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Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing obituaries submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1970s
Richard "Rich" Anthony Bryant MBA '70 was born in Alameda, Calif. on Sep. 30, 1935, to Doris and Walter Bryant. He passed away on Aug. 18, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 78 years old. Rich spent his childhood in Alameda and Mill Valley, Calif. before his family relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1951, where he attended Roosevelt High School. Rich "Big Red" Bryant was a decorated track and field athlete. He was the Interscholastic Champion as well as the Hawaiian Islands Champion in the quarter mile event in 1954. Upon graduation, Rich returned to California to attend Fresno State College. He continued his athletic excellence by winning the West Coast Relays as a member of the championship mile relay team in 1955. He was also a proud member of the Fresno State chapter of Sigma Chi. Rich completed his Bachelor's degree at California State University, San Jose and later would receive his Master's degree from Santa Clara University.
Rich served his country as a Marine and in the United States Army Reserve Corps. He was stationed at Twenty Nine Palms, Calif. and played competitive football for the Marines' travel team. After living in both the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas, Rich returned to Fresno in 1992, to establish Assured Mortgage Company. He found great joy being a successful business owner. Rich was a most adventurous person. He enjoyed a lifelong love of the outdoors and fishing. He enjoyed traveling the world and was blessed to be able to travel the world extensively with his family. He will forever be remembered as a happy man, with an infectious smile, who was kind, generous and loving. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and business associates. God bless you "Dad", "Pee Pa", "Uncle Rich", we love you.
Richard was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter "Bud" and Michael "Mike" Bryant; his sister, Gloria Strider; and his niece, Susan Ann Lawrence (Strider). He is survived by his devoted son, Collin Bryant and wife Nikki; his brother, Steve Bryant and wife Betsy; his former wife, Allaire Toddhunter Bryant; his godson and nephew, Sean Christopher Bryant; his most treasured granddaughters, Hunter and Hayden Bryant; as well as countless nieces and nephews.
Patrick Michael Crahan ’70, 66, of Dubuque, Wisconsin, and Mill Valley, Calif., died at home in Mill Valley on Sept. 12, 2014.
Patrick was born in Minneapolis on April 13, 1948, and grew up in Dubuque, attending Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis., where the nickname "PC" took hold. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1970, served in the United States Army, and received his MBA from Golden Gate University in 1973.
Patrick married Carla Tofanelli in 1975. They lived in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to North Lake Tahoe in 1979. There he received his CPA while working for the accounting firm Frank Mooney & Company. In 1983, they moved to Dubuque to join Flexsteel Industries, enjoying 30 years of dedication to the company.
He devoted his life to his family, to his Catholic faith and to his friends, regularly celebrating with a love of music, gift of laughter and welcoming spirit. He was a natural leader, serving on many boards, including the University of Dubuque, Dubuque Bank and Trust, Dubuque Racing Association, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and Flexsteel Industries. Illness prompted his retirement in 2013 and relocation to California for treatment of glioblastoma.
He is survived by his wife and two children, Page Rahn ’03 (Ken), of San Francisco, and Andrew, of Kauai; his father, Jack B. Crahan and brother, Kevin Crahan, both of Dubuque; his sister, Colleen McCarthy, of Bethesda, Md., and his golden retriever, Lucia. His mother, Peggy Furey Crahan, died in 2002.
Thomas E. Twist J.D. '71 was born in 1935 and had lived in Salem, Oregon. He died on August 21, 2014.
Frank H. Filice Jr. M.A. '71, a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on June 1. He was a strong, passionate, and kind man who loved God, his family, and friends. Frank spent 39 years in the Campbell Union High School district as a coach, drafting teacher, counselor, vice principal, and principal.
Frank was born in 1937 in San Jose, graduated from San Jose State University, and earned his master's degrees in counseling and education at Santa Clara University. He was married in 1974 and had two children. He was a devout family man who enjoyed coaching his children's sports teams, playing golf, volunteering for the church and community, and playing cards and chess.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Frances; devoted children Frank and Christy; daughter-in-law Heather; and grandchildren Nico and Cora.
Raymond "Pat" Patterson Farlin MBA '72 Jun 10, 1933 to Nov 5, 2014. A resident of Aptos, Pat was born in Mason City, Iowa, and spent his childhood in Los Angeles. He moved to San Jose during his high school years attending University High in Los Angeles, San Jose High, and Sequoia High in Redwood City. Pat received a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Jose State in 1956 and an MBA in finance and economics in 1972 from Santa Clara University.
