1968 Obituaries

Bill Appleby

August 6, 1950 - September 17, 2007

My brother fought 10 long years of lymphoma before it finally took him. He suffered quite a bit during the last year. At least now he can be at peace – Terry Appleby ‘74

Scott Bankston

June 4, 1950 - October 21, 2011

Shortly after graduating from high school, Scott spent 3-4 years as a laborer in the construction industry and joined the Laborers Union. Scott was a strong believer in the Union he was part of. After his time spent as a laborer, in approximately 1978 Scott joined the Operating Engineers Union. While a member of this union Scott performed jobs like driving tractors, paving roads, and preparing land in different areas around San Diego in order that schools, homes and bridges could be built. Scott enjoyed his work in this capacity but he wanted more. Scott decided to go back to school. Scott attended San Diego State University and received a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts Psychology on May 28, 1998. Continuing his education for the next two years, he then received his Masters of Science Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling on May 31, 2000 and would pursue a future career in Psychology with an emphasis on brain injury. For the last ten years, Scott has worked with brain injury students for the San Diego Community College District. In this capacity he provided Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Anger Management Counseling. His most recent position was to assist brain injury patients in pursuance of a career. He would provide them with tools necessary to assist them in achieving their career goals. He provided teaching, counseling, advising, and he was passionate about leading and inspiring his students to attain their goals. Over the last six months, Scott's health started to decline. Even though there were health issues, his passing was unexpected.

Roseanne Baskin Birney


Greg Bear

August 20, 1951 - November 20, 2022

Greg Bear, a San Diego native who wrote such highly acclaimed and plausible science fiction novels as “Blood Music,” “Darwin’s Radio” and “Eon” and who helped create San Diego Comic-Con, died “following a stroke after complications during heart surgery,” according to the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, or SFWA. He served as the group’s president from 1988 to 1990.

Laurie Brickey Adamonis

September 5, 1950 - June 19, 2013

Laurie was a third generation "Brickey", born in San Diego to the late Purl and Marjorie Brickey. In 1981 she moved to St George, Utah. She moved back to San Diego in 1987 where she went to work for the La Mesa Police Department as a dispatcher. In 2008 Laurie was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which forced her to retire early. Laurie loved music and was an accomplished singer. She loved singing karaoke with her many karaoke friends, and spending time with her friends from La Mesa Police Department. She was predeceased by her daughter Janelle and survived by her husband Joseph of Santee, and brothers Wayne ’62 and James ’66 of St George and many nieces and nephews.

Sharon Brown Garrison

August 31, 1950 - June 5, 2004

Sharon passed away from pancreatic cancer. She had three surviving children. We lived in San Diego until 1983, moved to the east coast for three years, then returned to the San Francisco Bay area. Sharon loved sewing, crafting, selling her designs at craft shows and traveling. We retired in 2002 and moved to Bozeman, Montana. -- Steve Garrison

Beverly Butcher

August 27, 1950 - March 1986

Beverly was the keyboard player in our high school all girls’ band. Ramona Najimy was on drums and Laura Weiss played the flute. I handled the mike, bass guitar and tambourine. We made LOTS of noise in various garages – a group’s gotta practice, you know -- and actually had some gigs. I remember a Honeywell company picnic and a Lebanese ethnic thingie that Ramona got for us. Beverly was a quiet person in real life, but a ROCKER while in the band. We did a lot of Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and the Beatles You get the idea -- really ‘60s. Beverly, you were cool. I wish I would've stayed in touch. -- Irma A. Groot ‘68

Gary Camren
(No photo in yearbook)

My ex-husband died December 4, 2010 of heart disease and other problems. He lived on the golf course at San Diego Country Estates in Ramona and died at my home in Crest. He attended Crawford in 1966 and 1967, and Horace Mann before that. He transferred to San Diego High School his senior year. He did not like having his picture taken, even though he looked very much like Ricky Nelson. He was an avid fan of race car driver Jimmie Johnson, who used to swim in our pool with our sons when he was younger. Gary was a pipe fitter and plumber with Local 230 for over 35 years -- Bev Judd Camren ’69

