Simeon E. "Pappy" Dyke of Thousand Oaks, water-well driller to the stars, died Monday at Columbia Los Robles Hospital. He was 82.
Born on Jan. 10, 1915, in Harmon, Okla., he moved to Thousand Oaks in 1941, where he opened a water-well drilling company. He soon earned a reputation for being a generous man, making work for those who needed a job.
Dyke located water for many of the area's ranches, farms and homes, including those owned by such celebrities as Ronald Reagan, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Carol Channing, Alan Ladd and Bobby Vinton.
"I thought he was one of the most exceptional people I've ever met," said Tina Carlson, chairwoman of the Conejo Valley Oral History Project. "He was genuine. He was good. He loved people--you could tell that."