Rest in Peace to three who affected the Club, the City, the State and the Country.

Click on these headshots to read the stories about Phil, Americo and Jim, and the moving tributes about them.

Saying Goodbye to Three

They are lives worth celebrating, and now lives worth mourning.

In the past six weeks or so, the Club family has lost three whom you might have heard of, might have worked with, might have been friends with … or might not have. But they all made a difference in the City and the Club experience.

They are:

  • Phil Orland, Retired, Rec and Parks, and Club Board Member
  • Americo Garza, Retired, Public Works/Engineering, former RLACEI board member, national Hispanic engineer pioneer, and Club Member; and
  • Jim Thompson, Club Staff member and master of the Club’s back office.

Over the years, Alive! has mourned Board members, Councilmembers and others who have passed away, but has never featured two, much less three, people who have died who touched many in the Club community. We do that this month, as the circumstances warrant.

The Club extends its sympathies to the family, friends and co-workers of Phil, Americo and Jim. You have helped build a better Club, Los Angeles, California and America. n