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40 Year Reunion

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2006
Place: Swallows Nest Clubhouse in Sacramento
Time: 5pm The 40-year reunion of the Class of 1966 will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2006, at Swallows Nest Clubhouse in Sacramento. (This is the same great location as our last reunion!) Dress is casual.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with a no-host bar and light appetizers. Bob Rhodes will have many class photographs from our elementary schools on display, and there will be plenty of opportunity for chatting. Be there by 6:15, when we prepare for our group photograph!

The early bird price is $30 for those who register by September 5. The price includes buffet dinner and group photograph. For a registration packet with maps, lodging information, and complete details, please send your mailing address to registrar Elayne Roberts Anderson at elayne1966@comcast.net

Available this year will be a photograph package for $20 that includes the group photograph, your personal photograph, and the reunion photo directory. If you can't make it to the reunion, this would help you keep in touch with classmates!

If you were a close friend of a classmate who died, we would appeciate hearing from you. We are collecting remembrances that provide a more complete picture of our classmates than just the formal death notice. Please contact Kathy Cooper at kcooper@mp.usbr.gov

We are looking forward to seeing you in September!

Kathy Cooper '66 and the Reunion Planning Committee

Reunion contact:  Kathy Cooper

The 1966 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.

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1966: The Year in Review
Headline News:
B-52s bomb DMZ.
Blacks riot for 6 days in Watts; 34 dead, 1000+ injured, almost 4000
arrested.
Ronald Reagan elected governor of Calif.
Walt Disney dies, age 65.

Entertainment News:
Academy Awards, Best Picture - "A Man for All Seasons"
Grammy Record of the Year - "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra
TV show "Star Trek" premiers.
Beatles play final US tour.

Sports News:
World Series - Baltimore Orioles d. LA Dodgers (4-0)
NBA Championship - Boston Celtics d. LA Lakers (4-3)
Cassius Clay joins Black Muslims & becomes Muhammad Ali.

Trivia News:
FDA okays "the Pill."

 

Ellen Kristine Bussell VALENTINE

WARNER ROBINS, GA. Ellen Kristine "Kris" Bussell Valentine, daughter of Glenn and Elaine Bussell, passed away Thursday February 16, 2017, with her daughter by her side. Services are private. Ellen was born at Sutter Memorial and a graduate of Encina High School (Class of 1966). She lived in the Sacramento area for most of her life. Ellen was a voracious reader, an animal lover, and adored her daughters. After retiring, she moved to Los Angeles and took a cross country road trip with Sarah and Emily to settle in Middle Georgia in 2014. Ellen suffered multiple health setbacks and sadly, her life was cut short. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert Bussell, and daughter Sarah Valentine. Ellen is survived by her daughter Emily Valentine and a large extended family across California. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society whose volunteers provided much needed rides to radiation treatments and the American Diabetes Association so that others may have a brighter future. Please sign the online guest book at heritagemfh.com. Heritage Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 26, 2017

Steven Edward Syftestad (1948-2016)

Steven Edward Syftestad passed away at his home in Citrus Heights on Monday, August 22, 2016. Steven had been in failing health for the past eight months, suffering from mobility issues and the early stages of dementia and the effects of agent orange exposure during the Vietnam War. He was 68 born in Sacramento on June 6, 1948 to Gene and Joyce Syftestad of Roseville. His parents still reside there. He is survived by his partner, friend, and spouse of 32 years, Gary Lenhart, also of Citrus Heights, who were legally married on July 31, 2013. Surviving children are: Colin Syftestad, Lincoln, CA; Whitney (Syftestad) Wilson of Lincoln, CA; Taylor Syftestad of Lincoln, CA, Mindy Lenhart of Houston, TX; Josh Lenhart of Idylwild, CA; and Kip Lenhart of Pine Cove, CA. Seven grandchildren to include: Maggie Lenhart of Carmichael, CA; Chase Wilson, Gannen Syftestad, Gavin Baird, all of Lincoln; Cayden Syftestad Gray of Bay City, OR, and Carter and Callie Gray of Bay City. And one brother, Mark Syftestad (Carmen) of Citrus Heights. Several nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, and uncles in the area survive. He was preceded in death my one daughter, Kelly Lenhart, who passed away on August 9, 2010 in Port Hueneme, CA. He graduated from Encina High School in Sacramento, a graduate of Sacramento State with achieving his undergraduate and Masters Degree in five years. Got his Doctorate in Law from McGeorge School of Law on May 31, 1975, after which was a licensed and qualified attorney having passed the California State Bar on December 15, 1975. Steven enlisted in the military on February 15, 1969 in the army and achieved the rank of Captain during his tenure service to his country. Service to his country was one of the most cherished and honorable efforts in his life. During his working career, he held positions in several law firms in the Sacramento region and lastly worked for the Dept. of Defense just prior to his retiring in January of 2011. Cremation was performed by Simple Traditions in Carmichael, CA. There will be a private memorial and celebration of his life by invitation only on September 18, 2016 to be held at the family residence in Citrus Heights. Burial will be in the family plot at the Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling, IL, at a later date. A memorial gift in Steven's name is being made to the Wounded Warrior Project in his honor. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to recognize Steven's life and his passing may send monetary contributions for the benefit of this memorial to Gary Lenhart, PO Box 970, Citrus Heights, CA 95611.

Richard Rounds wrote: Occupation: retired
Spouse: susan rounds
SinceGraduation: college
BestFriends: david moe where is he, also linda conley, where is she. kathy cooper, I would like to go to the 50 year reunion.
Hobbies: stamps, coins
Stories: The boys beat me up. The girls demoralized me by calling me up and making fun of me. They said they would go out with me, dance with me, marry me, kiss me, but they never did. I went to two dances and the fist dance only one danced with me. The second one no one danced with me. I cried all the way home. One female said they would take me to the twerp dance that's where the female asks. She asked me on Thur. and I went home very happy. I stayed in dodgeball 7 Min. while everyone else on my team was out, and I was going on my fist date tonight. When I had the class where the female was I stood at the door and waited for her. Finally she came and she told me that She can't take me because she asked someone else first. I cried all the way home. The whole class of 1200 students think that I am an mentally retarded. In 1964 I wanted to comit suicide but I found Jesus. He loves me and accepts me for who I am. I want to go to the 50 year reunion to see how many made it that far. One died a year or two of graduation by playing with a radio and it fell in the bath tub. One commited suicide. and one was shot point blank in a barbers shop hassling someone in the barbers chair. The boys also trid to pee on me in the showers. I am still alive and well and the bad ones are gone because of alcohol, tabacco, drugs, and sex, which I never had alcohol, tabacco, drugs, or sex. Next week I go to the senior games and I all ready have over 110 medals. Let's see any of you do that.
Comments: let me know if and when the 50 year reunion is.
3/14/17

Larry A. Vickers (1948-2015)
Born June 7, 1948, in Sacramento at Mercy Hospital. Passed away unexpectedly December 26, 2015, in Fairfax, CA, due to injuries from a fall. Larry enlisted in the Marine Corps in August 1966 and was honorably discharged as an E-5 Sergeant in August 1968. Larry belonged to the Seafarers International Union for many years, sailing as Chief Steward. He was survived by his mother Elsie Mrvos, twin brother Jerry (Ruthanne) Vickers, and sister Sandee (Jeff) Mountain. Services will be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA, on March 2, 2016, at 11 AM. [Sacramento Bee, Feb. 13, 2016]

Hahn, Barry A. "Tony"
Dearly loved son of Lester (deceased) and Audrey Hahn, passed away on Saturday, May 23, at his home in Sacramento after a two-year battle with stomach cancer. Tony was born in Urbana, IL, on February 11, 1948. He was 67 years old. Raised in a military family, there were many years spent traveling in Europe and the US. Upon his father's retirement and relocation to Sacramento, Tony completed his education at Encina High School, graduating in 1966. Two years later he joined the US Postal Service and made that his career, retiring after 37 years of service. Tony is survived by his beloved daughter Tracy, loving son Jason, his wife Sheryll, granddaughters Hailey and Sophie, brother Larry, and his mother. Tony has donated his body to the UC Davis Body Donation Program for research.  [Sacramento Bee, 7-1-2015]
KRUG, Jeralynn ''Jeri'' (Cupps) Born May 1, 1949, in Sacramento, CA passed May 5, 2006. Jeri graduated from Encina H.S. and CSUS where she obtained a BA in Early Childhood Development.
Later she attended National University where she obtained a Masters in Education. Jeri taught at all levels. Headstart Preschool to being a Professor of Early Childhood Development at Sierra College. Jeri enjoyed her time spent with friends and family at Indian Pow Wows, Classic Car Shows, and the Island of Maui. She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years Donald E. Krug; three children Thomas E. McQuerry and twins Donald A.
Krug & Ronald E. Krug. Jeri was also the proud grandmother of 8. We love her and she will be deeply missed. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday May 13, 2006 at the LDS Church
9821 Old Placerville Road, Sacramento. In lieu of flowers family and friends are requesting donations to the Sierra Scholarship In Memory of Jeralynn Krug c/o Sierra College Foundations, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA 95667. Sierra View Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc. (916)481-1515
12/20/13

Gregory Kent Zeka
My brother Greg passed away in his sleep on March 15, 2013. He had moved backed to California from Utah upon his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, his daughter Julie and her family, and his son Michael and his daughter. Timothy Zeka 67

SCURFIELD, Greg
Aug. 8, 1947 - March 30, 2013
Greg Scurfield, beloved son of Gloria and the late Jack Scurfield, passed peacefully and comfortably at home in Aptos, surrounded by his family, after a heroic battle with cancer. Greg's spark will continue on through his family. He is survived by his brothers Geoff Scurfield (Dawn) of Watsonville and John Scurfield (Zoie) of Aptos; sister Jill Bates (Mike) of Santa Cruz; nieces Jacqueline Bates and Rene Scurfield; nephews Austin Bates and Drake Fennelly; Uncle Ralph Scurfield (Barbara); cousins Jane Weaver, Judy Whitney (Marlin)(son Mar & daughter Michele), David Whelan (daughters Kate & Jenny), Don Scurfield (Trish) (son Christopher), Dave Scurfield (Mary) (son Jack & daughter Abby), Steve Scurfield (son Tanner); and his best pal, Rowdy, his dog; grandparents, the late John and Lena Scurfield and Cliff and Doris Beyer. Greg was born in Sacramento, attended Encina High School and American River College, where he achieved his AA degree. His interests were widespread, whether it was lending a hand to a friend in need, free-style skiing, or being a handyman. Greg excelled as a landscape designer. He was also a sports fan, Go Giants and Niners! His circle of friends was large, touching many lives with his loving spirit, compassion, and wonderful sense of humor. His energy and enthusiasm for life are an inspiration to those who knew him. He will be missed by many friends and family. Greg's time will now be spent planting beautiful flowers in heaven's garden, playing with all his dogs long gone, and greeted by old family and friends.
According to his wishes, no services will be held, but his ashes will be scattered at sea. A celebration of Greg's life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Greg's name to the Santa Cruz SPCA on Chanticleer Avenue or to Hospice of Santa Cruz. Please visit www.pacificgardenschapel.com to light a candle for Greg and share any condolences with his family. Published in The Sacramento Bee on April 14, 2013.
THORMOD, GARY ALLEN
In the Veterans Hospital in Martinez, April 6, 1989. Loving father of Tyler J. Thormod of Clarksburg. Son of Leonard Thormod of Baxter; Willetta Thormod of Sacramento. Brother of Sheryl Humphreys of Reno; Linda Kraft of Sacramento; Steve Thormod of Evergreen, CO; and Denise Thormod of Chico. Stepson of Joann Thormod of Baxter. Grandson of Halvard Thormod of Washington. Former husband of Margaret Thormod of Clarksburg. A native of Bermerton, WA. Age 40. Private family services will be held at a later date. A veteran of the Vietnam War, US Army. [Sacramento Bee, 4-8-1989]

Allan J. Coppock died suddenly on his beloved sailboat, “Mirage,” on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in the British Virgin Islands.

He was born in Canada on Feb. 26, 1948, and spent his early years on a cattle ranch outside Calgary, Alberta, with his parents, Gertrude and Kenneth Coppock, and his sister, Carolyn. There they attended the Indian reservation school located on the ranch.

After moving to California with his family, Allan became devoted to sailing, spending much time on the San Francisco Bay and out to Hawaii. His love of sailing continued all his life, whether racing on Lake Champlain or cruising in the British Virgin Islands and the Grenadines.

Allan attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School, rowing for Penn during most of his time there. While at Penn, he spent winter weekends in Stowe, working at the Round Hearth.

