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Sam J. Alaimo '44, '47, 93, passed away peacefully in his home on April 26, 2015. He was blessed to have celebrated his birthday a week before with his eight children, their spouses, and many of his 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was born in San Jose to immigrant parents who arrived from Sicily in 1912 and was the fifth of six children. He attended St. Patrick's Elementary School, San Jose High School, and Santa Clara University on a hard-earned four-year college scholarship. His SCU Class of '44 was known as the "Fighting 40s," as most of them had to leave the University their junior year to either enlist or be drafted during WWII. He attended his 70th college reunion last October, when he was honored with this very special group of men.
Sam was trained as an officer after enlisting in the Army. He was a unit commander, field artillery, stationed in the Philippines and Japan. His basketball skills qualified him to both coach and become a key player on the military basketball team which won the Army Olympics in front of 18,000 fans, mostly troops.
Tony Oliver ’51, J.D. ’53, a third-generation Californian, long-time resident of Glendale and Crestline, California, and prominent California labor and employment lawyer, was born on July 19, 1929, in San Jose, California. He passed away on Feb. 3, 2015 in Glendale, California.
Tony was the only child of Anthony T., Sr. and Josephine Oliver both of whom predeceased him. He was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and he received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1951 and his law degree in 1953. Tony was very proud of the fact that he was an Eagle Scout and at the time of his death he was a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and was serving on the Eagle Scout Association Committee for the San Gabriel Valley Boy Scout Council. At Santa Clara, Tony was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.
Tony enlisted in the California Army National Guard in 1948. While at Santa Clara, Tony enrolled in the University’s ROTC program and he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1952. Tony served in many command and staff positions in the National Guard including service in the 40th and 49th Divisions, until his retirement in 1974 as a Lieutenant Colonel (USA Ret.). He was a life member of the National Guard Associations of the United States and California, the Southern California Advisory Council, and the American Legion.
Tony was a practicing attorney in Los Angeles since 1954. He spent his first 4 years as an Assistant Counsel in the Bank of America’s Legal Department. In 1958 he became associated with John F. O’Hara and began his practice as a labor and employment attorney. In 1963 O’Hara and Tony joined the law firm of Parker Milliken, Clark O’Hara & Samuelian, to form the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department where Tony practiced as an Associate, Partner, member of the Firm’s Board, Chairman of the Department, and Shareholder until his retirement in 2011. After his retirement, Tony remained Counsel to the Firm until his passing.
Tony was a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the California and American Bar Associations. He was Chairman of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and a Management Co-Chair of the ABA Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace. He served as National President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) after previously serving as President of LERA’s Southern California and Orange County Chapters. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in 1987 and was continuously selected thereafter until his retirement in 2012. He was also selected annually by his peers as a Super Lawyer in California. Tony was a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He served on the Board of Visitors of the Santa Clara University Law School. In 1974 he received the Law School’s Edwin J. Owens’s Award for distinguished service to the Law School and the legal profession.
Tony was predeceased by his first wife, Beverly J. Oliver, and is survived by his former wife, Margaret E. Oliver. Tony is survived by his 5 children; Jeanne (Ron) Hall of Prescott, Arizaona; Marilyn (Linnie) Guins of Riverside, California; Cyndi Eschardies of La Habra, California; Michelle Rogan of Dana Point, California; and Christopher Oliver of El Segundo, California. He is also survived under the more endeared name of “Papa” by 7 grandchildren; Ron (Celeste) Hall, Jennifer (Chris) Flores, John (Kimberly) Eschardies, Tony (Isabel) Eschardies, Eddie (Amy) Guins, Nicole Rogan and Samantha Rogan and great-grandchildren; Andrew, Evan and Tyler Hall, Gabriel and Evalynn Flores, Caleb Guins, Aaron, Benjamin, Heidi and Noah Eschardies. Tony has enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren during his retirement. He will be greatly missed by his family.
