January 20, 1920 – June 11, 1999“Are you out of your Vulcan mind?”
Ol’ Bones boldly went where many men have gone before. Over the rainbow, ifyou will. If he wasn’t a Judy Garland fan, well, I just can’t explain it.
I owe a debt of gratitude to Findadeath.com friend Benny, who got the shotsof Kelley’s house, in Sherman Oaks. Thanks Benny.
DeForest lived with his wife of 55 years, Carolyn, in Sherman Oaks, onGreenleafStreet.
Their house was number 15463.
DeForest had been suffering from stomach cancer for 18 months, and inFebruary of 1999, his cancer entered the terminal stage. He moved in to theMotion Picture Country Home, in Woodland Hills.
I am so angrywith myself for not knowing this. I was in the Country Home in April, to meetStanley Kramer, the producer of It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and Mabel King thingy from What’s Happening!! (Oh God, you really don’twant to know.), and I didn’t even know Kelley was there! Very pissed at myself.
So, DeForest was in the home, and so was his wife, who was nursing a brokenleg. He died at 12:15, on June 11th, 1999.
His body was cremated on the 15th, and at some point and time, wasgoing to be scattered at sea.
On Tuesday June 22nd, there was a memorial service, held atParamount Studios, in Hollywood. No doubt that loser A.C. Lyles was there. Theonly time he ever works anymore, is a good funeral.
You know, you would think with all the Star Trek websites andfans, someone would post information about his memorial service. I have no ideawhich family, friends or celebrities attended this event, because most of thefan sites are self obsessed. Not like mine. (I’m grinning.) I havea lot of respect for fans and fan clubs. Honest, I do! But hearing the words ofthe fan club president, rather than words from real people who knewthe dead guy, is a tad daunting. I’m being polite. Of course, I would have justpilfered the information anyway, so it probably serves me right.
Update: Sept 1999 – Thanks to the brand spankin new friend of Findadeath.com(another mysterious soul…) for the following information regarding thememorial service.
A.C. Lyles – a nobody dinosaur at Paramount – spoke at the memorial service.He opened the service with a story that DeForest had been in a coma for a fewdays, and when he came out of it, DeForest told him that he dreamt he was inheaven with Gene Roddenberry (right…) and Gene had written a Shakespeare playfor DeForest to star in. That’s how it began. Everyone from the Star Trek castwas in attendance, except for Shatner and Doohan (Scotty). DeForest’s wife couldnot attend, because of her broken leg, so the videotaped the service for her.Then the cast proceeded to get up and wave to the camera when they wereintroduced. Patrick Stewart also attended. They showed a short reel ofDeForest’s acting (mostly old westerns) and a few clips from Star Trek.
To top it all off, cookies and sandwiches and water (nummy) were availableafter the service. Thanks for the scoop, Ms. Mystery.
Trivia: DeForest is actually his middle name. He was born Jackson Kelley, inAtlanta Georgia. That’s all you need to know about his life, okay?