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Paul Lasseter, 1924-2011

Paul Lasseter, father of John and three other children, passed away in his sleep on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, eight days after his 87th birthday.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 at the age of 17 and served in the South Pacific throughout the war. He then settled in the Los Angeles area and worked in the parts departments of Chevrolet dealers until his retirement in 2000. He was married to John’s mother, Jewell Lasseter, for 54 years, until her death in 2005.

The image above is one that I located for The Pixar Touch, but didn’t use—a detail from a Los Angeles Times auto dealer ad, February 5, 1983. Paul Lasseter is at upper right (probably wondering what in the world was to become of his youngest son, a junior animator at Disney).