Encina High School Class of 1965 homepage

Reunion photos

Slide show: https://youtu.be/qqJfTjFdDD0

Photos: http://encinahighschool.smugmug.com/Reunions/Class-of-1965s-50-Year-Reunion/


6pm to 9pm


Pavilions Shopping Center
571 Pavilions

North side of Fair Oaks Blvd between Fulton & Howe

SAVE THE DATE: 8-29-2015 - CLASS of 1965 - 50-Year Reunion - “LAST BLAST FROM THE PAST”

DATE:               Saturday, August 29, 2015
TIME:               5:30 pm to 11:30 pm (casual dress)
PLACE:            Association of Realtors Bldg, 2003 Howe Ave, Sacramento (between Cottage Way & Wyda Way)
PRICE:              $45/person (includes appetizers, dinner, open beer/wine bar, dancing to Class of 65 Jam Band)

ADDITIONAL EVENTS: Friday, 8/28/2015 Golf tourney/cocktail meet & greet (contact George)

George Hullin
Encina Class of '65 Reunion
1431 Mendota Way
Carmichael,CA 95608

Please mail check to the address noted above; made payable to "Class of 65". Payments will not be accepted at the door and are required 10 days prior to the event.

If you have any questions, contact George Hullin at 916-359-8444 or George.hullin@gmail.com

We would like to have the following info on any mail-in + check info:

* Full Name of Alumni (maiden name if applicable)
* Email address
* Phone number
* Full Name of guest(s)


The Class of ‘65 45-Year Reunion - “BLAST FROM THE PAST III” – is scheduled for August 28, 2010.  Please mark this date on your calendar. The Reunion Committee is still in the planning stages, but here’s what you need to know and what we can provide for some certainty:

DATE:               Saturday, August 28, 2010
TIME:               5:30 pm to 11:00 pm
PLACE:            Association of Realtors Building, 2003 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA  95825-0183
(between Cottage Way and Wyda Way, near Howe Park and School)
PRICE:             $45/person (Ticket price includes appetizers, dinner, open beer/wine bar and dancing to Class of ’65 Jam Band. 
DRESS:            Casual, comfortable

45 Year Reunion (PDF)


The following information is requested when you mail in your check:

Full Name:  (Maiden Name if applicable)
Email Address:
Phone Number:
Full name of any guests:
(all contact info is confidential)

FYI - tickets will not be mailed out but will be held at the door.  Checks should be made payable to “Class of 65”.  Please mail your check to George Hullin at the following PO address.  Payments will not be accepted at the door, and will be required at least 10 days before the event date.  If you wish confirmation of your payment, please contact George or leave a message:

George Hullin, Reunion Chairperson (Class of ’65)
Willis HRH
800 Howe Avenue, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA  95825
800-431-1994, ext 355
916-487-7502 (fax)
Email:  george.hullin@willis.com

Additionally, if you have any ideas, suggestions for food, entertainment, raffle prizes, games, etc. – please drop George a line.  We plan to look into a room block at a nearby motel for a better rate for our out-of-town travelers.

If you are traveling and need accommodations, just a FYI, the reunion address site is
Association of Realtors Building
2003 Howe Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95825-0183

You can search for accommodations within that zip - Sacramento has a lot of places to choose from.

Although there are no arrangements for a room block, some are staying at the following motel:

The Larkspur Landing Sacramento
Your Home Suite Hotel
555 Howe Ave
Sacramento, CA 95825
Direct: 1-916-646-1212
Fax: (916) 646-1216
Email: SacramentoLL@larkspurhotels.com <mailto:SacramentoLL@larkspurhotels.com> ;

Hope you’re all excited for another chance to get together to “Rock and Roll and Reminisce”

Class of ’65 Reunion Committee

Teachers in attendance:
Jim Aubert (SCIENCE)
Mike Baxter (ENGLISH)
Leon Biren (HISTORY)
Jack Carey (MUSIC)
Jack Dutton (MATHMATICS)
John Eaton (PHYSICAL ED)
Ed Gallaway (PHYSICAL ED)
Dan Greenwald (HISTORY)
Gayle Kernick (CIVICS/HISTORY)
Bill Kimball (BUSINESS)
Gerry Kundert (PHYSICAL ED)
Cliff LaForge (ENGLISH)
Rees Lee (HISTORY)
Vince Marelich (LANGUAGE)
Don McCormick (PHYSICAL ED)
Don Trent (BUSINESS)
Bob Tallmon (COUNSELOR)


Samuel Turner class of 1965. Passed away 12/31/2017 due to exposure to agent orange. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  He served 22 years in the army, retired as a Master Sergeant E-8 . 27 months combat in Viet Nam. Awarded the Bronx Star with Valor, oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, air medal & many more.
Warren Charles Gable
In Napa, June 29, 1979. Warren Charles Gable. Age 32 years. A native of Nebraska. Loving son of Don Gable of Sacramento and Wilma Gable of Citrus Heights. Brother of Donee Bottini of El Dorado Hills, Brian Gable of Sacramento, Vernon Gable of North Hollywood, Daniel and Robert Gable both of Sacramento, Diane Denham of Deer Park, and David Gable of Sacramento. Grandson of Beatrice Powers of Wisconsin. Friends may attend funeral services Monday, July 2, at 12 noon in Mount Vernon Church of the Valley, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks. Interment Mount Vernon Memorial Park. [Sacramento Bee, July 1, 1979] 
Sharon Azvedo Darrow
Occupation: Author, Publisher, Speaker
Spouse: Stan Darrow
Children/grandchildren: Shelley, 50; Sheryl, 47
SinceGraduation: Self-employed most of my life in family businesses. Started my own Photo ID business, Travel ID Cards, in 2008 and still run it. Published my first book in 2006, then got back to writing in 2013. Now have 7 published works with more planned. Still married to the same great guy after 53 years. Still love animals, and spent
over 25 years rescuing neonatal kittens, bottlefeeding 514 of them.
Trivia: For twenty years I've lived in the house next door to my parents, which is where I lived as a student at Encina.
BestFriends: My very best friend was Kathy Berke, who died many years ago of early onset Alzheimers. Another great friend was Sue French, and we are now Facebook friends who meet every now and then.
Hobbies: Animal rescue and reading.
Kids: My oldest daughter lives in Hebo, Oregon. She has two grown children, one of whom has a little boy. My youngest daughter lives in Orangevale with her twin 18-year-old sons. Three years ago she contracted Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome and is now totally disabled.
GradeSchool: Creekside
MemorableTeachers: Mrs. Saladen, who demanded the best of all her students.
FavoriteMemory: Taking over the senior lawn!
Comments: The older I get the more I value friendships.
John Larry Triplett
John Larry Triplett passed away peacefully at home on May 22, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 5, 1947, in Richmond, California, to Mary Virginia and John Vernon Triplett. Larry attended Sacramento area schools, graduating from California State University Sacramento in 1976 with a BS in Business Administration. Prior to attending CSUS, Larry served in the United States Air Force being honorably discharged in 1973. He retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in 2011 after nearly 22 years of service. He is survived by his wife Charlotte (C. Ray); sons John Robert (Annemarie), Phillip Raymond (Michelle), and Andrew Paul Jones; brother, Wayne (Nancy), sisters Lorraine Ballew and Janet Triplett; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and son, Daniel Dow Jones (Rachelle). Larry was a member of the Sacramento State Alumni Association, American Legion Post 362 Folsom, Non-commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America, and 711 Club. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and traveling throughout the United States. A committal service will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at 12:00 Noon, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA, where his ashes will be interred. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 362, 1300 Forrest Street, Folsom, CA, commencing at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friends are welcome at one or both of these venues. For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to Sacramento State University as follows: Payable to: The University Foundation at Sacramento State Memo: fbo Charlotte and John Triplett Family Scholarship. This scholarship benefits Honorably Discharged Veterans of the US Armed Forces who are majoring in the College of Business Administration. Address: Sacramento State University Development Department, Attn: Tess Dyer, Director of Development, Sacramento Hall 118, MS 6030, 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819. Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 14, 2019
Timothy James Stites
Timothy James Stites was born on October 21, 1947 and passed away suddenly on June 29, 2019. Tim lived almost his entire life in the Sacramento region and was the only son of Lewis Stites and Vera Shubin Stites. He was an elite runner at Encina H.S. in the 60s and later followed his passion as a track coach. He earned a masters degree in education, became a teacher, and finished his career as a university recruiter. Tim loved to camp, the S.F. Giants, and maintaining an impeccable yard. He was thrilled to become a grandpa and was looking forward to living summers in the Sierras and winters in the desert with his loving partner Jill Mallory. They put the finishing touches on their brand new home in Arizona just weeks ago. Tim is survived by his children Brian Stites and Kristen Stites; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Bolton; 1-year-old grandson, Everett Stites; and sisters, Marsha Gustavson and Gayle Strickland. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 13, 2019

Brenda Blair Vinsant
On February 10, 2018, at the age of 70, Brenda Vinsant passed away in the company of family and friends at Kaiser Hospital after a long battle with Lymphoma. Preceded in death by father and mother, William and Veloy Blair. She was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and graduated from Encina High School. Beloved wife of 52 years to Dennis Vinsant. Greatly missed by children; Brian and wife Debbie, Bill and wife Lisa, Nicole and husband Tim, daughter Denise and Pam Wright and family. Forever remembered by 9 grandchildren: Cody and wife Kayla, Molly and husband Colter, Jacoby, Billy, Nina, Denny, Zoe, Grace and Gabriel, and 1 great grandson, Parker. She is survived by her sister, Janice Kuwabara and husband Machi, and numerous nieces and nephews. Brenda was an avid reader. After retiring from the picture framing business, she enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She will forever be loved and missed by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 1:00pm at East Lawn Sierra Hills, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841. Reception following at First Baptist Church located at 4401 San Juan Ave., Fair Oaks, CA 95628.

John Gledhill
08/08/1947 - 12/15/2017. Gone too soon As a young man, John liked to hike, ski, fish, play tennis and the harmonica. He had a career as an electrical engineer with Caltrans. He leaves behind a sister, brother-in-law, two nieces, a great nephew, and old friends. We miss him. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 22, 2017

Donna Lynn Rowe Schultz
Donna passed away on the early morning of October 26th after not recovering from a hip replacement surgery that began at 3pm on the 25th. She died in the Critical/Trauma Unit of ICU at 1:29am after her surgeon realized that she was not recovering properly and was in trouble with abdominal and pelvic hemorrhaging. Donna was born in Oakland, California, to Eugene Rowe and Elizabeth Rowe on February 11, 1947. The family moved to Sacramento shortly thereafter, moving into the Land Park area. They then moved to the Cottage Way area where Donna attended Cottage Way Elementary School. Her life then changed dramatically after her mother went through a divorce and they moved to St. Louis and again another high school. Her family returned to Sacramento where she graduated from Encina High School, Class of 1965. Upon graduation, she returned to St. Louis and married the man who was to be the father of her children, Terry Holmes. Terry and Donna came back to Sacramento where their daughter Tamara was born, followed a couple of years later with their second daughter, Stacey Ann. Donna worked for the Builders Exchange as Director of Sales for the Secret Witness program and during that time as well went through a divorce. Moving on, she met Michael Schultz in 1984 and became friends through a charity organization American Cancer Society called The 50/50 club. They remained friends through those years and then began dating in May of 1986. They married in October of 1988. During those early years of their marriage, she decided to move onto another career and joined LDI an IBM Business Partner, where she was assigned to the construction sector. She was then hired away by AmeriData, specializing in governments and their IT departments, and was a shining star winning the "Top Gun" award in 1993. Donna and Mike moved to Sun City in Lincoln in 2004 where she retired from Wells Fargo Investments in 2009. She leaves behind her husband of 29 years, Michael; her daughters Tamara Evans (Brad) and Stacey Ann Holmes; stepdaughter Kim Schultz; and stepson Mick Schultz of Hilton Head Island in SC. There are 5 grandchildren -- Hailey Ann, Hannah, Braxton, Calista, and Keaton. Also survived by her sister Cary Ann Meade (Gary) and nieces Niesha, Heidi, and Melissa. Per her wishes, there will be no services and will be cremated. Her remains with be interred with her husband Michael upon his death. A Celebration of life is planned for a later date. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Nov. 8, 2017

It’s with great sadness to inform our Encina Class of 1965 that Charles “Chuck” Long suddenly passed away unexpectedly in his home in San Felipe Baja Ca. Many of us remember Chuck as a delightful guy, full of fun and sometimes a little mischief as well. Chuck was part of the Class of 65 ‘s – 40 & 45th class reunion committee. Working with Chuck was terrific and we on the committee will miss him dearly. Chuck turned 70 on April 19th, 2017. REST IN PEACE TO OUR FELLOW APACHE. George Hullin

Donald Edward Epperson
Donald Edward Epperson born in Grass Valley, CA on October 28, 1947, passed on June 17, 2017, in Sacramento, CA. Husband of Joan Epperson and father of Kristen Epperson (deceased) and Jennifer (Sean) Fallon. A member of the graduating class of 1965 at Encina High School and proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1971 as an ATN3, Attack Squadron 152. Recently retired from working as a video technician for over 45 years, last employed at VideoTech. Don was extremely patriotic and would have loved any donations in lieu of flowers to the Wounded Warrior Project. woundedwarriorproject.org. A Memorial Service will be held Mon., June 26, 2017, 2pm at North Sacramento Funeral Home, 725 El Camino Ave., Sacramento. Please visit his guestbook: northsacfuneral.com. Published in The Sacramento Bee, 6-25-17.