He eventually moved to Stowe, becoming a member of the famous Black Knights (otherwise known as the ski patrol) and serving as the first male “waitress” at The Shed Restaurant. He was involved in a number of businesses in Stowe, and after volunteering and working at the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club, started a sports timing business, Precision Sports Timing.

During the past 12 years, he and his wife, Kitty, spent several months each year sailing in the British Virgin Islands, where they had many dear and caring friends. They also enjoyed years of traveling to Africa, India, Nepal and Bhutan, as well as many other countries.

Allan served on the Stowe Development Review Board for 20 years and was on the Copley Hospital Foundation, Helen Day Art Center, and Axa Insurance boards.

Survivors include his devastated wife, Kitty Lutz Coppock; his sister, Carolyn Coppock Relyea, and her children, Alicia Relyea-Swinney, Jenna Shephardson, Jessica Relyea, Kenna Bostic, and Justin Relyea, all of Texas; his brother-in-law, John Sammel Lutz, his wife, Pamela, and their sons, Walker, Athey and his wife, Maggie, and Jacob; and his sister-in-law, Betty Lutz, all of Parkersburg, W.V.; and a cousin, Marilyn Cintel, and her husband, George, of San Mateo, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Allan’s memory may be made to North Country Animal League, 16 Mountain View Meadow Road, Morrisville, VT 05661, or the Stowe Land Trust, P.O. Box 284, Stowe, VT 05672.

There will be a memorial gathering in Stowe at a later date.

Sandy Clark wrote:
FirstNameNow: Alexandra Lynn Clark
WhyChangedName: 20 year career in sales w/Procter & Gamble, Inc. - Needed a grown up name!
Occupation: Sales & Marketing for Procter & Gamble, 20 years, now retired
Spouse: Terry Broadbent
Children/grandchildren: Scott 43, Mike 41
SinceGraduation: Having a wonderful life!
BestFriends: Deborah Jane Korrison - She moved to Montana - no contact since.
Mary Ann Allen - I understand she became an attorney in San Francisco.
Lauren & Marcia Friedman. (sorry to hear Lauren is deceased.) Chris Figg (we visited at last reunion!) Christine Ehret; still in contact
Hobbies: Competitive Swimmer
Kids: Scott - VP for Island Creative located on Treasure Island. Supervises staging and lighting for huge concerts in places like San Francisco and Las Vegas
Mike - Stay at home dad raising my only grandson!
GradeSchool: Winterstein
MiddleSchool: Jonas Salk
MemorableTeachers: Mrs. Gentry (K) - very positive intro to being in school!
Miss Brandenburger at Encina- she make history come alive!
Mr. Jones - Great French teacher. I traveled along in France for awhile!
FavoriteMemory: It was all good - Great staff and great classmates!
3/16/13
WOMACK, Melinda Lee Pebbles
Melinda "Mindy" Womack (Pebbles) passed peacefully on November 7, 2012, at the age of 64. Born January 27, 1948, in Sacramento, CA to Donald and Ruth "Valoy" Pebbles. Her final days were spent surrounded by her family and friends. Survived by her four children, Cassandra Mckay, Kiara Olszewski, Mark Womack Jr and Travis Womack, as well as her eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of life memorial will be held at 1:30 PM on November 17th at the LDS Church, 3001 Wissemann Drive. Wear your favorite colors to brighten the day. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in honor of Mindy to http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/mindylee. Published in Sacramento Bee on November 11, 2012.
Gary N. Trimble
After a courageous nine-month battle with lung cancer, Gary died at Marshall Hospital in Placerville, CA on September 29, 2012. Born in Sacramento, CA on July 1, 1948, Gary was the son of Norman Trimble and Elna Trimble. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Patricia Trimble; daughter Rachael Trimble (Scott); grandchildren Joshua, Jared, Candice and Emma, brother Earle Trimble (Henrietta); sister Suzanne Trimble (Kevin); mother Elna Trimble; sister-in-law Merrianne Halm (Brad); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Gary graduated from Encina High School in Sacramento, CA in 1966, and maintained lifelong friendships with his high school friends. After high school, Gary was enlisted in the US army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter crew chief in the 1st Cavalry Division, Company B, 228th Aviation Battalion. There, he received numerous honors, including the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, and the Bronze Star. After his military service, he earned his Associate of Arts degree from Sacramento City College in aeronautical engineering. As his friends and family can attest, Gary was a mechanical genius and loved the challenge of repairing anything. Gary was a co-owner and resident manager of Crestview Mobile Home Park in Placerville, Ca. As such, Gary used his many mechanical skills on a daily basis. Over the years he developed other skills needed to handle the day-to-day challenges presented by a large "seniors only" mobile home park. Gary had many friends inside and outside the mobile home park. He had the respect of all. In his younger days, Gary spent a lot of time riding motorcycles with his father, brother, and friends and was involved in the Sacramento motorcycle racing scene. He enjoyed fishing and camping, and had a soft spot in his heart for every dog and cat. At Gary's request there will be no services. A memorial will be announced at a later time.
12/15/12
MARTY, Diane D. (Skalisky)
Diane (63) passed peacefully in her sleep on April 21, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born November 10, 1948 in Sacramento, CA, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Ann Marty, her father, Lester Skalisky, Sr. and her brother Gary Lee Skalisky. Diane is survived by her husband of 44 years Joseph Edward Marty, 2 sons: Jason Joseph (Tara) Marty and Justin Douglas Marty, grandchildren: Roman & Hayden Marty and Lexy Plishka-Marty. She is also survived by her mother Delores Jacob-Skalisky, sisters DeVonne (Randy) Gillan & Debbie Skalisky, brother Les Skalisky, all of Sacramento; and numerous other relatives. Diane was a graduate of Encina High School (class of '66), where she had many friends. She loved life and loved being the 'life of the party!' She was also an active member of the LDS Church. During her life, she lobbied at the CA State Capitol for women's and children's rights, owned a modeling agency, was a real estate agent, and an esthetician. She was appointed to the Fair Oaks, CA Planning Advisory Board and was involved with the founding of the American River Bank of Fair Oaks. Diane will be missed by many, but never forgotten! A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM at the LDS Church at 1275 Green Valley Rd., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. See www.dianemarty.com for more info. Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 17, 2012
ARNOLD, Janelle Walker
Born Jan. 21, 1948 to Henry Raymond & Alma Jean Walker in Sacramento, CA; passed away Feb. 26, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Preceded in death by her parents and loved brother, Gaylord Walker (original founder of the Transgiving Run to Feed the Hungry). Survived by husband Dale Arnold of 41 years; her beloved daughter Jennifer Bushae (Tim); four grandchildren, Kimberelee, Timothy, Robert, & Nicole; and nephews Eric and Andrew Walker. During 32 years in the title & escrow business, Janelle formed lasting friendships. The Arnold family wish to sincerely thank and recognize the depth of care and love that surrounded Janelle during her time in hospice at the Board and Care facility. Her family will always be grateful to the unwavering support and strength of her caregivers; among these are her beloved granddaughter Kimberelee and adored daughter Jennifer, and her closest & dearest friend Pam. Many people are remembered who cared throughout the years and became her friend. At her request, there will only be a private memorial. [Sacramento Bee, Friday, March 2, 2012]
VANELLA, Anthony F.
Passed away peacefully in Sacramento on July 20, 2011. Beloved son of Anthony F. Vanella and the late Marian E. Vanella. Cherished brother of Frank Vanella and his wife Sharon, Janice Hancock, Patrice Flohr and her husband Allan, Zachary Vanella, and Bradley Vanella. Dear nephew to Sam Vanella. Also survived by nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Born November 5, 1948 in Corning, CA, age 62. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM at Lombard and Company, 1550 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento CA.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 28, 2011
8/4/11
KLOPPENBURG, Peter Eugene
Mom
Often times are hard.
Sometimes good.
Like the many mountains you and I have climbed-
Like the darkness of a peaceful wood-
I have known you.
My mind is troubled-
Often tangled with a choking vine called life-
Often seething with joy and then a terrible strife.
But I've always loved you in my way.
As the sun beats down upon me,
I feel close to you Mom.
As the wind blows through the grass,
It blows all of life's colors in your direction.
It blows a coming summer of love and joy.
It blows my best thoughts to you.
Peter 1975
Peter Eugene Kloppenburg, a long-time resident of Sacramento, California, succumbed to Parkinson's disease after a long and valiant struggle. He died in Sacramento on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, four months after the death of his beloved mother. Peter was born May 28, 1948, in San Francisco, California, the third of six children. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1968 and served his country until 1971, when he was honorably discharged. Good with his hands, Peter worked in the auto services industry. He shared a love of sailing ships and model shipbuilding with his father, a hobby he pursued throughout his lifetime. Peter bicycled everywhere, once touring America on a solo trip across the country. In his youth he rockclimbed with friends and hiked the back country of Yosemite with his father and brother. Always a lover of the outdoors and a keen observer of nature, Peter chronicled his many trips in colorful letters and photos sent home to family. He was a lifelong student of history and had a remarkable memory for facts and dates. His family will remember him lovingly as a no-nonsense and free-spoken man with the soul of a poet. Peter was preceded in death by his mother and father, Vera and Eugene Kloppenburg, and is survived by his sisters Ruth Olivas, Susan Price (Ralph), and Anne and Jane Kloppenburg; his brother Thomas Kloppenburg; nieces and nephew and their families; aunts, uncles, and many cousins. He will be interred at Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon, California. Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 4, 2011
7/8/11
YOUNG, Gary Dean
Born January 4, 1948 in Riverside, CA, died in Sacramento after a very short illness on February 19, 2011. Gary was an army veteran of the Viet Nam war, a 40-year member of the American Legion, past commander of Post 832, and a member of the 40-8 Club. He was also a member of the E. Clampus Vitus. Lovingly known as 'Marrying, Burying, Reverend Wood-eye.' Survived by his loving wife June, daughter Marssa, son Art (Gail), sister Barbara (Ken), and a large extended family. Gary will be very much missed by his family and a multitude of friends. As was proven to many, he had a heart of gold and would literally give you the shirt off of his back. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on April 30, 2011 at the American Legion Post 832, 1550 Auburn Blvd in Sacramento. Lunch will follow the services. Published in The Sacramento Bee on February 26, 2011

BERNIE SLAUGHTER
Motorcycle Rider Dies
Bernard D. Slaughter, 17-year-old Encina High School junior, was injured fatally late Wednesday night when his motorcycle slammed into a stalled car at an intersection at about 70 to 80 miles per hour, according to the coroner’s deputies. Slaughter, son of Katherine E. Slaughter of 2225 Shaw Street in Carmichael, was reportedly thrown 40 feet when his cycle hit the stalled car of Wesley Young, 35, of Carmichael. Slaughter died in Sacramento Hospital five hours after the accident.  [Published in the Sacramento Union, Friday, June 11, 1965]
1/7/11

MICHAEL T. SCHIRLE
Girl, Youth Die in Separate Auto Mishaps [extract]
A 16-year-old Encina High School student and a 21-year-old San Francisco girl were dead Saturday as the result of two separate traffic accidents in Sacramento and Placer counties. They are Michael T. Schirle, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Schirle, 1404 Hesket Way, and Judith Lee Stelling, 21, San Francisco. Schirle, passenger in a 1938 car driven by Gary Dean Nibbelink, 16, of 3333 Holly Drive, was killed when the door on the passenger side of Nibbelink’s car flew open and he fell out. He was run over by a car driven by Louis R. Greene, 16, of 2111 Trimble Way. The mishap occurred at 12:20 AM at the intersection of Adams Road and Watt Avenue. Nibbelink, northbound on Watt Avenue, was turning left onto Adams when the door opened. Schirle was dead at the scene. Rosary will be said at 8 PM today in Lombard’s, with funeral services to be held at 9:30 AM Monday. Mass will be said at 10 AM at St. Ignatius Church. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Schirle was the brother of Ann, Thomas, Paula, and Brian Schirle.  [Published in the Sacramento Union, Sunday, Dec. 8, 1963]

1/7/11

ALFRED McMILLAN
Man Dies in Crash
A 38-year-old Sacramento man was killed Thursday morning when a car he was riding in went off the road and hit a tree, a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy coroner said. Alfred D. McMillan died at the scene. He was the lone passenger in the car when it suddenly veered off Rio Linda Boulevard near Marysville Boulevard at 9:55 AM. The name of the driver was “not releasable,” a California Highway Patrol official said.  [Published in the Sacramento Union, Friday, Nov. 6, 1987]
1/7/11

