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Douglas Bennett

Douglas Bennett

January 1, 1942 - December 20, 2020

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Robert Warner (Bob) Hoffman

Robert Warner (Bob) Hoffman

August 13, 1941 - December 19, 2020

Robert (Bob) Warner Hoffman, 79, of Indian Wells, California passed away after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease complicated by the Coronavirus Saturday, December 19, 2020, in Yucaipa, California.

Robert was born on August 13, 1941, in New Jersey. His parents, Cornelieus (Case) Anton and Mary Elizabeth Hoffman raised him in Newport Beach, California.

He graduated from Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, California in 1959. He attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Archeology in 1963. He loved the outdoors and boating; spending time with family and friends both in California and Nebraska.

He worked for over 45 years in the family business, Crown Prince, Inc. a successful canned seafood company, becoming Chairman in 2002.

Robert was heavily involved with the non-profit organization The Flying Samaritans; serving as President of the Foothill Chapter in California for several years.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty Jo; three daughters, Laura, Dustan, and Tracy; three sons, Gregory, John, and Joseph; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased in death by his sister Diana and brother Anton.

No funeral or memorial services are planned at this time.  

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Jeremy Bulloch

Jeremy Bulloch

February 16, 1945 - December 17, 2020

STAR Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in the iconic original trilogy, has died at the age of 75, it's reported. Bulloch's family say he died following health complications which included Parkinson's.

A statement released tonight reads: "He spent his final days in the wonderful care of staff at St George's Hospital in Tooting, close to the house where he and his wife Maureen had lived together for more than fifty years.

"Maureen and two of his sons, Jamie and Robbie, were with him during his final days."

In addition to his "long and happy life as an actor" the statement said the star was also a "talented footballer and cricketer".

"He also supported a number of charities including Great Ormond Street Hospital, who saved his granddaughter's life," family said.

"He was devoted to his wife, three sons and ten grandchildren, who all love him dearly and will miss him terribly."

Luke Skywalker star Mark Hamill took to Twitter to pay tribute after hearing the news. "Jeremy Bulloch was the quintessential English gentleman," he said. "A fine actor, delightful company & so kind to everyone lucky enough to meet or work with him. [...] I will deeply miss him & am so grateful to have known him."

Billy Dee Williams, best known as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars franchise said: "Today we lost the best bounty hunter in the galaxy - RIP Jeremy Bulloch."

The news was first reported by convention organiser Jason Griffiths and later confirmed by Daniel Logan, who played Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

In a post on Facebook, Mr Griffiths said the actor, who began his career in British adverts in 1958, would be much missed. “It is with huge sadness I can report that we have lost Jeremy Bulloch,” he said. "Jeremy was always quick to joke about me being Welsh and I shall miss him dearly.”

Mr Logan said on Instagram: "It brings me to tears to announce Jeremy Bulloch has passed away. [...] RIP legend. I'll never forget all you've taught me. [...] I'll love you forever - conventions won't be the same without you. [...] May the force be with you always."

Bulloch's first major role came in 1960 TV series Counter-Attack, and he continued to work steadily over the next 30 years, appearing in shows such as Doctor Who, Robin Hood, and The Newcomers.

He first appeared as Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.

He went on to reprise the role in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and in two Star Wars shorts, Return of the Ewok and Bulloch Fett. Bulloch had appeared in more than 100 projects at the time of his death, with roles in James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy.

Fans have taken to Twitter to pay tribute.

One said: "Boba Fett was and still is one of my favorite characters in the whole saga."

"Hearing the passing of Jeremy Bulloch, the actor in the suit that played Boba in the original trilogy, really broke me.

"First Vader, now Boba. I grew up with him and I’m glad to be here to honour him."

Another said: "Mr Bulloch had the amazing ability to remember fans' names for years. [...] I met him with my young son Spencer and years later he sees us and says, 'Hello Spencer, my you’re getting tall'."