Gary Clarkson
(No photo in yearbook)

June 28, 1949 – April 25, 2008

I was informed of Gary’s passing by his ex-wife. We were friends since junior high but were not able to get together much in these past several years. He was a fellow Marine and saw duty in Vietnam -- Bill Grantham

Karen Sue Cochran-Reynolds

March 3, 1950-August 9, 2004

We lost Karen Monday from a short battle with cancer at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. She was the daughter of Hugh Cochran and Billye Tucker Cochran. Karen is survived by her son, Erik Lucas of Washington, D.C.; mother Billye MacLaughlin and stepfather Capt. N.H. MacLaughlin of Pinehurst, NC.; aunt Vangie of Houston, Texas, and sister Kathy Lee of Phoenix, Ariz. She is also survived by her loving animals Charlotte, Nellie, Tucker, and Cindy. She was predeceased by her father Hugh Cochran, and stepmother Alice ( ? ). Karen was an RN at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. She also spent much of her time volunteering her time and skills to the American Red Cross of San Diego. Not only was she a wonderful asset to the community she was a great friend and family member. Karen was a special person who touched many lives from lost animals to patients battling heart failure. She was a unique, vivacious, and wonderful human being. She touched all of our lives.

Raymond Colangelo

August 31, 1950 – October 30, 2009

Lee passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, with his family at his side. He was born in San Diego at Mercy Hospital, and graduated from San Diego State University. An avid outdoorsman, Lee loved his many years working with animals at the Zoo and Wild Animal Park. A celebration of his life was held by friends and family.

Mary Coleman Evans Marquardt

August 2, 1950 - August 25, 2006

"A head-on collision on state Route 371 killed three San Diego County residents and injured a fourth yesterday, the California Highway Patrol said. Travis M. Josephson, 36, and Mary Marquardt, 56, both of El Cajon, and Edward R. Coleman, 80, of San Diego, died, the Riverside County Coroner's Office said. The collision occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Route 371 east of Lake Riverside Drive, about six miles west of Anza. CHP Officer Ron Thatcher said Josephson was driving west when he lost control of the Hyundai Accent on a curve. The car crossed double-yellow lines into the eastbound lane, where it collided with a Subaru Legacy. Josephson died at the scene. The Subaru driver, Sheridan Marquardt Jr., 58, of El Cajon was hospitalized with moderate injuries. Mary Marquardt and Coleman, both passengers in the Subaru, were flown to Desert Medical Center in Palm Springs, where they died of their injuries, Thatcher said." -- San Diego Union-Tribune, August 26, 2006

Kevin DeCosta
June 19, 1950 - February 8, 2013

Kevin was born in San Diego and died in Carlsbad. His Mom was a dance instructor and Kevin learned to tap and jazz dance, performing at Russ Auditorium at City College. Much more effective was his Dad immersing him in the waters of Mission Bay—he water skied at 7 and was a lifelong bodysurfer and boogie boarder. Kevin was also a Boy Scout and developed a love for camping and the great outdoors. Kevin attended Grossmont College and SDSU where, just a few credits short of his degree in accounting he decided he really didn't want to be an accountant and stepped into the grocery business full time. From the age of 15, until the late 1990s he worked for Gilo Mattera, first at Big Bear Market and later at the Market Place, Jonathan's and Harvest Ranch Market. At 22, he was the youngest store manager the chain ever promoted. Kevin developed a fine appreciation for wine. He was undoubtedly one of a very small percentage of folks with the ability to blind taste a wine and know its varietal pedigree, the region it was from and even the vintage. His palate was that well developed and it led to his eventual opening of the Del Mar Wine Co. and then Encinitas Wine.

