Class Notes | Obituaries
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Joseph Anthony Salazar ’55 was born on November 8, 1933, and died on January 1, 2013. Joe “Pepi” Salazar was a really wonderful man and his life was a fulfillment of everything that is right about the American Dream. The son of Mexican immigrants, he grew up in Rio Vista and Antioch, making lifelong friends – and a little mischief - along the way. After graduating from Antioch High, he attended Santa Clara University where he graduated in 1955. Shortly thereafter, he married Dolores Ashlock, his sweetheart from nearby Mt. Diablo High. He enlisted in the Army, and the newlyweds were reassigned to Georgia where they started their family.
After Joe was honorably discharged, the Salazars (now with daughter Nancy) returned west where Joe started working for Union Oil. After a few years in Nevada and Northern California, the Salazars moved to Stockton (with second daughter Suzanne) where Joe started a thirty year career as a salesman for Allstate Insurance. With the addition of his son Joe Jr., his family was complete and the game was on. Family events included water skiing, fishing and hunting in the Delta, camping in the mountains, weekend golfing, inevitable school and church functions, and local athletics.
Joe’s favorite place on earth was wherever his friends or family were gathering. Sometimes that place was the 1st tee, sometimes the 19th, other times around the family dinner table. It wasn’t the location, it was the people around him. His life was guided by a fundamental belief in the inherent dignity of the individual person regardless of one’s station in life. One of his favorite authors was Leo Buscaglia who espoused a philosophy of loving those around you and by giving them a hug. Joe was a great hugger because his hugs were real. That was one of his many gifts, he loved others and especially loved to help those who were disadvantaged. He contributed hundreds of hours annually to dozens of charitable groups over the years. Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, Special Olympics, St. Mary’s Interfaith, Disabled American Veterans, SIRS Group #87, and Wounded Warriors are only a few of the many groups he helped through his volunteered time. His wealth in life was his relationship with family and friends as well as those who benefited by his volunteer work. He did right by his family, his friends, and his community.
Later in life Joe and Dolores took on another name, one they wore with pride…Gramma and Grandpa to Holly, Laurel, Annie, Joey, Lucca and Lucianna. With the same energy and love they put forth raising their children, they did for their grandchildren: and those precious grandkids are all the better for it.
And did we mention he loved to talk? And how! And yet, he was an even better listener. He wanted to know what you were doing, what your friends were doing and what your children were up to. He loved to hear about others’ successes, and always encouraged his children and grandchildren to create a vision and then make it happen. Whether husband, father, grandfather or friend, Joe was also your fan.
We really miss him.
Joe is survived by Dolores, his wife of 58 years. Additionally, he is survived by his children, Nancy Weaver (husband Scott) of Denver, Suzanne DelZotto (husband Tom) of Gold River, Joe Salazar Jr.(wife Tori) of Woodbridge, and grandchildren Holly and Laurel Weaver, Annie DelZotto, Joey Salazar III, Lucca, and Luciana Salazar. Further he is survived by brother Ray '54 and Joan Salazar of Santa Clara, and many nieces and nephews.
Robert "Bob" George ’55 passed away on January 29, 2013 at the age of 80. Bob was born March 15, 1932 in San Jose CA. to Joseph and Virginia George. He graduated from Bellarmine High School in San Jose California. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Santa Clara University in 1955. Bob was in the ROTC from 1953-1955, Army Active Duty from 1955-1957. He was stationed at Ft. Lawton, Seattle Washington, where he was with the U.S. Army Missile Battery Station. He was discharged January of 1963 as a Reserved Commissioned Officer of the Army. He enjoyed a successful career as a project manager in multiple developments associated with resorts and golf course communities. His career took him from the Santa Clara Valley in California to Maryland spanning over 40+ years. He enjoyed traveling, woodworking, home designing and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed owning and driving many different Corvettes over the years. Bob is survived by his children, Wayne George of Seattle Washington and Lloyd George of Eugene Oregon. He has 3 grandchildren all of whom will miss him dearly.
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."
Paul J. Peters Jr. ’56 passed away on Dec. 3, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. Born in 1934 in Big D, he served in the Army, earned an MBA, and was a CPA retired from Bell Helicopter as a tax specialist. Peters was married for 52 year and was a father of five and grandfather of five. He was an avid PGA senior amateur until diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2000.
