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Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017

Sept. 9, 1924 – December 14, 2016

Arthur Phillip Babcock, Jr., 92, passed away December 14, 2016 at home on Hospice from Alzheimer’s disease. He was the son of Arthur and Marie Babcock of Watsonville, CA.

He attended Watsonville High School and California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. He was a Corporal in WWII from 1933 to 1946; worked in his parents’ confectionary and restaurant in Watsonville; and later worked for 30 years at Moyer Chemical Co. in Salinas.

He moved to San Diego in 1975 and had a Consulting business in ornamental horticulture for 16 years. He and his wife, Anne, traveled on bicycles to 39 countries around the world from 1991 to 1994 and he authored “Two Bicycles and a Dream” about their adventures.

He and his wife moved to Palm Desert in 1995, and he volunteered on the Parks and Recreation Commission for 10 years for the city. He continued to bicycle, was a candy maker, writer, and spent 30 years on the National Ski Patrol.  He was a member of The American Legion and the Masons of California.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; and four children:  Phillip Babcock, III, of Yuma, AZ; Melissa Stave (Rob) of Eagle, ID; Leslie Mathews (Rob) of Billings, MT; and Jon Babcock (Patti) of Salinas, CA.  His also survived by 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Eisenhower Memory Care Center, 42201 Beacon Hill, Ste. A, Palm Desert, 92211 or the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 66, P.O. Box 1044, in Palm Springs 92263.

For the complete article see the 02-16-2017 issue.

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