James DeHart

I remember talking to Jim De Hart a few days before he was killed in the plane crash at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, on May 25, 1979. We ran into each other in a grocery store in Point Loma and he was encouraging me to continue with my interviewing for the airlines. He was a flight attendant on an American Airlines DC-10 that had an engine drop off just after take off. -- Susan Weetman Belair '68

Jeannie Dendrinos Wolfarth

October 25, 1950 - January 14, 2004

A proud-to-be native of San Diego, Jeannie was born October 25, 1950. Her grandfather was a partner in the Seven Seas Locker Club downtown San Diego. Her mother worked at Food Basket on Fairmont and University Avenue for over twenty years. At Crawford, she was known as the "Cher" look alike. After high school, she attended Pacific College where she became proficient in medical transcription. Even though Jeannie was often in a great deal of pain, she did not complain nor want anyone to feel sorry for her. Therefore, her almost seven year bout with breast cancer was kept from most. Her husband Bruce quit his work and cared for his wife Jeannie during this period. It was not until the last week of Jeannie ' s life that San Diego Hospice stepped into the picture. Jeannie died peacefully January 14, 2004 at her home in Singing Hills. Close friends, family, her animals, and the wonderful San Diego Hospice staff were present at her passing. Jeannie would want everyone to celebrate her life as she knew it. Committing herself to God, healthy food and exercise, love of San Diego, family, friend and her animals were Jeannie ' s fingerprints on life. We will miss her beyond imagination.

David Denlinger
(No photo in yearbook)


Giovanna DeSanti Hauser

September 1, 1950 - March 18, 2017

Mary Ellen Dudick Cagan

February 27, 1950 - April 11, 2001

My sister Ellie is deeply missed by her son, family and friends.  She is remembered for her loving, caring nature, her devotion and bubbly personality, lighting "our world" with her happy faces and rainbows.  Forever in our hearts -- Phillis Dudick ’60

Frances Eddy Lynch

Frances passed away November 3, 2017, reports brother Lee ’72

James Ensign

June 25, 1950 - October 11, 2005

Tom attended Chico State University. He was employed by Kelar Corporation in San Diego for a number of years. His love of golf started as a teenager. He was presented the San Diego Union-Tribune Junior Golf certificate of achievement in 1964 and in 1966. Tom is survived by a son, Matthew Ensign, sister C. J. Martin, his mother Jane Caldwell and his stepfather Jim Caldwell.

Penny Farley Gore

Penny suffered a fatal heart attack on October 18, 2020 while visiting children and grandchildren in Washington State reports her classmate Don Christofferson.  Don had known Penny since Kindergarten at Euclid Elementary and continued on with her through Horace Mann and Crawford.

Dan Felice

Dan was diagnosed with Liver Cancer in October of 2016 and passed away on February 2, 2017. He his survived by his wife Marica, his daughter, two sons and 6 grandchildren and two brothers -- Michael Levas

Michael Frazier

Edwin “Big Ed” Furlow

February 6, 1950 - October 9, 1994

Jeff Garrison
(No photo in yearbook)

September 3, 1949 - January 1, 2011

Jeff was born in Germany as Wolfgang Ewald Linder and immigrated to the United States in 1953 after adoption by his parents John Garrison and Phyllys Bennett. As a young adult, Jeff held many jobs, including working as a mechanic and long haul trucking, but soon found his career in construction. Shortly after graduation, Jeff began dating Diana Sibbison who he married on January 20, 1973.

Thomas Gary

August 10, 1950 - February 20, 2004

"The most gentle, kindhearted loving person to whom
it was my privilege to be married."
-- Jane Gary

Kathleen Godels Dwight

April 1, 1950 - April 15, 2022

We were friends since the first day of Kindergarten at Andrew Jackson, although had lost touch in the late 70s.   She was a Special Education teacher and was retired.  She is survived by, among others, her sister Annette Godels Conway ’71 -- Sylvia Wicke Ryerson ’68

Linda Goldenstein Yaeger

November 29, 1950 - January 28, 2010

Linda passed away from cancer. She is survived by her son Daniel and sister Robyn Goldenstein Kettering ’72

Donna Gregston

A Memorial Service for Donna was held on Saturday November 11, 2017 at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas.


