Born in Long Beach on July 30, 1939, Wilkes graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1957. He attended Long Beach City College and graduated from what was then known as Art Center School in Los Angeles (now Art Center College of Design in Pasadena).
A longtime Topanga Canyon resident, Wilkes moved to Pioneertown in 1992 but continued designing album covers and working with Project Interspeak, among other things.
"He loved the high desert, and he always had a place out here since I was a child," Fotch said by cellphone this week while driving to her father's home. "We'd come out here to race motorcycles."
Wilkes recently completed writing a memoir, which would include his artwork, and was seeking a publisher before he died.
"It's called 'Tommy Geeked the Chicken,' " said Fotch, who is unsure of the meaning of the title reference. "I haven't read the manuscript yet. I'm almost afraid to find out."
Wilkes was married and divorced three times. In addition to his daughter from his first marriage, he is survived by his brother, Dennis Wilkes, and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Orange, 191 N. Orange St., Orange.
Instead of flowers, the family asks that donations in Wilkes' memory be made to fund ALS research and sent to the ALS Assn. Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas, CA 91301.