Marvin Herbert Helfgott
1928 - 2021
BORN
1928
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Groman Eden Mortuary | Eden Memorial Park
11500 Sepulveda Blvd
Mission Hills, CA
June 29, 1928 - January 11, 2021 Marvin Helfgott was a dedicated family man, hardworking community pharmacist, enthusiastic LA sports fan and athlete himself, and great friend to many. After several health challenges, he died peacefully at home in Palm Desert at age 92. Born in Newark, NJ to Irving and Daisy Helfgott, Marv and his family moved to LA and he attended Dorsey High School. He graduated from LA City College and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with a degree in pharmacy. He joined the US Navy in 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1957. In 1964, Marv married Dee Blachman and they raised their family in Beverlywood, where they lived for over 30 years until moving to the Sun City retirement community in Palm Desert, remaining there for the past 20 years. The centerpieces of Marv's life in LA were Dennis Pharmacy and Temple Isaiah, both on Pico Blvd. When he and Dee moved to the desert, they made a whole new circle of friends and Marv continued to work as a pharmacist. Marv was a character who could be both gruff and affectionate, giving great hugs and loving unconditionally. He was generous, fun, loved to tease and could always take a joke. He and Dee were always the first ones out on the dancefloor. He was competitive and hated to lose, from baseball to board games. Marv coached Little League at Rancho Park, played softball and golf into his 80s, loved to play poker, and briefly owned a racehorse. One of his proudest moments was serving as a torchbearer for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, running a stretch of Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood. He and his family traveled extensively, from Spring Training in Vero Beach to a safari in Kenya. Marv is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dee Helfgott, daughter Hali Helfgott, son Jason Helfgott, daughter Cheryl Harrington, niece Judy Smee, three grandsons, Ryan, Aaron and Jared Harrington, and four great-grandchildren. Marv was loved and cared for until his final moments and was laid to rest at Eden Memorial Park.
Published by Los Angeles Times from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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Marv was one of a kind . He is known for his smile , warmth , his interest in people , games , Jewish causes , and baseball. He expressed love freely for Dee, their children, grandchildren, their whole family and friends . Marvin will be missed!
Bonnie and Peter Lipton
Friend
February 25, 2021
Marv was one of a kind . He is known for his smile , warmth , his interest in people , games , Jewish causes , and baseball. He expressed love freely for Dee, their children, grandchildren, their whole family and friends . Marvin will be missed!
Bonnie and Peter Lipton
Friend
February 24, 2021
Marv was one of a kind . He is known for his smile , warmth , his interest in people , games , Jewish causes , and baseball. He expressed love freely for Dee, their children, grandchildren, their whole family and friends . Marvin will be missed!
Bonnie and Peter Lipton
Friend
February 24, 2021
Sorry to hear the sad news
RIP
Phyllis Eisenberg
Family
January 24, 2021
I knew Marv briefly in Sun City...quite a softball pitcher! May he RIP.
Peter Foley
January 24, 2021
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