Class Notes | Obituaries
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Robert H. Viviano J.D. ’56 died on July 3, 2013, at the age of 81. He was the son of Anthony and Evelyn Viviano of Plainfield, New Jersey. Bob was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He graduated from Santa Clara University, Law School class of 1956 and later served in the Marine Corps. An Eagle Scout himself, for many years Bob counseled younger Scouts and coached youth baseball and football. He spent fifteen years serving as a member of the Orange Unified School Board. He is survived by Helen Viviano, who was his loving wife of 60 years; his daughter, Evelyn Harms; his son, Robert S. Viviano ’87; and his daughter-in-law, Mary Viviano. His six grandchildren include Austin, Micaela and Brennan Harms, and Lindsy, Robert and Emily Viviano. His grandchildren considered him "awesome."
Jack Valentine Singer Jr. ’56, a longtime Marin County resident, passed away peacefully following a long illness on March 20, 2014 on Maui, Hawaii with his wife of 42 years, Anna-Liisa Singer by his side. Jack was 79. Jack was born in Ross to parents Jack Valentine Singer and Gretchen Singer, both of whom practiced public accounting and maintained an office for many years in San Francisco. Jack graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School and attended the University of Santa Clara where he majored in accounting. Jack followed the footsteps of his parents and entered the accounting profession, maintaining an office in San Rafael and later in Petaluma. Jack loved life and he lived it fully. His interests were broad and included dancing, photography, golf, gardening, wine and carpentry. But none was greater than his desire to travel the world with his loving wife and with his children and grandchildren. Jack's grandchildren have a lifetime of memories, practical jokes and witty "grandpa-isms". Jack's sense of humor was a hallmark. Jack had many loyal clients whom Jack served with devotion. Those who knew Jack found him to be a bright light, an adventurer, fun, engaging and witty. Always looking for new beginnings, Jack and Anna-Liisa built or renovated numerous homes and ultimately moved to Meeteetse, Wyo. where they built a home on the Greybull river, from which Jack continued his accounting practice with his son Jack V. Singer, III ’77. Jack is survived by his daughter Doreen (Robert), son Jack V. Singer, III (Andrea), daughter Christine and six grandchildren.
Donald Charles Bacon ’56, Oct. 16, 2013. Donald Charles Bacon was born in San Mateo, Calif. in 1934 to John and Helen Bacon. He was 79 year old when he died, from a long-term illness, at his home in Tillamook. He graduated from Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose, Calif. in 1952 and from Santa Clara University in 1956 with a B.S. in commerce. During the college summer breaks Don worked in lumber retail, meatpacking and construction. He was in ROTC Army during college and served active duty in Germany from 1957 to 1959. In 1960 he was promoted to 1st Lt. He served two years of reserve duty. In 1961 he was honorably discharged and married Bliss C. Vissiere of San Mateo, Calif. During the 21 years of living in the San Francisco area Don was in a business partnership for which he organized and worked in a nursery and garden supply retail complex in Millbrae, Calif. and started a contractor's equipment rental company. He was an officer and partner in the Western Garden and Trade Show, which became the San Francisco Outdoor Garden Exposition in 1967. He was member of numerous professional associations, serving on boards, or finance committees. When their three children were in elementary and middle school, Don wanted to be home on most weekends to spend time with his children, so he sold his share of the partnership and started a new career working for a large construction company as a business developer, who brought together the interested parties of proposed projects through negotiated contracts. His company operated in California and Hawaii and constructed warehouses, shopping centers, apartments, business complexes, mobile home parks, and hospitals. He later joined another company for which he planned land use, financing and managed leasing the developed projects. Then he bought and developed his own condominiums. When Don sold the condominiums in 1977, he and his family moved to Sun River. Don bought, and managed Breslers 33 Flavors of Bend, and Tree House Pizza Parlor in Sun River, and by 1987 sold both business. He enjoyed outdoor activities of snow skiing, camping, canoeing, bicycling with his sons, and supporting his daughter in her love of horseback riding and related competitions. In 1983, Don became the executive director of Central Oregon Economic Development Council. Two years later, he became the Director of Tillamook Action Team, charged with developing economic opportunities in Tillamook County. He was able to obtain