(Los Alamitos, CA 1/13/2017) by Dave Emerson. Once again, a Los Alamitos hero has been suddenly taken from us.
I was shocked and deeply grieved to learn Friday afternoon that J. M. Ivler died of a massive heart attack on Thursday.
J.M. was a courageous, smart, and highly committed advocate for the betterment of our community and our schools. He spoke out courageously against corruption and the abuse of power at the local, county, state, and federal levels.
He was a key leader of a small band of local residents who repeatedly thwarted massive overdevelopment and exposed corruption in our corner of West Orange County. Truly a David who defeated Goliaths that outspent him 100 to 1 with his wisdom, commitment, and the truth.
JM got involved in local politics almost as soon as he moved into Los Alamitos in 1992, joining a fight against Race Track expansion and helping a band of populists wrest control of Los Alamitos’ City Council from a small clique too often put the interests of businesses ahead of residents. He never quit pushing hard for what he felt was in our community’s best interest.
JM was also co-editor, administrator, webmaster and a regular contributor to LosAlNews.com and it’s predecessor, LetsFixLosAl.com. He also co-founded and ran Education4Kids (Edu4kids.com), committed to using technology to improve education across the nation.
But J. M’s highest commitment was to his family. He was the committed and loving husband of his wife, Thuy, since 1991, and proud father of their son, Matt, a Junior at Los Al High & their daughter, Brooke, who graduated from Arizona State University last December.
JM is also survived by his mother, Barbara Ivler of Seal Beach. The two of them used to go together twice a week to the local 24 Hour Fitness to work out. Ironically, JM was stuck with the heart attack while waiting at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena while his mother had outpatient eye surgery.
JM’s sudden passing leaves a huge void in both his family and in our community. Hopefully many of us will rise up to fill those voids. As we have proven again and again over the last ten years, working together, we really can fix our communities.
A Memorial Service is scheduled this coming at 11:00 am this coming Wednesday, January 18th, at Temple Israel, 269 Loma, Long Beach.
Over the next week or two I will be bringing up to the front some of JM’s more provocative or influential articles. I started with his thoughts on voting this past November, Election Day 2016, typical of his wisdom, wit, and accurate analysis of what’s wrong with our elections. . . as well as a creative solution.
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