Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's caretaker and friend, Steve 'Sarge' Pfauth, 1945-2016 - 2016-07-11
Sinar Parman, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's former personal chef, revealed on Facebook last night that Steve 'Sarge' Pfauth died yesterday in Michigan of heart and kidney ailments. Pfauth was 70.
Pfauth was a loyal friend to Hubbard and served him as a caretaker and ranch hand in his final years. From 1983 to 1986, Pfauth worked at the Creston, California ranch were Hubbard spent his final days. As Pfauth later pointed out, he worked so closely with Hubbard his signature appears on both Hubbard's death certificate and his last will.
And it was Pfauth who had such a bombshell of information about Hubbard's final days, author Lawrence Wright chose to use it as the ending for his 2013 history, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. In that anecdote, Pfauth revealed that late in 1985, Hubbard asked Pfauth to construct a lethal version of an E-Meter so he could end his life. Pfauth instead built one with low voltage that made a lot of sparks, and Hubbard didn't harm himself. But Hubbard died several weeks later of a stroke, on January 24, 1986.