Steven M. Floyd
Steven M. Floyd was born in Redlands, CA, in 1947 and passed away in Carmichael, CA, in 2016 of pancreatic cancer. He was preceded in death by his father John C. Floyd, his mother Belle Norton, and his brother Bruce Floyd. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kay E. Floyd; children, Amy (Elliott) Layus and Laura (Brett) Wallis; and 4 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Jeanne Warren and Joanna (Rick) Kingsley. He retired in 2002 after working as a middle school science teacher and a vice principal with Dixon Unified Schools for many years. His biggest joys in life were his family, gardening, and staying up at the family cabin. He was deeply loved and will be forever greatly missed. Published in The Sacramento Bee on October 5, 2016

Michael Andrews

Michael of Sacramento passed away on February 13, 2016 at the age of 68. A native of North Dakota, Mike moved to Sacramento in 1959 and graduated in 1965 from Encina High School. Mike had a love for music, and after high school he formed the band The Parish Hall Blues Quintet with some of his friends. In early 1967 the group was already opening shows for John Lee Hook, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and Steve Miller among others. Late in 1969 the Draft claimed two of the band members, and the remaining went on to pursue separate interests. In the 70's, Mike was playing solo or with bass and percussion, and later on formed a band called Slow Road Back which was a fusion of jazz/blues and had a successful run of two years playing in clubs in all of Northern California. Mike has also appeared as a guest artist opening for Mick Martin in the early 80's and even performed at the Sacramento Blues Festival. He was very proud to be inducted into the Sacramento Blues Hall of Fame in 2015. Mike also graduated from Cal State University Sacramento and had a successful career for 25 years as an instructional aide for the Sacramento County Office of Education where he taught children with handicaps. He leaves behind not only a legacy of music and memories, but his devoted and loving wife of 35 years, Pat; his sister Mary; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass on Wednesday, February 24, 10:30 AM, at Saint Philomene Catholic Church, 2428 Bell Street, Sacramento. To sign the online guest book, please visit www.harryanauman.com. Arrangements under the care of Harry A. Nauman & Son. Published in The Sacramento Bee, Feb. 20, 2016.

60th Birthday party

Dear Friends of Class of 65,

Well everything is set for the party of a life time!!!

You can celebrate your 60th birthday with many of your classmates. Mark your calendar for June 23rd at 6:00 PM to attend a party planned fro you to celebrate your birthday. The party will be at Kathy's in Granite Bay. The address is . 8250 Macargo Crt. Granite Bay 95746.

We will provide terrific gourmet delights and great drinks. If you want to contribute please bring a beverage or a snack to share!!

Do not miss this event!!!

See you on the 23rd.

Linda and Kath

916-786-8250 Kath's telephone number
lsills@earcos.org Linda's email


The Class of 65 40-Year Reunion "BLAST FROM THE PAST II " is less than a month away. We’ve had a great response, especially these past 2 weeks. Several teachers have already responded.

Also, we are glad to say, we were able to EXTEND THE DUE DATE TO AUGUST 15 – just a few days before the reunion.

You don’t want to miss this great time. Reunion info is provided below. If you did not receive an invite in the mail, this email should give you what you need.

Please feel free to contact George Hullin if you have any questions, concerns, would like to donate a raffle prize, put together a display, or provide some entertainment. Please pass this info along to any of our classmates your are in touch with – they may be ones we have not been successful contacting.

DATE: Saturday, August 20
TIME: 6-Midnight
PLACE: Plumber’s Hall
5841 Newman Court
(across from Sac State entrance,
turn Right on Carlson Dr, Left on Newman Ct)
PRICE: $40/person

Tickets must will NOT be mailed, but will be held at the door. Checks should be made payable to “Class of 65”
Ticket price includes hors de’oeuvre, dinner, open beer/wine bar and dancing to Class of ’65 Jam Band. Please dress casual.

Mail reservations and check to:
Encina Class of 65
C/o George Hullin
P.O. Box 13356
Sacramento, CA 95813
(916) 488-1400, ext. 35
(800) 431-1994, ext. 35
email: george.hullin@hrh.com

Along with your check, please include your Guest’s name, (a maiden name if applicable) and current address and email.

There is a block of rooms reserved at Larkspur Landing, 555 Howe Avenue, 916-646-1212 or 877-LARKSPUR (Studio $89 and 2-Bedroom Suite $109). Refer to “Encina Class of 65). Reservations must be made by July 23. More information is available on their website: www.larkspurhotels.com/larkspur/loc_direct_sact.html


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The 1965 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.

1965 Encinian yearbook
25 year reunion memory book
30 year reunion memory book
35 year reunion
35 year reunion continued
40 year reunion
45 year reunion (Harlan's photos)
Honors' Edition 1965
Graduation list

Submit bio for class homepage

Submit contact information for class directory

1965: The Year in Review
Headline News:
First US combat troops arrive in Vietnam.
Martin Luther King & 2,500+ other blacks arrested in Selma, AL, during
voter-registration protest.
Malcolm X assassinated at Harlem rally.
US Marines land in Dominican Republic during unrest between army & rebel
Nat King Cole dies, age 46.

Entertainment News:
Academy Awards, Best Picture - "The Sound of Music"
Grammy Record of the Year - "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert & Tijuana
Bill Cosby becomes first African American to headline a TV show ("I Spy")

Sports News:
World Series - LA Dodgers d. Minnesota Twins (4-3)
NBA Championship - Boston Celtics d. LA Lakers (4-1)


Daniel McKegney wrote:
Occupation: retired
MaritalStatus: single
SinceGraduation: vietnam, '67-'68(air force)
B.S. University of Maine, 1974
human resources officer at naval postgraduate
Trivia: been confined to a wheelchair since stroke
in 2004
BestFriends: stine(bud)mccoy
Hobbies: writing, doing sitdown comedy
GradeSchool: dyer-kelly
MiddleSchool: dyer-kelly

Calvin Baker wrote:
Occupation: Retired – U.S. Forest Service
Bio:   After Encina, I attended American River College for three terms before dropping out.  Once I dropped out it just took the government 30 days to have me report for a physical, and another 30 days to be drafted into the Army (who says the government can’t be efficient sometimes).  I trained at Ft. Lewis Washington for 5 months (in snow no less) and was sent to Viet Nam to join the First Infantry Division.  I was there for a relatively short time, before being seriously wounded in a firefight, and was medevac’d to Japan and then the Presidio of San Francisco for 6 months of treatment and recovery.  While there, my parents, sisters and Nancy Raley  (Class of 65 – a true blue friend) were there to provide support and encouragement.  Once my treatment was completed, I was assigned to the Department of Surgery at the Presidio and finished my 2 year commitment to Uncle Sam.  During this time, I also met my future wife Sandy, an Army nurse who worked in the Operating Room at the Presidio.  We were married two months after I left the Army.
After that two plus year diversion, I started over in Sacramento by returning to American River College for additional terms, got my A.A., and then transferred to Oregon State University in Corvallis Oregon (the Beavers NOT the ducks).  At OSU, I earned a BS and then a MS in fisheries, with a minor in Forest Management.  As soon as I finished my MS, I started a career with the U. S. Forest Service as a Fisheries Biologist on the North Oregon Coast (Hebo, Oregon).  Among the more interesting aspects of my job was being trained to use explosives (NOBODY messes with you when you are using explosives), building fish ladders, and occasional firefighting duties in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho.  After 10 years on the Oregon Coast, I transferred to a fish and wildlife position in Couer d’Alene Idaho for two years, and then was selected for the District Ranger position in Cordova Alaska on the Chugach National Forest.  Cordova is vintage Alaska, with a population of about 3,000, heavy rainfall and only accessible by boat or airplane.  But it is undoubtedly one of the most awesome, beautiful locations in the United States, with the Copper River Delta, glaciers, mountains, tons of fish and wildlife, a congressional mandate for fish and wildlife conservation and a dedicated cadre of highly dedicated employees on the District.   I was extremely fortunate to spend almost 10 years on the District.
After Cordova, I felt it was time to look at opportunities closer to my wife’s home (east Texas), and ultimately transferred with the Forest Service to Alexandria Louisiana.  The transition from remote Alaska to Louisiana was dramatic to say the least, and we moved in July which was even more intense.   In Louisiana I assumed a fish and wildlife staff position in the supervisor’s office, and continued in that role until I retired in October of 2007.  Following retirement we moved to east Texas, very close to where my wife grew up.  Now that we are retired, we both long to return to Oregon.  Texas politics are definitely not our cup of tea to say the least.  But we have lots of family here, and that is a strong glue for us.  However, we hope to spend future summers in Oregon, and are currently exploring options for that to occur.
Best Friends in High School:  Nancy Raley (who made my senior year worthwhile), Doug Gentry, Greg Soderlund, Janine Cerles and all of my fellow gymnasts on the Encina gymnastics team (We were an awesome team and Dick Wolfe was an awesome coach).
Children:  One daughter and two grandkids who still live in Oregon.
Memorable teachers:  I had a number of memorable teachers, but given that I was not a very good student at Encina, I was probably a challenge for most of them.  It wasn’t until years later that I became serious about my studies. 8/24/15

HART, Edward James 'Ed'
Born May 3, 1947 in Albany, OR. Passed away June 30, 2013 in Sacramento. Beloved husband of Barbara for 42 years. Devoted father of Dawn (Keith) Lielke. Loving grandfather of Aaron Edward Lielke, and brother of Del. Preceded in death by parents Marie and Deb and brother, John. Ed lived an adventurous life on diesel subs in the Navy, working all over the world in the oil fields and went wherever life took him. Although he was taken from us too soon, Ed lived a full life and said he had no regrets. Ed faced the challenges of MSA (Multiple Systems Atrophy) with courage and grace. Ed's family would like to extend our heart felt gratitude to UCD Hospice for the excellent care he received. Visitation Wed. 4:30-8:00pm at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, 95841. Funeral service Friday 10:00am at the funeral home. Interment East Lawn Sierra Hills. Donations appreciated to MSA Coalition, 8311 Brier Creek Pkwy, Suite 105-434, Raleigh , NC 27617. www.eastlawn.com. Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 2, 2013.

I appreciate your little tribute page for PFC Phil Lotta. I am the Marine who replaced him. Though I never met him, he's been with me for all these years because of the circumstances I walked into the day he died. I've always been curious about him and it's really gratifying to see a photo at last.

I know that he was very popular among the troops. Many of the Marines of 2/9 had been together in California and Okinawa and were very close. The earliest days of their deployment had been relatively uneventful, so when heavier casualties came in 1966, they took it hard. My generation of Marines were rushed through training and were somewhat suspect in the eyes of the original command. The poor fellow who shot PFC Lotta fell in that category.

I believe I only saw this Marine twice and my recollection is of a big, terrified boy. He was rushed away from the command for his own good and the word that came back to us was that he was in a deep psycholgical crisis. Even so, he returned in about a month. He was treated as a pariah and I felt very sorry for him. The last time I saw him, he and another Marine were running from a bad ambush. One of them went down wounded and I believe it was the same lad. I remember his last name and wish there was a way to find out about him.

The story you tell of Lotta's death is a little different than the one I recall and may be the result of misinterpreted words of Mr. Sutton (our platoon commander) in a letter to his parents. I never knew the details for sure though as it was made clear to me that I should keep my mouth shut and not ask questions. I, after all, was another new guy, and maybe not to be trusted. I had just turned nineteen.

I did conclude after awhile though that it was not possible to fix the blame for the accident. Maybe half of the men thought Lotta may have made a mistake. Even so, they indulged an anger against the shooter because they were so hurt by Lotta's loss. It took a week for them to shake the gloom which was very dangerous since we were engaged with the enemy every day. For the next several weeks, we had casualties nearly every day.

My first meeting with Lieutenant Sutton was strange. He was off walking alone with just a pistol and was obviously deep in thought. As I approached him, I saw that he'd had some sort of emotional release, a plenty unnerving thing to see in your commander! I've always wondered since if he was mentally composing a letter to explain this terrible accident.

Barry Yeakle
Sergeant of Marines
Columbia City, Indiana

WALKER, Patricia A. Van Sant
Oct. 1, 1947 - Nov. 4, 2012. Patricia Walker of Lodi, California passed away peacefully in Sacramento surrounded by her family. Patricia was born in Sacramento, CA to Ernest and Dorris Van Sant. She grew up in Sacramento and graduated from Encina High School in 1965. She was preceded in death by her parents. Patricia retired from the State of California where she spent many years with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Over the years, she was a manager at the DMV offices in Carmichael, Davis, Jackson, Stockton, Lodi, and South Sacramento. She is survived by her brother Ernest C. Van Sant and wife Vicki, nephew Ronald Van Sant and wife Eun Young, and great-niece Nora, nephew Kristopher Van Sant, and niece Lauren Van Sant. She will be lovingly remembered by her family and her dear life-long friends Bunny Phillip of Olympia, WA and Cindy McCoy of Santa Rosa, CA. Patricia was a long-time supporter of many animal rescue and service foundations, and the family requests that any donations be sent to the SPCA, Humane Society, or other animal support organizations of your choice. Services will be private. Published in The Sacramento Bee on November 10, 2012.
MONSON, Larry Anthony
Born on January 12, 1947 and passed away on October 3, 2012. Survived by his parents Edward and Beatrice Monson, aunt Bernice Brownfield. Preceded in death by his sister, Laura Selch. He will deeply be missed by his loving wife Patsy Monson; children Jeremy Monson, Patrick Cunningham, and Shelley Smith; grandchildren Jacquelyn (Justin) McAmoil and Priscilla Penlesky; great-grandchildren Giovanni Vazquez and Cruz McAmoil. Many in-laws, nieces, and nephews. He will remain in our hearts forever. Published in The Sacramento Bee on November 4, 2012.
GOUGH, Jay 'Kevin'
Born July 10, 1947, longtime resident of the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento County, California, passed away peacefully on October 10, 2012 in his home. A graduate of Encina High School in 1965, Kevin became a master electrician known for quality work and became the co-owner of Superior Power and served as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 340, for over 30 years. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, and worked tirelessly to increase awareness of the importance of protecting one's self and their liberties. Kevin Gough was known for many qualities; among them, great generosity, compassion, strength, and helping those in need. He was one who gave all he had to give in life. Kevin is the beloved son of Keith Will and the father of Celeste Carter and Nicole Gough. He is survived by brothers Stephen and Geoffrey Gough; sister Stephanie Padgett and her husband Steve Padgett; nephew Gregory Raichart; girlfriend Teresa, and their daughter Kirsten; niece Racquel Raichart; granddaughter Mariana Carter; two long-standing best friends David Lazzarone and David Hoffman; his devoted dog Rocco; and many other friends and neighbors by whom he will be greatly missed. Celebration of Life Sunday, October 14th, 11am to 4pm at his home. Any questions, please call (916) 448-1760. Published in The Sacramento Bee on October 13, 2012.
Tom Sertich, Jr. passed away unexpectedly in Carmichael on April 22, 2012 at the age of 65. Tom was born in Sacramento on December 8, 1946.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Carolyn Fatur Sertich. He is the beloved son of Mary Sertich. He is also survived by his sister, Kay Gallagher and husband Dennis, his brother-in-law Lou Fatur, Jr., his nephews, Rob Ditter and wife Cheryl, Christopher Fatur, great-niece Samantha Ditter. He was predeceased by his father, Tom Sertich, Sr. Tom attended Encina High School and UNR. Tom worked in real estate and in recent years worked as a consultant for commercial property owners. He served on the Sacramento County Property Tax Appeals Board for many years. Tom was a member of the Sutter Club, Ducks Unlimited, and the Prospector's Club of Reno. Tom enjoyed a wide circle of friends; if you were ever his friend, you were his friend for life. He was a golfer, avid fisherman, domino player, and great storyteller. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, 11AM, Friday, May 11, 2012 at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 5057 Cottage Way, Carmichael. Private interment. Memorials preferred to River Oaks Center for Children, Carmichael, SPCA, or . Arrangements by Lombard & Company funeral Directors, (916) 483-3297.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 8, 2012


