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The Memorial Wall

Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

The Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is dedicated as a tribute to those who lost their battle with Parkinson’s disease.

This special way of remembering the loved ones in our Parkinson's community arose from the requests of families and friends asking us to design a place for healing of those who were left behind.

The purpose of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is a virtual place to 

- hold the memory of someone who lived with Parkinson’s and/or their family members
- memorialize families who were touched by Parkinson’s
- maintain the memory of others who suffered from the same or similar conditions
- allow family and friends to grieve and heal from the loss of someone they now can only remember
- bring greater awareness of the passing of Parkinson's sufferers than can otherwise be accomplished through print publications
- acknowledge and appreciate those who have made a donation and posted sentiments in memory of someone’s loved one
- provide a place for the living to visit so they can gain solace and understanding around the battle of a loved one with Parkinson’s, or a similar disease
- establish a memorial event honoring the legacy of the decedent and family
- serve as a memorial when the family prefers donations in lieu of flowers or tributes at anniversaries or other significant dates.

If you wish to honor your loved one and share your memories in a public fashion or establish a memorial event, such as a golf tournament, tennis tournament, or special award presentation in the name of the family or decedent, please contact us at


Donations made to the Memorial Fund go towards funding Parkinson's Resource Organization activities globally.

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

Capt. Stephen Hectus U.s. Navy Ret.

Capt. Stephen Hectus U.s. Navy Ret.

March 21, 1946 - February 4, 2020

Capt. Stephen Hectus, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Palm Desert - Capt. Stephen Hectus, U.S. Navy (Retired), 73, passed away on February 4, 2020 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Stephen was born on March 21,1946 in Newburgh, NY. After graduating from Niagara University in 1967, he entered the Navy where he served as a Bombardier/Navigator aboard A-6 Intruder attack jets. After leaving active duty, he spent another 20 years serving in the Naval Reserves.

In civilian life, Stephen was a Vice-President of Sales in the packaging industry, working for such companies as International Paper, Westvaco, and other companies in the New York/New Jersey marketplace.

Stephen was a kind man who loved the good things in life: fishing, lazy days at the beach, playing billiards, good food and wine, and especially taking naps. He fiercely loved his children, Ashley and Justin, being proud of them and worried about them equally as they navigated through their lives. He adored his three granddaughters and was known as their beloved "Papa Steve".

He leaves behind his wife and constant companion of 34 years, Peg Bascom; daughter Ashley Hectus; son Justin Hectus and wife Katie; granddaughters, Jordan, Madi, and Grace; brother Joseph (Michael) Hectus; brother John (Bonnie) Hectus; brother Tom (Cheryl) Hectus: and sister, Mary (John) Brennen; and his dog Alex. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Catherine Hectus, and his dogs Emily, Benjamin, and Nikki.

Stephen will be buried at sea with full military honors. A Celebration of Life will be held at his Palm Desert home on March 8, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Parkinson's Resource Organization ( would be greatly appreciated.

Remembering Capt. Stephen Hectus U.s. Navy Ret.

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Joanne (Sprague) Balcom

Joanne (Sprague) Balcom

- March 25, 2019

JOANNE (SPRAGUE) BALCOM Joanne was called home to be with her Savior on Monday, March 25th. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Jim, her sons Ken and Gary, her daughters Jill Fraley and Lori Duggan and their spouses, her sisters Eleanor Sturzen and Carol Stanner, her brother Harold Sprague and his wife Karen, 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service was held at Heritage Baptist Church on March 24th.

Remembering Joanne (Sprague) Balcom

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Diane (Cottrell) Tompkins

Diane (Cottrell) Tompkins

January 16, 1937 - January 2, 2020

Diane, the eldest child of Cosby and Florence Cottrell, was born in Los Angeles, California. Diane and her younger brother Mel grew up on the Cottrell Avocado and Christmas Ranch located in La Puente, California. As children, they enjoyed riding horses, tending fruit trees and living a country lifestyle. Diane's father, Crosby M. Cottrell, was an Executive for Fairchild Aerial Surveys and her mother, Florence Elizabeth, was a full time wife, mother and managed the day-to-day operations of the ranch.


