Punky was born in the city of Bell in Los Angeles County California on August 18th, 1939. Oren was the second son of Jack and Sue Langston. Oren was given the nickname of “pumpkin” by his maternal grandfather. Over time the name was changed to Punky and it became his lifelong nickname.
Punky began playing baseball at a young age and played the game as a catcher through high school, the navy and was playing in a semi-pro league in his early twenties. Growing up Punky worked many jobs to help support his family. During high school he would load delivery trucks at 4:00 am before school and work at a local gas station after school.
Punky met Carol Workman while attending Huntington Park High School. Punky graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1957. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy for 2 years. Punky first began piloting small boats in the Navy ferrying sailors back and forth to the ships and the docks. While he was stationed in Long Beach he married Carol on April 18th, 1959.
His first son Don was born in 1960. His second son Dave was born in 1963. The family moved to Westminster in 1963 buying their first home and then moved to Huntington Beach.
After leaving the navy he got a job with Sears. Eventually he became an appliance repairman. Punky attended L.A. Trade Tech College and got his first job was with Kinney Air Conditioning in 1963. He completed the apprenticeship program with UA local # 250 in 1968. Punky got his contractor’s license in 1971. Taking out a home equity loan of $ 5,000 and borrowing $ 5,000 from Carol’s parents started Aire Rite Air Conditioning & Refrigeration on February 5th, 1972. No matter how small or how big Aire Rite has been over the past 43 years Punky always cared deeply for each and every one of his employees. Punky was still active in the company as the CEO. He had turned over the day to day operations of the business to his two sons and was enjoying the fruits of his many decades of hard work.
Punky was also a big fan and season ticket holder of the Anaheim Angels. He waited in line to purchase season tickets when the Angels signed Bobby Grich in 1977. Attending the home opener became a tradition with his sons for many decades. Being able to attend game 7 of the World Series in 2002 with Carol, Don and Dave and witness the Angel’s win was a special treat.
His biggest love outside of his family was deep sea fishing. He was a proud member of the Tuna Club of Avalon, Balboa Angling Club and Harbour Rod and Reel Club. Supporting the White Sea Bass projects and other marine research projects were just some of the ways he gave back to the local fishing community. The camaraderie he shared with the members of Tuna Club and other friends within the sport fishing community was very important to him. He loved to fish!
Punky is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol, his sons, Don and his wife Karen and their two children, Megan and Ryan and Dave and his wife Deanna and their two children Allison and Alex. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandson Andrew.
He touched the lives of hundreds of people and will be greatly missed.