Mr. Caplan was born in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Penn State University and received his law degree from American University Law School in Washington, D.C. After law school, he spent the next 30 years in Malibu, Calif., until 2002 when he and his wife, Linda, moved to Tucson.
Mr. Caplan practiced law for several years, then got his real estate broker license and syndicated several properties in Malibu. In the early ’90s, he received his securities broker license and began trading commodity options. His brokerage company, Opportunities in Options, grew to nearly 100 employees in Oxnard, Calif. Mr. Caplan also authored several landmark books on options trading and gave educational seminars around the world.
Mr. Caplan and his wife were original members of the Malibu Jewish Community Center and were instrumental in its formation. Mr. Caplan served on the selection committee of the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival for 10 years. He also took his certified service dogs to schools and assisted living facilities in Tucson. He played duplicate bridge at the Adobe Bridge Club and was active in the Latin American Art Patrons of the Tucson Museum of Art.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; children, Carole (Dan) Webb of Malibu and Daniel Caplan of Salt Lake City; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd., Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093 or online at CurePSP.org.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Mortuary.