Class Notes | Obituaries
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John Vincent Regan '62 MA '63 on March 12, 2010, after many months of fighting against complications that arose from his Myeloma treatment. His 69 years were filled with a passion for art and cooking, reading voraciously, writing children''s books, birdwatching and daily walks with his wife through their suburban DC neighborhood. He will be missed by his wife, Lauren; his children, Cindy Salavantis (Pete), John (Stacy), James, and Elizabeth; his grandchildren, Molly and Julia; his brother and two sisters; and the many friends and neighbors who loved him well.
Gregg Anthony Steber '62, M.D., died on November 3, 2013, after a four-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 73.
Edward Louis Muckerman '62, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home in San Francisco on Feb. 22, 2014. Born July 19, 1941 to Raymond Muckerman and Barbara Koller in St. Louis, Mo. Eventually The Muckerman family moved to Phoenix, Az. Eldest of 10 brothers and sisters, Ed was the first to graduate from Brophy College Preparatory and later attended The University of Santa Clara. Later in life, Ed developed Multiple Sclerosis and bravely lived with this debilitating disease. For the last 35 years Ed lived with grace and dignity in The City By The Bay he loved so much. His heart was always open to family and friends. Those who knew Ed remember his passion for sports and movies as well as his gentle quiet "Easy Ed" nature. His spirit will shine bright forever-"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy." We will never forget you Pops. Left to cherish his memory are his children: E. Louis Muckerman and Tori Anne Muckerman; granddaughters Mackenzie Greene and Simone Chavez and former wife Anne Marie Busscher. He is also survived by his eight brothers and sisters: Ted, Frank, Steve, Larry, Terry, Judy Sigmundson, Trudy McCleary, and Christine Elwick.
Michael L. Hackworth ’63, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist who had the IMAX theater at the Tech Museum of Innovation named after him, has died at 71.
Michael D. Soper ’63, May 30, 2013. Bartender, Carpenter, Real Estate Broker, Assistant Professor at Fresno State, General Contractor, Home Builder, Chief Appraiser, State of California R/W Appraiser: Truly a Wearer of Many Hats. Writer, Artist, Storyteller, Wordsmith, Historian, Photographer: A Real Beat. Panther, Don, Bronco, Golden Bear: A Gentleman and a Scholar. Friend. Drinking Buddy. Onetwelfth of the Dirty Dozen. Husband to Pam. Dad to Kate, Braden and Stephen. Papa to Lucas, Juna and Olive. NOW RETIRED...and missed by all. We Love You Mike. For information on the celebration of Mike's life write email@example.com.
Mary Emery J.D. '63, long-time faculty member and Associate Dean in the School of Law, passed away on August 7, 2011. Dean Emery was in the first class of women graduates from Santa Clara Law in 1963 and has served Santa Clara continuously since then. During her more than four decades here, she served as faculty member in the Law School; associate dean and director of the Heafey Law Library, which she helped professionalize and expand along with the law school's growth; and chair of various committees. Dean Emery figured prominently in the local law community and was deeply involved in many organizations and activities, including as a board member for the Legal Aid Society, a youth shelter, and the United Way. Of her many awards and recognitions, Dean Emery was awarded the Community Service Award from Women in Law and was the first woman to receive the prestigious Owens Lawyer of the Year award. Much beloved and a highly respected member of our community, Dean Emery was known for her humor, candor and intellect.
Lois Pahl Mitchell J.D. ’63 died May 14, 2012, in Sacramento, where she had lived for six years. She was born September 12, 1920, in Vernon Center, Minn., the second of William and Ella Pahl's three daughters. She went west to San Jose State College, where she earned her private pilot's license and met her future husband, Logue Leon Mitchell, in a civilian flight-training program. They married in 1941 at Winnipeg, Canada, where Logue was a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, prior to transferring to the US Army Air Corps. After the war, they returned to California to raise three sons, primarily in Santa Clara County. During this period, Lois attended Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was one of the first three women to graduate in 1963. She was executive director of the Santa Clara County Bar Association before starting her own practice. For the past 20 years, she and Logue have lived in either California or Tucson, AZ. Lois was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by her sisters, Shirley Maus and Lorraine Ramirez, and three sons: James, Bruce and Andrew Mitchell, their wives, eight grandchildren and one great grandson. A graveside service was held for Lois at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.
