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We lost a couple of good ones

October 16, 2004

JIM DE BOOM

With the passing of developer Jack Mullan and Rotarian Jim Sirkin,

the Orange Coast has lost a couple of real contributors to the

community.

I knew Jack from his involvement in the Orange County Coast Assn.,

where he was not only a past president, but also the longest serving

member with 55-plus years of membership in the group. Jack attended

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the Sept. 24 luncheon meeting at Newport Dunes, went home and died in

his sleep that night, according to his wife Beverly.

"The week before, Jack celebrated his 80th birthday with family

and friends and that's all he could talk about. We consider that to

be his memorial service," she said.

"He was a good friend and neighbor for many years," said Marian

Bergeson.

"I regret that I was not able to attend the last OCCA meeting and

have a rousing conversation with Jack, as I did many times," said

Laguna Beach Council member Wayne Baglin.

"Jack's enthusiasm was part of the glue that held the organization

together. His stories and his friendship will be missed," added Peer

Swan of the Irvine Ranch Water District and current OCCA president.

In addition to USC alumni and Republican Party activities, Jack

was also active in the P-38 Foundation at March Air Force Base. He

was proud to be a contributor to an hour-long cable TV program on the

P-38 that ran last year. Hanging on the wall in my office is No. 17

out of 500 prints of a charcoal drawing of "Ethan," a.k.a. John

Wayne, which Jack had commissioned.

Jim Sirkin, a Newport Balboa Rotarian, died after a lengthy battle

with cancer last week. Jim, who had been a Rotarian since 1985,

served as club treasurer and club president in 1999-2000. Jim was the

only known Democrat in the club as we used to kid each other. But

politics aside, Jim was a doer in the community -- helping to sort

Reading by 9 books, serving as a field judge at the City Track

meeting and delivering trees on Arbor Day to local schools. Jim was

club president when fellow Rotarian Raj Desai sought support for

Project Deaf India.

"Rotary replaced organized religion for Jim," said his partner of

many years, Markee Frischle. Frischle said that Jim was proud of the

clean-water project the club sponsored during the year he was

president. They helped a small village in India, where the water

carried so many diseases that the residents felt they had been cursed

by God, Frischle said.

Rotarian Roger Gilbert said Sirkin's memorial celebration will be

held today, the same day of the memorial service for Dan Dunham, the

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