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Eugene L. Heyburn '49 entered into eternal rest peacefully at age 85 in his home surrounded by his loving family on March 28, 2009. He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Melba. Also survived by his seven loving children: son James Heyburn '68 (Viola) of West Africa; daughters Elizabeth Millier '70 (Steve) of Murphys, Susan Molumby (Rob) of Colorado Springs, Mary Maro (Dean) of Felton, Julie Keller, M.D. (Jerry Sheehan) of Cleveland Heights, Theresa Heyburn of Sitka and Ann Lane of San Jose and also 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sister Thelma Cudworth of San Anselmo, his loving nieces and nephews as well as many dear friends. He is the son of the late John J. and Gertrude Heyburn. Gene was born and raised in San Jose. He attended St. Patrick's Grammar School. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in 1941 and Santa Clara University in 1949. He was a distinguished veteran in the US Navy and served in WWII with the Pacific Fleet. For 33 years he worked as the area director and district manager for the Internal Revenue Service. He was a member of St. Christopher parish since its beginning and a past president of St. Christopher Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and was a loyal contributor to many charities. During his lengthy illness the family is especially grateful to his devoted caregivers, Asterio Valera, Dr. Henry Fosah, and Violet Chapman. The family would also like to acknowledge Dr. Jack Siegel for his exceptional care over the past 23 years. Gene lived his life simply, generously, and with great integrity, and he will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Ed Van Vranken '49 died on March 15, 2007. A native of Stockton, Calif., he served in the U.S. Navy as fighter pilot during WWII. He was awarded the Gold and Silver Stars after seeing action in both the North Atlantic and South Pacific. After attending SCU he returned to Stockton where he worked in construction managment and formed his own company Vanbilt. He is survied by his children Mary Ida, Carol McGurk '72, and Mark '81, and six grandchildren.
Donald E. Sullivan ’49 was called to heaven on Saturday, July 7.
Don was born on May 7, 1928, in Richmond, Calif., the oldest of five children born to Edward J. and Mae C. Sullivan. He attended schools in the Bay Area and Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. He was also awarded Eagle Scout honors in 1947. In 1949 he graduated from SCU as a premed student and earned his medical degree in 1954 from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.
In 1951 he married his sweetheart, Loretta Joan Weaver. Together they worked at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. He then joined the US Navy Medical Corps and attended the Naval School of Aviation Medicine as a flight surgeon in 1955, receiving several commendations and medals during his service and being discharged as a Lt. Senior Grade in October 1957.
In 1957, Don and Joan moved to Yuba City, where he was hired as a county physician at Sutter County Hospital. In 1958 he opened his first family medical practice in Live Oak, and in 1964 he opened his medical practice in Gridley, where wife Joan and later daughter Laurie, both nurses, assisted him. During this time he served as chief of staff for the Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital for several terms, medical director for Valley Oaks Health Care Center, visiting physician for the Leo Chesney Correctional Facility in Live Oak and medical director for the Hovlid Center at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital. He was also a lifetime member of the American Academy of Family Practice.
As a family practitioner, Don loved and cared for generations of families in the Gridley-Biggs-Live Oak area for over 52 years. At the time of his retirement, the hospital foundation honored Don by naming Gridley's medical clinic The Donald E. Sullivan, M.D. Medical Specialty Center.
Don also served the community through volunteer work, including providing Pop Warner football physicals, serving as a team physician for the Gridley High School football team, and conducting polio vaccination clinics. He was a lifetime member of the Gridley Rotary Club and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Gridley Moose Lodge. Because of his dedication to the community, in 1982 he was awarded the Chamber of Commerce's Man of the Year Award and received the Chamber's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
Don is survived by the love of his life and wife of 60 years, Joan, two sons, Ed, of Folsom, Bill (Tina), of Gridley, and two daughters, Kathy (John) McHenry, of Sparks, Nev., and Laurie, of Gridley, four grandchildren, Maycee Sullivan and John, Matt and Kyle McHenry, as well as four great-grandchildren, Sadye, John, Micky and Jackson. He is also survived by his brother, Terence (Ann) Sullivan, and sister, Mary Sullivan Prolo (Jeff), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, sister Loretta McClellan, and brother, Richard Sullivan.
Alfred S. Maida ’49 was born May 24, 1927. He was a resident of San Jose. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his adoring family on Jan. 24, 2013, at the age of 85.