Peggy Halfaker Haney

March 25, 1950 - November 29, 2018


Mark Hamm

November 15, 1950 - May 31, 2022

Mark passed away at home in Cottontown, Tennessee


Terry Harkless Kneeshaw

December 22, 1949 - November 22, 2020

Terry passed away after a year-long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  She met her husband George when she was 15 and they became inseparable, marrying on August 29, 1970.  She loved to sew, bake, garden, and had a passion for painting.  She worked part-time at an elementary school so she could balance work and raising her three children. Terry was preceded in death by her father, Bill, her mother, Jean, and brother Gary.

Sherryl Harper Martin

March 16, 1950 - March 11, 1983

Kelly R. Hart, Jr.

Dec. 1, 1949-May 13, 2002

"John, I don't know how you collect the obits, but I thought I would send this on to you. Kelly Hart, class of 1968, passed away May 13, 2002. Kelly played French horn and was in the marching band, and was in ROTC. After high school he had several occupations including beekeeper and fireman. He took many classes over years in college, and won several awards in forensics. His teachers at Grossmont College recently created the Kelly Hart Tenacity award to be awarded to a speech/communications student each year who displays Kelly's never-give-up attitude." -- Alan Fedder '69

Robert Hoke

October 16, 1949 - November 26, 1973

John Holewinski

November 6, 1950 - May 15, 1977

Tracy Hollinshead

February 21, 1950 - December 27, 2012

Tracy passed away peacefully at home with his family in Ridgecrest. He was born in Toledo, Ohio and was a Ridgecrest resident since 2002. Tracy loved rock and roll music and watching movies. He had a great sense of humor. He was also a member E Clampus Vitus, a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially of gold mining regions. He is survived by wife Debra, brother Crispin Hollinshead '64 and sister Robin Hollinshead Cottrell ’72

Hiram Holloway
(No photo in yearbook)

March 12, 1950 - December 14, 2018

My brother succumbed to esophageal cancer and passed away in his sleep.  He was diagnosed with stage 1 cancer of the esophagus in June 2018 -- Ben Holloway ‘67

Dale Hoover

June 26, 1950 - February 22, 2007

Linda Hughes Fantoni

June 22, 1950 - March 25, 2011

Linda was born and raised in Chula Vista. She was married to Larry Fantoni ono June 12, 1972 at the Little Chapel of the Roses. She owned and operated Fantoni Daycare for 17 years in San Diego and El Cajon. She moved to Rio Dell in Humboldt County in 1996, where she worked for Old Navy as well as the Eel River Sawmill. She had moved to Arizona and was living in Flagstaff when she passed away from complications due to chemotherapy for cancer.

Donna Jarrard

August 2, 1950 – May 17, 2008

Donna looked back with pride on her days as a Charger Girl. Later she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse and practiced that profession until her health prevented this work. Donna was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Jean and her brother Thomas I. Jarrard, III. She is survived by her father Ted and her brother Bruce.

William Johnson

November 10, 1950 - February 3, 2000

Bill passed away, having been diagnosed with cancer the previous November. He graduated from San Diego State with the intention of becoming a teacher, then decided to pursue a law career and graduated from Western State School of Law. He was a partner in the Solana Beach law firm of Weeks, Kaufman and Johnson. He was active as a Boy Scout leader and baseball coach, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Crawford High Foundation. He is survived by his wife Camille, daughters Melissa Johnson of Fort Bragg, Brooke Johnson of San Diego, son Seth and mother Doris of San Diego.

Mike Judd

My brother passed away November 13, 2022 from heart failure and complications due to diabetes -- Beverly Judd Camren '69

John Kanagy

December 29, 1949 - October 18, 1993

Our loving son gave up a brave fight with his mother and father, Warren and Dottie, holding his hand. With a tear in his eye he kissed his precious Holly, of nine and a half wonderful years, goodbye. John was a godly and spiritual man who loved life and loved helping people – especially children. John leaves behind his beloved wife, family and many who will remember him fondly. As long as life and memory last, love will always live in our hearts. The family wishes donations be made to the Cancer Society or Children’s’ Hospital.