We lost my oldest brother last week and will have services at the vetrans memorial hall,located at Stockton blvd and broadway.I know this late notice to all that knew him and I will have the time it starts today! they are on Sunday and i hope i can contact as many of his friens as possible! Greg zeka was his best friend and iHave been unable to contact him!He went to Howe Ave like me and my bros!As we all went to howe then Encina,but him and jim had graduated before I got there,as was the case with my little bro gary!He was cvc divisional champ in wrestling.He signed up for Veitnam,of course thinking it was the right thing to do!At least he made it through the war,being stationed at Freedom Hill,30 miles from danang,on the coast as a mechanic on choppers! Hueys When he came home he sponcered me in Motocross Racing.We built a racer out of his almost new honda 90 that he had bought before he left for nam! My life time career in the motorcycle industry was due to his help!Encina had a many motorcycle Racers that later on where my mentors!The Rooneys and the Henrys and several other Encina Alumni including The Minor family help me and Him at the Races!He always let me tag along with him,and if it was not for him,my Racing carier would not have happened I will provide more later

COLARD, Charles S.
Born 3/27/1946 in England and passed away 2/14/12 in Sacramento. Chuck went to be with the Lord and his wife Terri Colard. He is survived by 4 children; Traci Enloe, Joelle Gonzales, Robert Ford, and Christopher Colard. Also 9 grandchildren. Chuck was a hard worker, he served honorably in the armed forces, and he worked at Regional Transit for 19 years. He was surrounded by family who will miss him dearly. To know him is to love him. Service will be held at 2784 Stockton Blvd., Post 67 VFW, on Feb. 2/26/12 at 3 PM. As he would say, Kawasaki Rules!!! [Sacramento Bee, 2-25-2012]

RUDOLPH, Esmond F.
Sept. 4, 1945 - May 21, 2011
Loving husband to Sue, beloved father to Jennifer and Laurel, cherished brother to Jane Woolley and Paul Rudolph. Memorial Services will be held Friday, May 27 at 11am at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger, 5401 Folsom Blvd. 451-7284.
Published in the Sacramento Bee, May 25, 2011
Passed away suddenly on April 23, 2011. Bob was born on September 23, 1946 in Sacramento and was a most welcome gift to his parents Chet & Lona. He is survived by his wife Pat and daughters Kim & Melissa, nieces Julie & Gena and nephew Grant. He was a CK McClatchy alum and enjoyed a large circle of friends. Bob was an integral part of the Sacramento community for over 40 years. He worked for Lamco's Maytag first under his father Chet, and then taking over himself in 1993. If you needed an appliance or part you called on Bobby; if he didn't have it, he found it. He had a huge passion for sports which he passed on to his daughter Kim at a very young age. Whether it was at the bowling alley or on the golf course, Bob loved spending time with his daughter & instilled in her the same dedication and work ethic he lived by. A service is being held on May 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive. A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Services May 6 2011 2:00 P.M. Published in Sacramento Bee from May 1 to May 2, 2011

It is with tremendous sadness that I share that Susan Butler passed away from lung cancer on 4/22/2011. From time of a diagnosis in January to 4/22 it was quick. She and I had had lived down the street from each other since I was 7 and she was 9. After she graduated in '65 and moved to San Francisco to work, she and I remained friends through the years and the changes. We both ended up in living in Sonoma County. She always looked forward to her class reunions and visiting with everyone. She was a good friend.....Sue will be missed.........
Carol Vinson Gallego '67

BUTLER, Susan Ogden
Sept. 22, 1947-April 22, 2011
She had a passion for life! Her smile was infectious, and her laugh contagious. Susan is survived by her twin brother John Butler, twin sisters Sally McKinney and Betsy Thompson, uncle Jim Parker, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. Sue will be missed by all who knew her! Remembrances may be made to Redwood Life Pioneers C/O Tel Com Pioneers, 4622 Acacia Ln., Penngrove, CA 94951. Published in the Sacramento Bee on May 13, 2011.

McDEVITT, Patrick William
Passed away March 9, 2011 in Sacramento, CA, age 64. A native of San Francisco, CA, born August 31, 1946. Father of Colleen A. and Crystal A. McDevitt. Brother of Charles McDevitt. Grandfather to Zachary C. McDevitt as well as one unborn grandbaby. Devoted best friend of John and Vickie Williams. Friends and family are invited to attend the memorial service Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the North Sacramento Funeral Home, 725 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento. Published in The Sacramento Bee on March 11, 2011

Michael Ellis KINCAID
Aug. 1, 1947 ~ Jan. 31, 2009
Resident of San Ramon
Michael Kincaid, age 61, passed away Saturday morning, January 31, 2009 in San Ramon, CA. Survived by his wife of 40 years Linda; daughter Michele; sons, Brain and Chris; father- in- law to Diana, David and Clem. Cherished grandfather of Ashley, Donovan, Delaney, Ella, and Paley. Brother of Thomas, Robin, and Danith: brother-in-law of Dale. Mike, as he was known, will be missed by numerous relatives and close friends. Mike will be remembered for his friendly smile and warm heart. He loved the smiles and laughter of all his grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend Mike's rosary Thursday February 5th, 7 p.m. at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley; 825 Hartz Way, Danville, and memorial mass and celebration of life on Friday February 6th, 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1905.
(Published in Contra Costa newspaper, February 2, 2009)

Robert Edwin ROEMER, 52, OF San Jose, maintenance worker with Dole Foods, died March 30, 2001. Graveside service at 10:30 AM Friday at San Joaquin National Cemetery, Gustine. Memorial service at 1 PM Friday at Holy Family Church, San Jose. Arrangements by Darling & Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel.  (Published in the San Jose Mercury News, April 5, 2001)

Edward Michael Lee Valko, 62, of Kapaa, Kauai, an EML. Valko, self-employed certified public accountant, died May 24, 2010 at home. He was born in Pennsylvania. He is survived by wife Angelei, son Winter, daughters Asylan Valko and Becky Light, stepdaughters Tiffany Naihe and Sharece Hauge, stepsons Nicholas and James Hauge, and four grandchildren. Celebration of life and scattering of ashes: 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Nawiliwili small boat harbor. Reception to follow at 4 p.m. at Nawiliwili Park (tented area). Loose flowers welcome.  (Published in the Honolulu (HI) Star-Advertiser, June 17, 2010)

Herbert R. Veitenhans, 60, of Medford, passed away at home on January 4, 2008. Herb was born on October 26, 1947 in Milwaukee Wisc., to Herbert and Helen Veitenhans.  He graduated from UC Davis with a Baccalaureate of Science in Mathematics.  In his free time he was a passionate artist who enjoyed working with watercolors, and gathered inspiration from impressionists Paul Cezane and Claude Monet.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family, carving wood, taking photographs, and taking walks with his canine companion, Cally. Herb was preceded in death by his mother, Helen A Veitenhans. He is survived by his loving wife, Roberta of Medford; sons, Herbert and Edlyn Veitenhans of Dover, PA and Robert and Sasha Veitenhans of Portland; daughter, Marissa and James Langhoff of White City; his two grandchildren, Alexander Veitenhans and Jacob Langhoff.  He is also survived by his father, Herbert J. Veitenhans; and siblings, Mathew Veitenhans, Aimee and Mark Sloat, and Renee Lynch. A church service in honor of Herb is planned for January 9, 2008 at 8:30 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, So. Oakdale and 11th St. in Medford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
(Published in the Medford (OR) Mail Tribune, January 9, 2008)


Regarding Donald Bakkie 65...

It's been along time since Viet Nam. I was there when Don arrived. He was assigned to our Squad; he was with me. We were standing down after a week-long battle. Waiting for resupplies they set us up on a bridge over a river. I can't tell you where exactly, but I thought we were getting some rest that night. They brought in some new guys that afternoon. Don was one of them. I was set up in a old french tower on the far edge of the perimeter with the m-60 machinegun, and Don was sent with me. Little did we know that the NVA was set up in a small village outside the compound. They had five mortar tubes, RPG's, small weapons. By morning they est. over 150 mortars rained in on us, and rpg's fire direct at us. They never were able to over run us. Thanks to guys like Don. That was Don's first taste of war. I never really got to know Don other than his blonde hair. He looked more like 16 than 19 yrs. We ended up moving back to the area from which we came. I'm sorry to say I only remember Don being there 2 or 3 weeks before he was hit by small arms fire, and mortally wounded. He was a good Soldier. It's been many years now, and some things get a little cloudy for me, but some things never die.

I don't know if Don's parents are still alive or maybe his brothers or sister. Pass this on if you would like.

Bob Swartout/A Troop,2nd 17thCAV/ 101st ABN

LEVENTIN, Wanda (Garnett)
Born on March 25, 1947, Wanda passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on September 22, 2010. Wanda is preceded in death by father Clyde, brother Gary and stepmother Naomi Garnett. She is survived by Jim, her loving partner of 20 years, mother Clara Sanborn, devoted children Chris and Jennifer, brothers David and Brian, sister Karen, step sisters Emily, Glenna, Carol and Wanda Mae, grandchildren Kyle, Tyler, Christopher, Charlotte as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, brother- and sister-in-laws. Wanda will be remembered for her free spirit, love of music, creativity and warped sense of humor. A gathering in her honor will be held on Saturday, September 25, at 2 p.m. at 1205 Cresthaven Drive, Roseville, CA 95678. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Shriners Hospital in memory of Wanda Leventin. Published in The Sacramento Bee on September 24, 2010.
Born April 17, 1947, Dave passed away peacefully on May 2, 2010 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dave was preceded in death by his father, Lionel (Mac) McDonald and his mother, Dorothy McDonald. Born the oldest of three sons, he is survived by his wife, Susan, his daughter, Karen, two brothers, Don McDonald (Kim) of Granite Bay and Jerry McDonald (Jena) of Rancho Murieta, and two nephews, Scott McDonald of Reno, and James Lopey of Elk Grove. A member of Encina High School's class of 1965, Dave attended American River College where he discovered his calling in life. After a class report led him to BMB Metal Products Fabrication, Dave grew from apprentice employee to owner. While BMB Corporation was a large part of his life, he also enjoyed kart racing with his brothers, winning at least 6 class championships and 3 national championships. He was passionate about all forms of auto racing. He enjoyed RVing and going on cruises with family and friends. He had been an avid bowle r--including two perfect 300 games. Dave was honored this season by being inducted into the Sacramento Kings Fan Hall of Fame as a long time season ticket holder.Dave will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Although he was not with us long enough, he managed to accomplish a great deal. He made a significant impact on many lives. We have lost a good man. God bless you, Dave. We are proud to have been a part of your life. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 8th, at 11am at the Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, 2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville. Published in Sacbee.com on May 5, 2010
Sue French wrote:
Occupation: Retired from State of California
MaritalStatus: Single
SinceGraduation: Worked 33 years for State- Retired in Dec 2005.
BestFriends: Robie Sweet was and still is my best friend. I am sorry to say that I have lost contact with just about everyone else. I would love to hear from anyone who wants to contact me, especially my old friends Patty Van Sant and Kathy Burke.
Hobbies: I love gardening, traveling, old movies,and English mysteries (from PBS).
Kids: All of my children have had four paws and fur. I helped raise Robie Sweet's son Eben, who used to spend a lot of Saturday nights at my house when he was growing up. I found out later that he liked to stay with me because I let him watch Saturday Night Live and his mother didn't.
GradeSchool: Howe Avenue
MemorableTeachers: Mrs. DeGoyer- She taught me how to write well, which helped me since I had to write extensively in my job. Although those weekly essays seemed like torture at the time, they payed off in the end.
Siblings: Michael Angus French. Overland Park Kansas

Obituary: Disa Jean Dahlin (June 21, 1947 - Aug 2009)

August 19, 2009

Disa Jean Dahlin (June 21, 1947 - Aug 2009)Disa Jean Dahlin passed away at age 62. She was born June 21, 1947, in Vancouver, Wash. She spent her early life in Sacramento and moved to Gasquet in  1973 to work for the U.S. Forest Service. After spending 3 years in the Forest Service, she had a variety of jobs, including highway construction, followed by a job with CalTrans from which she retired in 2005. For the past several summers, she worked for the Forest Service as a Recreation Tech.

Disa met Wally Borgeson while they both were working at the Forest Service and they married in 1990.

She was always happiest while outdoors. Her main passion was her yard/garden and she was extremely proud to have completed the program to earn the title of Master Gardener.

In addition to Wally Borgeson, she is survived by her father, Arthur Dahlin; brother, Eric Dahlin (wife Cheryl) and a son, Brian Frazee. She was preceded in death by her mother, Laura Dahlin.

A memorial gathering/potluck will be held the afternoon of Saturday, August 22, at the Legion Hall in Gasquet starting a noon.  Contributions in her memory should be sent to Lighthouse Repertory Theater.