Dr. Maida is survived by his wife Cecile, to whom he has been married 60 years, his children: Kathy, Beth, Paul (Tammy), and Margo; his grandchildren Mario (Laura), Michael (Marci), Eric and Kristin; and his great grandsons Mario II, Giancarlo, and Nicolas. He was sadly preceded in death by his precious daughter, Karen and loving son-in-law, Mark Reynolds.
Dr. Maida was born and raised in San Jose, California. Through scholarships, he proudly attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, Santa Clara University, and Stanford Medical School; achieving the highest academic honors at all three institutions. Upon completing his medical training and residency, he opened a private practice where he devotedly provided the highest quality care to all of his patients for many years. Later in his career, he served as Medical Director for Pacific Bell, General Electric, and Gilroy Foods. He volunteered on numerous medical advisory boards in constant service to his community.
He was a voracious reader and a lifelong student of the English language. He could often be found perusing the dictionary for new and interesting words in order to expand his vocabulary. He loved to read Steinbeck and Hemingway. He held extraordinary knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and yet was always eager and willing to learn more from those with whom he was conversing. He was an avid gardener, devout Christian, and a collector of stamps.
Dr. Maida was humble, gentle, and perhaps the kindest of men. He is adored by his family and was loved and cherished by all who knew him. He will be long remembered and his spirit will live in our hearts for all the days to come.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to Hospice of the Valley and all his caregivers for their tender care these many months. Your professionalism and loving hearts brought him joy and comfort.
Alexander P. Beltrami ’49 passed away on October 3, 2012. Born in Premia, Italy, on August 5, 1923, Al immigrated to California with his parents and older brother when he was two years old. He spent his early childhood in Petaluma and Santa Rosa. The family moved to San Francisco in 1937 and resided in the Inner Mission. Al graduated from Sacred Heart High School and enlisted in the army to serve during WWII. He was a 2nd Lieutenant, assigned to the 15th Air Corps and served as a bombardier on a B24 for 35 missions in the European theater. Al attended Santa Clara University, earning a degree in mechanical engineering in 1949. He began working for Pacific, Gas & Electric Company in Bakersfield, CA, where he met his wife, Alina. They married on June 19, 1954. The couple returned to San Francisco in 1954 when Al was assigned to PG&E's steam plant. He worked at the plant until his retirement in 1986. In his retirement, Al enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, daily walks in McLaren Park and volunteer activities. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Alina, their eight children and spouses: Monica (Duncan); Teresa (Wayne); Claire (Mike); Michael (Maggie); Paul (Amy); Mary (Steven); Catherine (Bernie); Laurie (Aaron) and twenty grandchildren. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Giuseppe and Paolina, and brother, Fr. Robert. Al is also survived by his brother, Dante, his wife, Mary, and their family.
William E. Daniels ’50, resident of Sunnyvale, passed away on July 3, 2012, in Mountain View. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in July of 1926 to Frank and Ottilie Daniels. His family moved west during the Depression and settled in San Francisco in 1938. He enlisted in the Army in 1946, serving in Korea in the postwar occupation army until 1948. Upon his return to the United States, Bill resumed his studies at Santa Clara University and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1950. He met and married his wife Violetta in San Francisco in 1954. The marriage lasted 58 years until his death. His legacy includes a daughter, four sons (including Peter ’81 and John ’85), and ten grandchildren. Bill was an active member of the Church of the Resurrection. He served as a volunteer for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, participated in the Men's Faith Sharing Group, and served with the Building and Grounds Committee. He will be missed.
William Albert Staats '50 on Jan. 1, 2009. A native of San Jose, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, served in the Pacific and was discharged Valentine's Day 1946. After graduating from SCU, he joined Bank of America, from which he retired after 39 years in 1989. In recent years he enjoyed travel to such places as Italy and the Galapagos Islands. He was an avid nature photographer, sports fan, and chef. He was also an active member of Saint Martin's church and treasurer of the Santa Clara Valley Bank of America Retirees' Club. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and son, Eric.
William A. Wright '50, born January 26, 1929 in San Leandro, Calif., died peacefully March 24, 2011. Survived by Dolores, his loving wife of 58 years; his children, Randy Wright (Linda), Mary Frances Wright (Lee Bartholomew), and Nancy White (Larry); his grandchildren, Christopher, Alexander, John, Ayala, and Caleb; his great-granddaughter, Staley; and his brother, James Wright (Bev). Bill became a Seattleite upon moving to Mirabella in 2009. His warmth and friendliness endeared him to many.