KENT JENSEN
Fatal Desert Crash
Severe turbulence created by winds up to 72 mph may have ripped apart the tail of a private plane, causing it to crash Thursday near Mojave. The three men aboard were killed. The victims were Bruce Marlen Rempert, 36, the pilot; Leroy Moncrief, 66; and Kent Van Jensen, 36, all of Sacramento. Moncrief and Jensen were employees of Lawson Mechanical Co., a Sacramento subcontractor involved in building a 1,000-bed maximum security prison at the California Correctional Institution at Tehachapi. Sheriff’s Sgt. Hal Chealander said the single-engine plane apparently left Sacramento early Thursday en route to Tehachapi. The westbound plane landed upside down, its landing gear extended, in brush about 200 yards east of Highway 58, three miles north of Mojave. There was no fire. Mojave Airport Manager Dan Sabovich said winds were clocked at 72 mph at 8:30 AM, about five minutes after the plane’s wreckage was found. “Coming off the mountains, those winds boil … it had to be extreme turbulence,” Sabovich speculated. “Those mountains were all covered with boiling clouds.” Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were at the scene to determine the cause of the accident. Chealander said three unidentified witnesses reported seeing the plane apparently flying into the head wind when it went into a flat spin and crashed. He said he assumed the pilot was “trying to climb over the mountains.” At the crash site, Sabovich said he noticed that a section of the airplane’s V-shaped tail was missing. He found the section in the desert, about 200 yards from the plane. “Once you lose that, you have no control,” Sabovich said. He said the tail section may have separated in flight because of excessive stress.  [Published in the Bakersfield Californian, Friday, March 22, 1985]
Three Area Men Killed in Plane Crash
Three Sacramento men en route to a prison construction site in Tehachapi were killed Thursday in the crash of a light plane near Mojave. They were identified as Bruce Marlin Rempert, 36, pilot of the single-engine Cessna; Kent Jensen, 36, and Leroy Moncrief, 66, both employees of Lawson Mechanical Contractors of Sacramento. The three were on their way to Tehachapi where the Lawson firm is working on construction of a state prison. Jensen was sheet-metal foreman for the firm, and Moncrief was general superintendent of plumbing. The Kern County Sheriff’s Department said the plane crashed shortly before 8:30 AM upside-down with its landing gears up, 100 yards from Highway 59 and two miles north of Mojave. The airplane did not burn. Jack Jensen, brother of Kent Jensen, said Rempert was hired to fly the Lawson company airplane. He said the airport at Tehachapi was fogged over, and the three were going to land at Mojave. He said it is standard procedure in bad weather to have a vehicle pick up passengers at Mojave when the Tehachapi landing site is fogged in. The Federal Aviation Agency and National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators to the scene. Kent Jensen leaves his wife, Lynette, and three children, aged 11, 9, and 4. Moncrief leaves his wife, Virginia.  [Published in the Sacramento Union, March 22, 1985]

1/7/11

JACK MINGO, JR.
Mingo, Jack Jr. 60, of Wayzata, passed away May 10, 2009 surrounded by family at his home. Served in the US Navy during Vietnam. He was a much loved husband, father, papa, son, brother, uncle, co-worker, and friend to many, many people. Preceded in death by parents, Jack and Helene; brother, Rick. Survived by loving wife and better half of 38 years, Elaine; children, Shannon, Sara, Jessicah (Tim), Carly, Jack and Mesa; grandchildren, Katrina, Logan, Connor, Tyrese, Korey, Jaedyn, Eleanor and Harlow; sisters, Kathay and Lindsay; many other loving relatives and friends. Celebration of life will be held 3-5 PM Monday, May 18 at the American Legion Post 118, 949 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata, MN 55391. In lieu of flowers, non-perishable food items preferred to be donated to: Interfaith Outreach Community and Partners and will be accepted the day of the service at the American Legion. Private burial Summit Cemetery, Wayzata, MN. Cremation Society Edina Chapel (952-924-4100).  [Published in Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN, May 17, 2009]
1/7/11

MICHAEL TERRY JAURON
Mr. Jauron, formerly of Fresno, recently passed away in North Hollywood at age 59. He was a Los Angeles County Management Training Consultant. A Memorial Service will be at American Legion Hall, 3509 North First Street, Fresno, on Saturday, January 5, 2008, at 3:00 PM.  [Published in the Fresno Bee, Jan. 4, 2008]
1/7/11

STEPHEN AYERS
Stolen Coat Triggers Shooting
An argument over whether a 13-year-old youth took a landscaper’s coat containing a small amount of marijuana resulted in the shooting death of the landscaper and the arrest on a murder charge of the youth’s father Sunday afternoon. The shooting occurred in a parking lot near the New Horizons In Hair beauty salon at 10089 Folsom Blvd. about 12:40 PM. Stephen Ayers, 30, of 990 Acacia Avenue was shot in the left side of the neck and pronounced dead at Mather Air Force Base Hospital. Wilson Dayle Graham, 40, of 8767 El Toreador Way, Elk Grove, was arrested without resistance by Detectives Fred Homen and Gary Gritzmacher, who were driving by the scene seconds after the shooting. “That’s the second time in five years that I’ve come upon a murder like that,” Homen said. “We had the guy in custody in about two minutes.” “I’m the one that called. I’m the one that shot him,” Graham reportedly told the detectives as they approached him. The officers said they found an unloaded .25-caliber automatic pistol on a counter in the shop. A clip was next to the gun. Two expended shell casings were found outside. Graham’s common-law wife, Lorraine Olson, 30, works at the beauty salon. As Homen reconstructed the shooting scene, Graham was on one side of a vehicle and Ayers was on the other side when Graham fired one shot which missed Ayers. A second shot struck Ayers in the neck and he fell, mortally wounded. His brother Brian was watching as his brother was killed, sheriff’s deputies said. The shooting was triggered when Ayers claimed someone had taken his jacket from a site Ayers and his brother were landscaping at West La Loma Drive and Folsom Boulevard. Officers said Ayers checked at a nearby convenience store, where he found his jacket and was told he might find the youngster who took it at a nearby beauty salon. Ayers went to the salon and confronted Graham, officers said. Ayers reportedly asked Graham about his son and the theft of the marijuana from Ayers coat and was told, “Quit arguing about my kid and accusing him of taking your stuff.” Graham left the chair where his hair was being done and walked into the parking lot where he confronted Ayers. More words were exchanged and the shooting occurred, detectives said.  [Published in the Sacramento Union, Monday, April 10, 1978]
1/7/11

MARILYN DAY AUGUSTINE
1948 – 2007. After a 5-year battle with cancer, Marilyn has left this world in search of a pain-free resting place. She was 59 years old and is survived by her husband, daughter, and grandchildren. She is also survived by her parents and 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She has left a lasting impression on a very large extended family and many friends. The family is honoring her life in her favorite fashion, a luau to be held at a location that held her heart, Kirtian’s Silverbend. Festivities will be held from 1 PM until 4 PM on Sunday, December 9th, 2007. All who attend are asked to bring a plate of cookies for a cookie exchange as that was a yearly Christmas tradition she created. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Breath California in Marilyn’s honor. You can mail checks to 909 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Or you may call them at 916-444-5900 to donate by credit card.  [Published in the Sacramento Bee, Dec. 8, 2007]
1/7/11

Harold P. Maritsas  
Harold P. Maritsas, age 62, late of Lockport, passed away Monday, August 2, 2010 at the Joliet Area Community Hospice Home. Born in Sacramento, CA, living in Lockport since 1980. Employed by McCallister's for the past 10 years. US Vietnam Army Veteran, Life member of the Lockport VFW Post # 5788. Harry was an avid golfer, fisherman, and enjoyed gambling. Preceded in death by his wife Michele in (2008), his parents Frank and Marjorie (Harvalis) Maritsas. Survived by his loving and devoted sister Sylvia Maritsas of El Dorado, CA; three sisters-in-law Pamela (David) Clark of Downers Grove, Deborah (Ron) Bash of Zephyrhills , FL, and Terri (Arthur) Peterson of Shawnee, KS; two nieces Amanda Peterson and Melissa (Nick) Luke; special cousin Tino Manus and the Andrew Booras family. Numerous cousins and many friends also survive. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Joliet Area Community Hospice home would be appreciated. Per Harry's wishes cremation rites were accorded. Memorial Services will be held Friday at 11:00 am in the O'Neil Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jeanne M. Cosgrove officiating. Inurnment at Lockport City Cemetery immediately following Memorial Service. [Published in Herald News, Joliet, IL, August 5, 2010]
12/24/10

DUVAL, Quinton Gibson
Born Nov. 6, 1948, in El Paso, Texas, to the late Charlotte and William Duval, died May 10, 2010 after a brief illness. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy Lee, brothers William (Kathi) and John Duval, and sister Clare Hansen. He was a revered professor at Solano Community College for 29 years, where he specialized in creative writing. On his retirement, the Humanities Division created the Quinton Duval Prize for Creative Writing, awarded annually to an SCC student writer. Quinton has published 3 books of poems. He was also editor and publisher of Red Wing Press and active in the local poetry community. A man of elegance, great charm and wit, Quinton could make a song out of anything. He will be missed by all who knew him. At his request there will be no formal service. Donations in his name may be made to the Quinton Duval Fund/Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Obituary: Quinton Duval, 61, noted poet who nurtured others 
Published: Friday, May. 21, 2010 Quinton Gibson Duval, a noted poet and teacher who was widely revered in the Sacramento literary community, died May 10 of cancer, said his wife, Nancy. He was 61.
Mr. Duval enjoyed sharing his love of poetry. He published four books of poems: "Guerilla Letters," "Dinner Music," "Joe's Rain" and "Among Summer Pines." He contributed to prestigious literary magazines and wrote art criticism for publications.
He printed quality chapbooks by other poets as publisher of Red Wing Press. He mentored aspiring poets and participated in readings, workshops and writing groups with other professionals.
"He would go to everyone's readings and support everyone's books," said Victoria Dalkey, The Bee's art critic. "He was so generous and kind and very supportive of everyone in the community."
Mr. Duval taught English and creative writing for 29 years at Solano Community College in Fairfield. He was instrumental in creating the Creative Writing Department and invited writers and poets to read their works to students.
In honor of his retirement last year, the college created the Quinton Duval Prize for Creative Writing. The award and a stipend are given annually to a student, whose poem or short story is published in the Suisun Valley Review.
"He was a wonderful teacher," said former student Albert Garcia, dean of language and literature at Sacramento City College. "He introduced me to poets that I continue to love today and presented poetry as something that everyone can appreciate."
Mr. Duval was born in 1948 in El Paso, Texas. He grew up in Florida and Southern California before settling in Sacramento and graduating from Encina High School.
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in creative writing at California State University, Sacramento, and a master of fine arts degree at the University of Montana. He married Nancy in 1988 and lived in West Sacramento.
Mr. Duval's poems draw on ordinary events to evoke vivid images and powerful feelings. In "Morning Tea," one of his last published works, he sketches a lazy getaway:
We are heading toward somewhere
with a view
above a little town
where we'll receive mail and buy
three-day old papers to read.
The mood shifts dramatically in the final verses, about a journey's end:
One day
I suppose we won't be together.
You'll come to find me still in bed,
eyes like that fish we ate last night. …
After breakfast, find Bobo the fisherman
and his four sons. Tell them to bring rope
and a sheet of plywood. I've never had
a ride on plywood. I've never loved anywhere
as much as here, with you. I'd do it again
in a minute. You know me.

"It's strangely prophetic," his wife said. "But he says he'd do it all over again in a minute. He loved life, and his works were love poems."