Joseph David Cusick MBA ’63 Oct. 18, 1929-Mar. 27, 2013. A resident of Los Gatos, he passed away at home in Los Gatos, of melanoma. He is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 61 years, Kathryn Vermilya Moore Cusick, their eight children Stephen, Anne, Eileen, Michael (Joyce) Joseph (Nanette), Mary, James (Michelle), and John (Eiko), 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Joe was born in Chicago on October 18, 1929, to Joseph M. and Rose Gerrity Cusick. He came to California to attend Stanford University, where he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism organization, Navy ROTC, and the football and wrestling teams. After receiving his degree in 1951, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Princeton off Korea. He was trained as a pilot in Pensacola, FL and was assigned to fighter squadrons at Moffett NAS. While on night maneuvers in July 1954, his jet experienced a flameout; he guided the aircraft away from residential areas and made a crash landing in a cherry orchard in Sunnyvale. He continued to fly jets and antisubmarine aircraft at Alameda NAS as a reserve officer. Joe had a long career in military aerospace, first at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company for ten years and then as a civilian manager at the Air Force Satellite Test Center, both in Sunnyvale. He was Chief of Operations at the time he retired in 1991. He received an MBA at Santa Clara University in 1963, was a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Business School in 1972-73, and received an MS from San Jose State University in 1976. Joe met his wife Kathy at Stanford, and after graduation both were active volunteers for the university. He was a fundraiser for over 50 years and served as chair/co-chair for numerous alumni conferences and class reunions. He served as chairman of the Associates of the Stanford University Libraries and was a board member of Stanford Associates. He received the Gold Spike Award in 1973 for distinguished volunteer service and the Stanford Associates Award in 1995. He was also a member of the Block S Society, Buck-Cardinal Club, Alumni Association, and Founding Grant Society. Joe loved to travel, beginning with his teenage road trips throughout the western United States and Mexico. After retirement, he and Kathy traveled throughout Europe and to other destinations such as Japan, China, Australia, and South Africa, frequently as part of biennial reunions with his Stanford Sloan Program classmates and spouses. He was also active in the Saratoga Men's Club, Los Gatos Rotary, and the Los Gatos Museum Association.
John Joseph Kiely '55, M.A. '63, a longtime teacher and counselor, and descendant of Santa Clara's prominent Kiely family, passed away Nov. 14 at his home in Los Gatos after a long battle with leukemia. He was 79.
One of nine children, he was born March 18, 1933, to grocer William P. and Elaine Kiely. The Kiely family originally left Ireland during the potato famine, then settled in Australia before immigrating to California.
He grew up in the family mansion on Homestead Road. Known today as the Kiely House, this circa-1889 Queen Anne Victorian is listed on historical tour guides of Santa Clara. In the 1950s, the home was used as a boardinghouse for students attending Bellarmine College Preparatory.
His father was a former mayor of Santa Clara, and Kiely Boulevard is named for him. His brother William P. Kiely Jr. '55 also served for years on the City Council.
After graduating from Bellarmine and Santa Clara University, Kiely embarked on a long teaching career. He taught English and drama at Santa Clara High School for 33 years. In 1992, he earned an MFCC (Marriage, Family and Child Counseling) license and launched a second career.
He was also involved with the Serra Club, a Catholic vocation group, St. Mary's Church and Holy Family's New Horizons program.
Kiely is survived by his wife of 17 years, Carole '71; his two children, Kate Kiely and Daniel Kiely '93: three stepdaughters, Melissa Burke, Julia Selfridge and Marya Ruiz; and three grandchildren, Henry, Freddy and Josie.