Vincent Lyon Guise, Jr. '50 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 15, after a long illness. Vince was born in Oakland, attended St. Anthony's grammar school, and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Alameda. He entered the Navy during World War II as an Aviation Radioman and was honorably discharged on Aug. 6, 1946. Returning to the Bay Area, he attended both St. Mary's College and Santa Clara University. He worked with his father at Guise and Son Masonry Contractor in Oakland and did the masonry work at the Richmond City Hall, the Hall of Justice in San Francisco as well as other major landmark buildings in the greater SF Bay area until an opportunity arose in 1962 to purchase Brentwood Furniture at 613 First St. Vince owned the furniture business for 45 years with his wife Barbara. Vince was an active community volunteer and Rotarian for over 48 years with perfect attendance. He enjoyed golfing, hunting with his sons, attending Oakland A's and SF Giants games, and sailing in the San Francisco Bay. For over 50 years his favorite activity was following Russ Morgan's "Big Band" all over the country and abroad, dancing the night away. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Guise; son, Vincent Guise III, son, Robert Guise, daughter, Mary Halter; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Lou Guise. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Wilson; son, Frank Guise; grandson, Jesse Guise; and grandbaby, Christina Guise.
Robert "Bob" DeLano ’50 was born and raised in San Francisco, a 3rd generation San Franciscan. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after high school and served from 1943-46. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1951 and then entered his family's business, DeLano Bros., founded in 1884. He married Carmen Anne and the couple settled in Millbrae in 1965 with their three children. He continued in the family business until 2005. He enjoyed traveling, attending Cal football games and listening to John Madden on the radio. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carmen Anne DeLano, daughter Anne DeLano, sons Joseph and Douglas DeLano, grandsons Matthew and Kevin DeLano. He will be remembered as a loyal friend and a generous man with a warm sense of humor, a good heart and a gentle soul. He passed away on Jan. 9, 2013.
Donations in his memory may be made to Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476-9989.
Preston J. Blither Jr. '50 died Dec. 12. 2009. Raised in Redwood City, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served in World War II before being honorably discharged in 1946 as a petty officer second class. He had a 33-year banking career with Bank of America and later was vice president of the Bank of Idaho. He later graduated from the Pacific Coast School of Banking at the University of Washington and eventually retired as executive vice president of the First Interstate Bank of Idaho. He was a member of St. John's Cathedral Parish as well as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by six children and eight grandchildren.
Rev. Philip C. Blake, S.J., '50, September 5, 2013. He was 87 and a resident of Los Gatos when he died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He celebrated 65 years as a Jesuit and 52 years as an ordained priest. Phil was born in San Jose on May 15, 1926. After graduation from Bellarmine College Preparatory, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator during World War II. He attended Santa Clara University for two years before joining the Jesuit Order in 1948. He taught Latin and Chemistry at Loyola High School, Los Angeles, 1955-58 and pursued theological studies at Alma College. He was ordained a priest in 1961. Phil served as a teacher and parish priest in Mexico, 1964-69, and re-entered the Military as a U.S. Army Chaplain in 1969. His assignments included service in Vietnam and Cambodia, where he received the Bronze Star for service under fire, Germany, Canal Zone, Ft Huachuca, AZ, and Turkey. Returning to civilian life in 1981, Phil served as a spiritual director and retreat master at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, 1981-99. To assist in his work, he studied at the C. J. Jung Institute, Zurich, where he received a Diploma in Analytical Psychology in 1989. He then served as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church, Phoenix, 2000-03 before assuming his last assignment as pastoral minister at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He is survived by his brother, Freeman D. Blake ’50, of Eureka.
Parmly Martin '50 died on Sept. 2, 2009 at Twin Oaks after a lengthy illness. He was 83 years old. He was born on July 23, 1926 to Cecil and Frances Martin. In 1937, the family moved to Burlingame, Calif., where he grew up. He entered the Coast Guard during World War II and the Army during the Korean conflict. He re¬turned to Santa Clara University and earned a business degree and teaching credentials. He was proud of his part in organizing the Sea Scouts San Francisco Bay Chapter for disadvantaged boys, whom he taught for five years. Mr. Martin is survived by his wife of 45 years, Maxine; daughters Barbara, Judy, and Marian; sons Ted and Rob; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Michael Gonzalez '50, a community-active resident of Vacaville and Solano County passed away suddenly in Fairfield on Aug. 9, 2013. He was 88 years old.