Bulloch's death comes three weeks after Prowse, who played the legendary villain in the original Star Wars films, died of coronavirus in November. The Bristol-born star — also road safety superhero The Green Cross Man — had been in a London hospital for two weeks with Covid. He was 85.

Daughter Rachel, 50, said: “He might have looked quite scary but as a person he was a sweet, kind and generous man. [...] He really was a gentle giant. And to us he was our dad.”

 

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Patrick Joseph Murphy

Patrick Joseph Murphy

December 1, 1942 - December 16, 2020

PATRICK JOSEPH MURPHY, born December 1,1942, in San Bernardino, CA, made his sudden, dramatic, yet peaceful transition from a fatal fall on December 16, 2020 in Temecula, CA, with his wife Sandi Kimmel, and his children Mark and Melissa, by his side. He is finally free of his Parkinson's Disease and pain.

Brilliantly creative, ever-twinkling, lover of people, nature and beauty, Patrick devoted these past many years to his unique dimensional art and the way he looked at the world…up close and multi-layered. 

Patrick made friends wherever he went. Children followed him like he was the Pied Piper, dogs lay in wait for his footsteps, and our cat, Toesy, knew he could always get a few extra treats if he purred for Patrick.

Patrick was a magnet for kids. Because of his ever-present, cheery smile and short white beard, he resembled Santa on vacation, and he collected smiles and waves from children of all ages wherever he went. He was also more in touch with his own "inner child" than most adults, and could be seen straightening up stuffed animals in stores, talking to them as he rearranged their accommodations. Of course, he had a few of his own… In fact, Kermit the Frog was his best friend, often saying things Patrick could not.

A creative force of nature, his luminous career as the head of Patrick Murphy Advertising, a successful agency in San Diego, garnered him many industry awards. He wrote, produced and directed more than 500 commercials for financial institutions, high tech companies and medical products. He was responsible for introducing ATMs, WiFi, tympanic thermometers and dozens of other products and services, and gained a reputation for being a new product launch expert.

In addition to his advertising agency, Patrick built a house for his family in Valley Center and began a parallel career as a "gentleman rancher" with 5 acres of more than 500 avocado trees and other fruit trees. His first wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Mark and Melissa, enjoyed their country life.

In Melissa's words: "Nothing I can say can do him justice, but I am going to give you a small snippet of the type of person he was/IS: Sweet, kind, hard-working, ambitious, courageous, so creative that there weren't enough hours in the day to support his creativity, a "bottom line" type of guy, practical, a wonderful father, an adoring grandpa, a loyal friend, a teacher, a coach, a loving husband, a caring son, a problem solver, sensitive, sentimental, street smart, clever, a business man, a chameleon, spiritual, my Santa who made Christmas magical for me every year, a leader, a man who believed in "Refuse Defeat!," a fighter, proponent of justice, patriotic, tough, an artist, entrepreneur, inventor, an idea man, caregiver, a man who believed that nothing was impossible...and for him, nothing was. He loved nature, he was dynamic, stubborn, a dreamer, unbelievably inspirational, believed in rules, but that they didn't apply to him, passionate about whatever he was doing and unstoppable."

Melissa, and her husband Colin, promise to teach their toddler son, Carter, all about his grandpa, using Kermit in creative ways…just like Patrick would have done.

His son, Mark, and his family, wife Reina, and grandchildren, Samantha and Jack, were a source of pride for Patrick. He admired the family for their values, work ethic and hearts.

As Mark recalls, "My father was the greatest man I have ever known. Period. He gave me unconditional love, advice, parenting me to be the best I can become. Anyone who knew my father would agree - he has touched so many lives and has done so much to make this world a better place. "

Patrick grew up in 1940s Las Vegas, just as the town transformed into "Sin City." His memoir explores the experiences of being caught between the powers of "good and evil." He suffered under the Dominican nuns for the same reasons he was accepted by the mafia bosses - namely, his insatiable curiosity and refusal to follow rules. Patrick was completing writing his memoir, "Altar Boy" when he died.