Gerald "Jerry" A. Ritthaler ’63, MBA ’70: December 5th, 1941 - February 22nd, 2013. Jerry, to his three sons, family, and countless friends, lived life with boundless enthusiasm. He was known to start conversations with a family member, close friend, or perfect stranger (soon to be a friend) by telling them about the best food he's ever had in this life, the greatest game or play he's ever seen, the nicest person he's ever met, or something very simple to the rest of us that simply amazed him. Pops would end the story with the declaration, How cool is that? It sounded like a question, but it was more of a statement about his zest for life and optimism. His enthusiasm was contagious and brought a smile or a laugh to everyone who came into his life, each and every day. Born on December 5, 1941 to Jaconda and Philip Ritthaler in Sacramento, CA, Jerry was destined to make friends and make a strong 1st impression from the day he was born. He grew up in the Sacramento area and attended college at Santa Clara University where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. After college, he had a successful business career in sales at General Foods, Sunshine Biscuits, and Kroger. Jerry's Bay area roots were an early indicator of one of his great loves in life sports. From the time he could yell and listen to a game on the radio, he developed a great passion for sports, and this passion never wavered for a second. He cheered early and often for the Raiders and Athletics because of his strong California ties, and he never stopped cheering for his beloved Oakland teams, but he added many teams in Georgia to his shirt and hat collection when he moved to Georgia in 1979. Once his three boys Mike, Mark, and Matt attended and graduated from the University of Georgia, he was destined to be a life-long Dawgs fan. Pops also had enough spirit in his heart to add the Falcons to his list of football teams he pulled for. Sundays in the fall were never dull with Jerry around, and he always had the game on and a rooting interest in the outcome no matter who was playing. One of Jerry's other great sports loves was baseball. He started out an Oakland A's fan while in the Bay Area, but after moving to Georgia, he quickly adopted the Atlanta Braves as his favorite team. Pops was always ready to head to the ballpark and watch his beloved Braves with anyone who would go with him. No matter how many times they broke his heart in October, he was ready again the following spring, enthusiastic and full of optimism. When he was not in Atlanta, he was always looking for a good deal on some tickets so he could catch the local team and enjoy a few cold ones at the ball park. Pops also brought this love for baseball to his family. He coached his sons in little league baseball in Scotts Valley, CA, teaching them the fundamentals and never missing a game, but more than anything he taught them a love for baseball, sports, and competition. Pops kept the family baseball tradition and love of sports alive with his grandchildren, attending Matthew's baseball and hockey games, Katie's softball and gymnastics, Daniel's baseball and basketball, and Evan's baseball games. He was a fan of his sports teams and an even bigger fan of his boys and grandchildren. Later in his life, Jerry had the good fortune to meet Marilou, who became his wife in 2011. They enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage for 2 + all too short years, but they filled that time up with passion, laughter, and a great appreciation for the opportunity to find true love late in life. Jerry and Marilou shared their devotation to their Catholic Faith and attended church and bible study regularly together. The marriage of Jerry and Marilou also allowed two families to meet each other and become one as Mike and Daniel, Mark and Mary Beth along with Katie and Matthew, and Matt and Kim were able to meet Michelle and Scott Whitehead and their children Erin and Evan to create a new and loving family. Jerry's gift of bringing people together will never be forgotten. Pops was a father figure to many of his sons' close friends in the Dunwoody, GA area. Now and forever, all of those who were fortunate enough to meet Pops will remember him for his stories. He never bragged about himself, but he never stopped telling proud stories about his sister Phyllis and her husband Scott, the good people he met through his charitable work, the love he had for the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Historic Sweet Auburn, and whomever he was going to meet tomorrow. Jerry had an opinion on everything and it was almost always a positive, kind, and hopeful one. Pops will be greatly missed but never forgotten. If the question is, How cool was that man? The answer is The Coolest of them All.ö We will hear his joyful voice in our heads for the rest of our lives. When Pops passes thru the gates of heaven, a crowd will welcome him. Some will have known him well, others simply heard he was coming, and then he will get back to work checking on his earth bound family and friends. Jerry is survived by his wife, Marilou Ritthaler, of Alpharetta; sons, Mike Ritthaler, of San Rafael, CA, Mark (wife, Mary Beth) Ritthaler, of Atlanta, Matt (wife, Kim) Ritthaler, of San Francisco, CA, step-daughter, Michelle (husband, Scott) Whitehead, of Cumming; grandchildren, Katie Ritthaler, Matthew Ritthaler, Daniel Ritthaler, Erin Whitehead, and Evan Whitehead; sister, Phyllis (husband, Scott) Keilholtz, Sacramento, CA and Nephew Erik Keilholtz (wife, Melanie and daughter, Amalia) of Vallejo, CA.
