Update regarding the DOJ Statement of Interest in the PIN Case.

Posted by Communications on Feb 16, 2024 10:16:19 PM

Katie Johnson NAR's General Council shared an update today regarding the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Statement of Interest in the ongoing lawsuit, Nosalek v. MLS PIN, which scrutinizes the practice of cooperative compensation between listing and buyer brokers.

MLS PIN, not fully owned by REALTOR® associations and not bound by NAR's guidelines, mandates that listing brokers offer compensation to buyer brokers. The DOJ challenges this tradition, suggesting that listing brokers and sellers should not offer compensation to buyer brokers, aiming to change longstanding practices in real estate transactions in the U.S.

Johnson argues that the DOJ's stance could harm consumers by making it more expensive for buyers to obtain representation and limit access to housing, noting the DOJ's lack of new analysis to back its claims. She emphasizes that such DOJ interventions overlook the potential negative impacts on homebuyers, including those buying for the first time or belonging to minority groups, and could disrupt the housing market.

Despite these challenges, NAR remains committed to defending free market competition and ensuring fair home ownership access. Johnson urges members to fully understand the DOJ's position, highlighting its implications for cooperative compensation practices and the broader real estate market. She asserts NAR's dedication to navigating these issues, aiming for outcomes that support property owners and real estate professionals across America.

Hee entire update may be found on the Realtor Hub Here.

Read the DOJ,'s Statement of Interest Here

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Nominate Candidates for the 2023 REALTOR®, Service Awards

Posted by Kevin McElroy on Jan 5, 2024 4:10:08 PM

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Call for Nominations!!!

Do you know a fantastic PSAR volunteer who deserves recognition? Now is the time to get them the recognition they deserve.

     Nomination Form     

Nominations must be received by Friday, February 2nd, 5:00 pm.

PSAR shall recognize a

REALTOR® Of the Year is recognized for outstanding loyalty and devotion to the advancement and success of the Association and the Real Estate Profession through volunteerism and advocacy.

Broker Of the Year is honored for their exceptional leadership in the brokerage industry, and devotion to the advancement of the Association and the Real Estate Profession.

Affiliate Of the Year is recognized for loyalty and devotion to the advancement of the Association and the Real Estate Profession through PSAR programming.

PSAR Friend of the Industry Award.  This award is given to a non-Realtor.  It could be an Affiliate, it could be an elected official, or another non-member.  This special award may or may not be given out every year.  This award is given to someone who has made considerable contributions in service to the industry over many years.
PSAR Distinguished Service Award. The ultimate recognition for the dedicated PSAR REALTOR® who has always set themselves apart as a leader. REALTORS® who receive the award have shown exceptionally meritorious service to PSAR for at least 10 years and have been recognized as local leaders whose performance and involvement in political, educational, and community activities have been extraordinary.  This award will not be granted yearly because the bar is set that high.
The Recognition Committee will accept all nominations from the public, PSAR Members, and or PSAR Staff. The names of individuals making nominations will remain confidential. The number of nominations shall not create an advantage for nominees.  Award winners may NOT be the sitting President of the Association and may NOT be past recipients of the specific award won.

The Recognition Committee will consist of The past recipients of REALTOR® of the Year, the Broker Manager of the Year and Affiliate of the Year, the Affiliate Director, members of the Association Council, the Chair of Professional Standards, and the Chair of the Grievance Committee. 

Save the date! Winners will be announced at the REAL Awards on March 1st, 2024 at the Sycuan Casino Resort. At least one runner-up will be announced.


Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS

PSAR's Mission is to empower Real Estate Professionals

Since 1928, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth, and development of the Real Estate industry in San Diego County.

Topics: Announcements, Events, Leadership

Isela Robles-Puentes, REALTOR®, Caffe Tazza owner (1973-2023)

Posted by Rick Griffin on Nov 20, 2023 11:15:03 AM

Isela Robles Puentes

The PSAR family extends its deepest sympathies to the family and close personal friends of Isela Robles-Puentes who passed on Nov. 5. She was 50 years old at the time of her passing..

