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Hill, John  
John W. Hill John Hill, attorney and long time Palos Verdes Peninsula resident, died at age 79 of prostate cancer. John was born December 5, 1935 in Pittsburg, Kansas. Due to the depression gripping the country, John and his family frequently moved around the Midwest finally settling in Peoria, Illinois from where John graduated high school. He was the first of his family to graduate from college. He earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1957. After college, John enlisted in the Marines and served his country faithfully for two years. John moved out to Long Beach, California where he met his wife of over 40 years, Elizabeth D. Hill. John then worked in the insurance industry but always a person to seek out a challenge, John enrolled in law school and started practicing law in 1968. Seeking ways to push himself physically, John started running for the first time in his life. Soon he was completing marathons. Not content with running over 100 marathons in his lifetime, John was one of the first participants of the nascent Hawaii Ironman Triatholon finishing the grueling event two times. In terms of endurance sports, John was just getting started. He ran and completed the 100 mile Western States 100 Race that starts in Squaw Valley, California and ends in Auburn, California. Not a competitive or ocean swimmer at all, John slowly learned how to swim in the ocean. After a few years of training, he successfully swam the Catalina channel from the Isthmus on the island to the rocky shore below Marineland. This swim took him 19 continuous hours of effort and also made him the oldest person at the time to complete the swim. He also paddled in the 32 mile long Catalina Classic Paddleboard race in 1986. In the 1990's John turned to mountain climbing and pursued his goals with a singular (many would say extremely obsessive) focus. He climbed the highest mountains on 3 continents: South America, Europe, and Africa. Well into his seventies, it was common to find John climbing local mountains with his beloved bloodhound Ella Mae. John could be a man of startling contrasts. He loved his expensive sportscars but also prided himself on making coffee with tepid water straight from the tap. Gregarious, charming, chatty and at times hilarious, John loved to run, hike and drink coffee. He would talk your ear off and before you knew it, long distances were covered. John was a proud member of L.A.'s Jonathon Club. One of the heros of John's final years was his long time friend Christine Adams who helped him immensely with his dual struggles against cancer and dementia. Her unwavering tenacity and committment to John's wellbeing made some difficult times bearable. John is survived by two sons, Greg Hill and Andy Hill, and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Sierra Club. A celebration of John's life is planned for Saturday, January 31 at 2 PM at Green Hills Memorial Park.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 29, 2015

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Hazboun, Nasri Victor  
Nasri Victor Hazboun Hazboun, Nasri Victor 1924 - 2015 Victor was born in Beit-Dajan, Palestine. He passed away in Torrance, CA on January 23, 2015 with his family members at his hospital bedside. Victor is survived by his sons, Arthur and George and daughter-in-law, Virginia (Ginny) and grandchildren, Genevieve (Hazboun) Ortega and Daniel Hazboun. Victor is survived by his brother, Jack in California and sisters, Odette and Angele Hazboun in Palestine. Victor was preceded in death by his loving wife, Julie in 2005; his brother, Joseph and his sister, Madeleine Mauge. Victor was a high school teacher for most of his life and was a boy scout troop leader in Jordan. Upon immigrating to the United States in 1966 he became a Traffic Manager for Tape-Athon Music, Inc. in Inglewood, CA. He loved gardening, reading, cooking, playing chess, and had a passion for being a handyman with anything that required repair. Victor was deeply religious and loved to converse about history, politics, and especially his life during his youth in the family orange groves in Palestine. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. Rosary and vigil service will be held on Friday January 30, 2015 at 7pm at St. Margaret Mary Catholic church, 25511 Eshelman Ave, Lomita, CA. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday January 31, at 10am at St. Margaret Mary. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City, CA. Please sign the guest book at dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 28, 2015

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Helm, Ervine  
Ervine "Skip" Helm Skip passed away peacefully on January 17, 2015. The longtime former Rancho Palos Verdes resident is survived by his loving wife, Teri; children, Robert (Lyndsay) Helm, Jonna (Pablo) Mitjans, and Kristin Helm; grandchildren, Owen & Jacob Helm, and Jonathan & Matthew Mitjans; sister, Patricia Campbell; nephew, Scott (Evelyn) Campbell; niece, Lesley Schou; and great-nieces, Kaila Campbell, Randi & Kenzie Schou. Skip was born February 1, 1936 in Virginia to parents John and Phyllis Helm. Skip will be remembered as a kind, selfless, and caring husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. Skip lived in Hawaii during the attack on Pearl Harbor, played baseball for William & Mary before graduating with a Bachelor Degree from Cal State Los Angeles and Master Degree from the University of Southern California. Skip went on to a successful career with Southern California Edison. In retirement, Skip and his wife traveled and he could often be found on the golf course. As a loving husband, Skip married Teri in 1971 and they spent 43 loving years together. As a dedicated father, Skip enjoyed being involved with his kids' activities including being President of Silver Spur Little League. As an avid sports fan, Skip was a long time USC football season ticketholder and enjoyed cheering on the Trojans, Dodgers, and Cal Poly Mustangs. Please join us for his Celebration of Life January 24th from noon to 4pm. Please contact Jonna Mijtans at 561-847-5670 or Kristin Helm at 310-489-3448 for details and directions. Memorial donations may be made in honor of Skip Helm to Alzheimer's Association at http://act.alz.org/goto/Skip_Helm . Please sign the guestbook at greenhillsmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, 2015
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