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Jeffrey Allen Dittemore (1961 - 2013)

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  • "Jeff was a great guy very trustworthy and a pleasure to be..."
    - Jeremiah Carter
  • " Jeffrey Allen Dittemore (1961 - 2013) The life of Jeff..."
  • "Jeff just popped up on my screen via this sight...angels..."
    - Kay Miller
  • "Jeff was a fun loving man and was able to see the realities..."
    - Linda Jaffe
  • "Dear Auntie Max et al: Our hearts and thoughts are with..."
    - Lynn Stone

Jeff was born in Torrance, California on March 8, 1961 to his loving parents, Maxine Folkart and James Dittemore of Redondo Beach. He made his spiritual journey Home to the Heart of God on October 24, 2013. He attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach and Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. Jeff served our country with distinction in the United States Navy from 1981 to 1984, based at Harold E Holt Communications Station in Northwest Australia. His bigger-than-life personality always created wonderful relationships both personally and in his professions. After his military service, Jeff managed The Grand Tradition in Fallbrook, Calif., a wedding and special celebration venue. He began a successful concerts series, inviting top musicians and delighting the community. He also worked with his brother, Jim, tending bar and scheduling musicians at their successful venture, "Choices," in Benicia, Calif. He was "discovered" while tending bar at the "Silver Bullet" in Lakewood, Calif., by the film crew for "Thelma and Louise" and hired to play the part of the "bouncer" in the movie. He went on to play small parts in films, including "Hot Shots" and "How Mom and Dad Saved the World." Transitioning to more traditional occupations, Jeff served as Business Expansion Manager for Heritage Carpet and Tile in Deerfield Beach, Florida from 1993 to 1998, setting up new locations, finding facilities, hiring and training new staff, and establishing excellent relationships with the top builders of the industry. He worked as District Sales Manager for the Southeast Region of Carsmart.com in Boca Raton, Florida, increasing sales more than 100% in all markets, maintaining a healthy customer base, and consistently being acknowledged as one of the top three D.S.M.s for sales volume and closing ratios. He returned as Supervisor to Heritage in 2002, managing over 15 crews, while maintaining excellent workmanship and timely installations, as well as sustaining quality relationships with all existing and new accounts. Always extremely close to his sister and brother-in-law, he delighted his Florida family and friends with his great humor and joy of life. A boating trip to Bimini or Brazilian dance party was made even more wonderful with his joyful and adventurous spirit. Jeff returned to California in 2005 after a number of medical challenges, particularly with his heart, moving first to Oroville to be close to his father, then to Palm Desert, near his mother. Even with increasingly challenging medical events, he was always ready to entertain and delight anyone fortunate to be with him, including his church family. His great spirit brought him through numerous hospitalizations and difficult times, and he always felt his mission was to lift the spirits of others. Greeting his spiritual family on Sunday mornings, he provided a welcoming hug and enormous smile to everyone entering the sanctuary until he was no longer able to be present. Beyond his gregarious nature lay deep love and appreciation of music and an artistic eye for design and beauty. He was a long-time member of the Palm Springs Art Museum and supporter of the Living Desert. He appreciated fine dining and was himself a wonderful cook, often enjoying meal preparation with his family and friends. He loved animals from the time he was a child, and they always took to him immediately, knowing he was a safe and caring person. Jeff is survived by his mother, Maxine Kaye, father and step-mother, James and Nancy Dittemore, brother, James Franklin Dittemore, III, sister, Jeri Anne Smith and brother-in-law, Runo Smith, brother, Adam Dittemore, and he was pre-deceased by his brother, Mark Dittemore. In addition to aunts and uncles: Edith Biedermann, John (and Linda) Dittemore, Bruce (and Martha) Folkart, and Alice Folkart, his loss will also be mourned by dear cousins: Lynn Stone, Burt Folkart, Jr., Helene Folkart, David Folkart, Diane Folkart, David Moneymaker, Mary McKinley, Joan Wilson, Steve Moneymaker, Gregory Ames and Wendy Ames, Suzanne Francis, and Stephanie Evans, and the following beloved nieces and nephews: Stephanie, Christopher, Hope, Grant, and Alyssa Dittemore. He will live in our hearts forever and never be forgotten. A Celebration of Life will be held for Jeff at the Center for Spiritual Living, 45-630 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260, at the corner of Shadow Mountain Rd., Sunday, November 3, at 12:30 p.m. Phone number: (760) 346-4649. Donations may be made in his name to Animal Samaritans of Thousand Oaks, The Living Desert of Palm Desert, or Center for Spiritual Living.

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Published in The Desert Sun on Oct. 31, 2013
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