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 Andrew Davidson “Andy” Amerson

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Andrew Davidson “Andy” Amerson

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death
29 Aug 2010 (aged 66)
Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial
Cremated, Other. Specifically: Ashes are in a columbarium.
Memorial ID
57913349 View Source

"Andy"

was a longtime fan of Big Bear. He came as a child to snow camp, had his honeymoon here, visited frequently and moved here as soon as he retired.

Andy was born in New York City, and moved with his mother to California at 4 years of age. He commuted between California and Michigan when his parents divorced. He had an early interest in music and learned to play the string bass and the bagpipes as a teenager. He played with an all-city orchestra in high school. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School, and attended the University of Michigan where he became the "Phantom Bagpiper," serenading young ladies after curfew. He graduated with a B.A. in History and a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was deferred for UCLA Law School and entered the JAG Corps after passing the California Bar. He served on active duty at Fort Dix, NJ, South Vietnam and Fort Bliss, Texas. After leaving active duty he stayed in the Reserves and served in various legal positions with reserve units in Southern California. He retired from the JAG Corps as a full Colonel and was head legal officer for the Army Reserve organization covering California, Arizona and Nevada.

In his civilian profession, Andy was a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, working primarily in criminal appeals and death penalty cases for 26 years. He kept his interest in music and could frequently be heard practicing the bagpipes in the parking structure at the Attorney General's Office.

After retiring to Big Bear Lake, he was active in the American Legion, The Historical Society, St. Columba's Episcopal Church and a Scottish-American organization, Clan Chattan. He often provided legal services for no charge to people whom he felt needed and deserved help. He was a founder and active member (string bass, banjo, percussion) of The Holcomb Valley Boys folk band, playing at community and charity events and appearing regularly first at the Brewery and more recently at the Log Cabin Restaurant as well as at events at the Discovery Center and Moonridge Animal Park. He became the National Commissioner of Clan Chattan (like the Chairman of the Board).

Andy is survived by his wife, Susan, son David, daughter-in-law Shannon, grandchildren Jonas and Maggie, and his sister Mimi. A memorial is planned for spring when his son returns from civilian service in Afghanistan. A party in Andrew's honor is set for Oct. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Log Cabin restaurant. All who cared about Andy are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Columba's Church building fund or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

"Andy"

was a longtime fan of Big Bear. He came as a child to snow camp, had his honeymoon here, visited frequently and moved here as soon as he retired.

Andy was born in New York City, and moved with his mother to California at 4 years of age. He commuted between California and Michigan when his parents divorced. He had an early interest in music and learned to play the string bass and the bagpipes as a teenager. He played with an all-city orchestra in high school. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School, and attended the University of Michigan where he became the "Phantom Bagpiper," serenading young ladies after curfew. He graduated with a B.A. in History and a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was deferred for UCLA Law School and entered the JAG Corps after passing the California Bar. He served on active duty at Fort Dix, NJ, South Vietnam and Fort Bliss, Texas. After leaving active duty he stayed in the Reserves and served in various legal positions with reserve units in Southern California. He retired from the JAG Corps as a full Colonel and was head legal officer for the Army Reserve organization covering California, Arizona and Nevada.

In his civilian profession, Andy was a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, working primarily in criminal appeals and death penalty cases for 26 years. He kept his interest in music and could frequently be heard practicing the bagpipes in the parking structure at the Attorney General's Office.

After retiring to Big Bear Lake, he was active in the American Legion, The Historical Society, St. Columba's Episcopal Church and a Scottish-American organization, Clan Chattan. He often provided legal services for no charge to people whom he felt needed and deserved help. He was a founder and active member (string bass, banjo, percussion) of The Holcomb Valley Boys folk band, playing at community and charity events and appearing regularly first at the Brewery and more recently at the Log Cabin Restaurant as well as at events at the Discovery Center and Moonridge Animal Park. He became the National Commissioner of Clan Chattan (like the Chairman of the Board).

Andy is survived by his wife, Susan, son David, daughter-in-law Shannon, grandchildren Jonas and Maggie, and his sister Mimi. A memorial is planned for spring when his son returns from civilian service in Afghanistan. A party in Andrew's honor is set for Oct. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Log Cabin restaurant. All who cared about Andy are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Columba's Church building fund or the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.


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