1966 Obituaries


John Anderson

"Killed in a car accident some years back" -- Robert Rafferty


Cathy Apple Sharp Tracy

June 24, 1948 – February 21, 2010

Born in San Diego, Cathy started playing tennis in third grade and went on to play against Billie Jean King as a professional. She moved to Alaska in 1980 where she and her husband Gregg became the state’s leading couple in tennis. She died in Las Cruces, NM, her home for the last eight years.

Allyson Aten Callahan

  April 14, 1948 - April 6, 1975

Steven Barley

"Passed away some years ago while living in Lake Tahoe" -- Doug Brinkmeier


Susan Bearinger Schwartz

  August 20, 1948 - May 1972

Larry Boles

Oct. 5, 1948 - May 18, 2020

Larry was born in San Diego and attended Alexander Hamilton Elementary, Horace Mann Junior High and Crawford.  A lifelong runner, Larry was captain of the Crawford Cross Country team during his senior year.  Larry and Linda Francis '68 were married in 1970.  After graduating from San Diego State and San Francisco Theological Seminary, Larry served as a Presbyterian minister for twenty-five years.  He followed that by serving as a director of Hillcrest Retirement Community in La Verne, California.  In addition to Linda, his wife of 50 years, Larry is survived by their children Tammy and Paul, four grandchildren, and brother Bob Boles ’63 -- Rob Shepherd ’66

Phil Bonwell

March 12, 1948 - June 15, 2013

It is with a heavy heart that I report to you the passing of Phil Bonwell.  I just found out a few days ago. I spoke to his wife Chris and she will have a memorial gathering sometime in the near future, no date set yet -- Bill Grigg, September 20, 2013

Chris Bonwell called me last weekend and chatted awhile. Phil had been working in the back yard with a neighbor on the day of his death. They wrapped up what they were doing and repaired to the patio to relax. They were enjoying a cool refreshment when Phil suffered a fatal brain aneurism. Chris told me of a web site set up for Phil, which I've posted below -- John Fry, October 29, 2013

Trudee Botterell States

September 25, 1948 - July 12, 2003

Robert Bouchard

November 20, 1948 – November 4, 2009

"Coach Bob" passed away peacefully at home after a 10-month battle with cancer. For 35 years, Bob volunteered with the Pop Warner and American Youth Football organizations, coaching children in every age bracket. He took several teams to championships and saw some of his players grow up to be professional athletes. Bob was preceded in death by his mother Neva, sister Marcia, and brother Richard.

Jeff Boyle

December 5, 1947 – May 10, 2010

Born and raised in San Diego CA, Jeff spent his summers working on the family farm in Farnam, Nebraska. He graduated from San Diego State with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration and married Gail Younie in 1969. In 1975, the family moved to Visalia. Jeff began his insurance career in the early 70's and in 1990, he joined Buckman Mitchell, Inc. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of Buckman Mitchell at the time of his death. He was preceded in death by his father Harold and youngest sister Debbie. Survivors include his wife Gail, mother Evelyn May of San Diego, brother David of Kansas, and sister Shelley of San Diego.

Wilson Bradeford, Jr.

 October 2, 1947 - November 13, 1995

David Browning

Dec. 6, 1947-July 9, 2007

David was born in San Diego and was a mechanic for a heavy construction equipment company. He served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Black Browning ’66 and brother Gary Browning ’65 of Canton, Texas

Darell Burris

June 16, 1948 - October 27, 2008.

Darell moved to Las Vegas NV and was a retired stay-at-home Dad and Grandpa. He enjoyed camping, baseball, being with his family and most of all, he enjoyed life. Darell passed away after suffering a stroke. He is survived by his wife Danna, his children, Mason, Tamara, Katlyn and Dylan and his grand daughters, Kayla, Savannah and Kendall. He is missed.

Harry Butler

August 28, 1948 - March 30, 2001

Harry passed away after a decade-long battle with cancer. He died peacefully at home in Escondido surrounded by his family. He was born in Chula Vista to Jack and Lorene Butler. He attended San Diego State University where he met his wife of 30 years, Jo. He joined the San Diego Fire Department in 1971, and served at stations all over San Diego County. He was an avid baseball fan and loved the beach. He was a natural handyman. The San Diego Firefighters selflessly donated their sick leave to ensure he and his family remained financially solvent during his bone marrow transplant. They organized trips to City of Hope to donate the blood and platelets that flowed through his body as he fought to regain his health. In addition, the dedicated medical staff at City of Hope and Kaiser Permanente worked tirelessly to save his life. They made Harry's final days bearable and allowed him to die with dignity.


