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50 Year Reunion

The Encina First Class 50th class reunion will be a simple affair at Maxi’s at the DoubleTree Hotel on Friday, September 9th, 2011 starting at 6:00 PM.  We will require no reservations and there’s no charge to attend this gathering.  We would appreciate your letting us know if you will attend and how many will be in your party so we know how to order.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a no-host bar.  Photos will be available for purchase of any group you assemble or just a post-graduation portrait of yourself. 

The DoubleTree Hotel located at 2001 Point West Way (916 929 8855) in Sacramento is off of Arden Way, just east of the Capital City Freeway (Business 80) across from Arden Fair Mall.  They are offering us a rate for overnight guests of $89.00 for their newly refurbished rooms with the code CAT at the time of booking.  They have reduced the secured parking fee to $3.00 for the event and there is a parking fee of $6.00 per 24 hrs for our group. Call 916-929-8855 for reservations as soon as possible if you will be staying overnight at the hotel.  In the interest of safety, we encourage you to stay overnight even if you live locally. 

This is a great opportunity to get with your old friends for other fun events the balance of the weekend. 

If you have any contact with classmates that attended Encina within our class, graduation not required, please forward this information even if you think they’ve been notified.

Thank you.  We’ll be looking forward to seeing you. 

Joan Seitz Barrett (916 206 7032)  Carol Mills Russell (916-612-1371)  John Russell


Class of '61 leaders,

As you know, the 11th Annual Encina Alumni Challenge is coming Friday, April 29, 2011. This year we'd like to honor the Class of '61 and celebrate 50 years of Encina graduates. We've begun planning for a Golden Anniversary party and would like your help in getting the word out and getting as many of Encina's FIRST class to the Alumni Challenge. We also hope to bring back faculty who were Encina's first teachers.

At this time we're planning to have pictures of '61 alum and, decorations in the cafeteria celebrating the Class of '61 and a special birthday cake (or several!) for all Alumni Challenge attendees.

In a few days Harlan will be sending out the Alumni Challenge announcement, but I wanted you to be aware of our plans for celebration and hope you can help get the word out and get the Class of '61 back to Encina!

More information will follow, but please feel free to contact your classmates and get the word out. Feel free to email or call if you have ideas for making this celebration even better.


Steve Palmer
Class of '74
Co-organizer Alumni Challenge

Combined 61/62/63/64

Event: Alumni only cocktail party
Date: September 28, 2007
Place: Piatti's outdoor courtyard
Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA

Event: Combined reunion
Date: September 29, 2007
Place: Del Paso Country Club
Marconi Ave, Sacramento, CA

Dear classmates from 1961, 62, 63 and 64:

We are planning a combined 2007 reunion for all of us. On Friday, September 28, 2007 there will be a no host cocktail party for alumni only at Piatti's outdoo courtyard, Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacto., California, followed by a gala evening bufftet at Del Paso Country Club, Marconi Ave., Sacramento, California, for alumni, spouses, partners/guests the following night, Saturday, September 29, 2007. SAVE THE DATES!!!!!! More information will follow as plans are finalized.

In the meantime, please contact one of your class contact persons noted below to let us know of your interest in attending and to provide your current contact info (full name, including maiden name if married, address, phone, fax, email for future mailings about the big event. Also, if you are in touch with any classmates from any of our classes provide their info as well as we want to find as many of us as possible.

Our classes rocked back then and we intend to rock again with your help.

class of 1961:
Joan Seitz Barrett joanbarrett@yahoo.com  (916) 206-7032
John Russell john.russell@aerojet.com  (916)355-5372 (wk) (916) 726-3960 (hm)

class of 1962:
Alice Braio Bogert ajbogert@yahoo.com  (916) 983-4212 (hm) (916) 719-6033(cell)
Carol Swinehart Swanson royeva@hotmail.com  (916) 484-0580

class of 1963:
Lee Erickson Smith leeronsmith@sbcglobal.net
Bonnie McFarland Kaplan bjkapl36@aol.com  
Jan Morrow Reist Jan.Reist@sbcglobal.net  

class of 1964:
Allan Davis allandavis@flashmail.com  
Steve Shower steve@swshower.com  

Reunion contact:  John Russell and Carol Mills-Russell

The 1961 Class Directory lists contact information for your classmates. Please submit your contact information.

Your class does not have a webmaster at the present time.

In the meantime, if you would like to submit your bio or say anything to your classmates the Encina webmaster will publish it for you on this interim homepage. For a sample see the Class of 1973 bios.

