The Memorial Wall

Remembering and Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

The Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring those who lost their battle with Parkinson’s disease. Over the years, Parkinson’s Resource Organization, at the requests of families and friends, has been asked to create this special way of honoring their loved one, and to design a place for healing of those who were left behind.

The purpose of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is to create:

  • A virtual place to hold the memory of someone who lived with Parkinson’s and/or their family members.
  • A virtual place where other families who were touched by Parkinson’s are also memorialized.
  • A virtual place that holds the memory of others who suffered from the same or similar conditions.
  • A virtual place where family and friends can grieve and heal from the loss of someone they now can only remember.
  • A virtual means of publicizing the passing to a greater number of people than can otherwise be accomplished through a tangible publication.
  • An actual acknowledgment and thank you, to those who have made a donation and posted sentiments in memory of someone’s loved one.
  • To create a virtual place for the living of a loved one who battled with Parkinson’s, or a similar disease, to visit and gain solace and understanding.
  • To create actual events that continue the legacy and name of the honoree/decedent/family in a public fashion, such as a golf tournament or other event, special award presentations in the name of the family/decedent, etc.

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

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 1:00pm. After services, the family will sit shiva on Sunday at his son Bradley's residence in Manhattan Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be sent to the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 5, 2019

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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. www.parkinsonsresource.org.

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

Remembering Tom Spires

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Donald C. Cavanaugh

Donald C. Cavanaugh

- 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 (parkinsonsresource.org).

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Charles R. Cabrera

Charles R. Cabrera

July 19, 1944 - January 9, 2019

The next Men's Club Association members tournament at The Citrus Club won't be the same. There will be no final-round charge from Charles R. Cabrera.

Chuck died January 9, 2019, after a 15-year-battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74.

He was a dedicated golfer and a born competitor, and he also was a gentleman straight out of Central Casting, known for his kindness to everyone he encountered. He'd let you play through.

Along with his love of golf, Chuck loved learning. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 — but he refused to leave campus, holing up in his room with his text books and the phone number to his favorite pizzeria. He earned an MBA from the school and then continued on to UC Hastings College of Law.

He was accepted to the California Bar in 1972 before putting aside the law to become an investments advisor at Dean Witter & Co. in the Bay Area. He quickly built a successful career, earning the trust of clients and business associates alike due to his intelligence, hard work, decency, and, always, good humor. It was at Dean Witter that he met Linda Hall Perry, a fellow broker. They fell in love and married, and Chuck became a beloved stepfather to Jeff, Doug and Zack. 

In 1990, Chuck and Linda merged their respective businesses to become one of the first husband-and-wife teams at Morgan Stanley. During their 25-year business partnership and 33-year marriage they built their life around their family, their friends, and their clients.  

Chuck was born July 19, 1944, in Caracas, Venezuela, to Charles and Anita Cabrera. During much of Chuck's and his younger brother Robert's early years, the family lived in South America, where their father worked for Chevron Oil Co. as a government liaison, and Chuck became fluent in Spanish.

Chuck embraced sports and good-natured competition from an early age. He was on his high-school golf team, and he later took up tennis and became a first-rate club player. He enjoyed fly-fishing trips to Alaska, Belize, and other far-flung destinations. He spent many years playing shuffleboard at the Kingfish Pub in Berkeley, and during his school and bachelor days he rarely missed a Cal football game.

His dedication to staying active and playing golf lasted to the very end, despite the limitations Parkinson's imposed on him. In honor of Chuck and his indomitable spirit, the Men's Club Association at The Citrus Club in La Quinta renamed its members tournament The Cabrera Member/Member Calcutta, and his CITTCO Golf Group renamed its tournament The Cabrera Cup.

He leaves behind his wife and stepsons, their wives (Kelly, Deborah and Hayden), his beautiful grandchildren (Jordan, Kody, Anastasia and Beckett), his brother, and a host of friends far and wide.    

A Memorial/Celebration of Life will be held at The Citrus Club, January 25 at 5pm. Donations may be made to The Parkinson Resource Organization in Palm Desert

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Judith Mae Gundersen

Judith Mae Gundersen

January 16, 1942 - September 25, 2018

Judith Mae Gundersen, of Neosho, MO, died Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at her home in Glendora, CA. She was 76.

Judith was born on January 16, 1942 in Neosho, MO. She metriculated at Biola University, and attained her Masters from Cal Poly Pamona. She worked as an elementary school teacher, was a mother of two, Carol & Kenneth, and grandmother to four. She enjoyed traveling which took her around the world.

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Add Your Entry To The Memorial Wall

Speaking for all of us at Parkinson’s Resource Organization, please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of a loved one, a friend or colleague, or simply another person affected by Parkinson’s. We know it is a cruel disease that has no cure. Let the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall give you solace that others care and remember too.