Peter Keyser

Peter died at home Sunday, August 7, 2011 peacefully surrounded by friends. He is survived by his beloved companion Barbara Williams, sisters Tamara KeyserYates '71 and Katie Mann, brother Jett Keyser '67 and his stepfather, Ben Hamilton. Having been paralyzed in a car accident shortly after high school, he found a rich spiritual life as a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. He was able to make the journey to India multiple times before finally settling in Pt. Loma where he continued he enjoy the wonderful ocean breeze.

Barbara Kidder

November 2, 1950 - September 1, 1966

Barbara Kidder died in an auto accident while we were still at Horace Mann -- Susan Weetman Belair

Raymond Kirk

September 15, 1949 - July 24, 2015

Ray was a San Diego native and served in the U.S. Army. He retired from the San Diego City Schools as their lead locksmith. He had 38 years of service with the district. Ray was a member of OMBAC and had recently joined The Over The Hill Gang -- Two clubs that he truly enjoyed.

Barbara Kyle Gorla

July 11, 1950 - November 10, 2014

Barbara is survived by daughter Monique Uyeda and family, brother Rodney Kyle ’64, and life partner Les Shelton.

Bruce Lamb

Bruce passed away April 17, 2022

Bryan Lanois

Bryan had a heart attack February 3, 2024 in Murrieta, California and passed peacefully.

Larry Larson

April 23, 1950 - September 15, 2003

A resident of Carmel, Indiana, Larry died at the Saint Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis.  He was employed by Dow AgoSciences for 28 years as a scientist.  He was a member of King of Glory Lutheran Church, past president of the Entomological Society of America.  Survivors include his wife Marian Doll Larson ’70, and sister Cherilyn Larson Charfauros ’71 of San Diego.

My brother loved the Crawford high vocal groups. He shared his amazing baritone voice in Madrigals each year. He went on to join the community choir in midland Michigan and traveled to Europe singing with them many times. He also loved singing in his church choir. His excellent debate team experience at Crawford prepared him be a regular reader at his church and a leader on the church council. One of his best friends was fellow classmate and cartoonist Scott Shaw. Larry’s youngest daughter Roxanne received a degree in sequential art and met Scott at the San Diego Comic-Con a few years back
-- Cheryl Larson Charfauros

Suzanne Laycock Fares

November 5, 1951 - September 6, 2012

Suzanne was born in San Diego and was a resident of Pleasonton, California upon her death. She participated in high school and college musical theater and in the professional local light opera during the summer.  She won an award for most promising young voice in the Met auditions in Los Angeles when she was 16 and a freshman in college. She attended San Diego State University earning a degree in English literature.

Elizabeth Lee

February 25 1950 - May 12 2017

Liz had a musical career playing the piano and organ that began from a very young age.  She majored in music at San Diego Mesa College and the College of the Redwoods. She performed solo work and accompanied choral groups, instrumentalists and soloists publicly from 1960 until she retired.   Her Persian cats Betsy and Puddy, inherited from family members who lived in Arizona, were one of her joys. Wherever we went, the cats came in tow. They traveled with us from San Diego to Texas were we lived for four years, and then back with us when we returned to San Diego.  During our return to California, Liz alone in one rental truck with two cats in the front cab, the brakes and power steering gave out while heading down the long, steep grade into Sierra Blanca outside of El Paso. Somehow she found the strength to steer the runaway truck and bring it to a stop at the gas station at the bottom of the hill. Liz took all of this in stride, and the next morning, as the truck was repaired, she and her husband enjoyed a breakfast of Huevos Rancheros and went on their way.  Back in California, she and her husband acquired another Persian cat, Petey, who they loved for 16 years.  A year ago Liz purchased a Mini Cooper. She enjoyed driving her Mini S hard top, and drove it with the same precision and bravado as she showed with the keyboards. Liz’s love of cars began with her father, who was a self-professed “motor-head” and always drove fast cars. Liz had owned her share of performance cars, from a Chevy Camaro to a Datsun 240Z, and the Mini reminded her of those past vehicles. She would often say after driving her Mini, “I still got it.” Like her passion for music, Liz carried her youthful zeal and panache throughout her life to the very end, living through its daily demands with grace, fortitude, and loyal perseverance to her values and love of God.  Liz is survived by her husband of 28 years, Neil R. Simpson, and her sister Carol Lee White ’70.

