Francis Edward Flynn

Ed passed away in Santa Barbara after suffering for several years with Alzheimer's disease. He was a man of integrity, kind and patient. He loved God and his country.

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up in Ohio, and graduated from Yale University. He served in the army in Germany during the Korean War and remained a lifetime member of VFW.

Over his 40 years as an industrial engineer, he worked for several aerospace companies in Southern California. While at TRW he met Susan Patton and they married in 1969, adopting their daughter, Katie, in 1976.

The Flynns moved to Solvang from Manhattan Beach in 1997. Ed was very active in the Valley community, serving on Solvang's Board of Architectural Review, teaching ESL, and volunteering many hours at the Humane Society, where he found his loyal dog Sunny.

Ed was a valued docent at Old Mission Santa Ines, guiding tourists and school children through the historic California mission. He belonged to the Men's Service Club of the parish, helping with countless pancake breakfasts.

Ed had a great sense of humor. He was an avid golfer and practiced Aikido for several years. During his time in Manhattan Beach, he served as a high school football official. Working on old cars persisted as a favorite pastime.

He is survived by Sue, his wife of 50 years, daughter Katie Brum, son-in-law Brian Brum, and grandchildren Nicolas and Madison Brum.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at Old Mission Santa Inés on Friday, July 12, at 11:00 a.m.

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