March 30, 2017
Tony West passed away on March 30 with his loving wife beside him. Tony embraced life with a certain zeal not found in most. His antics and the love for riding are what drew people to him.
Tony served in the Armed Forces during Vietnam as a Chief Medic. He devoted himself and his staff to saving lives. He was proud to have been able to save so many, but it's the ones that he could not save that took a piece of him with them. When he returned from Vietnam, he started his own successful business repairing and painting vehicles. Between these two ventures in his life, they placed his health in an uneasy turmoil which he refused to let control his life.
He was a proud member of 'American Veterans United,' his local VFW, Patriot Guard and the American Legion, along with founding the riding club known as the 'AVURA.' When fires raged in Kernville last year, he was there to help wherever he could. Although exhausting, he never gave up the fight to help his fellow brothers-in-arms.
He was a true friend, husband and brother for which we will be forever grateful. Thank you GOD for allowing this time with him and please watch over him now. May you ride forever in peace, brother, and know in spirit that you will be truly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Diane, and sister, Dianne Whitney.
A memorial service is to be held at VFW in Lake Isabella on April 29 at 11:00 a.m.