John Cull, who lived on Marina Peninsula for 44 years and was a Ballona Wetlands docent, died Wednesday, February 14th, at age 75.
Memorial services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17th, at St. Mary in Palms Church, 3647 Watseka Ave. in Los Angeles.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Cull to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Cull was born in Los Angeles on March 23rd, 1931. His family moved to Palms when he was ten years old.
He moved to the Marina Peninsula in 1963 when there were only two houses on his street, surrounded by five oil wells, his wife said.
In 1965, he married Arlene White, a nurse from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who worked at Santa Monica Hospital.
Cull loved sports. He excelled at running the 400-meter races at Hamilton High School, Santa Monica College and with Master Striders.
He was a docent for the Ballona Wetlands for six years, a hospice volunteer and a 20-year volunteer with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.
He was an adult leader of the Boy Scout Troop 377 of Marina del Rey and hiked down into and out of the Grand Canyon with his troop.
Cull worked at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica for 37 years. He was on the company’s beach volleyball team.
He had been concerned about the environment since the 1960s and rode his bicycle to work five days a week until he retired, except when it rained.
He dedicated 45 years of service to St. Mary in Palms Episcopal Church and the Los Angeles Diocese.
Cull is survived by his wife Arlene; children Kevin, Aaron and Andrea and their spouses; six grandchildren; brothers Gordon and Steve; and sister Margaret.