Ingall William Bull
Ingall William Bull
  • July 27, 1927 - December 28, 2017
  • San Francisco, California

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Our beloved father Ingall William Bull, Jr., who delighted that his birthday, July 27, 1927, was a palindrome, died December 28, 2017, at the age of 90.

His early childhood as a fifth-generation Angelino was spent on Van Ness Street in the Larchmont neighborhood of Los Angeles. His mother was born in the family home, the Sepulveda House, now a historical landmark on Olvera Street in the heart of Los Angeles. He adored his parents Lillian Jeffries Bull and Ingall William Bull, Sr, his sister Louise, and his extended neighborhood family. The children of the children he played with in childhood became the close friends of his own children. Tradition was important to him.

Ingall attended St John’s Military Academy, Loyola High School, Loyola University, and Stanford University and Law School.

In July of 1945, he enlisted in the United States Navy, was discharged in August of 1946 as Storekeeper Third Class, became an ensign in the US Naval Reserve in 1948, was in the active reserve unit at Chavez Ravine, Los Angeles, 1951 to 1957, when he retired as Lieutenant, JG.

At the age of 23, Ingall started a distinguished career as a trial attorney, which culminated in his becoming the head of the same firm in which he started in 1950. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Attorneys, where he documented decades of life and events through his passion for photography.

For us kids, it was great fun visiting him in his office, surrounded by “evidence,” such as parachutes that allegedly didn’t open, and was a thrill to see him in action in court. It amazed us that little seemed to ruffle him when it came to the law. After six decades of service trying cases, Ingall retired from the law in 2010.

Ingall married two smart, beautiful women with whom he had four children. He worked tirelessly for family, friends, clients, and the underserved, as seen in the volume of pro bono work that he took on for those in need; his many pro bono legal activities such as in the Superior Court Judge Pro Tem program and as Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association; his decades-long ushering at Holy Family Church; and his flipping pancakes for the Kiwanis Club.

In the High Jinks, in which legal professionals lampoon each other in hilarious skits, Ingall played the amateur actor well. He was the life of any party; at parties, dozens of friends invariably approached us kids to confide that our father was the best person on earth, which we indeed already knew. Our fun-loving, gentle, good-natured, and forgiving father cared deeply for all living creatures.

A lover of history, especially the stories of his own family through the generations, he combed the archives in Bergen, Norway, and poured over the microfiche at the Mormon Family History Center in Tucson for information on his Norwegian and Mexican heritage, culminating in his visiting the church in Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico where his great, great, great, great, great grandparents were wed. Ingall loved to travel and explored many countries of the world.

After experiencing a mild stroke in the summer of 2015, he chose to live with his children until his death from pneumonia at the age of 90, surrounded by his children and their spouses. He was beloved by family, friends, and colleagues the entire 90 years. He had a blessed life.

Ingall is survived by his four children and their spouses, Richard and Karen Bull, Hannah-Leigh Bull, Mary Bull and Robert Krebsbach, and Ingall William Bull, III and Galen Gruman; grandson Kyle and granddaughter-in-law Candice Bull; and his first great grandchild, Clayton Bull, born in 2017 to Kyle and Candice.

Holy Family Church, at 1527 Fremont Ave in South Pasadena, will celebrate the Mass for him on Friday January 19, 2018, at 11:15 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Los Angeles Catholic Worker 632 N. Brittania St. Los Angeles, CA 90033