Fan artist D. West (b.1945) died on September 25 shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. West’s work appeared in numerous fanzines and he won the Nova Award for Best Fan Artist eleven times between 1984 and 2014 as well as the Nova for Best Fan Writer in 1987. In 2011, he declined the Rotsler Award. West was also twice nominated for the Hugo for Best Fan Writer and once for Best Fan Artist. He also won 4 FAAN Awards. In the 1970s, he created the Astral Leauge (sic) in Leeds. His work appeared in Chunga, Izzard, Banana Wings, and other ‘zines.
Fan Ann McKnight (b.c.1924) died on September 23. McKnight was Jack McKnight’s second wife and step-mother to fan Peggy Rae Sapienza. Prior to moving to Arkansas, Ann was active in Philadelphia fandom.
Actor Jack Larson (b.1928) died on September 20. Larson portrayed Jimmy Olson in the 1950s Adventures of Superman opposite George Reeves. He also played an older Jimmy Olson in an episode of Lois and Clark and appeared on Superboy and in the film Superman Returns.
Chicago area fan Jason Jensen (b.1973) died on September 14. Jensen, known as “Jazz” by his friends, was active in running Anime Central and building it into the convention it is today. He was also active in other Chicago cons, both as an attendee and volunteer, working in the Windycon Con Suite for multiple years.
Minneapolis fan William Crowley (b.1955) died on September 9. Crolley was a long-term volunteer at CONvergence and MarsCon in Minneapolis.
LASFS member Bart Merrigan (b.Louis John Merrigan III, 1957) was murdered on August 22. Two suspects have been arrested in his murder, Kyle Comrie and a 15-year-old boy. Merrigan joined LASFS in 1981, although he was not a particularly active member. His brother, Tim, joined a year earlier as remains an active LASFS member.
LASFS member Marjorie Jennings died on August 27. Jennings published a handful of stories in the 70s and 80s under the name Jor Jennings, including “The Devil and All Her Works” and “Tiger Hunt.”
Actor Dean Jones (b.1931) died on September 1. Jones is best known for his work in live-action Disney films in the 1970s, specifically the Herbie/Love Bug films. He also provided voicework for various Superman and Batman animated television series, Blackbeard’s Ghost, The Shaggy D.A., and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.
Fan Ned Brooks (b.Cuyler W. Brooks, Jr., 1938) died on August 31 following a fall from his roof, where he was doing repairs. Brooks was long active in N3F, and in 1972 won the Kaymar Award. He was the recipient of the Rebel Award in 1976 and the Rubble Award in 1992. Brooks published such fanzines as The New Newport News News, It Goes on the Shelf, and It Comes in the Mail. He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Rivercon IV in 1978 and at DeepSouthCon 39 in 2001.
Director Wes Craven (b.1939) died on August 30 form a brain tumor. Craven is best known as the writer and director of the Nightmare on Elm Street series of films and also had active roles in the films The Hills Have Eyes, Scream, Swamp Thing, and directed five episodes of The Twilight Zone.