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John Martin Liebes

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John Martin Liebes In Memoriam
November 12, 1930 - August 15, 2015 John Martin Liebes of Brentwood, an adored father, remarkable man, and leading force in the Los Angeles real estate community passed away on August 15, 2015 in Santa Monica. He was 84. A fourth generation Californian and the son of Martin and Dorothy Liebes, John was born in San Francisco, California on November 12, 1930. After moving to Los Angeles as a young boy, John was raised in Westwood, graduating from University High School and UCLA. John served in the US Army Signal Corps and was fortunate that the war in Korea ended as he crossed the Pacific. John met his wife Gail at the Westwood Bridge Club. Married on September 1st 1956, John and Gail shared a fantastic life until Gail passed in September 2000. Together and with their wide circle of friends, John and Gail's passions included tennis at the Riviera Tennis Club, golf, art, and traveling, which John continued on for the rest of his life. Among their numerous beloved family traditions was an annual trip to the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club each summer, made without fail for 45 consecutive years, where John started each morning with a rich piece of chocolate coffee cake. While John dabbled in the insurance business for a couple of years after completing his military service, he quickly recognized increasing business opportunities in real estate brokerage, investments and property management. Chance friendships which were struck in a recreational volleyball league and forged with one simple rule: that the four men had to unanimously agree on all business decisions, lead to an incredible, 52 year partnership known as Moss & Company. John recognized that time was the most valuable commodity that he could give to his community. He was an indispensable member of the UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica Board of Advisors for 20 years. John's support and advice extended to countless friends as well as the American Youth Symphony, LACMA, American Art Council, The Smithsonian Institute for American Art, the Gail Kuntz Liebes '53 Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lake Forest College and Los Angeles Waterkeeper. Even with his respected business achievements, John was an even more successful husband, father, admired member of the community, and overall gentleman. Watching his kids and grandchildren compete in sports was his greatest passion, and he never missed a game. Beloved by people of all ages and walks of life, John lead by example as a goodhearted one-of-a-kind person others aspired to be. John was known and loved in his community for his sound advice, warmth, and signature quick wit above all. After family and friends, John's greatest joy was the beaches of southern California. From a small boy spending the summer in the sand at Hermosa Beach with his grandfather, to his last days at the Beach Club, the ocean was always his home away from home. For John, a day was never complete without laughter or a ray of sunshine, and his irrepressible spirit never wavered, even at the end of his life. While John, 'Poppy' Liebes is survived by his children Alison and Chris and his grandchildren Caroline, Spencer, Genny, Tessa and Lily, he will be deeply missed by many more. A celebration of John's wonderful life will take place at The Beach Club in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, September 19th at 4 pm. Apologies in advance to all USC and Stanford fans, but then, John was a Bruin to his core. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to support the UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Partners for Care Fund. Kindly make checks payable to The UCLA Foundation, "in memory of John Liebes", and send to UCLA Health Sciences, Attn: Brian Loew, 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Ste 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 23, 2015
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