grant monies for the following businesses: Tillamook Country Smoker, Roger's Evergreens, Hebo Sewer and Water, Tillamook County Fairgrounds, and Port of Tillamook Bay. In 1987, he became the Regional Manager of the Southwest Region for the Oregon Economic Development Department. Two years later, he and Bliss moved to Tillamook, when he accepted the manager's position with the Port of Garibaldi. After 37 years of marriage, Bliss died of cancer in 1998. Don came to the job with new ideas, a set of skills and much work experience. He improved the port with the support of his commissioners and staff. The 2009 Outstanding Special District Service Award for Manager was given to Don. He was nominated by his commissioners and staff. Don retired in that year. In 2010, Jack Graves, a former commissioner, dedicated his history book 'The First 100 Years' of the Port of Garibaldi, 1910-2010 to Don. Don was well liked and respected by so many people in the community. In 2001 he met Dione Vice from Lafayette, La. at a wedding in Portland. They were married a year and half later and Dione moved to Tillamook. They enjoyed traveling up and down the coast, exploring the cities of the ports, and playing golf at the different courses. They took trips to visit his family in Portland, California and New Jersey, and her family in Illinois and Connecticut. They did volunteer work, serving the public meal at St. Alban's church once a month. Don stayed active until his illness caused him to slow down in his last month alive. He will be greatly missed because he was so loved. Don's surviving family include is wife, Dione Vice Bacon; two sons of Tigard, Donald C. Bacon, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Alison, Andrew V. Bacon and Daughter, Jennifer A. Bacon of Beaverton; step children Amanda Vice Rowley and son-in-law Marc of Connecticut, Edwin A. Vice, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Mary, of Illinois; two grandchildren, Jackson Rowley, and Vivian Rowley; brother John Bacon and sister-in-law, Lynn Bacon of Atherton, Calif. There are seven adult children in John Bacon's family. Don has many second generation, and a few third generation nephews and nieces, whom he loved and enjoyed so much.
Arnold Berwick J.D. '56 was born on Aug. 18, 1920 and passed away on Dec. 27, 2013 peacefully at home at the age of 93. Born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, he moved to San Francisco at the age of four with his parents, Andrew and Sophie Berwick, and sister Mildred (Bauer). He graduated from Lowell High School and U.C. Berkeley. At the age of 15 he met the love of his life, Dorothy Howse, to whom he was forever devoted. Arnold and Dorothy married in 1941 and later moved to Saratoga where they raised their three children, Laurie, Bruce and Duane. Arnold began his career following in the footsteps of his father as a carpenter, then went on to earn a law degree at Santa Clara University. He practiced law in San Jose for 25 years. He was a proud member of the Norwegian Club and Sons of Norway. He is survived by his daughter Duane, granddaughters Catherine, Claire, Anna and Gwen, and 11 great grandchildren. Arnold loved his life and had an extraordinary talent for relating his favorite memories and adventures into wonderful stories that everyone loved to hear, and that he loved to tell.
Marshall W. Frazier J.D. ’57 was born in Fraziers Bottom, W.Va. in 1921. During and after WWII he served in the U.S. Navy for eight years. After earning a law degree, he established and maintained a private practice in San Jose for 33 years. He enjoyed fishing and traveling. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Faye, his son Thomas, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Billie "Bill" Horne '57, a friend to all who knew him, died May 27, at age 79 in Twain Harte, California. Bill was born in Mountain View, Oklahoma, and was active in ROTC at Santa Clara University. He served in the U.S. Army as a pilot for 4 years, earning the rank of Lieutenant. Professionally, Bill was active in real estate, including residential and commercial sales and property management. He served on the California Association of Realtors Board of Directors, as president of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Property Managers, Sacramento Chapter and was active in the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors. He operated his own property management business until his passing. He wrote and taught property management courses and was always an enthusiastic cheerleader for others, providing encouragement, advice and assistance. He will be remembered for his intelligence, professionalism and warm smile. Bill is survived by Jhonnie Horne, his wife of 32 years; sister, Noma Horne; sons, Steven Horne and Chuck Horne; daughter, Janice Horne; stepsons, Duke Darling and Marc Crum; and preceded in death by stepson, Scott Darling. He has 12 grandchildren and 1 greatgrandchild.
