Venice resident Roger Thomas Deuring, better known in his adult years as Dylan T. Shephard, passed away Dec. 14. He was 60.
Deuring was born Feb. 16, 1952 to Thomas Walter Deuring and Helen Isabelle Reed Deuring, in Cleveland, OH.
Deuring grew up in Valparaiso, Ind., where he graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1970. He graduated from Indiana University in 1974 and assumed the name Dylan Shephard, as he worked in the California film industry as a grip and in other off-camera capacities.
Deuring was known in his early years for a sense of adventure and humor, his family said. He appreciated films, alternative music, sailing and a love for California, which he never left.
In later years, his mental health declined, keeping him from fulfilling the promise of his earlier talents and vitality, his family said.
Deuring was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Danielle Isabelle Deuring Shephard, and her mother, Brenda-Jean Shephard, of Rancho Palos Verdes; brother Stuart R. Deuring of Minnetonka, Minn.; sister Janice P. Dudley of Silverthorne, Colo.; and nephews Scott T. Dudley, Elliott J. Dudley, Thomas S. Deuring and William B. Deuring.
Memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of choice.