Temple Isaiah-Early Learning
332 W Alejo Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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The Honorable Arthur S. Block (Ret.)

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The Honorable Arthur S. Block (Ret.) Obituary
THE HONORABLE ARTHUR S. BLOCK (Ret.) From the time he was in first grade, Judge Arthur S. Block (Ret.) knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. He would say unhesitatingly, "I want to be a Lawyer." And a good one he became. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a man who was not only a good lawyer, a well prepared Judge and an inspiring teacher, but most importantly, a loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and devoted friend to an extended family. In 2011 Art received a new heart and a new lease on life at UCLA Medical Center. A devout Michigan State Spartan, Art completed his undergraduate work at Michigan State University in 1965 with post-graduate credits in Psychology. While in college, Art taught sociology and civics at Detroit's Western High School, where he started the swim team and was assistant basketball coach. But ultimately, following his youthful goals and the tradition of cousins and uncles, Arthur S. Block received his J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1971. The desert sunshine called Art to Palm Springs. Art decided to leave the cold winters behind and hung out his shingle as a sole practitioner in Palm Springs, specializing in domestic relations, business law and real estate. After practicing for 10-years, in 1982, Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. appointed Art to the Riverside County's Desert Municipal Court, retiring after 20 years on the bench. Judge Block earned a reputation as one of the most aggressive and successful settlement Judges on the Bench. After retirement he continued working in mediation and arbitration for Dispute ASB Resolution and as an independent Labor Appeals Judge for the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians. Art is survived by his beloved family: wife Kathy; his children, Susan Tarnowski and Matthew Block; daughter-in-law (Matt Blocks wife) Christina Block and grandchildren, Britt Tarnowski, Matthew Tarnowski, Audrey Block, Sara Block, Michael Block; mother-in-law Lorraine Dix and extended family Jinjin and Moses Lee. Judge Block's contributions to the Palm Springs community will carry on as a result of the generous work he did as Founder and President of the Lyceum of the Desert Children's Educational Foundation, Founder of Palm Springs Senior Center Free Legal Aid Program, the Palm Springs Boys' and Girls' Club and the Angel View Foundation, board member of PSUSD and Mizell Sr. Center for many years. Services at Temple Isaiah, 332 W. Alejo Rd, Palm Springs 92262 760-325-2281 at 10:30 AM Friday Oct. 16. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mizell Senior Center Meals On Wheels Program would be greatly appreciated. www.mizell.org or 480 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Arrangements entrusted to Wiefels Funeral Directors

Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 16, 2015
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