After graduating from the University of Redlands, she met her future husband, Don Tomkins, a star of the Occidental College football team. They married in 1961 and started their life together in an apartment in Rosemead, before moving to their dream home on the 9th hole of the Glendora Country Club. They both enjoyed golf and socializing at the Club.


Diane and Don also shared a passion for hunting and fishing and ventured to the farthest reaches of Africa, the Arctic tip of Alaska, and everywhere in between! They were active members in the LA chapter of Safari Club International, an organization dedicated to protecting the freedom to hunt while promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. They especially loved their trips to the 'Save Conservancy', an 800,000 acre privately owned wildlife preserve, founded by Roger Whittall in Humani, Zimbabwe.


When they weren't traveling, Diane pursued her passion for teaching children (grades 2-4), a career she enjoyed for over 40 years! With Del Docterman, also a Coolidge 4th grade teacher, they developed a teaching strategy that allowed each teacher "to teach to their strengths". After retiring, Diane returned for many years to teach Art Classes, especially "Van Gogh Sunflowers". Her Students loved her!


Diane loved holidays and was an avid collector of decorations of all sorts, especially Annalee's. She delighted in whimsical displays and looked forward to opportunities to share with others. Diane was a dedicated member of the Glenkirk Church in Glendora and could always be counted on to create special decor for church luncheons.


Diane was an Educator, a collector and a worldwide traveler. She had lots of friends, but her longest and closest friend was Josette Temple who she met in the 2nd Grade. In their retirement they enjoyed outings to the Performing Arts Centre at Citrus College and rarely missed a show!


In 2005, DIane lost Don. It was an especially difficult time for Diane, because she was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease. Her brother Mel and sister-in-law Jan lived nearby and played a big role in her ability to maintain her independence for as long as possible. THey continued to look out for her for the rest of her life.


In 2016, it became impossible for Diane to continue to live independently, so she moved to Atria Senior Living in San Dimas where she was able to enjoy socializing in a safer environment. As the disease progressed and Diane needed full time care, she moved to La Posada in San Dimas in November 2018. She lived there until she passed away peacefully on January 2, 2020.


Diane was kind and generous, worked hard and believed in helping others. She was fortunate to marry her soul-mate, and together they were able to see and experience places and things that most people only dream about. She now rests in peace, leaving all of us with the memories we have of her and her life, a life well-lived.

Remembering Diane (Cottrell) Tompkins

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Charles Otis Cline Sr

Charles Otis Cline Sr

- January 15, 2020

Charles Otis Cline Sr


Our beloved Son to Julia Kemp-Cline and Clyde Arasho Cline, husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather; passed away on January 15th, 2020 peacefully at his home with loved ones by his side due to a long struggle with Parkinson’s, Diabetes and Heart Disease.

Charles Otis Cline Sr was born in Flint Michigan, He later relocated to Newport Beach, California, where he resided the rest of his life and most knew him as the “Newport Cowboy” because he never wore flip flops and always had on boots and a cowboy hat but he loved the ocean. Dad resided off Placentia Ave for 60+ years.

Later in life, he married Ip pun Cline on February 27th, 1988.

He ranked as an SSG as a Master Crew member; wings as UH-1H (Huey) mechanic in the Army. He served overseas in Germany in the 1950s and served twenty-three years in the Army, retiring in 1996. As a father, he served side by side in the Army with his son Charles Otis Cline Jr in the 336 ANV CO located in Los Alamitos, CA from 1986 to 1989. To the present, his Army legacy has continued through his son and grandchildren.

His career outside of the Army was with McDonald Douglas, where he worked as an electrician, building airplanes and continued to keep family close, working side by side with his Nephew, Travis Heil. He retired from Boeing after approximately thirty years of service. The Army prepared him well to live life to the fullest.

He is a well-respected member in the LDS church, Newport Beach ward…His loved ones gave him happiness. He always enjoyed time with his children, thirteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren whenever possible, he loved taking small ventures in life to grab something delightful to eat; spaghetti or a quick burger. Stopping at the local barber's was a routine he never broke; high and tight as they say. A quick haircut at the local barbers and a drive down the coast brought him great joy.

