In an instant, the house was engulfed in flames, living on in perpetuity on the cover of the Thursday, Dec. 7 issue of the VCReporter. It was the home shared by Dr. Robert Pazen and wife, Wendy, in Ventura.

An optometrist for 55 years, Dr. Pazen had officially retired from Two Trees Optometry on Dec. 1, a mere four days before the fire. Tragedy wasn’t over, however, for the Pazen family. Dr. Robert Pazen passed away on Jan. 25, 2018, at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, survived by his wife of 39 years, Wendy, and their three sons, Rick Pazen, Clint Garman and Travis Garman, and multiple grandchildren.

Dr. Pazen’s obituary, appearing in the VCStar, noted that he would be remembered as a “great man who loved his wife, his children, his extended family, his friends and everyone he came across.” While the image of his home on the cover of the VCReporter will be a reminder of the tragedy, Pazen the man will be remembered fondly, in spite of the untimely events.

Attempts to reach the Pazen family were not returned by deadline.