A graduate of Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal Arts), his education included classical training in every discipline from design and color theory, to metal sculpture, life drawing, painting and photography, his greatest love. With a busy freelance career while still in school, Patrick completed his BFA on a scholarship from Disney.

While he used all of his training in his advertising agency, Patrick's art truly blossomed after his 2014 Parkinson's Disease diagnosis. It prompted him to finally embrace his passion for art. He knew if he wanted to be a fine artist, he needed to race the clock. With the support of his gifted cranio-sacral therapist, Lupita Hernandez, and his wonderful neurologists, Dr. Janice Fuentes and Dr. Ricardo Olivo, Patrick's art won awards, graced magazine covers and provided an opportunity to tell his story, "Wake Up Call: How My Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis Turned into Fine Art" to the TEDx Temecula audience. His inspiring talk is available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFqr879TYws (Or simply go to YouTube and type Patrick Murphy Parkinsons to access the video.)

In 2003, Patrick married Sandi Kimmel, a songwriter, recording artist and writer, and their loving partnership was the foundation for, and reflected in, their many creative collaborations including the "HEART WIDE OPEN - Self-Care for Caregivers" handbook, which sold more 80,000 copies, to hospitals, hospices, caregiver support groups and individuals. The book combines their practical and experiential advice coupled with Patrick's beautiful art.

He always loved watching Sandi perform her music to audiences around the country. In fact, after each concert, someone would always say, "I want someone to look at me the way Patrick looks at Sandi…" They loved sharing and supporting each other's creativity, and their 20 years of love spread even more love in the world.

Donations in Patrick's memory are gratefully accepted by the Parkinson's Resource Organization: https://parkinsonsresource.org/ The organization's caregiver support group provided much needed support during a difficult time.

In addition, some of Patrick's unique art is available for sale in the "front room gallery" by appointment only, and online at: https://www.PatrickMurphyFineart.com. A portion of the proceeds of all art sales will be donated to the Parkinson's Resource Organization.

Patrick's special light continues to shine. His life was dedicated to showing us where to look for it…

"Some people say that the stars above are nothing but some light - but I know if I look up I'll see a new star out tonight…" ~ S. Kimmel

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Anne Knight Sutherland Derosa

Anne Knight Sutherland Derosa

October 5, 1932 - December 16, 2020

Anne Knight Sutherland Derosa passed away peacefully at home with her 2 rescue dogs close by on Wed, Dec 16.2020.  Anne led an extraordinary life touching many people along the way. 

Anne went to the University of Southern California School of Commerce where she met her husband of 40 years Ronald Dean Sutherland who preceded her in death in 1996. Later in life, Anne married another gentle soul Ettore " Dick" Derosa, and they shared several years together before his passing in 2012.

Anne accomplished and was involved in many organizations over the years. Out of college, she worked in television; she served as the Director of the Foundation for Retarded Children of the Desert now known as Angel View where she and a few others organized the James Franciscus Celebrity/Pro Tennis Tournament which eventually evolved into the BNP Paribus Open, now the 5th biggest tennis tournament in the world; she was active in the neurological program at the Learning Center in Riverside, Sherman Institute, Laubach Literacy Programs, Women's Auxiliary at Desert Hospital; She was the first woman president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) in Palm Springs, CA.; she was on the first women's athletic board at the University of Southern California; a docent for many years at the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and then later at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. She and Ron, with a few others, started the USC Alumni Group Cardinal and Gold in the Coachella Valley; for many years she also did public relations and fundraising for Riverside County's District Attorney, Grover Trask; in later years she was very involved with the Music Academy of the West in Montecito where she and Dick sponsored many aspiring opera singers and percussionists.

Anne touched so many lives with her vivacious loving personality. She most enjoyed her family and friends, her dogs, USC Trojan football & basketball teams, tennis, watching golf, music, and art.

Anne was very proud of all of her children, Sue Lunt (Chris) of Aurora Colorado, children Brooke, Daniel, Andrew, Matthew, and Lauren; Lori Sutherland of Atherton, CA, children Taryn, Kylie, and Rhys; and Lisa Sutherland of Rancho Mirage, CA, along with her 4 great-grandchildren.

