1960 Obituaries

  
 

Denis Allen

November 25, 1942 - April 2, 1977

Patrolman Allen was shot and killed after he and his partner responded to a disturbance call. When they arrived they discovered a man was attempting to flood his apartment by clogging up the sinks and he was stabbing a block of ice with a knife. When the man saw the officers he advanced towards them with the knife, but dropped it when both officers drew their weapons. As Patrolman Allen approached the suspect he suddenly pulled out a concealed handgun and shot him in the chest. Both officers returned fire, killing the suspect. Patrolman Allen succumbed to his injuries within minutes. The suspect had been released from jail that morning after serving time for attempted murder of a police officer. Patrolman Allen had been with the agency for 11 years and is survived by his wife and three children.

Richard Allen
(No photo in yearbook)

  

Joseph Ancona

September 12, 1941 – November 23, 2002

Allan Bailey

Allan passed away December 21, 2008

Union-Tribune Obituary


Donna Ballinger Saucedo

January 23, 1943 - February 20, 2001

  

Louise Barnes Slaughter

August 9, 1942 - September 13, 2005


Thomas Bay

July 1, 1942 - June 1992

 

Paul Becker
(No photo in yearbook)

July 3, 1942 - July 23, 2003

 

Brenda Beitner

March 28, 1943 - May 4, 1962

The Beitners lived next door to us on Hardy Avenue, on the south edge of SDSC. In the spring semester of 1962 I was a freshman at State. Brenda, a sophomore, was in a large Comparative Literature class with me, taught by Professor Frank Johnson (an excellent lecturer and genuine character). My sister, Margaret, '59 was in her third year at State. I well remember her piercing scream when she heard on the radio that Brenda had been killed. It was May 4, 1962. A friend of Brenda's had come by with a new (to him) Jaguar XK150 convertible and wanted to give her a ride. She didn't want to go -- she had an engagement a short while off, but agreed to a quick tour. The car flipped over on Mission Gorge Road and Brenda was killed instantly. He wasn't seriously injured. It was terribly sad to note Brenda's absence in class the next day. Brenda's mother, Frieda, never got over the loss -- it ruined her life. -- Bob Richardson '61


Loren Berg

March 21, 1942 – September 24, 2003


 David M. Blakemen

December 11, 1942 - June 11, 2003

Born in Vallejo CA, David later moved to San Diego, where he spent most of his youth. At age 17 he won first prize in a Merchant Marine essay contest earning a three-month Asian trip, which he chronicled in weekly articles written for the San Diego newspaper. David earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business at UCLA where in 1961 he met his future bride Vicki Lax. They first saw each other at a "get acquainted" dance and David said he knew immediately that Vicki was the woman he would marry. They wed June 9 1963. Though gravely ill David lived to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. He suffered from acute myelogenous leukemia.

Ronald Bobbitt

November 4, 1942 - February 4, 2006

Ron was born in Herrin, IL and passed away at Chino Valley Medical Center of heart failure. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a truck driver for over 40 years, employed with Dirksen Transportation, Ron is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Cookie Bobbitt; his two children, Rodney Bobbitt and Kimberley Mihalovich and one grandchild, Megan.


Dominic Bonjorno

August 10, 1942 - December 1, 1994

 

Lynda Bowers Preece

August 22, 1942 - January 2, 2005


Robert Boyce

March 5, 1942 - September 1986

I talked with my friend, Kay Wylie ‘60, over the weekend of October 1, 2004. She confirmed what I had told you before. Robert Eugene Boyce ‘60, committed suicide several years ago. Kay is a friend of Gene's mother -- Marilyn Moellinger Lane '60

 

Dennis Bradley

July 12, 1942 - March 1985

  