Pat served in the US Air Force from 1956 to 1960 as a combat ready navigator and instructor in Strategic Air Command with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was awarded the Air Force Longevity Service Award. From 1961 to 1969, he served in the California Air National Guard and retired with the rank of Major. This passion for aeronautics and air travel never left him. He worked 35 years in airport management. As Deputy Director of Aviation, for San Jose and Assistant Director of Aviation, Clark County, NV. He consulted in the private sector with Hill International and Parsons Brinkerhoff in a similar role. He thoroughly enjoyed his tenure as educator of Airport Management in the Aeronautics Department of San Jose State University from 1972-1980.
Pat liked to fish and loved spending time in the Sierra Mountain home. He learned to snow ski, with his wife at Badger Pass in Yosemite and was affectionately called "Zorro" because he always wore the same black ski cap which had a black tassel that could be seen flapping behind him as he zipped downhill. His love of skiing was something he made sure to impart on all of his children and grandchildren. Pat loved golf and the social aspect of seeing his Aptos neighbors and to walk the course together.
He and his wife, June, enjoyed golfing together for many years as well as traveling to Western Europe, Norway, the UK, and Hawaii multiple times. He always said that the trip of his life was to Australia and New Zealand involving staying on a live aboard ship and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Pat loved Big Band music and boy could he dance. He had gone to cotillions as young as 13 with his older sister Charlene and her girlfriends didn't mind that he was younger because he knew all the dances, even the jitterbug. If you spent more than a few minutes with Pat, you'd pick up that he had strong opinions about American political responsibilities, was a very patriotic supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and having embraced the Internet Age, he would forward emails to ensure family and friends knew exactly where he stood on matters. Recently, he enjoyed renting Netflix black-and-white films and watching Big Bang Theory. Pat was a devoted husband, caring for his wife June until her death in January 2013. After losing his wife of 57 years, he spent time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchild. He is remembered as generous, ethical and having a terrific sense of humor. He was a man of somewhat simple tastes who drank his coffee black, liked Cheerios for breakfast and his only requirement from beer was that it was cold and wet.
Pat is survived by two sons, Mark Farlin ’79 and Kent Farlin, and a daughter Christine Farlin. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Sean, Jessica, and James Farlin, Holly and Mark Zinchefsky, and Hannah Becker.
Kenneth Michael "Mike" Keller '72 passed away at his home in Grimes on Wednesday, January 28, at the age of 64. Mike, as he was commonly referred to, was born in Woodland to Kenneth Andrew Keller, Jr. and Elizabeth Joyce Keller. Mike was raised in Colusa and graduated from Colusa High School in 1968. He attended the University of San Francisco, then transferred to Santa Clara University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1972.
Summers during his college years were often spent as a camp counselor at Kennolyn Camp in the Santa Cruz mountains. After college, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, where he served in Alameda, CA; New Jersey, and Virginia. After the Coast Guard, Mike moved to the Santa Cruz region to teach at Quail Hollow Elementary. While in the Santa Cruz area, Mike married Linda Lee Reames '75 of Ben Lomond, CA in 1975. Mike and Linda have two children, Patrick (who resides in Los Angeles) and Christopher (who resides in Denver). In 1979, Mike and his family moved back to Colusa where he began farming in Grimes with his father. Mike farmed rice and other commodities over 30 years and also served the community in many ways.
For years, Mike served on the Grand Island Fire Department in Grimes and also served on various agricultural committees and groups. Mike's love of horses started as a child. He taught others horseback riding while a counselor at Kennolyn Camp and actively rode well into adulthood. Mike enjoyed giving his sons and other kids in the area horseback rides around the Keller ranch and on camping trips. Other passions of Mike's were collecting and restoring antique furniture and appliances, local and world history, and his beloved dogs: a yellow labrador retriever (Holly) and a basset hound (Charlie). For the past 22 years, Mike has been on his quest to restore Ella Miller's former residence in Grimes, affectionately known as "Gram's House." Mike is survived by his mother Joyce, sister Candyce Dormer' 75 (Candy), sons Patrick and Christopher (Carly), nephew Donald Dormer '07, brother-in-law Don Dormer '75, and girlfriend of 18 years, Kimberlee Caldwell.
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.