William Butler

October 25, 1948 - November 5, 1989


Patricia Ciolak Rubin

March 23, 1948 - January 5, 2001


Robert Clabeaux

April 11, 1948 - October 11, 1999

He was the son of Theodore Clabeaux and my half brother" -- Ted Clabeaux


Richard Clark

November 24, 1948 - March 3, 1970

Richard attended Euclid School and Horace Mann prior to Crawford. After graduation he attended UCLA. He then transferred to Stanford with plans to become an attorney-at-law. During his senior year at Stanford he was studying abroad in Rome and while riding a motor scooter was struck by another vehicle.  He spent a few weeks in a coma before passing away -- Rob Shepherd & Jim Wallis 66


Donna Copeland
(Not listed in yearbook)


Dianne Cordle Westman

August 10, 1948 - February 22, 2001


Cathy Craig


Deva Crowe

March 8, 1948 - November 8, 2003

Our sister died of cancer and we had her ashes scattered in the ocean off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. We did the same for our brother Guy when he passed away in 2001 -- Gussie Crowe Thornton ’62 & Peggy Crowe Castagna ’73

Frank Davis
(No photo in yearbook)

Janet Dalby Mars

May 20, 1948 - July 25, 2008

Janet died of complications from a rare form of cancer. She earned her designation as a Registered Nurse from San Diego City College and later in pursuit of her professional career, a B.S. in Nursing. In 2007, she was honored as a "Guardian Angel" at Sharp in recognition of her exceptional service as a caregiver. In 2007, she was honored as a "Guardian Angel" at Sharp in recognition of her exceptional service as a caregiver. She married Russell Mars, a Vietnam veteran on August 30, 1969. She is buried at Fort Rosecrans.

Vito Danna

My brother passed away on April 7, 2022 from Esophageal Cancer -- Carol Danna Kinney ’72

Stephen Dickson

Stephen passed away in June 2020

Harry Drogin

June 3,1948 - December 10, 2004

After a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, Harry was called home on December 10, 2004. Harry leaves behind his beloved wife, Debbie; children, Jason and Courtney, daughter-in-law Christina. He was a loving brother to Steve Drogin and Carol Hill. Harry grew up in San Diego and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where be fell in love with Debbie. They made their home in University City, where they raised their children. After a career in real estate development, he went back to his passion for the theatre, and started a career as a middle school drama teacher at La Jolla Country Day School.

John Duran

May 8, 1947 - January 20, 2006

John died of cancer. He was born in Chula Vista and was a technical illustrator. Survivors include his brother, Phillip Duran ‘68 of Hoboken, N.J.

David Dutton

August 22, 1948 - May 10, 1979


Ivy Eidex Blum

January 13, 1948 - May 22, 1993

My cousin Ivy died from ovarian cancer -- Mark Maisel '72


Stanley C. Eiter

May 14, 1948 - March 5, 2004

Stanley C. Eiter, 55, of Spring Valley died after a short battle with cancer. He was born in San Diego. Stan was the owner-operator of Stan's Electric. He is survived by his only child, Geoff Eiter of Boise, Idaho and perhaps a thousand friends. His parents, Clayton and Cecilia Eiter -- as well as his brother Tom -- preceded him in death. Stan was a bass guitar player in rock and roll bands during the 1960s, notably the Barons and the Nobles. He worked for the old Mayfair Market chain before moving to the electrical business. Stan also enjoyed travel and the great outdoors. He was an avid sportsman and gun enthusiast. Stan also provided financial advice to his many friends.

James Evert

January 27, 1948 - February 12, 1967

Denise Felix

August 17, 1948 - June 15, 2018

Denise was born and raised in San Diego, the only child of Dennis and Rose Felix.   A very spiritual person, Denise had numerous interests and touched many lives during her lifetime.She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.


David Fichman III

David passed away on the morning of November 22, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.  He moved around a lot as a kid but predominantly grew up in Ewa, HI, New Orleans, LA, and San Diego, CA.  He earned his Masters in Public Administration from San Diego State University and decided to become a teacher.  He has been a prominent member of the Sonoma community as a history teacher for the last 20 years at Altimira Middle School and more recently at the Sonoma Valley High School. He led both the Gay-Straight Alliance and Fly Fishing Club for his students during his career. He was an avid fly fisherman, kayaker, reader, and teller of "bad" jokes.

Stephen Fink

May 6, 1948 - December 20, 2020

After a successful bone marrow transplant in December 2018,  Steve was in remission from a blood cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome, but his compromised Immune System suffered too many complications.  He is survived by his wife Judy DeBolt Fink '67, children Stephanie Lundstrom, Shannon Villegas and Jeffrey Fink, and six grandchildren.  Steve spent four years in the Naval Reserves during the Viet Nam era.  He then worked at Leonard’s, his parents’ women’s clothing store in College Grove shopping center.  He later was employed by AT&T for 10 years and, for 34 years, was co-owner of AMI Property Management in La Mesa. His first love was golf.  He was an original member of Steele Canyon Golf Club in Jamul, where he played every weekend and in all tournaments.  Steve will be greatly missed by many friends and family alike.