A PSAR member since 1994, Isela worked in real estate for more than 30 years and served many clients as a realtor for more than 25 years. She started working in a real estate office as an assistant while attending high school. She was affiliated with a number of brokerages throughout her real estate career and assisted many people with their property transactions. Many of her clients considered Isela a favorite member of their family. 

With her entrepreneurial drive, she wore many business hats with a spirit that made her shine. In addition to working in real estate, over the past 15 years she owned and operated Caffe Tazza, a coffee house, deli and wine bar located in the Terra Nova Plaza retail center.  Caffe Tazza has been a favorite venue for many PSAR networking and socializing events, including Young Professional Network (YPN) gatherings. She also fournd the time to become a business partner in a linen rental service company.

Isela (pronounced E-sell-AH) was a Chula Vista native. She attended Robert E. Lee Elementary School in Paradise Hills (the school is now called Lee Elementary), Chula Vista Middle School, Chula Vista High School and and graduated from San Diego State University.

She was a beloved member of the Chula Vista community. Her family described Isela as an amazing mother and wife, a wonderful and loving daughter, a caring and giving sister and inspiring aunt. She was strong, smart, passionate, courageous and generous. She had a beautiful smile and a charming, inspirational, spirit . She went the extra mile in helping many people in their professional and private lives. Her laughter and vivacious personality were infectious.

Isela is survived by husband Caesar Puentes (they shared 18 years together) and a daughter Alexandra, 13, who is known as “Ali”,  her parents, Arturo and Rosa Robles, and two older sisters, Diana and Myrna. She is also missed  by her five nephews and one niece.

A celebration of life mass was held Wednesday morning, Nov. 15th, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, followed by her interment at Glenn Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary in Bonita. Cards and notes may be mailed to Caffe Tazza, 374 East “H” St., Chula Vista, CA., 91910.

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California DRE 2023 Summer Bulletin

Posted by Communications on Sep 18, 2023 2:04:07 PM


Check out the DRE 2o23 Summer Bulletin and gain awareness of the DRE's priorities this quarter. Below are highlights.  Download the PDF for the full update. Take a look at the California DRE Summer Bulletin here.

  • Commissioner’s Update
  • New Pre-License Statutory Course Requirements Coming in 2024
  • Vacant Land Property Scams
  • Originating Nontraditional Mortgage Loan Products
  • Succession Planning
  • Ensure Protection of Trust Funds Collected by Real Estate Brokers
  • What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?  



Douglas R. McCauley

Real Estate Commissioner
Department of Real Estate






PSAR's Mission is to empower Real Estate Professionals

Since 1928, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth, and development of the Real Estate industry in San Diego County.

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Posted by Rick Griffin on Jun 29, 2023 9:26:57 AM


The newest member of the PSAR Government Affairs Committee has been an elected official for the past 22 years.

Mark Robak, a commercial broker with 33 years of experience in real estate, is currently serving as the 2023 Otay Water District (OWD) board president. He has represented OWD’s District 5 (Rancho San Diego, Mount Helix, Jamul, and eastern Chula Vista) for the past 18 years (since January 2005).

Robak recently became a PSAR member and soon thereafter joined the PSAR Government Affairs Committee.

“I believe in giving back, especially if you have the expertise to do something at a high level,” Robak said. “If you work in real estate, it’s important to get involved in your industry. Our committee members earnestly want to influence the government for the benefit of homeowners and property owners. We are dedicated to protecting private property rights.”

In 2015, Robak founded San Diego Commercial Real Estate (SDCRE), a La Mesa firm offering commercial real estate leasing, sales, and advisory services in San Diego County. Previously, he was a senior broker with other commercial brokerage firms.

“I’m impressed with the PSAR dynamic and its dedication to a collaborative atmosphere,” said Robak. “I was previously a member of another association, but I was attracted to PSAR because of its strong name recognition and positive public image in the real estate community.”

