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Vernon Spencer; Owned Precision Machine Firm

Vernon Eugene Spencer of Camarillo, owner of Valley Design Manufacturing, a precision machine company in Moorpark, died Jan. 24. He was 71.

Spencer moved to Camarillo in 1990, a few years after he moved his small business from Van Nuys. He began his company in 1970.

He enjoyed gardening, and he loved antique cars. At different times, he owned a Ford Model A truck, a classic MG and a Corvette.

Born Aug. 10, 1926, in Little Rock, Ark., Spencer attended the University of Little Rock and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was past president of the alumni association of Fuller High School in Little Rock.

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He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Chadwell Spencer of Camarillo; his son, Christopher of Saugus; his daughter, Marianne Spencer Chard of San Jose; his brothers, Wallace of San Diego and William of Little Rock; his sister, Jane Spencer Cazort of Little Rock; and five grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday at Santa Barbara Cemetery in Santa Barbara. Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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