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Robert Lewis Shapiro

Robert Lewis Shapiro

May 6, 1939 - March 21, 2015

Robert Lewis Shapiro was born May 6th, 1939 in Ohio and passed away peacefully on March 21st, 2015 in his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He is survived by his wife Linda; his daughter, Eden (Steve) Friedman; his son Gregory (Daria) Shapiro; his brother Aron (Judy) Shapiro; his grandchildren Evan, Jake and Nathan.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Parkinson's Resource Organization http://www.parkinsonsresource.org/  or by mail at 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Remembering Robert Lewis Shapiro

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Gerald (Jerry) Mayerson

Gerald (Jerry) Mayerson

September 3, 1929 - March 6, 2015

Gerald (Jerry) Mayerson, 85, passed away on March 6, 2015, at his home in Boca Raton, Florida, surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was born in Dayton, Ohio, on September 3, 1929. He attended Ohio State University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He served in the armed forces during the Korean War. Jerry was a well-respected real-estate developer for many years, and with his long-time business partner and close friend, Allan Rinzler, developed many commercial spaces, shopping centers, office buildings, high-end residential developments, and historical redevelopment projects. In Dayton, Jerry was a member of the Dayton Standard Club, Meadowbrook County Club (where he served as President), B'nai B'rith, Temple Israel, and Beth Jacob Congregation. In Boca Raton, he was a member of Boca Pointe Country Club. He participated in sports of all kinds, winning club championships in tennis and golf. He liked international travel, playing cards, and casino gaming. He was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Mollie Mayerson, sister Pearl Wool, and brother Manuel Mayerson, all of Dayton. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Gail. He is survived also by his brother Melvin (Elaine) of Dayton, and by his three sons: Mickey of Los Angeles, and his children Jordan and Madeline and their mother, Jessica; his son Rick of San Mateo, California, and his wife, Joy, and their sons, Eli and Jared; and Marc of Washington, DC, and his wife Anne and their sons, Aaron, Asher and Noah, as well as many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and -nephews, and cousins, in the U.S., Israel, and Mexico. Jerry fought valiantly against Parkinson's Disease for more than two decades, aided principally over his last years by caregiver Daniel Hamilton. His courage is an inspiration to all who loved and knew him. He will be sorely missed. 

Remembering Gerald (Jerry) Mayerson

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John Ordner Miller

John Ordner Miller

September 21, 1926 - February 10, 2015

John Ordner Miller was born on September 21, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on February 10, 2015 in Newport Beach, California and is under the care of Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Visit his obituary at dignitymemorial.com

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Fred McCown

Fred McCown

- February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015  Fred, a much respected and well known interior designer in Los Angeles, was very talented, a perfectionist, and known for creating stunningly beautiful homes that his clients loved living in. He was raised in College Station, Texas. An honor cadet at Texas A&M University with a degree in architecture, he went on to become a major in the Air Force. He studied at Art Center School in Pasadena, before becoming an interior designer. He loved body surfing, camping, traveling (especially New York, Italy, and Brazil) and being in both natural and man-made beautiful places. For 40 years, he was an amazing, loving, devoted, and fun partner of Art Giser. There will be a memorial/celebration of his life Sunday, June 14. You can contact Art at 415-828-6890 or agiser2@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers the family suggestions donations to Parkinson's Resource Organization as a means of carrying on Fred's legacy. 

Remembering Fred McCown

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Mary Maldonado

Mary Maldonado

January 3, 1932 - December 7, 2014

Remembering Mary Maldonado

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Richard Nelson Hester

Richard Nelson Hester

September 7, 1930 - November 30, 2014

Richard Nelson Hester of Upland passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014, with family at his side. He was born September 7, 1930, to Francis and Ruth Hester in Anaheim, Calfiornia. Richard grew up in Pomona where he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Chaffey High School. He is an alumnus of Chico State University where he was named to the Athletic Hall of Fame for his track performance, character and leadership. While serving in the Korean War he was awarded the Army Commendation for Meritorious Service. He taught biology, coached track and cross country at Chino High School and later moved to Don Lugo High School as a counselor. He married Barbara Fullagar in 1962 and for 52 years has been a caring and devoted husband. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters; Melissa Hunt (Vernon) of Yorba Linda and Susanna Kutches (Alex) of Bozeman, Montana; and grandchildren, Alexandra, Hayley and Faith Hunt and Kate and AJ Kutches; and many dear longtime friends. He cherished the time when family was together, especially at Lake Almanor. Memorial service will be 11:00, Saturday, December 20th at First Presbyterian Church of Upland. In additional to your memorial contribution, sentiments for the family can also be listed in the "comment" section below.

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Merritt Eugene Van Sant

Merritt Eugene Van Sant

April 7, 1929 - November 13, 2014

Merritt E. Van Sant, many times a Reagan appointee, died at his Newport Beach home on November 13, 2014. He was 85 years old.

Van Sant was an adviser to Ronald Reagan during his first term as governor of California, serving as Deputy Secretary of Business and Transportation. He also served in the Nixon administration from 1970 to 1971. When Ronald Reagan was elected president, Van Sant served the administration in Washington D.C. and later in San Francisco as a Regional Special Assistant to the United States Small Business Administration. These political appointments were the result of a lifetime of deeply held conservative beliefs and the lessons learned as a young lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Van Sant graduated from Beverly Hills High School in1947. He spent his college years at Stanford University where he was elected captain of the Stanford track team in 1951. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in Political Science in 1952. During his years as a civilian, Van Sant was an insurance executive for the Van Sant Company in Los Angeles. After moving to Newport Beach, he was chairman and CEO of the VSP Corporation until his retirement.

