Alton E. "Bud" Lamb, Sr.

February 3, 1926September 27, 2012

Alton E Lamb, Sr, affectionately referred to as “Bud” for most of his life, lost his battle with cancer on September 27. Bud was born in Salem, OR on February 3, 1926. At the age of two, he moved to Santa Cruz and then to Seaside where he lived for nearly 40 years.

Bud was a well known Monterey Peninsula automobile mechanic for over 40 years, owning Bud Lamb Chevron stations in Monterey and then Pacific Grove. This was the place he bought to train his sons to be gifted mechanics. He prided himself on his customer service to numerous generations of customers who brought their cars to him and only him to service. After his sons were grown, Bud went on to work at Abrego Union 76 in Monterey until he retired at the age of 62. The only cars he worked on from that point on were his own. Bud's retirement move in 1989 was to Prescott, AZ. A few years later, he moved to Wickenburg, AZ where he spent the last 20 plus years. Bud’s love for his adopted state of Arizona was based on his appreciation of its beautiful deserts, numerous one-of-a-kind cacti and the wonderful dry heat.

Bud married his high school sweetheart, Ann Casati Lamb, after college and together they had ten children. His second marriage was to Margaret Ohye Lamb and together they had two children. He leaves his remaining eleven children, Cathy and Jennifer of Carmel Highlands, Alton, Jr. (Amelia) of Hollister, Doug of Marina, Dale (Kat) of Seaside, Charlie (Lisa) of Kaysville, UT, Mary, Jeff, and Darrell of Salinas, Marlo of Kansas City, MO and Robert (Tiffany) of Tucson, AZ. He was preceded in death by his son, Earl “Buddy”. Bud also leaves his sister, Maybelle Porter, and his brother, Leland of Seaside; nineteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bud enjoyed his last years raising African violets and Christmas Cactus. He enjoyed listening to Big Band music and doing word search puzzles. He especially enjoyed his daily telephone call from Pacific Grove from his favorite niece, Patricia Owens.

Bud's family would like to thank Dr. Jerome Rubin and the wonderful nurses at Forest Hill Manor Skilled Nursing Facility for their kind and loving care in his last days. They also want to thank Bud’s long-time neighbors in Wickenburg, Jo and Ron Peterson, for their kindness and attention during his last years in Arizona. Their devotion was beyond neighborliness.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated this Friday, October 5 at 9:30 AM at San Carlos Cathedral followed by inurnment at San Carlos Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the SPCA for Monterey County, PO Box 3058, Monterey, 93942 or the Humane Society, 4000 Industrial Rd Wickenburg, AZ 85390 where he got Uno, his beautiful Maine Coon cat who, for the last 8 years, was the only lady in his life.



  • Mass Of Christian Burial Friday, October 5, 2012


  • Inurnment

Alton E. "Bud" Lamb, Sr.

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Darrell Lamb

July 31, 2016

Hi Daddy. I wanted to say I love you one more time.

Darrell Lamb

July 31, 2016

I loved you Dad.i am glad I spent 2 years in Arizona with you. The last thing I said to you was I love you Dad. And you said I love you son.that was the last thing I said to mom too 3 minutes before she died in front of me.

Amy Campbell Jefferies

November 8, 2012

Prayers of comfort and peace during this difficult time. Bud was a wonderful man with a great laugh and kind soul. What treasures these memories are of him. I am very lucky to have known him. God Bless.

Joan Jeffers McCleary

October 15, 2012

My fond memories of Bud Lamb date back to my childhood in the 1950s. After my father, D.R. "Jeff" Jeffers, died in 1951 when I was 6 years old, Bud always took special care of my mother, Frances Jeffers' car. When she went in for gas, Bud always washed her headlights as well as her windows, and he picked out good "retreads" whenever she needed new tires, as they were less expensive. He was always very kind to our family, and he always asked about my brother and me. My late brother, John Jeffers,lost his life on Carmel Valley Road when he was 27, just as Buddy Lamb lost his. Bud was a true gentleman and a wonderful human being. I extend my sympathy to all of his loved ones.

Suzanne Benson

October 15, 2012

My deepest sympathy for your recent loss. Treasure your memories. You are in my thoughts.

Michael "mongo" Ontman

October 10, 2012

I'm sad to have not spoken to him for so long. Bud/Pops thought me so many valuable lessons when I worked with him at abrego. Those lessons helped e become a leader in the automotive dealerships. I thought of a lot over the years. I will continue.

Julie-Ona Singleton

October 5, 2012

What a beautiful service today. I wanted to share with my cousins that I last talked to my Uncle Bud this summer, shortly after my dad died, and my mom was in the hospital. In his fight for health, all he cared about was his sister. It touched my heart that the two of them had a close relationship in his later years. And he sounded exactly as he did when I was a little girl, upbeat and kind. Thanks for supporting my mom through some tough times Uncle Bud. I loved going to the family house when I was little, always laughter and so many cousins to play with! Love to you all,

October 5, 2012

To all of Uncle Bud's children:
I thank you for sharing your dad with me. I will and do now, miss talking with him, sharing a joke, the weather, or how much he loved his family. Now, we have to reach for our memory books instead of the phone. May we find comfort that he is with my dad and the rest of the family. May you all find comfort in each other too!
Blessings and prayers to all of you.
Patricia Lamb-Owens

October 4, 2012

Cathy and entire Lamb family, we want to express our sincere sympathy to you at this difficult time. You have been such an inspiration with the love, devotion and care you continued to demonstrate for so many years to your father. We will keep you in our prayers....Gary and Terry Rowe

John Cox

October 3, 2012

Our condolences to Bud's families. I first met Bud at Abrego 76. Bud became a customer, and quickly a friend. He always had a smile and friendly demeanor. He will be a credit to Heaven. Rest in peace Bud.
John and Brandee Cox
Reno, NV