NICHOLS, Stanley Martin
Died on February 13, 2010 and is survived by his mom Joan, brother Gary, children Jason & Andrea and 2 grandchildren. His successful car and RV sales career culminated with the ownership of CA Central RV Center in Oroville CA . His life impacted many, may the memories of him last forever. A celebration of life will be held on March 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm at 7777 Sunset Ave, Fair Oaks, CA.
BURKE, Carole Sievers
Longtime Santa Cruz resident and loving mother, daughter and friend, Carole Sievers Burke passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2010. She was 62. Born in Sacramento in April 1947 to parents John Henry Sievers and Margery Daviess, Carole began a life-long love affair with the game of golf at the tender age of six. She spent childhood summers playing golf nearly every day, competing and often winning youth tournaments. As an adult, she played in ladies leagues at Pasatiempo Golf Club and worked hard to keep her enviable handicap. Besides being a talented player, she was a fan of the game and enjoyed making five dollar bets on her favorite golfer, Phil Mickelson. Carole graduated from Sacramento's Encina High School in 1965 and premiered as a debutante at Del Paso Country Club. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1969. Carole made the Santa Cruz area her permanent home upon m arrying Ted Burke in 1973. She taught elementary school in Soledad, Watsonville and Santa Cruz and served for many years as a local volunteer for Hollydays and the Daisy. After graduating from college, Carole set out on a grand adventure--sailing for nearly a year around the South Pacific. Her love of water would last a lifetime--sailing, swimming, taking her children on adventure trips to Hawaii and Costa Rica and spending summers splashing around Carmel and the rivers and lakes of Calaveras County. Up to the end of her life, Carole enjoyed peaceful walks by the ocean near her home. In addition to her love of water, Carole's many interests included gardening, gabbing on the phone with her friends and children, watching golf tournaments, spending time with her neighbor's dog, Whitney, and of course, watching the Ellen Show. Carole was preceded in death by her mother, Margery Daviess Sievers and grandparents Marion and Arloa Daviess of Sacramento and Henry and Mary Sievers of Dixon, CA. She is survived by her four children, Joslyn, Natalie, Kelly and Elliott, son-in-law Craig, her cherished grandson Grayson, her brother and sister-in-law Rodney and Deborah Sievers of Ketchum, Idaho, loving father John Henry Sievers of Sacramento and countless friends and neighbors who will surely miss Carole's unique and sparkling sense of joie de vivre. A public memorial is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, Santa Cruz. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services at 2007 Freedom Blvd., Freedom, CA 95019. Published in the The Sacramento Bee on January 14, 2010
Jim Vassar wrote:
Occupation: Retired
MaritalStatus: Single
Children/grandchildren: None
SinceGraduation: JC, service in the Navy, more JC, University attendance and graduation, continued State Civil Service following Viet Nam, and Retirement.
Trivia: Still involved with racing pigeons, added feral cats, and anything that sparks my interest!
BestFriends: Bill with his Vespa, skateboard, slotcars, and AH 3000, Mario with his '62 Impala dual-quad 409ci, four-on-the-floor, and 456's, and Terri, who saved me in Biology! Rick (James) with his '58 Plymouth Fury Ram-Quads, and Highlands! I know where Bill and Rick are, but does anyone know about Mario and Terri?
Hobbies: Racing pigeons, but all the classic cars are gone.
Kids: You tell me! Sorry, struck me in a very funny way. No children, but did lose a son before birth. I often wonder who he would be today!
GradeSchool: Winterstein for K and First.
MiddleSchool: St. Ignatius
MemorableTeachers: Mr. Ledbetter as he always encouraged you to try!
FavoriteMemory: Grad Party! Wasn't it just yesterday?
Stories: Met a classmate on the USS Coral Sea
CVA43 way back when, I can see his face but would have to check the yearbook, but put my bet on Roger. Bill and I buying a LARGE jar of Noxema after frying in sun at Seca, which are now the historic auto races in Monterey. Sorry, time is a ticking! Oh, running into attorney Paul at the Capitol. Hope he's not still haunting the stacks!
Siblings: Both were from Rio.
AlumniInContact: None right now, but would love to hear from some of you!
Comments: Sorry to hear about Terry. He and Larry would have given you the shirts off their back.
You all know that! Didn't know Wilson that well, but also sorry to hear of his passing. We made an excellent decision at our 40th to not wait until the 50th. Our 45th is just around the corner, so let's get it rolling! George, Patience, Carol, Tom, Randy, and all the rest of you on the frontline! My sleeves are rolled up, the juice is flowing, and it's a nine (4+5)...sorry if I lost some of you on that one! BTW, this is way to cumbersome! I just completed my online application for SSI benefits yesterday in less
time! Yes, time is a ticking!
Sacramento Bee, Feb. 20, 2009
MUSOLF, Thomas Edward
Nov. 7, 1946 - Feb. 15, 2009
Survived by parents Gary and Laurel Thiry, brother Ben Musolf (Sue), daughter Lisa Heape (Matt), and grandchildren Madelynn and Isaac Heape. Memorial services will be held on Monday, Feb. 23, at 1:00 p.m. at Sierra View Funeral Chapel, 6201 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael.

To all of you, I have sad news.

I've known Terry Mick for about 5 1/2 years and for about six months I was his roommate from late August 2008 until January 19, 2009. For about 3 weeks Terry had become very weak and ill following a hernia operation around Christmas time 2008. On January 19, 2009 he passed away at the age of 62. His brother Mike made all the arrangements and Terry is interned at the Veteran's cemetary in Dixon, California. I have not been informed as to the cause of his death nor do I have any other information.

I know many of you had known him for many years and found him to be a great friend. We will greatly miss him.

Most Sincerely, Mike Flynn

Hank Wilson - an 'activist's activist' for gay liberation
San Francisco Chronicle (CA)-November 13, 2008
Author: Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer
Hank Wilson, an "activist's activist" who for three decades made his mark at the forefront of the gay liberation movement in San
Francisco, died Sunday of cancer at age 61. He was a veteran of the health care battles over AIDS and a tireless advocate for the down
and out, friends and colleagues recalled. "He was such an inspiration, Hank the lionhearted," said San Francisco Supervisor Tom
Ammiano, who met Wilson in the mid-1970s when both were gay teachers and joined forces to fight for protections against discrimination in the public school system. "He was committed to social justice." Mr. Wilson had a hand in the creation of more than a dozen community
organizations and events over the years, many of which still exist, although some changed names over time: Gay Teachers Coalition, Bay
Area Gay Liberation, the Harvey Milk Democratic Club, the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, ACT UP, the AIDS Candlelight Vigil, Castro Street Safety Patrol, Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center, Community United Against Violence, Butterfly Brigade, and the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, among others. "He was sort of a Johnny Appleseed of gay and lesbian organizing: wherever he went, organizations sprouted," Bob Ostertag, an expert on gay history who was a longtime friend, wrote on his blog. Mr. Wilson also initiated Ammiano's insurgent write-in campaign for mayor in 1999 against the incumbent, Willie Brown. Although he was unsuccessful when the final votes in the runoff race were counted, Ammiano's bid for mayor paved the way a year later for the election of an anti-Brown slate of candidates who took control of the Board of Supervisors, moving the legislative body decisively to the left. In
2001, Mr. Wilson ran unsuccessfully for the District Six seat on the Board of Supervisors. Mr. Wilson, who lived modestly in a small, rent-
controlled apartment on Market Street, was a grassroots organizer who "did everything but never wanted the credit," Ostertag said. "He
was selfless." Another friend and collaborator, Tom Calvanese, said Mr. Wilson had boundless compassion and was a fierce advocate,
especially for the forgotten and beaten down. Mr. Wilson managed an SRO hotel in the Tenderloin, the Ambassador, for formerly homeless
people living with AIDS. There, he made sure the tenants had clean bedding and food to eat and brought fresh flowers and plants to their
rooms, often on his own dime. "Those things might seem small in the big picture, but they meant a lot," Calvanese said. "A lot of people
called him the Mother Teresa of the Tenderloin." Henry "Hank" Wilson was born in Sacramento in 1947, the eldest of three children, and was gregarious growing up, said his sister, Selby Wilson. Mr. Wilson was  the school mascot - an Apache Indian - at Encina High School and always had a lot of friends. He earned a bachelor's degree in education at the University of Wisconsin, Calvanese said. Mr. Wilson
moved to San Francisco shortly after the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City that marked the beginning of the modern-day gay liberation
movement. In the city, he started as a kindergarten teacher and dived head first into politics to fight a 1978 state ballot measure, the Briggs Initiative, which would have permitted the firing of teachers in California for being gay. The failure of the measure was due, in part, to the efforts by Mr. Wilson, Ammiano and others who spearheaded the opposition campaign by urging gays and lesbians to come out and put a human face on the intended target of the proposed law. "Many, many folks in the community have achieved significant fame for their achievements, and deservedly so," said AIDS community advocate Jeff Sheehy. "But a movement requires teams of people doing
all sorts of work, and Hank was always there, always working as hard or harder than anyone else, always a positive, inspirational force,
always mentoring newbies to the movement, always contributing his wisdom, energy and force of will. "He is the activist's activist,"  Sheehy added. Mr. Wilson's AIDS was diagnosed early in the epidemic, and he developed many infections. "He was really a survivor," his sister said. "Even when he was down, he'd never quit." She credited his longevity in part on his lifelong passion for swimming. Ammiano said, "He acted as a beacon - a longtime survivor who defied the medical odds." In the end, it was lung cancer that killed Mr. Wilson, a non-smoker. In addition to Selby Wilson, of Atascadero (San Luis Obispo County), Mr. Wilson is survived by his brother, Timothy Wilson, of Pioneer (Amador County). A memorial service is being planned for next month.
Marie Parent
Sacramento Bee, March 16, 1967
Coulombe -- In Los Angeles, March 14, 1967, Marie A. Coulombe, beloved wife of James L. Coulombe of Carmichael, loving daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Laurier (Lou) Parent of Sacramento; sister of John Parent of Sacramento. A native of Canada, aged 20 years. Friends are invited to attend services Saturday, March 18 at 9:15 AM at Carmichael Oaks Chapel, 4221 Manzanita Avenue, thence to St. Philomenes Church, corner of El Camino & Bell, where a Requiem Mass will be offered for the repose of her soul commencing at 10 AM. Interment Mt Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Monday, 1:45 PM. Recitation of the Rosary, Friday at 8 PM.
Marie Parent Coulumbe
Marie Parent was my sister, she married Jim Coulombe from Fair Oaks, 05-14-66. She died of pneumonia, 03-14-67. She had just turned 20.
Marie is buried at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery on Greenback Lane & I 80 in Sacramento under the name Marie Parent Coulombe.
John Parent '63
RUHMAN, Wenceslaus Ferdinand
Passed away suddenly on July 9, 2008, at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Sigrid; children Wolfram, Sieglinde, and son-in-law Kyle Peterson; mother Rose; and sisters Barbara, Neone, Laure, Connie, Vicki, Ginny, and Mary. Interment with military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 7/13/2008
David Gebauer writes:
Bio Update - 4/08 (from 11/00)
We currently live and work in Camarillo and have done so for the last 17 years.  Kathy and I have been married for almost 40 years and have a son 22 (Phil, lives in Bend, OR) and a daughter 20 (Emily, lives at home with us).   We purposely waited about 18 years to start our family; we
were too busy working hard and playing hard; we finally grew up and started a family of our own.
I am on the 1-3 year plan to retire from the Federal Government in 2009-2011 unless I get fed up with the political BS before then.  We recently purchased a new Class A Winnebago motorhome and plan to travel, retire, sell the house in Camarillo, travel some more, and settle in Oregon.
My son Phil is a MMA fighter in Oregon with a record of 4 and 0; he's pretty darn good.  Phil also has a day job as a department manager at
Petco; he loves retail, animals, and is a true extrovert.  He and his girlfriend Courtney are expecting their first baby, a baby girl, Jaedyn Ann Gebauer due on 8/24/08 (our first grandchild!).  Phil occasionally attends Central Oregon Community College but really prefers less academic stuff.
Emily is going to school studying to be a Medical Assistant.  She and her boyfriend Vinny live with us in Camarillo.
All of us are doing great.  The teen years were challenging to say the least.  As G Gordon Liddy says, "That which doesn't kill us, only makes
us stronger."  And we are a lot stronger and wiser today. 
Life is good!
Story: Jim Fossi and I would box in my backyard when we were in junior high and Jim would always knock me out; he was so darn quick. Even though I probably outweighed Jim by some 30 pounds he could take me out easily.
Bio: 11/28/00
A brief update as to where we have been, where we are, and where we think we're going: Kathy and I met at UC Davis in 1967, got married the following summer, and continued our studies at UCD.  I graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1969, Kathy received her BA in Child Development a few years later (maybe that's why she is so effective with me).  We have two children, Phillip was born in 1986 and Emily in 1988. 
  After graduation we lived/worked in Bakersfield; Los Angeles; Houston; back to L.A.; Milwaukee, WI; Pittsburgh, PA; Annapolis, MD (Washington, D.C.); back to L.A.; Palmdale, CA; Redlands, CA; and now Camarillo, CA where we expect to stay and retire.   In Milwaukee, we participated in cross country skiing and volleyball in the winter, and tennis and sailing on Lake Michigan in the summer.  During our 6-year stay in Annapolis, we lived aboard our 47-foot sailboat and had the opportunity to sail most of the east coast from Maine to the Bahamas, especially the Chesapeake Bay.  We returned to California in 1985 with the intent of being closer to our families and starting a family of our own.
  Over the years, I've generally done engineering related program/project/production management in several different areas both in private industry and for the federal government.  Kathy has usually worked in education/social services but has also managed small businesses supporting the boating industry.  Presently, I am District Production Engineer for the Minerals Management Service (Dept of Interior).  The MMS regulates the offshore oil and gas development to ensure that it is conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner (sounds very bureaucratic and it is!) (good job, great location!).  Kathy is Director of the Camarillo UMC Child Development Center with an enrollment on the order of 200+ (great job, lousy pay).  My office is about 2 miles from home, Kathy's office is about 1 mile.  Camarillo is an outstanding community for family focused living and activities (kind of boring in a good way, it suits us just fine, L.A. is but a short drive away when necessary, and Santa Barbara is even closer).
  Both Phil and Em are very active in the usual school, church, and recreational activities, as are Kathy and I.  We all enjoy camping, both at the beach and the mountains.  Kathy and I have been very active in swimming, biking, running, and triathlons for several years, however our bodies are getting a bit slower and crankier now.
Dave G.
Friends: same as grade school and junior high school plus Scott Gaylord, Keith Carter, Sue Hermann, Dave Boyers, and Vern McDonald
Grade_school: Howe Ave
Grade_school_friends: Gary Disher, Jim Fossi, Dave Harshbarger, Bill Kern, Jeanne Kern, Karen Newberry, Patience Thoreson, Melva Scheff, Disa Dahlin, Doug Kempster, Don Bain, Carl Lyon, Nelson Smith, and Pat McLaughlin
Junior_high: Howe Ave
Junior_high_friends: same as grade school
Memorable_teachers: Bill Coke, John Tracy, and John Lees
Jim Fossi writes:
Occupation: Retired from Mcclellan AFB(civilian job) in September 1999. Now I'm a grape farmer and wine maker....
Bio: After graduation, I enlisted in the AF. Did my basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio where they did much placement testing. Ended up in Crypto Maintenace career field and spent another year at Lackland AFB receiving electronics training. Graduated in the top 5% of the class (unlike encina...LOL) and got to pick my next duty assignment. I picked Oxnard AFB down in Southern California. Had a great time down there. Visiting the Wiskey A-go-go then Pandora's Box every weekend. Saw a lot of good groups and meet a lot of people. Received orders for more training in Mississippi on a piece of voice crypto gear. Was really confused about that because we didn't have any of that gear at Oxnard AFB. Little did I know the big plan. Another 6 weeks of training then the orders came. Report to Bien Thuy Air Field, Vietnam. Light bulb went off. That's where this gear is being used. Damn. So, off I went to the Mekong Delta. Initially things were ok, but in late 67 TET started and all hell broke loose. Won't dwell on that but lets
just say I was so glad to be one of the lucky one getting on that United flight home in late 68 and got an early out at Travis AFB. After the AF I grew my hair and pretty much dropped out and zoned out. Ended up getting an electronic apprentice job for Viet Nam veterans at McClellan AFB and married a girl name Terry. We had a daughter Lisa, who has graduated from Davis UC and working for the state now. Terry and I where only married a few years. So, for about 10 years I was pretty much on my own and working and partying hardily. Did many thing at McClellan, from radar maintenance, computer maintenance, quality assurance, metrology, long range planning, workload planning, hazardous/waste management and system development, and when the base was closing work on the team to contract out all the operational and maintenance funtions on the base. Anybody bored yet? Almost done. During this timeframe I met my sole mate Margie and we have been married for over 28 years.
Trivia: Still have my hair, thinning and grey but still hanging in there. To promote the grape and wine business in Placer County a group of us worked on forming the Placer County Wine/Grape Association. I was their president for two years and during that timeframe was intrumental in taking the association to a 501 3(c) non-profit corporation. We now have 11 bonded wineries in Placer County. Tours available.
Friends: Wow, how about all my old high school friends. Dave Gabauer, Gary Disher, Bob Frietas, Bill and Jeanne Kern, Karen Newberry, Jim and
Cici Christian, John Dufour, Patience Thornson, Karen Hoffer, Charlotte Lewis, Bob Reider, Joey Jopo, Sam Turner, Sue Wayne, Randy Wilkerson,
Hobbies: Fishing and Golf (bogey golfer) and growing grapes and making wine
Kids: Lisa 39, Mark 22, Michelle 20
Grade_school: Went to Howe Avenue Elemetary school. Lived on Delma Way.
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Tallmon wasn't a teacher but he was our councelor. He was the best. Also, I really like Joe Patitucci ad Mr Foster my art teachers and we can't forget Mr. bad breath Stallings our math teacher.
Favorite_memory: So, many I've forgotten more than I can remember. Need some help from my old friends. I do remember I was the spit wad king in
English class.
Story: Only that I would love to have you up to the vineyard and share the wine and some memories with me. Just give me a call.
Sibling_info: Linda Fossi class of 67
Mary Callaghan writes:
I work with special needs children in the public schools and was also was and still am a licensed cosmetologist and barber. I live in Southern Oregon by the ocean and I love it. My hobbies are genealogy, karaoke, gardening and painting rocks. I would like to be notified of any upcoming class reunions.
Barbara Burster Benjiman class of 1965 worked for Mr. Nofsinger in the Reagan White House as an assistant. She help plan Pres. Reagan's second
inaguration. She traveled with the Osmond family on a tour across America in the earl 70's. She also worked for Lt. Governer Mike Curb as his pesonal secretary.Barbara also worked for Dick Clark as his personal secretary for many years. She died of cancer in 1986 and received a call from President Reagan on her death bed. Mike Curb and Dick Clark attended her funeral in Hollywood,Calif.
Samuel Turner writes:
Occupation: Quality Assurance Specialist, United States Army
Bio: Entered Army Oct 65' with fellow alumni member Dave Stoddard. Retired from the Army in 1987. Worked for the Army and lived in the
Susanville, CA area for 16 years. In 2005, took a job transfer to the Charleston, SC area where I still work for the Army. Have been married for 38 years, have three children, and two grand children that live in the Susanville area.
Trivia: Served three tours to Vietnam without getting killed! Served three tours to Germany and came back with two additional children.
Friends: Tom Phillips, Scott Hickle, Dave Stoddard & whole class (gone to long) Have not been able to attend reunions because of work (overseas) & family.
Hobbies: Golf and cutting the grass. Since living in the South, cutting the grass takes up most of my free time. Damn, need to buy one of those ridden mowers!
Kids: Jeffrey 35, Travis 29, Sammie-Kathlyn 22
My oldest son (Jeffrey) also works for the Army. Worked in San Francisco in the computer industry. When dot coms started closing down, I convinced him to work for the government. Since going to work for the Army, he has worked four years in Heidelburg Germany, two years in Ipswitch, England, and now is working in Rotterdam. When we moved to Charleston my other son Travis came with us (he had just divorced) and is now working for the Air Force at the Charleston Air Force base as a warehouseman / fork lift operator. His daughter, Kindra lives with her mother in Susanville, CA. Our daughter, Sammie-Kathlyn is married, lives in Reno, and has one child, Kyle. Her husband is a supervisor for a local plumbing company out of Truckee.
Grade_school_friends: Went to grade school & high school with: Ron Floegel, Tom Phillips, Tim Schmit, Scott Hickle, Larry & Terry Mick, and others. Hell man it has been 41 years.
Junior_high_friends: Have been out of touch!!!
Memorable_teachers: Foster stands out in my mind. What that man could do with a piece of clay!
Favorite_memory: As I have gotten older, my memory has gone with it. My brothers can remember almost everything back to birth. Not me. All I can
really remember is having a good time.
Sacramento Bee, May 23, 1968
     Funeral services will be held Saturday for Donald K. Bakkie of Sacramento, an Army private killed in Vietnam May 12. He was 20. Bakkie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bakkie of 2905 Berkshire Way, was born in South Dakota.
     Besides his parents, he is survived by three brothers, Kenneth, Terry, and David, all of Sacramento; a sister, Pamela, also of Sacramento, and a grandmother, Mrs. Marie Rueschenberg of South Dakota.
     A mass will be said at 10 AM at St. Philomenes Church followed by burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 8 PM tomorrow in Lombar and Co. Mortuary, 2930 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento Bee, Feb. 28, 1966
     An 18-year-old Sacramento Marine, Pfc. Phillip Anthony Lotta, was killed last week by gunfire from members of his own platoon who mistook him for an enemy. A telegram from Marine headquarters confirming the death informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Lotta of 3631 Lusk Drive, that he died of a gunshot wound in his chest. In Viet Nam about a month, Lotta was on a night patrol near Da Nang at the time of his death. The incident is believed to have occured Friday.
     His father, a foreman at the American Can Co., said Phillip left Encina High School in his senior year last May to enlist in the Marines. He was sent to the South Pacific in November and on to Viet Nam in January.
     His family was informed of his death Saturday morning by a Marine officer, Capt. T. J. Consodine of the Sacramento Marine reserve unit, who said it is Marine Corps policy to have the nearest Marine officer inform the next of kin. The telegram arrived shortly afterward.
 Funeral arrangements are pending the return of the body in about two weeks.
     Phillip is survived by his parents and a brother, Michael Robert, 9.
Samuel Turner writes:
For those that remember me, my family and I have been out of the Sacramento area since graduation from high school.

