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In Memory of Jeff Blugrind, one of Ladera Ranch’s Founding Fathers

We are deeply saddened to learn that one of Ladera Ranch’s founding fathers, Jeff Blugrind, has passed away.

Jeff Blugrind

A announcement posted this morning on Ladera Life says:

The LARCS and LARMAC Boards are deeply saddened today by the loss of our good friend and colleague Jeff Blugrind.

Jeff’s enthusiasm for the community, willingness to give and unique talents have helped shape Ladera Ranch for nearly ten years. He will be sorely missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff’s wife Danielle, his daughter Rachel, and their entire family.

Although we didn’t know Jeff personally, anyone who has been involved with public life in or around Ladera Ranch knew who he was.  Jeff served as a Director of the Ladera Ranch Maintenance Corporation (LARMAC), the Chairman of the Ladera Ranch Education Foundation, a Commissioner for the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo and an Advisory Committee member for the Orange County Fire Authority.  As one of Ladera’s earliest and most prominent residents, he was instrumental in shaping Ladera Ranch’s reputation as Orange County’s premier family-friendly community.  Jeff was the host of “Focus On: Ladera Ranch” — a video series designed to highlight the lifestyle and amenities available to the residents of Ladera Ranch.  But his impact on Ladera was more than just a resume full of community service, he was part of the heart and soul of the Ladera community.  It was Jeff who arranged for the USC marching band to come to Chaparral Elementary School to serenade retiring Principal Kevin Rafferty, a USC alumi, on his last day.  Jeff was a frequent participant on the Ladera Life message boards, offering helpful suggestions, gentle reminders and useful information to residents old and new.  From Taste of Ladera to the annual Fourth of July Fireworks to serving as a parking volunteer at the local schools, Jeff contributed in a positive way to nearly every aspect of life in Ladera Ranch.

Ladera Ranch has lost a good friend and a valuable citizen.  RIP, Jeff Blugrind.  You will be missed.

1 comment to In Memory of Jeff Blugrind, one of Ladera Ranch’s Founding Fathers

  • scottbrown

    Jeff contributed on some many levels – he was instrumental in helping the Orange County Fire Authority and the City of Mission Viejo in the development of the Community Emergency Preparedness Academy – he was also first to help out the American Red Cross in their yearly Disaster Preparedness Academy; I could share many more stories – Jeff was an extremely talented, energetic and committed member of our community, we are forever greatful for his creative body of work – God Speed Jeff

    Scott Brown
    Battalion Chief / Orange County Fire Authority, Emergency Medical Services