George Brown

September 25, 1940 - November 9, 2012

Beloved Teacher Remembered 

George Brown, also known as “Mr. B” to many students at Jeabek Elementary School, passed away at his home in Ramona.  He was a San Diego native.  George was generous with his time and would do anything to help students, friends or the school.  He retired in June 2002 but continued to substitute and volunteer.  His retirement announcement in the SRCA Newsletter in June 2002 described him in this way:  "George Brown, known for wearing suspenders and classic shorts, was a fixture at Jerabek for 20 years.  He retires this month.  George was an exemplary and greatly admired teacher of advanced math, science, and other subjects for 5th and 6th graders.  He had an innovative approach to teaching and loved children. George is one of the faculty who has made Jerabek the envy of the district for its high academic achievements and number one status.  George has been seen frying eggs on the sidewalk and using potatoes as electricity sources, all to the enlightenment and pleasure of children learning science."


George Buehler

August 29, 1942 - April 1984

  

George Bultez

My brother passed away January 29, 2010 of a massive heart attack. He and his wife were vacationing in South Africa. He was playing golf, and on the 18th hole, when he had his heart attack -- Alicia Bultez Mason ‘61


Judee Butzine Blohm

Judee died July 10, 2013. She was recovering at her home in Arlington, Virginia after a recent surgery, and was with her dogs and her garden, where she wanted to be. She was found by a neighbor. Judee was a warm and loving person, and a wonderful friend to many. She shared her home, her garden, her love of life, her commitment to making the world a better place with the people around her, and was an inspiration and a comfort to those who knew her. Her brother Stephen Butzine '65 preceded her in death on June 7, 1997.

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George Cambetes

September 27, 1942 - February 8, 2011

My brother George died of a massive heart attack. After he graduated from Crawford, our family moved to La Mesa.  George moved to North Hollywood to pursue a career in the aerospace industry. When the space shuttle program came into being he transferred to Palmdale and became the Parts Procurement Officer and Public Speaker on the Space Shuttle program.  His last task before retiring was Project Manager on the hoist that lifted the space shuttle onto the back of the Boeing 747 that gave the shuttle a ride back to Florida when the shuttle was not able to land in Florida. I had a chance to "early" retire, so my dad and I moved to Cottonwood Arizona. After George  visited, he said it reminded him of Palmdale 30 years ago. He then sold his home and followed us to Arizona, which is where he was when he passed. George enjoyed golf and, in earlier years, loved to ride motorcycles. Gertrude was the name of his motorcycle. One summer, in his younger days, he took a month and just traveled the USA on Gertrude. He said the most awesome thing he had ever seen was waking up at the foot of Mt Rushmore and watching the sunrise, slowing unveiling the Presidents. It was dark when he had stopped for the night and had no idea that he was that close to Mt Rushmore -- Betty Knudsen (Grossmont High '68)


Colin Cameron

 

Douglas Casteel

October 4, 1941 - May 1, 1989


Betsy Cairns Chamberlain

August 12, 1942 - August 14, 2006

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Ronald Coe

May 1, 1941 - March 23, 1997

  

Joanne Collura

Joanne passed away this past week after a brief illness. She lived in Lake Arrowhead and was my son's Godmother -- Sharon Jobb Reynolds '71 (January 12, 2014)


Paul Cox

September 8, 1942 - July 1970

  

Eugene Deputy
(No photo in yearbook)

September 12, 1942 - September 17, 1971

  

Susan DeSure

October 9, 1942 - June 18, 1977

My sister Susan DeSure (her married name was also DeSure) died of breast cancer. She was 34. She left behind a husband and two daughters -- Betsy DeSure Richter Baranov '63

  

Toni Dungey Cattell

February 15, 1942 - August 10, 2013

My wife was a 1964 graduate of SDSU, where she earned a BA in liberal studies. Toni had an amazing smile and joy that she shared with everyone she knew. She would talk to anyone, share stories with strangers, and teach anyone who wanted to learn how to crochet or knit. She was a loving and supportive wife of 46 years who gave her life to raising her children and helping to raise her grandchildren. Toni loved to read and spend time with Siena, her granddaughter. She will be remembered for being so involved in her family’s lives. She was the best wife, mom, and grandma that anyone could ever ask for -- Charles Cattell ’60 (Toni was very pleased with your web page honoring other deceased Crawford classmates specifically her brother Rim Dungey who was killed in Vietnam)