After graduating from Encina, Dave Stoddard and I joined the Army under the buddy program and went to Fort Ord in Oct 1965. After graduation from basic training, I went to Ft Gordon, GA for advance infantry training and then on to jump school at Benning. I have not seen Dave since Fort Ord, has anyone seen or heard from him?

After doing 18 months with the 1st Inf Div in Vietnam I returned to Ft Ord for three years and married my wife of 38 years, Kristy Hart Turner (she attended San Juan and Bella Vista). The way we met, she picked me up at the Village Theater when I was thirteen and we continued a relationship off and on until we married in Folsom in 1968.

I was sent back to Vietnam in 1970 and did another year with the 1st Cav Div.
In all, I did 30 months in Vietnam and nine years in Germany. My wife and I made approximately 20 moves during my 22 1/2 years of service. Yep I'm a retiree, just wish I could afford to retire for good. We have three children, the oldest works for the Department of Defense in England, my second son is living and working here in Charleston, SC and our third child works and lives in the Sierra Army Depot area (60 miles north of Reno). My father and two brothers still live in Sacramento. My mother passed in May.

We returned to California after retiring from the Army and went to work at Sierra Army Depot where I worked for sixteen years. In May of 2005 I took another job with the Army in Charleston, SC and this brings you up to date.

I am (will) retire from here when I hit that 62 mark (thank God, come on Sept 2008) and probably move the wife and I to Tennessee for our retirement life. Plan on playing a lot of golf and traveling with our friends.

Sorry for the length of this email, but wanted to bring those that cared up to date on me and my family. Has anyone heard from Tom Phillips or Scott Hickle?

