District Chairman of the Sacramento-Tahoe Council of the Boy Scouts of America, President of the Nevada City Rotary Club and Chairman of the San Luis Obispo County Republican Central Committee. He was involved in the Navy League and the Morro Bay Yacht Club, and he also happened to be a member of the Clampers , a not-quite-official organization dedicated to the common good and a good drink, and where the motto is (translated from Latin), "Take nothing seriously unless it is absurd."
Ted is now united with the love of his life Maggie who died in 1998. He is survived by daughter Christine Jones of Santa Ynez, Calif.; son Ted of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; brother Robert of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
Ted Waddell loved God and country in nearly equal measure. He enjoyed the beauty of a well-managed forest, laughter from a well-told joke, the taste of a well-grilled steak, and the pleasure of single malt scotch. We will miss him.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favorite charity, hospice, Zion Lutheran Church, or the CDF/SLO County Firefighters Benevolent Assn., P.O. Box 3095, Paso Robles, CA 93447.
Pleasant Valley Cemetery
San Luis Obispo County
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: Nov 13, 2010
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