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Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1960s
Victor A. Bertolani '56, J.D. '60, an influential lawyer and educator who opened doors to the legal profession for many judges, prosecutors, and litigators, died April 5 of an aortic abdominal aneurysm, his family said. He was 80.
Thomas J. Besmer Sr. ’60, Sep. 5, 1933 to Jan. 13, 2015. Tom Besmer was a big man in more ways than one. Standing at 6’5 ½” tall, he was not one to be missed. As a young man, and from a family of nine children, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy, he married Dovaleen (Gross) and he attended Santa Clara University. During those years, they lived in the old Quonset huts. It was an era when married students attended SCU and lived on campus. He played basketball for the Broncos and graduated with a BSEE in engineering in 1960.
James Patrick Connolly '61, M.S. '72 was born in Oakland in 1938 to James P. and Mamie W. Connolly. He attended Napa Union High School and graduated in 1956 and married Sharon in 1997. James passed away in San Jose on February 2, 2015. He was a retired engineer and manager whose career spanned 49 years at NASA, managing the design and development of Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and small spacecraft payloads. He joined the Peace Corps in 1964, and spent 2 years working on road and building projects in Tanzania. He graduated from Santa Clara University with an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1972. James is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sharon and his children Tim Connolly of Campbell, Thad Connolly of Oakland, and Michael Sommese of San Jose.
Former SCU Regent Stanley David Hayden '63 was born Nov. 22, 1941, passed away on Dec. 16, 2014 at his home in San Marino, Calif. with his family by his side. He was survived by his wife of 49 years, Marcia; his four children, Katie (Willy), William "Bill" Hayden ’91 (Lindsay), Maggie Hayden Dietz ’94, and David Hayden ’96 (Shana); and his nine grandchildren, Molly, Will and Maggie Marsh; Will III and Matthew Hayden; Abbey and Henry Dietz; and Grace and Emma Hayden.
Stan was a native Angeleno and had been a resident of the San Gabriel Valley for over 35 years. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles and received his bachelors and masters degrees in Sociology and Child Development from The University of Southern California. He went on to teach Sociology and Child Psychology at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut for 18 years, later leaving academia to join his father's investment company, William R. Hayden and Associates.
A life long philanthropist and deeply committed to Catholic education, Stan served on the boards of Mayfield Junior School, Mayfield Senior School and Loyola High School, as well as on the Board of Regents (1973-1983) of Santa Clara University , where he attended before transferring to and graduating from The University of Southern California.
He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Education Foundation in Los Angeles, and had served as president of Catholic Charities among other leadership roles. Stan, along with his wife and children, served on the Board of Directors of The William R. and Virginia Hayden Foundation, started by his father, William Rube Hayden.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Stan loved spending time with his family and close friends, through travel, golf and his various charitable endeavors. At the heart of Stan's life was his love for his family, friends and his Catholic faith. A "Man for Others" (Loyola Graduate '59) who lived out the motto, "Actions Not Words", Stan supported many Catholic schools and charities throughout the Archdiocese.
Heaven has gained a true jewel of our community and, most of all, we have an advocate in Heaven, as he has now joined the Communion of Saints.
Rodney J. Holzkamp '63, age 73, of San Francisco and Chicago, passed away peacefully in his sleep in San Francisco, on Monday, Oct 6, 2014. He was born Jan. 15, 1941, in San Francisco to Margaret (Gianfrancheschi) Holzkamp, and Rugen Holzkamp Sr. Rodney attended and graduated from St. Vincent De Paul Elementary school, St. Ignatius Preparatory HS, Santa Clara University for his B.A. in History, and California State University, SF for his Masters degree in History. He went on to teach for over 25 years at the College of Dupage in Glen Elyn, Il. Rodney was a devoted Christian, as well as an avid world traveler. He is survived by his niece Robin Whewell, and cousins Cynthia Chapman, Felton Howe Jr, Julie Bowra, Donna Guilder, Cindee Bunt, Rhoda Peterson, their families and many friends.
Robert B. Yonts '63, J.D. '68, who served as a Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge for 13 years and spent more than two decades in private practice before that, died April 9, 2015. He was 73 and a resident of Soquel. Yonts served in the U.S. Army from 1963 until 1965 and was stationed in Germany as a lieutenant in the 7th US Cavalry, according to the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc., for which Yonts was an arbitrator.
