REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Don Livornese, 60, of Redondo Beach died on April 26, 2021, in Torrance, California.
Mr. Livornese was born on Sept. 1, 1960, in Nogales, Arizona, to Joseph and Agnes Livornese. The son of an American diplomat, he grew up in Nogales, Uruguay, Bethesda, Maryland, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The beloved fourth child of a brood of five, he was a fierce competitor and advocate. A talented athlete, he excelled in gymnastics as a high school student and particularly in the still rings — finishing fourth in Colorado.
He studied engineering at the University of Colorado and remained an avid Buffaloes fan throughout his life. As a student, he worked as a tour guide on the Pikes Peak cog railway and spent a summer working for Union Oil in the Bakersfield, California, oilfields. He attended law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where his brother and sister-in-law introduced him to the love of his life, Janet, whom he married in 1990. He graduated with honors.
A successful patent attorney and litigator, he loved the practice of law. He was passionate about social justice and fighting homelessness in the Los Angeles area. An avid cyclist and mountain biker, he found joy in collecting and rebuilding custom racing bikes. He loved Janet fiercely and cared for her throughout her 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Though he was devastated by her passing, he remained a proud and loving father to their son, who was his whole world.
He was preceded in death by his wife and best friend. He is survived by his son, Grant, of Torrance; two sisters, Joanne Kramer of Casa Grande and Kathleen Livornese of El Cajon, California; two brothers, John Livornese of Colorado Springs and Ned Livornese of Baltimore; and 20 nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shelter Partnership and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.
Interment will be with his wife at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.