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Jerome Cagen

Jerome Cagen

August 1, 1947 - April 23, 2019

Jerome B Cagen passed away in Palm Desert, CA on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. He fought a courageous battle against Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a prime-of-life neurodegenerative disease.

Jerry, as he was known by family and friends, was also lovingly called the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) by his eldest grandson, Oliver.
Jerry was born on August 1, 1947, in Boise, Idaho to Milton and Ruth (Blecker) Cagen. Growing up, Jerry attended Borah High School, and later graduated from Arizona State University with his Bachelor's degree in Education. It was also at ASU that he met his future wife, Susi Landis. For several years, Jerry and Susi owned The Sunshine Company Sport Shop. He then decided to re-enter the field of education, obtaining his Master's degree in Counseling from the College of Idaho. He was a school counselor, working most of his years at Eagle Academy. Jerry was loved by his students, and when he would run into them, he was often greeted with "Hey Cagen!", which always brought a smile to his face.

Jerry was an avid tennis player, and he loved golf! He spent many happy days with his friends at Warm Springs Golf Course, and later, at The Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, CA. Unfortunately, his PSP curtailed his golfing activities due to his loss of balance and weakened eyesight, but he handled his situation with grace and dignity.
Above all, Jerry was a devoted husband to Susi. They would have been married 50 years this August 24, 2019. He was a loving and proud father and a powerful influence on his children, Brent (Jenevieve) and Tracie. He was always involved and rooting them on at any sports or school/career-related events, and that soon carried over to his grandchildren's accomplishments as well. He was a beloved grandpa to Oliver, Elliott, Ashton, and August (Gus). They were the light of his life!

Jerry is also survived by his older brother, Robert Cagen (Linda Cagen, deceased), younger brother, Richard Cagen (Terry Cagen), and his sister-in-law, Leni Herst (Doug Herst), all of whom he adored. He loved his many cousins, nieces, nephews, and especially his favorite aunt, Harriet Berenter.

Jerome B, you will be missed by all of us every day, but are now free and at peace from this horrible disease. You were a brave eternal fighter. As the deputy sheriff told you when you passed your driving test at 14 years old, "You've done right fine!"

We will forever love you!

Funeral services, under the direction of Relyea Funeral Chapel, will be held Monday, April 29, at 11:00am, at the Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel social hall, 11 N. Latah St., Boise. Graveside services to follow at Morris Hill Cemetery.

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Irwin Allen

Irwin Allen

September 28, 1933 - April 4, 2019

September 28, 1933 - April 4, 2019, Irwin Allen died peacefully on April 4th at the age of 85 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. Loving and devoted husband to Joan Allen, his wife of over six decades, he lived in Los Angeles. Born in 1933 in Wilmington, Delaware, Irwin was a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, served in the United States Army, and spent the first part of his career rising to the level of Division Vice President at Scott Paper Company. After additional executive management roles at Sherwin-Williams Paints and Intercraft Industries, Irwin was for twenty-four years the President and CEO of Michels & Company, a furniture manufacturing firm based in South Los Angeles. A longtime member of the Brentwood Country Club, Irwin loved relaxing at the beach, eating good barbecue, and being the family patriarch at dinners with his nephews, nieces, and grandchildren. Irwin is survived by his wife Joan, son Bradley, daughter-in-law Rebecca, grandchildren Cecelia and Garrett, nephews and nieces Linda Berkowski, Carol Gaines, David Lipstein, Steven Lipstein, and Cynthia Olinger, and their spouses and children. Funeral services will be held at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 7th at 1:00 pm. After services, the family will sit shiva on Sunday at his son Bradley's residence in Manhattan Beach.