Judge Yonts was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in California. Judge Yonts was very proud of his duties in the army, and shared his many fond memories with family and friends. His successful private law practice in Santa Cruz led him to an appointment as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Cruz County. Practicing for more than 16 years, Judge Yonts leaves many dear colleagues who will miss his leadership and generosity. Upon retirement from the bench he remained involved in numerous civic activities and organizations including JAMS, CASA, and the Santa Cruz Rotary Club. He was member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Capitola, and enjoyed numerous activities with family and friends.
Robert "Bob" L. Huebner MBA '64, a resident of Los Gatos, age 77, passed away peacefully at home on August 25, 2104, from complications related to diabetes. Bob was the devoted husband of Donna, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage. He was the proud father of Denny (Wendy) Huebner, Kelly (Marvin) Blough, and Joe (Jacqueline) Huebner, and loving grandfather to Brian, Anna, Jessica, Jamie, and Elle. He is also survived by his dear sister Louise Burnett, her four children and their families.
Bob Huebner was born in Palo Alto in 1936 to Ludwig and Babette Huebner, immigrants from Germany. He attended Palo Alto High School, received a bachelor's degree in engineering from San Jose State University, and received his MBA from Santa Clara University. As an adult, Bob worked in engineering and executive positions at Silicon Valley companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Royco, Varian, and Granger Associates. He retired at the age of 55 and enjoyed his later years with family, and traveling with his wife Donna to vacation spots in Lake Tahoe, Europe, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
John Steinberg '64 was born on Dec. 30, 1942, and passed away on Jan. 16, 2008. John was a resident of Campbell, California.
James "Jim" Gaylan McDonald MBA '64 was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sep. 29, 1935, passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side on Aug. 28, 2014, after a stoic battle with cancer. Jim is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 37 years, Gratia McDonald, his children Michael McDonald, Jill (McDonald) Baigent, Michael Duffy, Jane Kronzer, David Matovich, and 10 grandchildren.
Jim moved to the Bay Area in 1960 to begin his 35 year career with Lockheed Missile and Space in Sunnyvale, Calif. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and his MBA from Santa Clara University and was a member of Shriners International. He will be remembered for his vast knowledge of history and politics as well as being an ardent San Francisco 49ers fan. His love of jazz, fine wine, boating and classic cars enhanced his character and enriched our lives. His intellect, wit and kindheartedness will be missed by all.
Roger Bayne Johnson '65, son of Shirley (Bayne) and Everett E. Johnson (both deceased) passed away peacefully August 30, 2014, due to complications related to leukemia. Roger, 72, was born in San Luis Obispo, in July 1942, where he spent his early life. Roger was a graduate from San Luis Obispo High School in 1960. He then went to the University of Santa Clara where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965 with a major in history and also a ROTC Second Lieutenant Commission in the U.S. Army. Prior to entering the army, he attended the Santa Clara Law School. After entering the U.S. Army, Roger then graduated from the U.S. Army Demolition School. As a demolition expert, Roger, who was a captain at that time, was the commander of the 61st Ordnance Detachment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, which is responsible for 100,000 square miles, including the complete state of Oklahoma and all of Texas north of Dallas and Fort Worth.
Upon leaving the U.S. Army in 1970, Roger moved to Boston and began his career in the insurance business. After a few years, he settled in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for a number of years before returning to California. He settled in San Jose, Calif., in the early 1990s where he became the Regional Director for the American Income Life Insurance Company (AIL) before his retirement. Roger has always had a love for sports, and in his early school years he received the award two years in a row for being the best athlete of the year.
Roger is survived by his sister Janice Jonsin and brother-in-law, Brig. Gen. Larry H. DellaBitta (ret.); brother and sister-in-law Chuck and Mary Jo Johnson; nieces and nephews Laura Byrd, Curry Smith, Seth Johnson, and Noel Johnson. Great nieces and nephews: Avery Smith, Zoey, Willow, Charlotte, Henry and Mason Johnson. Roger was preceded in death by his nephew Jonn Jonsin.
John Emmett Rolleri '65 was born in Alameda, Calif. on May 9, 1943 and died in San Francisco on Aug. 28, 2013. John was the son of the late Thomas T Rolleri, MD and Katherine W Rolleri and brother to Michael J Rolleri and Thomas T Rolleri, Jr.
John spent his whole career as an accountant and Certified Public Accountant specializing in tax matters, most recently with the William Shine Company in San Francisco.
