Phil Parlett, an active longtime community leader in Venice, Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey, died Friday, March 24th — one day after his 56th birthday.

Parlett died in a convalescent home, where he had been moved after two weeks in Kaiser West Los Angeles Hospital.

Parlett’s death was attributed to a number of causes, including a heart attack, a stroke, respiratory problems and diabetes.

Parlett headed a financial and real estate business on Washington Boulevard.

At the time of his death, Parlett was serving as exalted ruler of the Westchester Elks Lodge in Playa del Rey.

Earlier, he served as president of the Venice Marina Lions Club.

He also was a past president and treasurer of the Venice Chamber of Commerce.

Parlett was a past president of the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Area Boosters Association.

He was a past president of the local Board of Realtors and was a past director of the California Real Estate Association.

He was a charter member of the Venice Historical Society, had been active in the Boys & Girls Club of Venice and was a past commissioner of the Los Angeles County Beach Commission.

He had been active in the Boy Scouts organization and is credited with starting a Boy Scout museum, which received considerable local and regional attention.

Among the many awards Parlett received was the Presidential Medal from the president of Lions International, the second highest award given by the Lions International.

In addition to the public recognition and community groups that Parlett participated as a member, an officer and as president, he also contributed to other projects anonymously, according to D. A. “Curt” Curtiss, a Westchester Elks Club member.

“It is just amazing how many times he just stepped in and helped,” Curtiss said. “He was always reaching into his pockets and contributing and no one ever knew about all that.”

A resident of the local area for more than 50 years, Parlett is survived by a cousin, Pat Schaffer of Orange County, an aunt and other relatives.

A funeral service is planned at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 31st, at St. Mark Catholic Church, 940 Coeur d’Alene Ave., Venice, with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 Slauson Ave., Culver City.

A viewing is also scheduled between 3 and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 30th, at Holy Cross Mortuary, 5835 Slauson Ave., Culver City.