Denise Taylor ’72 MD was a top-rated neurologist at St. Louis University, where she earned her MD. She settled in St. Louis, practicing at University Hospital for a while before launching her own private practice. In the recent few years, she closed her practice, and became a "traveling" neurologist via locum tenens. She never married but had many, many dear friends and family in St. Louis, as well as California. She battled Stage 3 breast cancer after being diagnosed in June, 2014. Her plight with cancer was short, but she fought the good fight until the end, Jan. 18, 2015. Her ashes will be buried in San Jose California in a family area. She will be missed tremendously. She is survived by her two sisters, Sharon (Chris) and Melanie, and a host of family and friends world wide. Rest in peace, my sister, safe in Jesus' arms. We will love you always.
Dale Edward De Rousse MBA '72, Oct. 10, 1928 to Aug. 31, 2014. Dale was born in Riverside and grew up in Southern California. His early years were disrupted by family issues and in later life he attributed his discipline and confidence to two tours in the navy - post WWII and Korea.
After graduation from UCLA with a degree in mechanical engineering, he joined Mattel and helped develop the voice of Barbie. In 1963, a Palo Alto company brought him up to Northern California to help in the development of a video-disk recorder used in instant replay and stop-action, familiar to TV sports fans, for which they won an Emmy. Thereafter, a long career as a consulting engineer kept him occupied, along the way acquiring an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. He spent many hours sailing his Lido 14 and later a Morgan 40. Sharing his love of being on the water with his family and friends provided joy he found nowhere else. He was an inventor, builder and artist in woodworking who was constantly trying to improve products. He was still creating and designing improvements to his home when he fell, succumbing to injuries four days later. His entire family was at his side.
Besides leaving his wife Marilyn of 45 years, he leaves two daughters, Anne Hicks of Rocklin, Jean-Marie Mott of Ione; and four sons (chronologically): Scott Kinaman of San Jose, Paul DeRousse of San Jose, Steve Kinaman of Leesburg, VA and Peter DeRousse of Chicago, IL, and eight grandchildren: Jennifer, Karina, Michael, Trevor, Jason, Georgia, Lily, and Eleanor. He was so proud of each of them. We're sad to lose our loved one but we have so many memories: wonderful family parties, visiting with friends, listening to his newest ideas, driving trips. He'll be with us forever.
Rand Irwin M.S. '73, of Raleigh NC, 77, died January 26, 2015, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born to Marian Hughes Irwin and Laurence Drummond Irwin in Oakland, California, on January 20, 1938. He graduated from Menlo School for Boys in 1955 and then attended Pomona College, graduating in 1959.
He entered the Marine Corp as a lieutenant. After he left the Marine Corp he worked for Eitel-McCullough Electronics and later Varian Associates as an accountant and computer developer. In 1970 he returned to school at the University of Santa Clara to get a teaching credential in mathematics and there met Diann Irwin '71, his wife of 42 years. He taught mathematics at Tyrell Middle School in Hayward, California; Carnage Junior High School in Raleigh; and Millbrook High School in Raleigh where he developed a computer science curriculum and taught that also.
He retired in 2003 after 32 years of teaching. He was a Boy Scout Leader for 23 years in Troop 376 and a volunteer at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh in many different capacities during his 40 year membership. He also served on the UUFR Board of Directors, The UUFR Foundation, and the Method Day Care Board of Directors. He is survived by his wife, Diann, and three sons, Keith (Joy), Brian (Zuzana) and Paul (Keiko) and their children, Natalie and Leah-Rose, Hana, and Ray and Julie. Also surviving are his three brothers, Hugh, Larry and Howard and their families.
Ronald S. Westphal J.D '74, a resident of Campbell, passed away on Sept. 1, 2014, after a long and heroic battle with cancer. He is survived by the love of his life and best friend, his wife, Carolyn Westphal, a retired Campbell school teacher, and his two children, Holly and Ryan. He also leaves behind his mother, two sisters, Lisa Smith and Tina Liddie, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Ron was born in Glendale, California, in 1944 to A.J. "Tiny" Westphal and Kay Scott. He moved to Odessa, Texas with his mother and his step-father O.E. Scott where he attended Jr. High and Permian High School. Ron spent a year in South Africa where he attended the University of Natal, in Durban, before serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, including an assignment to the NSA where he worked in intelligence. Ron graduated from the University of Maryland before going on to Santa Clara University School of Law.