We were so fortunate to have an incredible physician Dr. David Ko who went above and beyond in his empathy and loving care of Anne. We will always be grateful to him and the wonderful hospice team at Charter Hospice; the numerous nurses, LVN's, home health aides, Chaplain Dana, and support people. The staff at Rancho Mirage Health & Rehabilitation Center and Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital; the wonderful caregivers, Maria Ramos & Betty Lua

Fight on mom!!

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Albert Griffiths

Albert Griffiths

January 1, 1946 - December 15, 2020

Albert Griffiths Of The Gladiators Dies At 74

Pioneering reggae singer and musician Albert Griffiths of roots band The Gladiators has died, his former manager, Cabel ‘Jeffrey’ Stephenson, told The Gleaner. Griffiths, who had been ailing for some time, passed away on Wednesday morning at his home in St Elizabeth. Born on New Year’s Day, Griffiths was two weeks shy of his 75th birthday.

“Albert stopped touring about 14 years owing to illness and has been at his home in Aberdeen, where he was being cared for very well,” Stephenson said of the vocalist, who recorded blockbuster hit Hello Carol in the late sixties. “It is sad that an entire era of singers is passing away. The Gladiators were one of the first acts signed to Virgin Records and took their career on an international level.”

Stephenson, who also managed Toots Hibbert, said there were many similarities between the two.

“Those men were totally dedicated to the music [and] left enduring legacies that must be cherished. Albert always said that when he goes on stage, he is there to minister. I am very honoured to have worked among these great men, and they have taught me to be humble,” Stephenson said in tribute.

Griffiths started The Gladiators in 1967 while a session guitarist at Coxsone Dodd’s famous Studio One. He recruited his childhood friends David Webber and Errol Grandison to form the original Gladiators vocal group, and soon after, added Gallimore Sutherland and Clinton Fearon.

According to their bio, during the early 1970s, the Gladiators cut numerous records for various producers, but it was their Studio One recordings such as Bongo Red, Jah Jah Go Before Us, Mr Baldwin, and Roots Natty that became their biggest hits. This success attracted the attention of Britain-based Virgin Records, which gave the group their first major recording contract in 1976. Their debut full-length album for Virgin was Trenchtown Mix Up, followed by Proverbial Reggae (1978).

Notably, at the time, The Gladiators was a full band and also included musicians such as Sly Dunbar on drums. Lloyd Parks on bass, Uziah “Sticky” Thompson on percussion, Ansel Collins on keyboards, and Earl ‘Wire’ Lindo on synthesizer. Errol Thompson and Joe Gibbs were their engineer and mixer. Relentless touring throughout Europe, the United States, South America, and the Pacific made The Gladiators a top draw.

Booking agent and producer Michel Jovanovic of Mediaone, based in France, told The Gleaner that he has worked with Albert Griffiths and The Gladiators — which at one point also included his sons Anthony and Al — since 1997. Jovanovic remembered Griffiths as a great artiste who gave everything on his shows whether he was performing for 45,000 people or 400.

“It’s very sad. Albert had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and he stopped touring entirely, but before that, there were several tours throughout Europe, the US, and Australia, where his music was in demand. His last tour was in 2006, and it was always a really great moment when Albert was on stage. He was a great artiste and a good man,” Jovanovic said.

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Albert "Lee" Hoover

Albert "Lee" Hoover

December 15, 1928 - December 13, 2020

Albert “Lee” Hoover, of Fossil, Oregon passed away on December 13, 2020, at the age of 91. Lee was born in Fossil on December 15, 1928, to the late Thomas Burton and Mary Esma (Gilliam) Hoover.

The Hoover family has been part of the Fossil community for 150 years, arriving in Fossil six years before the establishment of the first post office in town in 1876. Lee spent most of his childhood living in, and later just over the hill from, the now-abandoned mill town of Kinzua outside of Fossil. Lee’s father worked in Kinzua as the postmaster and his mother taught school there before taking over postmaster duties upon his father’s death. Lee worked many jobs as a young man in the former mill town, including delivering ice door-to-door from a horse-drawn wagon, driving the school bus, and later working in the sawmill.

