Estell Lavon Penrod, Former Manager of Alpaugh Irrigation District
Lavon was born April 7, 1920 in Portageville, Missouri. He was the son of Dollie and Samuel Penrod. He passed away March 24, 2015 in Redding, California at the age of 94.
Lavon was a former member of the Masonic Lodge of Portageville Missouri. He loved baseball, played it exceptionally well, and was scouted by the Saint Louis Browns. Throughout his working life, Lavon was a successful Conservation Agent for the State of Missouri, farmer, and water master before taking charge as manager of the Alpaugh Irrigation District in Alpaugh, California. He brought positive change through the water district, to the city of Alpaugh and its citizens. He revamped the canal and reservoir systems and through diligent efforts replaced old, wore out water wells with new more energy efficient wells which serve the farmers in the area for decades. He obtained new equipment, from road graders to draglines that allowed the district to flourish under his leadership. Lavon was awarded the Energy Management Certificate of Achievement by the Pacific, Gas, & Electric Company for personal commitment and efficient use of energy. Lavon retired from Alpaugh Irrigation District in 2001.
Lavon is survived by his beloved wife, Lorene of over 71 years; daughters, Penny Childers and husband Larry and Marsha Damme and husband, Michael and sons, Stephen and his wife Delphina, Philip and his wife Debbie, and Stanley and his wife Annette, Daughter-in-law Linda Penrod and 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren; a brother, Aguilla Penrod and sister, Dorothy Dolis. He is preceded in death by two sons, Samuel and Bruce.
Visitation will be at People’s Funeral Home, Monday April 6, 2 to 6 p.m., at 1020 Cardoso, Avenue, in Corcoran, California.
Services will be Tuesday April 7, at 10:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Corcoran, which is located on the corner of Whitley and Letts Avenues.