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Tom Spires

Tom Spires

May 15, 1938 - March 29, 2019

Tom Spires, 80, born on May 15, 1938, in Jacksonville, Florida to Merrill and Lucille (Powell) Spires, passed away March 29, 2019 after a 5-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Tom leaves behind his wife and best friend of 36 years, Susan Spires, his daughter Pam Spires (Jon Braam), granddaughter Kaitlin Taszarek of Saint Louis, Missouri and daughter Kit Ottmar (Scott), grandchildren Colin Ottmar and Grayson Ottmar of Monterey, California, as well as Tom's brother, Jim Spires (Vivian) of Jacksonville, Florida. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard Spires, sister Linda Ryan, and sister Susan Taylor.

Tom had a long and successful career at Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon. He "grew up" on the F-15 Radar Program first as a hardware engineer and then as its System Engineering Laboratories Manager. In 1989 Tom became the F-15 Radar Programs manager and oversaw development, production, and support of the F-15 radar for the USAF and several foreign customers. When Raytheon acquired Hughes Aircraft Company in 1997, Tom served as associate manager of the Air Combat and Strike Systems (ACSS) business unit. He retired in 1999. He served as Project Manager to successfully complete a water reclamation project as well as served on the Board of Directors at Lake Arrowhead Country Club. Tom came back to Hughes as a consultant and co-led with Dick Johnston ACSS's successful recovery from a major manufacturing crisis.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74090 El Paseo #104, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Tom resided in La Quinta, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Cathedral City, California.

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Ralph Fertig

Ralph Fertig

February 24, 1930 - March 28, 2019

Ralph Fertig, a 1960s Freedom Rider who went on to become one of the nation’s most ardent defenders of the marginalized, the misunderstood and the neglected — from Selma, Ala. to L.A.’s Skid Row — has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 89.

Fertig fought for equal rights in the Deep South, advocated for the homeless in Los Angeles, and took on the Patriot Act — fighting all the way to the Supreme Court — on behalf of the Kurds, whom he saw as perhaps the most marginalized people in the world. A founder of the Humanitarian Law Project in L.A., Fertig served as a federal administrative law judge and, for years, was a USC professor of social work, inspiring students to embrace pacifism and battle for human rights. He retired in 2016. Nearly 80 when his fight to advise the Kurds ended up in front of the Supreme Court, Fertig acknowledged that the ruling put him at risk of being jailed even for something as benign as urging a terror group to be peaceful — in this case the Kurdistan Workers Party. “And if I’m arrested,” he said, “it would not be the first time.”

Fertig died Thursday at his home in Westwood. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease for the last nine years but, until recently, had remained active in the community, his son David said.

Born Feb. 24, 1930, in Chicago, Fertig grew up in a home that put a premium on tolerance. His parents were German Jewish immigrants and hosted refugees from Germany during World War II. Fertig said he had vivid memories of his childhood home being a way station for families fleeing Nazi Germany. He’d read the comics to their guests, trusting that in the process they’d pick up a casual understanding of English. “I grew up sharing my bed with whoever the refugee of the week was,” he told Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison in 2010. “I grew up exposed to an awareness of the atrocities. And I swore at an early age that I would devote my life to fighting that.”

Filled with the belief that America stood as the great savior after World War II, a beacon of peace, democracy, and justice, Fertig went to bat at a young age for those who were denied their equal rights. While young, Fertig saw a picket line of white parents protesting the admission of a black student whose parents had moved to the community. Fertig said he demanded that he and the black student be registered together. Fertig was registered — the other student was not. “And there collapsed my dreams of America,” he said.

In 1961, Fertig became secretary and treasurer of the Chicago Freedom Action Committee, a civil rights group that dispatched busloads of activists through the Midwest and Deep South. In Selma, Ala., a place Fertig had never heard of at the time, he was confronted by the city’s sheriff who swaggered onto the bus Fertig was riding. “You a nigger lover, son?” he recalled the sheriff as saying. “I lied and said I love all people. I’m not sure I loved him at that moment.” Tossed in jail, Fertig said he was beaten by white prisoners while the warden egged them on. He was beaten with such fury that each one of his ribs was broken, he said later.