Vincent T. Burns Jr. '58 of Santa Paula and Carpinteria, Calif., passed away from heart failure on June 11, 2014 at his ranch in Santa Paula after a brief illness. Vince was the first child of an Irish family, born September 19, 1936 in Utica, N.Y., to Vincent T. Sr. and Helen (nee Farmer) Burns. Vincent grew up in Pasadena and Coronado, Calif., where his father was assistant manager at the Huntington and del Coronado hotels.
Vince was a member of the class of 1954 at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and of the class of 1958 at Santa Clara University. With his wife of 56 years, Debby, Vince devoted his energies and passions to the Santa Paula Boys Club beginning in 1974. Under Vince, the club was one of the first in the nation to accept girls as members, becoming the Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club. The club enjoyed increased membership and programs under Vince, and was nationally recognized for its after-school programs and role in improving life in Santa Paula. To further the club and his community, Vince was active in Santa Paula's service organizations, including Kiwanis.
Beginning in 1984 Vince devoted himself to the family's orange ranch on South Mountain Road, irrigating, pruning, spraying, and making sure the fruit was picked on time. Since 1996 Vince and Debby have split their time between Santa Paula and their home on Rincon Point Road in Carpinteria. Exacting and imbued with a strong spirit of competition, Vince was always proud of his family's achievements.
He is survived by his wife Debby of Santa Paula and Carpinteria; brother Anthony Burns of Arcadia, Calif.; sister Darcy Williams '70 of Sacramento, Calif.; son Vincent T. Burns III (wife Ann) of Ventura, Calif.; daughter Laura Burns Brown of San Diego, Calif.; and grandchildren Nicholas John Burns, Ventura; Amy Nicole Brown, San Diego; Eric Brown, San Diego; and Emily Laura Burns, Ventura. A family remembrance of Vince's life will take place at a later date. Donations in Vince's name to the Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club or Alcoholics Anonymous of Santa Barbara are appreciated.
John Joseph Collins '58, 77, passed away on Dec. 26, 2013. He was born Dec. 13, 1936 in Los Angeles, Calif. John was a pillar of the legal community in Southern California from the time he passed the bar until his death. He was a former president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a former president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, a former president of the Los Angeles County Bar, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was a proud father, grandfather and a loving husband. John is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters, Cynthia, Pamela and Lauren; sons, James, Robert, John and William. His daughter, Andrea predeceased him.
James Leininger '58 was a skillful Santa Clara County defense attorney, a crusader for social justice and a member of a family with deep roots in San Jose. But as a recovering alcoholic, he was known just as well for helping others emerge from the shoals of substance abuse -- be they lawyers, nurses, cops or Hells Angels.
Gordon Abbott '58, July 12, 1930 - November 7, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Gordon Abbott passed away after a difficult and valiant battle with cancer. His family was paramount and he enjoyed participating in his children and grandchildren's activities. An ardent sports fan and active in the community, he was also well known for his political involvement. He served on the Campbell Union School District Board of Trustees from 1971 through 1982, the San Jose Council Salary Setting Commission from 1986-1994 and on the Governor's Advisory Board for the Agnew Development Center from 1998-2009. He also served on the Santa Clara County G.O.P Central Committee from 1958-1963 and 1994-2005, earning the nickname "Mr. Republican".
Gordon was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA and earned a degree in Business from Santa Clara University. He was an accountant and served as a corporate finance officer for several small businesses over his career.
Gerald C. L’Estrange ’58 passed away on May 3, 2014. He was born January 28, 1935. He was so proud to have graduated from SCU and has been a true supporter over the years.