He had great and varied interests, particularly in the arts. John regularly attended San Francisco Opera and Symphony performances, but his seat was empty for the opening of the Symphony season on September 3. Tango dancing was his late night obsession. Toting a bag with his dancing shoes he joined many like-minded friends at Milongas held around the City.
John was also a accomplished basketball player in his younger days and was not reticent about sending critiques and suggestions to some NBA players about their style of play.
Above all else, John was a kind, gentle and learned man. He seemed at times to be shy and unassuming, but when it came time to discuss important and difficult issues of the day John was well prepared and assertive on those subjects. Many times he proved to others that their misconceptions of one matter or another were unfounded. We will miss him, his smile and his quickness of wit.
John, a bachelor, is survived by his brothers; his nephews, Paul and Rico Rolleri; his niece, Teri Rolleri; his grand-nephews, Kyle and Evan Rolleri and grand-nieces, Rachel, Gianna and Siena Rolleri. John is also survived by numerous cousins in Angels Camp and northern California.
Robert G. Gabalec MBA '66, age 90, formerly a resident of Naperville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, IL. He was born June 10, 1924 in Cicero to Edward and Agnes Gabalec. Bob served as a Navigator during WWII for the Army Air Corps. He was a graduate of Purdue University and Santa Clara University. He enjoyed working with his hands doing stained glass, woodworking and making furniture and toys for his grandchildren. He loved family trips and especially loved to be with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Thomas (Linda) Gabalec and Ruth (James) Milashus; grandchildren, Jennifer Milashus, Craig Gabalec and Amanda Welsand; and 3 great-grandchildren, Josh, Nicole and Brian. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Jeanne A. Gabalec, and 2 grandchildren, Jimmy and Neal Milashus.
James Anthony Lanza '66 entered into eternal rest on Dec. 21, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 70 years old.
James was born on March 9, 1944 in Seattle, Wash., and was the eldest of eight children of Joseph and Gloria Lanza. He grew up in Seward Park and later became a standout athlete in football, baseball, and basketball at Seattle Prep. He continued on to Santa Clara University in California where he was a standout player on the football team (as a member of the "Rodents") and graduated in 1966 with a degree in business. He stayed in touch with many of his close SCU friends after he graduated.
James worked in insurance for several years, and then he met the love of his life, Gloria Ludke from Port Angeles. James and Gloria married in Port Angeles on May 20, 1972. They bought a home in Seattle and started a family in 1974. They had two sons, Mario and Dominic, and then James switched careers and became a lawyer after attending and graduating from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane in 1980.
James and his family moved to Bellevue in 1981, and he worked as a personal injury lawyer on the Eastside for more than 20 years. He relocated to Port Townsend in 2004, and spent the remainder of his life there, aside from the last few months of his life which were spent in an assisted living facility in Phoenix, Ariz., where he had moved to be closer to his son and grandchildren.
James was an active member of St. Louise Parish in Bellevue, and he was a well-respected youth football and basketball coach in Bellevue for many years. He was also a proud member of the Seattle Seafair Clowns for most of his life. But his greatest love was probably the sport of horse racing. James loved to go to the track (first Longacres, and then Emerald Downs), and he loved anything involved with horses or horse racing or teaching his sons about horse racing. He was also a great bowler, he carried a mid 200's average as a young man and he later taught his sons to be standout bowlers as well.
James will be remembered as an exceptionally sweet man who had a good heart, a successful law career, a great family, and the innate ability to find free parking anywhere in the state of Washington.
James is survived by his two sons, Mario Lanza ’96 (Diana) Upland, Calif., and Dominic Lanza (Jess) of Phoenix, Ariz. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Vanessa, Nicholas, Ben, and Luke, as well as seven siblings, David, Julie, Vincent, Gina, Mary, Lisa, and Lori. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Gloria Ludke Lanza, as well as his parents, Joseph Lanza ’32 and Gloria Lanza.
Jean McCloskey ’66 died at age 70 on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in Los Gatos, Calif. of a stroke. Jean was born March 28, 1944 in Sausalito, Calif. to Stewart Mackie and Frances Kelly. She graduated Santa Clara University in 1966 and married Denis McCloskey, her husband of 50 years. Over the course of her life, Jean filled many roles, from mother to professional potter to teacher to graphic designer. She ended her career as a mission planner for servicing missions of the Hubbell Space Telescope. In her last decade, Jean had become an avid bike rider in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties and abroad. She has lived with her family in North Yorkshire, England and Annapolis, Md., but Los Gatos, Calif. has been her primary home for decades. Jean is survived by her children Jenner, Amy and Kevin McCloskey, her husband Denis McCloskey ’63, M.S. ’69 and her sister Aileen Mackie.
