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Obituaries

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...

Neil F. Katz 1944 – 2020

Neil F. Katz passed away at his home on Feb. 17. Neil had been struggling with several health issues through 2019, but he was confident he would survive these battles.  The apparent cause of death was a heart attack. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Saul...

Margot Rosenberg 1929 – 2020

Margot Rosenberg(née Cohn), 90, died peacefully of cancer on Feb. 12, surrounded by her family in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Born Sept. 25 1929 in Buffalo, New York, Margot lived in Chicago before meeting her husband, Joseph Rosenberg, in San Francisco. They married in 1963 and settled in Berkeley with...

Obituary: Martha Nett Marino

  Martha Nett Marino, born on Feb. 21, 1928, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Dec. 11, 2019 at the age of 91. She was an outgoing woman who was always looking forward to her next adventure. She is survived...

Obituary: Lisa Marks

June 8, 1958 – Jan. 19, 2020 On Jan. 19, Lisa Marks passed away peacefully at her home in South Laguna after being diagnosed with brain cancer two months earlier. She was just 61 years young, with great vitality, vigor, and a voracious appetite for life. Some called Lisa a Renaissance...

Obituary: Knowlton Prentice (KP) Rice

1923 – 2019 Knowlton Prentice (KP) Rice, Colonel, USMC (ret.), passed away peacefully on Dec. 25, 2019 in Laguna Beach surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on Oct. 29, 1923. His father died when KP was 2 years old, and his mother struggled to support him and...

Randy Dort

Randy Dort, a long-time resident of Laguna Beach and Palm Springs, has passed away. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend to all.

Obituary: Paul Darrow

On Nov. 11, Paul Darrow, Laguna Beach resident since 1963, passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 98. Darrow was an artist, professor, cartoonist, jazz musician and mentor, and was best known for his playful personality, exuberance for life and immensely creative spirit. Born Oct. 31 in Pasadena,...