You all take care,
Sam Turner
Sacramento Bee, June 16, 2004
Born February 12, 1947 in San Francisco, CA. Passed away June 9, 2004.  Beloved son of Virginia F. Chan. Husband of Margie Chan and father of
Jennifer. Brother of David, Steven, and Susan Chan. He was preceded in death by father Edward Yue Chan. A lifelong resident of the Sacramento
area, a graduate of the University of California Davis and an employee of the State of California for over 30 years. Gary will be remembered for his love of animals and of nature; generosity, and gentle spirit; honesty and sincerity; sense of humor - "old ladies like me" - and his love of reading. Gary was a considerate and caring gentleman. We love you and will carry you in our hearts forever. Friends and co-workers may say final good-byes at the memorial service, after which the family will gather privately. The memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, June 19, 2004 at the South East Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, 9189 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove; 916-732-2031. Remembrances may be sent in Gary's name to the Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95828 or to the American Heart Association's Gary Philip Chan Memorial Fund at 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, or by phone at 800-242-8721.
Sacramento Bee, July 10, 1992
Passed away in Sacramento, CA, July 8, 1992. Son of Elmer and Eleanor Nickel. Survived by his son Liam M. Nickel and daughter Inga M. Nickel.
Born in Manitowoc, WI in 1947. A resident of Sacramento from 1948-1992. Attended Encina High School. Served in Vietnam 1968-1969 with 9th
Infantry Division. Worked as a Radar Electronics Technician for McClellan AFB and Sacramento Army Depot for 14 years. Graveside services are FRiday, July 10 at 9:30 AM at Fair Oaks Cemetery in Fair Oaks, CA.
Our friend CAROL BROX has 'gone HOME'.
She slipped off to Heaven during the night.
She fought the good fight for so many years.
She will be missed, but not forgotten.
I will keep you updated as plans are made for her services.
If anybody would like more details,
please have them contact me..
Thank you
.......Patience Thoreson, Class of '65, patiencet@mac.com
Southern California memorial service for CAROL BROX will be held on Saturday, 11/19/05 at 1:00 p.m. at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008.  A reception will be held on site following the service. From Highway 5 take the Carlsbad Village Drive exit west.  Go one block to Harding and turn left (south).  The sanctuary is in the second block on the right hand side of the street at the corner of Harding and Pine Street. If you wish, donations may be made in Carol's memory to the Komen Foundation, 8057 Raytheon Rd., Ste. 1, San Diego, CA 92111.  If you wish to donate through their website, go to www.sdkomen.org and click on "how can you help".  Then click on "donate to the cure" and a form will come up. If you wish to send flowers for the service, the church will accept them starting on Friday. Please don't hesitate to pass information on to anyone you think may have been missed by the e-mail or a phone call
The service on Saturday was very much a tribute which could have been titled "What a friend we have in Carol."  The pastor started with a few gentle words about Carol's strong faith and love for Jesus.  He likened her to a pebble that when dropped in a pond radiates outward creating many circles that are connected by that one pebble. .  Robbie spoke about how Carol was a friend to all. How she could make a new friend where ever she was
- in the grocery line, in a restaurant, walking on the beach -- where ever. . and that the newest of her 'friends' was as important to Carol as the oldest ones.  Loretta and Dick spoke of their times knowing Carol since College. Then Mike (of Mike and Michelle) got up and introduced himself.  "My name is Mike, and I am Carol's BEST Friend."...  That said it all.  Everyone laughed, because Carol made us all feel like her Best Friend. .  Many other of Carol's Best Friends spoke. The same theme resounded from each speaker.  Stories of Carol's big heart and enthusiasm, her love of life, her genuine concern for the welfare of other filled the afternoon.  Krista made a special point of thanking all of Carol's friends who were the real caretakers during Carol's low points when the family members could not travel to be with Carol.  The pastor spoke again, committing Carol to the Lord's care, and the gathering prayed the Lord's Prayer together.  Then while the song that Carol loved by Kenny Chesnee 'Live Like You Are Dying' resounded through the church, we all were entertained by a slide show that Robbie had created. . Lots of wonderful photos of Carol's fabulous red-lipsticked smile.  Family and friends glad for one more chance to see that face.  Afterward, the crowd continued to share stories of Carol at a small reception in the Church's 'gathering' room. Ronnie and Robbie we gracious and thanked every one for coming.  The tables were decorated with brightly colored flowers and balloons, and a little bucket of sand with beach toys.  A simple buffet of salads and cold cuts was served.  Very tastefully done.  Carol would have approved. As I was driving away from Carlsbad, the sun was setting over the ocean.  A beautiful sunset.  A perfect ending to a heartwarming day.
Jim Vassar writes:
Retired January 30, 2004. Enrolled in Sierra College's Construction Technology Residential Program. Learning to build houses a big departure from computer related work. Created a website (HTTP://WWW.FORTSUTTERRACINGPIGEONCLUB.ORG/) for the racing pigeon club. In a downscaling mode in my life, letting go of things no longer important, and looking at some sort of community service.
Vern McDonald writes:
Occupation: General Sales Mgr. at a Hummer, Cadillac, Saab store.
Bio: Served a Mormon mission in England. BS from BYU, 1 yr at UCLA. Worked 2 years as an orthotist and prosthetist. Sold real estate. became
a broker and builder. Divorced in 1989, fell into the car business and stayed.
Trivia: I bought an airplane in the 70's and learned to fly. I have 1500 hours.
Friends: Jim Bodenhamer, Dan Findlay, Butch Wilson. Everyone but Dan and Vicki Findlay.
Hobbies: I just took up golf. I love tennis. I like babysitting my 13 grandkids. (not all at once)I enjoy my ski boat, we live on a small lake.
Kids: My kids are all better than their Dad. Two of them have moved close to me. All but one live im Washington. My six and Carol's 4 have gotten along beautifully for the 15 years we've been married.
Grade_school: In Washington.
Junior_high: Jonas Salk.
Junior_high_friends: Suzanne Mendonca, My first California crush. Jim, Dan Butch and Bob Miller.
Memorable_teachers: Lee and Francis, great fun and effective teaching. Mrs. Wilkinson.
Favorite_memory: Homecoming assembly on my 16th birthday. Introduced as football team member. Got my license that morning and drove to the prom.
Story: The Eagles concert I attended last Summer was the best concert I've ever been to. I'm proud of Tim.
Sibling_info: Peggy McDonald (Denna) 1960, Jim McDonald 1963 comments: I have really fond memories of my high school years and I am so looking forward to renewing accquintances at the coming reunion.
Passed away at home surrounded by loving family, after a courageous battle with CLL on November 7, 2004, at age 57. Dearly beloved husband of Debbie for 15 years. Loving father of Christina (Rick), Tracy (Gary), Jennifer (Yuri), Todd (Polly), Jamie (Jeremy), Erin, La Verne (Roger) and Destiny (Ron). Devoted grandfather of eight grandchildren and predeceased by one. Dedicated son of Charles and Gladys Cooper. Dearest grandson of Tina Baumer. Beloved brother of Martha Greever. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins A 24-year SMUD employee and proud to be a Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Army. Friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service at EAST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK CHAPEL, 43rd and Folsom, Sacramento, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at 2:00 PM with public visitation on Thursday from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM.
Final inturnment, East Lawn Memorial Park. Family requests donations be sent to Kaiser Hospice Foundation. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 11/10/2004.
Sandra Frances Bell
Memorial services were held for Sandi Bell on Saturday, October 11, 2003 at the LDS Church in Mount Vernon, Washington. Sandi was born on December 13, 1946 and died September 30, 2003 from complications of Diabetes and Lymphoma. Sandi is survived by her daughter Tina Jonnassen and her husband James of Mount Vernon, two granddaughters Courtney and Dreydee. Sandi was active with the American Red Cross as a data processor and instructor in CPR and First Aid.
Kathleen Johnson writes:
Occupation: Senior Engineering Assistant City of Davis Public Works Dept.
Bio: AA from American River College in '67, went to work for CA State Lands Commission in '68 then on the the City fo Davis in '71.  Left the City for a while in Dec. of '80 to return in July of '86.  Between 80 and 86 I lived in Crescent City, Weaverville and Ukiah working for private surveyor, the US
Forest Service and Mendocino Co. Planning. Spent the summer on'82 as a volunteer Wilderness Ranger in the Trinity Alps, one of best experiences of my life.
Friends: My friends where several in the class behind us... Linda Flink with my best friends and close behind where Jane Rudd, Dawn Lauppe, Ann Merideth and Linda Roloff
Hobbies: I love to Texas Two-Step or Swing, Kite flying, Hiking, Backpacking, have to like Biking in Davis, Docent at the California State Railroad Museum, Usher for the Sac. River Cats and love the Monarchs games.
Grade_school: Dyer-Kelly
Grade_school_friends: Debbie Gerth, Timmy Schmidt, Debbie Donahue
Memorable_teachers: Miss Wonder, Miss Painter, Mr. Pat
Favorite_memory: To many to say and my memory isn't like it use to be...
Loved rooting for the home team ALWAYS and just being at Encina
Walter Lubiejewski writes:
Occupation: Labourer
Bio: Left Encina March of senior year to join the navy. After basic training went to Lakehurst, NJ to train as a meteorologist. Left for Kenitra, Morocco (1966-1967) as a weather observer specialising in upper air observations. 1967-1968 Operation Deep Freeze. 1968-1969 back to Lakehurst for training in satellite interpetation. 1969-1971 Pearl Harbour, HI weather analysis, computer weather modelling and satellite imagery interpetation. Involved in Apollo missions 9,10,11,12. 1971-1971 back to Lakehurst for weather forecasting and oceanography. 1971-1974 Long Beach, Ca weather forecaster. 1974-1975 Sasebo, Japan Staff Meteorologist for RADM J.J. Johnson. 1975-1996 living in New Zealand and working for Databank Systems Ltd as a controller of computer operations and then as a Sales Consultant. 1996-1997 started my on business in computer consummables, which didn't survive. 1997 to present still living in N.Z. and working for a building material recycling company.
Kids: Tara Lubiejewski -23, Brian Lubiejewski -30, Michael Lubiejewski - deceased 6/12/79 age 10
Tara is in her last year of a degree in early childhood developement while trying to raise her son as a solo person.
Brian has been in the U.S. Air Force for almost 12 years. Is currently stationed at Clovis AFB attached to an F-15 squadron as a flight mechanic specialising in jet engines.
Grade_school: Albertinum, Ukiah, Ca; Edison Elementary School, San Francisco, Ca
Memorable_teachers: Mr Stearns (science) - Even though I didn't do well in his class he gave me the bug for science. Mrs Marelich (history) Failed her class three times but left a lasting love of history which is my favourite subject.
1) Carl Lyons and myself ruining my mother stove making soap for Mr Stearns science class. I don't belive that Carl is in the soap business.
2) Gary Disher and I drinking a gallon of A&W root beer before pre--season J.V. football practice. Hot weather, rootbeer and tackling practice do not mix. I haven't touch rootbeer since.
Karolyn Knight writes:
Occupation: Behavioral Therapist and Life Skills Consultant
Bio: Most of my years since graduation were taken up raising my 5 children and continuing with my education.  Now that they're  much "all grown up" I am enjoying their friendship and my work.  
Friends: Among the great friends I had in High School were Kathy Byrne Murray, Toni Richmond, Muriel Watts, Debbie Gerth Mattos, Leslie Cameron to name a few.   
Hobbies: After living a relatively quiet life for most of my adult years I am now doing quite a bit of traveling and exploring with my new husband (an old friend from elementary school in Oroville).   
Kids: My oldest daughter Stacy (30) works for Fox Network selling advertizing air time.  Adam (28) is in an PhD program in Organizational Psychology, Brendan (23) works for a commercial production company in LA with plans to become a director; Kal (21) is beginning a career in the insurance business (training with Adam's father-in-law)and Tori (19)is in her second year of college. And I can't leave out Chrissy.  Chrissy is Adam's wife and a clothing designer with an up-and-coming line of casual wear called "My Tee."  Her shirts,  have appeared on several TV shows (such as Friends, Good Morning Miami) and in People magazine and her celebrity endorsements by are beginning to roll in.  She's a talented and creative little "sprite" and you can see her and some of her designs on her website myteerocks.com.
Grade_school_friends: My elementary school years were spent in Oroville, California.  I moved to Sacramento and started at Encina as a sophomore.
Memorable_teachers: There were several, but the one who stands out was Mr. Lee.  His humor and the relaxed atmosphere of his classroom were refreshing.  He made what can be a dry subject come alive. 
Story: I have what you might call an "Oprah" story.  Several years after my divorce my oldest daughter was concerned about my social life (I wasn't) and prodded me to look into Classmates.com for past friends from my elementary school years in Oroville and high school in Sacramento.  One of the names I recognized from Oroville was Martin Blade.  I've known Martin since I was six years old.  His father and mine were best friends so our families spent time together and we shared the same elementary class all the way up to 7th grade.  Martin was my "first kiss" at age 6 (behind the bushes in my back yard) and we "went steady" in third grade.  Life took us in different directions and we lost touch for 30-some years until I emailed him to say hello. He was living in Maryland and retired after selling his share of a successful manufacturing company.  To make a long story short, he moved back to California and we discoved there were still sparks from our childhood "crush." We got married in Cabo San Lucas on November 7, 20
Melva Scheff writes:
Occupation: Instructional Assistant/Special Education
Bio:  I graduated from CSUS in 1970 with a BA in Social Work. After graduation I became a counselor at Sac. Co. Girl's School. I followed that up by becoming a Deputy Probation Officer for the County, maintaining a juvenile caseload of 86 boys and various adults. the last five years of my career with the County I wrote adult pre-sentence reports for the muni. and superior court. After 14 years I decided to stay home for awhile.
   In between all those fun activities I met and married my husband Don. We have been together 29 years and raised four children. My step-daughters were raised by my husband and I from the ages of 5 and 3. We then added another two of our own to the family. I also worked toward an MA in counseling, which I have yet to finish. I am on my second career now. I have in education for the past 14 years in Special Education. Although I don't have my credential I co-teach small groups of children with learning disabilities. I also work part of the year as a test evaluator for CTB/McGraw Hill. I have found teaching to be a true joy in my life.
   Our life is centered around family and friends. We are empty-nesters now and loving it.
Trivia: I have remained very close to home ie. Encina/Howe Avenue. We live in Arden Park near Arden and Eastern. In addition to my formal employment, I spent a period of time as a seamstress, working out of my home, making costumes and various other articles of clothing. My daughter Deanne was active in many local song and dance groups and appeared in Best of Broadway(local Production) for two years. Naturally, I became very involved in sewing costumes for the productions. My mother is soon to be 92 and lives
close by, as do my husband's parents. I am also fortunate to have four older brothers and sisters with whom I have regular contact.
   We have two dogs(one is supposed to be my sons), two cats, and a parrot who tries to answer the phone before we do.
Friends: Pat McLaughlin,Karen Newberry, Barbara Mckee, Patience Thoreson, Jeannie Kern, many more... I would love to hear from anyone I went to Howe Ave. Or Encina with.
Hobbies: Gardening, sewing, and any kind of craft activity could lead me astray. I also enjoy spending time with friends from work.
Kids: We raised my step-daughters from ages 3 and 5 and went on to have two of our own. Dawn and Dana are both married and have 9 children total, which makes us grandparents 9 times.
Our daughter Deanne and son David both graduated from El Camino. David played football for four years and received the Eagle Pride Award from his teammates his senior year.Deanne was a cheerleader her senior year. She is a free spirit( it must come from her Dad), currently living in the Bay Area.She has worked for a number of years as an admin. Assistant. At the age of 19 she helped a girlfriend drive all the way across the US to Virginia, while towing a trailer.She also decided to live in Seattle for a year. David just turned 21 and is also independent, living on his own. He works in construction and is very responsible for a young man ( if you don't count the time he left to buy a pair of shoes and came back with a paintball gun.)
