Date Created: 10/09/2017
Last Updated: 10/19/2017

In loving memory of Donald E. “Deke” Kendall
5/12/1930 - 9/22/2017

Location: Agoura Hills, California

Visits: 12,763

This memorial was created in honor of Donald E. "Deke" Kendall of Agoura Hills, California. Deke, as he was affectionately known, was born on May 12, 1930 in Pekin, Illinois and passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, September 22, 2017. Deke was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all friends and family.
Friends and family are invited to join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017, to pay our respects to a truly remarkable Father, Husband, Teacher, Grandfather, Mentor, and Friend. The Memorial Service begins at 11:00am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village, Ca 91362. Followed immediately by "A Celebration of Life", a tribute honoring the many achievements, contributions, and milestones Deke accomplished throughout his life. For further info please contact Jerome Lingad at (818)292-3303. Don’t forget to sign your name at the Guest Book before you leave. Thank you for visiting!


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From: Jerome Lingad Monday, October 16, 2017
10.12.17 at 9:02 am Cindy Palay says The above comments have stirred so many long lost memories, I had forgotten the power of Deke’s mind, and the insight into our medicine and how much it colored the way that I have been practicing Chinese Medicine for 30 years. I still use his protocol for smoking cessation and have helped multiple people to quite using this addictive substance. Deke through his work and mind, has helped me change the lives of other. However, on a personal level, I remember hanging our with Deke, laughing with him, and enjoying taking a ride in his Corvette (if I remember correctly it was yellow). That is what I most remember, was his humanity, and enjoying him, even though I felt more than a bit self-conscious as it was clear to me that I was in the presence of someone with knowledge, experience, and intellect that I could only aspire to at that time in my life. I haven’t seen Deke since I received my license, which is 30 years, however, his impact in my life is clearly and deeply felt.

From: Jerome Lingad Monday, October 16, 2017
10.10.17 at 11:29 am Mario Mancini says Donald Kendall, better known as Deke, was a visionary, a great teacher, and a friend. His insights and understanding of Chinese medicine provided many the foundation to truly use the medicine as it was intended. Although most known for his translation of an ancient physiologically based medicine, more importantly, the footprint he left was his enthusiasm, his commitment and his vision for whats possible for the future of Chinese medicine. He will always be in our hearts and the hearts of every patient helped by the medicine.

From: Jerome Lingad Saturday, October 14, 2017
10.10.17 at 11:25 am George Wedemeyer says I First met Deke at the home of Ted Priebe and Cynthia Birkhimer for a discussion on Acupuncture and the Acupuncture Guild. Deke took to the concept of forming an Acup concept of forming an Acupuncture Guild. As the saying goes—he got it. Deke’s papers have been a driving force behind the Acupuncture Guild. I would like to digress a little at this time to mention the connection between Deke and the Guild. I met Ted and Cynthia at a meeting I had arranged with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the acupuncture community during an acupuncture symposium in San Diego. SEIU soon realized the acupuncture people were in disarray and not ready for unionization. Ted and Cynthia got it and asked me to press on with organizing the acupuncturist. Around 1993 the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) won a law suite allowing it to organize profession organizations. This is exactly the time the I approached OPEIU in San Francisco asking to form the Guild. This is why I feel we were the first Guild to join the OPEIU but, we did not have the enough members at the time, after working on it, we came up with the numbers and later officially joined OPEIU. Ted and Cynthia shall be given a great deal of credit for build the Guild during that period of time. Deke, Ted and I, in the late 1990s), attended the President’s conference (Clinton Administration) on the use of Alternative Medicine in Washington, D.C. Where we (the Guild) established good connections with Board Members. Deke delivered his papers at the conference and I must tell you they were very well received. Over these many years, I spoke to Dek and read his papers. Over the course of time, I used those papers when I met with State of California Representatives and U.S. Congress Senators and Representatives. Due to Deke’s work, many minds have been changed in this area but more work needs to be accomplished. These papers are invaluable and continue to focus us on the huge amount of work that is needed. He stated a wave of work that will continue and eventually change how of acupuncture is taught in this country. Deke you will be missed.

From: Delaine Platt Wednesday, October 11, 2017
When Uncle Don came to visit us, we were just thrilled. We wanted him to spend every moment with us. He played with us, played the guitar and sang to us and loved us. We were so proud of having an uncle who was part of the space program. Then he started a whole new career and is known all over the world for his expertise in acupuncture. I feel honored to have known him and loved him. I still have the beautiful necklace he gave me at the age of 17, 50 years ago.

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