Robert "Bob" Gilkey '52, age 86, passed away on January 9, 2015, in Olympia, WA. He is preceded in death by his wife, Conchita. Bob was born in Oakland, CA on February 17, 1928. Bob graduated from Santa Clara University in 1952 and moved to Hawaii right after graduation. In 1957, Bob became the personnel director for St. Francis Hospital. In 1967, Bob was appointed as deputy director for the State of Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. In 1986, Bob was appointed by the former Governor George Ariyoshi to be the director of the Labor Department.
Upon his retirement from state government, Bob was a lobbyist for Hawaii Fire Fighters Association and Hawaii Electricians Local Union 1186 IBEW. Bob was well known throughout the Democratic Party of Hawaii for his tireless help in the campaigns at the local, state and federal level. Bob lived by a strict moral code which was the basis of his strong character. He had unwavering faith in the Lord. Bob is survived by five sons and two daughters, John Gilkey; Cristina Gilkey; Victoria Gomes; Philip Gilkey; Daniel Gilkey; Joseph Gilkey; and Lt. Colonel Vincent Gilkey; along with nine grandchildren.
William T. Olson Jr. ’54 was fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Nov. 1, 2014. He passed away on Nov. 2, 2014. Beloved husband to the late Mary C. "Kitty" Olson (nee Cunningham); devoted and loving father of William T. Olson III, Edwin J. (Mary) and Caroline M. Olson; dear brother of James A. Olson (Jody) and the late John M. Olson; dear brother-in-law of Nancy Olson; beloved grandfather of Will, Taylor, Grace, Michael and Julia; dear uncle and cousin, and friend to many. He was born July 25, 1933.
Theodore Martin Welp '55 and Dolores Elaine (Bruno) Welp of Boise, ID, died Sunday, March 8, 2015, unexpectedly and tragically in their home. Ted was born in Colma, CA on June 13, 1934. Elaine was born in her Grandmother Rose's cabin at the base of Mount Borah in Custer County, ID on May 8, 1938. They were devoted to each other for 57 years, and through the combination of Ted's optimism and Elaine's love, they created a truly incredible life together. They were devoted parents to their four children, making numerous life choice to guarantee that their deaf son Tom had a life full of opportunities and experiences equal to those available to their other children.
As a kid, Ted work with his father Martin in the landscaping and walnut growing businesses. He attended Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship, going on to play baseball for the US Army team. He loved playing golf and had a 7 handicap. He never met a dessert he didn't like; one of his favorites was a chocolate dipped ice cream cone. He was lauded as a financial genius, working for GE, PG&E, TEP and Alamito. To his kids he was just Dad.
Elaine was a fantastic cook, a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, an avid reader, and proud of her rough and tumble Mackay roots. She was an early advocate and supporter of the value of sign language for the deaf, as well as an early and continuous supporter for the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf in Tucson, AZ. Elaine also directed the Dove Foundation which supported various causes, many of which focused on eye research, Catholic charities and the deaf and blind community. Mom's cowgirl spirit brought them back to Idaho in the early 90's, where she and Ted spent summers in Stanley, ID surrounded by the peace and beauty of nature, and the love of their children, grandchildren and friends. In our family, there were two spoken rules: education is number 1, and always take care of your family. There was also an unspoken rule: love as big as you can.
They are survived by their children and their children's spouses, Katherine (Jim) Nesci, George (Tiffany Roberts) Welp, and Lori (Guy) Hudson. In addition they are survived by their grandchildren who they loved dearly, Katie, Clay, Lily, Evy, Alexandra, Victoria, Ean, Dylan and Jace, as well as Ted's sister and her spouse, Rosie (Joe) Keebler, his brother-in-law Harold Schulz and their nephews and nieces: Kenneth P. Schulz '81, Douglas, Audrey, Katie and Paula. They were preceded in death by their son Martin Theodore Welp who died of complications soon after birth; and died at the same time as their devoted and caring son, Tom. They were also preceded in death by their parents, Martin and Paula Welp, George and Miriam Bruno, and Ted's sister Betty Schulz.