Evelynne Fix Peters

February 12, 1948 - February 28, 2013

My cousin Evie was a warrior and fought cancer for three years.  Many times the doctors would say be prepared, but she kept on ticking.  The First Thursday night dinner group was with us every step of her journey.  Many attended the funeral, which warmed my heart.  She was born in Balboa Hospital and died there as well -- Cyndi Racz Clarke ’66


Forrest Folck

March 11, 1948 - December 28, 2018

Forrest, at the age of five, with his mom and younger brother, moved to Southern California.   He would go on to become a highly sought-after motor vehicle forensic expert with over 43 ASE Master Mechanic certifications including, ASE certified Advanced Level Specialist. As well as a phenomenal automotive instructor for the San Diego Community College District, including TIA Automotive Tire Service Instructor certification.  Forrest would always jump at the chance to share his knowledge and love for automotive engineering --- whether it was helping his students on their “weekend projects”; to opening his home garage to neighbors to teach and help repair their vehicles, to teaching his grandson how to install a new car stereo system.  Forrest was always cool and calm in the courtroom, patient in the classroom, and the loudest cheerer at his daughter’s dance recitals & son’s soccer games.   He was always the first to lend a tool, share his knowledge, pick up litter on his daily multi-mile walks, and help his friends, family, and neighbors.  Forrest’s pride in his adult children was only superseded by his pride in his grandchildren, to whom he passed along his mechanical inclinations, sense of humor, sense of exploration, and never-ending love. Forrest died of complications from Multiple Myeloma.

Jaye Froehlich Koehler

September 4, 1948 - December 4, 2019

Our sister passed away after a lengthy illness.  She will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with her husband of 32 years -- Shirley Froelich Gleason ’61, Gary Froehlich ’65 and Keith Froehlich ‘68

Susan Gallerstein Krull

Susan passed away December 21, 2020 after a long illness.

Bernard “Skip” Giannini, Jr

June 7, 1947 - May 5, 2011

At the time of his death, Skip was living in La Mesa.  He was a Viet Nam vet, had suffered from poor health for many years, due in part to having been severely wounded in 'Nam.  He is survived by two sons, a brother, and his mother. Skip remained in the Marine Corps for a total of 13 years, then moved into law enforcement, then to Immigration/Customs, from which he retired early, having suffered injuries after a driver and vehicle tried to run him down. Skip was a "big brother" to me and, when we were younger, he protected me fiercely.  His loyalty and integrity were without question.  In that fighting Marine, there was a gentle soul -- Lorraine Haire Merrin ’66

Chuck Gilbreth

Chuck was killed on April 18, 2012 while riding his bicycle on Montezuma Rd


Kathy Gordy Evans

December 12, 1947 - May 24, 2019

Passed away in Glendora, California

Allen David Hacker

May 30, 1948 - October 29, 2010.

Born and raised in San Diego, Allen graduated from UCLA in 1971.  He married Anne Marie Jones in 1972 and received his M.S. from UCLA in 1973.  In 1975, he was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Public Health at UCLA. Over the next 25 years, Allen was a professor and researcher at UCLA, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Kentucky, conducting research into the causes and mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension. In addition to his research, Allen loved sailing, listening to jazz, and skiing.  He was diagnosed with ALS in 1997, a year after his symptoms began.  Despite being given 18 months to live, Allen survived another 13 years. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, his three sons, Christopher, Jonathan, and Benjamin, his grandson , Colin, and his brother, Ken Hacker ’68

Cheryl Haight Fry

April 19, 1948 - December 17, 2007

John Haile

May 12, 1948 - November 1, 1965


Kathleen Hansen


Jon Harvey

October 29, 1948 - October 16, 1987


Gilbert Hayes

October 27, 1948 - May 6, 1994

Charles Holba

February 12, 1948 - April 30, 2002

Chuck was born in San Diego and was a supervisor for the Convair Division of General Dynamics. He was a member of the Lakeside Rodeo. Survivors include his parents, Charles O. and Blanche Holba of San Diego; sister Sharon Schmidt of Anza; and brother Dennis Holba of Santee.

