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David Pregerson

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February 15, 1990 - December 31, 2013 Dave believed in the power of love and beauty that resides within each of us. When he said "I love you," he meant it. David refused to follow other people's definition of how to live his life. He personified the challenge he made to himself and everyone he loved - dare to know yourself --sometimes to the awe and chagrin of his family and friends. David was a tireless creative partner freely offering his talents and wisdom to others. Dave lived life fearlessly, always excited to see what was around the next corner. With a camera in hand, he was always ready to document and humorously narrate whatever he was witnessing. Dave packed more into his 23 years than most people three times his age. Dave was authentic. A few months ago, his Dad asked Dave whether he feared anything. Dave said, "Not really." Pressing further, his Dad asked, "Not even death?" Dave laughed and said, "That's ridiculous, why would anyone be afraid of death?" He was at peace, he said, he had "figured it out." We don't doubt it for a second, and take great comfort in Dave's knowledge. Dave graduated from UCLA film school this year and executive produced the recently released documentary film "Journey to Planet Sanity." Dave kept a framed letter on his desk that he wrote he wrote 10 years ago to kids at his summer camp: Dear People of the World, I, David Prego, regret to inform you all that I was unable to make it to camp this year. I am sure all the children will find some way to entertain yourselves in my absence. But know that my spirit lives on in the hearts of the youth, and in the eye of the Beholder. I wish you all a good day and all a good night, and remember me, not as primo, but as a hero¿ Much love, Prego Dave, and his brother, Bradley, created an organic vegetable garden (www.grow-good.org) at the Salvation Army's Bell Homeless Shelter the largest homeless shelter west of the Mississippi. The garden provides bushels of produce and jobs to the residents of the shelter, integrating mental health therapeutic programing and classes on horticulture and healthy living to help residents transition back into the mainstream. If you would like to make a donation in Dave Pregerson's honor, here is a link to the Grow-Good Garden project's website: www.grow-good.org With best wishes for a healthy and loved-filled New Year, Sharon, Dean and Bradley Pregerson
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 3, 2014
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