Ralph Shirley

Profile Updated: August 30, 2020
Ralph Shirley
Class of 1968
Residing In: Moorpark, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Lois
Children, Grandchildren: Brian '77, Joellen '79, Bethany '88, Michael '91, grandson Joe '07, granddaughter Olivia '13, grand More…son Fischer '15. grandson Oliver, '17, granddaughter June '19
Occupation: Engineer
Ralph Shirley

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Occupation/Career(s) Details:

Design Engineer John Deere Tractors 32 years
Accident Reconstruction and Fire Investigator for TEST, Inc.

Different places I have lived:

Oklahoma City,
Cuyama, CA
South Pasadena
San Luis Obispo, CA
Stillwater, OK
Waterloo, Iowa
Schwarzenbach, Germany
Moorpark, CA

Family history living in South Pasadena:

Grandfather, Floyd Mushrush born 1895 grew up in Pasadena, moved to South Pasadena in the 40's. His father was a gold prospector in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Mother, Ruth Mushrush Shirley born '24, graduated from Marengo, SPHS, UCLA. Lived in South Pasadena most of her life until they moved to Idyllwild, CA in 1992. Passed away in 2013.

Brother Dwight class of '70 lives in Santee

Brother Keith class of '74 lives in Idyllwild

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

High School, ran track and cross country

Now....
Patroling Santa Monica Mountains for National parks and State parks on a Mountain Bike.


Teaching 4 and 5 year olds in Sunday School. Fun stuff!

Milestones & Epiphanies:

Mr. Gruhen taught Chemistry and Mr. Reebee taught Physics. Between the two classes it changed the way I viewed life.

I consider the Periodic Table of the Elements to be "God's love letter to me." It says, "See all this organization and all the right stuff in just the right quantities to make all you see, including life possible. It tells me, God exists and if he went to the trouble to show you then you know he loves you to."

Physics gives the most basic way of understanding how things around us move, and why. It allows you to see ordinary life as a set of equations. Wow! Powerful stuff.

What's happening in my life now:

Trying to retire, but I keep forgetting to say NO. Still working some as an engineer doing Accidnet Reconstruction; mostly agricultural accidents.

I say, when people have accidents, they tell their "stories" but the sheet metal tells the truth. I read the sheet metal. The name of my company is TEST, Inc. It is an acronym for "The Evidence Speaks Truth." I wanted to call it Physical Evidence Speaks Truth, but PEST just wasn't the right acronym.

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

Fourty Chances by Howard Buffet

Enough -Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. by Roger Thurow, Scott Kilman

Energy, Myth and Reality by Vaclav Smil

Additional Comments:

2013 my wife and I went to a school/orphanage in Uganda. It was for kids who had been abducted by Coney. It was amazing to see what the Love of Christ poured out on these kids who had been through so much could do to help them feel forgiven, valuable and loved. It was a life changing experience.

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