 David Hopkins

August 23, 1948 - June 13, 2000

My brother David was an internationally-known musician and song writer with the group Random Sample, was on staff with Youth for Christ, and for over 20 years was Youth Camp Director at Forest Home Christian Conference Center in Forest Falls, California. David and passed away from MS. He was married with four daughters -- Anne Hopkins Subia '63

Eva Irvin Diaz

September 15, 1949 - May 17, 1981


Janet Jacobi Ware

August 6, 1948 - October 1975

Stevan Jaffe

May 19, 1948 - January 9, 2021

Stevan was born in Champaign, Illinois, grew up in San Diego, and lived there periodically throughout his life.  He attended University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  His terrific sales drive and irresistible personality was a great mix that led him into successful businesses including a jewelry wholesale company, two bars, training and becoming a real estate broker, and several other endeavors.   He is survived by, among others, his brother Bruce Jaffe ’61 and sister Marcia Jaffe ’64.

John Jewell

July 19, 1948 - July 16, 2009

John lived in San Diego since the Jewells moved out west in 1961. He was a skilled automotive mechanic who owned and operated his own towing company, Bedrock Towing for over ten years, a boater and a fisherman. Above all, John was a caring family man who was unforgettable to all who knew him. A great memorial party was held in his honor at his home in North Park and his ashes were spread, as he wished, two miles off the coast of Point Loma.

Cathy Johnson Hunter

February 15, 1948 - May 13, 2013

My wife and classmate passed away from metastatic ovarian cancer. You may recall that she had been inadvertently listed in the obituaries as having died in the 1970s from diabetes, but this ended up being confusion over the last name. This time it is sadly certain. She was the love of my life, from when I first met her in 10th grade math, until the day she died. She was an Incredible mother and grandmother -- Scot Hunter ’66

Laural Johnson Grabowsky

August 17, 1948 - May 26, 2018

Laural died peacefully in her home in Oceanside with her husband Kip by her side from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).  Kip was her sole caregiver from the onset of symptoms four years ago until her death, refusing all outside help.  Kip and Laural had been together for 30 years and raised Kip’s son from his first marriage together. Their son Ocean is married, has two children and being with her grandchildren brought Laural endless delight.   During her life, Laural had many different occupations—she was a dental assistant at which time she met her first husband, owned a print shop, and ultimately returned to college to become an educator. She was an Art teacher for 17 years at Oceanside High School before she retired. She excelled at photography, jewelry-making, knitting, crocheting and quilting. All the renovations in their early California bungalow-style home in Oceanside were designed by Laural. She was a woman with multiple talents, an open heart and a zest for life. She was always upbeat and optimistic and made and kept friends throughout the U. S. Even as her ALS symptoms progressed and she was rapidly losing functions, she remained positive and grateful for the things she was still able to do -- Diane Strum ’66


William Donald Kenney

August 22, 1947 - May 1, 1998

I cannot find an obituary, but he is buried with his father at Fort Rosecrans -- Mary Gale Rogers

Mark Kessler

September 18, 1949 - April 21, 2015

Mark passed away following an eight year battle with cancer.  His family included his wife, Shirley Mador, '69, sons Mike and Greg, granddaughter Zoe, and brothers Ed Kessler '64 and David Kessler '70. Mark received his bachelors degree from SDSU and his law degree from the University of San Diego.  He was an attorney for 33 years, Professor of Law, Mediator, Arbitrator, Soccer Coach, River Runner, Marathon Runner, Mountain Climber, Expert Fly Tier, Gym Rat, Accomplished  Woodworker, and Aztec for Life. He loved spending early mornings at Ocean Beach Dog Beach with his Chocolate Lab Fisher -- named after Aztec basketball head coach Steve Fisher.  He was a loyal Aztec basketball fan with long time season tickets and made many post-season trips to the Mountain West basketball tournament in Vegas. Over 52 years Mark and I played one-on-one at Crawford, followed by Root Beer Freezes at A&W; ping-pong and racquetball at the JCC, where I knocked him out with my racquet;  bodysurfed at the Wedge after seeing "Endless Summer"; cruised the beach in his black Chevy Super Sport;  went on double date bicycle rides.  Even after I moved to Salt Lake City we would trash talk each other over our weekly bowling scores and meet in Las Vegas to watch Aztec basketball.  On one of my more recent trips to San Diego he helped me to turn my idea for a tennis racquet house number sign into the perfect addition to my newly landscaped front yard -- Rick Cohen, '66

Carole Kudrna Blackson Coleman

April 2, 1948 - July 5, 2015

Carole Ann was born and grew up in San Diego before moving to east Texas in the eighties. She will be remembered as one of God’s most special caregivers for “horses, turtles, frogs and ditchdogs”, a “job” which began as a young girl and extended into her final days at their home in Marshall, TX. Many multi-car pileups were narrowly avoided as she stopped regularly to help slow moving turtles across the road and feed burgers to homeless pups. She loved cowboys and enjoyed competing in barrel-racing competitions.

