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Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Lorrin F. Thurston
dies at 71

By Rod Ohira

Lorrin F. Thurston had no interest in following in the footsteps of his father, Honolulu newspaper executive Lorrin P. Thurston.

"He had salt water in his veins, not printer's ink," Nancy Thurston said about her husband of 40 years and eight months, who died Aug. 28 at age 71.

Lorrin F. Thurston, a Mokuleia resident who earned a Purple Heart in the Korean War as a member of the 5th Regimental Combat Team, was a master mariner.

"That's the ultimate, someone who has earned all the Coast Guard licenses," Nancy Thurston said.

In the 1970s, Lorrin F. Thurston was the senior captain for SeaFlite, a Kentron International Pacific Sea Transportation interisland hydrofoil operation that shut down in January 1978 after a 31-month run.

Thurston went on to work for Boeing Marine, which manufactured jetfoils, his wife said.

"He traveled to Europe, Spain and South America, training people on how to operate the jetfoils," she said.

Thurston graduated from Punahou School in 1947 and attended Lawrenceville preparatory school in New Jersey before enlisting in the Army in 1948.

He is survived by his wife; son, Rob; daughter, Meredith, and sister, Diane Ramstead.

Private services have been held.

The family requests that donations in his memory be made to either Shriners Hospital for Children, Hawaii Yacht Club's junior sailing program, or a personal charity.


Rita Mae Andrade, 50, of Pahala, Hawaii, a tractor operator for Mac Farms of Hawaii, died Saturday in Kau Hospital. She was born in Pahala, Hawaii. She is survived by husband Gilbert; son Gilbert Jr.; daughter Stacey; mother Madeline Gaston; brothers Arnold and Kenneth Gaston; and sisters Suzanna Tomlinson, Mildred Melanson, Shirley Gaston, Jane Keohuloa and Marie Torkelson. Wake services: 8 p.m. Friday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Call after 6 p.m. Also, Mass 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call 8 to 9:15 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire.

Daniel F. Betonio, 91, of Waipahu died Aug. 10 in St. Francis Medical Center. He was born in Ilocos Sur, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Feliciana A., daughter Marife A. Aguilar and three grandsons. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Valley of the Temples. Casual attire.

Jiro Chinen, 89, of Kahului, Maui, a retired supervisor with HC&S, died Sunday at home. He was born in Ewa. He is survived by wife Yoshiko A.; sons Robert and Glenn; daughters Nancy Goya, Jeanette Sunahara, Sharon Ingle, Dr. Sandra Mathis and Jill Hertzmann; brothers Shoichi and Toshio; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 5 p.m. Friday at Rinzai Zen Mission in Paia. Casual attire. No flowers.

Shayne K.C. Dapitan, 22, of Kahului, Maui died Sunday in Lahaina, Maui. He was born in Wailuku. He is survived by father George A.; mother Leona U. Rackle; sister Kimberlei K. Graham; brother Joshua K.; grandparents Frank and Helen Correa and Jan Dapitan; half-brother Kekoi; half-sister Tabitha Turner; and stepsister Mariam Leong. Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ballard Family Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ the King Catholic Church. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maria Lanakila Church. Casual attire.

Benjamin G. Dasalla, 69, of Honolulu, a grounds maintenance man for the Plaza Landmark, died Thursday in St. Francis-West Hospice. He was born in Manila. He is survived by wife Manuela C.; son Benji C.; daughter Miriam D. Fajardo; sisters Florencia D. Mangila and Felecidad D. Meris; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Mass: 7 p.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Call after 6. Burial in the Philippines. Casual attire.

Lucia S. DeLoso, 95, of Wailuku, Maui, died Sunday in Hale Makua. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by son Walter "Dado"; daughters Filomina Sentani, Pacita Vertido and Carmen Cardinez; hanai brothers Frank and Steve Fermahin; hanai sister Maxine Noble; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Mass: Noon tomorrow at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Call after 10 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Aloha Kaeo, 86, of Waikiki, a retired city lifeguard, died Monday in Honolulu. He was born in Waikiki. He is survived by wife Pauline. Memorial services: 8 a.m. Saturday at Duke's Outrigger Hotel in Waikiki. Scattering of ashes: From a catamaran off Waikiki. Beachwear attire.

Colleen K. Lopes, 69, of Waianae died Aug. 25 at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Harold Jr. and Vincent; daughters Colleen K. Tumbaga, Alverna K. Aki and Dinie K. Gano; brother Clifford Young; sisters Madeline Paul, Vivian Kau, Flossie English, Lillian Chang, Katherine Shigenaga and Rosaline Acosta; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services: 11:15 a.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire.

Sally S. Mosko, 82, of Honolulu, a retired forelady for Alfred Shaheen Fashions, died Monday at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Richard; daughter Barbara Sala; sisters Ethel Kamihara, Peggy Uku and Clara Yamashita; and four grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Virginia W.M. Perreira, 61, of Hilo died yesterday at home. She was born in Hilo. She is survived by son Lawrence; daughters Terrie Jean Olmos, Linda and Valerie Perreira and Velma Covarrubias; brothers Nelson K. and James K. Mokuhalii and Samuel L. Fernandez; sister Ann "Pasing" Delos Santos; and 12 grandchildren. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Dodo Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Alton B. Puaala, 43, of Waipahu, a city groundskeeper, died Aug. 23 in Waipahu. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by daughters Mikelyn and Misty Villanueva; father William; brothers Ronald and Michael Puaala and Bill Whitmarsh; sisters Maebelle Maus, Alberta Jones, Rogerlyn Manning, Danisa and Loriann Puaala; and a grandson. Memorial services: 3:30 p.m. today at Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach. Scattering of ashes at a later date. Casual attire. No flowers.

Jose E. Ramones, 80, of Honolulu died Aug. 27 in St. Francis Medical Center. He was born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines. He is survived by wife Catalina; children Jose Jr., Albert, Joe, Juliana, Wilma, William and Jeffrey Ramones, Norma Carnate and Susan Dalere; sisters Victoria and Esperanza; 21 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Friday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Call again from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at. the mortuary. Burial: Valley of the Temples.

Hanako Sugiki, 76, of Wailuku, Maui, died Sunday in Hale Makua, Wailuku. She was born in Puunene, Maui. She is survived by sons Myron and Milton; brother William H. Shigetani; sisters Wakae Spencer and Myrtle S. Motonaga; and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 5:15 p.m. tomorrow at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission Hall. Casual attire. No flowers.

George T. Tengan, 83, of Honolulu, a retired cook at Kapalama Military Reservation, died Sept. 4 in Maluhia Long Term Health Center. He was born in Lahaina, Maui. He is survived by wife Betty; sons Glenn and Milton; daughter Doreen Smith; brother Eizo; sisters Masako Kobashigawa and Yoshiko Tengan; and three grandchildren. Memorial services: Noon Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 11 a.m. Casual attire.

Masakatsu "Masa" Yamaguchi, 74, of Kaneohe, a retired carpenter, died Aug. 29 in Castle Medical Center. He was born in Hana, Maui. He is survived by sons Ray and Allen; brother Maya; sisters Pauline Miyamoto and Ethel Higashiguchi; and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

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