I remember Chuck from school.  a really great guy.  I am sorry for his loss.  May Toni's memory be a blessing to her family -- Bob Schreibman '60


Lucille Esquibel Sandoval

August 28, 1941 - November 2, 2001

Lucille was born in Albuquerque, N.M., and was a homemaker. She was a member of the VFW, and Elks Lodge 2011, Chula Vista. Survivors include her companion Bill Allen; sons, Victor Sandoval of San Jose and Triney Sandoval of New York, NY; mother Tillie Equiebel, sister, Valarie Sandoval of Colorado; and one grandchild.


Kenneth Fall

January 27, 1942 - December 28, 1992

Ken was an accomplished pianist and organist. He played the organ for the Class of '60 Vespers Program, and he accompanied the Crawford High Choir for three years. I know he was also the organist for his church. Ken also had the male lead in the Senior Play and was on the Senior Council. His goal was to be a professional musician. I hope he realized his goals, because he was truly a very talented musician -- Diana Wilson Longacre ‘60

  

John Flinn

July 16, 1942 – July 2, 1969

Air Force Captain John Leroy Flinn was killed when his A-1 Skyraider
aircraft was shot down during an attack at Muon Soui, Laos.

Douglas A-1H "Skyraider"

John Never Come Back?

Richard S. Drury writes about his wartime room mate

 

Marcus Frye

September 24, 1942 - March 18, 2008


Jerry Fort

January 3, 1943-July 9, 2003

Jerry died of a massive heart attack while coaching his 12-year old son's little league team.

Read the article in the San Diego Union-Tribune

 

Patricia Gambardella Offield

July 20. 1941 - October 18, 1988

  

Hilliard Hall
(No photo in yearbook)

January 20. 1942 - July 19, 1985

  

Dwain Hammitt

August 19, 1942 – December 12, 2005


Harold Harrison

Harold was a good friend of mine and died sometime in the early 1980s. He was in a logging accident in the late 1970s and kind of went into seclusion. I found out later that he developed leukemia and didn't want anybody to know and died in an Arizona hospital -- John Weeden '60


Marla Hartman
(No photo in yearbook)

September 8, 1942 - October 24, 1995

  

Katherine Herd

August 8, 1942 - January 25, 2012

Katherine passed away at Hemet Valley Medical Center. She was born in San Diego, and moved to San Jacinto 20 years ago. She worked as a registered nurse for 32 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and decorating her home. She is survived by her wife of 37 years, Cheryl Utley, her mother Earla Herd, and sister Julie Herd Diaz ’65.

Katherine was head of the School of Nursing at Mira Costa College for 31 years -- Nancy Alumbaugh Bailey ’60


Bruce Hitch

January 21, 1943 – May 28, 1968

Bruce Hitch was also killed in an auto accident. I believe it was not long after graduation, but I'm not sure. He was the son of a well-known local politician, (Councilman Allen Hitch?) so that made the local news -- Katinea "Tena" Templeton Todd

  

Judy Inscore

September 19, 1942 - January 26, 1969

Judy Inscore died some time in the sixties. I heard indirectly that it was on a trip through the desert, that she was pregnant and had German measles and had pneumonia or a stroke -- Katinea "Tena" Templeton Todd

 

Carol Jones Bessette

April 8, 1942 - July 3, 1998

I was looking through the obits and found Carol Jones, '60. She died of cancer. She owned the bar Don's Place on Olde Highway 80 and Los Coches Rd. in Lakeside -- Pat Day Carnie, '61

  

James Jungblut

August 17, 1942 - April 5, 1963

James Jungblut died the year following graduation in a murder-suicide. He lived around the corner from me -- we both lived about a half block from Crawford High School on the west side of the school, but I didn't know him. His girlfriend, who was a Crawford student, broke up with him and on April 5, 1963 -- the day before Easter Vacation -- he waited for her on the east side of the high school as she was going to school one morning. He had a gun with him and shot and killed her on the sidewalk, then shot and killed himself. It was in all the newspapers and was very sensational and terribly shocking -- Katinea "Tena" Templeton Todd

