CalARVC Dep. Dir. Susanne White Passes Away

Susanne White

Editor’s Note: This information was circulated by the California Association of RV Parks and Campground’s (CalARVC).

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Susanne White after a brief, but tough fight with cancer. She worked for CalARVC for nearly eight amazing years. She was promoted in December 2016 to deputy director. We all feel lucky for having known her and being able to call her our friend.

Susanne began working for CalARVC Aug. 15, 2010. In those short eight years, she left her mark on this industry, from refreshing our office culture to creating California’s unique style of RV Park Days. Susanne was the one who fought to integrate vendors into CalARVC events as an equal partner and valuable resource for the campground operators.

She managed the redesign of both and the newly relaunched She rebuilt CalARVC’s internal database with all the interrelated intricacies the campground industry requires.

Her final coup de grace, was the design and implementation of CalARVC’s recent reservation software event. She rallied some of the toughest competitors in the industry together, along with park operations to design and sponsor the first of its kind, a one-day event showcasing six different reservation software vendors. 

However, while Susanne was very proud of all that she did for CalARVC, she would say that was not what was most important to her; it was the people. It was all the people she met over the past eight years. From board members and their spouses, to park owners, managers and our industry partners located in California and throughout the country. Susanne loved this industry and the friends she made.

Her loss will be felt even more deeply by her family. Below is an excerpt from her brother’s remembrance:

“My big sister, best friend and soulmate Sue passed away this week from her short and fierce battle with cancer Monday May 7 at 11:30 p.m. in Auburn, Calif.

Over the past two months Sue so courageously fought with the strength and fierceness in magnitudes that only Sue could. But she was so much more than that; so, while I don’t want to linger on the past couple months, I do know how important it is for people to know what happened.

Know that I was by her side through the entire fight and when she passed away she was surrounded by her entire family, embraced by so much love and affection that I know it warmed her heart. Though she did leave us just as she lived – on her terms and in her style. She passed while looking me in the eyes, squeezing my hand and with her ever-knowing eyes saying to me “goodbye for now baby brother”.

Sue lived her life always caring and providing everything she had to her beautiful daughters Rae-Anne and Cara. Doing that was her greatest joy in life. She was so proud of the women they became and will continue to be. They are her everything and they are just as wondrous and magical as she was.

Sue was a magical, wise and beautiful woman. In life she had a presence that could be felt from across a crowded room, though in death it is being felt from across the universe. For me I will just say here, for now, that I am who I am today because of her friendship, compassion, guidance and strength. I am so grateful that I had her in my life and that she loved me as deeply as I love her.

Thank you, Sue! I’m so sorry that our journey ended this way and that we lost this battle. I love you and I miss you every moment of every day forever my beautiful friend! You loved me just as I am, and I love you just as you were.

Sue will be cremated as per her wishes and we will be having a celebration of life in her honor. I will let everyone know the timing and location once finalized and any and all will be welcome.

In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations to go to CalARVC with the intent to support the mission that was her passion and help her CalARVC family, that was so dear in her heart, carry that mission forward.

Goodbye for now big sister, until we meet again.”

In addition to her CalARVC family, Susanne leaves behind her two daughters Cara, Rae-Anne and son-in-law Kyle, brothers Seth and Sam, sisters Sondra and Sharon, mother and father Brenda and John, not to mention cousins, nieces, nephews, as well as a cadre of adopted family members that will always consider her family.

A Celebration of Life is being planned. Details will be shared as they become available. A photo album of Susanne has been compiled and posted on CalARVC’s Facebook page

Editor’s Note: Susanne left the CalARVC office quite unexpected and suddenly. She was in the middle of several projects when she became ill. While coping with our own sense of loss, we have been working diligently to make sure Susanne’s projects continue forward. However, as with any hardship there will always be things that fall through the cracks. Please give us a call here at the office for anything you’re needing. 530-885-1624


2 Responses to “CalARVC Dep. Dir. Susanne White Passes Away”

  1. Mary Arlington on May 17th, 2018 9:29 am

    Cancer has dimmed our world once again. Susanne brought energy and joy into every room she ever walked into. My thoughts and prayers are now with her family, friends and colleagues.

  2. Debbie Sipe on May 17th, 2018 12:57 pm

    Thank you Mary. We miss her terribly.

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