Adding Your Entry

 

TRADITIONAL MEMORIAL

With the Traditional Memorial, the death announcement is left on the website for one year.
The announcement includes:
1. Name
2. City & State
3. Date of Birth
4. Date of Death
5. Date Diagnosed

The Traditional Memorial requires a donation of $500. It is renewable and can be upgraded.
Upon receipt of your contribution, you will receive an email with simple instructions and a form to complete. As soon as you forward to us, your remembrance will be appropriately posted.

Donations are tax deductible and are a means of assuring the continued work so that no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s

 

PEACE MEMORIAL

With the Peace Memorial, the death announcement remains on the website for one year and includes:
1. Name
2. City & State
3. Date of Birth
4. Date of Death
5. Date Diagnosed
6. A Picture of the Decedent
7. An Obituary
8. A guest book – A place for family and friends to make donations and leave sentiments
9. Personalized tribute envelopes for distribution

When choosing the Peace Memorial, the verbiage in the obituary should read something like this: “To carry on the legacy of (honoree/decedent), in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to (name of the honoree/decedent memorial) at Parkinson’s Resource Organization. (Example: The Jane Doe Peace Memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization.)
The Peace Memorial requires an aggregate annual donation of $1,000, a pledge to be renewed, and can be upgraded.
Upon receipt of your contribution, you will receive an email with simple instructions and a form to complete. As soon as you forward to us, your remembrance will be appropriately posted.
Donations are tax deductible and are a means of assuring the continued work so that no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s.

 

HOPE MEMORIAL

With the Hope Memorial, the death announcement remains on the website for one year and includes:
1. Name
2. City & State
3. Date of Birth
4. Date of Death
5. Date Diagnosed
6. Name(s) of Surviving Family Member(s)
7. A Picture of the Decedent
8. An Obituary
9. A guest book – A place for family and friends to make donations and leave sentiments
10. Personalized tribute envelopes for distribution
11. One hundred (5 sheets) US Postage Stamps with either your loved one’s favorite picture* or Parkinson’s Resource Organization logo stamps (value $90)
*Family to submit digital picture, cropped and formatted as they wish to see on the stamp.

When choosing the Hope Memorial, the verbiage in the obituary should read something like this: “To carry on the legacy of (honoree/decedent), in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the name of the decedent memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization. (Example: The John Doe Hope Memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization).
The Hope Memorial requires an aggregate annual donation of $2,500; can be renewed annually, beginning in year two, for $1500 and can be upgraded.
Upon receipt of your contribution, you will receive an email with simple instructions and a form to complete. As soon as you forward to us, your remembrance will be appropriately posted.
Donations are tax deductible and are a means of assuring the continued work so that no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s.

 

GUARDIAN MEMORIAL

With the Guardian Memorial, the death announcement remains on the website for one year and includes:
1. Name
2. City & State
3. Date of Birth
4. Date of Death
5. Date Diagnosed
6. Name(s) of Surviving Family Member(s)
7. A Picture of the Decedent
8. An Obituary
9. A guest book – A place for family and friends to make donations and leave sentiments
10. Personalized tribute envelopes for distribution
11. Two hundred (10 sheets) U S Postage Stamps with either your loved one’s favorite picture* or Parkinson’s Resource Organization logo stamps (value $170)
12. Up to 15 silver ribbon pins for family and friends. The silver ribbon pin is an accessory that reminds us to help people with Parkinson’s or all neurological disorders (Value $75.)
13. A memorial keepsake consisting of a hard covered booklet that reflects the names, addresses ad sentiments submitted by friends and relatives.
14. Assistance in creating and the printing of 50 mailable announcements of the decedent’s death, including the date of services (if any) and other information appropriate for such announcement.
15. If this is a family named memorial, memorials for additional family members will be added at reduced rates to be determined between Parkinson’s Resource Organization and the family.
*Family to submit digital picture, cropped and formatted as they wish to see it on the stamp.

When choosing the Guardian Memorial, the verbiage in the obituary should read something like this: “To carry on the legacy of (honoree/decedent), in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the name of the decedent memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization. (Example: The Jane Smith Guardian Memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization).
The Guardian Memorial requires an aggregate annual donation of $5,000, can be renewed annually, beginning in year two, for $3,500 and can be upgraded.
Upon receipt of your contribution, you will receive an email with simple instructions and a form to complete. As soon as you forward to us, your remembrance will be appropriately posted.
Donations are tax deductible and are a means of assuring the continued work so that no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s.