Carolyn Kunkel Goding

March 5, 1948 - February 17, 2012

Carolyn passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Carolyn was born to parents Joseph and Angeline. She has one sister, Rita, whom she always adored. Growing up she was a mischievous tomboy who enjoyed scaring her sister with lizards. Carolyn had an adventurous outgoing spirit and made friends with everyone she met. At eighteen years old, she married Randy Goding '64 and had three children, Steven, James and Rachael. They lived in San Diego where Carolyn worked as a civil servant for the U.S. Navy. She later went on to work as a trade specialist for U.S. Customs where she began her career in international trade. In 1981, she married Charles Van Single. After working at U.S. Customs for thirteen years, she went on to start her successful Customs Brokerage business. She loved working long hours and growing her business. She took great pleasure in solving problems for her clients and her colleagues, which earned her respect and admiration. She was a board member for various trade organizations including the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce. She was the President of the San Diego Customs Broker Association for many years. She loved traveling with the Pacific Coast Council to Washington D.C. where she assisted in lobbying for the industry. She really enjoyed contributing to the various causes for the international trade community.

Carol Kyle Cowan


Bonnie Larson
(No photo in yearbook)

 July 20, 1948 - June 26, 1965

Bill Lee

October 10, 1948 - January 16, 2023

My brother passed away at his home in Santee California.  After graduation he went into the Navy, serving on the USS Coral Sea.  After an honorable discharge, he worked in the landscaping division of the San Diego School District for 35 years  --  Janet Lee Brack ’69


Jeff Lee

Jeff died while mountain biking at Rancho Penasquitos on July 3, 2017.   San Diego Troubadour Magazine published a tribute to him entitled Jeff Lee: A Man of Music, Joy and Laughter.

Anne Boyd Lewis

January 4, 1949 - September 13, 2012

Anne passed away after a 13-year battle with cancer. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, moving to San Diego when she was 13. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles. She then went on to graduate from UCLA with a Masters in Theater Arts and two bachelor degrees in Sociology and Psychology. In 1978 she started work at MCA records in the creative services department where she worked as office manager and quickly moved into a producer’s job, where she was responsible for producing music videos for the likes of, Olivia Newton John, Elton John, BB King, Chaka Khan, The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Crusaders. Anne also wrote, produced, directed and edited a16-mm documentary film titled “Day Break.”  It was about the need for adult day care centers and she won a few awards for her film but what was most important to her was that it was used by several states to get funding for adult day care centers. She was a woman with vision. Anne touched so many people with her warm smile, her responsible attitude and friendly manner. She is survived by her daughters Alyssa, Samantha, and her husband Steve Moore.

Jyl Lieberman Martins

Jyl passed away peacefully Friday, October 16, 2009, from the effects of peritoneal cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, daughters, and other family members. She attended UCLA for a year, then earned her degree and a teaching credential at SDSU. Jyl married Marty Martins, a career prosecutor, in 2001. Jyl was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Leila Lieberman of Del Cerro and her brother Michael ‘63. In addition to her husband and daughters, Jyl is succeeded by her sisters Gloria Lieberman Spelber ‘68 and Nadyne McDermott,

Marie Longdon

August 14, 1948 - December 30, 1997


Michael Lutchansky

September 27, 1948 - February 8, 2012

Charles Mador

March 24, 1948 - May 11, 2023

In the ‘70s Charley made candles and leather goods and sold them at crafts fairs and at San Diego State. In the ‘80s he was in the balloon bouquet business and then went on to sell real estate for a number of years. In the ‘90s he got his masters in clinical social work and worked at Scripps Mercy Hospital for 20 years -- Rick Cohen

He was the best brother and a friend to many.  His wife Cathy was with him to the end and took the best care of him.  We will miss him terribly, but are happy he is free of pain -- Shirley Mador Kessler '69

Don Maize
(No photo in yearbook)


Stephanie Marino

January 31, 1948 - June 12, 1999

Stephanie was born in California and worked as a secretary. Survivors include her mother Susanne Marino and sister Joanne Marino Surprenant ’67


Ken Martin

Ken passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside on April 20, 2023 with complications from cancer.   After graduating from SDSU, Ken became one of the first male flight attendants for Continental Airlines. In addition he worked as a model, making TV commercials for many companies including Nordstrom.  These were perfect fits for his outgoing passion for life.  He moved to the Seattle area in the mid 1970s, where he created and ran his own successful lien business.  Ken’s laugh and friendly demeanor will long be remembered by his many friends in San Diego. It was there that he learned and became an excellent golfer.  Ken leaves behind his lovely wife Marie, three daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandsons.  (Written by Judy Sage and Michelle Hazlewood, who remember sharing many great times with Kenny during and after high school)

Daniel Matlock
(No photo in yearbook)


Dale McCormick

February 5, 1948 - March 19, 1965

Dale McCormick and Lance Shanley were both killed in a car accident during our junior or senior year. We went through school together since elementary school and Lance lived across the street from my house -- Sally Marshall-Hyde


