1973 Obituaries

Rose Aftreth

December 20, 1955 - May 27, 2015

Rose passed away peacefully from peritoneal cancer.

Francisco Alferos

September 14, 1955 - December 25, 2004

My brother Frank died of complications of diabetes -- Linda Alferos Towne '75

Stephen Anderson

December 28, 1954 - January 6, 2015

Mikel Billingsley
(No photo in annual)

May 23, 1955 - December 26, 2002

Prudence Contine Butler Caravelli

December 3, 1954 – April 24, 2009

After graduating from Crawford high school, my mom married her high school sweetheart Charles Butler (my father). They had two children, myself and my brother, Matthew Butler. My mom was very outgoing and loved her family, friends and work. For many years she worked as a legal secretary for several large law firms in San Diego. She eventually retired from SDSU and within one year of her retirement, she decided to go back to work for a law firm in downtown San Diego. She was diagnosed with cancer in December 2008. My mom was not one to stay still and enjoyed life to the fullest. She was a hard worker, and a loving mother and she is missed dearly by all!

Georgia Cramer Shockome

March 24, 1955 - May 22, 2018

My wife was a native San Diegan, born at Scripps Hospital.  She suffered several strokes over the last two years and I was her only care giver.  She died peacefully in her sleep at home.  Georgia was an avid NASCAR and IndyCar fan.  She enjoyed trips on our motorcycle and adored her only Granddaughter Emma. She Enjoyed our trips cross country to places she had never seen taking old US highways.   She will be laid to rest at Miramar National Cemetery -- Steve Shockome ’73

Margie Eaton

Margie died on Saturday, August 30, 2014 -- Dave Engle ’73


Steve Eckles

February 24, 1955 - October 19, 2020

Steve spent 32 years at General Dynamics after graduating from Crawford. He was also passionate about physical fitness and weightlifting.  He would often be found at the gym when he was not at home.  He was a sports fanatic, but he especially loved basketball and football. He was passionate about collecting sports memorabilia and particularly loved all things Lakers and Raiders.  

Carl Evans, Jr

February 19, 1955 - April 10, 2008

Smooth Jazz 98.1 sends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Carl Evans, Jr., keyboardist and founding member of the veteran San Diego-based group Fattburger. Evans passed away after battling health challenges as a result of diabetes. The musical progeny of former Navy Band master and accomplished saxophonist Carl Evans Sr. and mother Clara Lovelace, a gospel singer and choir director, Carl Evans Jr. was one of the country’s most acclaimed jazz pianists. Evans moved to the San Diego area when he was five years old. He graduated early from Crawford High School to begin touring with Barry White and, through the years, many others including Freddie Hubbard, Cannonball Adderley, Eddie Harris, Rufus Thomas, Anita Baker, Lionel Ritchie, Gerald Albright and Nathan East. He recorded and produced over 25 CDs. Evans had undergone recent surgeries in his battle with diabetes, including the amputation of his left leg below the knee in December, 2007 and another surgery in January. Numerous San Diego musicians had participated in recent benefit concerts to offset the cost of Evans' medical bills. (Thanks to Tony Flores '72 for this)

Union-Tribune Obituary

Remembering Carl

A Tribute From Doug Robinson '73

Jon Furlow

March 7, 1955 - April 18, 2004

Jon was born in San Diego and was a greenskeeper. He was a member of Mission Valley Christian Fellowship. Survivors include his wife, Paula and sister, Donna Furlow Youtsey ’66

Michael Guarnotta

November 7, 1955 - December 13, 2010

Diagnosed with a brain tumor in March of 2008, Mike was able to return to his optometry practice for some time despite undergoing two surgeries, radiation and ongoing chemotherapy even after he was no longer able to practice, he continued to do the things he loved with family. and friends until very shortly before he passed. Mike was born end raised in San Diego, graduating from San Diego State in 1978, and University of California Berkeley School of Optometry in 1982. He then joined the optometry practice of Kovtun, Peters and Fry, which later became Kovtun and Guarnotta and then Michael Guarnotta, OD, Inc. in El Cajon. He left a successful practice with many, many long time patients in good hands. It was his wish to donate his corneas to the San Diego Eye Bank.


