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Orrin J Beldin

December 29, 1929 - November 09, 2021


Celebration of Life for Orrin J Beldin

Orrin J. Belden passed away in his sleep peacefully on November 9, 2021, after a long battle with dementia with his loving wife Vilma and family by his side. Orrin was born on December 29, 1929, in San Francisco to Cecelia and Orrin Belden. For the majority of his youth, Orrin and his younger brother Charles were raised by his mother in a single-parent household. The three of them would later move to Livermore, CA, and then later to Visalia, CA. Orrin graduated high school from St. Mary's High School in Berkeley, CA in 1948 and then attended the University of California, Berkeley, Class of 1952 graduating with academic honors. Immediately upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army, seeing combat duty in Korea. In later years whenever on a backpacking trip in the High Sierra's with his sons one of them would have routinely complain about how cold it was, that was his signal to remind them, "You've never been to Korea". Upon leaving the service he found employment at Land Title Company located in Los Angeles. While at a company holiday party he met the woman who would be his wife, Vilma Lopez. They were married in November 1955, almost 67 years ago. Following the birth of their first child Charles, they purchased a home in West Covina, CA. Soon sons Orrin and James arrived and here is where Orrin and Vilma raised their three boys. That's what Orrin did for a living, but how he lived his life is another matter. Without a father to learn from, he was on his own. How he figured out how to be a great husband and father is a credit to him. Without question, he had a strong moral compass, an unwavering sense of responsibility, both in personal behavior and financial matters. His integrity was of the highest standard. In his years of retirement, he and Vilma spent their time traveling and being proud grandparents to their nine grandchildren (Lissa Marie, Morgan, Nicholas, Orrin, Ryan, Andrea, Cameron, Megan, and Charles) as well as two great-grandchildren (Oliver and Noah). Orrin is survived by his wife Vilma, sons Charles (Bridget), Orrin (Marisol), and James (Elena) as well as his two nieces Karen and Jan. The family would also like to extend their thanks to the entire staff at Regency Grand Assisted Living and Memory Care Center in West Covina and Faith in Angels Hospice. Their thoughtful care, particularly during the difficult period last year in the height of the COVID-19 crisis is very appreciated. Losing him leaves his family and all who knew him with a great sense of loss. However, his memory will endure. Services at this time are pending but will be private. In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association ( or perform an extra act of kindness to a stranger. He'd like that.

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