Richard Callahan '59: May 21, 1937 to August 7, 2014. Richard passed away peacefully at his home in Orange, California. He was born in Pasadena and was an East Orange resident for 15 years. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a BSC in accounting and a minor in ethics. He served as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Armor Corps. He was a comptroller for Sears, Roebuck & Co., a VP, comptroller for Coldwell Banker, and a registered investment advisor with Ameriprise. Recently he became the publisher of the Foothills Sentry newspaper. He authored four books on investing and the economy.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joanne; his children, Michael Callahan ’80, Brian, Maureen, Lydia and Lynn; and his grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Zach, Alex and Connor. He was passionate about being involved with community issues and watching all types of sports. His family and friends enjoyed his gourmet cooking. He deeply affected those who knew him with his loving, caring spirit. We miss him and look up to him, as we always have.
Raymond L. Welch '59, 82, passed away on July 12, 2014. He entered the world on May 9, 1932, in San Francisco, California. His parents were Elinor Nemis and Roy Wade who gave him over to be raised by William R. Welch and Ann C Welch. He grew up in San Francisco attending St. Anne's Grammar School. At the age of 14, he moved with his parents to Salinas where he attended Salinas High. He played on the tennis team and graduated in 1950. He went to college at Santa Clara University, and was on the college tennis team. He majored in economics. He served in the Army, attending Fort Ord and a year later served in Wertheim, Germany. Upon his return he went to work for his father in the men's clothing business called" The Hub" in Salinas.
In 1957, he married Carolyn J Fodrini from Alameda, California. They had three children: Suzanne M., Patrick M. and Steven D. Carolyn was a legal secretary for a while in Salinas. In 1960, they left Salinas and moved to Marin County where Ray went to work for UARCO in San Francisco. They lived in Mill Valley, Fairfax and later moved to Alameda, and then bought a home in San Leandro, California, where they lived for several years. They left their home in San Leandro, to move to Napa, California, in 1970. Ray went to work for Valley Business Forms in Calistoga. He remained there until 1985 when he went into business for himself starting the Welch Co. After 44 years of marriage his wife, Carolyn, passed away in 2001.
Ray later married Virginia L. Gomes from Maryland in 2002 and they resided in the Napa Valley and were members at The Silverado Country Club. Ray and Ginny loved playing golf among many other interests. Ray was a member of the Morning Napa Rotary Club, and had belonged to Napa Valley Country Club and Green Valley Country Club. In 2007, they moved to Chewelah, Washington, to build their "dream" home on the Chewelah Golf & Country Club where they currently reside. Ray leaves behind his wife, Ginny; his three children: Suzanne (husband Stephen), Pat (wife Kelly) and Steven (wife Kate); and three grandchildren: Morgan and Austin (Pat) and Chloe (Steven).
During Ray's young life he was a Boy Scout, an Eagle Scout and an Explorer Scout. Later, he was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Salinas, Mill Valley and San Leandro. He also worked with young teens in the Junior Achievement Program. He was also a member of the Salinas Elks Club. He also managed a Little League baseball team in Napa.
John Vasconcellos '54, J.D. '59, the famously rumpled bear-of-a-man who served 38 entertaining and volatile years in the state Legislature representing the heart of Silicon Valley, died May 24, 2014. He was 82.
John "Jack" F. Quirk III J.D. '59, 86, passed away in Bakersfield, Calif., on Feb. 19, 2014. Jack was born in Oakland, Calif., on June 22, 1927, to his parents Loretta Josephine Bowen Quirk and John Francis Quirk ll. Jack graduated from Salinas high school in 1945. He then attended San Mateo Junior College. While attending San Jose State College, Jack met his wife, Ann Virginia Page. They were married in 1952 and enjoyed 61 years of marriage together. Jack was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War, served at Far East Command Headquarters and reported directly to NATO commanders Gen. John Hull and Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor. Upon discharge from the army, Jack resumed his education at Santa Clara University, earning his J.D. in 1959. He and his family moved to Porterville, Calif., in Oct. of 1959, where he went to work in the Tulare County District Attorneys office under his mentor and friend Hon. Jaye Ballentine. He then transferred to the Public Defenders office. In 1961, Jack went into private practice and also served as the city attorney for Porterville for 17 years. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. George Deukmejian in June of 1984. Jack was predeceased by his wife Ann in Sept. of 2013. He is survived by his brother, James Patrick Quirk, his son John Quirk and wife Donna, daughter Diane Varner and husband Bob, daughter Erin Buell and husband Gary, and daughter Kelley Rockfellow and Keith Fullerton. He is further survived by grandchildren Shannon Knop and husband Carl, Katie Quirk, Grant Rockfellow, Mason Rockfellow, Connor Buell, and one great granddaughter, Clayton Knop.
