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Jonathan Fackler Passes

Jonathan FacklerWe were all saddened to hear Producer-Director Jonathan Fackler of Costa Mesa, California passed away suddenly and quietly in the presence of friends and family on April 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a year and a half since diagnosis of prostate cancer. Jon will be remembered for his professional contributions, creativity and unfailing optimism. One of Jon's more memorable contributions in Orange County was as Co-Executive Director and Producer of a gala awards show for the Newport Beach Film Festival a few years back under the auspices of the Media Alliance of Orange County. Jon was deeply loved and his enthusiasm and dedication to quality production will be missed. 

In recent years Jon split his time between Orange County and Las Vegas. He was an entrepreneur and the owner of several businesses including Nightingale Entertainment and Narnia Productions where he served as Creative Director. He earned producer/ director credits for his work with UCLA Extension Services, The American Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) and the International Hotel Investment Forum. He retired as Creative Director for Wingo, a marketing and promotions company headquartered in Las Vegas. During his career, Jon won numerous Addy awards for his contributions in print and television.

Born John Warren Fackler, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 2, 1950, he is survived by his brother Tracy Farr Fackler of Ralston, Nebraska; his sister, Susan Lynn Johnson of Huntington Beach, California and his niece, Jennifer Lynn Johnson of Orlando, Florida. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Bonnell (Barney) and Doris Fackler of Ralston, Nebraska.

Jon’s wonderful circle of friends include long-time friends Ben Muetzel and Ken Harris, Las Vegas, Nevada; Jeanne Muetzel and Robin Barrett, Denver, Colorado; Judy Lang, San Juan Capistrano, California; and Carole Kunkle (née Kalisch), Thompson Falls, Montana.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jon started Our Gang Studios in Papillion, Nebraska with business partner John Kalisch. Together they did illustration, design and corporate identity for clients including Northwestern Bell and Omaha National Bank. It was during this time that they marketed and sold 5000 units of Belly Button Putty, a novelty item still found on eBay.

MEMORIAL SERVICES will be held Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:30am at Messiah Lutheran Church in Ralston, Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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