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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.
Mike led a very active social life and it seemed like wherever he went, he ran into someone he knew or he made a new friend. He could frequently be found at morning breakfast meetings, lunch groups at Rockville Corner, or just visiting at various restaurants around town. Mike regularly took walks in Alamo Park with friends and participated in many activities at Paradise Valley Estates. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching football and baseball games.
He was preceded in death by parents Miguel and Lucy Gonzalez, and wife Mary Gonzalez. Mike is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jane Gonzalez of Fairfield; daughter Katie Musitelli (Wes) of Santa Cruz; son Michael Gonzalez (Dawn) of Vacaville; sisters Bea Nagel of Washington and Elsie Roberts of Arkansas, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike was an amazing man who touched many peoples lives. He was a beloved husband, dad and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:48P
UGRD Engineering '50
John Herbert Clarke
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
submitted Nov. 9, 2013 3:01P
Daniel J. Vesely
Daniel Joseph Vesely ’50 of Rocklin passed away peacefully on August 12, 2013, with his loving family by his side after suffering from Dementia for several years. He was 89 years young. Daniel was born to Joseph and Minnie Vesely in New York, New York on July 30, 1924. Daniel married his wife Annie Walker to whom he was married to for 65 years. Daniel is survived by younger brother, Joseph Vesely who is living in Massachusetts. He is also survived by his two children Gregory Vesely, Cynthia Gruber and her husband Joe Gruber, two grandchildren Kristel Vesely, Gregory Goodnough and one great-grandson, Jayden Goodnough. Daniel graduated from Santa Clara University with a civil engineering degree in 1950. He worked for several engineering firms over the years which allowed his family to live in Casablanca, where Greg was born and Madrid, Spain where Cynthia was born. He retired with the Federal Government Corp of Engineers. Daniel and Annie raised their children in Rocklin since 1964. He loved his family and friends, enjoyed reading, traveling and was an avid golfer until he became ill. He always enjoyed living on the golf course. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be deeply missed.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:12P
Ronald J. Santucci
Ronald Joseph Santucci ’51 Sept. 14, 1929 ~ June 7, 2013 Died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with ALS. Survived by his wife Sally and children of his first wife, Joan; Jean (Jeff), Theresa, Bob (Helen), John MBA ’00 (Malia), Kate (Pete), Michele (Greg) and 17 grandchildren he loved dearly. Born in Seattle, raised in Mount Baker, graduate of Seattle Prep, Seattle University and Pacific Coast Banking School. After losing Joan October 2004, Ron reconnected with high school and college friend Sally Malone Ganong and they married June 12, 2009 to his great happiness. He was a proud Marine and served in the Korean War, spending 9 months on the front lines. Past Italian Club President, Little League coach, banking lender and executive, retiring from Wells Fargo after a highly successful 40-year career. He served on numerous association boards and was active in his community. A talented athlete who started college at Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, he loved playing tennis and pickleball into his 80s and enjoyed many sports. He was an enthusiastic member of a close-knit bridge group for 40 years, taught all his children how to snow and water ski and was a mean accordion player who could play any instrument by ear. He enjoyed many trips to Hawaii but the place he was happiest was sharing good times, rain or shine, with family and friends at Lake Cavanaugh. Family was his primary focus, most valued legacy and source of tremendous pride.
submitted Jul. 4, 2013 7:18A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '52
James W. Daly
James William Daly ’52 died on June 10, 2013. He was 82 years old. He graduated from St. Mary's High School, Stockton, Calif., and attended Santa Clara University before graduating in 1955 from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He joined the United States Air Force and served as a flight surgeon before completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wilford Hall Hospital, Lackland AFB. A medical pioneer, in 1964 Dr. Daly completed a fellowship in gynecological oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, becoming the first gynecological oncologist in the United States military. He resigned his commission in 1968 to take a position teaching medicine at the University of Florida, pioneering cancer treatment and gynecological surgery. He later chaired the departments of obstetrics and gynecology at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., and the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., before retiring in 1996. He waged an eighteen-year battle against Parkinson's, but ultimately succumbed. He strove always to do his best and cultivate the best in his subordinates and students, while compassionately understanding human weakness and failings. His dry wit was legendary. And his wonder of the beauty and sanctity of life had no bounds. We will miss him. He is survived by his wife of almost sixty years, Geraldine Jane Callaghan Daly; three children: Daniel Francis, Timothy Patrick, Rebecca Ann Daly Anzevino; and grandchildren: Christine Marie Anzevino Fischer, Jessica Jane Anzevino Holland, James Patrick Daly, Andrew Douglas Warner, and Jacob Warner Daly.
submitted Jul. 19, 2013 4:46P
Edward J. Chavez
RyaEdward J. Chavez ’52, a beloved Marin County high school coach and revered patriarch of a legendary basketball family, died Sept. 10 at his home in Ross. He was 84.