SCHEIVE, Robert ''B.S.''
July 24, 1948 - January 29, 2010
Survived by 2 beautiful daughters, Andrea and Rachel, 5 grandchildren, 1 brother, 7 sisters, numerous nieces and nephews. He will be truly missed by family and friends. Services will be held Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:00AM at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, CA. Published in the The Sacramento Bee on February 17, 2010
SHOWER-SPUTHE, Lynne
Born in Sacramento, CA, January 1, 1948. Passed unexpectedly of apparent heart failure on January 28, 2010. Devoted wife of Alan Sputhe, stepmother to Robin, wife Carissa and stepgrandson Lucian. Adored by parents Hazen and Betty Jane Shower, brother Michael and nephew Carson, brother Steven and wife Linda, niece Courtney, nephew Tyson and wife Hilary, grandniece Kendall and grandnephew Jace. Lynne was raised in Sacramento and graduated from Encina High School in 1967. She attended Sacramento State University where she received a Masters of Social Work in 1992. She was self-employed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in family counseling. She left private practice to join Alan in the management of Sputhe Engineering located in Grass Valley. Lynne lived her life giving to others and asking nothing in return. Lynne was very creative enjoying art, horses, gardening, entertaining family and friends, loved to laugh and will be remembered as the family prankster. A private service will be held Thursday, February 4, 2010. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made in Lynne's name to Sierra Reach, 18015 Applegate Road, P.O. Box 430, Applegate CA, 95703. Phone 530-878-2705.
2/6/10
Max Naegele wrote:
Occupation: lazy bum
MaritalStatus: married, 36 years
Spouse: joanne
Children/grandchildren: dusty 30, christian 23
SinceGraduation: Recievied a BA in Philosohpy
(1970) attended grad school and quit due to the draft and money.Deferred from draft in 1971 as a C.O. as well as health issues(4F).
Earned 2nd degree in Construction Engineering in 1979.
Established a public works construction firm with James Cerles; 1966 Encina High School Grad.
Trivia: all american masters track athlete, classical/jazz guitar soloist
BestFriends: jim cerles, most everbody
Hobbies: masters track, classical/jazz guitar, gardening
Kids: my oldest son, Dusty, is a landscaping contractor. He was an outstanding track athlete at Del Oro HS. Recieved a scholorship. my youngest son, Christian, is a junior in college, studying to become a civil engineer
GradeSchool: arden,Edison
MiddleSchool: Jonas Salk,
MemorableTeachers: Will Stephens. Soft spoken yet firm. Taught me the value of hard work and dedication.
FavoriteMemory: Winning the 800yard relay section final as sophmores.
Anchoring our mile relay team in 1966 at the Davis Relays with a time that lead the nation.
Getting run down by J.D. Hill in the track section finals (1966) in the 800m relay; a very humbiling experience. J.D. became a blocking back for O.J.
Simpson.J.D. was truly a national caliber athlete.
Mr.Smith,our Principal,summening me to his office and telling me he would give me a letter of reccomendation to any college of my choice. ( Of cousre I didn't realize the significance of this endorsement and never took advantage of his offer).
The night that Ron Shirley was killed in an auto accident on Watt Ave.Although Ron was a year older than me I had grown up with him.
Stories: I remember sitting in drafting class with Mr. Lowe and Mr Clover, my biology teacher had a heart attack in the hallway a few doors down.
AlumniInContact: Jim Cerles
11/15/09
REGAN, Kevin Patrick
Kevin Regan was born on April 21, 1948 and passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on May 20, 2009. Kevin fought a long battle with the rare merkel cell carcinoma, but will be remembered for the positive energy he displayed throughout his life and his courage in fighting this disease. He is survived by his wife, Catherine George, his daughter, Kelly Ann Regan, his brother, Brian Thomas Regan, and his sister-in-law, Lynn Barbaria.
Kevin was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Florence J. Regan and USAF Capt. William J. Regan. His father died in 1952. His mother, an attorney and professor of law, later married Charles W. Luther, also an attorney and law professor, in 1961. He spent most of his youth in Sacramento and graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1970, and Hastings College of Law School in 1974 where he was recognized for his academic accomplishments, which included his admission to the national Order of the Coif and the Hastings' Thurston Society. He was a law clerk for the California Supreme Court from 1975 to 1976 and enjoyed a 22 year career as a senior writ attorney with the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento. In addition, he served with the State Attorney General's office in appellate matters.
He married Nancy Strathman in 1970 and their beloved daughter, Kelly Ann Regan, was born in 1977. Kevin was a devoted father who shared his passions for the outdoors, travel and literature with his daughter, his friends and other family. He married Carol Brown in 1982 and married Catherine George in September 2004 and they resided in East Sacramento until his untimely death.
Kevin was devoted to athletics. He was a runner, hiker, marathon runner and cyclist. He enjoyed a variety of outdoor pursuits, including numerous river running trips down the Grand Canyon, the Rogue River and the Snake River. He traveled to England, Scotland, Switzerland, and Spain and toured by bike in New Zealand, France, Italy and Tasmania.
After retiring from the Court he donated his time and energy to community pursuits related to his love for and commitment to this community, including the American River Parkway and the American River Bicycle Trail in Sacramento. He served on the Board of Directors for The Save the American River Association, the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates and the Sacramento Bike Hikers. He also volunteered weekly at Loaves and Fishes for nearly ten years.
He is to be remembered for his intellectual prowess, commitment to his daughter, dedication to the law, community service, love of the outdoors and his energetic approach to life.
A celebration of Kevin's life will be held on Monday, May 25th at 11:00 AM at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento at 2425 Sierra Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following: Loaves and Fishes, Save the American River Association at P.O. Box 277638, Sacramento, CA 95827; or Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates at 909 12th Street, Suite 116, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Published in the The Sacramento Bee on 5/23/2009
Kay Crick wrote:
Occupation: Dental assistant
MaritalStatus: widowed
Children: Josh 36, Caleb 33, Naomi 28 plus seven grandchildren
5/29/09
ODUM, Michael H.
Born May 17, 1947, Mike passed away December 18, 2008 at the age of 61. Beloved husband of 28 years to Karla Odum. Greatly missed by daughters Jennifer Guthmiller and husband Zach, Michelle Molinari and husband Matt. Forever remembered by grandchildren Tyler, Lucy and Joseph. Also survived by mother, Mary Odum, sister Edna Linville, and brother Steve Odum and a host of loving family and friends. Preceded in death by father, Henry Odum. A native Sacramentan and graduate of CA State University, Sacramento. Mike will long be remembered for his quiet strength, tenacity, and deep love of family. He will be forever loved and missed by all who knew him. Services will be held at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento at 10am on December 23rd.
12/27/08
Sacramento Bee, Nov. 12, 2008
DUNCAN, Donald Lewis
Born on June 25, 1948 in Pickstown, South Dakota and passed away at age 60 on October 26, 2008 in Fair Oaks, California. Donald is survived by his wife of 40 years, Betty; his two sons, Matthew and Erik; his four biological granddaughters, Hannah, Cassie, Victoria and Savannah; his two brothers, David and James; his two daughters-in-law, Michelle and Andrea; as well as his adopted grandchildren and all of his extended family. Donald is preceded in death by his mother, Alice; his father, Roscoe; and his sister, Joan. Donald served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam and was a dedicated state worker for the Department of Water Resources for 34+ years. Donald's priorities in life were his family and his work. To know Donald was to love and respect him. "Donald, husband, dad, grandpa, we are your family and friends and we love you." Donald's Memorial Service will be on Saturday November 15, 2008 at 1:00pm at Sunset Lawn Chapel of the Chimes, 4701 Marysville Blvd, Sacramento, CA, 95838, with a reception to follow immediately afterward. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org
11/14/08
FASCIOLA, Ronald E.
Born June 30, 1947, passed away suddenly October 18, 2008. Preceded in death by son, Ronald. Survived by son Michael Fasciola and survived by siblings Joseph, Deborah and Tony Fasciola. Services pending.
Diane Skalisky writes:
Its alive and its back! Sailing at Lake Tahoe/Surfing at Santa Cruz, bookclubing, lobbying when needed. Have car will travel. Body older-brain younger. My Attorney is Smyth & Wesson. Have your people call my people!
3/22/08
RICHARD H. FULLER, of Cypress, Texas, passed away March 18, 2008. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Klein Funeral Home, Champion Forest. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12310 New Hampton Dr., Cypress Stake Center on North Eldridge. Interment will follow in Klein Memorial Park, SH 249. Richard is survived by his loving wife: Maridee; children: Marcia, Jennifer, and Marc; and numerous other relatives and friends.
3/22/08
RUSTIN, Garth, age 56, a 25 year resident of Lakewood passed to Middle Earth Wednesday, September 1, 2004. Survived by wife, Leona; and
daughter, Philana. Services at their home Saturday, September 11th, 3:00 PM. Donations to Global Partners at www.gpfd.ord Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on 9/5/2004.
10/8/06
GARNETT, Gary
Entered into rest on June 6, 2004. Adoring husband of Dona and loving father to Karl, Kevin, Corey, and Alexis. PaPa to Cole, Shane, and Brooklyn. He is survived by his mother and step-mother, two brothers and six sisters, and many other family and friends. He received medals of
honor for his service in Vietnam. His passion for union activities with CCPOA, his 17-year career with the Department of Corrections, plus the
great friendships he gained meant so much to him. Funeral is 6/11/04 at 10:00 AM at Roseville Cemetery in Roseville. Memorial Services at 2:00
PM at the Chapel of the Pines in Placerville, and reception to honor him at his home immediately following the memorial service in Placerville.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 6/11/2004.
10/8/06
MANAROLLA, Joseph Gerald Born Aug. 4, 1948 in Los Angeles. Passed away peacefully at home July 2, 2006, with his wife Mary Kathleen at his side. He is survived by an uncle, Victor Eugene Manarolla of Seattle, WA; and an aunt, Virginia Manarolla of Cheyenne, WY. Preceded in death
by his beloved parents, Joseph and Lorana Manarolla, Joe will be sadly missed by his longtime friend, Norma Sigerseth. A Vietnam War era
veteran, Joe also saw service in Germany. He faced his battle with cancer as courageously as he faced everything else in life, like the good soldier that he was. Joe was a lifelong musician who played piano, guitar and banjo. His impromptu concerts at work will be fondly remembered by his many friends and co-workers at the Wells Fargo Phone Bank. Cremation will be followed by inurnment at 2 PM Tuesday, July 11th at East Lawn Memorial Park, 43rd & Folsom Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, NH 03086. ''Friends of Joe'' are invited to a Happy Hour Celebration of Joe's Life, Tuesday, July 11th from 4-6:30 PM at Woody's Bar & Grill, 2316 Watt Ave. Published in the Sacramento Bee from 7/8/2006 - 7/11/2006.
10/8/06
James Torgesen writes:
   Presently, I live with my wife Lynda in Oldtown, Idaho. This is a little town on the Idaho-Washington border about 50 miles north of Spokane, Washington. I have lived here with my wife Lynda since August of last year when I retired.
   We lived in Maryland for 28 years where I was the Labor Relations Manager for Montgomery County Government a local government in the suburbs of Washington D.C. There we raised our four children, Samuel (34), Nathan (32), Stafford (29) and Britta (24). All are currently married and are living with their spouses and our eight grandchildren in various parts of the United States.
   After graduating from Encina, I attended Brigham Young University where I graduated with a degree in political science and then obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from the same institution. My education was interrupted for a 30 month period when I served a Church mission in Norway, learning the Norwegian language, the language of my ancestors. It was at school that I met my wife Lynda, who was from Idaho Falls, Idaho. We have been married for almost 36 years.
   My first professional job out of college was in Salt Lake City, where I worked for the Utah Public Employees Association. We then relocated to Bloomington, Indiana for some post graduate work and continued my professional career in public sector labor relations at the Midwest Center for Public Sector Labor Relations. Shortly thereafter, we moved to the Washington D. C. area where I obtained employment with Montgomery County Government in Rockville, Maryland..
   Living in the East provided many opportunities for professional growth and a different experience for our family; enjoying the history of the area, the beaches and foliage. I developed hobbies in photography, gardening, reading and jogging.
   It was hard to leave our many friends and professional colleagues when we decided to relocate to Northern Idaho. Here my 85 year old mother lives in her childhood home. We have been in the process of building a new home here and are making new friends, enjoying the scenery and the out of doors. Our new address is 423 Solar Rd., Oldtown, Idaho 83822 and our phone is 208 437 3251 for anyone who would like to contact us.
   I left Sacramento permanently with employment after college. In the intervening years I have only been back a couple of times and not in the recent past. I understand there are many changes that have occurred. I look forward to the opportunity of getting back in the near future.
   What do I remember about my years at Encina; Bob Hall, Gary Leavitt, football ( 2 a day practices and weightlifting classes), letterman sweaters, outside lockers, senior hill, hamburgers at the cafeteria, the Kennedy assassination and typing class (one of my most valuable HS skills).
9/23/06
Karen Upshaw writes:
Occupation: small business owner with husband
Valley Petroleum, Westside Cardlock, Willows Cardlock (CFN)
Bio: Graduated from a Christian College in San Jose, 1971, married the next day. Worked as preschool director for Los Gatos Christian Church.
From 1978 to 1981 our family lived at an orphanage in the Philippines. We adopted our oldest daughter while there, then returned to the States
to work in a little country church near Alturas, Ca. In 1986 we moved back to George's hometown of Orland to work in the family businesses. George's parents retired shortly thereafter and we have been in the petroleum business and running the family farm (orchard crops) the last 20 years. Our 3 children are my great joy--they have each found a career they are happy with. Having a nurse, a cop, a almond buyer and a teacher in the family makes for some lively and interesting family times together.
Trivia: I traveled to England in 1986 and toured the Great Houses and Cathedrals of S E England. I am part of a book club that has been meeting for 10 years. Our life in the Philippines for 3 years was a pivotal point in my life--having a gun trained on you and your family really helps put things in perspective. Life is precious, every day.
Friends: My family moved to Auburn shortly after my graduation, so I lost contact with all my playmates. Thanks to Bob Rhodes for giving me some current contact information this summer.
Children: Ami Toney-Joiner (41), David F. Toney (31), Elizabeth Toney (30)
8/31/06
VAN COURT, Diana Marie
Diana Marie (Fabretti) Van Court passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 20, 2006. She is survived by her mother Beatrice Fabretti, her loving husband Robert Lewis Van Court, brother John A. Fabretti, nephews John and Joe Fabretti. She is also survived by stepdaughter Tanya Van Court-Cayo and granddaughter Gabrielle Ann-Marie Cayo. Diana was born and raised in Sacramento, graduating from Encina High School in 1966. She graduated from University of Calif. at Berkeley and was a teacher of 20-plus years, both in Sacramento and in Oakland. In her spare time she enjoyed her artwork, her loving dog Buddy, and the challenge of teaching children in poverty. She was extremely hard working and was once nominated for Teacher of the Year for the entire city of Oakland. She will be sorely missed by all, as Diana was a wonderful person whose love for life was infectious. Services are pending and the information will be listed in The Bee at a later date.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 8/1/2006.
Susan Green writes:
Occupation: Associate Editor/Advertising - Touch the Soil - Magazine
Retired Commerical Banker 2005.
Bio: Worked in Commercial Banking for 30+years in California, Texas, and Idaho. My husband and I have a consulting business working with farmers
and ranchers. Currently we publish the nation's only consumer publication focusing on our food future. It is a bi-monthly publication covering the trends toward whole-food type stores, buying from local farmers, and increasing public involvement including grass roots food policy councils. We travel the Northwest/West Coast writing stories and currently expanding into Canada.
Friends: Jean Glazebrook; Chris Figg, Jack Goodman; Bev Stanley; Susan Stewart There were so many that were good friends who I enjoyed spending time with over the years. My first experience the first day of school in junior high was meeting Nancy Lubeck - I doubt she remembers, but I
certainly do.
Hobbies: My passion is reading all types of books. Gardening (have 2 acres) and learning about all the various types of trees that grow in this area. Used to snow ski until a snowboarder crashed into me from the side. Bike riding; exploring the great outdoors - hiking in Southern Utah, Nevada, and Montana. Travel - past trips England, Ireland, Hawaii, Mexico, Bermuda, Caribbean, Canada 34 states.
Kids: Son - John Douglas - lives in Sacramento has 2 sons (Brandon/Michael) Daughter - Lisa Jean is married, works full-time in accounts payable/receivable, has 3 children (Jasmynn, Mikaila, Kendric - which I helped deliver and lives in Illinois.)
Grade_school: Cable Greenwood - River Park
Grade_school_friends: Susan Stewart; Mark Wilson; Pat Minnix
Junior_high: There are too many to name that I have shared fond memories.
Junior_high_friends: Have lost contact with everyone.
Memorable_teachers: John Sander - Mathematics (He was very strict, yet inspired you to learn. Sharolyn Painter - PE - Modern Dance (My favorite
class - it allowed you to express yourself through dance.) Joseph Patitucci - Art (Not only was he an excellent teacher, but he was a friend of my family.)John Figenshu - Biology (I was a student aid in one of his classes - along with my partner we wrote a test no one could pass.) Frau Wolz - German  (She made each part of the 4 years special with events, songs, learning dishes - next year I will finally get to experience everything first hand.)
Favorite_memory: Everyone was so friendly and we all seemed to enjoy all the events so much. We were fortunate to have a new school and teachers
that really taught us things we still use today. My favorite experience was working in the office for Mr. Smith.
Story: There are so many.......some need to remain a memory!
Alumni_in_contact: Bev Stanley; Chris Figg; Gail Mabbutt;
5/19/06
Sacramento Bee, May 13, 1968
ROBERT W. JOHNSON, JR.
     Graveside services for Spec. 4 Robert W. Johnson, Jr., 20, who was killed in action in Vietnam, will be held at 10 AM Wednesday at the East
Lawn Southgate Cemetery. A native of Reno, Spec. 4 Johnson had served in Vietnam for 15 months before his death on April 28. He is the son of
Mrs. Ida Baxter of Elk Grove and Robert William Johnson, Sr. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brothers, Phillip Martin Johnson and Richard Lynn Major of Elk Grove; grandparents, Mrs. Viola Johnson of Cortez, Colo., and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tow of Yerington, Nev.; and a great-grandmother, Catherine Bryson of Reno.
     Arrangements are being handled by Andrews & Grellich Mission Chapel.
5/9/06
GILLIS, Elma Larayne Peterson
Of Citrus Heights, CA, a native of Sacramento, she passed away March 10,  2006, at the age of 58 years. She is survived by her children, Jimmy
(Kathryn) Gillis, Wayne (Rachel) Gillis, Dawna (Scott) Casey, and Duncan (Dana) Gillis; grandchildren, Morgan, Nevan, Katelynn, Alex, Alyssa, Adia,
Emily, and Dru; siblings, Neil (Nadine) Peterson, Del, Chris and Evie Peterson, Anna Juarez, Maren (Warren) Schloeman, Teddy Dechaine, Jo (Bob)  Hayes, Kevin (Autumn) Wise and Alan Juarez, and other family members. She  was preceded in death by her parents Glade and Geneva Peterson.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published in the Sacramento Bee from 3/12/2006 - 3/14/2006.