Lee and his future wife, Patsy Ruth Woods, met while they both lived in Kinzua. Patsy moved to Kinzua from Cato, Missouri in 1941 with her family. After Patsy completed high school, she and Lee were married in Kinzua on September 18, 1949. For over 71 years, Lee remained the devoted and loving husband of Patsy Ruth. Once married to Patsy, Lee worked in ranching and started his own small logging operation. Lee and Patsy purchased their first ranch along Butte Creek in 1949 where they lived for 9 years before relocating to Fossil. After a few years in town, Lee and Patsy returned to Butte Creek in 1964 when they purchased the ranch where they would remain and raise their family. The Hoover home, which is one of the last remaining “Kinzua Houses,” was moved nearly 10 miles from the former townsite of Kinzua to its present location in the fall of 1980.

Lee was most at home on the Hoover Ranch, where he undoubtedly knew every speck of ground and many of his cows by name. Over the years, he raised a variety of cattle and harvested timber and hay on the ranch. In recognition of his sustainable management of the Hoover Ranch’s forest resources, Lee was named the Outstanding Western Tree Farmer of the Year in 1978 by the American Forest Institute.

Despite the demands of a growing family and a working ranch, Lee found time to serve his local community, including 15 years on the Fossil Administrative School Board and another 12 on the Educational Service District Board of Directors. He also enjoyed many years as an active member of the Fossil United Methodist Church and was even known to give a sermon now and then. Lee’s public service extended to county government. He was elected County Commissioner in 1978. In January of 1982, he was appointed as Wheeler County Judge and was subsequently elected to the post in the fall of 1982 for a six-year term. Lee’s service as County Judge followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, William Wesley Hoover, who was the first elected Wheeler County Judge and who played a major role in construction of the road connecting Fossil to Kinzua to support the newly-opened Kinzua Pine Mills.

Through the years, the Hoover home has been a common and welcoming stopping point for family and friends, who always found an open door, a hot pot of coffee, and, on a good day, a freshly-baked apple pie. Lee particularly enjoyed unexpected visits and conversations with strangers and friends alike. He was a fount of knowledge and a go-to source on topics ranging from animal husbandry and forestry to politics and the law.

Lee was a devoted family man who leaves behind a strong, solid legacy. He relished in his family’s many accomplishments and was a constant presence in their life milestones. In addition to his wife Patsy, Lee is survived by his daughter Susan Anne Humphrey and her husband James, his daughter Debra Ruth Stubblefield and her husband Daniel, his daughter Connie Lee Keith, his son William Wesley Hoover and his wife Cynthia, and his daughter Peggy Jo Logan and her husband Bryce; as well as 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild - with more on the way! Lee was predeceased by his son, Leslie Lee Hoover, and his grandson, Joshua Everett Logan.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23rd at the Fossil United Methodist Church, 1004 Main Street, Fossil, Oregon 97830. Following current Covid guidelines, face masks and social distancing will be in place.

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Daniel James McGuire

Daniel James McGuire

November 23, 1932 - December 12, 2020

It is with great sadness the family of Daniel James McGuire announces his passing on Saturday, December 12/2020 at Lakeshore Care Centre in Coquitlam BC, at the age of 88 from Covid-19.

Dan is mourned by his large and extended family including his partner June Gallagher, his six children Laureen Barker (Vern Barker), Janet McGuire, Jack McGuire (Paula Wild), Marcia McCafferty (John McCafferty), Tara McGuire (Cam Mollard), Kevin McGuire (Erin Wright) and their mother Yvonne McGuire, his many grandchildren, Lena MacMillan (Duncan MacMillan), Carly McConnachie (Travis McConnachie), Evan McGuire, Molly van Leusden (Derek van Leusden), Patrick McCafferty, Sean McCafferty, and Lyla Mollard, and his great grand children, Jeremy, Blake and Corbin MacMillan, Owen, Clayton and Elliot McConnachie, and Eli, Simon and Nia van Leusden, his siblings, Maureen, Brian (Carol), Jack (Daphne), Sheila (Neil), Larry (Shirley), and Mike (Nancy). Dan was pre-deceased by his grandson Holden, his brother Patrick and many other dear family members and friends.

