David Serby, Evelyn Peter Canton
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Finding family

David Serby, Evelyn Peter Canton
Musician David Serby heads toward the VFW hall in Apache Junction, Ariz.. Ahead of him in the distance are his biological parents, Evie and Pete Canton. David has traveled from South Pasadena to play with Pete’s band. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
David Serby, Pete Canton
Pete Canton applauds a smiling David Serby, who was sitting in with the house band that Pete plays in at the VFW hall. Pete had retired from music, but David’s emergence in his life reignited his passion for playing. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
David Serby
David Serby performs with the Good Ol Boys, a band his biological father, Pete Canton, plays in. David was given up for adoption as a baby but carries the genes of musical talent, and a taste for country music, shared by Pete. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
David Serby
David Serby, right, with his biological father and fellow musician Pete Canton after the two played at the VFW hall in Apache Junction. Pete has struggled with health problems, including a heart attack, but picked up the bass again to play with David when the two got together. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
David Serby
At the VFW hall, Evie Canton talks to David Serby, a son she gave up for adoption as a baby. Evie had another son, Mark, whom she also placed in adoption. After David located his brother Mark, he went on to find their biological parents in Arizona. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
David Serby
David Serby leaves the Cantons’ house in Glendale, Ariz.., after a meeting that included David playing a gig with his father’s band in Apache Junction. After discovering his roots, Serby said: “It’s mind-boggling the paths your life takes. All of our lives could have been so different in many ways.” (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
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