I just wanted to share with the Encina Alumni about the passing of my sister Elma Peterson Gillis ... who died March 10, 2006, after a two year battle with cancer.
Elma was a graduate of Encina  from the class of 1966. She was a Sacramento native, and lived and worked in the area most of her life. Elma was the 5th of 7 children, 5 of which are Encina Alumni (Evalynn Peterson - '62 / Anna Peterson Juarez - '63 / Delbert Peterson - '70 / Maren Peterson Schloeman - '76).
Elma was the mother of 4 children, and the grandmother 4 (almost 6). She was always active in the LDS Church, and was always busy with family,
friends, and work. After raising her family, and while working full time, she went back to school and obtained her Assoc. of Science degree, in computer electronics from ARC in 1995.  Most recently Elma worked for the City of Sacramento as an IT Specialist and Trainer. She is missed
very much by her family, and friends, and work associates. Maren Peterson 76
3/21/06
THOMAS, Linda Lee
6/22/1948 - 12/18/2005
Linda died unexpectedly, but peacefully at home. She lived her motto joyously, ''Always look on the bright side of life.'' She was never without  a smile on her face, a kind, cheerful word, and genuine care for every one she met. Linda had many passions: sports, travel, Broadway shows and show tunes, and her beloved Cal Bears. She relished sharing these passions with her wide circle of good friends and chronicling the adventures they shared. Linda was born in Watsonville and grew up in the Central Valley. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970, and received her Masters Degree in International Business from Thunderbird School of International Business in 1971. She had a long successful career in marketing and training, and she spent the last 16 years as a Director in the Marketing Department at Round Table Pizza, Inc. Linda was a long time resident of Alameda. Linda is survived by her brothers, Norman Thomas Jr, and Robert Thomas; her niece, Andrea Thomas; her nephews, Owen Thomas, Jeffrey Thomas and Mark Thomas; her uncles, Gordon Thomas and Paul Thomas; her aunt, Isabel Thomas; her sisters of the heart Judi Fletcher, and Janie Hanson; her beloved godchildren, Greg Fletcher, Lisa Fletcher, Robbie Hanson, Helene Hanson, and Lillian Quinata and her large and loving family of friends. We will remember her joyful spirit, her selfless care, and the great love she had for us all. Memorial Services will be held for Linda on Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 pm at Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette. Donations may be made in her memory to Glide Memorial Church Development Office, American Cancer Society, or a charity of the donors choice. Arrangements by Neptune Society 301 Franklin St. Oakland,CA. Published in the Sacramento Bee from 1/22/2006 - 1/24/2006.

Another of our classmates died recently...the Sac Bee (Sunday, January 22, 2006) had an obituary of Linda Lee Thomas, who evidently died last month. She was such a nice person, one who always had a smile on her face. I used to see her in San Francisco, when she was working for the Yellow Pages. I send condolences to her family and friends. Marcia Friedman Cohen 66