Mike was born Sept. 28, 1924 in Fairfield, to Miguel and Lucy Gonzalez. He grew up in old town Suisun and later moved with his family to their ranch at Mankas Corner in Fairfield. Mike graduated from Armijo High School in 1943. After serving his country as a United States Marine in the South Pacific and North China during World War II, he attended Santa Clara University. In both high school and college Mike was a standout athlete in football, baseball and tennis.
In 1951, Mike married Mary Chaffee, and they had two children, Katie and Michael. Mary passed away in 1961. Years later, Mike reconnected with Jane Roney, his childhood classmate and high school sweetheart. They married in 1978. While living in Vacaville, Mike managed the California Sample Furniture Company stores in Fairfield and Vacaville. He then opened up his own furniture store, Michael's Home Furnishings in Vacaville. He later sold the store, which is now Shock's Furniture. Mike then moved on to manage Ticor Title until he retired. Mike was active in civic affairs, serving as Vacaville City Councilman and three-time president of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Solano County Fair Board, the Dixon May Fair Board, the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee.
Malcolm Neil Stephens '50 died on February 3, 2010 at Napili Bay, Hawaii, at the age of 84. Malcolm was born August 30, 1925 in Oakland California. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Mary Jo Felion Stephens. Greatly missed by his children Ellen (Michael Zatopa) of San Francisco, son Douglas (Kathleen) of Davis, son Gregory (Adrienne) of Fremont, daughter Anne (Eric Hoedt) of San Carlos, and daughter Mary Jeanne (Diego Bermudez) of Pacifica. Forever remembered by his grandchildren Alex, Nicholas, Valerie, Bradley, Kyle, Max, Erinne, Olivia, Sara, Diego III. Also survived by his sister Betty Claire (Robert Johnstone) from Lodi, his brother Robert (Jan) of San Rafael, and his brother William (Marilyn) of Austin, Texas, and his cousins Donald Kennedy (Diana) of Orinda, David Kennedy (Peggy) of Moraga, and Neil Kennedy of Alameda, and his sister-in-law Shirley Felion Eller of Dallas, Oregon. Preceded in death by his mother and father, Elizabeth (Betty) and Alfred (AJ) Stephens. He served our country in WWII in the 14th Armored Division in Alsace and Germany and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries in combat. He returned home and completed a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University in 1950. His career with the State of California began then and spanned 38 years, while also earning a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1972. He retired from the Dept. of Water Resources as a Supervising Engineer in 1988. In retirement, he enjoyed landscaping and woodworking projects as well as volunteering in the Our Lady of Assumption parish, and taking vacation trips with Mary Jo to many parts of the world. He will be forever missed by his loving family and all who had the good fortune of knowing him.
Maitland Paul Stearns '50 on October 19, 2009 in Monterey. A longtime Monterey Peninsula resident, Maitland passed away peacefully at home. Maitland was born in Honolulu to William and Adelaide Stearns. He played football for Punahou High School in Honolulu. In 1941, he witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in the Navy during World War II. In 1949, he received his political science degree from Santa Clara University. He was manager of their basketball team. In 1951, he married Jonette Gertrude Lynde, who has preceded him in death. From 195-69, he was a sales executive for Tidewater Oil and Phillips Petroleum. Thereafter, for many years, he owned and operated Stearns' Mobil Oil in downtown Monterey and later worked for First National Bank of Monterey County. A community leader, he was on the Board of Directors for SCRAMP and the Elks Lodge Board of Trustees. He participated in Meals on Wheels and the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs. He was a member of the San Carlos Cathedral and Italian Catholic Federation, a Cub Scout leader and a PTA president. He volunteered for the AT&T tournament and Scottish Highland Games. He enjoyed bowling, square dancing, morning coffee with the BRB's and Fun Chaser outings. An avid traveler, Maitland went around the world with two of his sons and traveled frequently to Alaska and Saipan. He also traveled to Bali, Greece, Palau, and Europe. Maitland fondly remembered surfing with Olympic swimming legend, Duke Kahanamoku, and teaching Jimi Hendrix to swim in Seattle. He is survived by Charlene Jackson, his companion; children, Paul, Tony (Janet), Mark (Meg), Andrea (John); grandchildren, Katelyn, Tyler, Cassandra, Amelia, Emma, Conor, and Clay; and adopted grandson, Travis Clifton.