Myron Lee Jose ’56 was born on Feb. 22, 1927, and died on Jan. 30, 2013, in San Diego, California. He was 85 years old. Myron was a longtime resident of Pacific Beach, moving to San Diego with his family in 1972 from Northern California. He was born in Fresno and spent his early years in San Jose. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of WWII, having worked in the Tokyo area as a quartermaster as part of early occupation force. He returned to the states upon the death of his father. On October 14, 1950, Myron married Billie J. Williamson in San Jose. Myron graduated from Santa Clara University and briefly attended the University of California, Berkeley. Myron worked as a civil engineer for Monterey County before moving to San Diego to work for the San Diego Unified Port District. Myron was head of construction and maintenance for the Port and managed many projects related to the airport, port facilities, and the convention center. Myron is survived by his wife of 62 years, Billie; daughters, Liane M. Schreffler (Eric) of San Diego and Caryn L. Kenny (Michael) of Foster City; and grandchildren, Timothy (Rachael), Danielle, Brian and Kristi.
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.
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."
William Francis Egan ’58 of Cupertino departed from this life surrounded by his loving wife (Mary Ann nee Schwarz) and family on Dec. 16th. Graduate of Riordan (54), SCU (58), and Stanford (MSEE 60, PhD 67). Principal Engineer at GTE Sylvania and ESL. SCU instructor and author of several technical books. Children include John Egan ’90, Michael Egan ’95, Thomas Egan ’88, M.S. ’92, PhD ’05 and William Egan Jr. ’84.
Timothy J. Hanifin J.D. ’58, resident of Santa Cruz, died on February 2, at home, after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 81. Tim was born of Irish immigrant parents on May 26, 1931 in Stockton, CA. He grew up in Gustine, graduating from Gustine High School in 1948. Tim attended St. Mary's College in Moraga and graduated from The University of Notre Dame in Indiana with a Bachelor's Degree in English in 1953. He served as an Army Counter Intelligence Agent during the Korean War. After being discharged, he attended The University of Santa Clara Law School, where he received the Outstanding Law School Graduate Award in 1958. Tim practiced law as a trial lawyer specializing in insurance civil defense work. He was a partner with the San Jose law firm of Hanifin, Van Loucks, and Vaught, until he was appointed by Gov. Ronald Regan, in 1972, to the now Consolidated Municipal Court of Santa Clara County. He served there for over twenty years, retiring and moving from Los Altos to Santa Cruz in 1993. Tim was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing his extensive library with others. He was a devotee of music from jazz to classical. He enjoyed sports, history, religion, fishing, and woodworking. Tim was known for his generosity to charities and individuals. He was a member of, the Family of St. Joseph, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Charter Member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Thomas More Law Society, Symphony League of Santa Cruz County, and many other organizations. Tim is preceded in death by his sister Kathleen Pesco. He is survived by his sister Ellen Hanifin of Santa Cruz, his brother Patrick Hanifin (Mary Jane) or Brea, five nieces and nephews, and eleven grandnieces and grandnephews.
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.
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.
Thomas C. Reasonover ’60 passed away on Feb. 5, 2013 at Stonebrook Convalescent Hospital at the age of 87. Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma December 5th 1925, he settled in Northern California at the age of 17. He served in the Navy during World War ll as a Submariner. After his discharge, he obtained his degree from Santa Clara University. Then, was a forecasting manager executive for Kaiser Gypsum and Cement retiring after 25 years. He continued to work as a real estate broker for Coldwell Banker in Lafayette. He was a resident of Martinez. His wife, Edie, son, Randy and daughters Pam and Gretchen survive him. Tom is also survived by his granddaughters Kathryn and Kristen, nieces Phyllis and Wylma and many loving family members.
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.
Richard J. Morey ’61, 73, a lifelong resident of Menlo Park and Atherton, passed away on November 20, 2012. He was born Jan. 21, 1939. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Maura; son Mark of San Francisco; son Michael and daughter-in-law Katie of Beaverton, Oregon; daughter Melanie Allen and son-in-law Brett of Portland, Oregon; and grandchildren Molly, Jane, Tate, and Riley.
He attended St. Joseph's, Bellarmine and Santa Clara. Richard had a career as a cement mason and was a member of the Operative Plasters' & Cement Masons' Union for over 50 years. In his later years, he enjoyed driving to Oregon to spend time with his children and grandchildren. Above all, Rich loved to visit with his friends and family. He will be missed by all.
Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
Larry F. Higgins ’61, 75, stepped beyond his journey with lymphoma on Nov. 27, 2012. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Charii; a son, Damon and his wife, Kerena; two grandchildren, Connor and Abigail; five siblings, Jack Higgins, Marion Walters, Bob Higgins, Patricia Cates and Eileen Higgins-Lower; and one sad dog, Katie. His parents and oldest son preceded him in death. Larry was born in Yonkers, N.Y., in August 1937 to John and Marion Higgins. He was the fourth of six children and the darling of all (although he did not know it). After several moves his family settled in Pasadena, Calif., where Larry proceeded to make a name for himself delivering newspapers (uphill both ways and in driving snow storms), and playing football and baseball for St. Francis High School. One of his proudest moments, next to the birth of his children, was his induction into his high school's hall of fame for his tenacious pitching, wild knuckleballs, and outstanding leadership. These same qualities helped him pitch spring batting practice for the Los Angeles Dodgers and be a four-year starter for Santa Clara University's baseball team. Upon graduation from college, Larry accepted a commission in the U.S. Army. He served seven years, one in Vietnam flying helicopters, and earned the regular Army rank of captain and a Reserve rank of major. Prior to deployment to Vietnam, Larry met and married his best blind date and lifelong love, Charii. Together they moved to Spokane to raise their two children, Larry John and Damon. Larry took a managerial position with American Handicrafts, where he worked hard and was promoted to district and then regional manager. After several years he took a job with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, where he managed the Pullman store. He retired after 19 years and spent his time eating ice cream, traveling with his wife and dog in their fifth wheel, playing golf, visiting his grandchildren, and trying to strike out cancer in the biggest game of his life. The lefty took it into extra innings and left the game with his head high. Larry was a deeply private person; however, he met people with kindness, respect and a gentle tease. He will be missed deeply by those he touched, especially his loving family. GOD bless and keep you!
James Frank Schmiederer ’61, MBA '63, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1961. He worked as a stock broker then moved to Fresno in 1976 to farm with his brother-in-law, Bill Coit '64, MBA '66. Together they ran a successful farming business. Those who knew James will remember his kind and quiet demeanor. He was well respected for being true to his word. His generosity touched many.
He truly loved his family and made it his priority to keep the family together. He leaves behind his wife, Dayle; his children and their spouses, Jeffrey, Kendra, Krista '90, Sharolyn, Francois and Anthony; his grand- children, Antoine, Taylor, Stephane, Blake, Kilina, Chanel, Hannah and Christina; and his brother, Bob MBA '65.
Fred "Freddie" Domino ’61, J.D. ’68 was born in Chicago in 1939 and passed away on Jan. 2, 2013, in Morgan Hill. He was a lawyer. His parents were Sylvester "Jack" Domino and Ann Domino. His sister was Kathy Domino. He is survived by wife Ruby Domino of Morgan Hill, daughter Dawn Domino of Morgan Hill, niece Trista (Domino) Zwemke of Palm Springs, and nephews David Domino of San Jose and Thomas Angelo Smith of San Francisco. He loved golfing and taking trips to Italy.
St. Helena Mayor Delford Glenn (“Buddy”) Britton ’61, 74, died unexpectedly of renal failure Jan. 8, 2013, at home, after serving four terms and having been sworn in for a fifth.
Charles (Chuck) Larson, Sr. ’61, 82, formerly of Sunnyvale, Calif. went to heaven surrounded by family on April 9, 2013. He is survived by wife Betty and four children, Cathy (Andrew) Cattaneo, Chares, Jr. (Patrice), William (Patti) Larson, Theresa (Lawrence) Pierce, and eleven grandchildren. Charles worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in Santa Clara. He retired to Grass Valley and later to Oro Valley, Ariz. Although he was a great husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was POPPY to his 11 grandchildren. Legacy.com and Arizona Daily Star have a full obituary. He loved Santa Clara University and all it gave him. Thank you, Betty Larson
Charles Bernard Gass Jr. ’61 age 74, died in Chandler, Arizona, on May 26, 2013. A Phoenix native, Bernie was born in 1939 as the first of 10 children to the late Charles Bernard Gass Sr., another Phoenix native, and Nina T. Gass. The family lived on a farm at 19th Avenue and Earll Drive. Bernie was a member of the Brophy College Preparatory class of 1957 and was captain of the basketball team. Bernie attended the University of Santa Clara before graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. He also completed the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan in 1980. Bernie joined Arizona Public Service in 1961 as an engineer. He was promoted in 1973 to the newly created position of Fuel Supply Manager, a position he excelled at until his retirement in 1995. Bernie's hobbies included fishing, camping, hiking, tennis, reading, dirt bike riding, gardening, and genealogy. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Margo; his dear brothers and sisters Toni Dole, Linda Garnand, Ron Gass, Madeline Kelly, Paula Ames, Dick Gass, Monica Barnekoff, Victor Gass, and Jerry Gass; his beloved children Larry Gass, Kathy Anderson, and Tom Gass; his precious grandchildren Jennifer Gass, Ryan Anderson, Kelly Gass, David Gass, Tim Gass, and Charlie Gass. Bernie was preceded in death by his beloved son Steven. Bernie was an exceptional figure to many others, whom he lovingly accepted as his own, including the spouses of his brothers, sisters, children, their children and step-children. Bernie will be remembered for his caring and kindness.