Frank Marvin Moore MBA '63 on Oct. 27, 2008. A native of Albany, Ore., he served in the United States Air Force and later graduated from San Jose State College, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in police science and a master's in education. He served as a Santa Clara County deputy sheriff and went on to practice law for more than 30 years in Long Beach as a general practitioner. Upon retirement, he relocated to Tucson, Ariz., where he served as judge pro-tem for more than 15 years. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara; a son; and a grandson.
Frank Bert Firpo Jr. '63, 73, of San Bruno, died peacefully on Jan. 10, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Frankand Marie Firpo on December 9th, 1940 in San Francisco. He attended St. Cecilia School ('55), St Ignatius College Preparatory ('59) and Santa Clara University ('63). While at Santa Clara, he met the love of his life, Sharon Marie (McHugh) Firpo, and they married on December 26, 1964.
Frank was a teacher at Burlingame High School for 39 years. In addition to teaching, he coached the school's boys and girls basketball, girls volleyball and girls softball teams. He was a devoted Giants and Santa Clara basketball fan, and used his season tickets to attend every game possible. In retirement he developed a love of cooking, world travel, gardening and cheering on his grandsons in their own sports. Throughout it all, he also served at St. Robert's as lector and Eucharistic minister.
Frank is survived by his wife Sharon, brother George (Patricia - deceased), son Tony and his wife Chrissy and children Jason, Ryan and Connor, daughter Julie and her husband Karl Bohn and children Brendan and Kevin, son TJ and his husband Ben Bowler, and daughter Janet and her husband Dave Baird and children JT and Tommy.
Frank Albert Genochio MBA '63 on Nov. 10, 2006. He earned a master's degree from Stanford University and served in the Marine Corps during World War II. At age 16, he was one of the first and youngest licensed HAM radio operators in Calaveras County. He took this passion with him during the war, serving with the famous Navajo Talkers. After a few years of teaching mathematics and Spanish at El Dorado High School in Placerville, he had a 36-year career in radio communications and telecommunications with KAAR Engineering, Canadian Marconi, CATEL and United Scientific Corp. He is survived by his three children and four grandchildren.
Fr. Gilbert Michael Chacon, S.J., ’63, age 73, passed away to receive his heavenly reward on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno.
Fr. Gilbert was born in Fresno, Calif., one of 12 children born to Antonio and Evangeline Chacon, immigrants from Mexico. Fr. Gilbert was raised in Dos Palos, graduating from Dos Palos High School where he was Valedictorian of the Class of 1957. He later attended Ryan Preparatory College in Fresno, before entering Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1963. While at the University he felt the call to priestly life and entered the Congregation of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) with first vows in 1965. He later earned his Philosophy and Theology degrees from Collegium Maximum Christi Regis, in Mexico City. He was ordained a priest on June 15, 1973 in Los Angeles by Bishop Juan Arzube. He made his final vows as Jesuit in 1991.
During his priestly ministry Fr. Chacon was a teacher and served in parishes throughout California, Texas, Arizona and Mexico. In recent years he served in the Diocese of Fresno at various parishes. He was currently residing at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Fresno.
Fr. Gilbert is survived by his siblings; Raymond Ambriz of Quincy, Washington, Fr. Frank Chacon of Winslow Az, Tony Chacon of Los Angeles, Joe Chacon of Los Angeles, Olivia Marquez of Los Banos, Gertrude Thomas of Los Angeles, Thereza Sotelo of Hanford, Josephine Davison of Los Angeles, Ramona Chacon and Juanita Chacon both of Hayward, Calif. Also surviving Fr. Gilbert are numerous nieces and nephews including Fr. Angel Sotelo of Chowchilla and his brother Jesuit Priests.
