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Paxton's vision for a healthy community, CHOICES His desire to help youth caused great strides in Avalon BY KRiSTY THRONDSON In 2001 Paxton Offield (or Packy as he was more commonly known) saw that there was a prob- lem among Avalon's youth con- cerning the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. He reached out to the Hazeldon Foundation for Addiction Treatment in Minnesota whose representatives came to Avalon and conducted a needs assess- ment. The results of the assessment, funded by Packy, showed that Avalon youth were at a much higher risk of becoming addicted to.drugs and alcohol than children who lived in non-resort type com- munities. A focus group was held with many different facets of the com- munity on how to approach this situation. Representatives from commu- nity churches, school, law enforce- ment, medical professionals, city government and concerned citi- zens were in attendance. The man who loved to live, laugh Always there to help, always greeting you with a smile BY CHUCK LIDELL i My reason for writing this is to sadly acknowledge the passing of a dear friend, not only to ma per- sonally, but to Catalina Islan& Paxton "Packy" Offield died June 14. I first met him in 1974, when he was 22 years old. I Was doing my initial research in the Museum pump room and he brought some of his students from the Toyon-School to introduce himself and see what interesting historical finds I had made. He impressed me as very intel- ligent and inquisitive young man and as long as I knew him henever quit wanting to know what I had discovered. When I started working ffr the Santa Catalina Island Co. in the 1990s, he was the CEO/presi- dent and I loved working for him, because henever put on air and as take them. I don't have room to share all of these inside jokes we had, but they are now sustaining me while facing this loss. He hired me to be the "only one he could imagine" to transport the guests to his restaurant, The Country Club, because I could share so much history with them Packy From page 1 now held by Dennis Hedgecock at USC. Mr. Offield was president of the Offield Family Foundation, which works predominantly on environmental issues around the word. He has worked with lthe Little Traverse Conservancy to protect the arboreal forests of Northern Michigan. He was a past ?resident and board member ot the Silver while being trammed up and back. Packy would often eat there, but usually wearing the same clothes that he had just worn to fish (he loved fishing). When leaving the facility, I would often inform the visitors that they had just had dinner with a Wrigley descendant. They never guessed the right person. Packy was not presumptuous at all and enjoyed being "just one of the guys" I remember once the bus I was driving broke down right near his home and so, of course, he rushed in and directed traffic until the mechanics finally got there. Whereever he went, yon could always hear, "Hi, Packy,' For those who do not know how he was con- nected to the Wrigley family, his grandmother, Dorothy, was the first child of William Wrigley, Jr. and Ada "Foote" Wrigley. His father was Wrigley Offield. I sorely miss his boyish smile and his love for life. Shortly thereafter, as a result of Packy's vision, Catalina Citizens Helping Our Island Children End Substance abuse Coalition was created. The Offield Family Foundation generously funded Catalina CHOICES for many years. "Packy was a wonderful man; very generous and forward thinking. He cared very much about our community and he will be missed," said Dawn Sampson, who was involved in the creation of CHOICES. "Packy's vision and over- whelming generosity have changed many lives in our community and CHOICES continues to provide Avalon's youth with much-needed support and commitment," said Rhonda Kalish, CHOICES con- tinuing care specialist. Paxton Offield with a typical cheerful smile enjoying time with his daughter Kelsey. Courtesy photo was able to dish out jokes asl well TDE -:: Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@thecatalinalslander'cm Editor Dixie Redfearn editor@thecatalinalslander, com Assistant Editor Charles KellY General Manager Jon Remy advertising@thecatalinalslander.com Office Assistant Kristy Throndson" office@thecatalinalslander.com Graphic Designer Christy Smith Multimedia Director Franco Te francote@communitymediaus.com 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 9071N$ (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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NO pert may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2015 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc.. All Rights Reserved. MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER ERS ASSOCIATION Creek Fishing Club in Northern Michigan. Mr. Offield was named to the International Game Fish Association Board of Trusiees in 2007 and currently served as its chairman. He shared its belief in the con- servation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical -angling practices through sci- ence, education, rule making and record keeping. He was inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame in 2011. In Avalon, Mr. Offield ' Was a past president and member of the Avalon Tuna Club, the world's oldest sportfishing club and was the current president of the Tuna Club Foundation. He had in the past served as Chairman of the Avalon Planning Commission and as president of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. The Tuna Club had twice recognized him as Angler of the Year, and he had three Tuna Club record fish using three- the International Masters Angling Invitational Tournament in Cancun. Mr. Offield is survived by his wife, Susan, his children, Chase (Lena), Calen (Amber) and Kelsey, his stepson, Rex, three grandchil- dren (Christian, Owen and Capri) and his brother, James Offield. A celebration of life will be held in Avalon later in the sum- mer. -, :,, To gour 9ag 26 Flavors Dreyer's Ice Cream Bakery ' Freshly Made Waffle Cones Gourmet Candy Apples Hand-Dipped Strawberries Smoothies S  '  # Espres o Bar & IcedCoffee Drinks 20 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy 220 Selections of Candy " 1HE CATAUNA ISLANDER 2 ! Friday, June 19, 2015 1 !