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A celebration of life for Jerry Decter at Franklin Canyon Park, Oct. 18

September 29, 2009 | 11:13 am


A celebration of the life of Jerry Decter, a longtime Los Angeles community activist, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the amphitheater below Doheny Ranch at Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. Decter, 85, died June 24. Decter helped establish the park's WiIliam O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom.

With his wife, Betty, Decter documented a series of allegations that pushed City Councilman Louis R. Nowell to resign in the late 1970s. Nowell died July 2 at 94.

At Decter’s request, no formal ceremony is being held but guests are invited to bring their own picnic lunch, “discover” Franklin Canyon and share memories of him, if they are so inclined.

The invitation goes on to spell out a few more “rules” that feel more like practical advice regarding the get-together in the urban park:

Flat or appropriate shoes
Please — no dogs on this day
If you are a hiker — please stay on the trails
Keep out of poison oak — leaves of three — let it be
There are 3 bathrooms in the lower area
There are about 25 parking spaces, so carpooling is good

-- Valerie J. Nelson

Photo: Jerry and Betty Decter at their home in a canyon near Beverly Hills in 1977.  Credit: Los Angeles Times