Donald Joseph de la Pena '59 passed away on August 20, 2014. He was a resident of San Jose, meticulous planner of cities and just about everything else, lover of nature and art, avid photographer, history buff, and mostly . . . loving, generous, and caring husband, father, and grandfather. These are the qualities that Donald de la Pena contributed to this life, qualities that many people only aspire to. Donald left us too early and too quickly. He leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Carmel Foglia de la Pena, and five children and step-children: Michael de la Pena, Kimberly Taggart, Chris Dunia, Stephen Foglia, and Barbara Duggan. Donald had eight grandchildren: Kai de la Pena, Joseph Taggart, Zachary Dunia, Cody Dunia, Joseph Duggan, Jillian Duggan-Herd, Michael Duggan and Jonathan Duggan.
Born in Oceanside Long Island, New York, on April 8, 1936, Donald moved to California in 1949 with his parents and sister. Donald received his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and then achieved a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from University of California at Berkeley. Donald worked as a City Planning Director for his entire career, most recently for the City of Menlo Park. After retirement, he managed Carmel's art business. He loved to go on trips with his wife, where he photographed nature, and Carmel would turn the beautiful things he captured in photos into paintings.
Charles "Chas" William Reed ’59, resident of Los Gatos, loving husband, father, and grandfather, died peacefully on June 1, 2014, in Los Gatos at the age of 90.
Born on August 25, 1923, in Spokane, Wash., he was the son of Stephen and Elizabeth Reed, brother to Mary E. Hopkins Salisbury and John M. Reed, all deceased. Chas served in the Navy in the South Pacific in World War II and settled in San Francisco, Calif., after the war. He married Margaret "Peg" Toepel in 1947. In 1952 he relocated from San Francisco to the Santa Clara Valley and established a successful jewelry and watch repair business, Chas W. Reed Jewelers, in downtown Santa Clara.
After selling the business, Chas attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1959 magna cum laude with a degree in business and accounting and established a CPA firm in Santa Clara specializing in consulting and tax services for general contractors. In 1970 he began a successful real estate career as a residential land developer, broker, and investor that lasted over 40 years. Chas is survived by his loving wife of 67 years and their four children: Lydia Franzese ’70 (Stephen), William Reed M.S. ’14, Veronica Miller (Michael) and Christopher Reed (Mary) and eight grandchildren. He will be missed by his loved ones and many friends.
William Tagmyer ’60, a longtime University of Portland board member, passed away on Sept. 27, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was 75.