Eve Gumpel

October 1, 1955 – May 5, 2020

Steve Howard

(No photo in annual -- The shot above was taken on January 5, 2012
at the First Thursday party at The Amigo Spot in Mission Valley.)

April 28, 1955 - February 11, 2012

Yvette Jones Payne

December 25, 1955 - September 15, 1996

Yvette leaves behind husband John Payne Sr., son John Payne Jr., step-son Juan Payne, sister Gerrie Jones, aunt Ethel M. Washington, uncle Brailey Woods, very special friend Dr. Joan Mims and several cousins and friends.

Michael Luz

April 16, 1956 - November 27, 1974

Michael died in a auto accident in front of the family home. Their parents were on vacation in Hawaii when this happened. He had a sister named Debbie Luz, from the Class of ‘72 -- Tracy Holland Schwindt '73

Chuck Martin

July 5, 1955 - September 13, 2009

My brother Chuck St. Martin died in Chino Valley, Arizona, where he had lived for a number of years. Siblings Steve St. Martin '67, Bob Martin '69, Marilyn Martin Lindstrom '64, and Judy Martin '68 traveled from Seattle, Salt Lake City, District of Columbia, and Grinnell, Iowa for the memorial service. Genealogical digging showed that our great-grandfather was born St. Martin and changed his name to Martin. Several members of the extended family changed their names back to St. Martin in the late 1970s. Others kept the Martin name -- Judy Martin ‘68


Joan Mims

April 4, 1955 - May 25, 2018

Joan was a professor of education at California State University, Los Angeles, Director of the Los Angeles Accelerated Schools Center, Coordinator of the Bilingual Program, and Coordinator of the Masters in Education, Options in Bilingual/Multicultural Education and Curriculum and Instruction in the Urban Classroom. She earned her Ph. D. in the Joint Doctoral Program between Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University where she collaborated with large urban school districts including Montebello; her Masters from San Diego State University in Bilingual/Multicultural Education and her Bachelor’s from the University of California, San Diego in Linguistics. She was fluent in both English and Spanish, and authored several interdisciplinary textbooks in both Spanish and English for Houghton Mifflin Company and Sage Publications, along with numerous articles in professional journals and books.


Victor Pei

February 28, 1973 - May 7, 2020

Victor passed away in New York City after a courageous five-week battle against COVID-19.  He leaves behind his wife of nearly forty years, Maria, brother Leo A. Pei, MD and sister, Eva Pei Leonard, MD. Victor was born in Hong Kong and moved to San Diego in 1961. He attended Montezuma Elementary, Horace Mann Junior High, and Crawford High. After graduation from Cal Poly School of Architecture, San Luis Obispo, Victor moved to NYC in 1979, where he had a successful career in architecture for over twenty years. He was a first cousin of well-known architect, Mr. I. M. Pei. He promoted the preservation of historical Chinese culture, etiquette, and social responsibility in New York City's Chinatown. He loved photography, sailing, dining, theater, and traveling.

Charles Rafferty

Passed away November 18, 2019

Angela Rametta Farnum

July 13, 1955 - April 6, 1995

Angelea died after a long and brave battle against breast cancer. She worked for Civil Service for several years and then had a day care business. She had a husband and three children -- Susan Gardo ‘73

John Ricci

June 12, 1955 - January 11, 2013

John passed away after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He and his wife Denise were married in 1976. John worked in the beverage industry for over 35 years. John loved the outdoors, sports and working out. He enjoyed being involved with his children and his grandchildren. John is survived by his wife Denise; his mother Josephine; his two brothers Joe and Steve; his children Brandi, Anthony and Brittani. He is also survived by five grandchildren.

