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Locals remember impact Bill Paxton had on the community

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Ojai resident and actor Bill Paxton passed away due to complications from surgery, his family confirmed Feb. 26.
Paxton was known world-wide as an actor and director, with more than 100 credits to his name, including lead roles in the film “Apollo 13” and the television series “Big Love.”
In Ojai, he was known as a kind man with a big heart.
Joan Kemper recalled chatting to Paxton at Westridge Market just a few weeks ago as they both ordered meat from the deli.
Kemper shared with Paxton that she was casting actors for a staged reading to mark Ojai's April 8 centennial in Libbey Park. 
“He said, 'call me, I'll fill in if anyone drops out,” said Kemper.

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