After passing the Bar, Ron's first job, as a newly minted attorney, was with Cotrell, Hofvendahl and Roessler. He later left to hang his own shingle and had a wonderful career in the Bay Area as an Estate Planning and Business Law attorney doing what he loved best, counseling. He is known by his clients and colleagues for his integrity and quality of work. Ron was also known for his sharp wit and intellect. His quest for knowledge was insatiable and he enjoyed a wide array of subjects ranging from history, politics, philosophy, to religion. Not everyone shared his perspective, but all can attest that Ron loved the discourse and people frequently walked away from a conversation feeling enlightened or invigorated in some way. Not all of Ron's interests were cerebral. He enjoyed walking, hiking, traveling, and cycling, often referring to the later as "the church of the rolling wheel." He spent many hours riding with his wife, children and friends, on a single or a tandem bike, traveling virtually every road in the greater Bay Area and many roads beyond its borders. He was part of the Almaden Cycle Touring Club for many years and he was a Board Member of Books Aloud, a charitable organization near and dear to his heart. Ron will be incredibly missed by family, friends, and colleagues. He truly was one of a kind.
Patrick G. Reding M.A. '74 June 14, 1932 - November 22, 2014. Reding, 82, passed away peacefully in Roseville, CA. Patrick was born in Santa Cruz, CA to John and Agnes Reding and grew up in San Jose, CA where he attended St. Mary's and Bellarmine H.S. (1950). He also obtained a BA in Education and MA in Education from San Jose State and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Pat had many accomplishments during his life which included serving 20 years in the Navy and Navy Reserves, partially during the Korean war, finishing with the rank of chief, as well as teaching for 31 years with Alum Rock U.S.D., retiring in 1991. Pat loved golf and travel, participating in both as often as possible. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jim Reding. He is survived by his loving wife of over 51 years Janice Reding, his daughter Kathleen Jettlund, son-in-law Vernon Jettlund and sister Marge Pospishek. His nephew is Timothy J. Reding ’75, and two nieces include Carol Sisney ’82, MA ’07 and Mary Reding ’98.
Jess Robert Herrera M.S. '74 died peacefully at home on November 17, 2014, at the age of 90. Beloved husband of the late Alicia. His family includes 6 children, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. He was a loving, giving, brilliant man, amazing father and grandfather and he left us to join his beautiful Alicia. Jess had deep devotion to his family and his Catholic faith. He will be deeply missed. Born in Northern California. Dad earned his B.S. from Texas A&M University and M.S. from Santa Clara University. He retired from PG&E in 1989 as an officer of the company. Jess was an active and dedicated participant in his parish and archdiocese.
Karen Anne Gilmour Schouten ’75, Aug. 30, 1953 to Oct. 02, 2014. Karen was a beautiful mother and wife, deeply involved in the community and the causes she cared for. She attended Loretto High School in Sacramento, Calif., and graduated from Santa Clara University with a history degree. She met her husband, Dick, while at Santa Clara and they made quite a team for 40 years, active in politics and community service. She worked as an Intel project manager for 21 years. Karen was a member of the Washington County Democrats, serving as finance chair, and was an Oregon delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. She was also a longtime volunteer, often-time chair, of the West Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee, Oregon League of Conservation Voters and City of Beaverton Sister Cities Advisory Board. Karen is survived by her husband, Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten ’74; and daughters, Erika and Marijke Schouten.
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.
Robert R. Dalziel ’76 passed away at his home in Los Gatos on Jan. 11, 2015, at the age of 64.
He was born in 1951 in Oakland, California, to Robert E. and Roszeen Dalziel. Edwin and Ruth Witter raised him as if he was one of their own after the death of Robert's parents when he was ten years old. After graduating from Clayton High School in Clayton, Missouri, where he excelled in cross-country running, he was drafted into the United States Army. After serving honorably in Vietnam, he graduated from Santa Clara University and settled in Los Gatos. He retired from Consolidated Freightways after close to 30 years of employment where he made many dear friends.
Scottish proud, Robert's diversified skills, interests and attributes included an appreciation of fine food and wine. He was a gourmet chef, private airplane pilot, rancher at his beloved ranch in Central California, hunter, craftsman and gardener. He served as the "voice of reason" for the family in financial decisions, and was kind and generous with his advice.
A devoted family man, his greatest pleasure in life was spending time with family members. Robert is survived by his wife Kathy of 16 years, as well as his daughters Katherine and Abby, son Robert D. (Melissa), and stepson Jonathan (Adrien). He was a kind and loving grandpa to Casey, Christopher, Ava, Jaxon and Annabelle. Robert is survived by his brothers Donald (Marilyn), Cary (Kate), and Thomas (Preet), his sister Nancy, and many nieces and nephews. He remained close to the Witter Family, and is survived by Laura Witter, Richard Witter, Robert Witter, and their children. His optimism, professionalism and refined sense of humor had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was much loved and he will be sorely missed.