Michael Jack McDonald

Michael died on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021, after suffering a massive heart attack at his home in Indio, CA.  He was the epitome of health,  a 70 year old man able to hike the Sierras, who kept a karate dojo in his home.  He was Jack McDonald growing up in San Diego and while at Crawford. Taking Michael as his first name in adulthood, he studied at San Diego College  and was a devotee of Dr. Anderson in the Philosophy Department.  During that time he formed a relationship with my sister Lori “Anne” Selten ’67.   Michael and Anne moved to Hawaii where they married on the beach in Kauai.  Michael attained his Doctorate,from the University of Hawaii in Religion.  Anne and Michael moved to Pioneertown, California to be close to our father, who lived in the Palm Springs area.  Michael and Anne worked in real wstate and both wrote on the subject of I Ching. They were both passionate about spirituality and I Ching in particular. Anne eventually completed her book “The Nature-Based I Ching / A Modern Woman’s Book of Changes”, which Michael edited and published after she died.  Michael had since completed his own book “I Ching Self-Change”   He had a dry, delightful sense of humor and wrote a few things for Hollywood and for personal expression, that I found very funny.   My aunt and daughter say that Michael is now with my sister and that’s all they ever wanted. I’m good with that. He was in my life for more than fifty years.  For those of us that remain, he is missed -- Eric Selten ’64

Video Interview with Dr. Michael McDonald

Marsha McGaw

Marcia McGaw was my best friend and was killed in a train accident between our sophomore and junior year -- Sally Marshall-Hyde

Diana McGowan

November 26, 1948 - June 5, 2012

Diana graduated from San Diego State University in 1971 with a bachelors degree. In 1974, she started her 36-year career as a speech language pathologist in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. She retired in 2010. She became an avid sailor in the 1970s; her boat of choice was a Hobie Cat catamaran. She loved to travel, and her last foreign adventure was in Africa in 2011. Another of Diana's hobbies was studying her family's genealogy and making family scrapbooks. She and her close friend traveled many times to Salt Lake City to research their ancestors. In 1995, Diana was diagnosed with breast cancer. She endured chemotherapy and other treatments, and the cancer remitted until it intensified again in 2004. She was still fighting the cancer when she passed away eight years later. Diana is survived by her mother, Milo Woodward McGowan; sisters Martha McGowan ’68, Leatha McGowan Cooksy ’70, Barbara McGowan, and Laura McGowan Minto ’78; brother Robert McGowan ’76; and son Damon Lowney.


Roger Merk

January 1, 1948 - November 3, 2015

Roger was born and lived in North Dakota until seventeen. After both his parents passed away Roger moved to San Diego to live with Aunt Myrtle, his second mom. Her love, care and guidance shaped him into the successful man he was -- a retired engineer, an icon and educator in Gemology. He lived his life to the fullest collecting books, gems and Jade.

Reynaldo “Ron” Montalvo

October 11, 1948 - January 19, 2011

Greg Montanero

April 12, 1948 - February 20, 2018

Richard Morse

December 10, 1948 - July 14, 2019

My brother passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.  He was living in Sonora, CA with his wife Deborah -- Ron Morse ’64

Rita Moss Levy

Mike Nelson

April 16, 1948 - January 18, 2008

My brother was a millwright and enjoyed surfing and playing the guitar. He passed
away of complications of sepsis from an infected tooth
-- Deb Nelson Paules ’73

Ken Neun

Ted Nichols

December 5, 1947 – July 12, 2001

Tina Overton Brende

April 2, 1949 - December 18, 2002

Joseph Palazzolo

May 25, 1948-January 24, 2002

A 28-year resident of Riverside, Joseph died at Riverside Community Hospital. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and was a San Diego resident from the age of 9 until his move to Riverside. He had been employed for 28 years with the County of Riverside Probation Department, having served as a Supervising Probation Officer. He earned a BS in Criminolgoy at California State University-San Bernardino. Survivors include his wife Janet of Riverside, daughter Julie Palazzolo, sons Joseph Jr. and Jared, all from Riverside, mother Rose Palazzolo of San Diego, brothers Christopher and John from San Diego, and Robert of Leander, Texas, sisters Angie Hamilton and Mare Anne Allen of San Diego. Joseph was preceded in death by his father Christopher and brother Barney.


Shirlyn Potter Daddario

May 18, 1948 - February 1, 2017

Shirlyn passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, after a heroic battle with breast cancer. She was a San Diego native who attended San Diego State University, and received her JD from California Western School of Law. She completed her undergraduate and law degrees while a single mother to her three girls, somehow managing to attend their swim meets and run marathons too. She leaves behind a wide circle of friends and colleagues, including her Geocon family, who were all a tremendous support to her during her illness. She is survived by, among others, sisters Terry Potter Cameron ’69, Carolyn Potter Sharpe ’71 and Linda Potter Anderson ’76, all of San Diego.