Katherine Leiser

August 15, 1951 -- January 13, 1999

Larry LeVerne Larson

April 23, 1950 - September 15, 2003

Larry died after a three year fight with colon cancer. He received his BS from SDSU and his PhD in Entomology at UC Riverside. He spent his career as a research scientist with Dow Chemical and Dow AgroSciences. He was happy and successful in his work and his profession. Even during his chemo he still took on the presidency of the Entomological Society of America while still working. For those who knew him well they would not be surprised of his drive to follow his passion and trying to make a difference. When his job took him out of the state in 1980 he always looked forward to returning home and retiring in San Diego. He leaves behind his spouse of 27 years and two wonderful daughters in their late teens -- Marian Doll Larson '70

Jeanette Lechien

February 7, 1950 - August 29, 1985

Donna Mador

March 26, 1950 - May 28, 2013

Donna lived in San Diego her whole life and worked for San Diego Unified School District. She is survived by two sons and three grandchildren, brother Charles Mador '66 and sister Shirley Mador Kessler '69

Suzanne Matheny Garrison

August 16, 1950 - August 18, 1984

Arnold Lee McCoy

November 18, 1950 - March 3, 2003

Melissa McGinnis Marshall

June 12, 1950 - September 1, 2011

Melissa died of cancer. She graduated from San Diego State University in 1972 and in December of that year married Thomas Marshall, a fellow SDSU student. Melissa moved to Poway in 1978 to raise her family and was an active member of the community, volunteering in schools, serving as a Girl Scout leader, PTA president, and singing in local chorales. Her love of the classroom led her to obtain a teaching credential at 46, and shortly thereafter she began working at Turtleback Elementary School. For the rest of her life she was devoted to the students and teachers at Turtleback, and her classroom was known for both its liveliness and structure. Melissa worked tirelessly with even the most reluctant readers, won County awards for her work with video in the classroom, and was known occasionally to enjoy some line dancing when school assemblies demanded it. Melissa is survived by her husband, three daughters and siblings, Cathy, Amy and Patrick McGinnis and their families.

Ray McFarland

February 23, 1950 - June 6, 2015

A native San Diegan Ray was actively involved at St. Therese Parish, and a Fourth Degree Knight. Ray was also a devoted Marine, Raider fan, and Harley enthusiast.

Gordon McKee, III

November 4, 1950 - January 1974

Sharon Meredith

November 11, 1950 - October 09, 2006

Sharon died in Spokane, WA from leukemia.

Jean Mhoon Evans

June 21, 1950 – March 31, 2010

Jean was born at Naval Air Station North Island and passed away peacefully at Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego from complications of cancer. She was married to the love of her life and '"blind date" James L. Evans on April 6, 1974. . She is survived by her husband Jim, son Jeremy, and sisters Judy Mhood Alduenda ‘63 of Ramona, CA, and Carol Mhoon Isbell ’70 of Swansea, Illinois. Jean worked as an instructional aide with the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and was a thoughtful and inspirational worker with all her children.

Donna Penn Landes Zander

November 23, 1950 - April 27, 1991

Thomas Pabst

November 4, 1950 - August 16, 1990

"Loved and missed by his parents, his brothers, and his daughter." – Dave Pabst ‘72

Joseph Pepping

January 3, 1950 - February 11, 2009

Born in San Diego, Paul was a resident of Kailua, HI at the time of his death. He was the assistant director of Pain Management, Integrative and Complementary Medicine at Kaiser Permanente. He is survived by his life partner Eluned Mun, parents Robert Pepping and Yvette Ordronneau, brothers Robert, Ted and Bill and sisters Yvonne Beck and Janelle Reuland.