Submit bio for class homepage

Submit contact information for class directory

61-64 reunion: Dave Morgan 61's photos: Click here: Snapfish:Album:Owned

1961 Encinian yearbook

Dyer-Kelly class photos

Graduation list

Mary Etta Bartz Freeland
Mary was born on May 9th, 1943 in Stuttgart, Arkansas, to Melvin and Mamie Bartz. When she was 2 weeks old she traveled by train to California where she resided most of her life. She went to Encina High School where she graduated in 1961. While in HS she met Eugene Freeland whom she married in December 1961. She followed Gene to Ft. Riley, Kansas, where he was stationed during his stint in the US Army prior to being deployed to Viet Nam. She had a desire and passion to own horses. While in Kansas she boarded her horses back in California as they owned a small ranch and home in Elverta where she raised her family and horses until 1995. In 1995 she became a resident of Auburn, living on 5 acres with her horses and family in the community of Ophir. Mary had her hand in breeding and raising many horses in her lifetime. In January 1971 she had a daughter, Dawn, and in June 1973 a son, Todd. She instilled her love of horses in Dawn and had her on a horse at 3 months old. She was active in many horse groups throughout her life, including Sacramento Horsemen's Association, Folsom Lake Trail Patrol, and Volunteering for the Tevis for over 20 years. Trail riding was a big part of her life, logging thousands of miles in her riding years. She was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in December 2018 and fought a good fight. Unfortunately, she lost the battle on April 26, 2020 at home surrounded by family. There is no doubt that our animals were the first to greet her at the gates of heaven. She is now riding all the beautiful horses. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Eugene Freeland; daughter Dawn Freeland-Allison (Steve); son Todd (Angelica); grandchildren Katherine and Garrett Freeland; sister Betty Schroeder; brothers Jere and Bill Bartz; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial will be held at a later date. Happy Trails, until we meet again! To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. (The Sacramento Bee, 5-22-2020)
Christopher R. Kopf
Christopher R. Kopf, 76, of Camino, California tragically died of a heart attack just before the holidays on November 20, 2019. The oldest of three sons, Chris was born March 16, 1943 to Robert and Jean Kopf in Sacramento, California. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1966 and served 20 years in the USAF before retiring as Captain. Chris married Florence A. Marquez in 1967 and had three kids before becoming a widower and single father in 1976. A huge sports fan and athlete, Chris loved to stay active throughout his life. He competed in basketball and tennis in high school and gymnastics for The Air Force Academy. He loved to play tennis and in the past few years enjoyed volunteering as an assistant coach at El Dorado High School. After retirement and many years in Albuquerque, Chris rekindled a romance with his long-time significant other Linda Sue Horn. He returned to his home state of California where he loved and lived with her these past 18 years. Chris was a very generous, giving man who had a huge heart. He enjoyed his family and had a great quirky sense of wit and humor. Chris is survived by his significant other Linda Sue Horn, his brother Jonathan (Buzz) Kopf and sister-in-law Sheila Kopf, brother-in-law James Kopf, daughter Kimberli Kopf, son Eron Kopf, and stepdaughters Rhonnie Rego and Danni Hinshaw. Chris had 5 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 7 great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Florence Kopf, his parents Robert and Jean Kopf, his youngest brother Cameron Kopf, and eldest daughter Cindy Olguin. On March 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM, there will be a celebration of life gathering for family and friends to remember Chris at his childhood home in Sacramento. For information or to RSVP, please email tkopf819@gmail.com. He will have full Military Honors Services on March 16, 2020 at 10:40 AM at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, California.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 2, 2020.
Richard Allen "Corky" Casanova
Born 10-24-1943 in Sac, CA. It's with deep sadness to announce he passed away in Carmichael, CA, on 5-14-2019 at the age of 75. Since 2008 he suffered & battled 8 different cancers & 3 came back along with pneumonia & other complications (the cancer was caused by smoking cigarettes in his preteen years.) He was a good man, believed in God, Heaven & Hell. Was born to adventure, a true outdoors man who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, collecting unique rocks & driftwood , & being in the Sierra Mountains in CA. With his passing, he left behind his beloved wife, Cathy, brother-in-law Bill (Greek), son Richie, daughter Sophia, sister Sherry, brother Mike, grandsons Ben & Jacob, granddaughter Nicole, & many other family members & friends who loved & will miss him very, very much. Thru his life he enjoyed music, Rock and Roll, the Blues, Country, and dancing. In early years, he had fun playing the piano & guitar (self-taught). In his twenties, was a butcher, learned all phases of roofing, liked riding motorcycles, was a self-accomplished fiddle player, starting at age 28 when his friend Ray handed it to him. Played with many great people & bands from 1970 to 1986. Was honored to meet Bob Wills & John Gimble. Played with Asleep at the Wheel, Moonlighter's, Whiskey Drinkin' Music & George Strait then had to retire because of hands. (His mother was full-blooded Norwegian & he inherited painful "claw hand" - hands closing up). On 10-5-2014, he was proud to be inducted into The Sac Western Swing Society "Hall of Fame." Before his passing, no matter how sick he was, he always tried to have a smile on his face. Liked cooking for his friends, made a great pot of beans & ham, pot roast, meat loaf, awesome tacos, BQ ribs & steaks. Had an annual fish fry. Collected Native American stuff: arrowheads, pottery, pics, feathers, etc. (His father was part Apache Indian). Loved nature, kids, animals, horses, birds & gardening, the rain & being out in it, target practice with his Winchester & Henry rifles, 49ers, Rivercats, Giants, driving thru areas to see wild turkey, deer, geese, ducks (favorite: Mallards), chickens, peacocks, horses, cattle, sheep & goats. Going to the casinos & counting the hawks, egrets, & geese along the way, getting lotto & scratcher tickets, watching horse & dog races, Nascar & top fuel dragsters at Sonoma Raceway (favorite driver: Ron Capps), movies: Sergeant York, Secretariat, The Song of Bernadette & Hacksaw Ridge. Playing dominos, pool, darts, horseshoes, pinochle, tonk, cribbage, & rock, paper, scissors, coconut cream pie & cake, butterscotch cookies, glazed donuts, brownies, spam, lasagna, spaghetti & meatballs, strawberry & coconut pineapple ice cream, Cathy's fried chicken & potato salad, fritters, salad & pork chops, butterscotch milkshakes, the 2 best places: Whitey's in W. Sac & Nubbins in Roseville, grilled chicken wings & coleslaw at KFC, brisket at The Road Trip Bar & Grill in Caypay, steak at Al the Wops in Historic Chinatown in Locke, Chinese food at Green Jade Restaurant, riding the ferry to Rio Vista & going to Foster's Big Horn Bar & Dining, eating at Brookfields, Garcia's, Black Bear Diner, Olive Garden, In & Out Burger, & Sam Hof Brau. Always wanted a '56 Chevy (his dream car). Liked classic & rat rods. Upon his passing, there will be no funeral or services at his request. He just wanted everyone to have a big party.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 21, 2019
Lois Lyon Moses
Of Citrus Heights, CA, January 10, 2019, a native of Sacramento, CA, age 75 years. Loving wife of Andrew Moses. Cherished mother of Tamara (Brian) Stoebe, Laura (Mike) Macy, and Mary (Frank) Andrade. Grandmother of 17 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Sister of Carl (Carol) Lyon, Patricia (Larry) Gorath, and Holly (Walt) Noble. PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (916-725-2109), directors. Online condolences can be made atPriceFuneralChapel.com [Published in The Sacramento Bee, Jan. 20, 2019]
John Kirsten Landgraf
December 07, 1942 - April 04, 2017
John Kirsten Landgraf passed away this April at the age of 74 surrounded by his wife, children, and surviving sister, after a struggle with cancer. John was a painter and master ceramicist who devoted his professional life to art education. 
John was born to John and Helen (Stewart) Landgraf in 1942 while his father was stationed at Williams Field in Arizona. The family returned to Sacramento after the war and ran a detective agency, but art was their real passion. John was surrounded by art and working artists his whole life. He graduated from Encina High School and spent freshman year at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. He then attended Sacramento State College, where he played football and studied art and psychology. 
After college John served in the Coast Guard, patrolling the Aleutian Islands which inspired an abiding love for the sea. After leaving the service he married Ann (Tune) Landgraf in 1968 and worked for a year as the art teacher and football coach at Exeter High School in Exeter, CA, where his first child, Jago, was born. 
For John art was inseparable from all the other components of his life. Over the years he held fellowships and artist-in-residence positions in public schools in Sacramento, Yolo, and Amador Counties and taught art at the Sacramento and Davis Waldorf Schools. John shared his own joyful approach to creating beauty - with the emphasis on creating and doing - with thousands of children. He also created the visual arts program for the Sierra Music and Art Institute and was a board member for many years.
Amador County was central to his family life and personal aesthetic. His grandparents John and Hazel (Dillard) Stewart purchased a cabin in River Pines in 1935, and John’s childhood was spent hunting, fishing and exploring the California foothills, often on painting expeditions with his mother. Swimming in the Cosumnes River was one of his great joys and few places gave him as much delight as the family property along Sutter Creek. 
John was predeceased by his parents and his eldest sister, Christine, who was tragically taken by cancer in 1973. John is survived by his wife, Ann, his daughter, Jago, his son, John, his sister, Cathy Landgraf, and his granddaughter, Kalliope. 
The family founded the Christine and Helen S. Landgraf Memorial Research Fund at UC Davis in 1973, which makes annual grants to cancer researchers. The Fund is supported by the Amador Cancer Research Foundation and the family requests donations can be made in his name in lieu of flowers to: ACRF, PO Box 36, River Pines, CA 95675.
Wayne K. LUETH (1943-2016)
Born on October 20, 1943 in Sacramento, CA, Wayne passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the age of 72. Wayne was a loving husband, father, and friend to those who knew him. He is survived by his wife Stephanie, son Scott, daughters Kerri (Aaron) and Kelly (Graham), and grandchildren, Cayden, Samantha, Sierra, and Aubrey. He now spends his time hugging and kissing his granddaughter Riley. Wayne graduated from Encina High School and joined the Air Force where he served in the Vietnam War. After the war he relocated to Los Angeles where he met his wife Stephanie and joined the Los Angeles Police Department. Wayne served for 26 years and retired as a Sergeant in 1993. After his retirement, Wayne and his family moved to Sacramento where they lived in his childhood home and supported his father Henry during his final years. Wayne made the most out of his retirement by enjoying his family and camping with them as often as possible. Teaching the grandkids how to fish was one of his favorite things to do. He was always willing to share his knowledge, wisdom, or a great story. We love and miss you, XOXO. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Nov. 4, 2016.
Nehr, Lynda M. [Smith]
Lynda M. Nehr, born 3/10/1943, passed away in Afton, WY on 10/19/2016. Lynda was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Betty Smith, sister Sharon Smith Zeka, and niece Jennifer Zeka. Lynda graduated from Encina High School in 1961 and attended Sacramento State before becoming a Peace Corps volunteer in 1962. She spent two years on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. During part of her professional life, Lynda served as the personal secretary to the then Lieutenant Governor of California (under Ronald Reagan) Edwin Reinecke, and also worked for the CA Dept. of Forestry. Lynda enjoyed horseback riding, the outdoors, floral design, and genealogy and her pets, horses, dogs, and cats who meant the world to her. She is survived by her sister Marsha Roggero; nieces Gina Bartok (Bill) and Angie Phillips (Troy); great nieces Breanne Bartok, Jordan Phillips, and Alexys Bartok; and great nephew Stephen Phillips, as well as other family members. Services were held on Tuesday, 10/25/16 in Afton, WY. Lynda requested any remembrances be in the form of a donation to your favorite animal charity or UC Davis Animal Hospital.
WAGNON, Robert Gary Born August 28, 1942 in Marysville, CA died March 5, 2015 in El Dorado, CA. Survived by his loving wife Brenda Marlene Wagnon, daughter Sheri Carter, son Robert Terry Wagnon, brother Michael Wagnon, sister Diane Elwell, grandson Brook Carter. He was a loving husband of 51 years.He never failed to tell his wife of his love for her each day of their marriage.His love and devotion was to his mother Grace Amelia Smith. They enjoyed garage saling every Saturday morning and lunches out. He was a very selfless man who joined many charities and would often help out the less fortunate. He began a career as an operating engineer at an early age. He started as an oiler, promoted to a crane operator for many years then promoted to District Representative. During this time he had the opportunity to graduate from Harvard Law School. He had the privilege of meeting Bill Clinton at a Union organization. He joined organizations such as Masonic Lodge 757, was past president of Oriental Band, Clampers of Sonoma County and served on the Grand Jury of El Dorado County. His greatest love was to his family and devoted friends. Services are being held at Green Valley Mortuary, 3004 Alexandrite Drive, Rescue, CA 95672, Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. There will be no reception following services
Richard Dell wrote:
Occupation: Retired
Spouse: Jan
Children/grandchildren: Derek-45
Hobbies: Golf
Kids: Son (Derek) married (Denise) Grand Daughter (Cassie)
GradeSchool: Dyer Kelly
David Lawrence Haynes
Born in San Francisco the city he loved, he returned there after schooling in Sacramento at Encina High School and American River College as an employee of Tower Records and later as a promoter of artists for several record companies.  Music shaped his life and defined his philosophy.  The future of the 49ers is in serious doubt without his passionate support; he had been faithful since the days in Kezar Stadium.  Full of fun and laughter, he loved to cook and entertain his many friends.  His heart was most full at the ocean, listening to, or better yet dancing to, music. He was intelligent, kind, funny and loving- a perfect companion to his heartbroken wife, Joan Barrett; the children of his heart, Angelique and Simon Hill and proud Papa of the light of his life, granddaughter Maura Joan Hill.  He leaves his brother in law Keith Seitz and aunts Pearl Stadler and Phyllis Oreno and their families, the brothers of his heart; Mike Lowther and Joe Andrules and many close and long time dear friends.  He was preceded by the deaths of his mother, Patricia Giere, father Lawrence Haynes and dear friends Earl Martis, Richard Hook, Richard Purdy and Lewis Overton.  Joan Seitz Barrett 1961 graduate
Born in San Diego on 10/27/43 and tragically taken in an accident at his home in Folsom on 7/12/13, he was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Sidney. He is survived by his beloved and heart-broken wife of 25 years, Kathy (Bussjaeger-Robinson), his son David Cunningham, daughter Gudrun Cunningham, step-son Marek Robinson and wife Tori, their two precious girls Stella and Zoe Robinson (who adored their Grandpa), as well as his favorite cat, Frankie. A UCD graduate, Alan was an engineer for the Sacramento County Traffic Department for over 30 years. After he retired, he and his wife had two wonderful years of traveling throughout Europe and Asia. He was loved by his co-workers, friends, extended and 'adopted' family members. Described as 'the nicest man I have ever known,' 'a man of integrity,' 'a humble, gentle spirit,' he was always the first to help anyone in need. Although not a member of an organized religion, he was deeply spiritual and representative of all that God chose him to be. Alan had a tremendous sense of humor and always had a twinkle in his eye. He had a deep appreciation for independent and foreign films, and music of all kinds. On any weekend, he could be found hanging out in old Levis, or dressed up going to the opera. He'd cry in sad movies and would get angry when watching sports. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Lions Club, bartended at the Sacramento Jazz festival for years, ushered at the Sacramento Theater Company, the Mendocino Theater Company, and most recently at the Three Stages in Folsom. Services will be Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2391 St Marks Way, Sacramento 95864. Reception will follow immediately afterwards at a friend's home. We request NO flowers please, but instead, a donation in his name to The Hunger Project. Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 21, 2013.
John C. Worsley, 69, passed away 5/11/13 at home after a battle with prostate cancer and congestive heart failure. He was born in Sacramento where he grew up and graduated from Encina High School. In a school competition, John designed the first Encina H.S. mascot. John had an eye for the arts and became very interested in photography. He was a member of Sacramento Valley Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of America and California, where he won many awards in portraiture and became a Master Photographer. He worked for several portrait studios in Sacramento and owned his own studio. John was very giving of his knowledge of lighting and posing and would teach anyone that wanted to learn. John enjoyed drawing and painting, a passion for cars (Bricklin, Pantera, Shelby clubs), and very involved with fitness training for many years. He was kind hearted and would help a friend anytime. If it had to do with the arts, cars or fitness, John loved to spread his knowledge of it. He loved his family and he will be missed. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Albert and Norma Worsley. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Alice, brother Ray C. Worsley (Bonny), Aptos, CA, daughter Jennifer (Ian), and granddaughter Claire, Sacramento, CA. You are welcome to celebrate John's life on June 30 at 2pm at Northminster Presbyterian Church at 3235 Pope Ave, Sacramento 95821. [Sacramento Bee, Sunday, 6-16-2013]
BROLIN, Edna M. (Rockenbaugh)
Born 6/30/43 in Santa Ana Ca. Passed away 3/9/13 in Orangevale CA. Survived by her loving husband of 50 years Millard, loving sons Neil, Eric (Amie), grandson Kevin, siblings Florence (Harvey) and Lawrence (Linda). Preceded in death by parents James and Florence Rockenbaugh, brothers James Jr. and Raymond. In between running her own hair salon and cleaning business, she volunteered at her son's grammar school and was scorekeeper and team mom for their Orangevale pony baseball teams. She loved camping, gardening, crafting, and watching NASCAR and her favorite driver Jeff Gordon. A celebration of her life will be held at the Brolin home, for family and friends, on Saturday, 4/20/13, from 1pm to 4pm. Published in The Sacramento Bee on April 9, 2013.
Carol Rodrigues Davidson, 68, died Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Hartford's St Francis Hospital due to complications from cancer. Born April 21, 1943 in Sacramento, CA, she lived in Wilmington, NC, and Miami, FL, before moving to the Hartford area in 1994 to be married to her husband, Bruce Robbins. She is preceded in death by her parents Carl and Barbara Rodrigues and brother Douglas Rodrigues. She is survived by her son David Gilbert and his wife Kellie, daughter Kathleen Gilbert, grandchildren Olivia and Wesley Kendall, and sister, Linda Wolfe, as well as her husband Bruce Robbins and his children Jeffrey, Neil and Timothy and their families. Carol was an artist and a patron of the arts. She earned her BFA at Florida International University at age 50, majoring in glass blowing. She worked in stained glass, glass etching, jewelry design and watercolor. She was proud to be a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society.
An active Unitarian Universalist, Carol will be missed by her UU Women's Group. She was an avid reader and could often be found after Sunday services overseeing the used book sale table she started. Carol served as president of the board of UU Rowe Camp and Conference Center in the Berkshires and leaves many friends in the extended church community. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Ave, Hartford on Saturday January 21st at 1:30 pm with a reception to follow at the church. The family suggests memorial gifts may be made to Rowe Camp & Conference Center, Kings Highway, Rowe, MA 01367 or the West Hartford Art League, 37 Buena Vista Rd, West Hartford, CT.
Barbara (Cox) Ashton
September 28, 1943 to August 11, 2011. After a long and courageous battle with lupus and other lung complications, Barbara was called home to be with the Lord. Beloved Wife, loving Mother, devoted Grandma "Maka", wonderful Daughter, and dedicated Friend. Survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Tom, children Jeffrey Warren (Mike), Robert Ashton (Wendy) and Christina Edwards (Dale), grandchildren Sarah and Trinidy, mother Roberta Goar, cousins and "adopted" children and grandchildren. Preceded in death by her father, Robert Cox, her sister-in-law, JoAnn Gear and her brother-in-law, Kelly Kevan. Barbara was an only child, born in Yuba City and lived most of her life in Sacramento, being part of the first graduating class of Encina High School. Throughout her life she showed love, compassion and generosity to everyone that she met. She was always willing to listen and help wherever and whenever needed, including volunteering Bingo for El Camino High School for 7 years and serving the Lord through Eastern Star. She was a wonderful cook, making delicious meals from scratch. She enjoyed spending time with family, going to Sacramento Kings games and Friday shopping with her "girls". Twenty years ago we nearly lost Barbara to complications from heart surgery. Everyday since then has been a gift from God and we cherish every birthday, wedding, holiday, birth and moment that she was there. She will be deeply missed by all. Friends and Family are welcome to celebrate Barbara's life at a memorial service on August 19, 2011 at 2:00 at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento. Published in Sacramento Bee on August 17, 2011