Patricia "Trish" (Towry) Corby '76 passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 9, 2014, after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Trish was a patented inventor, an innovator, and a businesswoman. Trish is pre-deceased by her immediate family, but is survived by many friends, most notably her Santa Clara roommate, and dearest friend Robin Munson '76, who cared for Trish on her final journey. Trish will always be remembered by her life long "family of friends" that came to be from her days at Santa Clara University. She was living in Meridian, Idaho.
John G. Houston MBA '76 died on October 31, 2014, after a 13-year battle with prostate cancer. John was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on December 7, 1937. He graduated from University of North Carolina in 1963. He completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in 1976. He was very proud of his military service in The United States Navy, where he served on active duty during the Viet Nam War. He continued as a Reservist until 1989 with 26 years of service, and retired as a Commander. He worked as a Real Estate Broker. John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Bev, a son, Parker, 35, and his wife Anni, of El Dorado Hills, and a son, Taylor, 34, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. John loved music and he loved to sing!
Timothy Eugene Griswold '77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on October 22, 2014. Tim was born July 2, 1955 to Lee and Patricia Griswold, the fourth of six children. Tim and his five siblings, Mike, Rick, Steve, Coralee and Tom grew up on Cold Creek Ranch in Newark Valley, where he learned the value of hard work and dedication. He attended high school in Eureka, NV, where he excelled in track for the Eureka Vandals, graduated Valedictorian and earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in California. He earned his B. S. degree in Commerce from the school of business and completed the exams for his C.P.A.
Upon graduation in 1977, he joined the firm of Read & Powell and in 1978, married the love of his life, Judith Scheier. They were blessed with two children: Lucinda Elizabeth and Nicholas Scheier Griswold. In January 2003, Tim started his own business, Tim E. Griswold, CPA; which he maintained until his passing. In 2008, Tim was fortunate to become a grandfather of two little boys, Ryan Griswold Cochran and Xavier Ray Griswold. Tim was pre-deceased by his father in January of this year. He is survived by his wife, mother, five siblings, two children, grandchildren and daughter-in-law, Monica Griswold.
Tim loved sports, and coached his children's various teams as they grew up. When it came time to hang up his coaching hat, Tim joined his wife in the stands for every game, including those requiring long trips out of town. His favorite sport was baseball and the Dodgers were tops as far as he was concerned, sparking an ongoing banter with his beloved daughter-in-law, Monica. While they tormented each over their choice of teams, she was the first to provide Dodger memorabilia, which always brought a smile to his face. Tim was a loving husband, an attentive father, an adoring grandfather, caring family member and very dear friend. At age 59, the loss of him was too soon, and deeply felt by the lives he touched.
Michael Leonard Angelastro MBA '77 passed away on January 19, 2015, from injuries sustained during a fall. He was 70 years young. Born to Broadway performers Leonardo and Aldine Teague Angelastro, on July 7, 1944, in New York City, he spent his childhood years at a school affectionately known as the "Ranch" in the Bronx. He graduated from San Jose State with a bachelor's degree and earned his MBA in Financial Analysis from Santa Clara University in 1977. He served honorably in the US Air Force from 1965 to 1969. He was married for many years to Shirley Wells Angelastro and was later divorced. In 1995 he married Lynda Goddard Sessions and they lived at Wasatch Commons Co-housing Community in Salt Lake City, Utah. They planned to celebrate 20 years of marriage later this year. Across his life he was employed by National Semiconductor and then became manager of Incentives for American Express. Later in life he was a computer programmer for various companies. He loved to read and was known for his guitar playing and his amazing garden.
Mike adored his big blended family and is survived by children: Rebecca Fattah and Mike (Jade) Angelastro Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah; Karen (Chris) Westbrooks, Griffin, Georgia; Shelley Snyder and Heidi (Cody) Preston, North Ogden, Utah; Darren (Shell) Sessions, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Jared (Dena) Sessions, Logan, Utah; and Jeffrey (Shandra) Sorenson, Layton, Utah. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mike's love and support for his extended family was a special gift that encouraged and lifted us all. He will be missed dreadfully.