 

ANGEL MEMORIAL

With the Angel Memorial, with a pledge to maintain annual renewals, the family receives an announcement that remains on the website for one year and includes:
1. Name
2. City & State
3. Date of Birth
4. Date of Death
5. Date Diagnosed
6. Name(s) of Surviving Family Member(s)
7. A Picture of the Decedent
8. An Obituary
9. A guest book – A place for family and friends to make donations and leave sentiments
10. Personalized tribute envelopes for distribution
11. Five hundred (25 sheets) U S Postage Stamps with either your loved one’s favorite picture* or Parkinson’s Resource Organization logo stamps (value $400)
12. A floral arrangement to be sent to the widow(er) at the first two anniversaries.
13. A memorial keepsake consisting of a hard covered booklet that reflects the names, addresses ad sentiments submitted by friends and relatives.
14. Assistance in creating and the printing of 100 mailable announcements of the decedent’s death, including the date of services (if any) and other information appropriate for such announcement and the postage and mailing of same*
15. Up to 25 silver ribbon pins for family and friends. The silver ribbon pin is an accessory that reminds us to help people with Parkinson’s or all neurological disorders (Value $125.)
16. An opportunity to create an event to carry on the legacy, i.e., golf tournament, 5K Run, or other annual event in the name of the decedent/family. Event jointly organized and produced by Parkinson’s Resource Organization and family.
17. If this is a family named memorial, memorials for additional family members will be added at reduced rates to be determined between Parkinson’s Resource Organization and the family.
*Family to provide the mailing list in a format accepted by Parkinson’s Resource Organization’s software to include titles/salutations, names, street addresses, City, State, Country and Zip code.
*Family to submit digital picture, cropped and formatted as they wish to see on the stamp.

When choosing the Angel Memorial, the verbiage in the obituary should read something like this: “To carry on the legacy of (honoree/decedent), in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the name of the decedent memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization. . (Example: The Jack Smith Angel Memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization).
The Angel Memorial requires an aggregate annual donation of $10,000, can be renewed annually, beginning in year two, for $5,000 and can be upgraded.
Upon receipt of your contribution, you will receive an email with simple instructions and a form to complete. As soon as you forward to us, your remembrance will be appropriately posted.
Donations are tax deductible and are a means of assuring the continued work so that no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s.

 

PRESIDENT MEMORIALS

With the President’s Memorial the death announcement remains on the website for up to two years.The President’s Memorial includes:
1. Name
2. City & State
3. Date of Birth
4. Date of Death
5. Date Diagnosed
6. Name(s) of Surviving Family Member(s)
7. A Picture of the Decedent
8. An Obituary
9. A guest book – A place for family and friends to make donations and leave sentiments
10. Personalized tribute envelopes for distribution
11. One thousand (50 sheets) U S Postage Stamps with either your loved one’s favorite picture* or Parkinson’s Resource Organization logo stamps (value $800)
12. A floral arrangement to be sent to the widow(er) at the first two anniversaries.
13. A video of the decedent’s life if prepared by the family and posted on the Memorial.
14. A memorial keepsake consisting of a hard covered booklet that reflects the names, addresses ad sentiments submitted by friends and relatives.
15. Assistance in creating and the printing up to 500 mailable announcements of the decedent’s death, including the date of services (if any) and other information appropriate for such announcement and the postage and mailing of same*
16. Up to 100 silver ribbon pins for family and friends. The silver ribbon pin is an accessory that reminds us to help people with Parkinson’s or all neurological disorders. (Value: $500)
17. An opportunity to create an event to carry on the legacy, i.e., golf tournament, 5K Run, or other annual event in the name of the decedent/family. Event jointly organized and produced by Parkinson’s Resource Organization and family.
18. This can become a family named memorial, and if it does, memorials for additional family members will be added at reduced rates to be determined between Parkinson’s Resource Organization and the family.
19. Recognition by a Government Official that the President’s Memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization honoring the departed was established.
20. Fulfillment of a special request mutually agreed upon between the honoree’s representative and Parkinson’s Resource Organization.
*Family to provide the mailing list in a format accepted by Parkinson’s Resource Organization’s software to include titles/salutations, names, street addresses, City, State, Country and Zip code.
*Family to submit digital picture, cropped and formatted as they wish to see on the stamp.

When choosing the President’s Memorial, the verbiage in the obituary should read something like this: “To carry on the legacy of (honoree/decedent), in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the name of the decedent memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization. (Example: The George Smith President’s Memorial at Parkinson’s Resource Organization).
The President’s Memorial requires an aggregate annual donation of $20,000, can be renewed annually, beginning in year two, for $10,000.
Upon receipt of your contribution, you will receive an email with simple instructions and a form to complete. As soon as you forward to us, your remembrance will be appropriately posted.
Donations are tax deductible and are a means of assuring the continued work so that no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s.

 

 

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Updated: August 16, 2017