Fertig earned a master’s degree in sociology from Columbia University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago. He moved to L.A. in 1973 to become executive director of the then-troubled Greater Los Angeles Community Action Agency. He also went to law school at UCLA, earning his Juris doctorate. For years he worked as a civil rights lawyer, an administrative law judge, and a professor.

His battle with the government on behalf of the Kurds tested the limits of the First Amendment and became a legal bellwether. Pitted against the interests of national security, which became even more intense after the 9/11 terror attacks, Fertig argued that the 1st Amendment protected his right to advise the Kurds, which could possibly include members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, on how to take their grievances to the United Nation.

How could advising someone to be civil and non-violent — even a group such as the Kurdistan Workers Party identified by the U.S. as a terror group — possibly hold up against the broad protections of the 1st Amendment? Court after court agreed with his reasoning. The Kurds, the largest ethnic group in the world without a homeland, had suffered in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, their assigned countries at the end of World War I. In Turkey, Fertig said, the intent of the government’s policy was to eliminate the Kurds. The reach of the Patriot Act, Fertig said, was so broad that something as basic as providing humanitarian aid following a natural disaster could be illegal if the country was identified as a terrorist stronghold.

But in 2010, decades after he first took up the first, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that human rights advocates like Fertig could be prosecuted if they offered advice to a foreign terror group, even if that advice was to settle disputes peacefully. The ruling was a sharp warning to international aid groups and charities that even goodwill gestures could put them at legal risk. “In the name of fighting terrorism, the court has said that the 1st Amendment permits Congress to make it a crime to work for peace and human rights,” said Georgetown law professor David Cole, who represented Fertig. “That is wrong. There is no evidence that teaching human rights would further terrorism.”

Fertig was buoyant, however. Progress often came in small steps, he said. “I do believe in the basic goodness of most people,” he said in 2010. “It’s been proven that when we bring the realities of justice to the American public, they respond with the conscientious commitment.”

Fertig is survived by his children, Jill, David, and Katie; son-in-law Ananda; and five grandchildren, Laura, Thomas, Ravi, Melissa, and Thea. He was predeceased by his wife Madeleine Stoner, a USC professor and expert on homelessness, and two children, Karen and Jack.

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Joanne (Sprague) Balcom

Joanne (Sprague) Balcom

November 10, 1935 - March 25, 2019

JOANNE (SPRAGUE) BALCOM Joanne was called home to be with her Savior on Monday, March 25th. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Jim, her sons Ken and Gary, her daughters Jill Fraley and Lori Duggan and their spouses, her sisters Eleanor Sturzen and Carol Stanner, her brother Harold Sprague and his wife Karen, 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service was held at Heritage Baptist Church on March 24th.

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William K. "Bill" Moore II

William K. "Bill" Moore II

November 1, 1948 - March 19, 2019

The story of Bill Moore began in Yokohama, Japan. Born 9lbs and 9oz on November 1, 1948 to Richard & Geraldine Moore, Bill was immediately surrounded by his ever-loving and caring big sister, Barbara, and wonderful best friend and big brother, Richard. After the young life of a traveling military brat, Bill ended up as a freshman at Fishburne Military School in Virginia. At Fishburne, he was taught the value of teamwork and discipline. He also played in a rock band and developed beautiful friendships that have lasted a lifetime.