Grade_school: Howe Avenue along with many others in the class of 1965.
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Carey, very caring. Mr.Day kind, fun, demanding but excellent teacher.
Story: Patience, remember The Pink Panther and the fencing lessons. The summer after we graduated I traveled to England with Pat McLaughlin and her family. We stayed with her Aunt and Uncle most of the summer and had a blast. You can imagine two 18 year old girls roaming around by themselves in Manchester and other assorted places.
Sam Turner writes:
Occupation: quality assurance specialist, u.s.army, civilian
Bio: served 22 1/2 years in the army (retired), moved to susanville, ca for work at sierra army depot in herlong, ca. raised three children and still married to my first wife (Kristy) of 33 years.
Friends: scott hickle, tom phillips, ron floegal, george hullin, tim schmit,mike andrews, kathy campbell, chris clark, dave stoddart, ellen tisher, bonnie bachtold (66), barbara brennan (66)
Have no contact with any of the above, gone for 36 years!!!!!
Kids: Jeffrey, computer manager/analyst (san francisco), travis, pvt u.s.army, ft lewis, wa, sammie, lassen college & work
Grade_school_friends: scott hickle, tom phillips, ron floegal, tim schmit (howe ave elem)
Favorite_memory: grad party at country club lanes
Heard_about_website_from: shelly turner (niece)
Phillip Anthony Lotta '65 - age 18
PFC - E2 - Marine Corps
June 12, 1947 to February 25, 1966
In Quang Nam, South Vietnam
Sacramento Bee July 6, 2001
A Loving Memory Of ROCKY WILKINSON You left us with the memory of your love, Your thoughts, your Laughter and dreams. No one can take away memories of our time together, The tender moments, the successes we've shared, the road we
walked side by side. You enter your new life a wealthy person. Your roots and mine are forever entwined. - Anonymous G. "Rocky" Wilkinson, Monterey
resident and Executive of Baywood Cellars died Thursday, June 21, 2001 of cancer. Born in Coalinga 1947, graduated Encina High School, Sacramento, graduated Sacramento State, attended college in Arizona and returned to Northern California. Rocky was a star quarterback, entered many dart competitions, was an avid golfer and fisherman. Rocky had a passion and vitality for life and greeted everyone with a very special hearty welcome. Though his sunset has come, the clarity and care with which he loved his family and life, speaks of the great gift he gave us. Rocky is survived by his wife, Caroline Wilkinson, Monterey; Father, Earl Wilkinson, Aptos; Mother, Patricia Toner, Rio Del Mar; Twin Sister, Randyll Scurich, Aptos; Sister Nicki Sorensen, Santa Cruz; Brother, Scott Wilkinson, Washington, Sister Lori Taylor, Santa Cruz. A celebration of life is scheduled in September aboard and ocean vessel. The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to Gail Brocco and Pamela Davis for arriving on the scene like angels in an attempt to help revive Rocky. In lieu of flowers, please donate to American Cancer Society. Posted: 7/06/01
John Sullivan writes:
Occupation: National Conservation Area Manager
Bio: After a couple of years of college in southern California, I dropped out to bum around the West, during which I did
a number of odd jobs including lifeguarding near Malibu and wrangling on a horse ranch.   While lifeguarding, I met
Kelli, who I married in 1971.  We then moved to Oregon and I finished my B.S. at Oregon State University in Range
Management and Animal Science.  Kelli and I then entered the Peace Corps in the Amazon Jungle in Brazil, followed
by two years at Texas Tech University where I got an M.S. in Range Science.  We then moved to Bozeman, Montana,
where I worked for a year at the Agricultural Experiment Station at Montana State University.  I then joined the Bureau
 of Land Management in Missoula, Montana, where Kelli earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. in School
Psychology and Counseling at the University of Montana.  She has operated a private practice as a family counselor
 for over 20 years.  I have spent 23 years with BLM.  We have also lived in Billings, MT, Oceanside, CA, and have
now been in Boise, ID for almost 13 years.   Since 1995, I have been the manager of the Snake River Birds of Prey
 National Conservation Area  -  a very interesting job that keeps me hopping.  The NCA is about 500,000 acres in size
 and boasts the densest concentration of nesting raptors in North America.  Over 700 pairs of raptors, representing
14  species nest in the NCA, and another 10 species migrate through the area during various times of the year.  Although
 Kelli and I really enjoy Boise, we expect to retire on the Oregon or Washington coast within the next ten years.
Trivia: I attended four universities over 9 years to get my B.S degree.  I've also moved 17 times since high school.
Friends: I've moved so much that I've lost touch with everyone.
Hobbies: Kelli and I love to travel, and have kept ourselves poor doing alot of that.   I also like to hike and fish, which is very easy to do here in Idaho.  I did a lot of running until my knees gave out, but then became a fairly competitive race
walker for several years.  I still do a lot of walking, but now mostly just with my dog for relaxation.
Kids:  Our son, Cary, was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1976 while I was in graduate school at Texas Tech.  By some strange coincidence, he later also attended Oregon State, where he graduated magna cum laude  in Psychology.  During
college, he was on the crew team, where he was twice selected as an All American and Scholastic
 All American.  In the summer following his freshman year, he competed at the Junior World Rowing Championships
 in Germany.  Following graduation, he spent three years on the U.S. men's rowing team, where he travelled
extensively for various national and world competitions.  We also travelled to watch him compete.  It was a great time.
  He married a wonderful girl two years ago and retired from the rowing team last year.  He's now finishing his first
year at the University of San Diego Law School.
Grade_school: Howe Avenue
Memorable_teachers: Jack Carey  -  because he was so approachable and easy to talk with.   I loved music and he gave me the opportunity to learn more about it.
Sibling_info: Claud (Chuck) Sullivan  '63
Sacramento Bee, Sept. 18, 1996
   In Sacramento, on September 15, 1996. Beloved husband of Dale Hartzell. Father of Kathryn Hartzell, and stepfather of Angie and Ryan Lester. Son of Maury and Mary Hartzell. Brother of Elizabeth Van Valkenburgh, and Stephen T. Hartzell; nephew of Dr. and Mrs. Felix Rossi, and William Tierney; and uncle of Keena and Mishaela Van Valkenburgh. He is also survived by many cousins. A native of Oakland and a 30-year resident of Sacramento, aged 49. He was a graduate of UC Davis and the University of Guadalaiara School of Medicine, and served his residency at the UCD Medical Center. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War as a Screaming Eagle Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. Friends are invited to attend a Rosary Service on Thursday, Sept. 19, 1996 at 7 PM at W.F. Gormley & Sons Chapel, 2015 Capitol Ave. Interment will be private. Remembrances in his honor may be made to the Kaiser Hospice Program or the St. Ignatius School Fund.
Sacramento Bee, December 31, 1997
   Born 6-6-47 in Sacramento. Died 12-29-97 in Sacramento from Lymphoma/Leukemia. Store owner of The Secret Garden gift store in Fair Oaks. Survived by husband James M. Schwedler, Fair Oaks; step-daughters Kristine Schwedler, Folsom, & Stephanie Schwedler, Rancho Cucamonga, CA; mother Catherine Hatton, Sacramento; sisters Claudia Hatton, Sacramento, & Rosel Hatton, Sacramento; brothers Marty Hatton, Gillett, WI; & Curtis Hatton, Hercules, CA; three nieces and three nephews; numerous relatives, friends, and pets. Preceded in death by her father Arthur Hatton. A member of Preceptor Zeta Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. A Sorority Sister since 1964. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The American Cancer Society. Memorial Services will be held at the Russ Monroe's Village Chapel, 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, on Friday, January 2, at 11:00 AM.
Sacramento Bee, October 16, 1996
   Loving husband of Tricia Reynolds, loving father of Kerri, Lori & Andrea. Also survived by his parents William & Marilyn Reynolds, sister Ruth & family. Passed away enroute to American River Hospital on Sunday, Oct. 13, 1996. He was 48 years old. He was a Bulk Mail Clerk for the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years before retiring in 1992. He attended Encina H.S. and
was an active coach in Mission El Camino Soccer Club. He enjoyed watching his youngest daughter play softball. Bill was an honorable man, well respected by his peers, family & friends. His family loved him dearly. There will be a Memorial Service on Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:00 P.M. at Arden Christian Church, 4300 Las Cruces Way. Remembrances may be made to Mission
El Camino Soccer Club, or the Diabetes Foundation.
Carol Brox writes:
Occupation: Category Sales Manager Kraft Foods
Bio: After graduation I went moved to Santa Cruz and got my AA degree-then I headed up to Tahoe and was a Governess and taught skiing and bummed around for 6 years.  I left Tahoe and moved to San Diego and completed my degree.  I taught school for one year (I got stabbed on the playground (those lovely kiddies)
I then was a headhunter for 6 years.  In 1978 I joined Kraft foods as a Sales Rep and have been there for 22 years.  I work in Irvine, Ca. but live in Carlsbad a suburb of San Diego - It is only 50-60 minute drive unless its raining then it can be hrs. or days hahaha - Southern Calif. living for you! for you!
I do a great deal of travelling - I guess you could say I work to travel - I go to Switzerland as much as possible and Italy - they are my favourite places-
I have a small place in the Mtns. called Idyllwild and I love to go there and hike and jsut be with the outdoors.
Trivia: I was a Governess/taught skiing sold Real Estate and walked in the Avon3-Day Breast Cancer walk 75 Miles
Friends: Jeanne Kern, Sue Hermann, Patience Thoreson and Barbara Craig - We still see each other tons!!!  Friends are the glue of my life -
I lost contact with Sharon Ellsworth but reconnected last year - same with Bunky Porter-and Tina Roeder.
Hobbies: Snow Skiing - bogie boarding/beach
Kids: never had any-I have 2 terrific nephews and a wonderful niece that live in Santa Cruz.
Grade_school: I lived in Canada
Memorable_teachers: Miss Wilson -sports were my interest and have always been
Mr. Lee - He made history not boring
Mrs. Gier - teaching me how wonderful language can be
Favorite_memory: All the homecomings-decorating the floats and doing the decorations for the parties
Susan Hermann writes:
Occupation: Office manager/dentist
Bio: On second marriage for 25 years, two children and 6 step-children.  10 grandchildren
I like to do stage and singing. 
Friends: My best friends were Carol Brox, Jeanne Kern, Bunky Porter, Suzie Howard, Bob Morrison, Steve Harrold, Vern MacDonald and all the tri-hi Y girls. I've lost contact with Bob Morrison and Vern MacDonald
Hobbies: Stage acting and singing.Sewing.
Kids: I have two sons (26,31). My oldest son, Darren, works for Cal-trans as an engineer.   My younger son Brady works in heating and air. Darren has two kids 11 and 5 months.
Grade_school: (LA area)
Junior_high: landis jr high(LA area)
Favorite_memory: I loved decorating for the dances and the dances themselves.  If I missed a dance I would die.......
Alumni_in_contact: Jeanne Kern,Carol Brox, Patience Thoreson, Barbara McKee
Heard_about_website_from: Jeanne Kern
James Vassar writes:
Occupation: Information Technology Specialist, Legislative Counsel Bureau
Bio: 1965-1968 American River College, A.A. in Auto Body Repair
1968-1972 United States Navy, Aviation Administrationman (E5)
1972-1975 American River College
1975-1990 California State University, Sacramento, B.A. in Art
1972-Present California State Civil Service
2003 Retirement, continued education, traveling, etc.
Trivia: My advocation is raising and racing pigeons.  However, I have raised Lakeland Terriers and produced two champions.  I still collect old cars and currently own a 1955 Buick Centry Two-door Hardtop and my grandparents' 1937 Studebaker Dictator Coupe, which has been in the family since almost new.
Friends: I always look for Terri Downie and Mario Varoni at the reunions.
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Ledbetter who shared my interest in automobiles.
Favorite_memory: Graduation
Rodger Ogren writes:
Occupation: marine biologist
Bio: I was a Russian interpreter in the Navy and got out in 1969. I became a professional student in Monterey for 4 years, transferred to CSUS and then Moss Landing Marine Lab back in Monterey Bay. I studied subtidal algae and showed everyone Craig Hunter's cheerleading picture; I think he is still working there.
I dropped out of gradschool in 1980 to manage an oyster farm in Marin County for a couple years, then bought a oneway ticket to Hawaii and wound up on the equator monitoring the 1982-83 El Nino. Then while travelling up and down the westcoast selling dive charters, I became reacquainted with a lady I'd first met in Monterey. She was living in Seattle and was willing to store my surfboards behind her couch. After working for environmental consulting firms, I got a job at The Seattle Aquarium and have been here for 12 years. I am mainly the salmon biologist, but also take care of the many saltwater fish, algae and an octopus or two. We've got a cool 400,000 gallon tank with steelhead, chinook and coho salmon.
Trivia: I spent 2 years working on Polish, Russian, Japanese and Korean fishing boats in the Bering Sea. It was great food, high adventure and kept me at sea. I also cooked on a research boat doing anti-submarine stuff out of Santa Barbara, a tugboat hauling fuel barges to Alaska and the Aleution Islands and a cool sailboat out of Oahu. 
Friends: Barbara McKee, Tom Egger, both Kerns, the swim team, Portia Burke, Dwight Heron, Tom Peters, Mike Hagen, Ken Gott, Janine Cerles, Nate Kotrlik and many more.
Hobbies: Scuba, surfing, fishing and building tree houses.
Kids: Finally married at 40, we have two boys. The first will be eleven in September and going into the 5th grade. The youngest was born on Saint Patrick's Day and is 8. They do karate, swim team, cub scouts and tree houses.
Grade_school: Thomas Edison
Grade_school_friends: Jim Thomas
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Lewis Reedy
Memorable_teachers: John Psiahas because he made French exciting, Rees Lee & John Tracey because they made us question the Beatles, Jack Ogden because he played Bob Dylan and Coach Gallaway because he shot me with a starter's pistol.
I slowed down so Paul Owens could catch up in a 100 IM; both of us swam many laps after that meet.
Favorite_memory: Bill Kern and I in Dave Harshbarger's green Corvair. We cut class and broke into the Sacramento underground beneath the old Bruener's store.
Story: Tom Egger and I saw Eric Clapton, the Beau Brummels and the Lovin' Spoonful in the Memorial Auditorium in 1965; that's also where the Rolling Stones got a shocking reception. Ed Valko and I joined the Navy a week before Bill Kern and Dave Harshbarger.
Curtis Rankin writes:
Occupation: prosecutor
Bio: Displaying very bad timing, I flunked calculus in my second semester at ARJC in the spring of 1966.  The government responded with remarkable efficiency, reclassifying me from 2-S to 1-A within a couple weeks.  Up to this point my only thought about the military was to avoid it.  Now that it was inevitable, I chose to enlist in the air wing of the Marines, entering active duty in January 1967.  I felt that I needed some time to grow up and figured that the Marines would be an interesting adventure along the way.  The Marines trained me as an aviation ordinance man.  At that point the growing anti-war efforts did not mean much to me.  I accepted the traditionalist's view that this was a time of national emergency and that my obligation was to serve.   Expecting to live forever, I volunteered for a Vietnam tour, arriving at Da Nang on May 15, 1968.  There I was assigned to Chu Lai, 50 miles south of Da Nang on the coast, where I was assigned to group supply.  Expecting to get an exciting job on the flight line hanging ordinance on F-4 Phantoms, I asked for a transfer out of group supply after six months.  Instead, I was transferred to the bomb dump where we assembled air dropped munitions.  Mostly my job was to put high drag fins on 500 lb. bombs.  I rotated out of Vietnam back to the States on June 9, 1969.  When I was honorably discharged in January 1971 anti-war and anti-serviceman sentiment was pretty strong.   My basic feeling toward the military had changed into one of anger at being used for something ugly.