Robak was first elected to the Otay Water District (OWD) board in 2004 and was reelected in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020. Robak served as vice president of the board for four years from 2019 through 2022. Robak also previously held positions of treasurer in 2018 and president in 2017.

In addition to serving as the 2023 OWD board president, Robak will serve as the chair of the engineering, operations, and water resources, desalination project, and ad hoc Salt Creek Golf Course lease and property disposition committees.

In addition, he serves as the OWD representative for the California Special District’s Association for the state and county, the OWD and Sweetwater Authority Task Force to develop recycled water opportunities, the San Diego Area Wastewater Management District (Metro Commission), South County Economic Development Corporation, Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), and ACWA-JPIA (Joint Powers Insurance Authority).

He serves as President of the Water Conservation Garden Authority, as well as the President of the Council of Water Utilities.

Robak is the Government Relations Director for the El Cajon Elks Lodge and serves on the government affairs committee of the East County Chamber of Commerce.

He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from San Diego State University. Robak also has been active in other community organizations as a volunteer, having served on the San Diego-Imperial Council of the Boys Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Lions Club, and other local charitable organizations.

The five-member Otay Water District Board of Directors is the governing body of the District and is responsible for setting rates for service, taxes, policies, and ordinances, adopting the annual budget, and other matters related to the management and operation of the water agency. Each director is elected by voters within one of five divisions to represent the public’s interest on the board. Directors serve four-year terms in office. Following the vote of officers by the board at its meeting, each of the directors immediately assumed all powers and duties of an officer of the board of directors.

The Otay Water District is a public agency providing water, recycled water, and sewer service to approximately 228,000 customers within approximately 125 square miles of southeastern San Diego County, including the communities of eastern Chula Vista, Bonita, Jamul, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego, unincorporated areas of El Cajon and La Mesa, and eastern Otay Mesa along the international border with Mexico.

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Juanita Mangels Williams, Past President, 1932-2023

Posted by Rick Griffin on Jun 24, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Juanita Mangels Williams

The PSAR family extends its condolences to the family of Juanita Mangels Williams, who was very active for several decades in the East San Diego County Association of REALTORS® (ESDCAR), prior to the 2012 merger with the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS®.

Juanita, a two-time ESDCAR president (1988 and 1995) and recipient of the 1983 Realtor of the Year award passed away from natural causes on Saturday, May 13, 2023. She was 90.

She joined ESDCAR on August 23, 1965. She worked in real estate for about 50 years, including about 45 years as a broker, according to her family.

According to PSAR records, she served on the ESDCAR board of directors from 1980 to 1994. She served as secretary-treasurer in 1985 and 1986.

She also served as a member and chair on numerous ESDCAR committees, including Special Events, Communications, Jurisdiction, Membership-New Member Orientation, Professional Standards, Arbitration, Leadership and Budget & Finance.

Other committees benefiting from Juanita’s participation including Building, Equal Opportunity, Education, Government-Political Affairs, Board of Realtors Political Action Committee and Multiple Listing Service.

She served as chair of the Board Nominating Committee in 1991 and 1992, and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee in 1989.

On a statewide level, she was active with the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) as a C.A.R. Director from 1981 to 1995. She was named a C.A.R. Emeritus member in 1985.

Juanita Lovejoy was born on July 18, 1932, in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Early in her childhood, Juanita and her siblings (two brothers, one sister) and single mother moved to Seeley, Calif., in Imperial Valley. Later, the family settled in the local community of Spring Valley.

Juanita graduated 1951 from Grossmont High School in La Mesa. She married her first husband in 1952 and they raised four children. The family lived in the Casa de Oro neighborhood of Spring Valley.

She held several jobs before joining Vanice Realty Center to begin her real estate sales career, a profession which she loved, her family said.

She also become involved in the Casa de Oro community and became one of the first women members of several community organizations, including the Spring Valley Business Association, Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce and Spring Valley Lions Club. She also served as president of these community organizations.

In an email to PSAR, the family said, “These were all male-dominated clubs at the time. But, our mother was determined to show these men that she was just as worthy to be a productive member of their clubs. She proved that she could sell real estate and help the community with their events and fundraisers.”

