Colony Days Parade


The committee honors longtime residents by naming then king, queen or grand marshall

2018 Colony Days King & Queen: Lamon & Jeanne Colvin

Lamon and Jeanne Colvin are this year’s Colony Days king and queen. Lamon moved to Atascadero in 1958. He went to work at Chapel of Roses Mortuary and Crematory on Sept. 26, 1958, the day he was discharged from the Army. Jeanne moved to Atascadero in early 1983 after she and Lamon married.

Lamon had been stationed at Camp Roberts for two years and lived in Paso Robles with his wife, Dorothy, and three children, Tim of Redding, Nancy of Redding and Mary of Kingsburg. But when he went to work at Chapel of the Roses they moved to Atascadero.

Jeanne and Lamon have known each other their entire lives, their fathers were friends from before they were married and had children.

“[Lamon] likes to tell the story that I was the first woman he’s ever slept with because our fathers were friends … and our parents use to stay up and put us all to bed together,” Jeanne said.

Jeanne grew up in Watsonville. Her older brother and Lamon were about the same age and friends. She said Lamon was jealous of her brother because he had a baby sister and Lamon did not. When Jeanne was about 5, her family moved to the Central Valley and she grew up going to Modesto schools.

Jeanne got married in June 1955 and had four children: Michelle Oldson of Mariposa, Margaret Allen of Elko, Nev., Mari Van Orden of Rescue and Edward Marco Jr., who is now deceased. She divorced her first husband in 1979 and was living in Turlock when Lamon’s wife died.

“We remained friends,” Jeanne said. “Mother and I drove down for his wife’s funeral and we reconnected.”

They married on Jan. 1, 1983. They have the same anniversary as both sets of their parents.

Lamon worked at Chapel of the Roses until he bought the mortuary with a partner, he was partner and funeral director until he retired in April 1996.

Lamon had attended a United Methodist Church in San Jose before moving to San Luis Obispo County. At that time, there was no United Methodist Church in Atascadero, so Lamon went to the conference and offered to let the church meet in the mortuary.

“At that time, they didn’t think they needed one in Atascadero,” Lamon said.

When the Rev. Rollin Dexter came to Atascadero, he knew Lamon had offered the Chapel to the church, so on Aug. 12, 1979, the first meeting of the Atascadero United Methodist Church took place at Chapel of the Roses. There were 22 new members at that first service, Lamon being one of them.

The congregation met at the Chapel of the Roses for four years before moving into its own space at 11605 El Camino Real in early 1983. The first service in that building took place on Palm Sunday 1983. At that time, the only building on the property was what is now called Dexter Hall, which houses the offices, fellowship hall, kitchen and library. The classrooms were added on in the 1980s. The sanctuary building was first used on Dec. 17, 2000.

Over the years, Lamon has been involved in a number of ministries and committees at the church including being the president of the advisory council, chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and lead cook for the annual church picnic. Now, he says he’s the “mail carrier” and ushers for special events, memorial services and as needed.

The Colvins donated a cross that is located in the church sanctuary in memory of their parents.

“We wanted something in that building,” Jeanne said, adding that Lamon had donated the cross and wall in what is now the Fellowship Hall in memory of his late wife, Dorothy. “The cross was built to fit that area by a retired United Methodist minister from down south.”

Jeanne has been involved in the church as head money counter for the last 10 years, counting money once a month after church, financial secretary and has also been on a couple of other committees over the years.

In the community, Lamon has been involved with the Elks Lodge, Lions Club, Boy Scout leader, served on the Wranglerettes board, Little League and Atascadero Swim Club.”

As for hobbies, Lamon has enjoyed traveling and camping in his motorhome and being a private pilot. With his wife, Jeanne, who he married in 1983 after his first wife died, they have six living children, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Lamon said he was “surprised and honored to [be the Colony Days king]” when he was asked. “I’ve been here in Atascadero for 60 years.”

Jeanne said she’s honored to have been chosen as the queen for Colony Days.

2018 Colony Days Grand Marshall: Bob Brown

Bob Brown was born in Stewart, Neb., in 1926, and his family moved around the MidWest for his father’s employment until 1941 when his family moved to Los Angeles because of the toll the Depression and the Dustbowl took on making a decent living in the MidWest. He finished high school in 1944.

He joined the Navy while he was in high school with the understanding that he’d go right in after he graduated from high school. He went to boot camp in San Diego and spent his first week in sickbay due to a serious case of poison oak. Bob was assigned to the USS Oneida APA 221, which transported troops to various islands in the Pacific

He later attended Los Angeles City College on the G.I. Bill from 1947 to 1949 and majored in radio broadcasting with a minor in speech. There he was active in student government, Phi Alpha Phi fraternity, played football and more.

He met his first wife, Charlotte Stevens, while he was attending college and she was attending LA State College, which was located on the same campus. They were married when she graduated from college and he then attended Don Martin School of Radio Arts in Hollywood for a year in order to get his FCC first-class operators license. While doing that, he worked evenings and weekends at a self-service gas station in West Hollywood. He moved to Utah for his first job in radio in 1950 and then moved to Billings, Montana, in 1951. Late in the summer of 1951, they moved to Ventura. At that time, they had one daughter, Bonnie Jean. Later Bob and Charlotte had four more children, Stephen, Terry Lynn, June and Bradley Richard.

He went to work for K-BUC radio in San Luis Obispo in July 1958. In 1972, Charlotte and Bob divorced and, in 1976, Bob married Sue Terry.

He joined the San Luis Obispo Elks in 1960 and transferred to the Atascadero Elks in 1990, serving on many committees, was chairman of many of them and events. He served as Esteemed Leading Knight and twice as Exalted Ruler.

“In the community, I served on the Colony Days committee for a few years, served as a Judge at the Colony Days Parade for many years,” Bob said. He served for many years as the “voice of the fair” at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles, sold ads for the Greyhound Football program and Western Art Show and sold ads and helped raise funds for other community nonprofits in Atascadero.

His wife, Sue, passed away from cancer on Aug. 3, 2017.


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