Kip Petersen

May 18, 1950 - August 25, 1976

Christine Phillips

December 10, 1950 - September 22, 2020

I'm saddened to let you know of Christine's passing.  Her brother Greg, also a member of the Class of ’68, let me know.  He is an old and dear friend from both Pershing Junior High as well as Crawford -- Kat Lally Wolf ’68

Robert Pierpaoli

January 19, 1950 – March 5, 1994

Robert Pierpaoli was my 6th grade teacher at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in San Diego. He was a wonderful and imaginative teacher, and he was one of my favorite teachers while I attended OLSH. -- Arlene Richard

Steve Quiett

September 13, 1950 -- June 17, 2008

Steve died after a long and courageous fight with cancer. His wife and sister were at his side. Steve. A native San Diegan, his early career was in the geothermal and oil industry. His interest in computers led to a 25-year career. Steve is survived by his wife Debbie, his father Bob, his sister Jan, and his dog Bear. He also leaves aunts, uncles and cousins.

Candace Reemelin Rand-Riley

January 31, 1950 - September 29, 2017

Candace passed away peacefully at home in Ocean Beach.  She had been diagnosed with cancer in early 2015 and battled it successfully for nearly three years, two years beyond what her doctors expected. 

Brigitte Revel Galgut

February 21, 1950 - October 31, 2022

Brigitte was a fitness trainer and owned a picture frame business.  She was a great mother and grandmother.  Sadly, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease some years ago and then got Alzheimer’s -- Sonia Fox Ohlbaum ’69

Bob Sabbe

March 31, 1950 - February 15, 2019

Bob passed away from a heart attack.  Although he liked to travel and get out a bit, he was a life-long San Diegan and actually lived near Crawford his entire life.  Bob was pretty active right up until the end and thanks to Rick Walsh and Mike Meyer who organized monthly lunch get-togethers, Bob was always in attendance -- Steve Morgan

Laverne Sather Christian

September 10, 1949 - October 11, 2010

I am sad to tell you that my sister died yesterday after a short illness. She was living in Huntsville, TX. Her son Jarraud passed away two years ago following a motorcycle accident. She is survived by Don her husband of 38 years -- Lola Sather Miller '64

Don Schietzelt

September 21, 1950 - January 1985

I came across your list of "lost" class members from Crawford High, class of 1968 unexpectedly while doing an internet search. My name is Amy Schietzelt and I am Don Schietzelt's youngest daughter. For your records, I can let you know that he passed away in Delaware. He was a Seventh-Day Adventist pastor and a wonderful father (married for 13 years with two daughters). Please let me know if I may be of any other assistance --Amy Schietzelt

Greg Schmit

April 28, 1950 - November 15, 2006

Greg retired from Home Fed Bank and spent his retirement in Pacific Beach. He is survived by his mother Charlene and brother John ’70


Nancy Shapard

February 24, 1950 - July 22, 2022

Nancy attended business college and worked as a bookkeeper throughout her life.


Riny Snyder

February 9, 1950 - November 11, 2022

Riny was great friend, Baja explorer, dirt bike rider, musician, artist and surfboard maker.  He graduated From San Diego State University in 1975 with a degree in Fine Arts.  In the late ‘70s he went to work for the City of San Diego printing services and rose to become Plant General Manager.  In his later years he became renowned for his agricultural expertise running Pineapple Ranchero, recording music with his full quiver of Strats, and cheering on The Padres and Chargers -- John Teeter

Kay Sporleder

April 29, 1950 - May 24, 2007

Kay was born in Conrad, Montana and was a records supervisor for the El Cajon Police Department. A resident of El Cajon, she was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and the California Law Enforcement Association of Records Supervisors. Survivors include her sister, Linda Sporleder Walkenhorst ’66 of Bonita.

Steve Stewart

July 22, 1950 - March 23, 2009

Steve passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones at Scripps Mercy Hospital where he was born and had worked for 25 years. Steve is survived by his loving daughters, Jaime and Carrie, and his father, William Stewart. In his younger years, he was very adventurous, serving in the Air Force for four years. He loved to waterski, go to the desert, and throughout his life, he loved to gamble. Steve was a son, father and friend that you could always count on. His wonderful and quick sense of humor will be missed but never forgotten, he was the life of the party.

