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Mel Risher


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Mel Risher Obituary
July 22, 1937 - April 23, 2017 Mel Risher, aka Lemuel P. Risher, passed away after a long illness, on April 23, 2017 at age 79. Although born in South Carolina, Mel was brought to Southern Calif. at an early age. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and lived for many years in Santa Monica, Malibu, and West Los Angeles. Mel attended UCLA and CSU-Northridge, where he received his BA degree and teaching credentials and Pepperdine University, receiving an MA degree. He worked for many years as beloved teacher and administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Mel moved to Santa Monica in 1964 and participated in several community organizations. He was a longtime member of the Santa Monica Sister City Assoc. (SMSCA), serving many times in leadership positions; the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); the Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE); and the Latino Resource Organization (LRO). Mel was preceded in death by his parents Paul W. Risher and Margaret Bailey Risher Wise; his siblings Paul Jr. and Frances Risher Santori; and longtime companion Forrest Marquez Freed. Upon death, he leaves his life partner Carl Baker, West Los Angeles; niece Yolanda Santori Ruffu, Seattle; cousins Stephanie Marquez, Greg Marquez and Christel (Chris) Wilson, Los Angeles; as well as numerous friends and acquaintances in the U.S. and Mexico. Funeral services will be held May 3, 2017 at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mortuary, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City; to be followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Harmonsburg, Pa. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mel Risher's honor and memory to the Santa Monica Sister City Assoc., c/o Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2017
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