Aristeo Y. Lopez

July 27, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Aristeo Y. Lopez, 67, of Brawley, who died Thursday in El Centro.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. Pastor Henry Cervantes of Trinidad Christian Center of El Centro will officiate.

Mr. Lopez was born April 18, 1934, in Brawley, and was raised and attended schools there. He worked for the Brawley Union High School District for 34 years, retiring in 1995.

Mr. Lopez enjoyed being with his family and relaxing at home, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his son Raul Lopez in 1978.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph V. and Rosa Lopez and Raymond and Cynthia Lopez, all of Brawley; daughter and sons-in-law, Rita Lopez and Guadalupe Jimenez of Imperial Beach and Rosie and Marcos Jimenez of El Centro; brothers and sisters-in-law, Manuel and Candice Morales of Glendale, Ariz., and Andrew and Celia Morales of Layton; sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Peter Frost of Sylmar; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


The family suggests memorials to Home Choice Hospice, 1647 W. Main St., El Centro, CA 92243, or the American Cancer Society, 400 S. Eighth St., El Centro, CA 92243.


Services will be private for Norman Hall Wright, 91, of San Clemente and Branson, Mo., a former Imperial Valley resident who died Saturday in Dana Point.

Mr. Wright was born Jan. 8, 1910, in Redlands. He was the last surviving son of noted author Harold Bell Wright and one of the last surviving writers of the 1939 Walt Disney classic "Fantasia."

During 10 years of his childhood, Mr. Wright spent his summers in the Imperial Valley with his father.

He attended Pasadena Junior College, California Institute of Technology and University of Southern California, where he majored in drama and motion pictures and was president of the USC chapter of the National Collegiate Players.

He was the stage manager for summer stock company at Cohasset, Mass., and a carnival and amusement park game operator.

He played Antonio in the Los Angeles company of "The Merchant of Venice," did bit parts at the Pasadena Playhouse and played the lead in various USC student productions.

Mr. Wright worked for a number of years for Walt Disney Productions. He was a staff writer on many cartoon shorts starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and other character.

For the classic animation feature "Bambi," he was a sequence director. He was a writer on "Fantasia" and is credited with story development on "The Nutcraker Suite" sequence.

He was writer and producer for the "Wonderful World of Disney" programs, including "Pancho: The Fastest Paw in the West," "Cristobalito," "The Calypso Colt" and "Chandar: The Black Leopard of Ceylon."

Mr. Wright wrote, directed and produced "Deacon: The High Noon Dog," a Disney production that aired as a special on NBC.

He was the author of the children's book, "Chip, Chip," a Little Golden Book for Simon and Schuster.

Mr. Wright wrote, produced and directed many documentaries, corporate image programs, corporate sales and training programs, for such sponsors as General Electric, Pontiac, Halliburton Co., Prudential Insurance, ARCO, the New York Giants baseball team, American Home Products, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and various political campaigns.

He made many television commercials for national accounts such as Chrysler, Chiquita Banana and Arrowhead Water Co.

He wrote "The Passion Play" and "La Christianita," which he produced and directed. "La Christianita," a story about the first California baby christened by Father Junipero Serra, was presented in the canyons of the San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano areas for many years.

Mr. Wright was always civic-minded and was named "citizen of the year" by San Clemente in 1978.

He was generous in donating his father's manuscripts and artifacts to various universities and museums, including the University of Arizona and Pioneers' Museum in Imperial, which possesses the original handwritten manuscript of "The Winning of Barbara Worth" among other articles that belonged to Harold Bell Wright and were donated to the museum.

Mr. Wright and his late wife, Jean, built the Harold Bell Wright Museum at The Shepherd of the Hills Farm in Branson.

Mr. Wright was a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Dramatists Guild and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Survivors include his sons, Peter and Michael Wright and Gene Stivers; daughters, Nancy Bryne and Susanne Wilson; daughter-in-law, Marcie Wright; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren

For further information, contact Marcie Wright at (818) 954-8943.

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