DOWNEY – Darrell F. Bever, a longtime Downey resident, passed away Jan. 11. Born Sept. 1, 1923 he was raised during the Depression and faced with World War II after graduating from South Gate High School.
He joined the Navy in 1943 and was stationed at Port Hueneme when he became a coxswain on the destroyer USS McCord.
After the war, he was employed by Holmes and Narver Inc. He was on a team that operated the airstrip on the Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific to support the nuclear bomb testing held there until 1958.
He went to Compton City College and Pepperdine University on the GI Bill. He became a school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District and later earned his MA in administration from Cal State L.A., and soon became a senior administrator in the HR department for L.A. Unified until his retirement at age 74.
He was a member of the Rio Hondo Men’s Golf Club. He and his wife, Lorrie, raised their family in Cerritos and moved to Downey in 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Lorrie; children, Anthony, Mark and Laura; grandchildren, Troy and Milan; and daughters-in-law, Helen and Gina.
The funeral service is private.
Published: Jan. 29, 2015 - Volume 13 - Issue 42