Santa Paula native Loren Seymour Ayers has died after a lengthy illness. He was 89.
Ayers was born Dec. 14, 1908. He was a member of the Faulkner family, which settled in Ventura County in 1876 and established Faulkner Farms, now a historic state-run ranch between Ventura and Santa Paula.
Ayers lived on the ranch where he was born and worked as a farmer. He often told his family and friends that he felt blessed to live and work in a place he called “God’s country.”
He was a lifetime member of Santa Paula First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed coin collecting, trains and watching baseball.
Ayers, who died Tuesday, is survived by his wife, Mary Triplett Ayers of Santa Paula; a son, Allan A. Ayers of Ventura; three daughters, Andrea A. Semon of Everett, Wash.; Alison A. O’Neill of Oxnard and Mary Martha Price of Thousand Oaks; a stepson, Michael Dahan of Santa Barbara; a brother, Raymond Ayers of Mission Hills; two sisters, Rhoda Barker of Visalia and Stella Powell of Fullerton, and three grandchildren.
Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Santa Paula First United Methodist Church, with interment to follow at Santa Paula Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Santa Paula First United Methodist Church, the Ventura County Historical Society or the Farm Implement Building Fund in Ventura.
Arrangements are being handled by Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Santa Paula.