Edward W. Mattos ’55, age 83, died in Rocklin, California, on Feb. 2, 2015, after a short illness. Born Oct. 6, 1931, in French Camp, California, he lived in Gilroy before settling in Rocklin.
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.
Frank C. Burriesci J.D. '56 was born on February 18, 1924 and passed away on February 16, 2015. He was a resident and native of San Jose. Frank C. Burriesci was the son of Gaspare and Rosa Burriesci of Mezzoiuso, Italy. As a young man, Frank was a proud Eagle Scout; during World War II, he served in the Army. As a first generation college graduate, Frank received an Engineering Degree from Cal Berkeley and went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Upon becoming an Attorney, Frank practiced probate administration and real property law.
Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife, Neva Burriesci in 1981 and his five brothers—Mike, Tom, Joe, Nick and Sal Burriesci. His sister, Patricia Diani is his only surviving sibling. He was loved by many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. His favorite restaurant was Mio Vicino, in Santa Clara where he enjoyed dinner regularly at his favorite "Counter Spot." His happy smile and irrepressible story telling will be greatly missed. He loved his faith, BMW's and listening to various political news channels; Frank was a member of the San Jose Elks Club and the North Star Social Club.
John C. Fell J.D. '57 was born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1928 and moved to San Jose in 1946. He served in the armed services, having graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the U.S. Army War College. He also served on the NRA board of directors for nine years. John was in law practice for many years with Don Welsch until his death in 1981. John leaves four children and his wife, Eulalia.
William "Bill" Francis Dempsey '58 October 21, 1936 - December 31, 2014. Bill was the son of Judge and Mrs. John P. Dempsey of San Jose, CA, brother of John A. Dempsey and sister of Sister Eileen Dempsey, Daughter of Charity, St. Vincent de Paul. Bill graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1954 and went on to the University of Santa Clara where he earned a degree in economics.
Bill worked for the CA State Department of Highways as a right-of-way agent. He appraised and purchased property used to build highways in Northern CA. He then went to work for San Mateo County in a similar capacity until he retired. In the late 80s, Bill, his wife, and the Rev. Ed Butler of East Palo Alto, and two others started a Habitat for Humanity Affiliation in Menlo Park, CA. Many people and companies their donated time and materials to build affordable housing for low-income county residents.
After retiring, Bill and Anne traveled extensively around the US and Western Canada visiting family and friends along the way. They even went to England to watch the 49ers defeat Denver in a football game. Bill went to his first SF Giants game at AT&T Park, entirely missing the Candlestick Park experience. Bill is survived by Anne his wife of 56 years, their two sons, William G of Santa Clara, Anne F. Schwartz of Henderson, NV, James P of Spokane Valley, WA, and Karen L. Seitz of Chattaroy, WA. He was Gpa to twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild.
William "Bill" Francis Pearl '79 Sept. 24, 1931-Feb. 15, 2015. A resident of Los Gatos, William (Bill) Pearl passed away peacefully on February 15, 2015, his wife Cynthia and children were by his side. Bill was born in Greenville, Michigan, to James and Ann Pearl, and was the youngest of four children. He served in the Airforce in 1950, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1959.
Bill started his own company, California Business Machines in 1968. Over 28 years he grew a very successful family business with loyal customers.
Bill was beloved by his family and many friends. Family and Faith always came first. He loved to watch football, play golf, and attend his grandchildren's events and games. Bill is survived by his wife Cynthia, sons John '88 (Marnie), daughter Kathleen '89 (Travis) Pearl Bertelsen, and Rich (Denise) Pearl. He leaves behind many wonderful grandchildren: Conor, Meghan, Caitlin, Mark, Darren, Ryan, and Kelly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.