Sann Woolley King

Sann Woolley King

February 08, 1954 - July 13, 2012

Sann Woolley King

February 08, 1954 - July 13, 2012


Sann Woolley King of Portland, Oregon and Laguna Beach, California, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2012 while traveling home through Laguna Canyon.

Sann beat Cancer, her greatest nemesis, twice. She had been declared disease free by her doctors just a couple of months before her passing, after having been diagnosed with a return of the breast cancer she first defeated 14 years before. After recovering the faculties stolen in August by a brain tumor, Sann was blessed with six glorious months to devote to her two boys, her brand new grandson (born in December), and her family and her friends, before being called home to join her mother, Lucy Calder Woolley and her brother, Burt. She was so happy to be able to know her grandson and to have a chance to thank many of those who helped during her recovery. Sann was a force of nature, and she found great joy in fighting to improve the lives of her family, friends and patients. She was so happy during these last few months, and was really looking forward to returning to her patients.

Sann was born in Provo, Utah, raised in Portland, Oregon, attended Andrew Jackson High School, Brigham Young University and Portland Community College. She was proud of her Hawaiian heritage. She practiced as a Dental Hygienist for 35 years; 26 years in Orange County, most recently 25 years with Dr. Scott Rice in Irvine. Sann never sought the limelight; she strove fiercely to touch and improve the lives of those around her, but her most cherished activity was helping her boys create exceptional lives.

Sann is survived by her father, Clayton Kalaenuimanomano Woolley; her brothers, Cole, Marc and Walt; her sisters, Cyd Woodard and Cill Alles; her sons, Taylor and Parker; her daughter-in-law, Melissa Phillippi King; her grandson, Trevor; her husband of 32 years, Bryan; and a multitude of friends who were as essential to her as breathing. Bryan would ask that you think of Sann fondly when you walk on the beach in Laguna.

Sann was an adamant supporter of Laguna Beach Schools, acted as a class-room volunteer for years at and extolled the virtues of Laguna Beach High School to all who would listen. Both boys attended TOW, Thurston and LBHS. Her oldest son, Taylor, played Varsity Soccer all four years of high school, was a member of the 2002 CIF Championship team, and was Junior Citizen of the Year in 2004. He now attends George Washington Law School, is interning this summer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and intends to return to Laguna upon graduation. Parker is also a graduate of LBHS, was a member of the Breaker’s 2008 League-Champion basketball team; he now attends USC as an Engineering student. Her husband Bryan served on the AYSO Board and volunteered as a referee for many years.

A viewing for family, friends and patients will be held at the Laguna Niguel Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22851 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, CA, on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Services will be on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions in support of Breast Cancer Research and Prevention would be appreciated.

A graveside service is also being planned in Portland at a later date. Details will be posted when available.

Farewell for now, Sann, until we meet again in Christ. We all miss you so much.

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5 responses to Sann Woolley King

  1. Bryan King says:

    10 files added to the tribute wall

  2. Ke Aloha …..Sann, Aloha a hui hou kakou, aloha ‘oe, me ka ‘oia ‘i ‘o, joe and cyndi

    Bryan, Taylor, Melissa, Trevor and Parker………He kehau ho ‘oma ’ema ‘e ke aloha……….”Love is a cleansing dew. The cleansing power of aloha can soothe and heal hurt, pain, and suffering yield to Aloha’s healing power………..

    Aloha kekahi i kekahi………..”love one another”

  3. Great photos of a beautiful lady. Sann has been a great friend that will never be forgotten. Love and Miss You, Rose

  4. She was a great lady, and a wonderful friend. Sann has held many callings in the church, and am grateful for all her talents in them. She showed strength in her trails, an example to us all to carry on with that same strength. Aloha dear Sann.

    With our sincerest condolences, Phil, Angie, & Brandon Laniog

  5. To Sann’s Family,

    I was a patient of Sann’s and knew the great lady that she was. My heart is breaking for you and all those sharing in your grief. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have with Sann. I will miss her and her beautiful spirit.

    ~ Jennifer C.

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