Remembering a Complex Member of our Family

Deever Jenkins passed away. Most of you, of course, did not know him, but lots of us did. He came to Purple Sage Day Camp as a little boy in the fifties and stayed with us until camp Shasta ended in 1970.

I write “he was complex,” and he was. Bright and caring, he was a contributor and always did a wonderful job when responsible for others. In fact, we thought him good enough to take over camp in the seventies. He always contributed what he could to help make things better for others. To that point, he and another long-term camper ran a successful day camp program for a large temple in Las Vegas. Lenette and I were very proud of the job they did.

He loved surfing and made this activity his “go-to” until he suffered a head injury. He also loved fishing, which was something he and another camper took very seriously. He leaves behind two adult children and a remarkable sister.
Deever’s history ultimately played an important part in his life; In his late teens and early twenties, he demonstrated tremendous leadership potential. He had much to give and did so. We will always remember him.

Deever lived his way—He surfed and loved his fishing—He remains with us.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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