Mr. Chavez had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in 2007. He was the father of six sons, all of them Marin high school basketball and sports stars. A coach for almost 50 years, Mr. Chavez is a member of the Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. He was confined to a wheelchair after the stroke, but was able to attend a celebration of his life last year in the St. Anselm School gym in San Anselmo.
"We had hundreds of people at the tribute to him," his niece, Bonnie Barron, recalled. "He had an amazing way of making everyone feel
loved and welcome in his home and in his life."
After starting his coaching career at St. Mary's High School in the East Bay, he was hired at Tamalpais High in Mill Valley in 1959 and quickly made his mark in Marin athletics, leading the Tam boys varsity basketball team to a league title in his first season and creating a basketball dynasty at the school in the 1960s.
But he was more than an Xs and Os kind of coach. "He taught lessons in life, not just how to go to your left and shoot threes," Eileen Chavez, his wife of 58 years, said. "Every kid who ever worked with him knew that whatever he asked them to do, it was because he cared."
Mr. Chavez retired from Tam in 1987, but his coaching days were far from over. He went on to coach tennis at the Branson School in Ross for more than 20 years. He confined his coaching to the tennis court, but now-retired Branson boys basketball coach Jonas Honick said in a 2008 Independent Journal story that he would often pick Mr. Chavez's brain before practice.
"The longer he coached, the more emphasis he placed on teaching," Honick said. "That doesn't mean he wasn't competitive, though. He set very high standards for all his teams."
During his time at Branson, Mr. Chavez's tennis team once went up against a Drake High squad coached by his wife, a longtime Marin teaching professional. Her team ended up winning.
Even though her husband wasn't used to losing, "He was so gracious about it," she remembered, then proudly pointed out that his teams were perennial champions, going to "the North Coast Section more than any other coach."
Born in 1929 in Panama, Mr. Chavez grew up in Vallejo and graduated from St. Vincent High School there. Although he was just over 5-feet-9 and 130 pounds, he went to the University of Santa Clara on an athletic scholarship, lettering in football, basketball and baseball.
After college, he was recruited by the New York Yankees, but had to turn that offer down to complete a two-year army commitment. A lieutenant, he spent his service time as a player coach for an army baseball team in Europe.
One of the reasons Mr. Chavez stopped coaching at Tam was so he could attend basketball games at Drake High School in San Anselmo, where his son, Eddie Joe ’78, was beginning a legendary career considered among the best in Marin County history. He went on to star at Santa Clara and to play professionally for 20 years overseas.
After Mr. Chavez was too incapacitated by the stroke to coach, his son, Buck Chavez, took over his coaching duties at Branson, remembering what his dad had taught him.
"My parents were more into letting us love a sport first and learn how to play it second," he once said in an IJ story. Beyond sports, Mr. Chavez emphasized the importance of family and community, and hung photos of the many players he coached on the walls of his home.
"He's been a father figure to all of us," former Branson athletic director Tom Ryan said once. "If people ever look back on me some day, the best compliment I could get would be if they said I was anything like Ed Chavez."
In addition to his wife, Mr. Chavez is survived by sons Eddie Joe and Buck, both of Woodacre; Greg of Santa Rosa, Pat of Petaluma, Terry of Southern California and Chris of Seattle. He also leaves two brothers, William and Charles; two sisters, Norma White and Debra Sordello, and 16 grandchildren.
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:14P
GRD Law '52
Aurelius "Reo" Boykin Miles
Aurelius "Reo" Boykin Miles J.D. ’52, age 99, of Chicago Il., passed away Monday May 27, 2013. Born on February 14, 1914 to Dr. John I. and Sally Belle Miles (deceased), Reo was the second of four children: John and Utropius (both deceased) and Alwilda "Sister" Miles. Captain Miles was a much decorated World War ll hero losing his leg while in combat on the Italian front. He received many decorations including the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Bronze Star. Reo attended Stanford University and was the first African American to graduate from Santa Clara Law School. He persevered through enormous difficulties and loved his wife Ethel Rivers Washington Miles dearly as they raised a successful family; she preceded him in death. He had a successful career in real estate at Draper and Kramer and was known for his fun and outgoing personality. He was warm, witty, generous and determined. He was a devoted member of The Church of The Good Shepard. He was also the first black tennis player at Hyde Park High School, a celebrated member of the Prairie Tennis Club, a Founding Sponsor of the Martin Luther King Memorial, a member of the Military Retired Officers Association, Disabled American Veterans, A Troop Leader of the Boy Scouts of America, supported the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and the Chicago Fire Department and was invited to the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the first Black President of the United States by the Democratic National Committee and the White House. He was an avid member of the Druids, the Unicorns Social Club and was an Omega Psi Phi. He is survived by his much loved son David Miles, his loving sister Alwilda Miles Davis and nieces Lisa Washington and Sandra Paris.
