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Paul Fernandez Cajero

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Paul Fernandez Cajero Obituary
July 5, 1942 - October 25, 2017 Paul Fernandez Cajero, 75, a longtime television producer, writer, and director, died on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. He was born on July 5, 1942 in Morenci, Arizona, and was the oldest son of Nick and Josephine Cajero. Paul grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Tucson High in 1960. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Arizona in 1965 and did postgraduate studies at University of California, Los Angeles. He greatly enjoyed a 50-year career in television. In 1965, he began his career as one of the first tour guides on the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour, and soon moved up into production where he joined the team that ran the television production office at Universal and was responsible for scheduling and coordinating the soundstages for the studio's many TV productions. He then decided he wanted to work on the set where the action was, and at the ripe old age of 30 he joined the Directors Guild Assistant Directors Training Program. Later, he served on the program's Board. Over the course of his career, he worked as an assistant director, unit production manager, producer, director, and writer on over 30 television series, including Magnum, P.I., Simon & Simon, Quantum Leap, Baywatch, Sliders, Kingpin, Arrested Development, Weeds, Dirty Sexy Money, Lincoln Heights, and Justified. He was a great fan of live theater, crime and mystery novels, the Blues, L.A. Lakers basketball, Arizona Wildcats football, beating his friends at poker and chess, a good joke, and, of course, his mom Joby's famous enchiladas. Paul will be remembered by his family and friends for his loving generosity and his terrific sense of humor. Without a doubt, he is now enjoying himself again as he did in life. On his behalf, Paul's family would like to express his gratitude to his doctors and care givers: Dr. Jay Lee, Chief of Thoracic Surgery, UCLA Medical Center; Dr. Tony Lin; Dr. Scott Kaiser; Dr. Raymond Tatevossian; Kenneth Ordellan; and the Motion Picture & Television Fund Palliative Care Program. He is survived by his wife Meg Huntington Cajero and daughter Channa of Los Angeles; brothers Michael Cajero of Tucson and Nick Cajero and his wife Bobbie of Tucson; cousins The Honorable Olivia Cajero Bedford of Tucson, Monica Tardino and her husband Victor Tardino, Jr. of Ridgefield, Connecticut, David Molina and his wife Dee of Tucson, Tara Bedford Chipman and her husband David Chipman of Arlington, Virginia, and Travis Bedford of Tucson; niece Shayla Cajero of Tucson; and many good friends in Tucson and Los Angeles. Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made in Paul's name to the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills, CA, and the Directors Guild Foundation in Los Angeles, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, 2017
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