I was reading the obituaries in the Sacramento Bee yesterday (and the Contra Costa Times) and the day before and read that Linda Lee Thomas died. She was in the Class of 1966 at Encina... a senior class officer and involved in lots of activities.  (She was a pretty good friend of mine in high school and college, albeit we lost touch thereafter.) Dawn Lauppe Panton 66 Linda and were friends from grammar school, when I heard from Marcia Friedman Cohne last week of Linda's death I couldn't believe it and am so deeply saddened. My prayers are with Linda and her family and those of us who knew and cared for her. ann p meredith 66 I too read of Linda Thomas' passing. We had stayed in touch for about 10 years after graduation and then lost contact. We went to the Junior Prom together and walked together at graduation. She was the first to receive her diploma and I was second. We went to rival colleges but retained our friendship. My best to her family. Jim Quillinan, '66
2/3/06
TRATHEN, Julie Ann (Cisneros)
Born in Sacramento, California on November 7, 1948, and was taken from those who loved her on December 30, 2005. A woman of soft depth and
strong compassion who left us to reflect on the goodness and love she easily gave to all. Julie loved people, teaching children, music, and the sport of soccer. A deep soul, open to every new acquaintance, who took her love of humanity and spread it among family and friends. Julie attended Lorreto and Encina High schools. She graduated from Sacramento State College with a degree and teaching credential. She taught middle school and later worked as a kindergarten teacher at Fairvale Pre-school. To teach children was her love and goal of life. Julie loved soccer and was involved in the coaching of many teams: recreational, high school, indoor men's and the Sacramento Sheriff's Department Senior Division at the California Police and Fire Games. She served the Orangevale Soccer Club Board for many years. Julie will be greatly missed by her husband of 34 years, Larry Trathen; her sons, Matthew and Shaun; mother, Anita, brother, Michael, and a large family of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and countless friends.
"Be grateful for what you have,
Be grateful for what you don't.
Live the life that you love,
Love the life that you have. "
-Julie Trathen
The viewing service will be January 5, 2006 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Russ Monroe's Funeral Home, 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks. The Rosary
will follow at 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at noon on Friday, January 6, 2006 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7817 Old Auburn Road, Citrus
Heights. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 1/4/2006.
1/9/06
To  my class of '66,this is to let all old friends know of the passing of my wonderful wife of 34 years and fellow classmate Julie Trathen (Cisneros) due to an auto accident we both initially survived.  Julie had many old friends that I thought might see this note and be alerted to a forthcoming funeral announcement in the Sac.Bee to take place fri. jan.6.  Sometimes old friends make grief a little easier to handle.  Larry Trathen  '66
Huber Robinson writes:
Occupation: Monk - Scholar of Indian Philosophy
Bio: Graduated UC Davis with 1st in Psychology. Started PhD at Northwestern, but thought it was limited. Went East. Got a Black Belt in Okinawan Karate and became a Bengali Monk in 1974. Stayed with that. Now on Adjunct Faculty of Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru and General
Secretary of North American Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies. Publishing in Indian Philosophy and Meditation
Trivia: Well I guess nothing has been trivial.
Friends: Richard Weigle and Paul Koeger. Was sorry to hear he passed on from Heart problem. Guess we'll meet again.
Hobbies: Music.
Kids: Fortunately escaped from that!
Memorable_teachers: Ben Leafe and William Derderian were such nice teachers and friends.
Favorite_memory: Lot heart touching things. Dances, basketball games. Lunch times in he library.
comments: Very nice service. The Dalai Lama suggested that we should live a nice life so that when we are old we can remember it and enjoy it
for a second time.
9/2/05
PALECEK, Nikki (Champlin)
Passed away March 4, 2005, in Healdsburg, CA. Born in Sacramento, CA, on February 25, 1948, to William F. and Joyce M. Champlin. A graduate of Encina High School in 1966, she retired from the State of Calif. in 2004 and was a member of the Redwood Empire Cursillo. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Paul Palecek of Healdsburg, CA, daughters Naomi Hackathorn (Jason) and Erin Espinoza (Cesar), and granddaughter Emma Hackathorn, all of Santa Rosa, CA. She is also survived by her mother, Joyce Champlin, brother Bill Champlin (Kim) and sister Patty Sledge (Joe), all of the Sacramento area, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her father William F. Champlin. Friends and family are invited to attend the memorial service on Saturday, March 19, at 2:00 PM at the Healdsburg Community Church, 1100
University Ave., Healdsburg, CA. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Ave., Santa
Rosa, CA 95401, or to the Rose Shelter, 1048 Wild Rose Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Visit: www.nikkispage.net for more information.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 3/13/2005.
CHATHAM, Lauren Friedman
Lauren Friedman Chatham, loving soul, passed on March 28th, 2004 after a valiant battle with cancer. A lifelong resident of Sacramento and a fifth generation Californian, Lauren died in her home, with her family by her side. She is survived by her daughters, Melissa (Missy) Leigh Chatham, Alisa Chatham Sakowitz, her son-in-law Robert Tobias Sakowitz Jr., her beloved companion David Ronald Rubens, her mother Joan Lipman Friedman, sister Elena Friedman Weiss and twin sister Marcia Friedman Cohen as well as four nephews and her niece, all of whom feel her loss deeply. Lauren was also adored by her beloved father, Leonard Martin Friedman, who passed earlier this year. Lauren's compassion and consideration for others was exemplified by her work as a Registered Nurse. She graduated from Encina High School in 1966 and acquired a degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley in 1970. Lauren returned to school to complete a second bachelor' s degree in Nursing at Sacramento State in 1996. She took great pride in her work at Sutter General Hospital as a Registered Nurse. In the years between Lauren devoted herself to raising her daughters. She also gave significantly of her time to numerous charitable organizations in the Sacramento community, with a focus on human services. Lauren was an inspiring mother, devoted daughter, a sister who could truly be called a friend and an irreplaceable companion. She was a dear friend to many, cherished for her kindness, loyalty, insight and selflessness. It was said that Lauren set the gold standard for friendship. Lauren was an avid traveler and a true "foodie" who had a tremendous appreciation of literature, visual arts and theatre. She loved her life, family and friends and will be sorely missed. Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 31st at Home of Peace, 6200 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95829. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements by Lombard & Company Funeral Directors, 1550 Fulton Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 483-3297.
4/9/04
MARCHAND, Dennis C.
Lost in an accident on Sunday, March 7, 2004 in Las Vegas, NV at the age of 55. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clovis and Doris Marchand, and will be dearly remembered by Marsha, his wife of 32 years. He also leaves behind two daughters, Heather and Holly, their husbands, Ashley and Travis, grandsons Benjamin, Andrew and Tyler, and his faithful terrier, Buddy. A lifelong resident of Sacramento, his good humor and enthusiasm endeared him to all who knew him. He was loved and will be missed by many. Friends and loved ones are invited to attend viewing and memorial services. A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 11 from 6-8PM at Russ Monroe's Village Chapel, 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks, CA. Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 12 at 10AM, preceded by a viewing at 8:45 AM at the LDS Chapel, 4125 San Juan Ave, Fair Oaks.
3/11/04
Sandra Lewis writes:
Occupation: RN Manager, HMO
Bio: Seems like I went to school forever and kept getting more degrees and certifications. Finally finished when I was 50 yrs. old!
Trivia: Moved a lot and have friends scattered all over California. I get bored staying in one place too long---my friends call me a "Gypsy" and have now wised up and use a pencil to enter my address in their address books.
Friends: Toni Brown and Chris Sherman were my best friends. I've kept in touch with Toni, but haven't heard from Chris since 1967 or so.
Hobbies: Oil painting, writing, travel
Kids: Rick, 35; Nick, 13. Both married and doing well, no grandchildren yet
Grade_school: Southern CA
Memorable_teachers: I am forever grateful to Mr. Donald Day (Latin-2 yrs) and Mrs. Alice Gire (English-2 yrs)--- for helping me understand medical terminology so easily, giving me an appreciation of art, history and fine literature, and for helping me pursue creative writing.
Favorite_memory: Friday night dances after the football and basketball games, and Beach Boys concerts at the Memorial Auditorium.
Story: I was in 3rd period English class with Mrs. Gire in my Sophomore year when we heard that President Kennedy was shot. The school set up a TV in the cafeteria and we all watched it for awhile, i shock and crying, then we all went home and found our parents there. That's when it really sunk in how serious it was---when I saw my Dad home from work in the middle of the day and we all sat glued in silence around the television set.
comments: Thanks for creating and maintaining this Website. It's really comprehensive, but I was very saddened to learn of the deaths of some of my classmates. I haven't gone to a reunion since the 25th, so it was fun to catch up on what's been happening with everyone in the last 13 years.
2/8/04
Fred Gerdes writes:
Occupation: Teacher retired Military Officer
Bio: After graduation I served in Vietnam from 1970-71 with the 101st Airborne. Then I completed my BA from CSUS. I returned to the Army and
served 20 years retiring as a Major. I then completed my Masters and I am now teaching at a High School in Southern California.
Trivia: I have lived in Germany for six years, and trained or be stationed in Vietnam, Panama, Korea, and England.
Hobbies: I love to golf and I love my job.
Kids: My daughter is also a High School teacher and she has a new born daughter.
Favorite_memory: The Wrestling Team was the best.
Story: Always do the best you can and never underestimate your enemies.
1/21/04
Tress Ostoja from classmates.com:
I was in the SYVUHS Class of '66, but moved to the Sacramento area between Jr. & Sr. year and finished h.s. there (Encina '66). I graduated from CSU Sacramento in 1970 and earned my life teaching credential in 1971. Was married 1971-1980 to George Putnam and had three children. Single since 1980 and now in a long term relationship with Tom Bernardo (Encina '66). I'm in my twenty-first year of teaching for San Juan Unified School District. I work and live in Fair Oaks, CA. My children are Amy (27), Mike (24), and Phil (22). I keep in touch with Carol Updike Hichman (SYVUHS '66) now living in Boise, ID.
5/15/03
Gregory Herrera writes:
Occupation: Physician (Believe it or not an OB-GYN and Surgeon), Father, Husband.
Bio: Backpacking, fishing, teaching kids to drive, paying college expenses, taking my kids to foreign lands (or visiting them there), and more fishing with Jack Turner in Montana, Golf, Martial Arts Stuff, Little League, Soccer, Kids Homework, delivering babies, operating on people (and pets), drinking beer and wine, visiting Bodega Bay and California coast north and south,...the list goes on.
Trivia: Spent some of my life as a Marine Biologist at the Bodega Bay Marine Lab...and I'm on the board of directors of Child Protective Services at UCDMC ("CAARE Center), California Consortium to Prevent child Abuse, and a consultant to WEAVE.  Teach medicine to UCDMC medical types...
Friends: Jack Turner and I have maintained a lifelong friendship.  I try to get together with Frank Hemmon, but have lost contact with many of you that I used to hang out with and would like to touch base.
Hobbies: See "Trivia" as above
Kids: Alicia Herrera (born 1976), Daniel Herrera (born 1978), Stephen Herrera (born 1990)
Alicia is working at Sutter Health Care, after getting a MA Degree at UC Berk. She spent a year at the Univ of Costa Rica teaching English as a
Second Language, and a year in SE Asia doing the same.  Daniel is invloved with computer science at SJSU, and lives in Santa Cruz. Tough life!  Stephen has a Black Belt in Karate, loves being a kid, plays baseball, and is very good with the saxaphone (does Clarley Parker stuff!).
Grade_school: Arden manor stuff...Greer, Winterstein, Edison, always changing schools...always on the changing school boundry.
Grade_school_friends: You know who you are :-)...Richard, Nancy, Linda, John, Jack, Jerry, Gary, Mike, Penny, Larry,
Max,Jan,Denny,George,Craig,.....
Junior_high: Jonas Salk.....Miss Bar (poor soul) and Mr. Starns (What can I say?)
Junior_high_friends: See Above. Kathy, Larry, Elayne,Jim,Lou,Mike, Nancy, Steve, Dave, Vince, Russel, Bob, Bill, Rich, Natalie, Janet, Connie, Fred, Chris, Dawn, Lea and others could be added.
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Coke (earned an "A" in chem., but he gave me a B+ because he said he "factored in personality."  I told him he was out of his ******* mind! Figenshu was a hoot. Lukehart was a good wrestling coach.
Favorite_memory: Too many to list...some too sensitive to print.
Story: See "Coke" above...Hey Turner, how come you keep catching bigger fish than I do?
Alumni_in_contact: Jack Turner, Frank Hemmon, Elayne Roberts (now "Anderson") and I see Penny Bishop occasionally at work and bump into other classmates around town.
comments: This website seems like a great idea.
1/29/03
Sacramento Bee, January 29, 2003
FONG, NATALIE TAMBURRI
Born March 13, 1948, passed away tragically on January 11, 2003 at the age of 54. Beloved wife of 29 years of Edwin Fong. Cherished mother of Victoria Fong. Natalie was born in Kentfield, California and raised in Sacramento. Preceded in death by her mother Vivian Tamburri. Loved by her father Thomas Tamburri, sister Valerie Hall, brother-in-law Peter Hall, and nephew James Hall. She will be greatly missed by her extended family and friends. Natalie graduated from Engina High in 1966, CSUS in 1970. She worked in the insurance field for many years and recently returned to Encina as its Registrar. There will be a grave site celebration of her life on Sunday, February 2 at 1:00 PM at East Lawn Cemetery, 4300 Folsom Boulevard.
1/30/03
Wendel Yee writes:
Occupation: Physician
Bio: After graduation attended UC Davis; earned BS, MSc, PhD.  Then went to Stanford for postdoctoral fellowship.  Then I went back to UC Davis for an MD (1982). There, I met and married Reiko Sano with whom I have a now 16 year old son, Seiji.  Spent 3 years at UCLA for residency, then another 4 years at Stanford for Cardiology fellowship.  Since 1988, I've been in private medical practice as an interventional cardiologist in the Salinas-Monterey area.  My family and I live in Monterey.
Trivia: Once my life finally settled down, my love for choral music resurfaced.  I'm a member of a 50 voice semi-professional choral ensemble (Camerata Singers of Monterey County)in which I sing tenor.
Friends: Best friends from Encina included Jim Lewis and Ray Skelly.  Other friends have since died: Jim Elsworth, Steve Ayers, Harold Maritsus.  I used to hang out with Tom and Bill Stacy, too, but have since lost contact with them.
Hobbies: Singing, astronomy.
Kids: Everett is 16 now; and a junior at Monterey HS where he's made the honor roll!  He loves to practice Kendo and other martial arts.  I can't get him to take up singing, however.  He'd make a pretty good bass.