 

Jerome Karp

June 21, 1942 - November 16, 2007

My husband passed away from complications of diabetes. He was a high school special education teacher for 33 years. He also coached basketball, baseball and softball. We were married for 39 years and have one son -- Anita Karp


Karen Keller

Karen was so sweet, soft-spoken and incredibly intelligent. The last time we talked, she was reading “The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich” – not an easy read – and certainly lengthy. Anyway, Karen was a terrific friend of both my mother and me. Karen died after diabetes-related surgery on her feet in the late 1960s. She is truly missed -- Susan Weetman Belair ‘68

  

Donald Kerns
(No photo in annual)

November 24, 1942 - March 29, 2013

My brother passed away suddenly. He grew up in the Rolando area, attended Horace Mann and Crawford. Although Don didn’t graduate from Crawford all his friends did. The last twenty five years he lived and worked in Las Vegas as a Master Electrician. He retired after completion of the New terminal at the Las Vegas Air Port. Don never lost his love of cars and was passionate about his Mopars, building two award winning show cars. He started the Las Vegas Over The Hill Gang Car Club and was a regular at the local car shows. He loved Nascar and often attended the NHRA drag races in Pomona and Las Vegas. Don was a loving brother and will be missed by his family and friends --Bob Kerns ‘63

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Thomas Kitchin, Jr

September 22, 1943 - March 13, 1970

I was wandering around the cemetery in Julian and accidentally came across Tom's grave. It was such a shock because we had been friends in high school. I called his father and found out that Tom had Hodgkin's Disease and died when he was 26 --Pat Day Carnie, '61

  

Rochelle Lesser Schultz

"Ricky" died of metastatic breast cancer -- Gail Bobrof Braverman '61


Ira Levine
(No photo in yearbook)

August 18, 1942 - December 3, 1991

 

Nadyne Lieberman McDermott

December 17, 1942 - May 28, 2012

Nadyne died in Mission Viejo, California, surrounded by her husband Frank, children and sister Gloria Lieberman Spelber ’68. Confronted with pancreatic cancer in 2008, she made up her mind to fight as hard as she could until she could find a cure. Nadyne loved to travel and became a travel agent just to support her hobby. She always looked forward to sharing experiences with her best friend, partner in life, and true love, Frank. She would spend hours on the telephone planning trips for the family whether it was the annual trip to Hawaii, European vacations and cruises, trips to Israel or just a weekend get-away to Indian Wells.

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Byron Lindsley, Jr.

August 24, 1942 - February 4, 2003

 

Thomas MacDowell

February 27, 1942 - June 16, 1970

  

Brian Maher

April 17, 1942 - February 19, 1978

  

Robert Malin

August 13, 1942 - January 26, 1967

  

Bill Martin

Bill passed away in his home November 29, 2007, after a long and brave battle with cancer. He was born in Philadelphia, PA and moved to the San Diego area in his teens. Bill attended San Diego City College, Grossmont College, and SDSU. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology form Pacific Western University. In the 70s and 80s, Bill developed the Multi Helix spiral concentrator, a revolutionary method of gold extraction from placer ore. He went on to engineer and manufacture commercial gold recovery systems that were sold and operated worldwide. Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cookie and sister Sam from California.


Carol McArthur McCollough

July 9, 1942 - March 15, 1998


Stephen McBroom

February 14, 1942 - January 22, 1974

  

Dwight Miller

July 3, 1942 – September 18, 2009

Dwight's family moved to San Diego from the Los Angeles area when he was a very young. Upon graduation from San Diego State he became a contract auditor for the federal government. He retired as a senior management position supervising government contract audits for the western United States. Dwight resided in the San Diego all of his adult life and lived in University Heights, at the same address, for the past thirty years. His passing was due to complications from pneumonia

Richard Miller

 

John Montejano

July 8, 1942 - May 4, 2007

John was born in California and was a sales manager in wholesale textiles. He is survived by brothers Bill '62 and Mike '66, sister Olga Nolan '69, mother Roxana, three children and seven grandchildren.


