Jeffrey Hendricks
1978 - 2021
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9/7/1978 - 1/13/2021 Jeff was born at Little Company of Mary in Torrance, Ca. He was a happy baby and toddler with a smile for everyone. Less than two years later his sister Allison arrived and the two were quite little rascals. Their favorite place to eat was the Red Onion, particularly under the table where they thought chewed gum was a treasure. As they grew, Allison idolized her big brother. He would always tell her the truth. It was not in his nature to lie. Protecting his sister and wanting the best in life for her was his main concern. After high school Jeff attended El Camino Jr. College and then on to California State University at Long Beach. As an undergraduate Jeff majored in Modern United States History and was recognized on the President's Honor list. During his graduate level studies, he maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning his Master of Arts in United States History. He had a great interest on the effects of colonization on the Tohono O'odham Nation of Southern Arizona, witchcraft persecutions in the Colonial US, and the Weather Underground an antiwar organization active during the Vietnam War period. While studying for his master's he found an apartment in Belmont Shores across from the water. He loved living there where the other occupants became good friends. The Belmont Brewery and Yard House were just two of the many places he liked to eat. He would live there until he passed away at age 42. was Jeff's first full time job where he commuted from Long Beach to Santa Monica for over eleven years. In 2007 he was promoted to Senior Researcher in charge of various websites on many subjects. He also worked with organizations including the Save Ward Valley Coalition, Los Angeles and Long Beach Food Not Bombs and the O'odham Solidarity Project. He also helped The Palos Verdes Land Conservancy acquire many tracts of open land that would be free from land development. He became good friends with the O'odham and used his skills to help write the written voice on O'odham VOICE against the WALL posters and statements, official legal documents and especially the Standing Rock support statement, l6 years of O'odham resistance words. O'odham VOICE Against the WALL was founded in 2003 to bring awareness to human rights violations and the increasing militarization of O'odham lands along the United States and Mexico border. He walked with the O'odham people on a two- day prayer walk for six years. He was also seen as a fun, stealth chuckwalla hunter on the lava fields near the ocean and the barefoot walker through sands at the sea on sacred O'odham lands. Jeff never missed a family birthday celebration or Christmas Eve with his family. Love for nature was a priority for him and he would never harm a living creature. Getting together with friends and neighbors made him happy. Hiking and camping out were favorite activities and just walking around neighborhoods chatting with different people. It is almost impossible to live life without Jeff being a part of it. He is survived by his parents, John and Carol of Rancho Palos Verdes, his sister Allison of Rancho Palos Verdes as well as his Uncle Dave, Uncle Jim, Aunt Fo, Aunt Susan and many cousins. As one of his O'odham friends said, "It's hard to put into words the kind of person he was. He was all the good things a man should be, but how difficult it is to be that man. One so sensitive and can see the dark side of people, but strong and will stand up and be a fighter. With deep appreciation and thanks to his parents for his presence in our lives. We will miss and always love Jeffrey D. Hendricks." Donations in Jeff's honor can be made to: Ophelia Rivas P.O. Box 1835 Sells, Arizona 85634 The funds would go to help O'odham culture and communities.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 24, 2021.
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April 24, 2021
My loving nephew Jeff will always be in my heart. He is missed every day. Still can’t believe he is gone-He touched so many lives in his 42 years. May his soul be in eternal peace-
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David Packer
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