Stephanie Barley Coulter
Eugene Allan Braunstein
Steve passed away several years ago.
Stephen Cone was killed in a plane crash in 1987. At the time of his death, he was an attorney practicing in San Francisco and married to the former Barbara Ann Harritt who was also in the Crawford class of 1965. He is sorely missed by family and friends on a daily basis..
Gary E. Crane
September 19, 1947 - October 1, 2004
A native San Diegan, Gary graduated from SDSU in 1971. He was a Safeway Manager for many years before obtaining his Masters Degree in Accounting and starting his own CPA practice. He was an avid reader, stamp collector, movie buff, Padres fan and loved rock and roll music. Gary is survived by his loving wife Nancy, his son John, daughter Gina Dobbs (Matt), his adored grandchildren, Katie and Ryan Dobbs, his brother James (Molly) and sister Lila Chucas (Terry) and many friends and family members. Gary was warm and giving with a witty sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by those who were lucky enough to know him.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society.
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 10/5/2004.
Ron Dobyns, a lifelong friend, died in January of 2000 at the age of 53. Ron was the cousin of Glen Dobyns, '62 who as you know is also deceased. The Dobyns family had the gene for muscular dystrophy. About 6 of the 20 Dobyns cousins have contracted this fatal disease. Ron and Glen are the only ones to have died from it. Other family members are quite ill. Glen's sister (I don't know her name or if she went to Crawford) is near death. Terry Laxon, '64, and his brother Pinkie Laxon (I don't know which year he went to Crawford) luckily didn't contract this terrible disease. They were cousins of Ron and Glen.
Maurice Barringer, '64
Colleen Ann Doyle
Anthony Edmond Eulette
November 28, 1946-December 7, 2003
Our dad Tony was born in Philadelphia and moved to San Diego months after his birth, where he lived the rest of his 57 years. He graduated from Crawford High in 1965 and then enlisted in the U. S. Navy.
He completed 2 tours on the USS Edson (DD-946) during the Vietnam War, where he was a Gunners Mate and the ships rescue swimmer. He later became part of the crew of Swift Boat PCF-47, patrolling the Mekong Delta. He was decorated and commended numerous times for his service to his country, receiving two Bronze Stars and meritorious unit commendations for rescues and skilled operations.
Employed with San Diego Transit for 29 years, he raised his 3 daughters, Cristy, Jennifer and Stephanie in El Cajon. He left us far too soon, also leaving behind his sisters Beverly Banes and Melody Jones, his brother Mike McCullough, father Ken Eulette and his beautiful grandbaby Madeline.
He is missed enormously and will be forever loved and happily remembered.
September 21, 1946 - December 16, 2001
Jerry died unexpectedly while visiting family in Chula Vista. After high school he enlisted in the Air Force, serving for four years. Jerry moved to Lake Tahoe and worked for Harvey's Casino for twenty-five years, becoming Supervisor of Security. He transferred to Council Bluffs, Iowa to organize security for Harvey's Riverboat Casino. He is survived by his father Robin, brothers Robin and Greg, and sisters Susan and Sandra.
Meredith "Marty" Gabriel
June 14, 1947 January 4, 1968
A 20-year-old Sergeant in the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division, Meredith died from hostile arms fire in Binh Duong, South Vietnam.
'Gabe' was one of the finest young men I ever knew. He always had a smile and sparkling eyes. He bought a large movie camera from me before we shipped out to Nam and sent it home. Another medic named Kinnard (KIA) sold it to me. Gabe was one of the strong ones in our platoon. He gave support and encouragement to all of us. When I heard of his death I found a place I could be alone and cried. I miss him and the others so very much. Being a survivor is very lonely. Sometimes I want to go back and join my friends one last time. I have never forgotten them. They live still, in my heart and mind."
Greg was my best friend; I loved him like a brother. When I was 10 years old and bitten by a rattlesnake (for the second time), it was Greg who went for help. I asked him to be the Best Man at my wedding, but he had already enlisted in the Army and was unavailable. Greg was killed in an automobile accident shortly after I returned home from Vietnam as a young Marine Sergeant. After experiencing the loss of so many friends in Vietnam (including fellow classmate Marty Gabriel), the loss of my best friend was truly tragic. It seems that it is only after all of these years that I am able to come to terms with these losses. The really good ones all seem to die too young. Semper Fidelis.
Carol Harris Jones
Died March 12, 1997 from Mast Cell Leukemia
John --Was just looking over the 1965 obituaries and noticed my dear friend Stephanie Kidder with no comments about her death, so wanted to give you some background. Stephanie was a wonderful friend. We went to many dances together throughout junior high at Horace Mann and were members of the same church youth group throughout high school. She was attending SDSU, majoring in math, I think. In late August or early September 1966, she and her family were driving north on the San Onofre bridge of US 101 when their station wagon had a flat tire. Stephanie was driving, lost control, and the car crossed the center divider right in front of a Greyhound bus. She and her mother and sister died instantly. (How ironic that her father wouldn't let her ride in my sports car because it was too dangerous.) Mr. Kidder suffered horrible injuries, which he survived. I regret to this day not going to the memorial service, which was held once he recovered enough to be able to meet and greet everyone. My Mom said he shook each persons hand and told them how much it meant that they had attended. Mr. Kidder was a survivor of the Bataan Death March, survived this horrible loss, and went on to remarry. He's living at a nursing home somewhere in his home state of Arkansas. I couldn't have asked for a better and more steadfast friend than Stephanie and think of her so often.
April 3, 1947 - September 23, 1967
Arnie died in Thailand, serving his country as a member of the United States Air Force.
Died January 27, 2001 at Grossmont Hospital of colon cancer
Mary Kathleen "Kathy" McKim Bell
April 30, 1947-May 8, 2003
Kathy passed away after a difficult battle with cancer. She was born in San Diego at Mercy Hospital. While at Crawford she was an active member of East San Diego Presbyterian Church. She graduated from San Diego State University in 1971 with a degree in business. She is survived by one son, Robert M. Bell, in Brooklyn, NY, her mother Mary Alice McKim of San Diego, sister Linda Suzanne Fletcher, Holly Ridge, NC. and brother James Michael McKim, Elizabethtown, NJ.
September 15, 1947-December 17, 2002
I regret to inform you that Michael Leigh Reed died in 2002 of cancer in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Gregory Charles Ripperger
February. 18, 1947-February 19, 2002
Greg was born in St. Paul, Minn., and was a controller for Casas International. He was a member of Partners Mentoring Association for youth at risk. Survivors include his wife, Lucricia Ripperger; daughter, Melissa; and brothers, Cliff and Ron Ripperger.
I was a friend of Greg Ripperger. He was killed in a car accident in Spring Valley
"Ro" died December 10, 1997 from heart disease. This happened despite having been active and having gotten herself in excellent health. She was an avid cyclist, often riding 100 miles. She had been "Teacher of the Year" at Conway School in Escondido. We miss her very much.
(No photo in annual)
Dale Watkins was a pretty cool guy. He wasn't one of the great movers and shakers of the school, but was none the less liked by everyone who knew him. We were friends largely because we shared the same second name and came, roughly, from the same side of the tracks in town. I was sorry to learn of his passing and wonder what happened.