Van Sant is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 34 years, his brother, Thomas R. Van Sant, his nephew, Ryan Van Sant, his four sons, Edward C. Franks, John F. Van Sant, Barry F. Van Sant, James D. Van Sant, his step-son, Michael W. Stanley, his step-daughter, Susan E. Davidson, his god-daughter, Olivia Albrecht-Pieter, nine grand-children, five step-grand-children and five great-grand-children. Van Sant was born in Los Angeles on April 7, 1929. His parents were Merritt E. and Martha Van Sant. Merritt died, as he lived his life, with dignity and grace.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.

Merritt's wife, Marilyn, lead Parkinson's Resource Organization's Support Group in Newport Beach for 20 years. She understood, supported, taught, loved and counseled all who journeyed though Parkinson's. To honor Merritt's life, have a special memorial card sent to the Van Sants reciting your sentiments by donating to Parkinson's Resource Organization. To make a memorial donation, click below or mail a check to 74-478 Highway 111, No. 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260. Thank you for your support of Marilyn, we look forward to receiving your kind words and very special memorial donation to PRO.

Remembering Merritt Eugene Van Sant

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Lane Evans

Lane Evans

August 4, 1951 - November 5, 2014

Former Illinois Rep. Lane Evans, a Vietnam War-era Marine who fought for veterans’ rights during his 24 years in the U.S. House, has died after battling Parkinson’s disease. He was 63.

The Democrat died Wednesday at a nursing home in East Moline, Ill., said his former congressional staffer Michael Malmstrom, who also was one of Evans’ legal guardians.

“In the early days of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Lane was one of the first members of Congress to take on issues like PTSD and TBI,” said Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Chief Executive Paul Rieckhoff, referring to the acronym for traumatic brain injury. “He helped put our issues on the map.”

Evans joined the Marines at age 17 and had orders for Vietnam. But he served in Okinawa, Japan, as a security guard because his older brother was already deployed in the war.

As a congressman, he fought for the rights of veterans and became the senior Democrat on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He pushed legislation to help those exposed to Agent Orange and to give former service members rights to judicial review in pursuing benefits claims.

He also campaigned for veterans grappling with post-traumatic stress disorders and other health problems, as well as those having trouble finding employment.

Evans was born Aug. 4, 1951, in Rock Island, Ill. He was first elected from his western Illinois district in 1982, when he was a 31-year-old attorney, and went on to serve 12 terms. He worked for more than a decade after his Parkinson’s diagnosis but announced in 2006 that he wouldn’t seek reelection because of his deteriorating health.

Evans was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1995, but he didn’t publicly announce the diagnosis for three years, worried the revelation would stigmatize him. He first realized something was wrong when he couldn’t wave his left hand during a parade.

He left office in January 2007.

President Obama has credited Evans with aiding his own political rise, saying once that he wouldn’t have made it to the U.S. Senate without early support from his fellow Illinoisan.

Evans is survived by three brothers.

 

Remembering Lane Evans

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Robin Williams

Robin Williams

July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014

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Robin Williams, one of the greatest entertainers to ever live, sadly committed suicide on Monday, August 11 2014.  Williams suffered from severe depression and substance abuse for many years of his life yet recently Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, revealed that he was suffering from early stages of Parkinson's releasing the following statement:

"Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly. It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."

Parkinson's Resource Organization helps people like Robin every day.  Parkinson's is a brain disease that often leads to depression as well other challenges that, at times, make everyday life seem almost impossible. The important thing to remember is there ís hope, encouragement, support, education and inspiration. Parkinson's Resource Organization, through its 10 support groups, numerous outreach programs, website/social media, telephone coaching sessions, webinars, monthly newsletter and "Road to the Cure" project, "Works so that No One is Isolated Because of Parkinson's".  

Help to carry on Robinís legacy so that others may find the "strength to seek the care and support they need." 

Remembering Robin Williams

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Mark Paul Moorman

Mark Paul Moorman

July 1, 1944 - August 7, 2014

Mark Paul Moorman, age 70, passed peacefully at his home in Granada Hills, California on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Born July, 1, 1944, in Glendale, California, Mark spent most of his life in Northridge, California.  He worked for the city of Los Angeles for 31 years and as an assistant baseball coach at Pierce College for 27 years.  Mark dedicated thousands of hours to the community as an umpire and referee.  However, his favorite job was working the chain crew during the LA Raiders' games for 13 years.

He is survived by his mother Joy Moorman, his wife Carol Moorman, the love of his life for 51 years, his three children Casey (Victoria) Moorman of Canyon Lake, CA, David (Amy) Moorman of Thousand Oaks, CA and Nicole (Nathan) Rovey of Parker, AZ. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren Ashley, Jesse, Jenni, Elizabeth, Richard, Amanda, and Emilia.

Mark was preceded in death by his father Richard Moorman, identical twin Monty Moorman, and youngest brother Rick Moorman.

Services will be held from 11:00 - 2:00 on Monday, August 18th, at Calvary Community Church 5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village.  Relatives and friends are welcome at the service and the reception immediately following at the same venue.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to:  Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74-478 Highway 111 No. 102, Palm Desert CA 92260

Remembering Mark Paul Moorman

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Parkinson's Resource Organization
74785 Highway 111
Suite 208
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Local Phone
(760) 773-5628

Toll-Free Phone
(877) 775-4111

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Updated: August 16, 2017