   Anger was a great motivator.  Determined to avoid being the equivalent of a Corporal the rest of my life, I graduated from ARJC with an AA in 1972 and then Sac State in 1974 with a BA.  I met and married the sweetest woman, Cindy Chambers (Hiram Johnson HS, 1968; Sac State BA, 1973), in August 1973.  While in Vietnam I decided that becoming a lawyer would empower me to avoid being on the short end of someone else's bad decisions.  We moved to San Diego where I graduated from The Unv of San Diego, School of Law, in December 1977.  In June 1978 I learned that I had passed the CA bar exam, but I remained unemployed and it was my turn to have a job.  Cindy had had a great experience growing up in a post-war Air Force family.  With a good deal of trepidation, I was commissioned as an Air Force judge advocate in September 1978.  We were first assigned to Wurtsmith AFB in northern Michigan where our son Jess was born in 1979.  From 1980 - 1983 we were assigned to Aviano AB in northern Italy where we thoroughly enjoyed the people and their country.  Our daughter Katherine was born in Vicenza, Italy in 1982.  I was the Air Force's defense counsel for the many bases in Italy.  The job involved a lot of assignments from site to site defending airmen.   Cindy was pretty tolerant of the travel before Kate was born.  I couldn't believe they were paying me to do this job as I also defended airmen in Turkey, Germany and England.  Leaving active duty in 1983, I stayed in the Air Force Reserve where I remain today as a Lieutenant Colonel.  After four years as an Air Force civilian attorney, I went to work for the San Luis Obispo District Attorney's Office in 1987 where I remain today.     
   Our babies are now on the verge of starting their adult lives.  Katie is a rising senior at Paso Robles High School who hopes to go on to UC Davis.  Jess is an Army ROTC history major student who will graduate from Furman Unv, So Carolina, in the spring of 2001 and be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.  Cindy is working to get her two books published.  We live in sunny Paso Robles on the lovely central coast of CA.
Kids: Jess Rankin, rising senior, Furman Unv, So Carolina, history major, Army ROTC.
Katherine Rankin, rising senior, Paso Robles High School, CA.
Christine Chapman writes:
Occupation: Human Resources Secretary
Bio: Married David Hill (Class of  '64) in 1966 after he graduated from AR.   (avoiding the draft).  Lived in El Centro from 1968-71 after David hired on with the State of CA.  We moved again and settled  in Ukiah in 1971.   Working in personnel in acute medical facility, specialized personnel placement agencies, legal secretary in criminal law, administrative secretary for City Manager, and finally settled into Human Resources in the County Office of Education. 
Trivia: Have been involved in Living History Reenactment Guilds, (Scotland 16th century).   English Handbell Choir.  Scottish Highland Games representing Clan MacLeod.   Started a non-profit public benefit corporation "Mendo-Lake Scottish Cultural Society" in Mendocino and Lake Counties with a membership of over 100.   Represented the Society in a rush trip (5 days planning) to Scotland with 17 California giant redwood trees to plant a living memorial for the 16 kindergarteners and teacher who were killed in Dunblane.  Trees were planted in the roundabout leading into Dunblane (near Glasgow).
Friends: Rita & Rena Reynolds, Cheryl Harper, Charlotte Louis (WHERE ARE YOU), Sandi Bell, Marsha Kloss.  I've kept in contact with Sandi Bell all these years and have attended 30th reunion with her and her old boyfriend Bob Hadler.  Marvin Kincaid ('66)...miss him...was killed in Vietnam.  Would like to know the whereabouts of everyone else.  Had a "freshman" crush on a then-Senior Craig Wilson (Class of '61)...wonder what ever happened to him? Nearly had a heart-attack when I started my current job and there was a Greg Wilson there who graduated from high school in Sacramento...turned out to be a LaSierra graduate. Class of '66-Richard Freese is a famous artist in Mendocino, Bernie Slaughter (killed in motorcycle accident) according to my co-worker who graduated from Loretto.
Hobbies: Music, cross-stitching, camping, traveling, all things Scottish.  Community Club Work (Soroptimist), and church.
Kids: Son Son (age 31*** eeek***)Electronics Technician in Paris, Texas.  Married and raising wife's nephew, Tim (age 13).
Son Christopher (age 26), Hotel Concierge in Seattle.  Single (and good looking).
Grade_school: In Reno
Junior_high: In Reno
Memorable_teachers: Jack Carey--He created a world of music which will live with me always.  He was a very "patient" choir teacher.  Even sang in his youth choir at the Methodist Church while I was a student at Encina.  If I could tell him one thing, I would tell him "I only wanted to be a "Pip" never Gladys Knight."  I ran into him Christmas 1999 when I took my mother-in-law to a Christmas Eve celebration at a Presbyterian Church in Sacrament.  I saw the back-end of the director of the church choir and thought that something looked familiar.  Sure enough, it was Mr. Carey. I did speak with him following the service, but, naturally he did not remember me.
Also, Mrs. Isabell Wilkerson-English.  I was never the brightest student, but I LOVED English, and it was Mrs. Wilkerson who helped me enjoy English, and it certainly has benefitted me to this day.  Mrs. Wilkerson..."I love to read now too."
Also Mr. Will Stephens.  I had Mr. Stephens for advanced typing.  He gave me "confidence in myself" by having me do the typing for his "Spikettes".   My greatest competition in typing was my brother Phil...he and I were always competing for the highest typing speed.  Mr. Stephens would recall Phil...he was always trying to get him to stop whistling.
If I could talk to Mr. Stephens, I would like him to know my typing speed was up to 110 wpm (before computers).
Favorite_memory: Being able to sit on the Senior Lawn.   Also, some of my classmates would have never known this, but I got in trouble with Mr. Bassett and was taken home. The reason I was in trouble was because I was making flyers to organize a Senior Cut Day when they said we couldn't have one.  Seems to this day I'm always organizing something.
Although not a "favorite memory" I'll never forget the emotion all of us shared together when President Kennedy was killed.  None of us were embarrassed to cry.   I remember the staff bringing televisions into the cafeteria so we could watch the news as it was happening.  A very sad, sad day.
Heard_about_website_from: Class reunion notification
Patience Thoreson writes:
Occupation: Script Supervisor/Continuity Coordinator  -- film and television production
Bio: Outline form:
After 1 year at AR, Mom, Dad & I moved to BOISE, Idaho.
Attended Boise State.  Graduated in '71 with BS. in Physical Education
Taught pre-school Special Ed for 1 year then started the DANCE DEPARTMENT at BSU where I taught for 5 semesters.
Moved to LA to work briefly with a Dance Company.
Studied Script Supervision and Film Production.
Now it is 20 years later and I am still doing that job....
Trivia: OK, if you must know, I was a cheerleader at Boise State and dated the Quarterback. 
I've never married.  Not that those two points of info are related..
In '96 I designed my dreamhouse and had it built in my dreamtown McCall, Idaho.
Friends: Sandy "Flor" Florence, Jeanne Kean, Barbara McKee, Toni Arnold, Carol Brox, and
Melva Scheff.  I keep up will all of them except MELVA.
Wish I knew where Phil Driver is...blush.. Can you say 64 Mustang??
Hobbies: I live in a small mountain town and enjoy that kind of lifestyle when I am not working...  Fishing is my sanity enhancer.  I can sit for hours in the canoe on my front'yard' and not really care if I catch anything...
In the winter, believe it or not, I enjoy shoveling snow and chopping wood.
Kids: At the moment I have an orange&white cat.  Tamarak the Wacky Kat.
I do have 2 grown nephews & 3 grown nieces who have supplied me with 5 Greatnieces and 5 Greatnephews.   That's enough for a Christmas list...
And I have been sponsoring a CCF Child for over 10 years.  Craig Allen Redhead lives on the Blackfoot Reservation in Browning, Mt.
Grade_school: Howe Avenue Elementary  -- GO HORNETS!!! 
Grade_school_friends: Same as above - except Brox who didn't move to Sacto. 'til 10th grade.
When I tell people I have the same friends since 3rd grade, I feel like I am bragging. It very special to have continuing threads throughout your life.
Junior_high: 8th grade at HOWE then onto ENCINA
Memorable_teachers: Miss Robinson -- for the dance part of my life
Mr. Greenwald -- cuz I actually went out with him ONCE after I graduated.  Well, didn't everyone???
Mr. Coke -- I didn't learn much in his class but always had fun thanks to my lab partners Jill Housier and Steve Boutin.
Miss Wilson -- for the synchronized swimming
Miss ?? (typing teacher) -- cuz I never thought I would need to know how to type.
Miss Wisdom -- for being so little in stature yet so big in attitude
Favorite_memory: Wow, hard to say.
I DO know that I am VERY GRATEFUL that I lived in a time when it was 'ok' to actually like going to high school.  I really feel sorry that our society has lost so much of it's innocence --
Heard_about_website_from: Jeanne Kern told me...
Karolyn Knight writes:
Occupation: Behavioral Therapist and Consultant
Bio: After graduation I attended CSUS and graduated with a teaching credential.  I taught for a few years, married and moved to Yuba City where my husband was stationed in the Air Force.    We lived there for a time then moved to Sunnyvale so he could go to Physical Therapy School.
Most of these years were spent having and raising our 5 children (which was and is a blast ),  then in 1991 I went back to school to get my masters' degree in Counseling Psychology.   I recently opened a private practice teaching individuals and groups principles of "quantum thought"
and conscious creation techniques (along the lines of folks like Deepok Chopra and Wayne Dyer) so that they can participate in creating the life they chose to live.  It's gratifying to watch people begin to change their personal and/or professional lives for the better by knowing just  how their
particular mind works. As for my personal life, after 25 years of marriage, my husband and I divorced 4 years ago; after that I took back my maiden name.  Friends and family keep me happy and busy!  Life is very good!
Trivia: Probably the most interesting and surprising thing (according to others) is that I had 5 children.  That sound like a lot to most people, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.  My kids are so much fun and have taught me so much!!!  Besides, after three kids, you don't notice the additions!
Friends: I had so many friends, Kathy Byrne, Debbie Gerth, JoEllen Jessup, Muriel Watts, Toni Richmond, Toni Arnold, Patience Thoreson, Dan Findley, Bob Miller, for starters!
Hobbies: Actually my hobby and my work are one and the same; in addition, I like working in my garden.
Kids: My oldest daughter, Stacy, (27) lives in LA and works for SNAP.com selling internet advertising.  My oldest son AdaM (25) is in his second year of graduate school getting his MSW
Brendan (21) has started a clothing company with Adam's girlfriend, Chrissy (and it's growing like gangbusters) and he also models for various magazines (look for him in Abercrombie and Fitch!--he's a cutie)
Kal (19)is our live-wire and is going to college and making plans to have a great life!   Tori (17) will finish high school a year early and go on to college next year.   (She might possibly get into the "modeling
thing with her brother.)  All are healthy and happy kids with a lot of plans and ideas!
Grade_school: I went to elementary school in Oroville, California
Favorite_memory: I really don't have one particular memory.  They were good years with good people.
Alumni_in_contact: Leslie Cameron, Kathy Byrne, Debbie Gerth
Heard_about_website_from: I got an email
Tim Stites writes:
Occupation: Faculty Recruiter for the University of Phoenix
Bio: Received BA from Sac State in 71...MA degree in 78 from USF...Married for 15 yrs. Now divorced with 2 children, Brian age 16 and Kristen age 8
Friends: Mike Mahlman, Greg Hall '66, Max Naegel '66
Hobbies: Traveling, golf, fishing, bowling
Kids: Brian-16 honor student at Roseville High and plays baseball for the school; Kristen-8 entering the 3rd grade.
Alumni_in_contact: Scott Gaylord
Sheila Clover writes:
Occupation: Assistant Clinical Professor, Program Manager, Clinical Social Worker
Bio: I finished my education in increments sandwiching a family in between graduating from high school and finishing my Master's Degree in 1996. I am divorced, have two daughters, Kristen who is 28 and Erin who is 24. Both graduated from rival El Camino, but managed to turn out quite well despite that.
  I have worn a variety of professional hats. Most of the years since High School have been spent in the medical profession. I worked for an ophthalmologist for several years, had Kristen. Worked out of my home for an insurance investigation agency for two years, had Erin. When she was 6 months old, I began working for an Obstetrician/Gynecologist where I stayed for a little over 13 years. I went back to CSUS in 1982 and finished my Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology in 1984.
  l began working at UC Davis Medical Center in 1984 as a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. I conducted clinical drug studies for two years. I moved over into AIDS research in 1987 when an opportunity to work with Dr. Jonas Salk became available. Again, I coordinated the clinical drug trials with the AIDS and Related Disorders Clinic until 1994. Concurrently, I became the Program Manager for the UCD/Sacramento AIDS Education and Training Center in 1990 and have held that position since that time. Additionally, I am on the faculty of the West Coast Center for Palliative Education; a trainer with Sacramento Health Care Decisions/ECHO Project; an instructor for UC Extension and I am a clinical social worker for the Sutter Hospice Program.
Trivia: I have found that life leads each of us down some interesting paths and the older I get the more I realize that life is an adventure. Each days brings new and interesting challenges. I am always fascinated by the lessons we have the opportunity to learn.
Friends: Judy Boggs, Gina Pena, Susan Bowers, Carol Flint, Sandy Hatton (deceased), Janine Cerles, Tom Egger, Bill and Jeannie Kern, Debbie Gerth, Kathy Byrne, Kathleen Johnson
Hobbies: Travel, being near the ocean, playing golf.
Kids: I have two wonderful daughters. Kristen who works in Public Relations and Advertising and Erin who graduated from CSUS in May 1998 and is persuing her teaching credential and Master's Degree
Grade_school: Cottage School 1st through 3rd; Greer School 4th through 6th
Grade_school_friends: Judy Kemp, Gary Wilcox, Molly Keller, Judy Boggs, George Hullin, Jan DePolo
Junior_high: Jonas Salk Junior Hgh School
Junior_high_friends: Judy Kemp, Judy Boggs, Sandy Hatton, Patty Duke, George Hullin, Carol Flint, Susan Bowers, Jan DePolo
Favorite_teachers: Judy Wilson, Gretchen Wonder, Joe Pattitucci, Mrs.Gier, Mr. Sander, Mrs. Wilkerson, Sherilyn Painter, Wanda Robinson, Mr. Day
Heard_about_website_from: Kathleen Johnson
Curtis Rankin writes:
Occupation: Deputy District Attorney
Friends: Victor Hudgins, Mike Gentry, Dave Smith
Linda Pearson writes:
Occupation: School Psychologist/Guidance Counselor
Bio: I have worked in the field of education for many years. I began my career teaching in Kinshasa, Zaire. I then returned to get my MA from Harvard. I then began a two year stay in Ougadougou, Bourkino Faso. Nairobi, Kenya was my next home.  It is there that I began to work as a counselor. After four years at this international school, my family returned and I attended Tufts U to become a credentialed as a counselor and school psychologist. I moved to Bangkok where I worked as the middle school counselor. Morocco was my home for the next nine years where enjoyed working in my field at the   international school in Rabat. I have just moved to Israel and I am enjoying the challenges of a new home and a new job. I have three terrific children who have been educated in these school. My husband has also worked with me in every school. It has been a wonderful family experience.
Trivia: In Zaire I did two thing worthy of note. I met Mohamed Ali and went to the fight with Foreman. Not to be forgotten!! My husband and I took an eleven week trip across central Africa in Landrovers on non-existant roads.We traveled from Kinshasa to Mombasa down to Victoria Falls and then back. We had to carry all of our own supplies,gas, food, water.
Friends: Kathy Byrne(Murray) is still my best friend. We try to see each other when I am home in the summer. I would like to hear from Steve Harrold and Paul Richardon. I miss their teasing. I have followed Tim Schmidt's career and I am pleased to report that he was my lab partner in biology. I would like to have the e-mail addresses for many of my classmate. I went to the 25th reunion and had a terrific time. I hope one is being planned for 2000!
Hobbies: I enjoy traveling with my family to unusual places. We just spent two weeks exploring Israel and Petra,Jordan. I walk every day along the Mediterranean Sea. I like to take pictures where ever I go.
Kids: Our eldest son is a junior at Northwestern University. He is studying writing. He is living life to the fullest and enjoying every minute. Ashley is in the 10th grade. She loves sports and is now a member of the varsity basketball team. She has  excellent grades and has made many new friends. John just started middle school. He is also an outstanding athlete and plays every sport. He has an inquisitive mind and enjoys beingchallenged in school. All of them have always attended international schools.
Grade_school: Fiesta Gardesns in San Mateo
Junior_high: Siverado, Napa
Favorite_teachers: Mr. Figenshu (sp?) was my biology and physiology teacher. I still love science thanks to him.
Heard_about_website_from: just surfing on a rainy day
Comments: I am living in Israel and would love to stay in touch. The address in Clio is where we spend the summer. I hope to hear from some of my class mates.
reunion_committee: Please send all information to my parents: 12989 Camino Ramillette   San Diego CA 92128
Kathy Johnson writes:
Comments: This is a great idea and it's about time someone put this together. Now we need someone from the Class of 65 to be our webmaster.
Chuck Long writes:
Comments: Would love to hear from you old farts. We must have been having fun since it all went by so fast!

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