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The McCoye family — (back) Thurlow and Cora, with their daughters (front, left to right) Barbara, Marilyn and Patrice (Brad Fowler’s mother) — in the late 1920s. Photo Submitted
Suzanne Guldimann, Freelance Reporter
3:31 pm PST January 25, 2016

Thurlow Orrin McCoye had already enjoyed a long and successful career in real estate when he moved to Malibu in 1959. McCoye, born in 1893, is said to have sold the first lot in Playa del Rey, and opened the community’s first grocery store. His daughter Barbara is credited as the first child born in the newly created town. 

For 50 years, McCoye sold real estate in Playa del Rey and Venice, before he purchased more than 100 acres of his own in Latigo Canyon.