Calvin Talmadge, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his home on November I, 2009. Cal was born in Marysville, California, on December 5, 1942, and was a proud Clayton resident for 28 years. He grew up in Sacramento where he was known as a local high school football star. Cal will be remembered for his colorful storytelling, often times depicting his wild youth and overseas travel. Cal loved adventure and had a passion for vintage Corvettes and car racing. Cal’s biggest accomplishment was his 29-year marriage to his best friend and wife, Randee, whom he will now be joined with in heaven. Cal is survived by his two sons, Dannie and Brad; his daughters-in-law, Courtney and Annemarie; his grandchildren, Cade, Donnamarie, and Savannah; his sister-in-law, Maura, and her husband, Frank; and his nephew, Frank, and niece, Rachael.  [Published at memorialsolutions.com]

KEHLER, Patricia June (Shrout)
In San Diego on August 27, 2010. Age 66. Born on March 14, 1944 in San Mateo. Grew up in Sacramento. She worked for Harrah's in Reno, NV and New Orleans, LA. Patricia owned a flower shop in San Diego. Survived by her brother Don, sister Deborah, children, Tracy, Rick, and Steven; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The family celebrated her life on Saturday September 4 at the home of her son in San Diego. Donations can be made to the SPCA or charity of your choice. Published in The Sacramento Bee on September 19, 2010

BOYD, Robert William
Of Sacramento on September 3, 2002. Beloved father of Ellen Wick, John Boyd, and Rachel Boyd. Loving son of Lester and Margaret Boyd. Dear brother of Don Boyd. A native of Sacramento, age 59 years. Bob retired from the Army National Guard after 30 years. Friends are welcome for visitations from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday (tomorrow) at Lombard & Company. Private inturnment.
(Published in the Sacramento Bee, September 8, 2002)

BRAMLETTE, Herbert Mundel
Age 59, left us on December 17, 2002. He died of pancreatic and liver cancer at the VA Medical Center with his wife Evelyn Pineda Bramlette and son Melvin Vincent Bramlette at his bedside. He is also survived by his granddaughter Mikaila Jade, stepson Andrew Gaerlan, his step-granddaughter Victoria Gaerlan, in-laws Pedro and Grace Pineda, his brother Ralph Goodell III, his sis-in-law Geri, niece Stephanie Bolton, grand-nephew Christian, and another little one due in June ’03, brother-in-law George Pineda, his wife Michelle and their two children Teryssa and Emilee. He is surely missed by all family and friends that really knew him. He received a Purple Heart from the Vietnam War; a BS degree in 1971 from UC Berkeley. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, January 11th at 2 PM. Hogan, Sullivan and Biano, 1266 9th Avenue, SF.
(Published in the San Francisco Chronicle, January 10, 2002)

BROUGHTON, Phillip Raymond
Mr. Phillip Raymond Broughton, 62, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2005, at Yuma Regional Medical Center. He was born on November 16, 1942, in Sacramento, California. Phil was an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He then returned to school and graduated from the University of California, Chico. He retired from San Pasqual Unified School District in Winterhaven, CA, after teaching there for 31 years. He also taught history and geography at Arizona Western College as an associate faculty member. He will always be remembered for his love of family and friends. Phil was an avid supporter of Dancer’s Workshop and Kofa cheerleading, holding the honorary title of #1 Cheer Dad. He enjoyed history and classical music. Phil was a devoted husband and father whose greatest joy in life was his family. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Cynthia Broughton of Yuma; daughters, Alison Broughton of Mesa and Anna Broughton of Tucson; brothers, Gary Broughton of Red Bluff, CA, Tim Broughton of Sacramento, CA, and Mike Broughton of Sacramento, CA. He was blessed with one grandson, Logan Austin Curcio; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Anna Broughton and Lewis Broughton. A memorial service will be held at Kammann Mortuary, Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Network, 2141 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245. www.pancan.org.
(Published in the Yuma Daily Sun, August 11, 2005)


COLLINS, William “Bill” 56, of Honolulu died Saturday May 29, 1999 at home. He was born in Sacramento, Calif. He is survived by wife Leanne, parents William A. and Wilma, and brother Robert. Private scattering of ashes at sea. Donations suggested to the American Heart Association.
(Published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin)

CUILLA, James Russell, MD
Born December 4, 1943. Passed away peacefully at his home on July 21, 2006, surrounded by his loving family and friends at age 62. He led a courageous battle with cancer for 16 years. Beloved brother of Rosemarie Coffelt. Cherished friend and partner of Dr. Fred Hirshburg. Dear uncle to Tammy Medlock and Michael Castagna. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jim was a pediatrician for UCD Medical Group until his battle with cancer forced him to leave his practice. Jim loved vacations and traveling and made many trips to other countries. He was a dedicated doctor who was loved by all the nurses and the staff members he worked with. Friends are invited to attend a viewing on Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and a funeral service Wednesday at 10:00 AM both at Lombard & Co., Funeral Directors. Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sacramento. Donations can be made in Jim’s name to Mercy Hospice.
(Published in the Sacramento Bee, July 25, 2006)

EGHOAN—Kathleen Eghoan June 1, 1943 to June 9, 2006 Arrangements in the care of RIVERSIDE FUNERAL HOME OF ALBUQUERQUE 225 SAN MATEO NE 505-764-9663
(Published in the Albuquerque Journal June 18, 2006)

GARDNER, Charles (Tom), 4/26/1943 – 4/20/2004
Passed away peacefully at home in Antioch after a tough battle with cancer. Tom leaves behind a wife of 25 years, Mary Ann; daughters, Stephanie, Leticia, Lori, and Michelle; grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. There will be a memorial service for Tom on Saturday, May 8, 2004 at 11 AM at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, NV.
(Published in the Contra Costa Times, April 28, 2004)

Deaths - 10/4/1994
HENDERSON, Fox Daniel, 51, builder, died Thursday. Memorial services 3 p.m. Wednesday, Tulsa Whisenhunt Funeral Home Chapel.

