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March 13, 1918 - September 9, 2015 A loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, Milton Joseph Golden or Milt as friends called him, passed away on September 9, 2015 peacefully at his home in Los Angeles the age of 97. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he attended the University of Pittsburgh and where he met his wife of 64 years, Ruth Golden, who he affectionately called "Ruthie." Milt is a decorated World War II veteran where he was an instructor and officer in the United States Air Force and flew over 40 combat missions as a navigator, including many over Guadalcanal. Milt and Ruthie moved together to Southern California with their two young daughters, Barbara and Jo Anne, in 1955, where they lived first in Riverside, and later in Los Angeles. With Ruthie, Milt was a successful entrepreneur, investor, businessman, and member of the community. They founded, ran, and sold a number of successful businesses together, including Gibbons Color Lab in West Hollywood, one of the most recognized photographic color labs in the country at the time, and a test lab for Kodak for their new processes. Through their business, they served Hollywood studios, major national advertisers, and celebrities. They were loved as friends and confidants by their customers and employees. Milt was active in a number of philanthropic and community activities. He was a 32nd degree Mason, proud Shriner as a member of the Al Malaikah Shrine, and two-term President of the Westwood Shrine Club. He enjoyed sponsoring events and fundraising for disadvantaged youth, highlighted by an annual circus he organized and sponsored for such children. He was also an active supporter of The Shriners Hospitals for Children and a pillar member of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills for 50 years. He instilled in his family his love of giving back, as one daughter focused her life on helping others as a psychologist, and the other as a public elementary school teacher. Most important to Milt was his family. His love for his late wife Ruthie was special and steadfast. Together they raised two daughters who both graduated from UCLA, and were deeply involved in their two grandchildren's lives, one graduating from UCSB and the other from UCLA and Stanford. Nothing made Milt prouder than to see his family be happy and succeed. Milt of course was a big Pitt fan, and an avid UCLA Bruins fan (having both daughters and grandson as UCLA graduates). For decades, he would wake up at the crack of dawn each morning and run around the track at Beverly Hills High School, where he was friends with the football coach; he also regularly ran races. He was an animal lover, often with a dog by his side for much of his life, and a lover of music as a trumpet player. He could also often be seen in the Marina years ago, where he enjoyed taking his and Ruthie's boat for overnight trips to Catalina with his family. He had an incredible sense of humor, routinely making even the most serious person ball up in laughter, and was quite the raconteur, who could captivate people with his entertaining stories of his exciting experiences and life lessons. Son of Bessie and Emanuel Golden (predeceased), Milt is deeply missed by his daughter Dr. Jo Anne Golden, Ph.D., Psy.D., grandchildren Shari Lambrinos and David Felman, and all his friends and extended family whose lives he touched. Milt was predeceased by his wife Ruth Golden in 2008, brother Edmond Golden in 2007, and daughter Barbara Felman in 2012. A memorial service will be held for Milt on Sunday, September 13th at 12 p.m. at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles (6001 W. Centinela Ave., LA CA 90045).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 12, 2015
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