Obituary: Wiley Douglas Bunn

Wiley Douglas Bunn
Wiley Douglas Bunn

Wiley Douglas Bunn, an 81-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully at age 90 at Villa Gardens Retirement Community on Thursday, Aug. 8. He leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Marilyn Granger; their children Barbara, Douglas (Deette), David (Kellie) and Carolyn (Steven Nahigian); 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his brother Robert (Ardis); his sister-in-law Elinor; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wiley was born in Glendale on July 22, 1929, to Thomas and Ellen Bunn. He attended La Cañada Elementary School, Eliot Junior High and Pasadena City College. He met Marilyn on the first day of school at Eliot, thus beginning their lifetime relationship. He attended USC with the exception of one year pursuing his interest in Marilyn at Wheaton College in Illinois. He graduated from USC Law School in 1953. Wiley joined his father, Thomas Sr., and brother Thomas Jr. in the practice of law in downtown Los Angeles. In later years, his practice moved to Pasadena, where his son David joined him in December 1985. During his school years, Wiley spent many summers in commercial salmon fishing in Washington with his soon-to-be in-laws, Warren and Ruth Granger. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and enjoyed the Sierra and San Gabriel mountains.
Marilyn and Wiley were married by her grandfather, the Rev. Wallace E. Gill, on June 19, 1951, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pasadena. The couple lived for a short time in Pasadena before moving to La Cañada Flintridge, where Marilyn worked as the kindergarten teacher at Paradise Canyon Elementary School. Their four children were born and raised in LCF. As newlyweds, they attended Trinity Methodist Church in Los Angeles until joining Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena.
Wiley had many volunteer responsibilities in addition to the practice of law. He served on the board of Far East Broadcasting Co. for 40 years and as chairman for 13 years. He also served in numerous capacities at Lake Avenue Church, including being a member of the Missions Committee and Ministry Council and an usher. For many years he was a member of the board of directors at Pasadena Christian School, which his children attended. He was active in the Christian Business Men’s Society and the Christian Legal Society. He was a member of the California State Bar and Pasadena Bar Association.
Wiley also served as president of the Coast Television Broadcasting Corp. (Channel 22, Los Angeles) from 1970-82.
Wiley enjoyed his home in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and their second home on Lummi Island, Washington. He was always interested in the lives of others, especially his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed history and sharing his life experiences and knowledge with his family. As a Christian, Wiley believed that he and his family in Christ will be united again. His family and friends share this same hope for the future.

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