Lloyd F. "Scotty" Scott '50, beloved husband of Audrey (Kelly), passed away April 9, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Scotty was born Aug. 26, 1925, in Milwuakee, Wis., the son of the late Lloyd F. Scott Sr. and Genevieve (Savage), and later grew up in San Mato, Calif., where he attended Bellarmine Prep HS and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in commerce. Scotty joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and flew with the 426th Night Fighter Squadron in China. He was again called to serve with the Air Force in 1951 where he flew with the 344th Bomb Squadron in B-29s over Korea. After returning to the states he went to work for the Crown Zellebach Corp, later the James River Corp., from which he retired in 1990. Scotty resided for the last 35 years at the Lake Barrington Shores in Lake County, Ill., with his wife Audrey to whom he was happily married for almost 59 years. Scotty had been a member of Rotary International while living in Texas and president of his Toastmasters International Local while living in Connecticut. Besides his wife Audrey, Scotty is survived by his sons, Timothy (Pamela) and Terrence (Janice) and his daughter, Elizabeth (Mark) Fitzgerald and also his grandsons, Christopher and James and granddaughters, Kathryn, Kelly, Emily and MaryLi.
The Honorable Leighton Hatch '50 passed away in Sacramento on April 13, 2011. Born in Oakland on January 11, 1929 to F. Oliver Hatch and Clarice Leighton Hatch and raised in Martinez, Calif., he is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Lynn Fjelstad Hatch and his children: Katherine '81, Maury (Kristen), and Bruce, and beloved grandchildren Nathan and Lindsay. He was preceded in death by his son Francis Hatch. He is also survived by his brother Richard Hatch (Carol), his sister Katherine Smith (Clarke), and many nieces and nephews. He was an Eagle Scout (1945) and a graduate of Alhambra High School (1946). He graduated from Santa Clara University (1950), and then received his law degree from the University of San Francisco (1954). He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for 'Bravery in Action.' After admission to the State Bar in 1955, he worked as a research attorney for the Court of Appeal in San Francisco, served as an assistant district attorney in Contra Costa County, and later established a private practice in San Francisco. An appointment by Governor Reagan in 1967 moved Leighton and his family to Sacramento. He served as Director of the Office of Administrative Hearings. Other appointments by Governor Reagan included a 1969 position as Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs and then to the bench in 1972. In 1988, he retired as Colonel, JAG, U.S. Army Reserve, and in 1989 retired as Judge of the Sacramento Superior Court. His many and varied interests included a lifelong love of history with an impressive knowledge of Civil War and general military history. He was an avid tennis player, loved riding his bicycle, hiking and backpacking, and was very faithful to his Catholic beliefs. He traveled extensively in his retirement years, infamously sending his one-line postcards to his close friends and family. He was a kind, humble man with a noble dedication to the Catholic Church, volunteerism and community service, and he had a great sense of humor. He was a staunch supporter of his beloved Santa Clara University and was named Santa Claran of the year in 1978. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors and longtime volunteer for Father Dan Madigan's Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, and was a member of the Sacramento Downtown Rotary Club. In his post retirement years, he continued his judicial work in the Assigned Judge Program with the California Judicial Council. He was awarded the 2005 Alba Witkin Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work.
Joseph Anastasi ’51, died on November 26, 2012, on their Wedding Anniversary, surrounded by his loving family. Joe lost his beloved wife, Angelina, in 2010. He loved SCU & SCU Football. He was the first son of an Italian immigrant family from Monterey, Calif. to receive a football scholarship to SCU. Joe had a great work ethic and carried it with him through his career as a very successful restauranteer on Monterey Fisherman's Wharf. He and his wife, Angelina, owned Mike's Seafood for 50 years. His Faith & Family were everything to him. He has two daughters, Jane Anastasi Gasperson '73, son-in-law, Gary, and Jodi Anastasi Duckett ’82, son-in-law, Tom Duckett ’81, granddaughter, Angelina Duckett ’13, and three grandsons, Joseph Gasperson, Michael Gasperson (wife, Mandy), John Duckett (wife, Tanya) and two great grandchildren -- Hudson and Harper Gasperson. Joe was well-loved by many and will be greatly missed.
