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Sunday YOUNG, Richard Harold Age 93, passed away peacefully the morning of November 3, 2014. Richard became a Mason while serving in Germany, joining the Galilei Lodge AF+AM of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and a member of a Memphis, Tennessee, Scottish Rite of Free Masons. Richard joined Magnolia-La Cumbre Lodge No.
Today LYNN, Dr. John Henry Medical Director of the Emergency Department of Antelope Valley Hospital, and longtime resident of Santa Barbara, died on November 6th, 2014 of a degenerative neuromuscular disease. He was 70. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, John attended A.B. Davis High School, Brown University, and University of Rochester Medical School. He completed his training in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and UCLA. John was greatly influenced by his grandfather, an Irish immigrant who became Mount Vernon City Comptroller. Like his grandfather, John was a natural leader and believed in hard work and the value of education. At A.B. Davis High School, he was elected student body president and received the highest character award given to the student who best exemplified "friendliness, loyalty, sportsmanship, graciousness, cooperation, responsibility, good manners and a sense of humor". Those qualities described John throughout his life. Dr. Lynn devoted his career of more than four decades to Antelope Valley Hospital. An innovator in the emerging field of emergency medicine, he influenced the specialty's development from its earliest days. Dr. Lynn was involved in both improving patient care and advocating for specialization of staff. He helped the department obtain the important status of EDAP, an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics. Dr. Lynn's far-reaching influence included being a founding member of the Children's Center of Antelope Valley, addressing child abuse in the community. As a leader, Dr. Lynn understood the importance of each staff member and the teamwork required to provide high quality patient care. He gave praise at every possible opportunity. Kindness and active listening were the signature characteristics of his practice and teaching in medicine. He was committed to educating UCLA medical students and residents as well as paramedics and fellow physicians at AVH. A supporter of nurses and nurse practitioners, he paid special attention to promoting their practices within the ED. Dr. Lynn was known for his contagious positive style and was a natural morale builder. He created a hospital holiday called "Dodger Day" when Dr. Lynn himself cooked and served hot dogs to the entire community every July 4th. Sports were a big part of John's life. He was an enthusiastic Dodger, Laker and Bruin fan. His knowledge of baseball was so encyclopedic that when he met Tommy Lasorda, Lasorda was all ears for John's storytelling. John also loved golfing at the Valley Club, where he felt honored to play and make friends. His passion for swimming began during competitions in high school and college, and the sport later grew into a source of family recreation and daily exercise. John was a regular at the Coral Casino where he loved lap swimming. If he wasn't in the pool, he was on the sand throwing a Frisbee for the beloved family Vizsla, Tootie. John was a lover of music, especially opera, and helped support the next generation of classical musicians and opera singers at the Music Academy of the West. John loved going to live performances in New York with his daughters and in Santa Barbara with Georgia, especially when they featured Fellows of the Academy. He was known to send out exuberant "Bravo!"s and "Brava!"s from the audience. Over the years, John valued the time he spent with the clergy and congregation of All Saints-by-the-Sea Church. He felt honored to serve on the vestry, as senior warden, and as lay Eucharist minister. He dearly loved greeting each parishioner by name on Sunday mornings. Later in life, Dr. Lynn was involved in public speaking to support organ donation. He always felt the two liver transplants he had following autoimmune liver disease were gifts beyond words. In August of this year, the Antelope Valley Hospital dedicated its Emergency Department to "John H. Lynn, M.D., in recognition of his lifelong contributions and dedicated service to the patients of the Antelope Valley Healthcare District". For the occasion, one of Dr. Lynn's colleagues said, "John's capacity to love, even in the face of great obstacles to loving, is his finest quality." The greatest object of John's love was his wife Georgia, whom he met by chance in a little train station in the countryside of Cambridge, England during the summer of 1968. For forty-six years, John and Georgia shared a deep and loving friendship, and spent their most meaningful times together raising four daughters. John is survived by his wife, Georgia, their daughters Jessica Lynn, Elizabeth Lynn, Meredith Lynn, and Katherine Lynn, grandchildren Miriam and Johnny, brother Robert Lynn and sister Margaret Lynn Holland. Dr. Lynn's family sends deep gratitude to the UCLA liver transplant team and donor families as well as the staffs of Cottage Hospital, Valle Verde, and Serenity House, who cared for Dr. Lynn during the end of his life. A memorial service will be held on December 6th at 1:00 pm at All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito. Donations in Dr. John Lynn's name may be made to the Music Academy of the West, All Saints-by-the-Sea, the Gift Foundation of Antelope Valley, or the Children's Center of Antelope Valley.
Today JOHNSON, Frances Jessie Cole (August 31st, 1918 - November 15th, 2014) The children and family of Frances Johnson sadly announce her passing on November 15th, 2014 at the age of 96. Franny, the fifth of six daughters born to Abraham and Grace Cole from Saginaw, Michigan, was the loving wife of Roger "Johnny" Johnson for 59 years. A loving mother of four, treasured grandmother to 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, she devoted her life to her family with a generous and loving heart. All those who knew her loved her for her embracing charm, clever wit, innate intelligence and generosity of heart. Frances was a "class act" who turned heads, as she was truly beautiful inside and out. She will be profoundly missed. Visitation will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Friday, November 21st, between 7pm and 9pm. Rosary will begin at 8pm. A funeral service will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Saturday, November 22nd at 10am. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her name may be made to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Scholarship Fund.
Sunday HICKEN, Daniel Reed December 31, 1919 - October 12, 2014 Dan passed away peacefully on October 12, 2014 at the age of 94. He was born December 31, 1919 in Heber City, Utah to Frederick Rasband and Miriam J. Beck Hicken. Dan is survived by his two children, Judy (Dave) Hicken Heller and James (Julia) Daniel Hicken, his four grandchildren, Chris(Mila) Heller, Gabe (Chelsea) Heller, ...
Sunday HAASE, Janis July 8th 1932 - October 23rd 2014 Janis was born in Utah and moved to LosAngeles,California to spend her childhood. Janis had a wonderful marriage with her husband John Haase and theyspent their retirement in Montecito. Janis peacefullypassedaway while surrounded by family in her home.She was deeply loved by her family and friends; we will forever miss her.
Sunday GRIFFITH, MD, Jerome S. October 30, 1925 November 3, 2014 Dr. Jerome S. Griffith "Jerry" was received with open arms at heaven's gate on November 3, 2014 at the age of 89. He was surrounded by family as he went peacefully to join his son Paul and other loved ones. Dr. Griffith was preceded in death by his son Paul. He is survived by wife Barbara; daughters Jan Griffith Del Carlo and ...
Sunday EGGE, Linda Linda was born Linda Martha Nelson on May 10, 1949, in Tyler, MN. Linda died October 30, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Bill Egge, her brother Art Nelson, her daughters, Emily Egge, Ana Egge, Rose Egge and Chloey Egge, and her grandchildren, Lukas Philips, Oscar Oehlsen, Savannah Miller, Evan Ledger, Roxanne Egge and Linda Ledger.