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Obituary: Naidu Permaul, 83, Longtime Resident and Optimist Club Leader

UCLA alum Naidu Permaul, who lived in Pacific Palisades for 49 years and was active in the Optimist Club, passed away on February 20. After watching the UCLA-Cal basketball game at Pauley Pavilion on February 18, Naidu was driving out of the … Continue reading

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Obituary- Palisadian Burt Bacharach, Award-Winning Composer

Pacific Palisades resident, and composer, Burt Freeman Bacharach passed away in his home on Amalfi on February 8 of natural causes. He was 94. Born May 12, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri, Bacharach was the only child of father Bert, … Continue reading

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Obituary – Chuck Morrell, 88, Admired Book Publisher Rep and Former Resident

The Southern California book community lost one of its finest ambassadors on January 17, with the passing of longtime book rep and former Pacific Palisades resident, Chuck Morrell in Rancho Santa Margarita. He was 88. He had been in declining … Continue reading

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OBITUARY–Hamzah Alsaudi, 22, a Former Top Wrestler at Palisades High 

                            Hamzah Alsaudi, 22, was swept out to sea while swimming at a beach in Pacifica, south of San Francisco, on January 19. According to the Pacifica Police … Continue reading

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Obituary: David Morena, Active Resident, Devoted Grandfather

  David Joseph Morena passed away of cancer at his Castellammare home on January 7. He was 77 years old. David was born on July 10, 1945, to Italian immigrants, Joseph and Lena, in San Francisco. He moved to Santa … Continue reading

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Obituary: Dr. Lawrence J. Kondra, Husband and Friend

  Lawrence J. “Larry” Kondra, 71, husband, father, physician, and friend to many passed away peacefully at home in Pacific Palisades on December 11. Larry was born February 24, 1951, to Doris and Lawrence J. Kondra, DDS, in Englewood, New … Continue reading

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Obituary: Paul Morantz, Champion for Those in Cults

Paul Morantz, a California lawyer who crusaded against brainwashing self-help gurus, crooked psychotherapists and menacing cults, including one that nearly killed him with a rattlesnake, died October 23 at a Santa Monica hospital. He was 77. Palisades resident Bob Vickrey … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Dr. Mike “Mario” Martini, a Pacific Palisades Stalwart

Dr. Mike Martini, 97, a treasured pediatrician in Pacific Palisades for decades and an active, always smiling member of the community, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 12. Longtime residents were quick to mourn one of its beloved individuals. … Continue reading

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Obituary: Mary J. Rapoport, 80; Longtime Resident and a Leader in the National Women’s Political Caucus

Mary J. Rapoport was born in New York City to Sylvia and Joseph Feder on October 19, 1941. She passed away on September 18, with her family at her side. Growing up in Washington Heights, Mary graduated from the High School … Continue reading

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OBITUARY – Susan Orenstein, 79, Longtime Resident and Past President of the Historical Society

By BILL BRUNS Susan Orenstein, an active member of the Pacific Palisades Historical Society and the Temescal Canyon Association for many years, passed away on September 26. Born November 25, 1942, to Randall and Pauline Coates, Susan grew up in … Continue reading

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