After graduation, Bill was off to Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois, where he studied history and as a junior found the love of his life Cyndy Frazier. In 1971, on August 28th, within days of starting Officer Candidate School, the two lovebirds were finally married. Compliments of the U.S. Army, Bill and Cyndy set off on their adventure with stints in Georgia, Arizona, Germany, Italy, Virginia, Kansas, Washington, Germany, and then fittingly back to Arizona again to settle down. Along their journey, they brought three loving boys into this world Nathan, Andrew, William. In true Moore tradition, their sons married the loves of their lives, Ryan Mary, Rachel, and Krista and brought 13 amazing grandchildren into this world Noah, Grace, Elijah, Hudson, Gideon, Reed, Sarai, Haddie, Danielle, Grierson, Henry, Liam, and David. Bill always found the silver lining in life, he was a talented guitarist and musician, a gifted athlete, a patient soccer coach, a decorated soldier earning the Legion of Merit medal. He was a deep thinker, had a passion for history, and was a longtime member and elder of Grace Presbyterian Church. He was a leader in almost every facet of his life, a traveler, and had a witty dry sense of humor. Bill was an inspiring and forgiving father, a father figure to so many in need, a devoted husband, and most importantly a child of God. His faith in Jesus never wavered despite the struggles and complications that life threw at him. Bill was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003 and through complications from the disease passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family, on Tuesday March 19, 2019. Throughout it all, he never stopped smiling.

For those of us that had the privilege of knowing this great man you can understand the difficulty in trying to put words to describe what he meant to the people around him. For most, Bill could be described as wise, strong, and incredibly humble. If only we all could possess those qualities.

Bill, you will be deeply missed but your legacy will continue on through your loving wife, your children, your grandchildren, and by all the people that your wonderful life touched.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Bill on Friday March 29, 2019 at 9 AM, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 4905 E Camino Segundo Sierra Vista, AZ 85650. A full Military Honor ceremony will be held at a later time at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery for immediate family members only. Questions regarding the services can be directed to Hatfield Funeral Home.

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John Walter Rentsch

John Walter Rentsch

January 14, 1952 - March 12, 2019

John Walter Rentsch, former Director of International Marketing and Publicity for Paramount Pictures' motion picture division, has died. He was 67. The highly respected executive died on March 12 in his Palm Springs home of complications from Parkinson's disease. 

Born on January 14, 1952 in Horsham, Australia, to Wally and Betty Rentsch. Wally owned an electrical contracting business. Betty was a homemaker.

After completing his studies at Horsham Technical, John joined "The Australian" newspaper in Melbourne covering the political aspects of local government. John's coverage was noticed by executives and he was transferred to Manhattan in 1976 where he began writing for the New York Post. The majority of his coverage was also published in Australia. Eventually he began covering New York's entertainment scene.

In 1979 Murdoch launched "The Star" newspaper, and John was transferred to Los Angeles to activate the newspaper's entertainment coverage. His copy was objective as well as favorable, and he began interacting with studio and personal publicists. He was quickly invited to participate in the various studios' press junkets. 

The Screen Actors Guild went on strike in 1980. John's Australian editor did not understand the lack of copy and decided to recall John to Australia. Instead, John took a position at Dennis Davidson & Associates where he wrote press releases and film press kits. In 1984 he segued to Lorimar Motion Pictures as a temporary publicist in the international division. In 1987 he was hired by Paramount Pictures where he remained until 2002. The films he guided to international recognition include "Brave Heart," "Titanic," The Hunt for Red October," "The Butcher's Wife," "The Accused," "The Adams Family" and "Mission Impossible."

A master of reinvention, John and his spouse, Carl Levine, opened The Barracks, an extremely high-profile leather bar in Cathedral City in late 2002. He retired in 2012.

John loved to travel and he and Carl took many a Cunard cruise to Asia, Latin America, Europe, Canada and Alaska.

John Walter Rentsch is survived by his husband of 37 years, Carl Levine, his sister Sue, brother Mark, 4 nephews and 2 nieces. 

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John Paul Butler

John Paul Butler

February 5, 1944 - March 11, 2019

John Butler, age 75, retired after 25 years with Lockheed Martin where he was a Principal Systems Engineer. He passed away peacefully at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital from complications due to advanced Parkinson’s Disease on 11 March 2019 at 4:00 AM.  John was surrounded by his wife Dolores Butler and his three caregivers, Bobby, Janet and Nakkita.