Peter "Pa Pete" Palmer, age 67, of Pearcy, died, Friday, May 21, 2010. He was born on October 20, 1942 in Sacramento, California, the son of Pete Palmer and Olive Rodabush Palmer. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Barbara Palmer and Shirley Knight. He retired from Weyerhaeuser after 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Palmer of Hot Springs; his son and daughter-in-law, Hugh and Cynthia Palmer of Warrensburg, Missouri; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Jimmy White of Pearcy; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Charles and Kathy Palmer and Gordon Palmer all of Sacramento, California; his sister, Linda Logesden of Sacramento, California; five grandchildren, Jacob Palmer and his wife, Emily, Ashley Corcoran and her husband, Joseph, Caitlyn Palmer, Karlyn White and Kandace White; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, May 24, 2010 in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs with Rev. Duane White and Pastor Kathleen Griffin officiating. Interment will be in the Mazarn Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs. Visitation will be held on Sunday, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Rich Schultz, Richie Schultz, Kerry Bartholomew, Ray Bartholomew, Doug KinCannon, Randy KinCannon, Steve Tankersley and Bob King. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-nephews. Memorials may be made to The Promise Foundation, c/o St. Joseph's Auxiliary, 300 Werner Street, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913 or the Mazarn Chapel Cemetery Association, % Patricia Wacaster, 707 Mount Moriah Road, Bonnerdale, Arkansas 71933. Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.
Michelle Lyons wrote:
Occupation: RETIRED RN
MaritalStatus: Married 45 Years
Spouse: Andrew Moses
Children/grandchildren: Tamara Stoebe - 43 Laura Macy - 42 Mary Andrade - 40
SinceGraduation: Worked as a Labor and Delivery Nurse for 21 years in Santa Cruz, CA and Retired to Gold Beach, OR.
Trivia: Have 11 Grand Children and 2 Great granddaughters
GradeSchool: Dyer Kelly
MiddleSchool: Howe Ave
FavoriteMemory: Always being the upper classmen even though we started as Sophmores.
Ethel Luster wrote:
I was engaged to a military man during my senior year, and we married shortly after graduation. We traveled throughout the US during his military career. We had 5 children; 4 boys and a girl. We were living in OKC, OK when he retired so that was our home until his death due to cancer in 1998. Since then I have lived in Texas and Phoenix, AZ and now I am back here in Oklahoma, hopefully to stay. I now have 11 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and another due around Christmas time.
Ramona Jean (Bramwell) Fogal, age 67. Ramona died on March 10, 2010, in Omaha, NE, at her daughter's home after a hard fought battle against lung cancer. Born in January 1943, and raised in Sacramento, CA, Ramona was a graduate of Encina High School, Class of 1961. Ramona retired from Pacific Bell as a Telecommunications Engineer after 25 years of dedicated service. Ramona is survived by her daughter Deborah, son-in-law Tony and granddaughter Amanda of Omaha, NE, son Sidney Jr. of Fair Oaks, CA, and grandson Timothy of Santa Cruz, CA. Ramona was preceded in death by her parents Donald & Dorothy Bramwell (2001) and sons Michael (1963) and Brian (1995).Services will be private as per family request.
Published in Sacramento Bee on June 13, 2010
BREAUX, Kerner Ambrose
Age 67 of Fair Oaks, born on March 25, 1943, in Sacramento. Passed away on June 2, 2010, in Carmichael. Kerner is survived by his wife Cindi and two sons Tyler and Kerner, sister Karen, stepsister Carol, and many nieces and nephews. He proudly served his country for eight years with the U.S. Air Force, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam. Kerner spent his professional career self-employed in the insurance and financial industries. Volunteering his time and commitment with Big Brothers Big Sisters, both on the board and as a Big Brother, brought him much gratification. As an avid golfer, in recent years Kerner continued to work with teens as a golf coach at Bella Vista High School. As a member of the Porsche Club of America, Sacramento Valley Region, since 1974, he was a supporter of all of its activities; he was the one who would always come through with help and hard work with any project. His most recent passion was a bass and banjo, working with many in the bluegrass music community. A memorial service will be held on June 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael. Donations may be made to the music department of the church. Published in The Sacramento Bee
William F. Wentzell
Davis Enterprise, The (CA) - Friday, March 28, 2003
William Francis Wentzell died Feb. 26, 2003, at Alderson's Convalescent Hospital in Woodland. Born Nov. 27, 1943, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., he was 59 years old. He spent his adolescent years in New York, until his family moved to Sacramento in 1958. Wentzell graduated from Encina High School in 1961, attended American River College and transferred to Cal State Chico, where he earned his bachelor's degree in economics. He also attended McGeorge Law School. A resident of Davis for many years, he worked for more than 20 years at UC Davis as a library technician. He moved to Woodland in 1999. He was a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Pi, enjoyed military history and was an avid San Francisco Giants fan. He is survived by his brother, Thomas F. Wentzell of Fremont. Private family services were held, with burial at the Davis Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.
Bryan Adams wrote:
Occupation: Deputy Sheriff
Spouse: Linda
Children/grandchildren: none
SinceGraduation: I produce a weekly National Radio show, reaching a potential 65 million on saturdays, I also produce a TV show for KFTL TV in San Francisco plus working as a Deputy Sheriff, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
Trivia: I teach Martial Arts, and am a
professional Photographer with photos in gallery settings
BestFriends: Charles Small, and Jerry Welch lost
contact with everyone I went to school with
Hobbies: I am a silversmith and love woodworking, my wife and I also run a small animal rescue, helping those who cannot help themselves.
Kids: none
GradeSchool: Dyer Kelly
FavoriteMemory: being held at knifepoint behind the metal shop, maybe that is what helped me with my career choices
Stories: I returned to Encina as the second law enforcement unit when a riot broke out and a fight ensued, I was on the news and it was strange being in the same hallways I used to walk as a student, and now as a Deputy Sheriff, not a good memory, but certainly interesting.
Comments: it would be nice to hear from anyone who remembers who I was and am
Patricia Claypool writes:
Occupation: Retired
Spouse: Jerry Bender
Children/grandchildren: Carrie Yeager, 43 Laura Yeager 41, Kris Yeager, 39, Sean Bender, 36
SinceGraduation: Raising children, working and going, going and going to school
Trivia: Only that at 66 I decided to pursue a doctorate. The old adage, never give up.
BestFriends: Carol Davis Serena Perkins Heidi Weber.
GradeSchool: Howe Ave
March 1, 1944 to Nov. 4, 2009
Doug has passed away in the home he loved that over looks the Puget Sound Narrows and the Warren Avenue bridge. Born in Sacremento California to Daryl & Roxie Booth. Doug served his country proudly in the United States Navy aboard the submarine SSN-669 "Seahorse". After his stay in the Navy,he married Linda Craft and lovingly raised 4 sons as his own Ron, Jim, Don and Bob Craft as a Mentor, Father and Friend. Doug ran for Mayor of Bremerton in the late 70s and was a city planner for Eugene, Or., and Stockton,Ca. Doug retired in Bremerton to be close to his family and friends. Doug was loved and will be missed by his brother Greg Brown,4 sons, 7 grandchildren and all of his friends near and far. Doug did not desire any formal service, but a celebration of his life will be planned for his friends and family.
John H. Harvey
Passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at home in Santa Rosa. John was born in San Francisco and was a graduate of Sacramento High School, Shasta College and San Jose State University. He moved to Sonoma County in 1970. John served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era. He was a DJ at KPLS in Santa Rosa, KTIM in San Rafael and a traffic reporter for numerous radio stations in Santa Rosa. He loved gardening, music, playing guitar and banjo, was an avid sports fan and was involved in church choirs and creative arts ministries. John is survived by his wife Nancy Harvey of Santa Rosa; his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Todd Higgins; his father Harry Harvey of Phoenix, AZ and his sister, Bonnie Miller of Sacramento. Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the First United Methodist Church, 1551 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Private interment at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Arrangements under the care of: SANTA ROSA MORTUARY EGGEN & LANCE CHAPEL, 545-3747
Golfer and 20-year Murietan Neil Watson dies at 65
Published October 26, 2008

Neil Watson

Neil Watson died at his home in Murieta North Oct. 12 after a two-year struggle with cancer. He was 65. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. A reception follows at the Rancho Murieta Country Club.

“We were very, very close,” said Janet Watson, who was with her husband when he died. “I still think of him as right here. It’s a big loss, but I didn’t want him suffering any more, either. That’s the only comfort we can have at this point.”

The Watsons were married for 27 years. They moved to Rancho Murieta more than 20 years ago. “It was the best slice of heaven we could find,” said Janet Watson. “We’ve made a lot of friends”

Mr. Watson was a devoted family man and an avid golfer. He played golf almost every day before his illness, and belonged to the Senior Men’s and the Men’s golf groups at the club.

Janet and Neil Watson

Janet Watson says of her husband of 27 years, "He was a special man."

“He probably had more swear words out of the sand trap than anybody else, (then) turned around, and he was a gentleman,” his wife recalled. “All the women loved him because of his kindness. He was a very kind man, very gentle. He was a special man.”

Mr. Watson worked for a number of car dealerships in the Sacramento area during his career, and he persuaded them to donate a car for the hole-in-one prize at club tournaments. “He always donated the car for the 12th hole at
all the women’s functions and Men’s Club Prospectors Tournament,” Janet Watson said.

The only hole-in-one in Mr. Watson’s golfing career occurred on Hole 15 on the South Course. He didn’t win a car, but he did acquire the tee marker for the hole as a lasting memento after the club replaced the wood markers with natural rock.

Mr. Watson was born in Reno. The family came to Sacramento when he was an infant, and he made the area his lifelong home. He was in the first graduating class at Encino High School and graduated California State
University, Sacramento.

At Sac State, Mr. Watson joined Theta Phi fraternity and formed lasting friendships with his fraternity brothers. During his illness, they held luncheons in his honor, Janet Watson said. “They were a very big part of his life.”

