DESERT HOT SPRINGS , CA – Planning Commissioner, animal welfare activist and former Chamber of Commerce board director Jack Becker died on Saturday, Nov. 10 after a short battle with cancer. In the five years Becker was a Desert Hot Springs resident, he championed numerous causes like Animal Samaritans, Cabot’s Museum and the city’s Economic Development Committee.
“Jack was the embodiment of a community activist and a force for good in our city. He was a class act and a true gentleman in every sense of the word.” said Tim Radigan – Brophy, a friend and local business owner.
A former Campbell’s Soup executive, Becker also enjoyed a long and successful career as a “turnaround expert,” restructuring troubled companies prior to resale. Growing up in the Miami area Becker saw the development of southern Florida from its earliest days and those early impressions in turn became the foundation of his knowledge for the city’s planning commission. His passion for the world of business, architecture, art, an animal’s role in our daily lives and helping to shape our city’s destiny are efforts that will be sorrowfully missed in our community. Becker is survived by his loving wife Dr. Lorraine Becker, his children and grandchildren.
“Jack was a great citizen who loved his community and served it as a volunteer without hesitation. His dedication to the love and care of animals set him apart as a kind and gentle soul. Jack was a truly good and decent man who will be missed,” said City Manager Rick Daniels.
“Jack was a real asset to the city, a great ambassador and very knowledgeable and not afraid to ask questions. He really will be missed,” said longtime friend and colleague George Fisher.