Kim Roscoe Shirley

June 29, 1942October 24, 2020

Kim R. Shirley of Laguna Woods, CA passed away on Oct. 24,2020 at home after battling over 25 years of prostate cancer which spread to his bones. Kim was born in Altadena, on June 29, 1942 to LeClaire McIntire Shirley and Grady H. Shirley. Growing up mostly in Glendora, CA he had fond childhood stories of living in Grants Pass, Oregon and in Big Bear Lake. He was in the first graduating class from Glendora High School where he played football. He continued his education by enrolling at UCLA majoring in economics; graduating in 1965. He was an active member in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and served as president in 1964. He also played ruby in his senior year. He enlisted in the USAF in 1968, completing training at Enid AFB, OK. He was deployed to Naha AFB, Okinawa flying C130 aircraft missions into Vietnam from 1969-1971. He was honorably discharged of active duty in 1973 from Langley AFB, VA. Returning to Southern California, he entered the industrial real estate business with Penta Pacific Properties and later forming the partnership of Crookall Shirley & Co. Kim always enjoyed the process of "negotiating a deal" and mentoring others new to the business. His passion for designing office & industrial buildings carried over into building & remodeling several family residences. Kim was a devoted husband to his wife, Diann, of 51 years and was a great father to his son, Brett and his daughter, April. Family was a priority with Kim and being able to have dinners, vacations and be at his grandchildren's sports events gave him happiness. His list of many likes were: UCLA football, ruby, cooking, making & eating cookies, golf, scuba, sailing, snow skiing, fishing, dove hunting, reading, practice naps and turning off his cell phone. In the past few years he had checked off things off his bucket list such as heli-skiing in the Canadian Rockies, a month long African safari, scuba diving in Tahiti, Alaskan & European cruises, and extensive trips to France, Italy & Sicily. He is survived by his wif, Diann, son Brett (Britta), daughter April Daems (Mike), brother Ron (Glendora, CA) and his sister Jan (Mapleton, Or), grandchildren Jake & Natalie Shirley and Tyler & Piper Daems, and many other extended family members and dear friends. There will be no service at this time due to COVID situation but a celebration of life party will be held TBD next year. Condolence messages can be made through


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John Willahan

November 12, 2020

Uncle Kim was a part of my earliest memories, my youngest Uncle, and the only one I ever knew as a bachelor. I remember him and various college or Air Force buddies coming by the house--wild, joking guys in their 20s. His musical tastes were the earliest music of my childhood, as he was always leaving 45s and albums with us and he gave my sister her first wi-fi player. I can hear him teasing Gramma, my Mom, us kids, with his kind of wry, playful sense of humor. The wedding of Uncle Kim and Aunt Diann was also one of the notable events of our Shirley family.
One of the main impacts he had on my life came from his love of rugby. Perhaps because of the joy in the way he talked about it or maybe the way he seemed sure it was the sport for me, from an early age I wanted to play rugby.
In looking back 40 years I can directly trace the vast majority of my adventures, world travels, friends, and even my two awesome, loving daughters to having played rugby for many years; and I owe an immeasurable debt to my Uncle Kim for steering me to the sport. I did thank him for the actual game, a couple of years ago when he came out to Catalina and saw me play in an “old boys” tournament, but never got to all of the other parts of what that game brought to my life.
I’m grateful I got to visit for a few days after the tournament. We had some really great talks when I was down in Laguna, about life and how he had made plans in his life to have the life and adventures he wanted. He talked about how he was happy and felt blessed with his life and his marriage, and family.
Uncle Kim was a great guy, fine man, solid citizen, and hale fellow well met. He was a wonderful Uncle. I loved him and I’m thankful to have had his influence in my life. Eventually we’ll all get to where he is right now, but until then, I’m deeply missing his being here in this world.
All my love and condolences to Aunt Diann, Brett and Britta, April and Mike, Jake, Natalie, Tyler, and Piper.

John & Doris Daems

November 9, 2020

With a heavy heart, Doris and I say good bye to Kim.

Our son had the good fortune to meet April and they were married some 13 years ago and Mike became part of the Shirley family.

We were introduced to the Shirley family and they made us feel a part of their loving family. We enjoyed watching our grandkids at school events and cheering their sports.

We will miss Kim’s smile, his warm greetings and the twinkle in his eye watching the little ones.

Kim, thank you for your service to our country, your love and guidance to your family and your kindness to the Daems Family.

Our love to Diann, Brett, Britta, Jake, Natalie. April, Mike, Tyler and Piper

John &Doris Daems

Dick Acker

November 6, 2020

Kim Shirley - we were fraternity brothers, roommates, rugby teammates and fellow military aviators. We shared many adventures. May his memory be a blessing.

Judy Bonilla

November 6, 2020

Growing up in the same Glendora neighborhood with Kim and Diann and their families was very special to me and Diann and I have remained friends all these years. I was so sad to hear of Kim's passing. His bucket list was long and full of wonderful adventures. What great memories. Consider this a big hug from me and Mom. Hopefully we can get together soon and make some more memories. Love, Judy

Brett Shirley

November 5, 2020

My Dad loved the idea of a cowboy. He named me after one. Being outside in nature, hard work, adventure, wildlife. I think those ideals drove him in many ways. Work hard so you can play hard. My Dad was always there for me. Even though I went away a lot (Australia in H.S., Colorado for college, Los Angeles to live and raise my family) I always could count on his help or advice. I didn't always take his advice but that was ok. He raised me to be my own man, and he respected me. The memories I will cherish of me and Dad will be of trout fishing and dove hunting. Learning to scuba dive, but most of all skiing. It was a passion of his and one we both share. He took us on so many amazing ski trips all over the US. The most memorable of all the trips is the one we took in 2015 to the Canadian Rockies. Heli-skiing. Bucket list. A bucket list for both of us that I shared with my Dad.

Love and miss you Dad!
Your son,

April Daems

November 4, 2020

Marty Stradtman

November 4, 2020

Kim was a Fraternity Brother, best man at our wedding , and all around "Good Guy"

He is now free to ski the endless mountain slopes of the universe, and sail the boundless waves of the seas.

Fare The Well my Brother, until we meet again.


Bob Gosney

November 3, 2020

Kim was a fraternity brother at UCLA. We were pledge brothers. He was very dedicated to our House. We often kidded him about his penchant to be known as “a class guy.” Actually, he was exactly that. I left Phi Psi for the Marine Corps one year before Kim did. His obituary mentioned that he, like me, was a Vietnam Veteran.
That makes me like and respect him even more than before. Kim was definitely a great guy. I have no doubt that his wife, kids, and other family members are very proud of him. Rest In Peace, Old Friend.

Rey Carr

November 3, 2020

I was sorry to learn of Kim's passing, and I want to express my condolences to his family. I knew Kim when he was a Phi Psi, and he was an outstanding leader and fraternity brother. I graduated a couple of years ahead of him and lost track when I moved to Canada. I was delighted to learn that his middle name was Roscoe, which for some reason, I didn't know during our time at UCLA. I'm glad he got so much time to live after his cancer diagnosis, and knowing his disposition I'm sure the love of his family and friends helped through that. Blessings to you Kim.

April Daems

November 3, 2020