January 4, 2004
On Monday, a memorial service was held for Newport Beach Training Division Chief Randy Scheerer, who died of a heart attack at the age of 53. More than 1,250 people attended the service to honor Scheerer, but the faces of Newport Beach Fire Chief Tim Riley and Scheerer's wife, Marilyn, told the story of his passing. They were wearing expressions we have shown our readers numerous times in the past: people bearing the burden of losing someone loved. No matter how many times we run photos of people grieving, it still strikes a cord in the reporters and photo staff.
June 15, 2007
Bill Rosener, of Newport Beach, is in stable condition after suffering a heart attack at Palisades Tennis Club on Wednesday afternoon. Rosener, 75, was playing in a match on center court at Palisades at about 12:30 p.m. when he collapsed, Palisades owner Ken Stuart said. Palisades activities director Mo Conter went to get a defibrillator, which she used on Rosener. After the paramedics came and took Rosener to Hoag Memorial Hospital, it was determined that he had two arteries that were 100% blocked, Stuart said.
August 22, 2001
COSTA MESA - One of Estancia High's great Eagles, Patricia Ann Camp, the mother of Mike, Tony and Susan Camp, passed away on Friday from a heart attack associated with chemotherapy for cancer. She was 65. A Costa Mesa resident since 1968, she was extremely active with Estancia High athletics in the '70s and early '80s. She is survived by her brother, Andrew, who resides in Boise, Idaho, as well as her three children, and six grandchildren, Andrew and Allison, Keely and Kyla and Ryan and Samantha.
October 13, 2011
ELDON J. DVORAK Eldon J. Dvorak, 80, of Fountain Valley, died of a heart attack suffered at his home on September 22. Dvorak taught economics at California State University, Long Beach, from 1962 to 1991. He is survived by former wife, Veronica Gage Dvorak; son, James Dvorak; daughter, Kathleen Dvorak Ashelford; nephews, Edward Peppel and William Peppel; and longtime companion, Cathy Wernke. A memorial celebration will be held at a time to be announced. Condolences may be sent to: The Dvorak Family, 1711 Perkins Lane, Redondo Beach, California, 90278.
June 6, 2013
A Newport Beach nonprofit donated $150,000 toward stem cell research that could slow or reverse heart damage in patients, including those with a specific muscular dystrophy condition, the organization announced last week. Coalition Duchenne gave the money to a Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute team developing a treatment that could help treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients who develop heart disease, according to a news release from the coalition. Boys with Duchenne are born with damage to their hearts that worsens over time, according to Dr. Ron Victor, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.
September 17, 2011
Like thousands of young Americans, Irvine resident Samir Jaka never thought that a heart attack could happen to him. When the 30-year-old collapsed during an afternoon basketball game with friends in April 2010 at Lemongrass Park in Irvine, the pain squeezing his chest was nothing like he had ever felt before. "I had blurred vision, trouble, my hands and feet were tingling and going numb," Jaka said. "I kinda figured something was going on that was not right. " He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors told him that he had suffered a heart attack.
April 20, 2004
Steve Virgen Nearly 10 years ago, Don Tobey could feel his life slipping away from him. What a great life it had been, he could have thought. He could have thought about the love of his life, who is his wife Beverly, or his two children. But the pain was too great, so terrible. He grabbed for his chest as a heart attack consumed him. The stinging continued to wither him when he took a break between sets while competing in a tennis tournament.
December 14, 2009
John Andrew Downer Downer, John A. (Johnny) February 15th, 1972 - December 4th, 2009 Johnny Downer, 37, of Sebastopol CA, died suddenly on Friday December 4th from a heart attack while in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Johnny was born in Newport Beach, California to Carol Esonis and John Downer on Tuesday, February 15th, 1972. He is survived by his mother, father, brother Terry, sister Julie, nephews Jeffrey and Jake and loving girlfriend Ashley. Johnny was the baby. Growing up in Newport was fun for him. Johnny was a mellow kid, liked a good prank every now and then and always smiled.
April 3, 2003
The "in crowd" all came to the in spot, otherwise known as the Lodge Restaurant at the Camp in Costa Mesa. The young, and not so restless, Orange Coast 30-something crowd who have joined forces to become the Orangewood PALS converged on the Lodge for a midweek mixer that raised nearly $5,000 to help support the children cared for by Orangewood. PALS, Providing Assistance Love and Support, is an auxiliary organization that has attracted a growing contingent of young executives in the community.
February 13, 2009
When 57-year-old Thomas Kiser’s wife died in his arms of a heart attack just outside of their condominium on the day after Christmas three years ago, he was stunned. They had been married for 33 years and she was only 52. Ever since then, Kiser has dyed his hair red in her memory, but also as a conversation starter. Friday morning he had it done for the third time at Paul Mitchell the School in Costa Mesa, along with about 60 others. Kiser’s wife could have quit smoking or paid more attention to her diet, he said, but neither of them knew how dangerous and prevalent heart disease was in women or how to identify the signs.