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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

Donald James Smith

Donald James Smith

August 7, 1939 - October 10, 2019

Born August 7, 1939 to James Vincent Smith and Esther (Pjerrou) Smith in South Gate, California, he passed peacefully on October 10, 2019 from complications of Parkinson's, a disease he valiantly fought for 23 years.Don was a native Californian and a lifelong resident. Born and raised in South Gate where he attended Junipero Serra High (class of 57), after which he moved to Hermosa Beach and graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles. He taught at Junipero Serra High School before moving to San Francisco to hang out with the beat poets and write. He returned to Hermosa and started work at the Los Angeles City Housing Authority.


Over the next 30 plus years he worked at both the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Housing Authorities. He retired as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Housing Authority. Don was an advocate for the underserved and a leader many respected for his commitment to helping people get the resources they needed and deserved. For the last 25 years, he and his wife Julia, have called Monterey Park home.Don was a voracious reader who could speak and debate on any topic, a prolific writer of the short story and Haiku, a music aficionado with a collection and sound system envied by many, a talented athlete who lettered in four sports in high school, was drafted into minor league baseball, played tennis in college and ran his first marathon at 40.


He loved to watch sports, especially the Lakers, Dodgers, Golf and Tennis. Later in his life he was a practicing Vajrayana Buddhist, and in his earlier years he was in the seminary for a year. Don was an eclectic, fascinating and funny man who will be so missed by his family and friends.Don was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his beautiful and loving wife Julia, his daughter Cara Peck (Jeffrey), son Michael Smith, and step-son Rene Lopez Sr. (Sueann), grandchildren Ella Smith, Rene Lopez Jr., Ava Peck and Mattea Peck. Don was the oldest of five children and is survived by his three brothers, Vince Smith (Annette), Trayce Pjerrou and David Smith (Theresa), and one sister, Martha Morrow (Glen).


He is also survived by his best friend of 60 years, George Schmeltzer.There will be a celebration of life at 11:00 am with a lunch following on Saturday, November 16th at Luminarias, 3500 W Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754.

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Kenneth Robert Riley

Kenneth Robert Riley

March 12, 1934 - October 16, 2019

Reno, NV - Ken Riley, 85, passed away on October 16, 2019 in Reno, NV from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Born in Pasadena, CA on March 12, 1934, Ken and his wife of over 60 years, Melinda, lived in Las Vegas, NV; La Jolla, CA; Incline Village, NV and Indian Wells, CA. Melinda Lee Olson Riley preceded him in death on May 17, 2018. Ken is survived by his four children: Kimberley Bowser, Karen Goodrick, Lisa Hills, Christopher Riley and thirteen grandchildren. Ken was a real estate developer in five states for over 50 years as a General Contractor building apartments, condominiums and the owner-operator of Le Baron Hotels. Ken received the Golden Plate Award in 1973 among other business awardees Ray Kroc, Malcolm Forbes, H. Ross Perot, and J. W. Marriott. Ken was featured in the book, Las Vegas Dreams by Jim Bickford in 2002. Ken was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Services will be held at Calvary Chapel Reno, 220 Edison Way, Reno, on November 2, 2019 at 2pm. A second celebration will follow near his birthday in March in 2020, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village, NV.

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Edman Ray Ross

Edman Ray Ross

January 15, 1940 - September 23, 2019

Los Angeles - Ed passed away peacefully on September 23, 2019. He was born on January 15, 1940, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Ray and Reva Ross. He grew up in Kansas City, Kansas until he was 11, before moving with his mother to Los Angeles in 1951. He graduated from L.A. High School and went on to L.A. City College where he was a member of the college wrestling team. In 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he proudly served for 4 years. He was stationed at El Toro, CA and Kaneohe Marine Air Base at Oahu, Hawaii. He went on a six-month cruise aboard an attack aircraft carrier (USS Oriskany) while assigned to VMF 232 fighter squadron. In 1964, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked many different assignments before retiring in 1985. For years, he was a key competitor in the Police Olympics in handball and then racquetball. 1986, he joined the Orange County District Attorney's Office as an investigator before retiring in 2002 as a Supervising investigator. He met his lovely wife, Donna, on a Caribbean cruise and they were wed in 1979. They greatly enjoyed going on cruises, taking various trips and seeing shows in Las Vegas. In 2002, they moved to the Del Webb Sun City Palm Desert community. Even after many years, they loved their "desert paradise" and always felt this was home. Ed joined various service committees where he met a lot of wonderful people who volunteered their time to help other residents. He joined the Racket Club where he played paddle tennis and tennis and joined two Putters golf clubs where he played in Sun City tournaments.

This smart, witty, humble man was a hero and inspiration to many. Ed was truly an exceptional person, admired and loved by all. May his soul rest in God's eternal peace.

