Roy Hefner, a longtime educator and 54-year resident of Westchester who was active in numerous community organizations, including as an original member of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa del Rey, died Friday, October 2nd. He was 81.

Born March 24th, 1928 in Santa Monica, Hefner graduated from Los Angeles High School and received his bachelor of arts degree from Pepperdine University. He conducted graduate work at the University of Southern California and also attended California State University in Northridge.

Hefner was a teacher and active member of the Westchester community since he moved to the area in 1954. He was a well respected teacher during his 35-year career at Orville Wright Junior High School (1956-1984), Westchester High School (1952-1956) and Los Angeles Trade Tech College, where he taught history and physical education. Additionally, he taught citizenship courses at Venice Adult School from 1959 to 1980.

Among the various community roles he served over the years were president of the Westchester American Little League in 1964; spokesperson for the special election committee of the Sixth Council District in 1969; charter and active member of the Los Angeles International Airport Area Advisory Committee since 1975; and charter member of the LAX Citywide Advisory Committee.

Hefner represented the committees at the California Department of Transportation “LAX noise variance” negotiations from 1990 to 1993; was vice president of the board of directors of the Kentwood Home Guardians from 1965 to 1967; was a member of the Westchester Historical Society board of directors; and served as a moderator at various public meetings.

As an original member and crafter of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa del Rey, Hefner helped develop the bylaws to incorporate the council into the citywide system.

His service recognition includes the Airport Lions Club’s Westchester Community Service Award in 1983 and the Westchester-LAX Chamber of Commerce’s Teacher of the Year award.

For 23 years, Hefner was the announcer for the annual Jet to Jetty 5K and 10K run/walk event, which raises funds for the Airport Marina Counseling Service, a nonprofit mental health clinic serving the LAX area.

Hefner is survived by his wife of 59 years, Neva, son Allen, daughter Suzanne and many relatives.

A memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 17th at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 W. 80th St., Westchester. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.