Mr. Watson was a Marine Corps veteran.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Watson is survived by stepchildren Kelly Barr, Jay Corsby and Mark Corsby; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Watsons met at work. After they married, “he took over very, very quickly with the kids. They all belonged to him,” Janet Watson said. “You just don’t say 'stepchildren' around him at all. I just said 'children' and let it go at that. That’s the way they felt.”
Died in his home October 12, 2008, after a long struggle with cancer. He is survived by his soul mate and wife Janet Watson. Neil was born in Reno, Nev., on September 4, 1943, and moved to Sacramento where he attended the local schools including the first graduating class of Encina followed by his graduation from Sac State where he was a proud member of Theta Chi. He was preceded by death by his brother Gary Watson. He will be missed by his devoted nephew Michael Watson and nieces Chris and Kate, a sister Claudia Shaw and her three children. He is sorely missed by his daughter Kelly Lynn Barr, her three daughters, Samantha Janeil McGrath, Alexa Marie Vaughan, and Bailey Lynn Barr. His son Jay Corsby and wife Mary, their children Meagan Elizabeth Paschane, Jessica Michelle Corsby and Brandon Richard Corsby, son Mark William Corsby and his two daughters Christine Anne Vicars and Caitlin Nicole Hood, two great-granddaughters Lauryn Elizabeth McGrath and Sienna Nicole Vicars. He was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corp. Neil loved golf and will miss being out there with his buddies. Also leaving a hole in his life will be his fraternity brothers who were so giving with their love and support. Services to be held October 29 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul, Rancho Murieta, with reception immediately following at Rancho Murieta Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Kaiser Hospice.
Sacramento Bee, September 7, 2008
Melvin (Lee) Pratt, of Hidden Valley Lake, peacefully left this world on August 19, 2008 with his children and family by his side. Lee was to turn 65 in December. He was born in Oklahoma but called California home. Lee graduated in Sacramento with the first senior class of Encina High School. He served in the Navy for 8 years with one of those years spent in Vietnam. He received a Vietnam Service Medal and Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal. After the Navy, he joined the California Highway Patrol where he received a Medal of Valor from former Governor Ronald Reagan. Lee served as a Highway Patrolman from 1969 to 1991 serving the Los Angeles, Concord and Napa communities. He was a baseball enthusiast and member of the Elks Lodge. Lee recently moved to Hidden Valley Lake to be close to his two children. He is survived by his children Carrieann and Gabriel Lopez, Charlie Pratt, grandson Dano Lopez, granddaughters Kristina and Coral Pratt, his ex-wife and life long friend Christine Pratt, his soul mate and best friend Jane Sullivan, sister Sandi and Mickey Jones, brother Ronald and Jody Caldas, brother Jim and Linda Caldas, niece Kim Vinayak and nephew JC Adams, his dearest friends Walt and Sue Lamb and Dennis and Faye Janson, and many great nieces and nephews. A celebration of Lee's life will be held on September 20th at 5:00 p.m. at the LifePointe Church of the Nazarene, 7200 Rio Linda Blvd., Rio Linda CA 95673. A spaghetti dinner will follow the services. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either: California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. (CHEMPI), 2933 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI 96815; or California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation, 2244 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton, California 92831.
Robert Irving writes:
Occupation: Golf Professional
Bio: Held 4 Director of Golf Positions:  La Jolla CC, The Boulders Resort,  The Rim Golf Club, The Founders Golf Club.  Played on The Senior PGA tour 1993-1998
Trivia: Am still alive after triple by-pass surgery.
Friends: Paul Sax, Bill Greenly, Everyone!
Hobbies: Bicycling, Golf, fishing
Kids: Susan 40, Amy 21, Aaron 25
Susan has two children, one born today!  Amy and Aaron are just getting started!
Grade_school: Creekside Elementary
Grade_school_friends: Paul Sax, Bill Greenly, Karen Larkin, Patsy Parker, Jerry Renaud
Memorable_teachers: Coach McCormick because he cared!
Favorite_memory: Graduation!
Sibling_info: Marjorie Miller (Irving)
Sharon Vranesh writes:
Occupation: Retired
Bio: Attended A/R for a year then went to the University of Hawaii where I met my husband Jim. After he graduated we returned the mainland and married in 1964.  Moved to San Barbara, Ca where Jim attended Brooks Institute of Photography. After graduation Jim accepted a position in Denver, Colo.  In 1970 we started our family.  In 1978 Jim accepted a job at the college in Eureka, Cal.  In 1984 I went into real estate and then in 1987 landed a job as the Real Property Manager for the County of Humbolt.  Jim and I retired in December of 2000, moving to Willows, Ca to be closer to my mother.  When she passed away in 2004 we sold our home and traveled in our RV for 6 months before buying a home in the hill county of Texas.
Friends: Karen Larkin, Nadine Lewis, Judi Richards, Kathy Zahn, Sue King, Pat Pamateer. Actually I had a lots of friends that I really enjoyed.  I have only been able to stay in touch with Karen.  We see each other once or twice a year.  I keep in touch with my counsin Carolyn Reese Stinson.
Hobbies: Painting (water color) gardening, knitting, volunteer services
Kids: Christopher Earles 37, Justin Earles 35, Kimberly Ingram 34
The boys both live in California and Kimberly lives in North Carolina. They are all wonderful and we love spending time with them.  We have three great grandchildren.
Grade_school: Howe Avenue
Grade_school_friends: Edna Lamb,  Eddie Tis, Dick Doerr, Rick Cox, Barbara Cox, Paul Keller, David Ledesma Kermit Pahl, Diane Henriques
Favorite_memory: I think we all felt special being the first graduating class. I many favorite memories from Encina and I enjoyed the many friends I had.
Alumni_in_contact: Karen Larkin
Obituary: Helping children brought joy to teacher Sharon Williams Fanslow
By Robert D. Dávila - Bee Staff Writer

Last Updated 12:32 am PDT Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Story appeared in METRO section, Page B5

Sharon Darlene Fanslow, a teacher who reached out to students with special learning needs during almost four decades in the classroom, died Thursday. She was 63.

She died in her Sacramento home after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer, said her husband, Hal Fanslow.

Mrs. Fanslow graduated from college early and began teaching at age 21 in the Sacramento City Unified School District, said her sister, Kathy Spector. She also taught for several years in Bakersfield and spent most of her career at several schools in the San Juan Unified School District, including Mission Avenue and Mariemont elementary schools.
"She loved children and always wanted to be around children," Spector said. "She always talked about getting such joy when you see even the smallest gain a child can make."

Mrs. Fanslow devoted most of her career to students with learning disabilities, including special education. Patient and persevering, she focused attention on children in one-or-one settings and small groups, colleagues said. She also coordinated her lessons with other teachers of mainstreamed students.

"Sharon always had a warm and caring heart," former Mariemont Principal Mary Tidwell said. "She cared so very much about children and how they could be successful in life if they could be successful in school."

Mrs. Fanslow was a highly regarded teacher who received the San Juan district's "You Light the Way" award when she retired two years ago, her sister said. She also earned the respect of her students with a fair but disciplined approach and by reaching out to their families, friends said.

"She was very firm and very loving," retired colleague Martoo Beermann said. "That's a very delicate balance, and she did it beautifully."

Sharon Williams was born in 1944 in Sacramento to a homemaker mother and a father who worked on engines at what was to become Mather Air Force Base. Her parents also taught Sunday school at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, where she served as deaconness as an adult.

She graduated from Encina High School and in 1964 earned a bachelor's degree in education from what was then Sacramento State College. She also received a master's degree there and taught special education teachers at National University, Hal Fanslow said. She married her husband in 1995 after her previous marriage ended in divorce.

Mrs. Fanslow enjoyed camping, gardening, reading and cooking, especially for family dinners and barbecues with friends, Spector said. She inspired others by her battle with cancer, living a year longer than doctors expected.