Barbara Raspenti

February 13, 1948 – April 10, 1987

Barbara died in a car accident. My mother was married to her
brother Richard and was one of her best friends
– Karla Huber


Michael Ratliff

December 30, 1947 - September 26, 2017

Mike passed away at Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, California.  Michael was in law enforcement for 20 years.  He enjoyed flying model airplanes, traveling, hunting, and collecting old guns.

Kathleen Reagan

May 28, 1948 – January 16, 2010

Kathy recently retired after 29 years as the librarian and teacher at Clairemont High School. She was much beloved by students, staff and parents. Kathy loved music, art, theater, travel, good books and great food. She volunteered at the San Diego Opera and more recently at The Old Globe Theater. Her eyes would sparkle when telling about a play she liked or a meal she enjoyed. The light in those blue eyes was an inspiration to everyone in her life. Kathy is survived by daughter Kathleen Reagan Mackenzie of San Diego as well as five brothers and two sisters.

Russell Rice

February 29, 1948 - May 1972


Randall Richolson

October 20, 1948 - May 1980

My friend Randall died in a vehicle accident in Las Vegas NV
– James “Mike” Kelley

Tom Rowe

Passed away December 23, 2014

Diane "Mari" Sanders

My mother, Diane (Mari) Sanders was still living in San Diego till 2000, then moved to Portland, OR Unfortunately, she passed away from uterine cancer in December of 2001 -- Eric Sanders '85

Michael Savary

June 10, 1948 - October 22, 2002

Michael was born in San Diego and was a life-long resident. He was an accomplished Journeyman carpenter who left his mark on many homes throughout San Diego. Michael passed away after a brave battle with brain cancer with his wife Mary, son Michael Jr., daughters Rebecca and Melanie by his side. His death was a tragic loss to his family and he is greatly missed everyday.

Lance Shanley

July 19, 1948 - March 19, 1965


Ronald Shearer

Ron passed away peacefully at the VA Hospital in La Jolla on July 5, 2010. He was born in San Diego in 1947 where he grew up in the East San Diego area. Ron went into the Army immediately after graduation and served in Vietnam. He is survived by his brother Clyde Shearer ‘61.

Karen Skough Clabeaux

1948 - September 26, 2009

Karen peacefully passed away after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Karen, a native of San Diego, graduated from San Diego State University. She retired in 2005, from San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, after 34 years as a Social Worker and Program Assistant. She is survived by sons, Tom and Erik of El Cajon, brother, Bob Skough of Los Angeles, stepdaughters, Dawn and Terri, and step-grandson, Lennon, all of San Diego.

Dennis Sherwood

March 26, 1947 - January 18, 2000

Dennis was born in San Diego, worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and had served in the Army. He belonged to the A.Y.H. Bicycle Club and the Rag Brai 700 Mile Bike Run. Survivors include his sons, Jason Michael Sherwood and Matthew David Studer; stepdaughter, Tracy Bui; father, Robert Adam Sherwood; and brother, James Robert Sherwood of Brisbane, Australia.

Dennis was a member of our junior college fraternity in the ‘60s and one of our “brothers” spoke with Dennis several years ago. Dennis had severe diabetes with the usual side effects. Dennis probably died from those medical problems -- Chris Stafford ’64


Judith Sisler Pedro

Aug 18, 1948 - July 8, 2013

Judy was born in Long Beach, CA and passed at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK. She was a retired Air Force nurse and an Oklahoma University alum. She is survived by four siblings, three children and four grandchildren.

Trudy Stewart Veith

September 30, 1947 - January 16, 2008

Trudy had a massive heart attack as she was getting out of her car to go to a doctor’s visit. According to the daughter, she never knew what hit her -- Linda McKeon Ressetar '66

Florine Strong

October 1, 1948 - April 1974


Don critiques the work of assembled firefighters in Montana around 2003.

Don Lee Studebaker

October 21, 1948 - April 24, 2005

Don was born in Seattle and was a fire-management officer for the U.S. Forest Service. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Antique Auto Club of America. Survivors include his wife, Ann Studebaker; daughters, Robin Coley of Santa Ysabel and Candace Studebaker of San Diego; and sons, Ian and Andrew Studebaker of San Diego.

