Sunday, January 10, 2010

Obituary posted by Son Brad

John "Jud" Peltz Presmont, January 9, 1923 ~ December 13, 2009
Alice Kay "A.K." or "Kay" Tucker, November 28, 2009

"Don't be afraid to cry, don't be afraid to try, we'll get there
by and by, step by step, step by step"

John Peltz Presmont, commonly known as "Jud" (an acronym for "Justice Under Democracy") was born on January 9, 1923 to Rose Prisment and Joseph Luvish, who were Russian immigrants from the Ukraine. He was adopted by his maternal aunt and uncle, Lena and Max Peltz, who were Orthodox Jews, and grew up as Jacob Peltz, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Boys High School in Brooklyn and worked as a sales manager, selling encyclopedias.

At the tender age of 17, Jud enlisted in the military and later entered active duty in the Army Air Corps on January 13, 1943. He attended Army Air Force Intelligence School and Combat Observer School. He served as a Combat Liaison Officer and fought battles and campaigns in the Philippine Islands, New Guinea, and the Bismarck Archipelago.

Jud was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (twice), Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Philippine Liberation Medal. He was relieved from active duty on February 21, 1946.

After his military service ended, Jud became an advocate for veterans. He formed the Veterans' Housing Service, which was located at 56 Beaver Street in the Delmonico Building in New York City. This service helped hundreds of veterans find housing in the New York City metropolitan area after World War II.

A beatnik, a New York bar owner, and a bohemian in the 1950s, Jud was a hippie in Dominica, Honduras, and San Francisco. He was an advocate for social change and a scene builder in San Francisco. In 1971 he co-founded the successful Kerista Commune that lasted until 1991. At one time the commune was one of the largest Apple Macintosh Computer distributors in Northern California.

After the Kerista Commune dissolved, Jud continued to speak and do public broadcasts. For 25 years he was the host of the "Bro Jud on Love Energy" television show on Access San Francisco Cable Channel 29.

In addition to the quote given at the beginning of this obituary, some of the maxims by which Jud lived and which he frequently discussed during his television show, were: You can change the world by changing your mind; If it ain't fun it won't git done, and It is my sacred duty to keep myself amused.

Jud passed away peacefully on December 13, 2009 at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Fort Miley in San Francisco, shortly after losing his beloved Kay Tucker on November 28, 2009. He is survived by his daughters Nina, Terry, Lena, and Revery; his two grandchildren Amir and Ariel Lynch; his ex's Barbara, Joyce and Geo; his best friends Lori and Jenn; Hope, Brad, and his many other dear friends and acquaintances.

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