Charles Otis Cline Sr was quick to accept and love others as his family without judgment as well as to offer his help wherever needed. A man who loved beauty, always stopping to say hello or give another a compliment will be greatly missed. Charles Otis Cline Sr is very much loved and respected as a husband, father, and grandfather as well as a friend to many in his life, within the community and church.

Survived by: Wife: Ip pun Cline
Brother in law Young Shig O (Diane)
Siblings: Beverly Jean Dodson (Larry) Sue Reed, Richard Lee Powers Jr
Mother of his four children and best friend: Christine Cline - Heil
His four children and spouses:
Charles Michael Cline
Charles Otis Cline Jr (Shelly Cline) Cheri Elizabeth Cline (Calvin)
Carla Anne Hardcastle (MONT)
13 Grandchildren and 6 Great children.
We love you Poppie!!

Remembering Charles Otis Cline Sr

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Reverend Ann B. Martin

Reverend Ann B. Martin

- November 6, 2009

Ann Bodenhamer Martin, 82, made her transition and took flight with the angels on November 6, 2009. We all loved her. We all were uniquely blessed and inspired to new heights by her pure, yet simple way of loving. Our spirits soared as we laughed at her priceless and infectious sense of humor. We all have personal stories to share how she changed our lives for the better. Remembering Reverend Ann B. Martin conjures up a multitude of emotions and memories for all of us; sheer blessedness, unconditional love, heartfelt empathy, and unending wisdom. For 20 years, Ann blessed us as the Minister of Unity Church of Palm Springs. With her positive and caring approach in her thoughts, words, deeds and actions, she encouraged countless people to savor every moment of life with strength and appreciation, a sense of wonder, and a forgiving heart. Even when Parkinson's disease began playing havoc with her body and mind, she fought it head on, openly talking about it, laughing at it, and loving God all the more. Dedicated to the little white church in the desert, Dr. Ann communicated her pearls of wisdom in over 2,500 sermons. And then there were the hugs, over 240,000 of them, with always more to come. Ann's presence and devotion extended past the walls of the church. She built a sense of community within the community, dedicating herself to helping terminally ill patients and anyone else who needed a shoulder to cry on. She spent innumerable hours holding the hands of frightened individuals, assuring that God loved them and so did she. Above all, Ann was a teacher. She possessed the uncanny ability to recognize gifts inside of us that we couldn't see. And she was always right. Full of wisdom and encouragement, her messages were simple: "Decide today to make love a priority. Do what comes naturally and follow your heart. Listen within, forgive yourself and others, and ask for the truth of love to fill your life." Also a gifted author, Ann wrote several touching and awe-inspiring books. Her latest book, Calling Your Angel (SterlingHouse Publisher) has been enlightening readers since the fall of 2007. Calico Families (Pelican Publishing Co.) was first published in 1974 and has recently been re-released after 35 years! Ann's life before she moved to Palm Springs was anything but ordinary. A television personality in New Orleans, she created and hosted several shows, including "New Orleans Bandstand," "Hospitality House," and "The Ann Elliott Show." Also a fashion model, a radio broadcaster, a photographer, a journalist for several periodicals, and the first woman ever to "call the horses," Ann's life has been quite a trip! Ann's final job was perhaps her most important - Grandma. Living in Colorado with her daughter and two granddaughters for the past 15 months, Ann tackled Parkinson's with courage and conviction, determined to leave her grandchildren with the invaluable gifts of compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, faith in what you can't see, and love, always, always love. So, let's open our hearts, wipe away our tears, raise our arms in the air, and give our precious lady that well known, old fashioned, Ann Martin sendoff: Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! We love you, Dr. Ann! We love you, friend! We love you more! It would be greatly appreciated if monetary gifts made in memory of Dr. Ann, be sent to the Rev. Ann Martin Memorial at Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74-478 Highway 111, #102, Palm Desert, CA 92260 or on their website at Telephone 877-775-4111. Also, all royalties made from future book sales will be donated to PRO. Thank you.

Remembering Reverend Ann B. Martin

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74090 El Paseo #104
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Updated: August 16, 2017