Oct. 7, 1927 – Sept. 11, 2021 Bert Tibbet, 93, of Pasadena, CA, died peacefully at his home in Sedona, AZ, on Sep. 11 with his wife and family by his side. Bert’s great grandparents settled in Pasadena in 1853. The City of Roses was his home for 80 years until he retired to Sedona in 2014. Bert is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pepper C. Tibbet, son Lance M. Tibbet (wife Amelia M. Tibbet), daughters Casey Tibbet (husband Dennis Lechner) and Toby S. Tibbet, grandsons Seth M. and Joel E. Tibbet, sister Gloria Condon Ricketts, and many nieces and nephews. Bert was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer two weeks before his death. It was a surprise to everyone. He was independent, active and fully engaged with life until his diagnosis. His family is forever grateful to his caregivers. Bert donated his body to the Willed Body Program at University of Arizona, College of Medicine… A fitting gesture for a man who was “always giving,” noted a volunteer who served with him on American Red Cross. Bert is preceded in death by his mother Ruth Baird Thorne, his father Berton M. Tibbet, II, his sisters Nancy R. Kohl and Margery A. Tibbet. Bert graduated from Longfellow Elementary and John Marshall High School. He earned his real estate broker license from UCLA. Bert was a war veteran and patriot. He honorably served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII, and he proudly displayed the American flag at home year-round. It was fitting that he passed away on Patriot’s Day. He was a man of many talents and interests a successful realtor, real estate broker, mortgage banker, insurance agent, real estate developer, home builder, small business owner and nurseryman. He described himself as a business and community developer, a team leader and relationship builder with integrity, loyalty, compassion and enthusiasm… A family friend described him as “a man every man wants to be.” He had an infectious curiosity about life and an unwavering positive outlook. He was extraordinarily personable. He was a friendly, helpful neighbor…a genuine friend. He enjoyed being involved in his community and giving back, especially to those less fortunate. He lived life in the moment and made it a daily practice to “stop and smell the roses.” He had a perpetual love and appreciation for nature. He was passionate about gardening and tending to his fruit trees, tomatoes and blooming perennials. He loved to watch birds and wildlife. He marveled at prismatic light and cloud formations. He loved to fish. Bishop/Mammoth Lakes was his beloved fishing hole. Family vacations were special to him. A rafting trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon was in his words, “the most spiritual and impressive.” He was a voracious reader and loved the library. He never went a day without reading the newspaper. Bert was a life-long volunteer. He was Senior Warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Altadena. He was President of the Pasadena-Foothill Board of Realtors and State Delegate to the State Board of Realtors and Realtor of the Year. He was Founder and Managing General Partner of Magic Growers Nursery for 33 years, and as President of the California Association of Nurserymen, he coined the water conservation slogan “Water Wise.” He was Director and President of Kinneloa Estates Homeowner’s Assocation and served on the Steering Committee for the Eaton Canyon Recovery Alliance and co-chaired the Fire Storm Victims Insurance Committee for California advocates for wildfire victims’ rights. When he was a young father, he was President of Pasadena Pony League and coached the Pasadena Dodgers. He was charitable with his time and expertise particularly with organizations whose mission was to enhance the quality of life and education for disadvantaged youth, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Pasadena, the Community Chest, the San Gabriel Valley Boy Scouts Council and Pasadena YWCA. In the spirit of enriching lives and leveling the playing field for all, Bert was instrumental in developing the largest detached, single-family affordable housing project in Pasadena. It was a 96-unit residential redevelopment project west of Fair Oaks Avenue, between Mountain Street and Hammond Street, known as the Pepper Project, now Sunset Oaks. For 24 years, Bert was a volunteer for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. For 10 years, he served as Team leader and Field Training Officer for the Pasadena Police Department CAPP program and was Volunteer of the Year. He was a fixed-wing and rotary aircraft pilot and a licensed HAM Radio Operator. He was a photographer and exhibiting member of the Verde Valley Photographic Society. He was equal-part incurable romantic and impartial diplomat fair and just, uninfluenced by emotion or surmise. He was a “car nut” who co-founded the Pasadena Roadster Club. He had a penchant for hot rods, including his own 1928 Ford Roadster. He loved trying new foods and new restaurants. He was an avid cook and an excellent host. He had a thirst for knowledge and personal development. After he retired, he became a volunteer for Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office Incident Command Team and Community Relations Unit and a Team Leader for the Northern Arizona and Arizona-New Mexico-El Paso American Red Cross Disaster Management Team. He earned numerous national certifications in law enforcement, incident response, disaster management and FEMA emergency management including Civilian Emergency Response Team (CERT). At age 91, he earned his FAA-Certified Remote Pilot License and a place on the Yavapai County Sherriff’s Office Drone Team. At age 93, he acquired his Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit. He attained tremendous professional success, but his crowning achievement was personal. He was immensely proud of his children and loved them deeply, but his greatest love, passion and sense of “accomplishment” was his wife Pepper and their 64+ years together.
Published by Pasadena Star-News on Oct. 3, 2021.