In Memory

Sid Acton

The below was published in the Press-Enterprise:

Sidney Guy Acton 1922 - 2013 | Obituary | Condolences SIDNEY GUY ACTON May 22, 1922 - November 17, 2013 Beloved husband and father and longtime principal of Little Lake School, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Born in Washington,DC, he was the youngest son of Rubin and Lillian Acton. His beloved wife of 65 years, Jane, passed away in 2007. Sidney had eleven children, Penni, Jodi, Scott, Gayle, Kim, Shelley, Chris, Luana, Spunky, Jaime, and Josh; as well as 27 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Sidney was principal of Little Lake Elementary for over 25 years and retired in the mid 1970's. He was instrumental in starting the first baseball program in the valley back in 1954 and serve as its president for many years. He was elected to the Hemet Youth Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. He worked many years with the Bill Gray Baseball School. Upon retirement, he counseled youth and their families at the Hemet Counseling Center. He and his wife, Jane, lived in Idyllwild for many years and were grand marshalls in their Fourth of July Parade in 2007. He was in the United States Navy and was at the invasion of South France during World War II. After the war, he attended Salem College in West Virginia, received his BA from Whittier College and his MA in Speech Pathology at USC. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends. A memorial service is scheduled at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hemet at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 30. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hemet Youth Baseball. - See more at:

Viki Law, Colleen Gaudreault, Kathy (Ivins) Boyd and I (from Class of '66) attended the memorial service on Saturday with all of Sid's family and many friends. There were many wonderful tributes to this humble man who gave so much of his life to helping others. He leaves so many happy memories behind. His was a life well lived.

Those of you who sent messages to me can rest assured that I shared them all with Jodi and she was very touched and wanted me to 'Thank you' all. Terry