Donald Skripsy

March 12, 1955 - May 3, 1996

Don was killed in an automobile accident in Spring Valley

Dennis Snead

February 19, 1955 - February 8, 2016

Allan Steinberg

October 4, 1954 - December 5, 2013

Allan passed away unexpectedly at Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. He was born in Middletown, NY. At the age of 14, his family moved to San Diego. Allan joined Junior Theatre, where he enjoyed working backstage setting up the lighting for many plays and musical venues. In 1978, he was awarded "Apprentice of the Year" for his outstanding work as a stagehand. In 1982, he was promoted to Master Electrician for the San Diego Opera and San Diego Symphony. He worked with many show biz entertainers and musicians, his favorite being Sammy Davis, Jr. He toured with Boz Skaggs as head electrician for concerts throughout the United States.


Danny Stoskopf

April 26, 1955 - June 15, 2021

Danny Stoskopf was declared an Unclaimed Body in Everett, Washington.  We're hoping it is a different Danny Stoskopf.

Sue Taber

May 15, 1955 – February 17, 2007

Sue died at her home after a three-year journey with cancer. During this journey she learned to truly live and celebrate life! Sue was and is an inspiration to many. She was joy itself, just her laugh alone brought smiles to the faces and hearts of many. Sue was preceded in death by her father William. She is survived by her mother Joan; her twin Sally Agent, her big sister Laurie Olson; and her brother Harry Taber. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to San Diego Hospice or Reef Check.

Stephen Dana Terry
(No photo in annual)

March 2, 1955 – December 9, 2006

My brother died of cancer. He was a welder for most of his life. A t the time of his death he was a member of Local 75 ILWU as a watchmen for the Port of San Francisco and Oakland. He died in my arms. He is greatly missed -- Susan Terry ‘75

Alan Tisdale

July 7, 1955 – August 7, 2005

Alan was born in Yakima, Washington. He was employed as a service manager at Western Insulation and had previously been employed at Valentine Construction. He is survived by his partner, John Woods of San Diego; his father and mother, John and Shirley Tisdale of San Diego; his sister, Mary Jo McReynolds of Petaluma; his brother, Douglas Tisdale of San Diego. A memorial service was held on August 27, 2005, in the Garden Room of the Town & Country Hotel. The family requests that donations be sent to Stepping Stone, 3425 5th Ave, San Diego, 92103

Kenneth Towne

November 22, 1955 - May 18, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Kenneth Lee Towne announced his passing in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 62 years.

Terry Tyler

December 31, 1954 - April 30, 2013

John Van Buskirk

September 27, 1955 - June 2, 1992

Cindy Wasser

November 22, 1955 - March 13, 1988

My sister was killed in an auto accident outside
Tucson, AZ
-- Adrienne Wasser Behrens

Terri Wesner Lauf

May 26, 1955 - January 19, 2021

Gary Williams

November 6, 1954 - September 4, 2011

After graduating from Crawford, Gary signed with the Kansas City Royals baseball organization, and his first minor league assignment took him to Billings, MT to pitch for the Mustangs. Gary later received his bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. He began a career in real estate development where he worked for Garrett Development in Del Mar, California. The family moved from Ramona to Sandpoint, ID in 2004. There he achieved his dream of living in a beautiful mountain community on a lake. Gary enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing. Gary is survived by his wife Karen and daughter Brooke in Sandpoint, father Donald, brothers Ron and Dan and sister Judy.

Donna Lee Woodley

March 17, 1955 - July 26, 2010

A San Diego native, Donna was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law and practiced for 30 years in San Diego. She was an entrepreneur and astute businesswoman. Donna was a devout animal rescue supporter and loved her cats. Her wishes are that donations be made to the Rescue House

I grew up two houses down from Donna and attended Montezuma Elementary, Horace Mann Junior High and Crawford High with her. I remember her as a kind and thoughtful person -- Ralph Beckley '73

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