Class of 1959
Just wanted to let you know that Glenn Carraway sadly passed away the summer after graduation. He drowned at La Jolla Shores while at a beach party.
Carol Lee Collins
Robert Lloyd Craig
Mike Dalbey *
Passed away September 15, 1994 of a split aorta
Robert A. Forrest
Mail returned "deceased" June 6. 2002
Delores Gerger Smith
My dear friend, Delores "Dee" Gerger Smith passed away from lung cancer the end of December 2001. Her husband, Marion "Smitty" Smith was in my class but went into the Navy before graduation. They own a vineyard in the hills east of Sacramento, and Smitty is carrying on the work. I saw her a couple of years ago and now I'm sure glad that I made that trip!
I was surfing through the obits and noticed that Greg Hunter was listed as having died from a gunshot wound while in the FBI. He was a neighbor and I knew him and his parents pretty well. He was in the FBI but actually died of a melanoma on his back. It was a shock to everyone who knew him. I still remember he and his brother, Doran, deciding to see what it was like to be in a real gunfight and shooting at each other with .22s across a canyon. He had a thing with guns and I was on a camping trip with him when he wanted to show us how fast a draw he was with his Colt .45. He was quick -- the gun went off while still in the holster and left a 16" hole in his leg where the bullet passed through. If I remember correctly he left a young wife and two small children when he died.
Gary Bruce Leonard
Frank died in a car crash in the early 1960s on 54th Street and Pirotte Drive - Don Ball
I am very sad at this time to notify you of the passing of our good friend Steve Quimby. He passed away at home in Ontario, Calif on June 1st, 2004 after a short illness. Steve always had a great sense of humor and will be missed.
Martin Real Raborn
Susan away unexpectedly in August, 2000, after raising four children and sharing her love of life and laughter with all. She also touched hundreds of students' lives as a teacher of English as a Second Language in the local community college system.
I think she passed away in the 1980s of Lou Gehrigs Disease. -- Don Ball
Ted Suggs passed away from pancreatic cancer on January 12, 2005. He had been diagnosed in June 2004 and had been able to remain at home through most of the illness. His niece Jennifer was at his side when he died.
Alice James McCapes
Ted Suggs, 64; artist, comic who enjoyed masquerading
(From the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 22, 2005)
By trade, Ted Suggs was an illustrator and metal sculptor.
However, he was equally known for another art form of sorts: creating bizarre names and identities for himself, with apparel and attitude to match.
One day he could be Ted the Dragon, which he dubbed himself at his Spanish Village studio in Balboa Park. Another day he could be Theodore Thunderbritches, resplendent in fighter pilot gear.
If the mood struck him, he would affix his artificial Cyrano de Bergerac nose, don some French military gear and morph into Col. Pierre Thunderbritches.
And on Halloween, you could call him "Dr. Wong," a persona in which he surgically carved pumpkins.
Always, it seemed, he was a comic.
"(He was) just one of those people in a funny mood," said Danny Baucum, his friend since the seventh grade.
Mr. Suggs, who was born Edward L. Suggs in Long Beach, died January 12 at Grossmont Hospital. He was 64.
The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed in July, said his niece, Jennifer Suggs.
In 1991, after a neck injury forced him to abandon a career as a journeyman plumber, Mr. Suggs turned to art full time. He leased Studio 9 at Spanish Village, where he displayed his whimsical illustrations and sculptures and befriended and entertained passers-by young and old.
His award-winning sculptures and photographs have been displayed at the Del Mar Fair and the San Diego Museum of Art, his niece said.
Befitting his off-center persona, Mr. Suggs represented San Diego artists at the annual Comic-Con International Convention in San Diego.
He was a fixture for years at the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race in Ferndale and at Hot August Nights, a show for classic-car aficionados in Reno.
At Ferndale, he created posters with intricate illustrations and assumed his Pierre identity. He was Pierre in Reno as well, greeting thousands of onlookers in an annual parade down Virginia Street in Baucum's vintage Willys Jeepster.
"He had all kinds of ridiculous medals, bells and whistles, and a round military hat," Baucum said. "The crowd would see him dressed in that Pierre garb and just go wild."
Mr. Suggs grew up in Rolando and attended Helix and Hoover high schools before graduating in 1959 in Crawford High's first senior class.
He began drawing cartoons for classmates in the fourth grade, creating a strip called "Werewolf Willie in Vampire Valley."
He went on to study technical illustration at San Diego City College and picked up pointers on metal sculpture in a gas-welding class at Mesa College. He earned degrees in graphic design and computer graphic design at Platt College in San Diego.
In the 1970s, as a member of the Spanish Village Art Association, Mr. Suggs sold every piece he displayed in an art-mart sale at Sixth and Laurel. Bouyed by his success, he became a founding member of a group of artists at "That Gallery" in Old Town, where he sold to an international clientele for five years.
Survivors include his brother, Charles Leo Suggs of Los Angeles.
Jack Williams: (619) 542-4587; email@example.com
John...Hi! -- Here is a 2004 photo of Ted Suggs at his studio in Spanish Village.
Victor Perez 71
Ted passed away at his home July 7th,1985, taking his own life
Donald Michael Waters
July 9, 1941 - May 31, 2004
Don joined the United States Army Security Agency in September 1961 and was on active duty until 1964; he served in Vietnam from July 1962 to July 1963 and then was posted to Thailand until his discharge from the Army. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from SDSU in 1966 and received a Masters degree in Economics from the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, AZ. Don was a market analyst with Copley International after graduation, then worked in politics for several years. Active in many civic clubs, including the Rotary Club, he was president of Mission Bay Associates when the San Diego Crew Classic was begun. He eventually joined his father's company, Waters Consultants, having been an Engineer-in-Training since the fifth grade. He obtained his Professional Engineer designation in corrosion in 1976.
Don is survived by his wife Ingrid, his 3 cats, his brother John Waters and his sister Holly Duran, uncle John Thrasher and cousin Rosemari Thrasher, all in the San Diego area, cousins Patricia Storsteen, Tom Thrasher, Jim Thrasher, Janice Noss and Sue Mansker in other parts of the country.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Diabetes Association
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 6/13/2004.
Barbara Wilson Bettine
John died in a car crash by a drunk driver on Highway 395 at the Washington Street overpass in January 1967 -- Don Ball
Big John stood out way over the rest of the world. Probably because he was a six foot seven inches tall. He checked out of this world way too early: 1970 Dan Worona 62
Clifford J. Wynne
Passed away after a long illness on December 17, 1996. Survived by wife Laurie, parents Burl and Bettye, and brother Jeffrey '63
* No photo in yearbook
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