Dr. Edward Patrick Creehan ’63, Aug. 13, 2013. A.k.a. 'Purr-C', 'Dr. Cutie Pie', 'Bub', 'Pepys', 'Grampy', and 'Pepsi Pat', he passed away at his home in Fair Oaks, Calif. surrounded by family. He was 71 years old. Born in 1941 in Virginia to mother Mary Rita Creehan and Edward Patrick Creehan, Patrick spent much of his youth in San Mateo, Calif. He attended Serra High School, followed by Santa Clara University, UCSF for medical school, and the University of Michigan for his residency in Dermatology. Patrick was also a flight surgeon in the Navy, stationed in Antarctica. During his time there, he would frequent New Zealand, which was where he was set up on a blind date with the woman who would become the love of his life. Patrick and his kiwi bride would later settle down in Fair Oaks where they shared a life filled with travel, art, food, drink, philanthropy, books, movies, family, and love. Patrick is predeceased by his wife, Yvonne Creehan. He is survived by his son, Mark Rea; daughters, Alexandra Creehan and Tara Creehan; son-in-law, Charles Sommer; grandchildren, Colin, Jennifer, and Indira; sister, Mary Richardon ’68; brother, Dennis Creehan; brother-in-law, Stan Leven; sister-in-law, Liz Gross; cousin, Rob Hutchinson; honorary daughter Rhonda Pope, many loving nieces and nephews; cats, Draupadi and Sita; and dog, Emmy Lou.
Daniel J. Fitzgerald '63 passed away January 19, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. He was born March 3, 1942 in San Francisco, Calif., the son of Jack and Helen (O'Neill) Fitzgerald. Dan's larger than life personality was reflected in his passion for life, and in the kindness, generosity and love he showed to all those he met. Dan was preceded in death by his brother John Fitzgerald and his mother-in-law Bette Weissman. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Darleen Fitzgerald of Spokane; daughter Kelly (Tom Landerman) Fitzgerald of Spokane; father-in-law Art Weissman of Spokane; brother Jim (Pam) Fitzgerld of San Jose, CA; nephews Jim (Wendy) and Ryan; great-nephews Casey and Aiden; great-nieces Darby, Jamie and Katherine.
Carlot Boyd Johnson MBA '63 passed away on January 6, 2011 at the age of 83.
Andrew Mark Crabtree MBA '63 of Issaquah, Wash., passed away in his home at University House on Dec. 12, 2011, with his family present. He was born Feb. 3, 1925. His final years were marked with numerous health problems, but throughout it all he maintained a cheerful and optimistic outlook on life. The love for his family, and by his family, instilled in him a very strong will to live, inspiring him to pursue new treatment options even the day before his death.
Born and raised in Kansas, the only child of Bessie and Arthur Crabtree, Mark was preceded in death by his infant son Mark and by his wife Ann Faup, the love of his life for 65 years. His three surviving children are Michele Cage and Shawn Crabtree, both of Issaquah, and Yolande Wackerman, of Menlo Park, Calif.; his eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His service in the United States Air Force and his civilian work as an industrial engineer brought him much personal satisfaction.
W. Dale Dyer MBA '64 passed away on June 11, 2011. Born in Elwood, Neb. and raised in Lexington, Neb., Dyer received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska and a master's degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. Dyer married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Temple, and they had two children: a son, Mike Dyer, and a daughter, Peggy Knowles. For several years after graduation, Dale worked as an engineer for General Dynamics in San Diego doing work on some of the early space technology. However, the state of Oregon was where he and Carolyn really wanted to raise their family, where they could enjoy fishing and hunting and the beautiful outdoors, so they moved to Corvallis. Not finding much space research going on in Corvallis, Dyer decided to start a business of his own, so he established Double D Contractors Inc. and Double D Realty Inc., and started building and selling homes and small commercial buildings. For the next 40 years, he worked as a builder and developer of properties in the Corvallis, Albany and Philomath areas. He was a part of the original development of the Timberhill subdivision in northwest Corvallis. Dyer was always an avid fan of the Nebraska Cornhusker football team, and rarely missed a chance to talk to anyone who would listen about his favorite team. Dyer is survived by his wife, Carolyn; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Beth Dyer; by his daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Thad Knowles; and by three brothers, Dallas, Marvin and Orin. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. To his great delight, 10 grandchildren and six-great-grandchildren called him Grandpa.