John R. Kennedy Sr. J.D. '50 died on October 31, 2007.
John Maurice Laxalt '50, beloved son, brother, uncle, great-uncle and loyal friend, passed away peacefully in his Carson City residence on September 15, 2011 at the age of 85. Laxalt had recently moved to his original home town after having lived in Las Vegas for the past several years. At the time of his death, he was with his sister, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Laxalt was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Reno. He was the fourth of six children of Therese and Dominique Laxalt, immigrants from the Basque region of France who came to the United States in the early 1900's. John's siblings were Senator Paul Laxalt '44 (born in 1922), the late Robert '45 (1923), Suzanne (1925), Marie (1928) and the late Peter '52 (1931). The children were raised in Carson City. John attended Carson High School where he received a marvelous education under the tutelage of educators like English teacher Grace Bordewich. John, being a fabulous athlete, took time from his studies to play all manner of sports, including tennis, football and boxing. John's contemporaries say that it was in basketball that he excelled in particular. In the summers, he and his brothers caddied at Glenbrook Golf Course near the south shore of Lake Tahoe. He graduated from Carson High in 1944, whereupon he entered the United States Navy. World War II was raging, and before he knew it, John was in combat action in the Pacific, including a stint in Okinawa. At the conclusion of the war, John entered the University of Nevada-Reno and joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After one year, he transferred to Santa Clara University, where his brothers, Paul and Robert, had attended and where little brother, Peter, would later enroll. After graduating from Santa Clara, John travelled to Washington, D.C., to attend Georgetown University Law School, where he eventually earned his law degree. While in law school, he worked for the legendary Nevada Senator Pat McCarran who was then co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Foreign Economic Cooperation (and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee). John travelled the world extensively on behalf of the senator and the committee. Senator McCarran was an immensely respected figure in the Laxalt household, having frequented Momma Laxalt's Basque restaurant in Carson City at the height of his power. Throughout his adult life, John maintained an avid interest in politics, government and international affairs. When Paul ran for lieutenant governor in 1962, he admittedly knew virtually no one in Southern Nevada. John, who was practicing law at Lake Tahoe at the time, selflessly (and courageously) volunteered to move to Las Vegas for the campaign. John resigned from the Democrat Party in June 1962 after Paul had filed for the office. He said at the time: "In the Laxalt family there are Republicans, Democrats and nonpartisans. We have always respected each other's right to our own political beliefs. But in this instance, my first loyalty is to my brother, Paul." John returned to Washington, D.C. in the 1970's and 1980's, the period during which Paul served in the U.S. Senate. John opened a government and business consulting business, where he advised domestic and international clients on how to navigate the treacherous waters of Washington, D.C. Paul was grateful to have John in the same town, as he always considered John to be a source of sage advice and as someone whose judgment he trusted and valued. One of John's favorite occasions was attending Senator Laxalt's annual Lamb Fry dinner in Georgetown, where about 100 Nevadans and Washingtonians joined together to celebrate the Laxalts' Basque and western heritage. Although John was a man of the world and had travelled to every corner of the Earth, it was appropriate that he passed from this world in his hometown, Carson City. From the day he was born until his final breath, John was, first and foremost, a son of Nevada. He will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his father, Dominique (1971); mother, Therese (1978); and brothers, Robert (2001) and Peter (2010). John is survived by sisters, Suzanne of Carson City, and Marie Bini of Santa Clara; brother, Paul of McLean, Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
John "Jack" Clarke ’50 passed away peacefully at his Aptos home on Oct 28. Born in Los Gatos and raised in Saratoga, he was 90 years old. Graduated in 1950 at the University of Santa Clara, he received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, followed by a 35 year career with the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Jack was active in the Catholic Church his entire life. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe and was honored with the Bronze Star. Jack is survived by his wife Eleanor of 61 years, and children Richard (Susan), Stephen, John ’79 (Jeanne) and Maureen (Richard), along grandchildren, Bryan, Colin, Kelly, Geoffrey, Genelle, Andy and Heather. Jack also leaves his brother Henry Clarke ’51. Any kind acts of charity may be made in memory of Jack to Santa Clara University