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Obituaries

Obituary: Joe Briskey, 78

Joseph Allum Briskey, Marine veteran, carpenter, a 50-year resident of Laguna Beach, a stalwart regular at Main Beach and Crescent Bay, former pitcher for the Utah State Aggies baseball team, known to hundreds of friends all over Laguna Beach as Joe or Jose, died Sept. 16, 2022. He was...

OBITUARY – Melissa Jan Blake

Melissa Jan Blake (Jan. 3, 1943 - May 5, 2022) Melissa Jan Blake passed away peacefully on May 5, 2022 in Mission Viejo. She was 79. Melissa’s earliest memories were living with her mother in Laguna Beach while her father served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the...

Obituary: Sequoia R. Slentz

(July 27, 1976 - May 16, 2022) Sequoia Slentz, a Laguna Beach musician, promoter, and philanthropist, passed away on May 16. He was 45 years old. Born July 27, 1976, Slentz grew up running around the Sawdust Art Festival and Shaw’s Cove, a place that remained special to him throughout his...

Obituary: Leonard L. Brockman

Leonard L. Brockman (Jan. 5, 1930 - April 30, 2022) Leonard L. Brockman, a 61-year resident of Laguna Beach, passed away on April 30. He was 92 years old. He was born Jan. 5, 1930. He met the love of his life, Leone Knickerbocker, at Santa Ana High School’s senior breakfast. Their love...

Obituary: David Robbins

David Paul Robbins of Laguna Beach passed away on Oct. 21, 2021. He was 74 years old. His son, Christopher Robbins, and daughter, Ashley Wheeler, were with him when he died. Christopher, his wife, Allison and their children Sloane and Jack live in St. Paul, Minn. His son, Hunter, in Manhattan,...

Obituary: Nancy Ann Weissberg

Nancy Ann Weissberg (July 9, 1952 - June 13, 2021) Nancy Ann Weissberg died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Laguna Beach, Calif. on June 13, 2021 at 68 years old. Family and friends are deeply saddened by her sudden passing. Nancy will be remembered as a loving and...

Obituary: Arthur Andrew Wexell

May 22, 1992 - May 10, 2021 Arthur Wexell—affectionately and famously known to his family and friends as Wex—passed away unexpectedly on May 10, 2021, at 28 years old with his wife by his side. Wex was born at home naturally in Laguna Beach on Santa Cruz Street, accompanied simply by...

Obituary: Remembering Bill Gillespie

Bill Gillespie broke hearts all over Orange County when he died of natural causes Dec. 10 at the age of 79. By Lori Basheda   The beloved Laguna Beach philanthropist had spent his life handing out millions of dollars to all manner of Orange County arts programs, as well as veterans, animals...

Obituary: Nancy French

It is with great sadness that the family of Nancy Miriam French announces her passing after a battle with cancer on Dec. 8, 2019, at the age of 83, at her home in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Nancy will be lovingly remembered by her children, Elainea, Ted, John, Holly (Maciej)...

A Tribute to Jean Raun

Our community lost a rare treasure on Monday, March 2, 2020 when (Edna) Jean Raun passed from this life. Jean died just shy of her ninety-seventh birthday (April 13), but she didn’t leave before accomplishing everything that one person could do to defend the worth and dignity of all...