Sally Swank Magsamen

April 29, 1949 - June 23, 2004

I'm writing you in regards to my mother. She passed away due to an Intercerebral Abcess and Septic Shock. Thank you for maintaining the newsletter for the alumni. My siblings and I are all Colts -- 93 97 & 98. We appreciate the time you have taken to do this and check your web page frequently.


Barbara Thomas Davis

March 4, 1950 - June 23, 2020

Barbara passed away after battling cancer for eight years.  Barbara worked full-time at an insurance brokerage company after graduating from Mesa College with an Associates degree. After moving to Utah, she worked full-time at Brigham Young University as a secretary in the Employment office.  She loved being a stay-at-home mom. After the children were grown, she especially enjoyed working for Jackman Music.  Her late brother Richard described her best when he said: “Barb was always nice and very kind.  I don't ever recall her being really angry.  She was always too kind to be mean, even when she thought she was being mean.”  Her kindness was evident throughout her life.

Christine Phillips

Christine died September 22, 2020.  Her brother Greg, also a member of the Class of ’68, let me know.  He is an old and dear friend from both Pershing Junior High as well as Crawford -- Kat Lally Wolf '68

Ron “Red” Thrash

August 25, 1949 - August 6, 2012

Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Ron came to California in 1960. He excelled in sports, playing offensive lineman for San Diego State University during the Don Coryell years. Ron was a teacher and football coach in the Orange County Unified School District for 27 years and in the Santa Ana Unified School District for 12 years.

Jackie Vaughan

January 24, 1950 - July 15, 2006

Jackie passed away of a massive heart attack. She was living in Sarasota, Florida. She leaves behind her daughter, mother and father -- Susan Weetman Belair

Victor Vega
(No photo in yearbook)

July 8, 1950 -- July 11, 1968

Victor drowned at Chollas Lake shortly after graduation -- Josef Binter

From the San Diego Union July 12, 1968

Arthur Waggoner

November 22, 1950 - May 17, 1972

Donald Ward

January 12, 1950 - July 5, 2023

Don was born in San Francisco, and was part of ROTC at Crawford.  After graduation, he joined the Air Force and was sent to Phù Cát Air Base in Vietnam. He loved his Harleys and taught me how to shoot. Don was a quiet man and friend to many people. He was a friend of my husband Bill Wolf since junior high, and my friend since 1966.  He leaves behind his siblings and his wife, and will be greatly missed -- Kat Lally Wolf ’68

Richard Wasserman

September 13, 1950 - September 24, 2014

Rick spent the majority of his life working in the trucking industry, ending with Garrison Transportation. His family and friends will always remember him as a great chef and his love of surfing, fishing and the beach. He died of Mesothelioma. Survivors include sisters Miriam Cisco, Jaynia Lynn Grace and his dog Lemme.

Roger Wehking

July 8, 1950 - January 18, 1990

My brother passed away while being treated at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla for Pneumonia. He was employed by Cubic Corporation as an engineer -- Jim Wehking '66

Greg Whitehouse

February 15, 1950 - February 15, 1977


Bill Wolf

Sadly our friend and classmate Bill Wolf passed away December 19, 2023 at his residence in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Bill was married to fellow '68 Classmate Kathy "Kat" Lally.  Bill served in Viet Nam and had a long career as a San Diego Police Officer, retiring as a Sergeant -- Don Christofferson

Wendy Woods

September 20, 1950 - January 29, 1984

Judy Zimmer Mozingo

October 27, 1950 - January 27, 2021

My sister passed away from COVID-19.   She worked for the El Cajon School District for many years.  She and her husband, married for nearly 50 years, loved to travel.  She resided in Temecula -- Marsha Zimmer Van Norman ’74

Robert Zimmer
(No photo in yearbook)

February 3, 1950 - March 14, 1994

Robert Zimmer died in 1993 of a heart attack. He had owned Bob’s Auto Body in El Cajon since graduation -- Greg Phillips

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