We moved back into Don's parents' house a few blocks from Crawford in 1989, and three of our children also attended Crawford. Our first grandchild was born January 29, 2006 to daughter Candace '98. Don rose from seasonal firefighter to nationally recognized authority on fire behavior and disaster management who traveled all over the world. He managed not only major fires, but other disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, famine relief and floods. He also won the respect of NASA officials for his management of the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery effort. Don had planned on attending the next Crawford reunion and was looking forward to reconnecting with his old classmates -- Ann Studebaker

Raymond Testa

August 30, 1948 - February 5, 2002

Ray was born in San Diego and was a private investigator for Manny Lopez Association, Inc. He was a bodyguard for Joan Kroc, a security manager and director, and a private investigator. He served in the Navy. He was a president of Lake Murray Little League. Survivors include his son, Timothy T. Testa; mother, Mary Testa; sister, Mary Elyn Testa; and brothers, Ed, Jim and Joe Testa.

"John, I talked to Ray's brother Jim. Ray died of congestive heart failure. Too bad, I liked Ray and knew him very well." -- Mike Nesbit '64

Linda Thaler Neiman

Linda passed away March 23, 2014, seven weeks after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

I knew Linda very well as she was one of my golfing partners in Rancho Santa Fe. I had lunch with her four weeks ago and she was just as shocked as all of us that, not only did she have cancer, but that the doctors gave her only a few weeks to live.  She attacked the disease as she did the golf course with determination and courage, seeking the best help that she could find.  In the end, nothing could stop her rapid decline, leaving all of her friends in shock that she left this world at such a young age.-- Sharon Culver Considine ’60 (April 4, 2014)

Dana Thompson Smith

October 3, 1948 - November 29, 2003

Dana died from complications of lupus. She was my daughter's
aunt and my former sister-in-law
-- Yvonne Johnson Kenyon '64

Bruce Tokars

September 23, 1948 - March 28, 2013

My husband died of a heart attack. It was very sad and sudden -- Alice Tokars

Philip Tomic

Philip passed away from lung cancer in Fullerton, CA in 2003

John Robert Trebil Jr.

October 22, 1947 – October 1, 2006

John was born at Camp Le June, NC. His life came to an end after a year long courageous battle with melanoma. John passed away peacefully with his daughters Rebecca and Rachel and youngest son Andrew at his side. John loved sports and coached soccer and baseball teams for his sons and daughters. In the late 80's he served as President of La Mesa American Little League and La Mesa Pony League. During this time, he escorted the La Mesa team to the Pony League World Series in Pennsylvania.


Tom Van Doren

September 8, 2018 - March 1948

Tom worked as a commercial fisherman in the south Pacific for eleven years until he was cut by a cable and got gangrene in his leg.  On a small air strip atoll the doctor wanted to amputate, but Tom wouldn't let them. He made it back to Hawaii, got care and kept his leg. He surfed his whole life, had a great smooth style. Loved his Baja surf trips. Tom was married for a while to Lynn Ballard -- Don Levine

Fredrick Wagner


Steve Wangler

June 8, 1948 - October 1, 1983


Penny Weast Severson

April 6, 1948 - June 11, 2020

Penny passed on her terms, quietly at home, in her sleep, with her family by her side. She was a native San Diegan, educated at Oak Park Elementary, Horace Mann Junior High, Crawford,  and Grossmont Junior College. Then she was off to Delta Airlines for the next 34 years. She retired in 2003.  Penny was a volunteer advocate. She was a Candy Striper in her teens, worked at a hospital while based in Texas, and a faithful worker for the San Carlos Library for almost 25 years. She constantly encouraged her family and friends to volunteer.  She was also a Brownie leader at Hearst Elementary School in Del Cerro, and she drove braille students and their dogs to and from lessons.  Penny was a breast cancer survivor for seven-plus years.

Dorothy Woodward

Our dear friend of many years passed away November 23, 2017.  She resided in Cedar Falls, Iowa -- Don Christofferson '68 and Linda Skeen Christofferson '70


James Wright Jr.

February 21, 1948 - May 5, 1968

I remember I saw James Wright's name and date of death on the list of those from San Diego killed in the VietNam war -- Sally Marshall-Hyde

Mike Wrightsman

July 6, 1946 - October 15, 2010

My brother passed away in his sleep. He had ALS for the last eighteen months. It only became serious the last three months, so it's a blessing that he didn't suffer a long time -- Nancy Wrightsman Simonedes '65


 James William Wylie

May 1, 1948-February 20, 2004

James, 55, of El Cajon was born in San Diego and was a commercial painter. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his companion, Nancy Blanton; daughter, Jessica of El Cajon; stepsons, Eric and Jay Blanton of El Cajon; mother, Mildred Zimmerman of Point Loma; sister, Katherine Wylie of Chula Vista; niece, Erin Wylie of Wenatchee, Wash.; and three grandchildren.

Dwight Yakel

February 17, 1948 - 2013

Bob Zykwa

Dan Burton sends word of the passing of his classmate on May 11, 2017 at the VA Hospital in La Jolla from diabetes complications.

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