Juanita was widely known in the Casa de Oro area and some referred to her as the “Honorary Mayor of Casa de Oro.” She organized the first Casa de Oro Flag Day Parade on June 14, 1970.

Soon thereafter, she recruited the local Santa Sophia Catholic Church to host the two-day Casa de Oro Fall Festival, which continued for many years. She was included in the list of Who’s Who in American Women during the 1970s.

In the 1990s, Juanita continued her involvement with the Spring Valley Lions. In 1992, she was honored with the “Lion of the Year” award. She served as club president in 1995 and 1996. She also served as a district governor. In 1997, Juanita was selected as a Spring Valley Lions Club Fellow, the highest honor a Lions Club can bestow on a member.

In the early 2000s, she began volunteering with the USS Midway Museum on Harbor Drive and eventually became a docent and volunteer at many fundraising celebration events held there. She loved making people smile and be happy with an amazing experience at the nighttime galas, her family said.

The USS Midway Museum honored Juanita as its Retired and Senior Volunteer of the Month in December 2017. Midway officials said Juanita served as a docent and on the outreach and exhibit teams. She oversaw the maintenance of the museum displays and created centerpieces for events held aboard the Midway.

The Volunteer of the Month announcement said: “Juanita stands out as an exemplary volunteer due to her spirit of giving and connection. She is described as compassionate and has a great sense of humor. Perhaps most importantly Juanita brings a general feeling of family and friendliness to the USS Midway.”

Juanita was preceded in death by her first husband, who passed away in 2011. In 1989, she married Mr. Williams, who passed away in 2016. Juanita also was preceded in death by her oldest son, along with two brothers and one sister.  

Survivors include her son’s widow and her three other children and their spouses, along with many great-grandchildren and grandchildren.

For the past two years, Juanita lived with a son, who lives in Chandler, Ariz. She had dementia in her later years.

The family said in a statement, “Juanita never knew a stranger. She was a real go-getter, an extraordinary woman. She was also very patriotic and proud to be an American. She always made sure that our school clothes included red, white, and blue clothing growing up. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends and many who were lucky to have known her. Our family has all agreed on that that she was truly a very special lady.”

A Celebration of Life service has not been scheduled yet, the family said.

PSAR expresses our sincere condolences to the family at this time.

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California Spring DRE Bulletin

Posted by Communications on May 15, 2023 12:12:39 PM

Check out this month's DRE Bulletin and gain awareness of the DRE's priorities this quarter.  Below are highlights. Download the PDF for the full update. Take a look at the California DRE Spring Bulletin here

  • Update from Commissioner Douglas McCauley:  DRE prioritizes equity, fraud, and consumer communication campaign to assist first-time buyers. It also emphasizes how to select an agent and understand mortgages.  
  • Download the 2023 DRE Real Estate Law Book.
  • Living in a Common Interest Development.
  • Helping your client understand an architect's role.
  • Broker Supervision: What is the broker's role?  Broker's obligation to supervise, assign supervisory authority, broker supervision in advertising, and ensure license requirements are met.
  • Updated Rules for Discrimination as a Basis for Discipline.
  • A look inside DRE’s complaint process: Filing a complaint, Complaint review, Formal investigation, and Clear and Convincing Evidence. 
  • PG&E warns of an emerging scam initiative
  • The important role of Enforcement in regulating California’s Real Estate industry
  • Los Angeles County launches Property Owner e-Notification Alert (San Diego Launched Owner Alert last year).



Douglas R. McCauley

Real Estate Commissioner
Department of Real Estate








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Improve your client's tour experience with new Live buyer tours.

Posted by Communications on Mar 27, 2023 3:45:59 PM

What are live buyer tours?
If you use Cloud CMA, then you’re likely already familiar with buyer tours, the reports that build on MLS data to give your buyer clients a better sense of what they’re looking at. In fact, buyer tours have become one of the most popular types of reports in Cloud CMA overall! 