Gary Murray
(No photo in yearbook)

September 14, 1941 - August 1, 2012

Gary received an Associated Arts degree in Construction Management from Grossmont College. Passionate about building, he owned a development business with his brothers in the San Diego area for over twenty years. He and his wife Carol owned two successful Jack-in-the-Box franchises in the Pacific Beach area and Gary also served as a Senior Commercial Building Inspector for ten years for Clark County, Nevada. Gary's diverse hobbies included the ownership of thoroughbred racehorses, gold panning, travel, flying remote control airplanes, water and snow skiing.

Paul Olivier, Jr
(No photo in yearbook)

November 21, 1942 - January 14, 2005

Paul passed away of a sudden heart attack. A "Navy brat", he attended many schools during his youth. He attended Crawford the last six months of his Senior Year and did not have his photo in the annual. A teacher for 35 years, he was a resident of Placentia, California at the time of his death.

  

Richard Owens

Date of death August 4, 1995 -- Vicki Owens


Frank Poma

July 13, 1942 - October 24, 1989

  

Joe Randazzo

Joe died of a heart attack at his home in Pacific Beach on Sunday, March 27, 2011

Read the August 19, 2010 Beach & Bay Press article about Joe

Look at photos of Joe's Chevron Service Station

Beach & Bay Press Obituary


Marlene Reeder Thorne

I regret to inform all the San Diego friends of the passing of Marlene Reeder Thorne on May 7, 2013, after a battle with cancer. She was a loving and close friend to Sandy Sinyard Keller, also of Class of '60, who passed away in 2009. Marlene is survived by her husband Ron and their three daughters -- Susan, Rhonda, and Laurie. I'm sorry for the loss of my good friend and your classmate. She will be missed -- Jim Keller  (Sandy Sinyard's husband)


Douglas Robie

January 16, 1943 - July 14, 2000

  

Heidi Roers Lombardo

November 6, 1942 - December 19, 2005

Heidi married Jared T. Lombardo on July 2, 1960, in San Diego. Heidi and Jerry, along with their two children, Nancy and Tim, moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado in December of 1977. They founded the Roaring Fork Waterbeds business, which is now known as Roaring Fork Furniture.


Monty Rosen Newcum

February 7, 1942 – October 16, 2009

Monty passed away in New Albany, Ohio after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her brother Ron and is survived by her twin sister Penny Rosen Van Overbeek.


Andrew Roskos, Jr.

August 17, 1943 - September 4, 1966

Born in Cleveland, Drew was one of San Diego’s first to be described as gifted. He zipped through Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was to start his third year at Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland the day after his funeral. He had become engaged on August 14, 1966 and planned to marry in November.  He had taken his fiancé home to meet his parents for the first time.  They were returning to school when their car was hit by a drunk driver on U. S. 6-24, a Colorado Highway, near Rifle -- Dawna Westbrook

  

William Salle

January 17, 1942 - July 20, 1995


Myra Segal

October 24, 1942 -- July 12, 2013

Myra passed away peacefully of complications from pneumonia. I visited her several times during the weeks she was hospitalized before she died. She was alert and always seemed to enjoy our visits, even on the day before she died. Myra retained her sense of humor to the end, and in particular enjoyed hearing about the antics of my three-year old grandson whom she adored. Upon graduation from SDSU, Myra became a stockbroker. She began working in Los Angeles at Smith Barney in the mid 1960s. Myra challenged a male-dominated industry to become a respected professional in her field, and proficient in many areas of finance. To satisfy her spirit of adventure Myra lived and worked in both New York City and San Francisco during her career. Myra loved to collect art, and had a collection of antique Japanese woodcuts as well as paintings of clowns, of which she was particularly fond. During her later years Myra was very active at the Culver City Senior Center where she participated in a variety of activities. You would usually find her dancing at the Center on Saturday afternoons. Those of us who knew and cared about her will miss Myra’s presence -- Kathy Tonsky Clyman ’60