He is survived by his wife, Donna and brother-in-law, Gil (Jeanne) Scarnecchia of Laguna Niguel, CA, and his nieces and nephews, Shawn (Chris) Merto, Mollie (Brandon) McCullough, and Jake Scarnecchia, Brad, Wes and Alex (Ashley) King and numerous family and friends.

Visitation is from 3:00 to 7:00 pm (Rosary at 5:30 pm) Sunday, October 13 at Forest Lawn Ramon Chapel in Cathedral City, CA. Church services will be held Monday, October 14 at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church in La Quinta, CA. Burial will be on Tuesday, October 15 at 10:30 am at Forest Lawn Ascension Gardens in Cypress, CA.

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John Paul Butler

John Paul Butler

February 5, 1944 - March 11, 2019

John Butler, age 75, retired after 25 years with Lockheed Martin where he was a Principal Systems Engineer. He passed away peacefully at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital from complications due to advanced Parkinson’s Disease on 11 March 2019 at 4:00 AM.  John was surrounded by his wife Dolores Butler and his three caregivers, Bobby, Janet and Nakkita.

John was born at Eglin AFB Florida, on 5 February 1944.  He grew up in Arizona where he attended ASU.  He received an MA in Aerospace Management from the University of Southern California.  He later went into the Air Force through his college ROTC serving 11 ½ yrs. in the Air Force. He left the service as a Captain in Communications Engineering. John also served in the Air National Guard for 4 years in Maryland and earned the rank of Major before retiring from service duty.

He married Dolores Junya Paulman 7 months after meeting her at Beale AFB in California on 14 February 1970.

John is survived by his wife Dolores, his sister Jacqueline Butler Diaz, Lionel of Mesa, Az. and a niece Alena Grace Butler Diaz. He is predeceased by his parents, Paul Roland Butler and Pauline Faye Butcher Butler.

John is remembered for his wonderful sense of humor as he loved to make up jokes and make people laugh. He was also known for his kindness and devotion to his parents-in-law particularly as they aged. My father thought of John like his own son. John was also very creative and could do etching work, fine craftwork and could even design and create an entire kitchen or build a deck.

John was good at everything from sports to teaching and he loved to dance, especially to all the latest dances with his favorite being the Electric Slide. He did it better than anyone and lead others on the dance floor as they followed him.  In music, his favorite song was “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog.”  John was patient, kind and never complained about his Parkinson’s condition as he only threw the trash can once across the room in frustration towards the end of his disease. He really could do anything and loved to help people. John was truly loved by all.

RIP my wonderful husband you will BE missed by ALL. 

A graveside service with Air Force military honors will take place at Quantico National Cemetery on Friday, March 29, 2019

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Thomas E. Bruyere

Thomas E. Bruyere

January 15, 1933 - January 4, 2009

Captain Thomas E. Bruyere USN, (Ret), 75, died peacefully on January 4, 2009, in San Diego, CA, from complications associated with Parkinson's disease which he endured for 15 years.


Tom was born to Bolton and Annette Bruyere on January 15, 1933, in Waco, TX. He grew up in east Texas, graduated from Longview High School in 1951, and attended Kilgore College until his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1956.


Captain Bruyere had a distinguished 28-year career as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot where he flew 4200 hours in jet aircraft, 371 combat missions in Southeast Asia, and over 800 carrier arrested landings. Tom's career highlights included command of Fighter Squadron 142 "Ghostriders," navigator of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, and command of Navy Recruiting District, New York.


After retirement from the Navy, he began TNT Hydrolines Inc., building and operating high-speed catamarans to carry commuters from New Jersey to the Wall Street Pier.


His major philanthropic activities included the establishment of Fleet Week in New York City; directing the San Francisco Air Show featuring the Navy's Blue Angels; serving as President of the Navy League Council in New York City, and active in the Navy League Councils of San Francisco and Baltimore.


Tom's hobbies, besides flying fast, were people and laughter. He had the great gifts of charm and clever humor. People were drawn to him not only because of his great character but his special ability to put everyone at ease.


Tom is survived by Kathy Bruyere, his wife, and selfless caregiver for the last 20 years; three sons from his marriage to Joan Bruyere; Brett Bruyere and wife Mandi of Boise, ID, Major Trent Bruyere, U.S. Army and wife Valeria of Coral Gables, FL, and T.J. Bruyere and wife Blanca of Coronado, CA; sister, Marilyn Brunkhorst and husband Robert of Dallas, TX; brothers, Bolton Bruyere of Snyder, TX, Robert Bruyere and wife Blanche of Longview, TX, Milton Bruyere and wife Kristin of Shreveport, LA, and Helen Bruyere his sister-in-law and wife of brother David Bruyere who recently preceded him in death of Longview, TX; ten grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.


His body will be cremated and buried at a National veteran's cemetery to be announced at a later date.

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Updated: August 16, 2017