"She faced cancer with courage and grace," Beermann said. "That, in a nutshell, is who Sharon was."
FANSLOW, Sharon (Williams)
nee Sharon Morris
Sharon Darlene Fanslow, born April 26, 1944, in Sacramento, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2007, in her home while surrounded by her family.
She leaves an enduring legacy of faith, hope, and love. Sharon, a loving wife, mother, and teacher, blessed us all with her wisdom, faith and knowledge.
She bravely faced cancer with dignity and hope, and showed us all what it truly means to live life, until God ultimately healed her by taking her home. Sharon is survived by her husband Hal; her children Jana Young, Rob Morris, Andrew Morris, and Avery Fanslow; her two sisters, Kathy Spector and Nancy Nakao; and her mother Helen Morris. Sharon was in Encina High School, class of 1961, and graduated from Sac State in 1964 with her teaching credential. She taught 37 years, mostly in San Juan School District in elementary classrooms, special education, and as a resource teacher. She valued children and family above all. Friends are invited to a memorial service at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1615 Morse Ave. at Arden, Sacramento, CA 95864, on Friday, June 8, at 4:00 PM, to celebrate her life.  Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, P.O. Box 2125, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 6/5/2007.
DOWNIE, Michael ''Steve''
Of Roseville, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2006. Steve was born in Sacramento, Calif., to Stan and Priscilla on February 16, 1943. He
was a member of Sierra View Country Club, where he enjoyed many years of golf After retiring from golf, he joined Just Cruisers where he spent
many weekends with his wife Nancy showing his classic El Camino. Steve was a mortgage broker for 25 years in the Roseville area. Steve is
survived by his loving wife Nancy. They were married for 43 years. He will be missed by his daughter Lisa (Ron) VanderMaas of Tucson, Ariz.,
and their children Luke and Chloe, and by his son Michael (Cherie) Downie of Roseville and their children Kyle, Rachael, and Nichole. Steve is also survived by his sisters Sally (Ken) Gifford of Redding, Terry (Gary) Odell of Tucson, and Nora (Jack) Stanfill of Sacramento, as well as brother-in-law Jim Haven of Sacramento and sister-in-law Judie (Paul) Wilson of Clayton, Calif., and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. At his request there will be a private service. Memorials may be made to Placer County SPCA, Boys Club of America or to your favorite charity.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 11/17/2006.
Kerner Breaux writes:
Occupation: Currently a VP of Marketing for and Insurance Marketing Orgainzation.
Bio: After graduation, went to college in Japan, Sophia University, until 1963.  Returned to Sacramento and graduated from Sac State in 1967, first mid-term graduating class then.  Went into the Air Force through officer training school, became a 2nd Lt.  Was a munitions officer for two years, went to Thailand in 1968, returned to USA and then went to pilot training, graduating in April of 1970, transitioned into C-130's and went back to VietNam from 1970-1971 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross along with 8 Air Medals and others awards. Ran into Shaun Sullivan there, we were stationed at the same base and drank alot together.  Was assigned to Germany in 1972 and flew over there until I got out of the Air Force in June of 1975.  Met my wife there (she was the sister of a friend of mine) and we were married in Switzerland April 1974.  Returned to Sacramento in 1975, ran a cocktail lounge with my folks until 1977 and then got into the insurance and securites business and stayed in that until 2003 when I left the sales game.  Became a "certified golf instructor" and worked as an assistant golf pro and Varsity Golf Coach for Bella Vista High School.  Officially retired in June of 2005.  Unretired in February of 2006 to take current position.
Trivia: Got into martial arts in my mid 40's and succeeded in achieving my Black Belt when I turned 50.  And have been studying ever since. About 6 years ago I started playing music again but this time playing banjo, stand-up bass and guitar with a couple of bluegrass bands.  I am still taking banjo lessons and play in jams a couple of times a week. Will also learn how to play mandolin in the future.
Friends: Grew up with Wayne Johnson, Dave Sampson, Jerry Holland, Eugene Freeland. 
Hobbies: Martial arts, golf, playing music, boating, racing my Porsche, which I have had 15 over the years. 
Kids: Tyler J., 27 and Kerner J. 26. Both sons are auto mechanics here in Sacramento.  Tyler is divorced and has two children, Halie and Isaiah.  Kerner (KJ) was just married last June to his girlfriend of ten years. 
Grade_school: Went to Greer, Winterstein, and Starr King.
Grade_school_friends: Hal Ostin, Richard Casanova, Gene Freeland, Dave Sampson, Jerry Holland, Wayne Johnson, Judy Gibbs, Sue Palermo, Sid Bowers, Jim Dill.
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Kernick--I was his biggest pest and Mrs. DeGooyer.  Mike Hanna, Jim Baughn, and myself gave her the most grief in
senior english class.  We also harrassed everyone in her class.
Favorite_memory: Making many new friends after transferring from Bishop Armstrong in my senior year.  Being on the track team my senior year and the memories and friendships developed from that team.
Gerry Zemlicka writes:
Occupation: retired  public utility worker
Friends: arden kay allison,gary hagen,tom bedegrew,larry nugent,sue hopkinson,pat palmeter
Kids: my son kevin is a teacher, I also have a stepson ,jerry,who has been in the navy for the past 20 years. we have two grandsons who take up much of our time.
Carol Taylor writes:
Junior_high: PETER LASSEN
Junior_high_friends: NONE WE MOVED
JASPER, Diane Tellman
Surrounded by her loving family, Diane passed away on June 10, 2004. Diane was the wife of retired Sacramento City police detective Tom Jasper; mother of John (wife Jan), Beth, Rebecca, and Heather Whitney; stepmother of Scott and Kevin Jasper (wife Lori); and grandmother of six (Jessica, Hunter, Samantha, Kaia, Katie, and Arden). Diane was born March 17, 1944, in Alexandria, Virginia. She grew up in various places in the world with her
adopted family, the late Helene and retired AF Colonel Herb Tellman (brothers Steve and Bill Tellman), graduated from Encina HS, attended CSUS,
and eventually settled in the Sacramento area to raise her family. After an extensive search, she reunited with her biological family, whom she came to
know and love, and is survived by her birth mother, Amy Brichoux; siblings Joann Olson, Connie Baker, Mike and Bill Brichoux. Diane was recognized as
the leading Northern California racehorse trainer in 1971 and later opened several restaurants in Sacramento, including DJ's, before retiring as a
successful real estate broker in Placer County. She played classical piano and enjoyed painting. In 1981, she married Sacramento native Tom Jasper and remained in the area until their six children were grown. Diane and Tom then went on to enjoy life on the beaches and rivers of Northern California and Southern Oregon, where they partnered in their fishing guide business on the Smith, Chetco, and Rogue Rivers. They recently returned to the
Sacramento/Placer area to be closer to friends, family, and grandchildren who will miss her deeply. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend a
celebration of her life on Sunday, June 27, at 3:00 PM at The Gathering Place, 3137 Taylor Road, Loomis, CA 95650. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 12 Kent Way, Suite 101, Byfield, MA 01922.
Published in the Sacramento Bee from 6/19/2004 - 6/20/2004.
May 4, 1943 - Aug. 4, 2003
Died suddenly at home in Oroville after a hard fought battle with Carcinoid. Lee was an accomplished artist, member of Sacramento Artist's Collaborative Gallery, and a graduate of Encino High and San Jose State University. Leaves wife, Cathy, sons Michael and Chris, mother Lucile, and sister Jennifer Stanley. Memorial will be held at a later date in Oroville. Will be very much missed.
Published in the Sacramento Bee from 8/7/2003 - 8/9/2003.
John Skeete (classmates.com bio):
Hello, first off I have to say that I moved from Encina HS to L.A. to complete high school. I started college as pre Dental, finished 6 yrs later with a Political Scinece B.A.. I promptly joined the CHP and worked as a Traffic Officer until '76. I was retired on a disibility injury. I went back to school and got a B.S. in Ag. Science, and Ag. Ed. I began teaching Vo-Ag in '78. I ended up as an industrial arts teacher, with assignments as Science, History, and Language Arts for 7th and 8th grades. My old CHP injury flared up and I had to retire from teaching. But the best thing is that I finally had the operation to fix the original problem. Now that I'm "renewed", I'm staying retired, and riding my Motorcycle everywhere I can. When I'm not doing that, I "hobby farm" 15 acs., and I just completed building a new house. I am also a Ham radio operator, my call is KR6AR. I live in Redding,Ca
It is with deep sadness, I inform you of the death of Harold Ostin, a friend, classmate and incredible human being.  Harold died Thursday, October 3th in Laguna Beach.  He was 58 years old and had suffered from diabetes.  A thoughtful, intelligent and strong-willed person, Harold was believed to be the oldest living childhood diabetic.
Internment at Home of Peace in Sacramento was private.  His son, Harold, Jr, daughter-in-law Diane and grandson, Michael Anthony, survives Harold.  Acknowledgements can be sent to 28941 Drakes Bay, Laguna Nigel, CA 92677.
Since Encina and Sacramento where always a special place to Harold, I'm planning a Remembrance in Sacramento.  The details will be communicated as soon as they are finalized.  Your input is appreciated by email (ddoerr@earthlink.net) or phone 775 772-9342.
Dick Doerr 61
Laraine Nutt wrote (on classmates.com):
I left Burlington Ontario at the beginning of the 12th grade when my parents moved to California. I finished high school at Encina High School in Sacramento. I worked for an insurance company and they provided the education for me to become a computer programmer. I am still a programmer but the title these days is Senior Applications Programmer Analyst, which just means I am an old programmer. I got involved in sailing and that has been my major outdoor activity for over 30 years. I have been married to a really great guy for 20 years. He is a structural engineer. On one of our first date I took him sailing and fortunately for me, he loved it. Prior to my meeting him I had crewed on a boat through the South Pacific as far as New Zealand, and lived and worked there for a year and a half. Since we met I raced in the 1980 Pacific Cup Race from San Francisco to Hawaii and the 1987 Trans Pac from LA to Hawaii. We now have 2 sailboats. One is a Standfast 36, in which we completed a circumnavigation in the years 1988 to 1992. We now keep it in Hawaii for vacations. The other is a Merit 25 which we race in San Francisco Bay. We have 2 cats, a Tonkinese and a Rag Doll named Butch and Sundance. I still love music - I won the music award for my grade the three years I was in Burlington High - and I attend the San Francisco Opera frequently. I love to sew and do beading and make most of my own clothes and jewelery. I enjoy entertaining and love to cook. Basicly I enjoy my life. It has turned out to be totally different than I ever thought it would, but it has been fun. I am in good health and look forward to many more years of sailing and traveling whenever I can. I hope anyone who might read this is feeling great and enjoing their life to it's fullest.
Nadine Lewis writes:
Occupation: CPA, retired
Bio: After Encina, I went to the U of A, got married, finally graduated from San Jose State. Worked for a CPA firm, then started my own firm in Fremont, CA. My husband took a transfer to Chicago in '86 (great move, getting the kids out of California) so, I sold my firm, took a year off then went to work for another firm.  Tried a buyout with another partner which fell through so we started another firm and acquired a couple of other small firms.  My Husband's company sold (he fixes distressed ins cos)and he retired so, I sold out my partnership. This was in '97.  We shipped our belongings to Arizona but, before we could get there he took a job in Florida.  We were in Sarasota 22 mos (didn't like Forida).  He retired again, this time for 8 mos in Arizona (he needs a hobby) and he took a job in Dallas, where we have been for the last 2 years.   We love the "Big D" but, we live too far away from the kids and grandkids. I have been married to this same wonderful man for 35 years.
Trivia: What? You want interesting trivia from an accountant?