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Thomas Sheehan

November 23, 1942 - October 1978

  

Judith Sinclair Dabbs Owens

February 13, 1943 - April 12, 2010

Judy obtained her BA at SDSU and was an educator in Poway for 25+ years. She was a talented opera singer, generous friend, loyal mother, and the best grandmother ever. During the last years of her life, she lived in Ashland, Oregon, with her daughter and grandson. Judy died in her sleep on a beautiful spring day and will be forever missed, always loved.


Sandra Sinyard Keller

A resident of Hermosa Beach, CA, Sandra passed away April 7, 2009 at the age of 67. She worked thirteen years as a flight attendant for American Airlines and was an active member of the Kiwis, a service group of former flight attendants. Sandy was a co-founder of the local chapter of the Compassionate Friends, where she helped parents who have lost children. Two recipients have been found to receive kidney and liver donations. Even in death, Sandy lovingly gave life to others. Sandy is survived by her loving husband Jim Keller, her daughter Kara Lyn Keller, and her brother Mike Sinyard.


Charles "Lance" Smith

October 1, 1942 – June 23, 2005

My brother passed away in La Mesa, California from a very brief bout with lung cancer. Lance attended Darnall Elementary School, Horace Mann Junior High and one year at Crawford, before the family relocated in the Mount Miguel School District, where he graduated in 1960.
Lance loved to collect classic cars and his favorites were his 1965 Mustang hot rod and his Model A. He was employed by the United States Navy at North Island as an Environmental Engineer. Lance is survived by his brothers Bob, Tom, and John. He was the big brother every kid brother could ask for, always there to talk to and help out. We all miss him very much --
Bob Smith '62


Mary Souza Wiza

May 9, 1942 - March 16, 1994

  

Gary Tillinghast

March 10, 1942 – June 11, 2006


Art Vetter

My friend of over 53 years passed away at his home
in Rancho Bernardo on July 31, 2009 -- Mel Brav


Helen Wallace Berger

April 23, 1942 - September 11, 1990

 

John Wallen

June 27, 1943 - May 8, 2008

My brother passed away after a two-year bout with cancer. The Saturday before he died his wife rented a large limousine and eleven of us spent the day touring some of his favorite places. We told “John Stories” -- of which there are many -- laughed, listened and sang to his favorite music, and watched the sun set over the Pacific Ocean north of Santa Barbara. He was not in communication with us during his last three days, but we stayed with him in the family room around the clock. He died there at 7:20 PM with all of us in attendance -- JoAnne Wallen ‘64


Sharon Weissmann

May 22, 1942 - May 27, 2007

This past year I met Sharon at a nursing home in La Mesa where I am the Food Service Supervisor. Sharon died a few months ago. She was a patient for a few years at my facility and I enjoyed knowing her. During her time with us I found we had graduated from the same high school a few years apart. Her family cared about her very much and watched over her during her illness. Her brother Mark was a ’69 graduate of Crawford -- Judy Hughes Ely ’62


Marian Wilkerson Vertrees

September 6, 1943 - December 3, 1999

Marian died after a five-year long battle with kidney cancer. She lived in North County for 16 years. She was a public school educator for 31 years, serving as a counselor for the Vista Unified School District for the past 16 years. She is survived by her sister Patsi Wilkerson Krakoff '61. We had the privilege of having Marian live with us during the last four years of her life, off and on. When she wasn't at the UCLA for treatments for her kidney cancer. She was a blessing to all who knew her. Her counseling work with teenagers was remarkable. Her love for her sons was so admirable. She was a joy to all who knew her..-- Kay Ross Slater, Marian's classmate, neighbor and friend of 45 years


Wayne Zykwa

July 11, 1942 – November 21, 2008


(Thanks to Mary Gale Rogers '67 for many of the above dates)

  

  

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