Lawrence Joseph Callan Sr. '60 entered into rest on Feb. 9, 2014. Born June 9, 1938 to James L. Callan and Mary L. Callan. Survived by his loving wife of nearly 54 years, Michele; children, Karen Hegarty (Steve), Kim Callan, and L.J. Callan, Jr. (Julie); grandchildren, Jeff Hegarty, Ashley Hegarty, Heather Callan, and Nicole Hegarty; brother, John Callan ’69, MBA ’76 (Linda) and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara, brother James, and his grandson Brett James Callan. Larry grew up in Marin attending St. Anselms, Marin Catholic, and Santa Clara University. For over 25 years, Larry was the owner of James L. Callan & Sons Jewelers. His second career was as the founder of Shark's Deli in Tiburon and L.J.'s Deli in San Rafael. Larry was a lifetime member of the San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108 and was a Past Exalted Ruler. He was also past president of the California Retail Jewelers Association and of the Marin County 49'ers Booster Club. Larry was loved and will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
James R. Tormey Jr. J.D. '60 May 27, 1935 - October 5, 2013 Resident of Medford, Ore. James "Jim" Roland Tormey, Jr., passed away on Oct. 5, 2013 in Medford, Ore. at the age of 78. Born to James R and Hope Allario Tormey of San Jose, Jim was raised in San Mateo, attended San Mateo High School ('53), then San Jose State ('57) where he met and married Mary Pat O'Donnell, also of San Mateo, in 1957. He resumed his studies after his ROTC service to earn his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University in 1960, returning to San Mateo where his 5 children were born, raised and educated. Jim practiced Law from his San Mateo offices until 1997, when he retired to his family's beloved ranch on the California/Oregon border. Jim was first elected to the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District in 1971 and served on the board for 24 years. He was a founding director of the Borel Bank & Trust Company (now Boston Private Bank & Trust) from 1979 to 2002, and served as Judge Pro-Tem in the San Mateo County Courts from 1972 to 1997. Jim was an active member of several service and professional organizations, many for decades and often serving as President or Board Chair, including the San Mateo County Congress of Elected Officials, San Mateo Heart Association, Combined Health Agencies Drive, The Bombay Bicycle Riding Club and the Kiwanis, which he joined in 1963. Jim was a fierce advocate for public education, an avid skier, dedicated outdoorsman and appreciator of the challenges and rewards of the rural lifestyle. Jim is survived by Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Tormey, his wife of 28 years, of Medford, Oregon, and his children Anne (Richard) Freeman of Auburn, Erin Tormey of Half Moon Bay, Christopher Tormey of Auburn, Gregory (Stacy) Tormey of Cotati, Marc (Deanna) Tormey of San Mateo, step-daughters Tobi Fenn of Fremont and Jacqueline (Clinton) Ward of Redwood City and 11 treasured grandchildren.
James F. Russi '60 passed away on June 2, 2014 at the age of 76. Beloved husband of Arleen Russi of Alameda. Loving father of Jack (Jodie), Tim (Alicia), Joe (Lynn), Cathy Thomas, Patrick (Kelly) and Shelley (Rahn Twitchell) . Adored Papa of 18 grandchildren.
James (Jim) was born in San Francisco on June 1, 1938 to Francis John and Catherine (Carroll) Russi. He was an older brother to Fr. John Joseph Russi and Carroll McDaniel both deceased and an Uncle to Carroll's two children Kitty and Patty. He graduated from St Cecilia Grammar School , St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, and Santa Clara University, where he was a basketball player. He was second team all-conference in 1960 and honorable mention in 1959. He is in the Hall of Fame at Santa Clara University. The pinnacle of his sports career was to be a first round draft pick for the St Louis Hawks in 1960.
Jim was a CPA and a long-time partner in Yandell Truckaway and Santa Clara Warehouses. Jim coached CYO basketball from 18 years of age and was Athletic Director for over 25 years at St Joseph's Grammar School in Alameda. For many years Jim and Arleen ran the CYO East Bay Parochial League for the Oakland Diocese and their impact on youth and sports in the Bay Area has been substantial . He was a legend in adult basketball leagues in the area and frequently sought after pick-up basketball player at Franklin and Washington Parks.
Jim lived his life with a few simple principles. God and family were always first and if you were going to do something then try to be the best. He has been a significant and positive influence for so many, and truly has left the world a better place. He will be dearly missed.
Francis E. "Frank" Quinn ’60 died on August 11, 2013 in Seattle. He was born in Seattle to Albert and Frances Quinn on October 10, 1938. He graduated from the St. Joseph Grammar School and Seattle Preparatory in Seattle, and The University of Santa Clara in California. He served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict. He is survived by his four daughters, Corrine Fishman, Colleen Quinn, Kathleen Quinn and Kelly Quinn, all of California, three grandsons, and a granddaughter. He is also survived his siblings Joseph Quinn ’56 of Medina, Philip Quinn of Seattle, Louise Sifferman of San Juan Capistrano, and Catherine Turner of Escalo, California.
Daniel E. Lester ’60, age 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Aug. 15, 2014, the day that commemorates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.
