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A month shy of his 94th birthday, Milton Fenton passed away in his home in The Village last Sunday, August 16, 2015. Born in Elizabeth New Jersey on September 13, 1921 to Charles Fenton and Fanny Gordon, Milton, (Micky, Milt, Mike) was brought at the age of two, along with his younger brother Henry, to Los Angeles for the first time. Except for his army years and journeys locally and internationally, Los Angeles remained his home for the rest of his life. After graduating from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, Milton obtained his B.A. in journalism from U.C. Berkeley. His education was interrupted by the Second World War, where he served in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, during his nearly three-and-a-half years in the army. Accepted by Stanford, Berkeley and U.S.C., Milton chose to study law at at U.S.C., and courtesy of the G.I. Bill, obtained his J.D. degree in 1949. For over fifty years he worked in private practice as an attorney-- the final few years in association with his oldest son, Robert. After retirement, he volunteered for a number of years at Bet Tzedek, providing free legal help to immigrants, tenants. Milton Fenton was a man of the highest moral character, dedicated to his wife Ethel Cort. At the time of her passing in April, 2004, they had been married sixty years. He was a loving, dedicated father to his three children, Robert, James and Susan, his seven grandchildren, Ethan, Todd, Seth, Jessica, Jake, Hannah and Cody, and four great grandchildren. He demonstrated his love and fealty by being the responsible bread earner, the man whose word meant something, who was present and there when needed. Micky and Ethy's sweet love for one another was a defining character of each other's lives. They grew up together, were each other's true life companion and soul mate. They wandered the world together; they were each other's world. Milton was an intelligent, strong-willed tough man with a keen ironic, absurdist sense of humor. A man of exemplary integrity and principle, he will be missed...
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 30, 2015
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