John was born at Eglin AFB Florida, on 5 February 1944.  He grew up in Arizona where he attended ASU.  He received an MA in Aerospace Management from the University of Southern California.  He later went into the Air Force through his college ROTC serving 11 ½ yrs. in the Air Force. He left the service as a Captain in Communications Engineering. John also served in the Air National Guard for 4 years in Maryland and earned the rank of Major before retiring from service duty.

He married Dolores Junya Paulman 7 months after meeting her at Beale AFB in California on 14 February 1970.

John is survived by his wife Dolores, his sister Jacqueline Butler Diaz, Lionel of Mesa, Az. and a niece Alena Grace Butler Diaz. He is predeceased by his parents, Paul Roland Butler and Pauline Faye Butcher Butler.

John is remembered for his wonderful sense of humor as he loved to make up jokes and make people laugh. He was also known for his kindness and devotion to his parents-in-law particularly as they aged. My father thought of John like his own son. John was also very creative and could do etching work, fine craftwork and could even design and create an entire kitchen or build a deck.

John was good at everything from sports to teaching and he loved to dance, especially to all the latest dances with his favorite being the Electric Slide. He did it better than anyone and lead others on the dance floor as they followed him.  In music, his favorite song was “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog.”  John was patient, kind and never complained about his Parkinson’s condition as he only threw the trash can once across the room in frustration towards the end of his disease. He really could do anything and loved to help people. John was truly loved by all.

RIP my wonderful husband you will BE missed by ALL. 

A graveside service with Air Force military honors will take place at Quantico National Cemetery on Friday, March 29, 2019

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Wayne Everette Borlaug

Wayne Everette Borlaug

April 10, 1944 - February 25, 2019

Mr. Wayne Everett Borlaug, of California, born on April 10, 1944 in Newhampton, Iowa, to the late Bonnie Jeanette Otteson and the late Everett Wayne Borlaug, passed away at age 74 on February 25, 2019 in Palm Desert, California. Wayne graduated from California State University, Fullerton. From 1965 to 1968, Wayne served in the Army in the Vietnam War. Wayne was the loving husband of Linda Borlaug. He is survived by his sisters, Cathy Claborn, Susan Del Rosso, and Barbara Gennaro. Friends and family members may attend the celebration of life service on Saturday, March 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Chapel East Anaheim, 5606 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, California. A burial will take place on Wednesday, April 10th at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, California.

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Donald C. Cavanaugh

Donald C. Cavanaugh

November 10, 1944 - February 23, 2019

Palm Springs - Donald C. Cavanaugh, owner of the Blue Coyote Grill in Palm Springs, passed away at his home on February 23, 2019 due to complications of Parkinson's disease. 

He was a beautiful man inside and out and lived his life to the fullest and on his own terms. 

Don was born in November 1944 to Dolores and Van Cavanaugh. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and made lifelong friendships that exist even today. He launched his restaurant career in 1966 with Jack-in-the-Box and later managed several full-service restaurants in Chicago, Madison, and Denver along with dabbling in real estate. In 1992 he moved to Palm Springs and opened the Blue Coyote Grill on North Palm Canyon. Blue Coyote Grill was an instant success and has been voted one of the top restaurants, famous for its Wild Coyote Margarita, beautiful patio and atmosphere. 

Don loved Palm Springs, the year-round weather, playing golf, and the casual life style. He was popular and enjoyed meeting customers, and entertaining friends and family. He often commented that living and owning a restaurant in Palm Springs was beyond his wildest dreams. 

He is survived by his loving daughters Kelle (Mike) Baker and Shayne (Troy) Alloway, five grandchildren, twin brother Dave and girlfriend Kami French. He leaves behind an incredible restaurant, a loyal and dedicated staff and family and friends that will love and miss him forever. 

A Celebration of Life is being held on March 11, 2019 from 1-4 at Indian Canyon Country Club at 1100 E. Murray Canyon in Palm Springs, all are invited. A private service will be held at a family gravesite at the East Cemetery in Dodgeville Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers consider donating in his memory to Parkinson's Resource Organization in Palm Desert (

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

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