Bing Stevens Newton
July 29, 1943 - January 4, 2016

Bing Stevens Newton was born in Potsdam, NY, on July 29, 1943, to Bernauer Walter Newton and Aldine Bray Stevens Newton. In 1947, the family moved to Los Angeles where he lived until his death at age 72 on January 4, 2016, from amyloidosis, kidney failure, and heart disease. In 1961 after graduating from University High, he joined the US Navy, serving on the heavy cruiser USS Los Angeles, which was sent by President Kennedy on a "People to People" mission in the Far East. The ship hosted onboard exhibitions and programs of local customs and sports for both Navy personnel and civilians of the countries visited. Happy memories of sightseeing on his days off in Japan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines during this Navy tour tumbled out of him when these countries came up in conversation. He married Virginia Stephens on August 6, 1966, and they had a daughter and son, Dawn and Sterling Brent. His professional life was spent in the life insurance industry and as a Registered Investment Advisor, helping people provide for their families and their futures. Bing was an avid fly fisherman, tying his own flies from the age of 14 and generously providing flies for fellow fishermen on annual 232 Club fishing trips in the Eastern Sierra presided over by his father-in-law, Albert Lee Stephens, Jr. Woodworking was also a lifelong passion which started with a table made for his mother in a junior high woodshop class and his skills later provided furniture for his own home. He was a knowledgeable backyard birdwatcher and astronomer who had purchased a solar telescope only a few months before his death. Bing was always intrigued by the newest and most innovative gadgets, from cameras to wine bottle openers. After he had researched a product extensively he could rarely be dissuaded from buying. Bing was predeceased by his sister Stephanie Jo Newton and is survived by his wife and children as well as two brothers, Kent W. Newton and Christian B. Newton, nieces Brianna A. Aguilar and Alyssa G. Mann, nephew Kieran T. Newton, and three grand-nephews.