Edward Elton Gripp

December 29, 1930 — November 23, 2023



Edward Elton Gripp, born December 29, 1930 passed into God’s loving arms,Thanksgiving evening, November 23, 2023. He was surrounded by his adoring family and just five weeks shy of his 93rd birthday.

Ed, the oldest of three siblings, was born in Santa Monica California and raised on a small country road, near the top of Topanga Canyon. His father Elton was a sign painter while his mother Marion cared for Ed, his brother Paul and sister Tony.

Edward married his Canoga Park High School sweetheart Claire Daste on his twenty-first birthday. She was quite a beautiful girl of only eighteen years.

Edward served with his brother Paul in the United States Navy during the Korean War on board the USS Sperry, a submarine tender. While anchored in Pearl Harbor and with the blessings of the ship’s captain, Eddie and Paul built a Malibu Outrigger sailboat using materials commandeered from the ship supply room and once finished, sailed to Honolulu. Both suffered severe sunburn and were restricted to sick-bay, onboard the ship for several days after their voyage. Paul still has the sailboat at his Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and Nursery. After the war, Edward finished his college education at California Polytechnical University earning degrees in Landscape Architecture, Plant Pathology and Ornamental Horticulture.

Before becoming an independent, licensed Landscape Architect, Ed worked at UCLA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a self-employed Landscape Architect, Ed designed landscape plans for Northridge Hospital, Tarzana Medical Center and California Lutheran University as well as a wide range of commercial and residential projects throughout California and beyond. Ed and Claire designed and built homes for themselves in Malibu, Carmel, Channel Islands Marina and Westlake Village. Ed twice designed office buildings in Agoura Hills which earned City Beautification Awards in 1993 and 1996.

Ed’s business accomplishments pale in comparison to his genuine love for his fellow man although those same attributes help to explain his tremendous business success. Ed was a giver. He gave of himself his time, knowledge and energy, especially for his children, friends and his extended family. Few men I’ve known have given more generously than Edward Elton Gripp.

Ed loved the great outdoors. He was an avid surfer, beginning in his twenties and continuing until age sixty-six. He loved sailing around the Channel Islands in his twenty-two foot Catalina sailboat. He enjoyed hiking and was familiar with both the common and scientific names of hundreds of indigenous plants, growing in the Santa Monica Mountains. He loved to paint and he enjoyed capturing nature’s beauty in his numerous landscape paintings.

While those of us remaining here on Earth will miss Ed dearly, heaven will rejoice in a new leader, a man who loves completely and unabashedly so.

Edward is survived by his sons Eric and Brett, his daughters Roxanne and Ellen, daughter-in-law Lisa Gripp, son-in-laws Rick MacLeod and Jack Skene as well as nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one great grandson, on the way.

Ed’s private memorial service is scheduled for December 22nd at the Malibu home of Roxanne and Jack Skene. His ashes will be spread in the French Rose Garden he designed and will accompany forever the ashes of his beloved wife Claire whose ashes were spread there only one month earlier. Ed was a great man and will be loved and never forgotten by those who knew him.