Gary Donald Cummings '66, J.D. '69 passed away peacefully and quietly at 70 years of age on January 11, 2015. Gary was born in Hayward, Calif., on July 10, 1944, the son of Donald and Alice Cummings. Though born in Hayward, he was a native of Oakland and spent all of his life here. Gary is survived by his sons Michael, Matthew, and Brian; his former wife, Raewyn of New Zealand; his sister, Kathleen Jordan (Clay); his brother, Tim Cummings (Sue), as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gary attended St. Cyril's Grammar School in Oakland and upon his 8th grade graduation, was awarded the scholarship to Bishop O'Dowd High School. At Bishop O'Dowd, he continued to excel academically and upon graduation from O'Dowd, was awarded three scholarships to three different universities. He chose to pursue his studies in political science at the University of Santa Clara on a full four-year scholarship. After graduating from the University of Santa Clara, he was awarded a three-year fellowship to the Law School at the University. He eventually received his JD degree and passed the CA bar on his first try.
During his years at Santa Clara, he became interested In the Big Brother Organization and became a Big Brother to a little boy who did not have a father. After passing the CA Bar, Gary proceeded to enter the U.S. Army as a LT. He was ultimately stationed in Germany in Military intelligence during the Vietnam Era. He advanced to the rank of Captain and was later honorably discharged in 1972 after being awarded the National Defense Service Medal. After returning from Germany, Gary was hired as a Deputy District Attorney in the DA office in Oakland, CA. He excelled in trial work and during the next 25+ years he advanced to become Senior Prosecutor.
Gary loved books and was a voracious reader. And as I remember him growing up, always had a book in his hand or was studying. But he also loved sports and played baseball and basketball along with his younger brother, Tim. When Gary became a father, he enjoyed coaching his three sons - Michael, Matthew, and Brian and all of their teammates in soccer, basketball, and baseball. Matt and Mike both told me. that Gary and their morn never missed any of their games. Gary was also an avid golfer and even played golf with our enthusiastic, elderly mother who adored golf.
Dr. Kevin Barr ’66 passed way on November 19, 2014 at his home in Boise, Idaho after a long struggle with cancer. Kevin was born in London and spent his infant nights sleeping in the London Underground to avoid the nightly bombings. At age 3, his parents, William and Marion Barr, took Kevin to Australia where they lived until they moved to California in 1953. Kevin graduated from Santa Clara University and earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Kansas. He worked as an Aerospace Scientist for 32 years in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boise before retiring in 2006.
He had a lifelong love of all of God's creatures. He volunteered for many years at Zoo Boise and was honored to be a member of the Friends of Zoo Boise Board of Directors. He traveled over the world for many years but had a special affection for Africa where he went many times for photographic safaris. He was a proud Irish citizen and visited Ireland and his Irish relatives at least once a year for the last twenty-five years.
He was known in the neighborhood as Snake Man because he loved to take his snakes for walks. He was fascinated by the universe. He could talk to a child or an adult about the smallest particle or the largest star and everything in between. He lived in a different plane from most of us - he was a genius.
Kevin is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Pat; and by four younger siblings: Brian Barr ’67, Michael, Maria, and Jeanette, whom Kevin claimed to have raised.
Allen K. Tibodeau MBA ’66, age 76, of Marion, Iowa, died Nov. 22, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Julia; five children, Pam Wild, of Marion, Michelle (Paul) Sillman, of Cedar Rapids, Janette (Brian) Shea, of Chicago, Ill., Kevin Tibodeau, of Marion, and Joshua Tibodeau, of Hiawatha; eight grandchildren, Zach, Lauren, and Elizabeth Wild, Nick, Jordan, and Anthony Sillman, and Eleanor and Julia Shea; sister, Jeanne (Larry) Schuetzle, of Cary, Ill.; brother, Jim Tibodeau, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and his dogs, Charlie and Sophie. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley Baker.
