Jeffrey Max Nicholas, 61, of Palm Springs left this world on February 15, 2013, after a short stay at RCRMC. Jeff was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on April 4, 1951. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marguerite (Pat) Nicholas and his father John Charles Nicholas. Jeff was known as Max, his middle name, during his years living in Palm Springs. Jeff's fiancé, faithful partner of many years and best friend is Christine Loya, who also resides in the Palm Springs area. Jeff and Christine were a very loving couple who enjoyed several great years together. Christine's love and support over the years never wavered, even as his health declined. Jeff is survived by his two daughters, Allison (Allie) and Lauren Nicholas, both living in the Portland area. Throughout his life his daughters remained a source of love and pride. Jeff also leaves behind two brothers, Jerry M. Doolittle of Terre Haute, IN, and John A. Nicholas of Gentryville, Indiana. Jeff also leaves behind a large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews. Jeff was a graduate of Honey Creek High School and Indiana University. He was an accomplished athlete in his youth and retained a love of sports throughout his life. While at IU, Jeff proved to be a master prankster, borrowing the closely guarded "Old Oaken Bucket" from arch rival Purdue and presenting it to the IU football coach to the rousing cheers of the entire student body. After graduating from IU, Jeff moved to Southern California and worked in the trucking industry for many years. Jeff lived a full life in his 61 years, richly impacting the lives of so many. His keen interest in people, rapier wit, and proficiency with magic made him a joy to be around for people of all ages. He was charismatic and passionate with a true love for life. Family and friends know that without him the world is an emptier place, somehow devoid of the color it once had. His life reminds us to stay in the moment and live life fully each and every day. Jeff passed on with few regrets. He will be sadly missed and never forgotten by all who knew him. His choice was to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Palm Springs.
Published in The Desert Sun on Mar. 2, 2013