Roy Willard Reeves Jr. – Obituary

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June 19, 1933 — Dec. 11, 2017

Roy Willard Reeves Jr.
Roy Willard Reeves Jr.

Roy Willard Reeves Jr. peacefully passed away at his Pasadena home on Dec. 11, with his wife of 59 years, Elaine, at his side. Born June 19, 1933, at Pasadena Hospital (Huntington Memorial), Roy was the youngest child of Dorothy and Roy Willard Reeves Sr. Roy grew up in Altadena, attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a bachelor’s in business/agriculture. He proudly served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Upon his return from service, he fell in love with Elaine Stewart and they were married in San Luis Obispo in 1958. Roy then received his MBA from USC, where he became an ardent Trojan fan for life. His affiliation with USC created a network of life-long friends with whom vacations, weekend get-togethers and football tailgate parties would be greatly cherished by him and Elaine.
Roy’s character was defined by his tireless volunteering and dedication to many organizations in the Pasadena and Los Angeles communities. He served as Chief of Protocol for Track and Field at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and was a director and committee chairman of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, where he spent nearly 54 years as a “white suiter.” Roy was also an active community and alumni leader at USC. He had been a member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, president of Cardinal and Gold, president of Commerce Associates as well as a member of Skull and Dagger.
Roy spent more than 50 years working in financial services; he was vice president of Commodities for E.F. Hutton and spent the past 27 years as a senior wealth advisor at Kayne Anderson Rudnick.
An outdoor enthusiast, Roy enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, golf, snow skiing and water skiing.
Roy is survived by his wife, Elaine, and his three children; Roy, Stewart (married to Christine), and Leslie (married to Phil Lindholm); his five grandchildren (William Reeves, Conrad Reeves, Benjamin Reeves, Henry Lindholm and Kelly Lindholm), and his older sister, Thelma Reeves Evans.
Roy was a passionate man, full of humor, love and devotion to his wife and family. We will forever miss his zest for life and his magnetic personality. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roy’s memory to the Semper Fi Fund. The family will be hosting a celebration of Roy’s life on Jan. 6 in Pasadena; friends may email bigroyreeves33@gmail.com or call (626) 797-0976 for more information.

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