Kelly Dean Sabicer, D.D.S. ’82, passed away on Oct. 14 at the age of 63, after a long struggle with cancer and a serious heart condition. He spent his final days in the home that he poured his heart and talents into, surrounded by his wife, his children, his brothers, and extended family and close friends.
Born in Whittier to Rudolph and Betty (née Hamilton) Sabicer, the second of five boys, Sabicer was an avid outdoor enthusiast, and enjoyed riding off-road vehicles, kayaking, and relaxing with friends and family.
After graduating from Anaheim’s Katella High School, he attended UC Irvine where he received his bachelor’s degree in biology. While attending UCLA School of Dentistry, Sabicer met and married Vickie Pigeon, D.D.S. ’83. Together, they set up a joint dental practice in Alta Loma, where they built their home and raised their two children, Marla and David. Vickie preceded Kelly in death, succumbing to breast cancer in 1997.
Sabicer practiced dentistry for over 36 years, until his illness forced him into retirement in 2017. During this time, he made several missionary trips to Africa and treated many patients who had not previously received medical care of any kind. In 2004, on his second mission trip to Africa, he met his future wife, Tamara Davis. They were married in June 2005.
Sabicer greatly admired all things Disney and had a great love for the desert terain and old mining towns of the American southwest, all of which he used as inspiration for the paintings, stained-glass windows, welded sculptures, masonry facades and photography that grace his home and landscapes. In 1997, the Sabicer household earned the first Grapevine Press Landscape Grand Prize; he won it a second time in 2014. Judges awarded it based on originality, creativity, the use of drought-resistant plants without turf, gorgeous lighting and two water features. They were most impressed that all was done without the help of outside professionals, calling it “…pride of ownership at its best.”
Kelly is survived by his wife, Tamara; his son, David; his daughter, Marla Christensen and her husband, Craig and grandchildren, Ruby and Blake; as well as his brothers, Kevin, Scott, Shane, and Jay, along with their families.