April 19, 1942 - June 7, 2014 Jon Joseph Gallo passed away after a 19-month battle with cancer. He was born at a very young age (one of his favorite jokes). He graduated from Hollywood High School, Occidental College, and UCLA Law School. In 1967, Jon joined the law firm Greenberg & Glusker, and began what would become a nationally recognized career in Estate Planning. Jon had a brilliant mind and was an extremely gifted speaker. Jon and his wife, Eileen, started the Gallo Institute and began speaking across the country about the psychology of money and raising financially intelligent children. Jon loved photography. He took incredible photographs of his son's football games as well as vivid portraits of animals in the African wild, scenic South American landscapes, and even a budding flower in the backyard. Jon enjoyed fishing. He took the day boat out of the Marina and never came back empty-handed. Jon loved reading and amassed quite a library of fiction and non-fiction works. He loved technology, always wanting the next big thing even while unwrapping the last big thing. Jon loved to cook and grill. He became a certified BBQ judge and enjoyed deciding the fate of various smoked meats. He loved to tell jokes, and had the rare ability to make people laugh at the bad ones. He was a wonderful man, a loving husband, father and grandfather, an incredible mentor, a well-respected colleague, and a man many people honestly had the good fortune of meeting. Jon is survived by the love of his life, Dr. Eileen Gallo; his daughter, Valerie (Carlos) Olvera; his son, Donald (Debbie) Gallo; his son, Kevin (Chandra) Gallo; his grandsons Joshua and Carlos Jon; and his granddaughters, Emily and Hayley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Fulfillment Fund (www.fulfillment.org).
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 15, 2014