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David Rigler
  • 92 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 9, 1921
  • Date of passing: Apr 4, 2014
Let the memory of David be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, David Rigler, 92, born on April 9, 1921 and passed away on April 4, 2014. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Rick Taran on 5th April 2017

I just discovered about David's passing. We have lost touch for some time. My deepest condolences. I was in the first class at the California School of Professional Psychology and my first placement was with David at Children's Hospital. I was there when Genie was first discovered and will never forget the discussion about whether to take Genie in your home. It was remarkable. I will always be thankful to David for helping to Launch my career in psychology. 50 years later I am still working in Nashville Tennessee. The best to you and your family on the occasion of his 96 birthday."

This tribute was added by Darlene Dee Lux on 16th January 2017

"I worked with Dave at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. He and Marilyn were such lovely people and I still think of them."

This tribute was added by Sherry Sherrell on 22nd November 2015

"I doubt Marilyn will remember me, but David gave me my first job in LA at Children's Hospital. He became my mentor and they were both my friends. I visited them in Santa Cruz when my David was 5, and my Cori, 1. My David is now working toward his PhD in Psychology. My professional career was largely influenced by David. He was a brilliant, generous and loving man. I just want to thank you both for all you gave to me. S Naomi Sherrell"

This tribute was added by David Tierro on 15th April 2015

"sou do Brasil. paz a David, que contribuiu com a ciência e o bem estar humano de Susan Wiley."

This tribute was added by April Martin on 6th April 2015

"The anniversary of my Uncle David's death was good to note in passing, but truly, scarcely a day goes by that he isn't a presence in my thoughts and heart. When I work with young people, I think of the way he lived his life and the choices he made. When I work with couples I'm aware of the sweetness of the marriage he and Marilyn nurtured over the years. When I work with the dying, or contemplate my own mortality, I think of how he faced the end of life. I know so many people who haven't been fortunate enough to draw on such a model of wisdom and kindness as examples in their lives, and I feel blessed by it every day."

This tribute was added by April Martin on 2nd June 2014

"These are the lyrics to the song I sang for David and Marilyn at Joel and Celsa's wedding in February. I offer them here as a tribute to their 65 years of love for each other, the kind of love that gives us all hope for the world. I am so blessed to have known and loved David, and to have felt the warmth of the Rigler family.


The lines upon your face
Show how love has changed since we were young
And maybe if we'd known
How hard the winds would blow
We'd never have begun
There have been storms along the shore
And shifting in the tide
And times we lost our way
Drifting in the night
But through the ebb and flow
The truth I've come to know
Is every day I love you more
Every day I love you more

Remember how we loved
When passion was enough to get us by?
Well, passion is the seed
That sends the roots down deep
And the branches to the sky
The laws of gravity and space
Are nowhere to be found
When fragile human hearts
Can grow beyond all bounds
And I could not have guessed
How much we would be blessed
As every day I love you more
Every day I love you more

Let the wheels of time roll on
Looking in your eyes, I know I'm home

So many souls have passed this way
Like petals on the breeze
Like silver drops of rain
That fall to fill the seas
And now it's you and me
But all that I can see
Is every day I love you more
Every day I love you more
Every day I love you more
Every day I love you more"

This tribute was added by Donna Rigler on 13th April 2014

"I think most of us think of parents as the anchors in our lives, watching us take those twists and turns in life,
celebrating achievements, consoling our defeats, watching and hoping that we learn and grow as time passes. But once
we turn into adults, watching our own kids make those same choices, same mistakes, same victories - we take on a new phase
in our own lives. We watch our parents grow old, and it really hurts. We want them to always be the anchors. I don't
think it's really because watching them grow old means having to face our own advancement into middle age. I think it's more because,
frankly, we need them. No matter how old we are, we need their advice, we need their comfort and their guidance.

Relationships are supposed to be a give-and-take, but to me, that is true more for spouses and partners. Parent-child
relationships are different. I see them as definitely being lopsided with parents being the givers and kids being
the takers, most of the time. I can't begin to think of the number of times we'd call: "Pops, can I borrow your drill,"
"Can you watch the kids," "Can you look up Aunt Connie's address," "Can you come over and help me install this faucet,"
"Can I borrow your van," and the list goes on and on. With the advent of email, it became even easier, leaving emails
at any hour of the night, with more requests and questions waiting for him like a task list upon awakening in the morning.

To me, it's the way it should be. It's why families stay in contact with each other, and don't allow physical distances
to be the saw that hacks the branch off the tree. We were lucky though, that for most of our lives, the physical distance
was just a few miles.

Perhaps the thing I am most grateful for, is that Dave was the family historian, so I have wonderful photo albums of the
kids. I don't remember David without a camera within
reach, at every occasion from Bar Mitzvahs to walks in the park. I suppose that was true for all of the Rigler family, but
I think they all knew whose pics were best, and I don't doubt that there was some competition and envy there. David was
on top. His skill at Photoshop was also unsurpassed. Even though I'm a programmer, he blew me away with the graphics
apps, and I would often mumble at my uncomfortable slowness while navigating his Mac, how I was "a PC person." He even learned
HTML before I did.

So those days just flew by. All of a sudden he was old, and just after accepting that, even more suddenly he was gone from this earth.
I'm an adult now, I get that there are no 'do-overs' in life. But I guess what we do have, is the time to savor those
relationships and people that we have now, that are here now. I am glad I had Dave in my life for so many years, over
thirty in fact, and that's a good lifetime. So Dave, thank you for those years of being a wonderful father-in-law!"

This tribute was added by Joel Rigler on 12th April 2014

"As shared with us via email newsletter from the current director of the Senior Computer Center:
From: Kim Fryer <>
Subject: Upcoming events for the Senior Computer Center
Date: April 11, 2014 8:58:49 AM PDT

Dear Senior Computer Center Members...

<various general updates and news and then this part...>

... it is with great sadness thst I report David Rigler passed away last Friday (the 4th). David was the creator of the Senior Computer Center in 1989 along with his lovely wife, Marilyn. Every single one of you has David to thank for what his vision has become. I certainly would not have this job and I am forever grateful for the opportunity it has presented to me. David would have been 94 last week.
Please keep his family in your thoughts as they forge ahead without him at the helm.

Kim Fryer
Senior Programs Coordinator"

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