March 25, 1944 – November 2, 2020
Deeann Baldwin, beloved wife, mother, grandmother (Nana), sister and friend, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 2, 2020, surrounded by her entire family as she was called home to be with the Lord.
Deeann was born on March 25, 1944 in Pasadena, California to Janet and John Wiezbiski. She, and her sister Linda, were raised in Temple City. Deeann met Al Baldwin, the love of her life, at a fraternity dance in 1963. After their first date she told her mother that she had met the man she was going to marry. Shortly thereafter, on August 29th, 1963, Al and Deeann were married. Although they were both just 19 years old, they knew what they wanted and they made it happen. For the next 57 years they would follow their dreams, pursue their passions and create the life they knew they wanted.
They built their first custom home in Arcadia, where all of their sons were born. They moved to Laguna Beach in 1972, just months before their daughter was born, living in another house that they designed and built. In the late 70’s Al and Deeann bought a ranch and built a log home in Teton County, Wyoming. It became a very special retreat for their family, where they gather to celebrate holidays, ski, fish, ride horses and enjoy the beauty of the Tetons and the surrounding area. Many of their cherished memories are from their time in Wyoming with their children, grandchildren and friends. In 1986 they built their current home in Laguna Beach, which became the primary gathering place for family and friends.
Deeann and Al loved to travel. One of their biggest adventures was in the early 1980’s when they spent over a month traveling through Central and South America on their King Air. They shared this passion with their children and grandchildren as well, traveling the world and visiting remote places like Papua New Guinea and Rwanda as well as Israel, the Middle East, Morocco, South America, Alaska, Australia, Africa and Europe.
Deeann’s strong Catholic faith guided her throughout her life and has been an important influence on her family. She loved to give back, and taught them how fulfilling it is to contribute to your community and to important causes. Deeann was actively involved in many organizations and supported numerous local charities, one of which was Catholic Charities USA, which honored Deeann as Queen at an annual Mardi Gras. She also modeled for charity events, even after giving birth to four children.
Deeann will be dearly missed by her many friends. She was a devoted and generous friend, maintaining strong friendships from her youth, as well as nurturing new relationships that blossomed from every stage of her life. She remembered birthdays and anniversaries, and always made sure to acknowledge special occasions. Their travel plans frequently included close friends.
Deeann was known and admired for her great eye for style. She loved and appreciated fashion, and had a true talent for interior decorating and home design. In the early years of Al’s homebuilding business, she assisted in the design of the homes and the planning of the interiors. She was very proud that three of their personal residences were featured in Architectural Digest. Deeann was also an exceptional entertainer. She loved to throw a party and never missed a detail. Her table settings were always a work of art, and it gave her great pleasure to share her creativity with family and friends.
Even with her full and busy life, Deeann’s deepest and primary passion was always her family. She was fiercely devoted to her husband Al, their four children, Ron, Steve, Shawn and Allison, their spouses and partners,
Sandy, Connie, Keri and Randall, and their thirteen grandchildren, Chance, Melanie, MacKenzie, Skyler, Chloe, Olivia, Hunter, Jackson, Hudson, Kaylee, Elleana (Bone), Cassia (Bone) and Hayden (Bone). She was happiest when they would all travel, share holidays, mark milestones, share adventures and create family memories together. Deeann talked to her children and grandchildren every single day, sharing her love, support and advice freely, while always wanting the latest news and updates on their lives. She was an inspiration and the heart and glue of her family. She will be deeply missed, though her love, lessons, values and influence will live on through her family and friends for generations.
Deeann had been battling multiple myeloma, and succumbed to complications. A private funeral mass celebrating Deeann’s life was held at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove on November 9, 2020.
Donations in memory of Deeann Baldwin can be sent to one of the following charities that the Baldwin family are involved in:
National Park Foundation - https://give.nationalparks.org/
Catholic Charities USA - www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
South Bay Community Services - https://southbaycommunityservices.org/