submitted Jun. 24, 2013 3:53P
John P. Smalley
John Patrick Smalley '53, September 2, 2013. Born in Jackson, CA on Dec 30, 1928, and died in San Francisco from old age complication. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Beatrice; sons: John Joseph ’87, Patrick Michael, CHP; Dr. Val Smalley, DO; and Stephen, Sgt. SFPD; daughter and son-in-law: Christine and Tony So; granddaughters: Noelle and Adrianna So; Sister-in-law: Joanne Smalley; and nephew: Martin Catudio. John graduated from Santa Clara University, Civil Engineering. He was in the U.S. Army Artillery in Germany for the Korean War. He worked with the State of California for Bay Toll Crossings and on the San Diego Coronado Bridge and Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, City and County of San Francisco Public Works. He was a dedicated supporter of Pro Life Activities and was an active member of Star of the Sea Parish.
submitted Dec. 3, 2013 12:30P
Dewey L. Falcone
Judge Dewey Lawes Falcone ’53, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away in his sleep at home in Redondo Beach, CA on August 15, 2013, at the age of 82. Dewey was born and raised in Hermosa Beach, CA on June 27, 1931. Son of Rose Coury and Alfredo Victor Falcone. Dewey graduated from Redondo Union High School class of 1949. He then attended Bay areas Menlo College, followed by the University of Santa Clara and then USC Law School. He then served his country in the US Army. Dewey started practicing law with his father in 1959 in Los Angeles for the next 34 years (law offices of Falcone & Falcone). While a lawyer he also served our country as ambassador to the Mariana Islands. He was appointed to Judgeship by Governor Pete Wilson and served for 20 years in the Norwalk Superior Court. He loved his work and his colleagues. Dewey was a family-first guy a great athlete and a scholar. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Teresa Falcone and their four children, Darran, Felicia, Marisa, and Christina. His five grandchildren Dylan, Iona, Forrest, Luna and Luke and his loving sister Delores Metzger, and his nephew Paul Marinos. Dewy was the Sea that we all floated on. He will be missed and loved always.
submitted Aug. 30, 2013 9:48A
Robert H. Viviano
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."
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:35P
Edward H. Kranz
Edward H. Kranz ’56, 1934-2013, passed away peacefully at Cottage Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was born and grew up in Pasadena Ca., graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a degree in mechanical engineering, served as Lt. U S Army and retired after 36 years with TRW as VAFB Base Manager. During those years, he served as President, Mission Hills Community Council; President, Mesa Oaks Mutual Water Co., Founding member, Coach, Referee and President of the Lompoc Valley Soccer Association which then became the current AYSO organization; Board member, Village Rotary Club; Member, Board of Directors VCC; Board member and President VAFB Chapter Air Force Association; Chairman, Lompoc Chamber Military Affairs Committee; Board Member and President Lompoc Rotary Club; Board member and President VCC Mens Association; VCC Mackie Chairman.
Together with his wife he raised 3 sons. Preceded in his death were first wife Brenda, mother of his sons and his second wife Sharon. Survived by sons Michael and grandson Edward of Redding, Ca., Stephen and grandchildren Kendall, Austin and Evan of Lompoc, Richard and grandson Nathaniel of Marietta, Ga., and companion Frances Singson of Lompoc.
Ed was an avid outdoors man in his younger years, hunting, fishing, water skiing and camping, which he passed on to his children. He became a fixture at the Village Country Club where golf became his passion during retirement and played many rounds with his sons and grandsons. He was a good father and loyal friend to all. He will be missed.
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 10:33A
James D. Cooney
James Donahue Cooney ’57, at 79 years old, passed away July 3, 2013, in Sonoma. Mr. Cooney was born in San Francisco, where he graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He received his engineering degree from Santa Clara University and served as General Manager and Chief Engineer at the San Francisco Water Department for five years. He and his loving wife, Joann, had moved to Sonoma to retire. In addition to his wife, his close friends Eileen and Donald Holstein and family were vigilant at his time of need. They all referred to him as "Uncle Jim."
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:07P
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 is survived by his loving wife, Mayme, devoted children Gordon Abbott of San Ramon, Philip Abbott of Dallas, TX and Wendy Abbott Sarsfield '83 of San Francisco, Daughters-in-law Holly Mueller Abbott of San Ramon and Tracy Driscoll Abbott of Dallas, TX and grandchildren Matthew and Nicholas Abbott of San Ramon, Sydney, Maggie and Jeffrey Abbott of Dallas, TX and Patrick and Megan Sarsfield of San Francisco.
submitted Nov. 15, 2013 3:17P