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City of Palm Springs names Nov. 10 as Don C. Cavanaugh Day

Don Cavanaugh established the Blue Coyote Bar & Grill in 1992. Don died of Parkinson's disease on February 23, 2018.

The Blue Coyote Bar & Grill partnered with Parkinson's Resource Organization and the City of Palm Springs to celebrate Donald C. Cavanaugh Day.

His daughters Kelle Baker and Shayne Alloway now own and operate the restaurant.

For Shayne Alloway, the youngest daughter of Don Cavanaugh had to find the courage to talk about her father.

"It's been a little rocky losing our dad was pretty tough on us but continuing his legacy has definitely healed our hearts a little bit,"said Alloway. "It'll be a forever process. He was a huge presence in our lives."

Cavanaugh left an impact on his family as well as his employees.

Daniela Martin, who formally worked with Cavanaugh for 15 years, expressed her gratitude.

"Thank you for giving me the chance, thank you. Everything I know about the restaurant business is because of him," said Martin.

And those who knew him have said he leaves behind a legacy. He's now being honored for his impact on the city.

"The city council of Palm Springs does hereby declares and proclaim November 10th as Donald C. Cavanaugh Day," said Lisa Middleton, Palm Springs council member.

Some of Cavanaugh's employees remember the good times.

"The margaritas are rolling," said Don Davis, employee of the Blue Coyote Bar & Grill.

Family, friends and employees still wish Cavanaugh was still with them.

"I miss you. I want you back." said Kelle Baker, eldest daughter of Cavanaugh.

Dani Romero


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