Dan was born November 23,1932 in Radville, Saskatchewan to Janet (neé Cowden) and Ernest McGuire. The oldest child of a large and busy family of eight children, Dan was a promising student and athlete. He attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he became a mechanical engineer. During this time he met Yvonne (neé Box) and they were married in 1955. His career took the McGuires and their growing family to many parts of Canada including stops in Toronto where he worked for De Havilland, Edmonton and finally to Vancouver where they settled in Port Moody and their family grew to include six children.

The largest part of Dan's career was spent with BC Gas where he took on many challenges locally as the Manager of the Plant and Measurement Department and internationally as a member of the International Gas Union.

Dan enjoyed travelling, winemaking, photography, classical music, running marathons and cross country skiing but it was in long distance cycling that he found his true passion. As a founding member of the Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society and the BC Randonneurs Cycling Club he completed many long and arduous rides including the famous 1,200 km Paris-Brest-Paris ride on three separate occasions. Through cycling he met June Gallagher, they became partners in 1990 and the two were inseparable from then on. In 2014 at the age of 81, as his Parkinsons Disease became more of a hindrance Dan completed a 10,000 km circumnavigation of Canada's farthest corners. Dan was happiest on his bike.

A celebration of Dan's extraordinary life will be held virtually on January 23. Details to follow.

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Lawrence "Larry" Raphael Freedman

Lawrence "Larry" Raphael Freedman

December 1, 1927 - December 12, 2020

Dr. Lawrence "Larry" Raphael Freedman, M.D. died in his sleep on December 12, 2020 in Los Angeles. He was 93 years old and had been in declining health due to Parkinson's disease. Larry was born in the Bronx, New York, the only child of Hanna and Hyman Freedman. Larry's family moved to New Haven, Connecticut when he was in middle school. After graduating from Yale University at age 18, Larry earned his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine where he was chief resident in Internal Medicine, and then professor of medicine. During a leave of absence from Yale in the early '60s, he served as chief of medicine of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, a research and medical center supported jointly by the American Academy of Sciences and Yale University Medical School. In 1973, Larry was invited to serve as professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Lausanne and the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Switzerland. He returned to the United States in 1980 after being appointed professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Veteran's Administration Wadsworth Medical Center, University of California at Los Angeles. Larry was a life-long and passionate researcher, who published extensively on infectious diseases and was a pioneer in discovering the cause of endocarditis, an infection of the heart valve. In addition to his passion for medicine and research, he loved classical music and opera and played the piano throughout his life. Larry also loved hiking and cross-country skiing, especially in the Engadin region of Switzerland.Larry leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Rina Stahl Freedman, and his loving children Julia and Leora (Anthony Press) and grandchildren Anna and Jeremy Press.In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Larry's memory to an organization of your choice that works to save the planet and combat climate change.

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Douglas A. York

Douglas A. York

June 1, 1940 - December 8, 2020

Indio - Douglas A. York (age 80 years) died at home in Indio, California on December 8, 2020. He had battled Multiple Systems Atrophy and related health issues for over 25 years. At his passing, he was surrounded by his wife, daughter, and daughter-in-law. As his spirit left this world, any fear of death, was replaced with joy and he comforted his girls with his infamous side-assed grin.

Douglas was born on June 5, 1940 in Centralia, Illinois to Harry and Violet (Johnstone) York. In 1947, he moved with his family to the Coachella Valley. Stories of his younger days included working the fields of various ranches, collecting bottles for ice cream money, adventures with Jack the family mule, and epic battles with his sister. He was a 1957 graduate of Coachella Valley Union High School. In the fall of 1957, he attended college in San Diego, but returned home during his first semester after the sudden death of his father. He married Linda McIntosh on September 13, 1958.