John Vincent Giacomazzi ’77 went to Jesus and his eternal reward on Oct. 7, 2014. He was 59 years old. John was born in San Jose on Jan. 6, 1955. He graduated from James Lick High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University in 1977. John stated when he walked across the stage, "It was the happiest day of my life." He worked for the U. S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in Menlo Park and enjoyed scuba diving until he was incapacitated by neuromuscular atrophy, the progressive and debilitating disease that he endured all of his life.
John is survived by an aunt, Esther Long of Parker, Colo., and cousins Laura Long of Sunnyvale, Calif., Richard Long of Cottonwood, Calif., Michael Long of Jacksonville, Fla. and Mark Long of Parker, Colo. He is also survived by his close friend and caretaker Eileen Hansen and his special friend Julia Pezzini. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Jeanne (Long) Giacomazzi and his brother, Joseph Giacomazzi. John is also predeceased by his two very special canine service dogs "Rather" and "Rio." In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Canine Companions, Santa Rosa, Calif. or Santa Clara University Alumni Family.
Doris Patterson '77, May 27, 1934 to September 5, 2014. A resident of Morgan Hill, she passed away peacefully in her sleep after a brief illness. She was 80 years old. She is survived by her three children, Sharon Castillo, Ross Jernigan and Jay Jernigan; four grandchildren, Dionne Obeso, Tom Jernigan, Melissa Jernigan and Meghan Jernigan; and one great-grandchild, Michael Obeso. Her children were with her when she passed.
Doris was confident, smart and independent and had many careers in her life, starting as a secretary with NASA and ending as CEO and Chairman of Smart Products, Inc., a pump and valve manufacturing company in Morgan Hill, earning a B.S. in mathematics from Santa Clara University along the way. Doris took Smart Products from start-up to a thriving manufacturing business with a worldwide customer base. Each of Doris' children has worked with her in her company at various times. Doris retired as CEO in 2007 and her youngest son, Jay Jernigan, took over as CEO. Doris remained active in the business, serving as Chairman of the Board at the time of her death.
Doris loved to dance and travel. She competed in ball room dancing for a number of years and had many trophies to attest to her skills. She traveled throughout the world and loved to explore new places, especially those with nice shops and boutiques! Doris was also a philanthropist, donating much of her time to charitable causes. She was a Rotarian in Morgan Hill and had many friends there.
Michael G. Ruso '79 died on January 21, 2015, from heart failure at the age of 57. He was born on August 12, 1957 in Watsonville, CA. Mike attended Moreland Notre Dame, Watsonville High School class of 1975 and graduated with a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University in 1979.
He returned to Watsonville to start his career at Wells Fargo Bank and then managed Valley National/Household Bank. Many businesses and individuals benefited from his keen sense and personal approach to lending. When banking became more corporate he left and went to work in the auto industry. He was currently sales manager of Santa Cruz Nissan Dodge and VW. He also owned the Villager Bar with childhood friend, Eric Johnson.
Following in his father Fran's footsteps, Mike was very involved in local baseball. Treasurer of Aggie's baseball for many years, he ran the local baseball tournament each August. He was a member of BPOE Elks Lodge #1300, Knights of Columbus 958, California Water Fowl Association, Rod & Gun Club and Two and Change. In the true Croation manner, he loved to cook and enjoy a good meal. He often cooked meals and brought them to his colleagues at work. An avid sports fan, he loved the Giants and the 49ers. He was happiest when he was fishing or hunting and then sharing his catch with his many friends. He loved to travel to Tahoe and Las Vegas to play poker, or to bet on sporting events. He also enjoyed Cabo San Lucas & Hawaii and the casual lifestyle there. Mike was generous to a fault, even as a child. He was kind, hardworking, nonjudgmental and forgiving with a keen sense of humor with an uncanny way of making everyone feel safe and at ease. The nicknames that he coined for friends and family stuck and sometimes replaced their legal name.
He leaves his loving wife of 11 years, Saundra; son, Michael Gene II of Aptos; mother, Jolene Ruso; mother-in law, Lea Tedrowe and father-in law, David Bowersock; siblings, Kerry Stringari (Steve), Mark Ruso, Susan Rodriguez (Frank), Jennifer Scurich '83 (Mike) and John Ruso '86; nieces and nephews, Casey Luke and Zach Scurich, Josh and Nico Stringari, Matthew and Kellie Rodriguez, John and Samantha Ruso. He was predeceased by his father Francis J. Ruso and grandparents Gene and Joanne Bartlett and Ann Ruso.