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Marlene Crozier

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Marlene Bernice Hertel Crozier was born September 10, 1932, a few minutes after her twin sister Marianne. Her parents Francis Westerfeld Hertel and Bernice McDivitt Hertel raised Marlene, Marianne and brothers Wes and Ron in the family home at 60 Lincoln Drive in Ventura. Marlene attended Washington Elementary, Cabrillo Junior High and Ventura High School, where Marlene loved playing tennis and won several doubles tournaments with her sister.

By the time she turned 21, Marlene had attended college at U.C. Berkeley, University of Arizona, and San Jose State, graduating from San Jose State with...

Marlene Bernice Hertel Crozier was born September 10, 1932, a few minutes after her twin sister Marianne. Her parents Francis Westerfeld Hertel and Bernice McDivitt Hertel raised Marlene, Marianne and brothers Wes and Ron in the family home at 60 Lincoln Drive in Ventura. Marlene attended Washington Elementary, Cabrillo Junior High and Ventura High School, where Marlene loved playing tennis and won several doubles tournaments with her sister.

By the time she turned 21, Marlene had attended college at U.C. Berkeley, University of Arizona, and San Jose State, graduating from San Jose State with a bachelor's degree in education. She was teaching elementary school in East Palo Alto when her brother Ron, who worked for Standard Oil Company in Taft, introduced her to a fellow engineer named Bob Crozier. Marlene and Bob were married on June 23rd, 1956.


Marlene's 52-year marriage and her children were her greatest sources of pride. Bob and Marlene started their married life in San Mateo while Bob completed his Master's degree in Petroleum Engineering at Stanford University and Marlene taught 2nd grade. Two years later, son Tom was born; in 1960 daughter Coralie arrived, and in 1962 their family was complete with the birth of daughter Kathleen.

Bob's career as a petroleum engineer meant his family followed him wherever oil wells were being drilled. Marlene devoted her creativity and talents to raising the children in a total of 12 homes by the time Kathleen graduated from high school. Marlene's superlative organizing abilities and her steadfast presence provided stability for the children, and allowed Bob the ease both to concentrate on his career, and to golf on the weekends. The young Crozier family lived all over California; in Trinidad, West Indies; and in Lima, Peru, before settling in Bakersfield in 1975, where they lived for 27 years. With her children grown, Marlene volunteered as a reading tutor and as a member of the Kern County Assistance League. Marlene and Bob were also the founders of the Kern County Junior Golf Association. For almost twenty years the Croziers volunteered countless hours each summer organizing golf tournaments for hundreds of young people all around Kern County. Marlene played golf herself, and enjoyed bridge, parties, and travel with her family and many dear friends; she also read voraciously and especially enjoyed gardening. In 2002, Marlene and Bob finally returned to Ventura County, where they built a beautiful home on Marlene's ranch land in Santa Paula, which had been in the family since Abner Haines bought it in 1867. Marlene enjoyed running her lemon and avocado ranch, and filled her garden with fruit trees, orchids, and her favorite roses and flowering plants.



In 2010, about one year after Bob passed away, Marlene had a severe stroke. Her days for the last 5 years have been filled with the joy of spending time with her family, friends, and devoted caregivers. Marlene and her children are grateful for the kindness of the wonderful staff at Cypress Place Senior Living, where she resided for the past 2 1/2 years. We give special thanks to Sandra Chavez, who loved Marlene like her own mother, and whose sense of humor, dedication, and expert care kept her agile, walking, and in good spirits for the last 3 1/2 years. Our thanks also to Rebecca and Annie for caring for her in the past year.


On February 16th, 2015, Marlene had another stroke, and passed away peacefully nine days later. Marlene is survived by her sister, Marianne Mize of Ventura; her sister-in-law Carolyn Hertel of Ventura; her children Tom Crozier and wife Janet; daughter Coralie Kenton and husband David; daughter Kathleen Egan and husband Kevin; grandchildren Lauren Crozier Ranson and husband Ryan; Sean Crozier; Peter and Marcus Kenton; Galen, Liam and Taig Egan; Molly and Jason Dean Egan; and great grandson Walter Dean Egan.

A graveside service will be held at Pierce Brothers cemetery in Santa Paula on Saturday, March 7, at 1 pm. Donations may be sent in lieu of flowers to the Ventura Botanical Gardens.