Long Beach native Jeffrey Mann, owner of JMD/Jeffrey Mann Design in Belmont Shore, died Oct. 20 of a heart attack.
Mann had just turned 76 two days before — he was born Oct. 18, 1942, in Long Beach. He attended Lowell Elementary, Rogers Middle and Wilson High schools, and studied art at Cal State Long Beach.
A Belmont Shore fixture for more than three decades, he provided design work for many local endeavors, including book covers for Marianna Williams and more. He lived most of his life in the house his father built in Los Alamitos Heights.
"Jeffrey was a designer who believed in the value of something imagined, designed and drawn by a person," Mick Victor, friend and creative director at MOBIUS, wrote in a Facebook remembrance. "Not a computer. Thousands of times he experienced how things come to life in your mind and he’d then go about crafting the ideas with pens, lines, cameras and colors and anything else his studio tools might have offered in the moment."
His friends described Mann as a free spirit always ready for the next adventure. His passions included art, food and cooking, wine, travel and gardening.
Mann, whose full name is Howard Jeffrey Mann, is survived by his sister, Jenifer Hann Burge, her daughter, Briana Jean Burge Weibush, her son Bret Burge.
"He was always very creative," Burge said. "From the very beginning, he enjoyed art. And he loved food. He really liked to cook."
For nearly two decades, his cat Louis was Mann's faithful companion. Louis, who was found at the Belmont Shore office, even made it to the Los Alamitos Heights home on his own on one occasion.
A celebration of life is being planned at Mann's home from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. For details, call Jenifer at (949) 922-3204 for details. The family requests no flowers.