William A. "Bill" Sullivan J.D. '67, age 76, died Nov. 28, 2014, at his Pasadena, Calif., home. Bill was born in the San Francisco to Marian and Harry Sullivan, and earned a bachelor's from Stanford University. After serving four years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, he attended law school at Santa Clara University then clerked for a justice of the California Court of Appeals. Following several years in the private practice of law, he joined Lockheed in Burbank and spent 28 years in its corporate legal department, retiring in 2002. He remained in the Air Force Reserve after active duty, becoming a judge advocate, and retired as a colonel after more than 30 years of duty (with the award of the Legion of Merit). Bill volunteered in the City of Pasadena for many years, including 7 years with the Utility Advisory Commission (3 years as chair) and several years with the Pasadena Police Department. He served as foreman of the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury (2003-2004) and as a member of the County Economy & Efficiency Commission (2004-2005). He joined the Quality and Productivity Commission in 2006, serving as chair for 2 years (2011-2012). He also served as a temporary judge with the Los Angeles Superior Court since 2005.
He leaves his beloved wife of 15 years, Nancy; his daughter Marian Sullivan of Arlington, Virginia, and her husband John L. Corso and their two sons, Michael and John Jr; his daughter Margaret Wise of Vienna, Virginia, and her husband, Bradley and their two daughters, Lindsay and Margaret; and Nancy's daughters Susan Strong and Linda Cantey. He also leaves his brother Robert and Robert's partner Susan Betz of Morgan Hill, Calif.
Raymond John Doudell '67 was born on June 16, 1945 and died on Feb. 6, 2015 Resident of Alameda Raymond was a native of San Jose and long time resident of Alameda. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory 1963 and Santa Clara University 1967. Worked as a letter carrier for the US Post Office for thirty years in San Jose, Palo Alto and Alameda. Self-taught sailor who earned the US Coast Guard License of US Merchant Marine Officer: Master Rating; proud owner of the sailboat Pony for forty years; sailed several times to Hawaii in competitive races. Preceded in death by parents Raymond '43 and Dorothy Lannin Doudell. He is survived by Girlfriend Joanne Johnson, Sisters Paulette and Charlotte Doudell, brother Tim Doudell '81 (Nancy), Nieces Christine Doudell Johnson, Kelly Doudell '14 and Great-niece Audrey Johnson.
John R. Triplett J.D. ’67 was born on July 11, 1934. He passed away on Sept. 12, 2014, in Los Gatos. What characterized his remarkable life was his love for his family. Born in Pierre, South Dakota, to Renold and Mildred Triplett. He had 3 sisters. Dad served proudly in the Marines. Graduated from University of Oregon, went to law school at Santa Clara University, graduated in 1967. Dad had a private law practice and then was appointed to the Superior Court and served as a Court Commissioner for over 25 years. He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Patricia and his 3 daughters, Terry, Mary and Kate. He also had 6 grandchildren.
Ed Niland '68, J.D. '75 died on August 4, 2015. Ed's death was due to complications associated with the treatment of esophageal cancer. Ed lived in Scotts Vallley. He practiced law from his office in Los Gatos. He is survived by his wife Julia and daughters Jessica and Danielle.
Daniel Sullivan Mezger '68 passed away on June 10, 2015, in Woodland, California. Dan was born in Woodland in 1945, the third child of Thomas and Rosalie Mezger and was fourth-generation Californian. He attended Holy Rosary Academy and as a young boy was active in the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the Boy Scout "Eagle Rank" status. Dan was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and a 1968 graduate of Santa Clara University where he obtained a BA in finance.
He excelled in sports, most notably football and track and field. While in his sophomore year at Santa Clara University he was named "Rookie of the Year" for the football team. For the rest of his life, he lived "full on" in any activity he undertook. Upon graduation from college, Dan moved to San Francisco to work at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange. He then joined his father Tom and brother Mark in their family's grain storage operation, Farmers Grain Elevator, est. 1937, and Mezger Trucking in 1971. Dan co-owned and operated the companies for the next 45 years with his brother Mark.
In 1977 Dan married Elizabeth Heenan of San Jose and had two children, Dan Jr. '99 and Meara. Throughout his life, Dan was active in the community, founding member of the Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club and a past president of the Yolo Fliers Club. He also took time to help kids in the local community further their education by tutoring them in mathematics. He never retired but took time off, as he was an avid and skilled golfer and enjoyed doing so in the company of his son, Dan Jr., daughter, Meara, and with numerous lifelong friends from high school, college and business associates. Dan took the greatest delights in his family, children, grandchildren, friends, and Ellen Burriss his partner of the last 15 years.