Memorable_teachers: I often remember Jack Carey, who first introduced me to serious choral music.  Frau Elise Wolz demonstrated a wonderful passion for German.  John Stearns made Physics fun and practical.  John Tracey's determination to make History interesting and fun will always be remembered, too.
12/26/02
Janet Pucci writes:
Occupation: Business owner
Bio: After graduating from U.C. Davis with a Math degree, I entered the young field of computer programming - started programming with punch cards and left the field with a PC on my desk. I still us a PC - for my business - Specialty retailer in Endurance Riding Equipment(not quite an extreme sport).
I've been married 26 years(and most of them good) to Ray Santana- a New Yorker stationed in California by the US Navy. After serving 6 years on the aircraft carrier Midway in Vietnam, he decided he liked it here so much he stayed. I convinced him to stay here he had to marry a native Californian - it worked.
We have no children, but our horses, dog and cats consume a lot of our time.
Trivia: Wasn't until our last reunion that I discovered my favorite run manager(Greg Soderlund) is a 1966 Encina Grad.
Hobbies: Most consuming passion is breeding, raising and training Endurance Horses. Fits right in with my business. Running Ultra distance runs(30-100miles) and Yoga to stretch out the kinks. 
Ray joins me in the distance riding and Yoga. But he prefers to cheer me on and work the aid stations at the Ultra runs.
Since we own acreage other "hobbies" include  pasture mowing and fence repair. But we do try to get away for skiing - alpine and nordic- and short trips to Napa or Sierra Wine country.
Grade_school: St Ignatius
Memorable_teachers: Mr Patitucci for his bet with all his female students that they'd be married by 21. Mrs Saladin for the drama and passion she brought to English.
Favorite_memory: Jumping rope in the hall during a Physics class Senior year. We were supposed to be doing a wave theory experiment.
11/15/02
Mountain Light Photography Press Release
Monday, August 12, 2002
World-renowned wilderness photographer and writer Galen Rowell, and his wife and business partner Barbara Cushman Rowell, a photographer and writer in her own right, died early Sunday morning in an airplane crash outside of Bishop, Calif. The Rowells, who were returning to their Bishop home from a circumnavigation of the Bering Sea, were passengers in a small privately owned plane that went down south of the Bishop Airport. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by NTSB and FAA officials. The plane carried four people and there were no survivors. Tom Reid of Bishop piloted the plane. The fourth passenger was Carol McAfee, also of Bishop. Galen is survived by two children from a previous marriage, Nicole Ryan and "Tony" Edward Anthony Rowell, and two grandsons, Forrest Avery Ryan and Colby Dustin Ryan. Barbara is survived by her mother Lucile Cushman, brother Robert Cushman, and nieces Mariah and Grace Cushman. Born Aug. 23, 1940 in Berkeley, Calif., to a college professor and a concert cellist, Galen was introduced to wilderness before he could walk. He began climbing mountains at the age of 10 and by age 60 he had completed more than 40 expeditions on all seven continents and to both poles. He has produced 18 books of photos and text that exemplify his special brand of participatory wilderness photography in which the photographer transcends being an observer with a camera to become an active participant in the image being photographed. In 1984 he received the Ansel Adams Award for his contributions to the art of wilderness photography. Since 1986, he has written a popular monthly column for Outdoor Photographer Magazine and in 1992 he received a National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grant to photograph Antarctica. Barbara Rowell was the president of Mountain Light Photography, a photo agency, gallery and small press co-owned with Galen. Barbara piloted a Cessna T206 and had recently completed her first book Flying South: A Pilot's Inner Journey, scheduled to be released in October of 2002. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic, Outside, Plane & Pilot, and in many books, calendars, and travel publications. Barbara was born Jan. 29, 1948 in Hawaii to Lucile and Irving Cushman while her father was stationed in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. At the age of five, her family was transferred to Texas for a brief stay in Kingsville before settling in California. After moving to Aspen to design ski wear, she returned to California to complete her studies in Textiles and Business, and graduated in 1978 from the University of California at Davis with Highest Honors. Barbara and Galen were married in 1981 and together built Mountain Light Photography into a successful gallery and stock photography business that recently relocated from the Bay Area to their new home of Bishop in the Eastern Sierra. Barbara and Galen traveled to many exotic locations, including to a National Geographic assignment in Pakistan to cover the highest war in history where they were flown throughout the Himalaya as guests of President Zia. They have also been the guests of the Dalai Lama, and served as guides to Robert Redford on a trek through Nepal. They touched many lives around the world, and they will be sorely missed. Services for the couple are pending. Please check the Mountain Light Gallery website for more extensive biographies, and further information as it becomes available: http://www.mountainlight.com.
Joanne Esparcia writes:
Occupation: teacher
Bio: living and teaching in Walnut Creek. Husband just retired. Moved to Auburn in 2001. I am commuting to Bay Area four days a week.
Friends: My best friend was and is Janet Davey Sledge, 1966 also.
Hobbies: decorating, shopping, traveling.
Kids: One daughter, graduated from USC in 2001. Now working on Masters in Physical Therapy. Marin was water polo goalie at SC. NCAA Champions.
Grade_school: St. Patricks
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Leafe. Great English Teacher. Pushed for more out of his students.
Favorite_memory: Football and basketball games.
Sibling_info:
Diane Esparcia Tomasegovich 1967,Nancy Esparcia Lubich 1968
Alumni_in_contact:
Janet Davey Sledge 1966, Kathy Davey Inclan 1965
8/11/02
Jack Turner writes:
Occupation: Managing Director for Bank One Capital Markets in Chicago
Bio: Served in Vietnam in 1969-70. Served in the 25th Infantry Division. Was a squad leader in a LRRP unit. Graduated from CSUS in 1975. Have lived in Oregon, Chicago, New York area. Currently living in Chicago and have another home in the wilds of Montana. Married and have two sons.
Trivia: Served in a special ranger unit in Vietnam.  Was able to retire at 46 from the investment business. After 6 years of "the good life" re-entered the work force.Recently remarried this year.
Friends: Best friend is Greg Herrera.
Hobbies: Flyfishing, golf
Kids: Two sons....ages are 20 and 13
Grade_school_friends: Too many to list
12/20/01
Donald Keith Bakkie  - age 20
Army - PFC - E3 - 101st Airborne Division
October 19, 1947 to May 12, 1968
In Thua Thien, South Vietnam
James Oliver Ellsworth  - age 20
Sgt - E5 - Army - Selective Service
December 1, 1947 to June 5, 1968
In Quang Tri, South Vietnam
Robert William Johnson, Jr.  - age 20
Sgt - E5 - Army - Regular
January 14, 1948 to April 29, 1968
In Quang Tri, South Vietnam
Daniel Ray Twitty '66/'67 - age 19
PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
July 30, 1948 to April 6, 1968
In Quang Tri, South Vietnam
The Sacramento Bee, May 12, 2001
LORIN HARRY REED
   Passed away suddenly April 6, 2001, at 53. Lorin served his country in
Vietnam and could fix anything with an egine. He loved to ride his Harley
and hang out with his dog Bear. Proceeded in death by his beloved parents
Jacob Reed and Esther Edaline Griess Reed Zook. Survived by his half
siblings James and Marie and many nephews and nieces.
11/1/01
Sacramento Bee, March 5, 1998
PAUL A. MANUEL, JR.
   In Sacramento, August 22, 1948 - March 3, 1998. Loving husband of Linda Manuel. Devoted father of Jennifer Manuel. Son of the late Paul A. Manuel, Sr. and late Dorothy C. Manuel. Loved son-in-law of Mario D. and Shirley Ceresa and the late Floradelle Ceresa, brother-in-law of Diane and Andy Pennisi and uncle to John Pennisi. Paul will be remembered by everyone who knew him for his constant gentle nature, his strength of character, his integrity, and kindness to all. His life was devoted to his loving wife Linda and the light of his life, his daughter Jennifer. Paul was a graduate of UC Davis and received his Masters Degree from Pepperdine University. Paul was an independent financial planner and broker working out of his Fair Oaks office. Family requests any remembrances may be made to Loretto High School, 2360 El Camino Ave., Sacramento; the Heart Association Memorial; or charity of the donor's choice.
10/31/01
Robert Smith writes:
Occupation: Chiropractor
Bio: After attending AR, enlisted in the Army, spent a tour with the 9th Infantry Div in Vietnam, then 22 months as an MP in Hawaii. (tough duty) Returned to school after working for PacTel for awhile, then became a chiropractor.  I practied in Sac for 9 yrs then moved to Shingletown, CA, near Lassen Park.  Besides practicing, I joined the volunteer fire dept and became an EMT.  I got hurt on a fire, and ended up in a wheelchair, but life goes on.
Trivia: Quit playing guitar after leaving Parish Hall Blues Quinten, then started playing again  yrs ago.  Now I play bass with a local rock/blues/country band.   Last summer I played with a band that played exclusively for "bikers".   Played for a bunch of Hell's Angels and other biker clubs.
Friends: Lou DeCosta, Jack Turney, Patty Rude, Cherri Lichtenwalter, lost contact with just about everyone.
Hobbies: Besides playing bass, I was a private pilot until my paralysis, two years ago.   I hope to learn to fly again using hand controls for rudder and brakes.  May try flying an ultralite.
Kids: Ethan, 23, happily married, in the auto business, has a son, Riley.
Taylor, age 19, is a fine bass player and wants to have a music career, but curently works as a cook.
Grade_school: Thomas A. Edison
Grade_school_friends: Paul White, Bob Schultz, Jerry Sidebottom, Wayne Shumacher.  I was so shy, I didn't have many close friends.
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Randy Smith, Paul White, Jerry Sidebottom, Bob Schultz
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Stearns:  Had him for Principles and Techniques of Science as a frosh, and physics as a senior.  He really awakened my interest in science, and he made it fun.  Miss Brandenberg, World History:  Because she was an inexperienced teacher, and we almost drove her nuts, poor lady.
Favorite_memory: Playing football my freshman and sophomore years with Lou DeCosta, Jack Goodman, Jack Turney, Gary Langstaff, and many other great atheletes.  Making a foil out of Gerry Kundert was our favorite pastime.
Story: They all involve DeCosta, Turney, et.al, and are unprintable as they might lead to criminal prosecution.
Sibling_info: Dottee Smith Duhart, 61
Heard_about_website_from: Harlan contacted me, after I logged on Classmates.com
9/19/01
Sacramento Bee, July 25, 2001
DAVIES, MICHAEL WM
   Born March 25, 1948 on his father's birthday. Died peacefully in his sleep, July 18th, with his father Adam Wm Davies at his side. Also survived by his mother Margene Marcussen Davies, sisters Susan (Richard) Salton and Marie Ahola, and brother Daniel Davies. Beloved uncle of Richard (Jill) Salton, Amy (Stephen) Davito, Kelly Ahola, and Rachel Ahola. Beloved great
uncle and playmate to Kailey and Adam Salton and Bradley Davito. Mike also leaves behind his special, loving and devoted friend Annika Karisson Davies. Mike loved to travel and lived in Sweden for over 5 years. He had a passion for higher education receiving both his BS and Master of Arts degrees from Mankato State University, MN. Recently he befriended a number of students at UC Davis and enjoyed many discussions that broadened his affinity for international cultures. Mike's other passions were pro baseball, creative writing, crossword puzzles, Betty Grable movies, and lively discussions about politics, i.e., very much an advocate for the underdog. In addition to his family, Mike adored his dogs Gretchen, Kilty, and Annie. Our family would like to thank the staffs at Rosewood Terrance and UC Davis Med Center Hospice who comforted him during his courageous battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 26th at 1:00 - Sierra View Funeral Home, 6201 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael, CA. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the UC Davis Med Center Hospice, UC Regents, 3630 Business Drive, Sacramento, CA 95820.
7/25/01
Gina Mabbutt writes:
Occupation: Information Technology Project Specialist
Bio: For the last 35 years I have been on a journey to discover what I want to be when I grow up.  There have been many twists and turns along this journey, both personal and professional. I have worked as a college instructor, union organizer, management labor negotiator, IT analyst and trainer.  I am  now making plans to embark with my spouse on the next leg of the journey, moving to Washington state to become a lavender grower and e-business entrepneur.  This will happen in about 3 years after, we "graduate" from our careers with the State of California .... we're too young to retire!
Friends: Nancy Ricker (Hoffman), who I hope to reconnect with when I move to the Northwest. Penny Bishop, who has tried to maintain contact with me but timing was often bad. Janet Giske,Joan Hacken,Natalie Tamburri, Marcia & Lauren Friedman -- hope you are at the reunion.
Hobbies: Quilting, flyfishing and gardening.
Kids: In the spirit of "it takes a village to raise a child", I have been lucky to be Auntie Gail to three delightful girls ... my best friend's daughter and my 2 nieces, Whitney and McKenna. 
Grade_school: Cottage School
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Memorable_teachers: Miss Menzies, Miss Brandenburger and Mr. Figenshu --- each of them was encouraging, inspiring and demanding.  All were great role models.
5/31/01
Jeralynn Cupps writes:
Occupation: Child Development Consultant, Adjunct Faculty
Bio: I am married and have three grown sons, one 31, and twins 26.  I also have three beautiful grandchildren!  I spendt
22 years with Head Start preschool programs in Sacramento County and now work for the State Dept. of Education.  I
got my BA in Child Development back in 90 and finished my Master's Degree in 99.  I teach Early Childhood Education
and Human Development classes for CRC's Folsom Lake College and Sierra College in Rocklin.
Trivia: I have twins!
Friends: Linda Ranlett, Barbara Clark, Linda Copley, Lola Farley, Tom Savasta, John Nativo, Dick Hall, mostly upper
class mates!  Lost contact with most.  Tom Savasta died of cancer, others ?
Hobbies: Classic Cars!  My husband has a '40 Ford Coupe and we do car shows, Good Guys, and Hot August Nights!
Kids: Three sons, all grown.  Two are married with kids.  Tom has two children, Tommy, Jr.(aged 9) and Breana
Joy (aged 4).  The twins are 26 and Donald is married with a stepdaughter Kayla (aged 8).  Ron is still single
and still living at home.  He works full-time and knows when he has it easy!
Grade_school: Cottage Elementary
Grade_school_friends: Wayne Bowers, Pat Penney, Linda Ranlett, Diane Jennings
Junior_high: Jonas Salk Junior High
Junior_high_friends: Virginia Steele, Gloria Shultz, Barbara Clark
Memorable_teachers: Mr. Hindman - Made math easy
Pat Patitucci - made art fun - was in his class when they announced President Kennedy's assassination.
Sibling_info: Scott Carlisle Cupps, 1969 Deceased
Alumni_in_contact: Linda Ranlett
Heard_about_website_from: Classmates.com
4/4/01
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Sacramento County, CA
March 7, 2000 Election
Full Biography for Roger Niello
Candidate for Member, Board of Supervisors; County of Sacramento; Supervisorial District 4

