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Dr. Russell Lawrence Hafer Jr.


1946 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Russell Lawrence Hafer Jr. Obituary
Russell Hafer passed away peacefully December 6, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his wife, son, and daughter. Russ was born in Pomona, California on October 31, 1946, to Dr. and Mrs. Russell and Jacqueline Hafer. He was raised in Pomona and studied at the University of California at Santa Barbara and then UCLA Medical School, obtaining a doctorate of medicine in 1973. In 1977, he began his career at Hoag Hospital, where he served the community of Newport Beach as a radiation oncologist, ultimately caring for cancer patients for over thirty-three years. He helped transition his department into the Hoag Cancer Center in 1991, became the Department Head in 1992, and retired in December 2010. Russ raised their son and daughter in Newport Beach with his wife of forty-six years. He was happiest sharing a drink with his wife while enjoying the sunset from their backyard. He loved sports, golf, good music, steak, Necco wafers, camping, and traveling with his family all over the world. After beating cancer at the age of twenty-five, he made sure to seize the moment each day and instilled this value in his family. Russ had an infectious and welcoming smile, twinkling blue eyes, ears ready to listen, and the ability to squeeze every ounce of joy out of each day and share it with others. He gave of himself generously, including volunteering as a troop Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts. Russ is survived by his wife, Diane Hafer; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Renee Hafer; daughter and son-in-law, Laurel and Scott Tippett; two adoring grandchildren, Cassin and Wesley Tippett; and devoted dog, Briggs. He is also survived by his brother Gary Hafer and sisters Deby Russell and Hilary VanDaele. A public celebration of Russ' life is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, January 6th at Big Canyon Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Boy Scouts of America, Newport Beach Public Library Foundation or online at nbplfoundation.org, and Hoag Cancer Center.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2017
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