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Patty passed away peacefully on June 22, 2014, her loving family by her side, in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she had lived for many years. She died as she lived – on her own terms, in her own way, positive and fearless. Patty was born on October 19, 1956, in Palm Springs, California, but grew up in Rancho Santa Fe where her family relocated in 1964. She attended Rancho Santa Fe Elementary, graduated from San Dieguito High School and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University Stanislaus. After college, Patty settled in San Francisco where she met Dan Watts, whom she married in 1983. Their son, David, was born in 1985. Shortly thereafter, she and her family moved to Arizona, where she lived for the remainder of her life. Patty had many interests, including books, animals, horseback riding, photography, travel, hiking, motorcycles, music, the beach, cycling, and spending time with David and Dan. Despite being a private person, Patty dedicated her life to the service of others. In her own quiet way, Patty was a seeker of enlightenment, both worldly and spiritual. Whatever answers she may have found, she also understood the value of the knowledge and experience gained by the search itself. She had an adventurous, independent spirit, yet also found joy in the simpler things in life – working in her yard, reading, or spending time with friends and family. Patty is survived by husband, Dan; son, David; mother, Dorothy; sisters, Suzy and Barbara; and brothers, Michael and Peter. She is preceded in death by her father, Alvin.
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John (Jack) R. Lucas passed away on June 25, 2014, after a brief illness and hospital stay. He was born at home in Columbus, Ohio, on December 28, 1914, the third of four children of George Robert Lucas and Alice Russell Richardson. A 1937 graduate of Ohio State with a BS in engineering, Jack received his medical degree from Western Reserve in Cleveland in 1941. He served during the Second World War as a captain in the medical service of the Army Air Corps. Jack married Fay Christy Bigelow of Columbus on his birthday in 1942. They were a happy and devoted couple throughout their marriage which ended with his wife's death in 2001 following a long and debilitating illness. After the war, he practiced as a general surgeon in Ohio and Iowa before completing a residency in orthopedics at the McBride Clinic in Oklahoma City in 1952. That summer they moved to California, which he and his wife dearly loved, turning into constructive natives and singing the virtues of the state to all and sundry. Jack was the first orthopedic surgeon in La Jolla serving on staff at various San Diego hospitals including Scripps, Sharp, and Rady Children's where he did volunteer work for many years. He retired in 1987 to care for his wife. Jack is survived by his son, John (Mary-Claire) and grandsons, Robert and William; and his son, Timothy (Leslie) and her children, Mary Jane and Jack Morrow. Interment was private to the family.
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Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick, affectionately known as Fitz, was born July 21, 1944, in Atlanta, Georgia. He passed away July 12, 2014, at his home in Rancho Santa Fe surrounded by his family following a ten year battle with prostate cancer. Fitz was an internationally recognized Dermatologist and Laser Surgeon. His historic discovery of skin resurfacing with lasers is considered to be among the leading advances in Dermatology. He was the founder of SkinMedica, one of the premier cosmeceutical skin care lines in the country. Fitz's second greatest love, after his family, was his long and varied career in dermatology, which included 36 years of private medical and surgical practice in San Diego. After graduating from Princeton University in 1966, Fitz studied medicine at Emory University, achieving membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, and completed an internship in general medicine at the University of Southern California. He entered the Navy, serving as a general medical officer achieving the rank of Commander from 1971-1974, and completed his residency in Dermatology at UCLA in 1978. He then moved to San Diego and opened Dermatology Associates in La Jolla and Encinitas. Fitz had a laser in his hand until the very end, working at Goldman, Butterwick, Fitzpatrick, Groff & Fabi. In addition to treating tens of thousands of patients, Fitz conducted 130 medical research projects and published over 130 medical papers, 3 medical textbooks and nearly 60 textbook chapters. He influenced the lives of countless physicians and changed the face of cosmetic dermatology forever. His accomplishments and his contributions to the world of dermatology were enhanced by his genuine love of life. He was an eternal optimist who will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Above all else, Fitz loved and adored his family, including his wife, Betsy; four daughters and a son, Palmer Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth (Craig) Calders, Ted Fitzpatrick, Maggi Fitzpatrick (Taylor McLemore), and Caitlin Fitzpatrick; and four grandchildren, Kasey, Kate, Topher and Griffin. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 18, 2014, at 1pm at the Village Church, Rancho Santa Fe. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Jewish Collaborative of San Diego, PO Box 131436, Carlsbad, CA 92013, www.jcosd.com ; or The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, www.aslms.org , the main page has information on how to donate to the Richard E. Fitzpatrick, MD, Clinical Research and Innovations Memorial Award. If you have any questions about donations, please contact Betsy at fitzpatrickpr@gmail.com .
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Miriam Joan Byrne passed away on June 23, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family in Ramona, California. She was born in 1938, in Clinton, Iowa, to J. Kenneth and Rosena H. Melvin. Miriam graduated from the University of Iowa in Speech Therapy and worked in that capacity for the Covina School District, Los Angeles County. Mimi is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, Herbert Byrne; daughters, Dayna Byrne and Diana (Mark) Bosack; grandchildren, Lauren and Daniel Bosack; sisters, Marilyn Melvin and Maureen (James) Morrow; the families of beloved nieces and nephews, including nephew, Eddie (Carrie) Booth and sons, Colin and Reilley, and Oliver who recently followed Grandma Mimi home to the Lord; and an extensive network of dear friends. Residing in Glendora for many years, the Byrnes were active members of St. Dorothy's Parish. Bert taught at Glendora High. Mimi was a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed crafting miniatures. An outstanding cook, she hosted extended family and friends. After retirement to the Country Estates, she remained active in her Quilting Guild. Throughout her life, Mimi experienced extensive international travel with her family that created lasting memories. During her life among us, Miriam lived as a ""Good and Faithful Servant"" to Christ, with the Lord and the Catholic faith at the center of her life. Services will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, with a Rosary at 10:15am and the funeral Mass at 11am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Ramona. Private burial of ashes will be at a later date. Donations in her memory are appreciated by the Lupus Foundation of Southern California: www.lupussocal.org.
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