In 1958, Doug began his career in general contracting with the firm of Meredith & Simpson Construction Company, engaged in commercial and industrial construction. Under Bob Simpson's mentorship Doug excelled and became partner in the firm in 1968. In 1983, Doug became sole owner of Meredith & Simpson Construction Company and Pressure Cool Co. The construction experience included the building of packing and pre-cooling plants for fruits and vegetables, commercial buildings, custom homes, public schools, motels and hotels, supermarkets and shopping centers, warehouses, churches, service stations and bulk plant facilities. However, Doug received the most satisfaction from helping farmers bring their product to market, especially in third world countries. He was involved with several non-profit groups that provided international development of third-world nations. The concepts and equipment that Pressure Cool Co developed have been applied and emulated throughout the world. Doug traveled and lectured world-wide to promote education, research, development, design and fabrication of pre-cooling and cold storage plants and the highly specialized equipment used in the postharvest cooling and storage of fresh fruits, vegetables and flower stock. He most enjoyed the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Egypt, India, Morocco, Holland, Brazil, Russia, Turkey, Croatia, and Armenia.

He was a mentor to his employees, his community, and globally.

Doug's commitment to community service to the City of Indio and the Coachella Valley included serving as President of the Indio Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson of the Historic Mural Committee, County of Riverside Parks Advisory Commission (1974-1992), Eisenhower Medical Center Board of Trustees, Valley Sanitary District Board, Board of Directors Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center, and President of Coachella Valley Historical Society. He worked to ensure the success of the Tamale Festival, Southwest Arts Festival, and Coachella Valley Historical Museum. Doug received Recognition from the State of California for efforts to preserve and restore the 1909 Schoolhouse and decades of service to the City of Indio and the Coachella Valley. The City of Indio established the Doug York Plaza to recognize his generous commitment and service. The Coachella Valley Historical Museum dedicated the 1909 School House in his name.

He enjoyed exploring the desert in his jeep, hiking and camping with his family, Western art, and wood carving. He was a talented Kachina carver. He loved hosting canoe trips down the Colorado River and adventures with the Posse. For many years, he was an enthusiastic co-driver for his son's race team, Day Racing.

So much joy and beautiful memories came from the huge effort he always put into delighting others! Doug was always the perfect example of "work hard and enjoy all that life has to offer". He put a crazy amount of work into racing, his business, the bird center, etc. He could go from exhausted, dirty, sweaty one hour to wearing a suit and tie to attend a special dinner the next hour to celebrate someone's achievements. Many learned from Doug that happiness can come from making and seeing other people happy. And probably the most important lesson, there is always room for dessert.

Doug is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Linda and his sister Doris (Jack) Morey. He is also survived by his daughter Deborah York-Eby, Daughter-in-Law Lorraine York, Grandchildren Deanna (Brian) Stevenson, Danae (Zach) Knight, Deidre (Sam) Morrison, John Douglas Eby, and Samantha Eby, Great-grandchildren Emily Stevenson, Rust Knight, Rowyn Knight, and Bailey Morrison, Niece Becky (Steve) Manning, Nephews: Ricky (Pam) Welte, and Paul (Staci) Welte, numerous great nieces and nephews, Life Long Friends Carl and Grete Cox, and Posse Members Bruce and Dolores Clark and Jim and Ginger Engle, and dear friends Ron and Norma Hare. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Violet York, beloved son Darren York and great niece Crystal Cooper-Espinoza.

Appreciation is extended to the caregivers of the Palms in La Quinta for caring for Doug for two and a half years. The family also wishes to give their heartfelt thanks to Bristol Hospice and Amore Home Care for providing exceptional care as Doug completed his journey.

Cremation has taken place under the care of Fitzehenry-Weifel Funeral Home. At Doug's request, no services will be held.

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Parkinson's Resource Organization
74785 Highway 111
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Indian Wells, CA 92210

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Updated: August 16, 2017