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Celebration of a Life

2010 February 8
by Linda

Family and friends gathered to honor Everett on February 6, 2010.

Memorial Program (PDF)

Lighthearted Memorial

2010 January 29
by Linda

Share a story, song, or memory. . .

Saturday, February 6, 2010
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Palms-Rancho Park Library

Community Room
2920 Overland Avenue
Los Angeles, 90064
(310) 840-2142
Parking: lot or street
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Obituary

2010 January 28
by Linda

Everett was born June 18, 1920 in San Francisco, CA to Priscilla Alexio. He lived mostly in the Bay Area during his childhood and also in Idaho. His family moved often after the 1929 stock market crash and worldwide depression. It was during this time he developed a love of reading and libraries, especially science fiction and fantasy stories. He also had a passion for music and began singing in high school – his favorite baritone was Alexander Kipnis. In addition, he took up the games of chess and table tennis and was later a ranked player in both.

During World War II, Everett served in the US Army Air Corps as a weather forecaster and traveled in Europe with stays in Italy and Morocco. After the war, he returned to California and continued his education, receiving degrees from UC Berkeley in psychology and library science. This is also where he met his wife, Marie.

Everett and Marie married January 27, 1951 in Berkeley, CA and moved to Los Angeles in 1956. They both worked at UCLA for a time and soon children were born: son Bryan in 1958, and daughter Linda in 1960. They moved to a new home on Selby Ave in 1960 and were founding members of the Westside Village Civic Association (WVCA) in 1962. Everett also developed block lists for the WVCA and helped to organize the Neighborhood Watch.

Everett later worked for Hughes Aircraft, System Development Corporation, USC, and UC Riverside. During this time, he developed an early library software indexing system called TRIM. He retired in the early 1980’s and soon began attending singing classes at Emeritus College in Santa Monica. He focused on opera arias and art songs, as well as folk music, challenging himself with difficult selections and singing in four languages: English, French, German, and Italian.

In summer 2009, Everett was diagnosed with advanced stage prostate cancer. He continued rehearsals until last November and was singing for family and caregivers until the end. He passed away on January 25, 2010 at age 89 and is survived by wife Marie, son Bryan, and daughter Linda. There will be a memorial to share stories, songs, and memories on February 6, 2010 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Palms-Rancho Park Library community room in West Los Angeles.