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Jeffrey Alan Wachs
March 1, 1959 - October 6, 2014
Dr. Jeffery Alan Wachs, a respected physician and devoted husband and friend, passed away of cardiac arrest Oct. 6, 2014, while vacationing with family and friends in Como, Italy. He was 55. Jeff had long battled cardiac complications associated with cancer treatments received as a teenager for Hodgkin's lymphoma. He lived life fully and passionately, enjoying the best of food and wine.
Jeff was born in California to Myrna and Sylvan Wachs. As a youth he pursued interests in photography and martial arts. Ultimately, he followed his dream of becoming a physician.
He attended the University of California Santa Barbara and graduated from the University of Nevada Reno in 1982. Five years later he earned a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Calif.  Eager to begin practicing medicine, he soon bought his first family practice in Monte Rio, Calif., but later returned to northern Nevada where he practiced many years. He retired recently to focus on health, family and hobbies.
Jeff, with his intuitive gift for medicine, was a compassionate, caring physician who missed the "good old days" of health care. Many colleagues and friends thought of him as a modern-day "Marcus Welby" because he continued to make house calls and generously gave of his time and energy to patients.
He was a past president of the Nevada Osteopathic Medical Association and a member of the American Osteopathic Medical Association, the American College of Family Practitioners in Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Alumni Association.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, he was devoted to family and friends. Jeff was an especially loving and doting husband to his wife, Cindy Scripps, who he married in 2003 and showered continually with flowers and notes of his affection. He also was a dedicated stepfather to his stepson, Aaron.
He was an avid fisherman with a passion for food and wine. He loved to fish the waters of Hawaii and northern California. But Jeff found his greatest joy in fishing his beloved Lake Tahoe aboard his boat, the Emerald Angler. Professional lake guides often jokingly asked him to leave a few fish for their Tahoe clients to catch.
He is survived by his wife Cindy Scripps, mother Myrna Wachs, brother Scott Wachs, nephews Ethan and Andrew Wachs, aunt Carolyn Block, uncle Joel Wachs, and stepson Aaron Leising. His father, Sylvan Wachs, preceded him in death.
Jeff would ask nothing more of his family and friends than for them to live their lives fully, enjoying love and laughter each day, not taking a moment for granted. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Published in Modesto Bee on Oct. 19, 2014.
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April 1, 2015
Dear Cindy,

I only heard of Jeff's passing last night. I am so very sorry. My memories of him and you together are very fond. My prayers are with you as you heal your heart. His love for you was always so wonderful to observe. With many blessings and Aloha, Pattie Freman (Big Island of Hawaii)
Pattie Freeman
November 3, 2014
Jeff standing beside me directly behind the great Tohei Sensei
Norbert Schiller
October 21, 2014
Cindy, with much sorrow I send my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Becky Jones
October 21, 2014
Today, while looking through some old photographs I came across a photo of Jeff and I attending an Aikido camp back in 1981. I looked at the photo and said to myself, it's time that I try and reconnect with Jeff again. Unfortunately when I searched the Internet I found his obituary. Jeff and I attended UCSB together and participated in Aikido and Judo in Goleta. During our time at university he was the go-to person when you needed your shoulder massaged or a shoulder to cry on; he was there always when you needed help and he never asked for anything in return. I'm sorry I let our friendship slip away. My condolences to his mother, Myrna, who I remember fondly, especially when I use to ride my bicycle from Santa Barbara to their home in San Fernando for their annual UCLA USC football game party. The first thing Jeff's father, Sylvan would do after I had been on my bike the entire night, was fix me a stiff drink! What a beautiful family. My deepest condolences go to Jeff's brother Scott, his wife Cindy Scripps and the rest of the extended family.
Norbert Schiller
October 20, 2014
My deepest sympathy to his wife, Cindi, and to his mother, my cousin Myrna, and his brother Scott. Robert Weiner
October 19, 2014
We will miss his simple old school medicine stye, his love for fabulous wine and his kind heart. Thank you Doc! Your were one of a kind!
Lisa Wyneken
October 19, 2014
Prayers to the Wachs family for their loss
Jon Andren
October 19, 2014
Jeff was a very special friend since we met during internship. He was like a big brother to me. He loved life, always wanted to have fun & was a great friend. He will be missed by the medical community. My family and I will always hold him in our hearts.
Susan Shamaskin-Turgeman
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