Friends: Best friends in high school at Encina?  Karen Larkin, Sharon Vranesh and Judy Richards.  Lost contact with all of them many years ago but found Judy here in Texas about two hours away from me! I also spent a lot of time with kids from El Camino whom I grew up with and who lived near me.  
Hobbies: I golf, read, take classes at SMU and vounteer my time teaching reading to children for whom English is a second language.  Also, co-host a group which teaches women about finances.  Love to travel! 
Kids: Three wonderful daughters! Tara, the oldest, reinsurance co exec, currently at home with my sweet granddaughter, SaraGrace, 2 yrs old.  Daughter Jennifer, a twin, Professor in biochemistry and does immunology research, has my beautiful granddaughter, Clare, 3 yrs old.  Daughter Heather, the other twin, an NMD in practice with a medical group, has my wonderful grandson Austin, 6 yrs old. 
Grade_school: Arden and Winterstein were the grade schools I attended.
Grade_school_friends: Grade school friends who went to Encina were Judy Richards, Christine and John Landgraf. Used to take ice skating lessons with Karen Schwartz.   Everyone else went to El Camino, Barbara Hill and Kathy Farrell were the two I spent most of my time with. 
Junior_high: Starr King was my junior High and my first introduction to most of the kids I went to Encina with.
Junior_high_friends: Friends from junior High? Still Barbara and Kathy.  Kathy and I hung out at Arden Hills CC. Oh, Diane Tellman lived across the street from me. I remember Marcia Betow's great slumber parties with Joan Seitz, Ardenkaye, Judy Richards and others.   Afraid I'm getting too senior to remember other names.
Memorable_teachers: Most memorable teachers were Mrs. deGooyer who was very insightful and who gave me a sense of who I could become. Mr. Tracy whose teaching style was different but, I learned history.  Oh, Can't remember his name but a great English teacher who was tall, balding and had a fabulous sense of wit and humor.  Anyone recall his name?
Glenn Fait writes:
I have been with McGeorge for nearly 30 years.  In addition to being Associate Dean and a law teacher I am Director of the Institute for Administrative Justice at McGeorge.    The Institute specializes in administrative law and procedure and is nationally known. One of our projects at the Institute is to provide special education hearings for the State of California.  I am also Director of the California Special Education Hearing Office and Director of the California Victims of Crime Resource Center, both funded by the State.  A few years ago I won a seat on the City Council of the City of Folsom and served two years as its Mayor.  Those are some of the highlights of what I have been up to.  Thanks for you message.  It made me vary nostalgic.   Glenn Fait
Seattle Times, December 3, 1999
Award-winning filmmaker Ed Tis shot Rainier Beer commercials Walter Edward "Ed" Tis, the Emmy-winning Seattle film editor and television cameraman who shot the Rainier Beer commercials starring a bullfrog chorus and a brand-name-spouting motorcycle, faced life like the sailor he was at heart. He saw it as an unfolding horizon to be explored for fun and profit. Awash with ideas for pranks as well as for perfectly crafted film segments, he mastered the camera as he once had mastered racing yachts and motorcycles.
   When he "retired" in 1991 to become the skipper of seafood-tending vessels in the Bering Sea, spending summers working with his son, he was happy to pass his knowledge and joy to the next generation.
   Mr. Tis died Sunday (Nov. 28) of lung cancer. He was 56.
   "He was such a colorful person," said Linda Tis of Kirkland, his second wife, to whom he was married 27 years. "He always stopped if someone needed help. He did a lot of things and knew a lot of people."
   Born in Richmond, Calif., he developed an early love for boats and football. He graduated from high school in Sacramento, worked briefly at a television station in Sacramento while attending community college, then won a football scholarship to the University of California, Davis. He played second-string tight end in a semi-pro football league and also played for the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Rough Riders. A rib injury ended his sports career.
   Mr. Tis worked as a photographer in San Francisco, raced motorcycles and crewed on trans-Pacific yachts before being invited to join a Seattle crew traveling to the former Soviet Union to film a documentary.
   He worked in Seattle as a cameraman for KIRO-TV and KING-TV from 1969 to 1975. He earned an Emmy in 1970 for his editing and photography on a KIRO documentary that compared Seattle with Los Angeles. He won another Emmy in
1974 for the KING documentary, "Pompeii on Elliott Bay."
   In the late 1970s, he had his own filmmaking agency, Filmmakers. He was hired to shoot the Rainier commercials for the Heckler     Bowker ad agency.   Mr. Tis contributed ideas to many ads, but specifically came up with footage of a friend running through gears on a motorcycle to the sound of "Raaaii Nieeer Beeeer."
   In 1981, when videotape became the norm for TV, Mr. Tis left the industry; he felt video was flat, said his wife.  He lived in California, ran vending machines and built cranes. But in 1991, he returned to Seattle and the sea.
   "His greatest love was the sea," his wife said. "He was only 56, but he lived two lifetimes. He didn't say no to anything."
   Also surviving are his children Jason Tis and Romy Tis, both of Kirkland; Michelle Braduch and Jennifer Gonzales, both of Burns, Ore.; and Steve Tis, Vacaville, Calif.; sister Elizabeth Sleeth, San Jose, Calif.; and six grandchildren.  Donations may go to the Ed Tis Memorial Fund, c/o U.S. Bank Juanita office, 13233 100th Ave. N.E., Kirkland, WA 98034.
Kenneth James Schnaidt
Sacramento Bee, May 2001
Born February 13, 1943 in Sacramento, CA. Ken lost his battle with heart disease and died suddenly May 19, 2001 in Glendora,CA. At his side were Rosemary Schnaidt, his loving partner of 16 years and dear friends, Ed & Joyce. Ken is survived by his beloved children, son Jim Schnaidt and wife Randy of Utah, daughter Brenda Garcia and husband Fred of Texas, and son Karl Schnaidt of Sacramneto, with all of whom he shared a very special relationship. He also leaves his stepson, Mark Seagren and wife Donna of Florida. Loving Grandfather to three grandsons, Nathan, Dustin (Dusty) and Joshua and four granddaughters, Brittany, Melissa, Danielle and Michelle. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen. Also survived by father, Alvin Schnaidt, sister Carol Klein and husband John of Sacramento and dear sister  Diane Gibson and hsuband Dave of Olympia. Uncle to Rev. Darren Klein, Bonnie Bassett, Greg Klein, Amy Berkebile and David Gilbson, as well as their spouses and children. Also survived by his aunt, Frances Hansen and his uncle, Fred Miller, both of Sacramento. Ken was employed at Pacific Bell for many years and later established his own company, Eagle Communications. He shared his love of fishing, traveling, and "bussing" with Rosemary and Karl. Ken had a true "zest for life" and a talent for making many friends along his life's journeys. Kenny will be missed dearly by his friends and family. All family and friends are invited to a celebration of Ken's life at a memorial service to be held in his boyhood church, Trinity United Methodist Church, 2245 Highridge Drive, Sacramento, Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 3 PM. Gifts in Ken's memory may be given to: American Heart Association, 2007 O Street, Sacramento, CA. Designate "in memory of Ken Schnaidt".
Rich Gray writes:
Occupation: Marketing VP
Bio: Best part of the year following graduation spent at ARC, then moved to Fresno, attended Fresno State for two years, then moved back to Sacramento and (finally) graduated from Sac State in 1967. Immediately went to NAM -- 13 months. Lived in Chico most of the 70's, worked in sales then mid-management, then moved to Seattle through 1986. Was transferred to Omaha (culture shock) in 1987, then to New York (more culture shock) in 1999, where I am today. I manage marketing activities for a moderately large chemical manufacturing firm (not the nasty stuff -- we are the good guys). Have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Trivia: Highly involved in environmental issues. Spend a fair amount of time in Washington DC schmoozing with various agencies & polititions.
Friends: Dick Gresham -- last I heard, he was in City Government in Grass Valley Shirley Effenbeck -- my high school flame
Hobbies: Hobbies & therapy activities -- Photography, gardening (why does everyone do this when they get older --??), computers,reading. Don't watch TV hardly at all. My friends think this is quite strange.
Kids: All three of my children are happy & healthy. Daughter Deanna lives in Yakima and is a homemaker, daughter Danette lives in Rutherford (Napa Valley) and owns a successful landscaping design business (she will be the one to support me in my old age) and my son Matt lives in Chico and owns a carpet cleaning company.
Memorable_teachers: My favorite teachers -- Pauline deGoyer, who put up with lots of hand-holding, Joseph Hougnon, who insisted that I learn geometry (and for which I have been eternally grateful)
Favorite_memory: My favorite memory? -- The Model A Ford I owned and the envy it created. Paid $30 for it and sold it for $90.
Judy Hedenus writes:
Occupation: Income Maintenance Caseworker for Department of Public Welfare
Bio:Did one semester at ARJC then joined Army. Served 3 years in San Antonio,TX. Moved back to New Jersey in 1965. Spent 3 years in NJ National Guard where I met my husband Bill. We moved to Pennsylvania in 1979. I began work for the state in 1985 and am still working.
Trivia:Have 3 children and 5 grandkids(Keith, Mark, Luke, Lisa, and Caleb). Have been active in church and community organizations as kids grew up. (Scouts, band boosters, little league, community pool, to name a few.)Lived in Teaxas, North Carolina, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Friends:Barbara Crane, Ellen Hilton, Mara Holmes, Michele Lyons, Herb Bramlett, Jimmy Cuilla, Chris Kopf, Barb Rumsey, Judy Blackburn, Genevieve Hoyle, Mike Pascoe, Wayne Singer. Lost contact with all.
Hobbies: Like to travel, camp, hike, bike, spend time with grandkids and special friends, and enjoy music.
Kids: Like to travel, camp, hike, bike, spend time with grandkids and special friends, and enjoy music.
Memorable Teachers: "Coach" Michaelson for all the fun in PE and GAA. Robert Hilmoe for his unique way of teaching and rersearch trips to UC Davis. Jack Carey for many memorable events from chorus performances and classes and most of all for his wonderful friendship both to myself and my aunt through the years.
Favorite Memory:The entire senior year but especially Senior Hat Day and our boycott on the Senior Lawn. Doing stats at trackmeets for Mr. Stephens. Cheering for Chris Kopf and Rudy Minnick at basketball games. Senior class picnic and all night grad party.
Heard About Website From: classmates.com
Marital Status: Widowed. My husband William died in 1990.
Obituary Publication Date: July 20, 1996 Source: The Sacramento Bee
Wayne Richard Johnson visited Yosemite National Park often in hopes of duplicating Ansel Adams' famous photograph of Half Dome.
"He tried and tried, until he decided it was fake!" his wife, Linda, said with a smile. "He photographed Yosemite every chance he got. He felt his soul was there."
A scaffolding expert and businessman, Mr. Johnson died in Sacramento of an aneurysm on Tuesday at age 53.
Upon graduation at Encina High School in 1961, he founded the Johnson Scaffolding and High Reach Equipment company -- which grew to employ more than 300 people. In 1988, he sold the company but continued running it for three years. Most recently he was president of Performance Swing Stage.
"He would call with advice about life in general, about business, about everything," said his son David. "I learned more from him than anyone else. Business was his life. He was admired and respected . . . quiet and very dedicated to his family. He wanted to be the best at everything.
Lynn Moore
Obituary dated August 15, 1995 in the Sacramento Bee
In Sacramento on August 13, 1995. Beloved wife of Victor Guidera, loving mother of Brian and Charles Moore and daughter of John H. Skinner, stepmother of Len, Shannon, Missy and Matt Guidera, dear sister of Penny Hancock-Glaizel and John Skinner. Born in Alameda, CA, on December 8, 1943, Lynn resided in Sacramento for over 35 years. Lynn was employed by UCDMC for over 9 years and was naturally suited to her career as a licensed clinical social worker. Her innate ability to counsel others along with her compassion for those in need was reflected by the love, admiration and respect from all that knew her.  
Barbara Beckley writes:
Occupation: Food service

