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Robert James Cayton, Sr.

Robert James Cayton, Sr.[1, 2]

Male 1915 - 2003  (88 years)

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  • Name Robert James Cayton  [1
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 15 Apr 1915  Honolulu, HI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 5001 
    Died 23 May 2003  Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I5001  aojd
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2011 

    Children 
     1. Robert J Cayton
     2. Christi "Kiki" Cayton
     3. John H Cayton
     4. Lori J Cayton
    Family ID F1770  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Robert James Cayton, Sr. (Jim) set sail on the final cruise of his life at mid-day Saturday, May 23, 2003, embarking from St. John's Hospital after heart failure. An avid cruiser, together Jim and Lucille had made over 150 voyages visiting over 200 countries in their 59 years of marriage. Jim's first cruise was April 21, 1915, one week after he was born in Honolulu and sailed back to his home on the big island of Hawaii. Later, Jim moved back to Honolulu where grew up as the quintessential island boy attending Punahou School, surfing with the early wave pioneers, and honing his laid back personality. In 1932, with his first pair of shoes and his duffel bag, Jim attended Stanford University. In 1937, unable to return to Hawaii due to a shipping strike, Jim settled in Los Angeles. While waiting for the shipping strike to end, Jim was invited to invest in a Venetian blind company. With about $1000 in borrowed funds, Jim launched Vogue Venetian Blinds. Jim, being ever curious and a tinkerer, heard about the complaints of Venetian blinds, "They are a pain to clean!". In 1943, while serving as the first President of the Venetian Blind Association of America, he had a conversation with a gentleman who held the patent for a "Vertical Blind". "Ahhh, no dust!", Jim thought to himself. The rest is history. Jim renamed his company Louver Drape and in 1971 he had built a 70,000 square foot factory in Santa Monica. When Jim sold the company in 1981, Louver Drape's facilities included more than ½ million square feet, 700 employees, and over 100 distributors in 100 countries world-wide. Despite this success, Jim maintained his Hawaiian lifestyle playing sand volleyball three days a week well into his seventies. In 1944, Jim married Lucille Ferderber of Chicago. The inseparable couple built not only a successful business, but a family and community of close friends. Jim and Lucille were coaches and scout leaders, active in PTA, and well known at the old Sand and Sea Beach Club. Jim was a devoted father teaching and sharing with his four children everything, from swimming, volleyball and surfing, to his invaluable life lessons of values and wisdom. A very close family, the Caytons worked, played and traveled together. Jim is survived by Lucille and his four children, sons Bob, wife Amy, and John, wife Pam, of Santa Cruz, daughters, Kiki of San Diego, Lori of Madison, WI, and 6 grandchildren, Ami, Meagan, Kelsey, Jhana, Arya and Kelden. Jim was also involved in a wide variety of community activities and humanitarian concerns. Jim is a past president of both the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Santa Monica, and continued to be an active member in both of these organizations. True philanthropists, Jim and Lucille have demonstrated their generosity and compassion by sponsoring scholarships at Stanford University and Santa Monica College, buildings at Santa Monica College and the Desert Rehabilitation Services, the pool at the YMCA of Santa Monica, The Center for Healthy Aging, The Wellness Community of West Los Angeles, The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, the Betty Ford Center and many more. Despite Jim's love of people and playful nature, Jim felt it an unnecessary burden to have a Bon Voyage party for this final cruise. Therefore, there will not be a memorial service. Keeping in spirit of Jim's commitment to helping others, he would like you to offer your donations, in his name to any of his favored charities: The Wellness Community of West Los Angeles, The Center for Healthy Aging, Santa Monica College, the YMCA of Santa Monica, or the Rotary Club of Santa Monica.

      Los Angeles Times Thursday May 29, 2003 [1]

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