   This information is provided by the candidate Roger Niello was elected to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on February 2, 1999 in a special election. He represents the 4th District, encompassing Antelope, Citrus Heights, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Gold River and Orangevale.
   As Supervisor, Mr. Niello also serves on: Criminal Justice Cabinet, Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor JPA, Sacramento Cable Commission, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Sacramento Public Library Authority, Area Four Agency on Aging, Sacramento Transportation Authority, and the Sacramento-Yolo Port District.
   Roger Niello was born in San Francisco in June of 1948. Graduating from Sacramento's Encina High School, he attended the University of California at Berkeley for his undergraduate studies, then moved to Southern California to
complete his graduate studies at University of California, Los Angeles.
   Roger worked as a Certified Public Accountant from the Fall of 1971 through the Spring of 1974. He joined his family's business at the Niello Auto Group in 1974. He became president and secretary/treasurer of Niello Lincoln-Mercury/Audi/VW and Niello BMW in Sacramento, as well as vice-president and secretary/treasurer of Niello Acura and Porsche in Sacramento and Niello Infiniti in Concord.
   His past service includes Honorary Chair of Junior Achievement in 1997, president of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in 1995, member of the Capital Area Political Action Committee from 1993 to 1996, and chair
of the California State University Sacramento President's Associates in 1994. Roger and his wife, Mary, have five children
and reside in Fair Oaks.
3/28/01
Michael Desmarais writes:
homepage: www.desmaraislaw.com
Occupation: Attorney at Law - Specialist in Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Estate Litigation
Bio: Graduated UC Davis - 1970 - AB - Economics
Graduated Hastings School of Law - 1973 - JD
Law School Honors:  Order of the Coif; Thurston Honor Society; Hastings Law Review, American Jurisprudence Estate Planning Award
Trivia: Spoke with Walter Cronkite in connection with his uncle's conservatorship
Friends: Jim Quillinan, even though he is considerably older than I am.  Chuck Montoya, whose parents still live down the street from mine.
Hobbies: Golf - Member of Almaden Golf & County Club; dancing
Kids: "Big" Brian, Lisa, Greg and "Little" Brian, none of whom are yet serving time
Grade_school: Cottage Grammar School
Grade_school_friends: Chuck Montoya and Steve Corey
Junior_high: Jonas Salk Junior High School
Junior_high_friends: Greg Herrera
Memorable_teachers: None
Favorite_memory: Elayne Roberts
Story: I use to practice becoming a monk by not talking to anyone for months
3/36/01
Barbara Cushman writes:
Occupation: Photographer, writer, pilot & photographic stock agency & gallery owner
Bio: Although I went to school with Encina grads from 7th grade on, I transferred to Mira Loma in the middle of my junior year. After graduation, I married a teach at Mira Loma. We divorced after seven years. Meanwhile, I attended American River, Sac State, and graduated from UC Davis in 1978 with a major in textiles and minor in business. After working several years in clothing design, I joined The North Face to direct their public relations department and oversee their product catalog. My work took me to Nepal, Thailand, Japan, and Australia. I met my husband, Galen Rowell, in 1981 while he was working for the National Geographic. We joined forces and opened a business in the Bay Area to support the licensing of his photographs and the publication of his many books. I became a pilot in pursuit of my own passion, knowing it would also provide an aerial platform for my husband's photography. Galen trained me to become a photographer in my own right.   Our assignments have taken us all over the world to places with wild animals or wild landscapes. some of my favorite trips include visiting Emperor penguins in Antarctica, trekking in Tibet, taking a nuclear power Russiona ice breaker to the North Pole, doing a National Geographic story on the highest war in Pakistan, visiting and teaching photography in the Galapagos and flying my single engine plane through out South America. Many of these places we've returned many times.  --Currently we are in the process of opening a second gallery in Bishop, California. We will continue to keep our gallery and stock agency in Emeryville. I use our plane to commute between the two. I am contracted to write my own book about my flight adventures, and that is tentatively scheduled for release in 2002. 
Trivia: Spending time in India with the Dalai Lama at his home to co-author a book called My Tibet.
Friends: Nikki Champlain, Jane Castle. I lost contact with just about everyone. There are many students from the class of 66 and 65 that I'd love to catch up with.
Hobbies: hiking, flying, watercolor, tennis, video shooting and editing
Kids: No children of my own. Two step-children ages 36 and 32. Two grandchildren ages 9 & 11  /  My brother, Bob Cushman, who went to Rio Americano, has two adorable girls, ages 4 and 7  (this is as of 2001) He is director of Professional Ski Patrol at Squaw Valley. The girls both started skiing at age two.
Grade_school: Franklin School in Alameda
Junior_high: Jonas Salk
Junior_high_friends: Nikki, Pat and Phyllis Cassidy, Jim Thomas, Dennis LeBlanc. The Jane & Sue Sautner
Memorable_teachers: Miss Tamano. She turned me on to Spanish, and I still love everything about the Spanish language and latin culture. I've been to several schools in Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica to live with families and continue learning Spanish.  Larry Foster because he showed me I could be an artist
Favorite_memory: Not a favorite, but memorable: being in the cafeteria when I learned that President Kennedy was killed. Trading Beatles cards during math class. 
Story: I had a terrible crush on John Goodman who was several classes ahead of us. My mom used to get me to clean my room by saying he was going to stop by. Of course, I knew better. He didn't have a clue who I was. But crushes are fun, even when they are one-sided!
Alumni_in_contact: Nikki- she is already listed on this website. Jane Castle.
Heard_about_website_from: surfing the web
2/8/01
James Quillinan writes:
homepage: www.calteclaw.com
Occupation: Attorney at Law - Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
Bio: Graduated Stanford 1970
University of Santa Clara law School 1974
Practising law in Santa Clara County for 26 years
Trivia: Appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman
Friends: John Lewis with whom I stayed in contact.  John died in early 2000.   Tim Dugas and I attended his memorial service at Sacramento's First Baptist.
Hobbies: Golf - member of Stanford Golf Course. Travel, especially Italy.
Kids: Michael graduated from Stanford in 1999.  Planning on Bis school or law school. Robert spent time at UCSD and decided work was for him.  He manages a fleet of trucks and a Bay Area delivery system. Seamus is a Freshman at SMU in Dallas, Texas.  He is on the track team.
Grade_school: David Lubin, Greer, and St. Ignatius.
Grade_school_friends: Mike Desmarais and I frequently work together as lawyers.  We also play golf and remember our days at Encina.
Junior_high: Jonas Salk.  Jonas Salk worked for my father in World War II.
Junior_high_friends: Many
Memorable_teachers: Figenshu, Derderian, Clover
Favorite_memory: Football games and post game activities.
Story: Not for public consumption.
Heard_about_website_from: Web Search
2/6/01
Gary Slater writes:
Occupation: Navy optometrist,  Director of Ancillary Services
Bio: Started a Navy career after completing undergrad degree at U.C. Davis and graduate degree at U.C. Berkeley.  Later completed post graduate degree at Pacific University in Oregon.  Traveled extensively with the Navy.
Hobbies: Co-sponsored a "white-water rafting consortium" in 1973 and have rafted many of the white-water rivers in North America ever since.  Played on the All Navy fast pitch softball team for seven years.  For thirty years I have played golf and skied "too much".
Kids: Rachel, age 9, is a terrific person, doing very well in school and sports.  She loves to ride horses, play soccer, and ski.
Memorable_teachers: Mrs. Prindle (sp?) in English.  I ran into her in 1973 on the Berkeley campus!
2/3/01
Sacramento Bee, Oct. 31, 1991
PAUL E. KOEBER
  In Sacramento, October 29, 1991. Beloved son of Frances Koeber; loving brother of Melinda Arndt, Chris Koeber, Karen Jernigan, nephew to two aunts and one uncle, three nieces, and many cousins and friends. Born in Newport News, VA, July 17, 1948, Paul resided mainly in Sacramento the last 34 years. A California Veteran of the Air Force during the Vietnam era, he served from 1969 to 1973. Paul acquired an early interest in photography, astronomy, and trains, which he carried thru his courses at American River College and Sacramento State University, and enthusiastically maintained thereafter. He faced his heart failure diagnosis, earning the respect of those who knew and loved him. Remembrances can be made to the Coronary Heart Disease Research, 15825 Shady Grove Rd, Suite 140, Rockville, MD 20850.
12/12/00
David Briscoe (this obituary is from the 12/11/90 Sacramento Bee, courtesy of Kathie Kloss 67)
Headline: DAVID L. BRISCOE STATE HEALTH SERVICES ANALYST
Publication Date: December 11, 1990
Source: The Sacramento Bee
          Obituary: A Mass of Christian Burial for David Lee Briscoe, a lifelong Sacramentan and an associate governmental program analyst with the state Department of Health Services, will be said at 9:30 a.m.Thursday in St. Joseph's Church in Clarksburg, Yolo County. Burial will be at St. Mary's Church in Sacramento.
          He died Saturday evening in a Sacramento hospital at age 42.
          Mr. Briscoe worked for the past 20 years with the state Health Services Department. The Encina High School graduate attended then Sacramento State College and served briefly with the Navy during the Vietnam War.
          He is survived by his wife, Jocelyn, and children, Aaron Michael and Shannon Marie Simmons, all of Sacramento; father and stepmother, Vern and Dorothy Briscoe of Sacramento; and mother, Hazel Briscoe, and sister, Susan Bernardo, both of Los Banos.
9/6/00
Ron McFarland writes:
After graduating from Encina in 1966, I went to American River (AR).  My main goal at that time was simply to get a student deferment to stay out of the Vietnam War draft.   While at AR, I took an interest in Business and decided to go to a 4-year college and study business management.
In 1969, I transferred to San Jose State College and got a degree in 1971. I did have to joint the US Army Reserves to say out of the Vietnam War.  I had to take the MOS (Military Specialty) no one wanted.  I was a drill sergeant for six years in the reserves.
After working in the San Francisco Bay Area of about five years and finishing with the Reserves, I came to Japan on a 1-year contract to teach English to businessmen in a small town north of Tokyo.
During that one year, I learned of a graduate school in Tokyo.  I applied for admission, attended there and graduated in 1980.  While in graduate school, I met my wife.  This September, we will have been married for 20 years.  We have two daughters.
After completing the graduate school, my neighbor introduced my to his company, Isuzu Motors, and I was employed by them in 1980.  Isuzu is affiliated with General Motors.   Currently, GM owns 49% of Isuzu.
I have now been with Isuzu for 20 years, and over that time I have mainly been involved in training overseas truck dealers and distributors.  Most of the training is involved with vehicle features, but I also get conduct sales, sales management, and general management training for retail dealerships.
Much of the training work is in developing countries where it is needed the most, so I have traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa.   As a matter of fact, I was unfortunately on Ethiopian Airlines flight #961 that was hijacked and crashed in the Indian Ocean on November 23, 1996.  I was one of 48 people who survived out of 175 passengers.  Also, I am blessed with no permanent injuries.  I get very little work in North America or Europe.
I am still involved in that type of work today, although to a lesser degree with the very deep recession here in Japan.  All the automobile companies are suffering, including Isuzu and travel budgets are very tight.
I have been in Japan now for 24 years and plan to stay here for at least another 10 years.
5/4/00
Bill Axtell writes:
Occupation: Supervisor of Transportation
Bio: Went into the Air Force after graduation ,served 4 years , went to Viet Nam for a year and returned to the states . Went to American River Junior College , transferred to Sacramento State . Then I relocated to Modesto , California . I have been with the Empire Union Scool District for over 20 years as a transportation supervisor and School bus trainer .
Hobbies: My cars , watching sports , car races , jet skying, LISTENING  to scanners   
Kids: Kids are grown of course , ONE STILL LIVES IN sACRAMENTO, MY daughter lives in Boise Idaho , and my oldest son lives in Modesto also.
Heard_about_website_from: From my brother Norman Axtell
1/18/00
George Deasy writes:
Bio: After leaving High School I started Designing and Building Houses in Vancouver B.C.. Some of my claim to fame houses included the home for The
Baron and Baroness of Finland, Jim Fugerson of the Irish Rovers, and the first Bridge house in Canada. I left B.C. in the early 80's and move to the states again and continue to design homes and interiors of resturants. In 1985 I got into computers and developed a software company called DeasyWare, and the program to fame called BeamCalc, sold thru out the world in the building trade for sizing beam and headers. From 1990 to the present I still have the software comapny and the design firm and also teach Engineering Graphics at Skagit Valley College.
Friends: Some Friends from whom I have not hear from since school are as follows: Dennis Starr, Mike Ohm, David Tremble, Tom Sabastian and of course Jim Reese who was killed in Viet Nam war. Also Dennis Weaver who the last I heard was a minster in Mexico.
Hobbies: My Hobbies include old cars: currently I have a 1931 Chev Sports Roadster and 1968 Fastback Mustang. My recreation involves around car shows and parades.
Favorite_teachers: My Favorite teacher at Encina was Mr. Lowe, drafting teacher.

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