Thomas J. McCall, Jr. ’64, 'M.S. '74, a resident of Fremont, passed away in Monterey on Oct. 31, 2011. Tom is survived by his wife of 41 years, Bettina Igoa McCall, his three children Elizabeth and her husband Jason James, John and his wife Heather, Brian and his wife Cheryl, and four grandchildren: Blake, Calvin, Shaelyn, and Brynah. Survived by brother Harry and sisters, Virginia Bottino, Susan Pennel, and Sharon Cammack and their spouses and many cousins. Tom was born Aug. 25, 1942 in San Francisco to the late Grace Haley and Thomas James McCall. He graduated Burlingame High School in 1960 and then attended Santa Clara University where he received a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He spent his career working at Spectra-Physics and Thermo Finnegan in the Silicon Valley. Tom was an Eagle Scout and kept very busy in his retirement hiking, traveling, working on renovation projects and enjoying time with his grandchildren. He will forever be remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Robert Kolbo '64, born in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1943, died in Red Bluff, Calif., on July 29, 2009. He passed away in his sleep after suffering a stroke. Bob was married to his wife, Suellen, for 46 years. They met while in high school and waited until just before his senior year at SCU before marrying. They had four daughters who survive him. Three live locally in Red Bluff: Ginger Olds, with her husband Robert and sons Josh and Jeremy; Erin Bracells, with her daughter Taylor and son Trevor; and Erin's twin Kathy Garrison in Los Molinos with her children Miranda, Abby, Andrew and William. Another daughter, Kelly Terry, lives in Pacific Grove, Calif., as does her daughter Amy Gonzalez. Their oldest granddaughter, Valerie Gonzalez, now lives in San Diego, after living here and attending Red Bluff High School. Grandpa will be sorely missed. Bob went to work in his father's construction business in Los Gatos right after college. He eventually took over that company in Silicon Valley, building many apartments and commercial buildings. He moved to development, specializing in small infill housing complexes. After time spent in Santa Cruz and Oakdale, he 'retired' at age 43. However one project after another popped up, and his retirement was filled with many more happy days of building. Bob and Sue came to Red Bluff 12 years ago, and the family followed. They bought a beautiful ranch at the end of Bend Ferry Road which was recently purchased by BLM and will be a wilderness area park close to town for all to enjoy.
Oren Lee Christensen MBA ’64 passed away peacefully on Dec. 4, 2012, after a long, courageous battle against cancer. Born in Selma, Oren grew up in Fresno, attended Fresno State College and UC Berkeley, where he studied civil and structural engineering earning Phi Beta Kappa honors. Upon graduation he attended Midshipman's School at Notre Dame University and was commissioned an Ensign, Naval Civil Engineering Corps. He served with the 103rd Navy Seabee Battalion in California, Hawaii and Guam. After completion of his military duties Oren worked in civil and structural engineering design from 1946-1958. From 1959 to 1965 he was supervisor of Facilities Planning Group at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company preparing siting and design criteria for satellite ground stations in various locations. He also received an MBA from the University of Santa Clara during this time. From 1965 to 1977 he was director of facilities planning for Stanford Research Institute. From 1977 to 1987 he took a position as vice president for new building programs, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and supervised the construction of the bank's new facilities in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Upon retirement he continued as a building program consultant for several years before devoting his time to volunteer activities in Santa Rosa and Davis. Oren was blessed with a loving marriage to Mabel Fox for 52 years. In 2000 he and Eunice Adair were married and combined their families, both having lost their spouses to cancer. Oren was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, and University Covenant Church of Davis. He was active on both churches' building programs. Music was an integral part of his life and he always found time to sing in church choirs. One of his greatest pleasures came from volunteering at Mondavi Center for the Arts. He also devoted time to Grace House until his health declined. Oren is survived by his wife Eunice; daughter Sharon Hamilton and her husband, Don; son Darrell Christensen and his wife Sandi; stepdaughters Susan Coleman-LaPlanche, husband John, and Laura Ramalingam, husband Ravi. In addition he leaves seven grandchildren, D.J. Hamilton, Christen Hamilton-Simon, Jaime Hamilton, Cameron Hamilton, Erika Christensen, Jordan Ramalingam and Zachary Ramalingam; and four great-grandchildren who brought him great pleasure. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ruby Christensen and his wife, Mabel Fox Christensen.