Ed Givins - A Remembrance Dr. Edward Givins, of Palos Verdes Estates, died suddenly on January 21st while enroute, with his wife, Jackie, to his favorite get-away, Mammoth Mountain. He was 71 years old. During his years in practice as an Orthodontist, Ed brought beautiful smiles to the faces of the many children from the South Bay that he treated. His office was never a place to be feared, but rather a place to have fun. Ed was a "Man For All Seasons". There were never enough hours in the day for him to explore all his interests and develop all his talents. He skied, he swam, he sailed, and he was an avid golfer. As a fisherman, he designed and made his own flies - and, to round out his talents, he was a wonderful artist. Some of his paintings can be seen on the walls of the Palos Verdes Country Club. Ed was also a man for all "Seasonings." As an excellent chef, he complemented his cuisine with numerous herbs, vegetables and fruits which he grew in his garden. He made gourmet dinners for friends, and sometimes for charities. His Olalla berry jam, made each year from home-grown berries was "world-class". But over and above all else, Ed was a family man whose first priority was always his wife of 40 years, Jackie, and his children, Joanne, John, and Jim. When the children married, moved north, and started families of their own, Mammoth took on new meaning as a place where they could all meet, enjoy each other, and enjoy the events of the different seasons. Ed is survived by his wife, Jackie, daughter Joanne Carolan (Jeff), sons John (Jen) and Jim (Autumn), six adored grandchildren, sister Rosemary Young (Russ) and many other loving relatives and friends to whom he will always be a role-model for living life to its fullest . . . truly a Renaissance man! A celebration of his life is being planned for the near future. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be sent to: Orthodontics Alliance Gift Account 925 West 34th Street Room 312, Los Angeles, CA 90089 Attn: Donna Castillo or to the charity of your choice.

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  1. My deepest condolences go to you. I was one of his RDA”s back in 1994. I always wanted to work with Dr.Givens and finally was hired! He had the coolest office and he was the greatest Doc to work for. I am so honered to have been able to work with him. He is the only Orthodontist that I know truely “retired”. He lived his life to the fullest and treated everyone with kindness and respect. May God strengthen you and your family during this time….

  2. This is a message for John. John, this is Paige Smith back from highschool. I was in PV last week visiting my parents and read about the passing of your Dad. I am so sorry and truly can’t imagine the heartache you and your family are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. I was a patient of Dr. Givins in the early 1970’s. What I remember the most is how kind and considerate he was.He put braces on me when I was in the 4th grade.We all know how tough that is at that age.Every time I went to see him he always put me at ease.Looking back now, I realize how talented he was. My teeth are in great shape almost 40 years later.My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Givins family. I am sorry for your loss.God Bless.

  4. Jackie, I am so sorry! Please just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I can only try to imagine the pain you must be experiencing…what a tremendous loss. Love to you and your family, Nancy Siskowic

  5. Jackie: David and I were shocked to hear of Ed’s death. The obituary in the Daily Breeze was beautifully written and truly expressed the life Ed lived, probably the nicest one I have ever read. We are holding you and your family in our hearts and prayers. Please let us know what we can do to help in any way — now or in the future.

  6. Jackie and kids What a wonderful husband and father you had. My kids have beautiful smile’s because of him. His office was always so much fun to go to. You are all in my thoughts and prayers Denise Ball, Kelly, Jason, Kristen and Tommy

  7. Jackie, We were so sorry to hear about Dr. Givens passing. I was one of his first patients and received wonderful care from him and his staff, not only orthodontically but also with his kindness. He was the hippest orthodontist out there. I was one of his case studies and when our daughter needed braces we went to him and of course he had to get out all my horrible pictures before care, to show our daughter. He got a kick out of that. My husband became your plumber and enjoyed coming to your house. Ed was always cooking up something special. May all your memories carry you and your family through this difficult time. We have our wonderful memories of him to hold close to our hearts. God Bless you and your family.

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