Linual White Jr., a former Lompoc Fire chief who retired in 2009, died Wednesday evening at his Lompoc home following a battle with cancer, the Lompoc Fire Department announced Thursday morning.
White was 62 years old. He served with the Lompoc Fire Department from 2002 to 2009 following 25 years of fire service in his native El Centro. White’s cancer was believed to have been contracted on the job, according to a Lompoc Fire Department spokesman, who declined to elaborate on the specific nature of the cancer "out of respect to the family" and medical privacy laws.
Following his retirement, White remained in Lompoc with his wife, Carol. He died peacefully at his home surrounded by family and friends, Lompoc Fire reported.
In addition to his work with the fire service, White was also elected to the Lompoc Valley Medical Center's board of directors in 2014. It was shortly after his election that he was diagnosed with cancer.
In a post on the Lompoc Valley Medical Center's blog, hospital CEO Jim Raggio praised White's service.
"I have never seen anyone travel his path with such dignity and grace," Raggio wrote of White. "He was a remarkable man and superior board member. He will be missed by all. Our prayers go out to him and his family."
White also served on the Lompoc Library board of trustees and on the executive board of the Lompoc Valley Community Health Organization.
As of Thursday morning, no date had been scheduled for a memorial service.