He is survived by his partner Ellen Burriss, son Dan Mezger, Jr.(Sonia), daughter Meara Wallace (Justin), grandson Jake Wallace, granddaughter Quinn Wallace, brothers Tom Mezger (Mary Lynn) and Mark Mezger (Kerry), sisters Muvvie Marks (Steve) and Michelle Wark (Brett) along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas B. Mezger, brother, Matthew S. Mezger, MD, Matt's wife, Mary Patricia Hughes and his mother, Rosalie S. Mezger.
Daniel Conrad Harrington '68, age 68, a resident of San Jose, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 23. Dan is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Patricia Ann '68, M.A. '91 (Wright) Harrington; children Jennifer Harrington (Chris Derossi), Brigid Shaheen (Rodger), Colleen Fleming (Mark), Teresa "Tracy" Partridge (Craig); grandchildren Grayson and Miranda Derossi; Coleman and Casey Shaheen; Owen, William and Maeve Fleming; and Scarlett Partridge. He is also survived by his brothers, Michael Harrington and Tim Harrington, brother-in-law Michael Wright '69 and nephew Ryan Wright '99. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Kathleen "Katie" Hosford and his parents Walter and Teresa Harrington.
Dan was born in Salinas, California and raised in Redwood City. He attended elementary school at St. Joseph School in Menlo Park. A proud graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory (1964), Dan led the Bells to victories both on the football and baseball fields. He was inducted into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame for baseball in 1999 and was a member of the Hall of Fame 1963 football team. From Bellarmine, Dan went on to attend Santa Clara University during the heyday of Bronco baseball, where he continued to excel on the baseball field before graduating in June 1968. Dan cherished his Jesuit education and truly embodied the Jesuit philosophy of being a "Man for Others."
In September of 1968, he married Patti and they embarked on two years abroad in Germany where Dan served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Air Defense Artillery division and Commanding Officer of the Hawk Missile Site in Bamberg. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in recognition of his outstanding leadership and dedication to duty. Upon returning to the Bay Area in 1971, Dan began a 43-year career in commercial insurance, most recently as Vice President at National Financial Partners (Thoits Insurance) where he dedicated 22 years of service.
Dan was a compassionate, faith-filled man with a quick Irish wit and an unforgettable smile. He taught us to love, to believe, and to laugh. His creative spirit shone through in his humor and his talent for writing. Dan had a way with words and he filled many a birthday card and valentine with heartfelt poems and sincere sentiments – all with beautifully perfect penmanship! Throughout his life, Dan was an active athlete, an avid San Francisco Giants fan, a car and music aficionado and a beach lover. He had a photographic memory – people, places, batting averages – he remembered it all.
Dan's family was his greatest joy. He had an adoring and unwavering devotion to Patti, his best friend and the love of his life. He patiently raised a house full of daughters, and especially loved now being Papa to his eight grandchildren. In recent years, Dan could often be found cheering on the sidelines of their games, applauding them as they performed onstage, or simply enjoying their company at home. He was his kids' biggest fan.
A dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Dan is deeply loved and will be greatly missed. And just as he remembered everything, we will remember him. We will carry his legacy with us every day. As his three-year old grandson so poignantly said, "Papa left his heart here."
Dan was a long-time member of St. Martin of Tours Parish in San Jose.
Christine Sorensen '68, of Camarillo, California, peacefully passed into eternal life on Wednesday morning, May 27, 2015, after a 3 1/2 year battle with breast cancer.
She was born in Oxnard, July 10, 1946, to her parents, Paul O. Sorensen and Margaret Leonard Sorensen. She and her sister Sally were raised in Santa Barbara where they attended Marymount School through the ninth grade. For grades 10 - 12 they attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Menlo Park, CA., graduating with the class of 1964. Christine graduated from Santa Clara University with a BA in philosophy.
Chrissy dealt with Bi-Polar disorder until 1995 when improved medication, and perhaps a miracle, allowed her to resume a normal life. She will long be remembered for her joy-filled countenance and loving spirit. She brought the love and light of Jesus Christ to all who knew her.
Chrissy is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Sally and Burr Allegaert of Warrenton, Oregon; nephew Patrick McCloskey, wife Alison, and children Madeline, Chloe, Rocky, and Summer, of Huntington Beach; and a niece Michaela McCloskey of Newport Beach. All of whom loved her dearly.