Bio:Left Sacramento in the late '70s and moved to the Bay Area and after a year there I met a retired Coast Guard Master Chief and we married in Hawaii. Came back to Bay Area and got a pop top camper and went all over the US, would take too long to describe that trip. Then moved to Hawaii for two years, came back to Sacto for six months and then moved to Maine where my husband is from. After I left Encina to get married in 1960, (would have graduated in 61) I married Don Moore who was two yrs older and had gone to El Camino. After 13 yrs, we divorced.I had 2 children with him. a daughter Laurie 38 and a son James 36. I have 8 grandchildren. My daughter lives in Buffalo New York and my son now lives in Chico, Calif. I am happy here in Maine and don't particuraly miss Calif.
Heard About Website From: just by surfing the web and I logged on to classmates.com
Brian Barta writes:
Occupation: S.E.Asia Financial Consultant

Bio:Nam ! ...then Films ...then......... International Development 1st in Europe - then Pacific rim - now S.E.Asia. Involved with developing manufacturing, export and import development in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan. Our firm develops, advises potential manufacturing,travel related facilities, through IPPO's. I've just married a lovely Thai Lady (a year 1/2 ago) We have a wonderful 9 month old son. And I've just been busy. I'm about to slow down but NOT retire.
Trivia: Been involved with motion picture business and moved on to my current business interests.
Friends: Kenny Strong .... There was a great guy. Sure wish I could meet him again.
Hobbies: Hunting in U.S. and Africa (When I can get away for a couple of weeks). Enjoying fine dining, good wine, real friends, and loafing.
Kids: Our Son???? He's only 9 months old. But smart as a whip, is walking and getting his first teeth. I just hope he can handle speaking both Thai ( my wife is Thai) AND English. It will be interesting....and will we have the time of our lives ( I know I will, taking him everywhere with me...showing him the wonders of this world).
Grade School: ~~>...LOL...<~~~My son will be taught privately.
Memorable Teachers: Mr. Steinagle...There was a TEACHER ! A Frenchman I don't recall his name,I wish someone could tell me???? There was a biology teacher, very funny...I forgot his name too. The others ...... very forgettable.
Favorite Memory: Just that it WAS a REAL school..THEN !
Favorite Memory: I really enjoyed being the first graduating class of Encina. I was small for my age and immature (still am) and I think the status of being a member of the senior class for three full years made those years much easier than they otherwise might have been.
Story: Mr. Binns (I think that was his name.> He impressed me VERY MUCH. Quiet, immaculately groomed, a real man, and a privelege to have known. AND there was our Biology teacher who caught me putting up signs on the caged rats he was about to "Croak"...then boil them for their bones. You can gess what I had written on those signs!!! And the whole class watching and enjoying this whole scene. :-)
Heard About Website From: I think someone spammed me with it!!!
Karen Grist writes:
Occupation: Secretary (semi-retired)

Bio:Worked for the Franchise Tax Board for 3 years. Moved back to Southern CA in 1964. Worked for Burroughs Corp (now Unisis) for 3 years. Met my future husband in 1967; married in NC in 1968; moved to MI where we've been ever since.
Trivia: I'm an absolute "Snoopy" addict.
Friends: Jill Frost, Carol Fuchs, Shirley McDowell, Maureen Gallagher, Jeri Hendrix, Loretta Litau.
Hobbies: Love to read and travel. My husband and I are doing genealogy resarch
Kids: Two daughters: Charra, 23, who is in her last semester at Eastern Mich. Univ. majoring in Film and Telecommunications; Carla, 20, who left college after her sophomore year to work full time and save money so she can move to CA and attend the Westmore Academy in Burbank and learn to do movie makeup.
Grade School:Lived in Pasadena, CA, until 1958
Ralph Jacobson writes:
Occupation: United Airlines, Customer Service
Bio:I joined the Air Force as a fresh faced (remember?) 17 year old in June 1961. Spent three years in Scotland as a radio intercept operator. Returned to Sacramento and went to work at McClellan Air Force Base for the next 29 years, retiring as a mid-level manager in 1994. Spent several years playing golf and traveling. I now work part time for United Airlines and get to travel a lot for almost nothing.
Trivia: I married Donna from Logan Utah in 1983. At the time I was a single parent and we've had a wonderful 16 years together. We now baby-sit our grand daughter several days a week and generally live "the life of riley" (old tv show). I play golf and the stock market and am trying make it to all the major league baseball parks in the U.S.
Friends: Best friends were my brother Lyle and Norm Burster, both the class of '62. High school sweetheart was Barbara Ford, class of '64.
Kids: Lonnie, our son, is 32 and lives and works in Sacramento at a company, Blue Collar Warehouse. He's married and has beautiful 4 year old daughter, Brooke, and another child on the way. Jill, our daughter is 29 and lives in Medford, OR where she's a manager for Lithia Motors.
Grade School:Dyer-Kelly
Grade school friends: Best friends from grade school were Jim Alley, John Russell, Paul Warner, Jay McIntire, Carol (Mills) Russell. It's especially good to see them at our high school reunions.
Favorite memory: I really enjoyed being the first graduating class of Encina. I was small for my age and immature (still am) and I think the status of being a member of the senior class for three full years made those years much easier than they otherwise might have been.
Story: I took a college class seven years after I graduated from Encina and the professor, an ex-Encinian Mr. Tracey, was calling Roll on the first day of class. When he came to student "Ralph Jacobson" he never looked up when I answered "here." He merely said, "Encina, Class of '61, right?" I guess we (probably with some of your help) made quite an impression. He went on to tell my college class that our class, the Class of '61, was most memorable.
Henry Sims writes:
Occupation: Supervisor of Mail Services for the second largest school district in Houston Tx area
Bio:4 yrs Air Force, 16 yrs U.S.Post Officem owned skating rink for short time. 14 yrs at current job. Coached and umpired kids baseball for 20 yrs. I know some of you met my wife Bunny when we lived in Sacto after I got out of the Air Force. She's a lovely lady and we've been married 35 years. Bunny works as a financial secretary for a middle school in the same school district where I work. She's in her 20th year there, and someday I guess we will graduate and retire.
Trivia: Lost most of my hair.
Friends: Tom Bedegrew, Jim Dill, Sid Bowers Lost contact with most since living in Texas
Hobbies: : Grandkids, Sports, Beanie Babies
Kids: Oldest is Jason, 30 yrs old. Works as customer svc supervisor for insurance company in Salt Lake City, Ut. Has two handsome intelligent sons,Daylon 4 and Dahlton 2. Youngest son Jared is 25. Works for medical products company in Salt Lake City, Ut.
Favorite teachers:Coaches McCormick, Brown, and Galloway. Mr Hilmo Mrs Dixie Sorenson
Lee Pratt writes:
Occupation: Administrative Assistant, California State Department of Education
Bio: As most everyone I attended a few classes at ARJC, off to the Navy for 8 years (including duty at GtmoBay Cuba during the crisis and VietNam). Left the Navy uniform hanging to spend 22 years in a California Highway Patrol uniform (retired from the Napa Office in 1993) and now work for the Department of Education in Sacto.
Trivia: Was presented the Medal Of Valor from Ronald Reagan in 1971.
Friends: Tom Gardner, Dotte Smith, John and Carol Russell (who I enjoyed working with on our 30th reunion committe) and just reunited with Kathie Rayfuse ('63) online.
Hobbies: Involved with many church activities...Promise Keepers and Billy Graham Crusades. Tinkling with my computer and thinking of getting a '59 Bugeye Sprite to rebuild (one of my first and favorite cars)
Kids: Charles (29) living in Middletown. He has the most beautiful 7 year old daughter and grandpa is not prejudiced Carrie (25) living in Napa (and marrying a firefighter from Bodega Bay in April '20)
Grade school: Arden, Cottage, Greer, Winterstein, are there any left?
Junior High: Did we have JR high school?
Favorite teachers: Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs DeGooyer, Mr Day, all the coaches (was I really able to run cross country and track without getting winded?)
Sibling Info: Sandi Pratt SAdams@cde.ca.gov
Heard about website from: From a good friend
Peggy Barnes writes:
Occupation: Hairdresser/Salon owner New Chemical dependency counselor
Bio: Working, raising two kids(step), three grandchildren, travel, school divorced, single
Trivia: I married a musician who had a hit record "I love you more today than yesterday" The Spiral Staircase. married 16 years. Rough life though. I'm the God Mother of Ardenkaye Allison's daughter, Shelly Stokes, and Shelly is the catcher on the Olympic gold medal winners of the womens softball team!
Friends: Ardenkaye Allison, Lynn Skinner, Jill Frost, Candace Voorhees, Don Pauley.
I see Ardenkaye all the time. Lynn has passed away. I would love to find Jill. Don comes around every now and again. I see Carol (Mills) and John Russel. Joan Seits and Dave Haynes are close friends now.
Hobbies: I power walk,movies, horses are in my future
Kids: Yes. They make more money than I do
Grade school:Arcade, Creekside
Grade School Friends: Patsy Parker, Bill Greenly, Nevin Nosworth, Lanny Linville, Barbara Jacksich
Junior high: went out of district, got a little wild, came back
Favorite teachers: Mr.????? (I'm old) Loved him.... English I'll think of it
Alumni in Contact: Joanie Seits, Dave Haynes, Ardenkaye Allison, Carol Mills, John Russell,Tom Matthews (wife Jan), Molly Culberson, Jack Emerson, Nancy Benveuti. I see lots of others from time to time.
Heard about website from: Web master
Jay MacIntrye writes:
Basically....We went from being Dyer Kelly HummBugs, to OrangeGrove BummbleBees, to Encina Apaches. After High School, like other '61ers, I went to American River Junior College, where I had a fun-filled year and at its conclusion, received a letter informing me that I appeared to be not the type of student they were looking for.....soooo, Jim Alley (who I believe got a similar letter) and I joined "The Aero-Space Team" better known as the US Air Force. Texas, Mississippi, Montana & Alaska led to the belief that I should try it in Civilian Life. Went to work for Pacific Telephone in 1966, met a teen-ager named Michele and we got married that same year. We have two grown children. Sean who is 32 lives in San Diego (Coached College Rowing for a while and now works for Union Bank) and Tina, 28, is married to D.J. Johnson. D.J. & Tina made us Grandparents this year to the most beautiful Twin little girls you have ever seen. Prior to the births, Tina worked for "the State" in the Department of Conservation, Div of Oil & Gas. All things being equal, we hope she can stay home and raise Isabelle & Elizabeth.
Hey, 38 years in one paragraph is scary, oh well, it's been a super ride with more to come..............
Oh yes, I am a Republican
Pamela Tack writes:
Occupation: Medical Office Manager
Bio: Working in the medical field, traveling a bit and playing golf whenever I can.
Trivia: Was one of the first few women in California to be allowed to show in cutting horse competitions (1967).
Friends: Mary Gawlik Meyers (now Adams), Carol Rodrigues Davidson, Edith Shellback, Joan Capra.
Hobbies: Golf, reading, quiet time at Lake Tahoe and Guerneville.
Kids: Two step daughters, three grand children,.all well adjusted and healthy.
Grade school: Howe Avenue
Grade school friends: Same group as above, as well as Pete Gebauer, Kermit Paul, Wayne Luth, Lanny Linville, Bobby Ballard, and others I cannot remember right off hand, but can see their faces in my mind.
Favorite teachers: Mr. Coke above all the rest. Such a kind man, even when I almost burned up the room during an experiment - always encouraging and supportive. I have never forgotten him.
Alumni in contact: Carol Rodrigues, Mary Gawlik
Heard about website from: Mary Gawlik Adams

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