Charles "Chuck" J. Larson Sr. ’61, 82, of Oro Valley, AZ, formerly of Sunnyvale, CA and Grass Valley, CA went to heaven on April 9, 2013 surrounded by family. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 22, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meta Anderson and William Larson Sr. and brother, William Larson Jr. A Coast Guard Veteran, Charles graduated in 1961 from Santa Clara University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Essner Larson in 1951, and over their 61 years of marriage, he worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Lab, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in the Bay Area. He retired to Grass Valley, CA and Oro Valley, AZ in 2004. Although he was a husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was ""Poppy,"" the name given to him by his 11 grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Cathy Cattaneo (Andy), Charles Larson Jr. (Patrice), William Larson (Patti) and Teri Pierce (Lawrence); adored and missed by his grandchildren, Elizabeth Cattaneo, Meg and Steven Larson, Ashley (Ulm), Victoria, Chelsea and Tyler Larson, Lauren, CJ, Zack and Billy Pierce.
Carl Alvin Munding ’61, with a taste of Wild Turkey, and a kiss from his beloved wife of fifty years—Kathleen—and surrounded by the love of his four children—Monica, John, Matt, and Michelle—crossed over to the Kingdom of God on Jan. 19, 2013. His spirit lives on as he was and will always be a man who lived a life of respect, love, and service to others before himself.
Willys Irvine Peck J.D. ’62, a lifelong Saratogan, passed away on April 16. He was 89.
He was born August 21, 1923, and through the years became an iconic representative of the World War II generation. His spaciousness of soul was nourished in the orchards bordering his first childhood home; his character honed itself through the jobs he picked up around town, delivering magazines and groceries, cleaning houses, and getting up at 2 a.m. on Sundays to start the furnace in the church. Many of his adult passions were seeded in his youth. The printer's ink in his blood flowed from his newspaperman father, Llewellyn Peck, and his love for the witty and elegant turn of phrase came both from his father and his mother Lida, who was dedicated to good literature and writing. Willys considered himself a lucky man. A veteran of WWII, he was a member of the 20th armored division, one of three divisions credited by the U.S. army with the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. Yet he felt lucky to have entered the war late enough to return home unscathed. His next big stroke of luck was his marriage to Betty Ruth Wesson in 1952. Their home in Saratoga, with its giant oaks and the creek running behind the house, gave them the space to build a magical environment, with an amphitheater for producing theatrical events, a railroad that circled the house, a train station, blacksmith shop, and printing museum complete with linotype. An avid hand-press printer, Willys was a member of the San Jose Printer's Guild. He was passionate about theater, trains and the written word. He was an author, a playwright and a poet. Willys graduated from UC Berkeley in 1949 and began his career as a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News (for a tribute from that paper, read here) as a copy editor and assistant city editor. Years later he wrote a column for the Saratoga News. In 1962 he graduated from Santa Clara Law School and practiced law until returning to the Mercury where he continued to work on the city desk even after his official retirement in 1989 for a total of 55 years. Active in preserving his town's history, Willys was involved in the Saratoga Historical Foundation and Museum, Montalvo's Phelan Library, and the California History Center. He was a member of the Saratoga Men's Club and the Saratoga Federated Church where he was christened when "both he and the Julia Morgan Chapel were new." Involved in his community, he served on many local boards including the West Valley-Mission Community College District Foundation. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty, two children, Bill Peck of Santa Clara and Anna Rainville of Saratoga, two granddaughters, Sarah and Merina Rainville, and son-in-law, Don Rainville.