Live buyer tours build on the existing functionality to turn static reports into dynamic ones—with real-time data that you and your buyers can easily read on any device. So you get a new way to show off properties, and your clients get live access to the most relevant information about their favorite listings. 

What can your clients see with live buyer tours? 

Their list of showings, organized by time 
Details like drive time and directions 
Feedback fields that share directly with their agent 
And more! 

Why the change? 
Home shopping and touring habits aren’t what they used to be.  Now, people have pocket computers with them constantly, so they can browse listings, request showings, get directions, whatever they need to do—all from the palm of their hands. 

Paper tours are outdated.  With live buyer tours, your clients have the technology on hand to interact with you and tour property more seamlessly. It’s a subtle contributor to their overall experience; they’ll appreciate the convenience and thoroughness of the information you provide. 

Here is how it works.


Topics: Announcements, CRMLS, Technology, Industry, Paragon

PSAR Celebrates Real Estate Achievements, Leadership (R.E.A.L.)

Posted by Rick Griffin on Mar 24, 2023 6:15:23 PM


It was a night of celebrating “Real Estate” professionals for their “Achievements” and “Leadership.” It was PSAR’s 2023 R.E.A.L. Awards Gala (R.E.A.L. is an acronym for Real Estate, Achievements, and Leadership). The R.E.A.L. Awards honored PSAR’s top-producing agents and brokers who achieved excellence based on units closed or volume production as compared to all other agents based out of San Diego County, according to 2022 CRMLS data.

The gala was held Friday, March 17 at Sycuan Casino and Resort’s Heritage Events Center. More thanLaure and Jason blog 450 PSAR members attended the event which featured cocktails, dinner, dancing, and the presentation of awards to individuals to recognize their industry leadership and success. 

2023 PSAR President Jason Lopez and 2024 PSAR President Laurie Ohnesorgen-MacDonald served as emcees. The national anthem was sung by Katriz Trinidad.

Richard D’Ascoli, PSAR CEO, outlined how this celebration event aligns with PSAR's Mission to Empower Real Estate Professionals, he also introduced elected officials in attendance and industry leaders.

Elected officials: Brian Jones, California State Senator; Jordan Marks, San Diego County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk; Ditas Yamane, City Council Member, City of National City,

Industry Leaders: Chris Hasvold, board chair of California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS).

PSAR members serving as California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) directors. They included Ditas Yamane, Max Zaker, Jason Lopez, Lupe Soto, Laurie Ohnesorgen-MacDonald, Yvonne Cromer, Nikki Coppa, Jeff Campbell, Jan Farley, and Robert Cromer.

PSAR member Anthony Andaya, serving as a director with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

2023 PSAR board of directors: Max Zaker (Immediate Past President), 2023 PSAR President Jason Lopez, 2024 PSAR President Laurie Ohnesorgen-MacDonald, Sam Calvano (2023 secretary-treasurer), Anthony Andaya, Merrie Espina, Camille Bruno, Valerie Gardner, Paula Gonzalez, Dylan Graham, Amy Ruiz, Amber Tannehill, Rafael Perez, Norma Scantlin, and Martha Garcia.

Past PSAR presidents: Pat Russiano, Nikki Coppa, Peter Mendiola, Jeff Campbell, Bob Olivieri, Carey Guthrie, Jan Farley, Robert Cromer, Ditas Yamane, and Max Zaker.

Brian Jones and Max Zaker blogFollowing the introductions, Senator Brian Jones delivered the invocation and presented a proclamation to 2022 PSAR President Max Zaker.

Also recognized were contributors to the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF). RAF advances the goals of the REALTOR® Party. It promotes and advocates for the rights and values of REALTORS®. Every dollar of this fund is used to protect the interests of REALTORS® in government.


