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September 27, 1951 - August 13, 2015 David Paul Coleman, 63, of Los Angeles died peacefully on August 13, 2015 of Primary Scherosing Colangitis (PSC) a rare liver disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeannie, the last great love of his life; his adored sister, Bonnie Wilberscheid; admired brother-in-law, Paul Wilberscheid; and his two cherished nieces, Colleen McElvogue and Carrie McElvogue. He is also survived by the second woman to give him life, the incredibly generous Lori Marin. At great risk to herself, she gave him half of her liver in 2003 which enabled him to Iive another 12 years. David was always grateful to her and loved her beyond measure. A native of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, David studied acting and directing at the prestigious Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and theory and composition at the renown Chicago Musical College. He was an actor, director, musician and composer of beautiful musicals. In his spare time, David performed with his jazz trio, The Hollywood Rhythm Kings where he joyfully played the keyboard, did vocals and arranged the music for many events. Along with drummer, Kerry Crutchfield and bass guitarist, Martin Blasick, David can be seen in all his glory at hollywoodrhythmkings.com David was also the resident musical director of Brain Brew Entertainment which provides interactive entertainment for corporate clients and other private groups. With the left part of his brain, David worked at the RAND Corporation for 15 years in pubic policy research. His colleagues respected and praised him for his friendship and kindness as well as his skills. A true Renaissance man, David had many and varied interests; chief among them being traveling and astronomy. He was intensely curious about the world around him and lived each day as if it were a gift, which of course it was. David was beloved by all who knew him or just met him as a gentle, giving, compassionate, smart man with a great sense of humor who never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was greatly respected by all both professionally and personally. A man of his word, always even handed, never cruel, he was modest to a fault, always making others look good and letting them bask in the limelight. Some of it found him anyway though as he was too talented and intelligent for it not to. David was a remarkable man who will be sorely missed by all those fortunate enough to have known him. What a class act!! A celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the La Tijera United Methodist Church 7400 Osage Avenue Los Angeles, 90045 at 2 PM. Reception will follow. Please RSVP to [email protected] so we know how to plan. And please say if you will be coming alone or with someone. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David's honor at pscpartners.org and/or cholangiocarcinoma.org. "Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest"
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 22 to Aug. 30, 2015
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