Lynn Melvin Whitney

November 22, 1950July 29, 2014
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Lynn Melvin Whitney November 22, 1950 – July 29, 2014 Lynn Melvin Whitney, age 63, from Fontana, CA passed away at his home in Yucaipa on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 after a long battle of leukemia. Lynn was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Helen, and his brother Doug. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Renee (Augie) Castro (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) and Tawnya (Alan) Namminga (Mobile, AL); son, Michael (Brandon) Whitney (Yucaipa, CA); step-daughter Jennie (Bobby) Pearce (Amherst, OH) and step-son Jeff (Suranee) Waleszonia (Calimesa, CA); brother, Gary (Janie) Whitney; and grandchildren, Tre, Blake, Charlotte, Aubrey, Kylie and Auria. Lynn Whitney was born in Warren, Ohio on November 22nd, 1950. He moved to California when he was a year and a half old. Lynn was raised in Fontana, CA and lived there for most of his life. Lynn graduated from Fontana High School (FoHi) in 1969. Lynn moved to Yucaipa, CA and lived there for several years before his recent passing. Lynn was married to Yolanda Valenzuela (Huegel) for 22 years, and together they had three children. Lynn remarried Mary Waleszonia (Papandrea) in 2003, but they have been together for the past 16 years. Lynn worked for Kaiser Steel for 15.5 years before it closed down. He then worked for McGuire Corp. for a year and a half as an Electrician. Lynn finished his career working with California Steel for 30 years as an Electrician and Planner. He medically retired due to his illness this past year. Lynn was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend; he loved his children and grandchildren with all of his heart and spoke of them often; he loved his dogs, and was a great craftsman as well! He will be greatly missed. There is a memorial viewing scheduled for Thursday, August 7th, from 4pm-8pm at Green Acres Memorial Park in Bloomington, CA. Services are scheduled for Friday, August 8th, at 10am, also held at Green Acres.



  • Visitation Thursday, August 7, 2014
  • Memorial Service Friday, August 8, 2014


  • Commital

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Greg Bates

August 10, 2014

I will always remember Lynn's smile and laughter - he was a kind man. I will remember our days working together at Kaiser Steel in Electric Field Maintenance.

Carol & I have fond memories of Lynn.

Virginia Valenzuela

August 7, 2014

Lynn, you were part of this family for a very long time as a teenager and an adult. You were loved by all. We will miss you and will think of you often.

Lou Valenzuela

August 7, 2014

You left us too soon my friend. I will always have the memories of our friendship from junior high, high school and college (remember we were going to be X-Ray techs and become rich!!).
You were a good friend and a super uncle as my daughters use to say. Most of all I had the utmost respect for you because you had your heart and priorities in the right place.
Fly away with the angels now Lynn and rest in peace.

Sonia Lorenz

August 4, 2014

To one of my favorite Brother-In-Laws / Friends, Ron and I will miss Lynn's sense of humor and kindness greatly!

Judy Bowen

August 3, 2014

It was the summer of 1969, and I remember seeing an older man sitting in a wheel chair out front of his home and being the busy body eight year old I was at that time, went over and talked to him.This became a daily deal he told funny stories.It was Lynn's grandfather,that's how I came to know the Whitney's I lived on Kempster ave along with the Whitney's. I have never forgotten the day Lynn was moving out of his parent's home. My sister Debbie our two friend's from down the street, Lisa and pam Omiliak and myself sat on the brick wall and watched Lynn load his red El Camino. He was alway's so nice to all of us young kid's. He got finished and walked over to me and handed me his Ricochet Rabbit. It was so kind of him and looking back on it now, I think it would be safe to say, he had had that rabbit for a long time,and the time had come to pass it on and I was real happy that I was his choice of kid's to give it to. That was the last time I ever saw him, but never forgot him or any of the Whitney's. From what was written, it sound's like he has a wonderful, loving family. God Bless you all, the KEMPSTER KLAN

August 2, 2014

We feel so blessed to have become a part of Lynn's family when his daughter, Tawnya married our son. We will always remember his wonderful smile!
Dot & Dale (Texas)

Bill and Maria

August 2, 2014

We miss you Lynn. You left us too soon. Blessings to the entire family.