Qualifications for a R.E.A.L. Award included the following categories (number of PSAR members who achieved the particular production levels appears in parenthesis):

-- Top 1%, at least 27 sides or $31,779,040 in volume (59); View recipients

-- Top 3%, at least 17 sides or $18,483,537 in volume (83); View recipients

-- Top 5%, at least 13 sides or $13,329,500 in volume (70); View recipients

-- Top 10%, at least 8 sides or $8,075,500 in volume (235). View recipients

All top achievers attending the REAL awards were recognized.
Last year's recipients of Affiliate, Broker/Office Managers, and REALTOR of the Year were called to the stage.  They included Andrea Martino, Mauricio Perez-Vazquez, Bob Olivieri, Jeff Campbell, Amber Tannehill and Charmaine Orcino-Gonzales.

Also at the gala, four PSAR members were presented with Professional of the Year awards. They included: Ditas Yamane, Broker of the Year; Steven Sladek, Realtor of the Year; Michelle Hickin, Affiliate of the Year; Nikki Coppa, Distinguished Realtor Award.


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Nikki Coppa
Nikki Coppa
Distinguished Service Award

Ditas Yamane
Ditas Yamane
Broker of the Year

Michelle Hickin
Michelle Hickin
Affiliate of the Year

Steven Sladek
Steven Sladek
REALTOR of the Year

The R.E.A.L. Awards Committee included Charmaine Orcino-Gonzales, committee chair, as well as 2023 PSAR President Jason Lopez, 2024 PSAR President Laurie Ohnesorgen-MacDonald, Yvonne Cromer, Zoe Khetani, Martha Garcia, Amber Tannehill, Valerie Gardner, Vicki Lisama, Richard D’Ascoli, Sally Valdez and Kevin McElroy.

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The major sponsors of the night included Caliber Home Loans, The Phana Par Group, and the California Regional Multiple Listing Service.

Additional sponsors included: Aftermath Exterminating - Gillz Building Services, Inc. - PSAR YPN - Preferred Inspections - Mac Printing - Big Block Realty - Property ID - South Shore Appraisals - Navy Federal Credit Union - SD Realty Gals - Sam Calvano Home Loans - NixTermite - Old Republic Home Protection - Gardner Insurance Services - San Diego Estates - RanchoTed Hard Money Lending - Edward Jones - Farmers Insurance - Metro South RE Producers - Morrison Inspections - Fidelity National Home Warranty - Ooh La Lash & Beaut - Insight Photos and Elizabeth Ireland Photography.

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Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS



PSAR's mission is to empower Realtors.

Since 1928, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth, and development of the Real Estate industry in San Diego County.


Topics: Announcements, Events, Leadership

Steve Whittington (1947-2023), 2002 Past President

Posted by Rick Griffin on Mar 24, 2023 4:00:00 PM

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The PSAR family is saddened to hear about the recent passing of Steve Whittington, who served as PSAR's East San Diego County Association of REALTORS® president in 2002. He passed away from a respiratory illness on March 8, 2023. He was 76.

Steve was born on Aug. 23, 1947, to Frank and Lorraine Whittington in Dubuque, Iowa. At age 3, the family moved to San Diego.

Steve was married to his wife Patti for 53 years. They both attended the same elementary school. Their friendship continued while attending Hilltop Junior High and Hilltop High School. They were married in 1970, the same year Steve graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in sociology. They raised a son and daughter.

Steve worked for Bank of America for several years before launching his real estate sales career, which began around 1987. In 1991, Steve opened Peerless Properties, a real estate sales office, and Peerless Property Management.

Steve believed in giving back to the community and supporting growth in the real estate industry, which led to his service as PSAR president. During Steve’s tenure as president, his daughter Amy worked part-time at PSAR as a receptionist.

Steve continued working in real estate until his retirement in 2010. During his retirement years, Steve enjoyed golfing, playing poker with close friends, and traveling with Patti.

Steve is survived by his wife Patti Whittington; daughter Amy Whittington; son Brent Whittington and his wife Kimjera Whittington; grandchildren Blake, Kendall, and Braxton; brother Randall Whittington and his wife Peggy Whittington; and sister Susan Whittington.

No memorial services are planned.

PSAR expresses our sincere condolences to the Whittington family at this time.

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