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Celebration of Life for Brenton James (Sonny) Mahar, Jr.

Brenton James Mahar, Jr.
August 13, 1943 – November 14, 2021

Brenton J. Mahar, Jr. (Sonny) of North Fork, CA, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at the age of 78. He passed at home while surrounded by the love of his family. He was born August 13, 1943, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, to the late Brenton J. and Elizabeth (Watson) Mahar.

Brent was a graduate of Norton High School where he lettered in cross-country and met his first love, Jane Rand. He and Jane married and had their son, Michael. In December of 1963, after having their driveway blocked by heavy snow one too many times, they decided to leave Norton, Massachusetts. On April 12, 1964, they hauled a trailer behind their ’59 Impala along with the most important item, his 1954 Harley Davidson, and made the cross-country trip arriving in El Monte, CA, on April 18, 1964.

Image of Brenton James Mahar, Jr.Their daughter, Beth, was born soon after. He worked at a Safeway Super Market in Los Angeles for two years. In June of 1966, he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where he stayed until retirement. He loved being on the Department, saying it was the Best Job in the world.

In 1974, he met Vivian, who was a civilian employee working for the Sheriff’s Department. They married on November 27, 1976, and spent the next 45 years together. They lived in Huntington Beach, CA, and upon his retirement moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where they lived for 16 years enjoying boating, camping with family and friends and of course motorcycle riding.

In 2003, they had a home built in North Fork, CA, and every week he’d say, “I can’t believe we live in this beautiful place where we used to go camping.” From the time he moved to California he loved riding motorcycles, boating and summers traveling and camping. He taught all three kids to ride and water ski and instilled the love of camping in them. Riding his motorcycles was his passion and he was so blessed with the friends he met in doing so. He’s been a long-standing member of the BPO Elks Lodge #2399. He was a member and Secretary of the North Fork Lions Club until 2020 when he became too ill to attend meetings.

He loved his family to no end, had a huge heart and was always there to help family, friends and strangers in need. He was truly an inspiration to his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Vivian; his son Michael (Natalie) Mahar of Bakersfield, CA, and daughter Beth (Jim) Farnell of Anaheim, CA; step-daughter Kristine (Gary) Skeber of San Clemente, CA; his sisters Claire (Bob) Perry, Robin (Bob) Kearns, and Shirley Simpson; brother Ronnie Mahar; 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honoring Brent’s wishes, there will be no services. However, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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