Dan was born on Oct. 8, 1938 to proud parents Ed and Willa Lester, residents of Santa Cruz, California. The family moved to Watsonville where Dan attended Freedom Elementary School and Watsonville High School – where he met his only love and lifetime soulmate, Patricia Copriviza.
Inspired by the popularity of rock and roll, Dan learned to play the guitar and recorded four original songs – making him a popular local musician. He decided, however, that a career in music would not become his life's pursuit. After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1960, Daniel and Patricia were married at St. Patrick's Parish in Watsonville on June 11 of that year. After settling into their first home on Green Valley Road, Watsonville, Patricia gave birth to five children in the first six years of their marriage. The children attended Moreland Notre Dame in Watsonville, followed by Aptos High School before moving on to various colleges and careers.
Dan launched his career in the home sales industry and eventually formed a partnership with trusted colleagues Richard Roach and Don Gardiner, with a focus in commercial development. William Locke-Paddon later joined the firm known as Lester Roach & Gardiner, which currently owns and operates residential and commercial property in Santa Cruz County.
Dan was always full of life and adventure, and he relished worldwide travel – collecting art and antiquities along the way. He loved to share his lust for life with his family and friends, and often traveled with them on trips to places such as Asia, Africa and Indonesia. His worldwide travels inspired him to create impressive paintings with Aboriginal, Asian and Pre-Columbian influences – recognized by many as superb works of art. He was intensely interested in the history and culture of the places he visited, and loved to collect relics of the past and display them with pride and knowledge, always ready to answer questions about the ancient artifacts he had collected.
Saltwater and freshwater fishing was a great source of enjoyment to Dan, and he recently won a world-class fishing tournament in Mexico. As a testament to his achievements, his family office, Lester Company, is adorned with many of his trophy fish. Following his lifetime dream of owning a ranch, Dan purchased land in the Aptos hills, planted a successful vineyard that has produced many award-winning wines. He and Patricia later built their dream house on the ranch – always a welcoming venue for family, business and charitable gatherings.
Dan was a unique man who was well loved by all his family. He had the rare ability to make people feel intensely important in his presence, and built bonds of friendship with almost everybody he encountered throughout his life. As a successful man, he was generous to those in need and always ready to give a helping hand. He was moved by the inequalities he observed throughout his life and travels and made a habit of being generous to others and helping them pursue their dreams.
In the passing of Dan Lester, the community has lost a true renaissance man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Mark Lester ’83 (Suzy), Sean (Lori) and Joseph his daughters Lori Johnson ’85 (Steve) and Kelly Armstrong also his grandchildren Megan and Logan Johnson, Jackson Armstrong, Tobin and Annie Lester and great grandson London Johnson. He is also survived by his first cousin Steve Benson (Evette).
Rosemary Finney Parker '61, Sept. 21, 1938 - Mar. 21, 2014. Parker, 75, a resident of San Jose died on March 21, 2014 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Steve, her daughter, Shannon Hane (Jeff), son, Jay Parker (Shannon), and her beloved grandson, Zack Stephen Hane, nephew Kevin Finney (Carmen), niece, Kelly Finney Pruitt (Kirk), brother, Tim Finney (Dana) and her best friend from grammar school, Nancy Wisdom Altieri.
Robert M. Polhamus ’61, age 75, of Boynton, Beach, Fl., a Northwest Airlines captain, flew west on Jan. 17, 2014. He was born April 24, 1938, in Seattle, Wash. Bob and his twin brother, Dick, played baseball at SCU. Prior to SCU both Bob and his twin attended Bellarmine College Preparatory. After graduation Bob joined the US Marine Corps, earning his Naval Aviators wings of gold. He was a member of Marine attack squadron (VMA 311) serving in Vietnam in 1965. Bob flew a total of 174 missions over Laos and North and South Vietnam . After retirement he was an active member in a number of organizations including Masons, Shriners and Quiet Birdmen. Bob is survived by his wife Betsy, daughter Leigh, twin brother Richard Polhamus ’61 of Vero Beach, Fl., brother Mac of Houston, and sister Kathi Hanson of Bentonville, Ark.