The Obit For Don Redoglia

Donald Paul Redoglia

Published in Pasadena Star-News on March 1, 2011

REDOGLIA- Donald Paul Redoglia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 23, at home at the age of 57. He was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma last October. Like all challenges in his life, he faced cancer head-on and fought hard; though ultimately, this was not a battle to be won.

Don was born in Pasadena on April 15, 1953 and was a gifted athlete from a young age. He attended Pasadena High School and was a three-sport letterman in baseball, basketball, and football. He continued to play baseball at Pasadena City College; then transferred to Chapman University, where he originally met his future wife, Georg-Ann Talin.

In 1974, Don left Chapman to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional baseball player in Kenai, Alaska. As an infielder for the Peninsula Oilers, he set a single-season home run record that would not be broken until 1997. He went on to play second base for the St. Louis Cardinal's single-A affiliate in St. Petersburg, Florida, before returning to Los Angeles to begin his professional career as a propmaker and construction foreman for the film and TV industry.

Affectionately known as "Rags" to his colleagues, Donald worked on dozens of major productions, occasionally traveling on location across the United States during his 35-year career. In 2001, he joined the crew of Scrubs, which became an extended family, as he worked on every episode from the pilot to the finale during its 9-season run even appearing as an extra in the opening segment of episode 709 "My Princess."

His greatest achievement, however, was being an incredible father. He and his first wife, Peggy Cosko, raised daughter Lucy, 27, and son Matthew, 25, for whom he provided unconditional love, protection, and support.

Despite his tough exterior, he was a big softy, and he could always be counted on to shed a tear when opening gifts from his children on Christmas morning.

Five years ago, after a Chapman baseball reunion, Don reconnected with Georg-Ann and the two were married on May 22, 2010. Though the second chapter of their romance was so tragically short-lived, this was the happiest time of his life. And until the end, his eyes lit up whenever she entered the room.

Donald now joins his father, Harry, who succumbed to cancer in 1989.

He is survived by his wife, Georg-Ann, her daughter Ashley, his two children Lucy and Matt, his mother Elizabeth, brothers Doug and Richard, and hundreds of friends and family members who already miss him deeply.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 3, at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Community.

In lieu of flowers,family members suggest that any memorial contributions be made to The Angeles Clinic Foundation, 2001 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 560 W. Santa Monica, CA 90404.