. . . Our Classmates Who Are No Longer With Us

 

"Those who have known the lure of dreams begun at Tucson High, could never live as others live nor die as others die."

 

Last updated on June 29, 2016

 


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December 24, 2009

As you may or may not know, our class president Franklin Gee suddenly passed away in October 2009. Evey Fink Bendalin spoke about Franklin at the Reunion Planning Meeting in Tucson on October 26th at the El Parador restaurant. Here is what she said:

 

 


 

April 29, 2013

Some of us remember a classmate by the name of Mike Early. Mike died while climbing a nearby mountain on his 16th birthday along with two other Boy Scouts. A book was published a few years ago about that tragedy and the search that followed. It was written by the sister of one of the other two scouts who died that day. The title is "Death Clouds On Mt. Baldy."

Thanks to Butch Farabee for telling us about this book and letting us borrow his copy long enough to read it and scan the cover. Butch participated in the search and is mentioned in the book.

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Tonie Jo

Anderson

04/29/2010 We received this information from Peggy Abbott:

I was looking at some old newspapers and found an obituary for another classmate…Tonie Jo Anderson Warrior Brown.  I believe her first marriage was to Herman Warrior but Brown is the current last name.  She passed away on March 14th of this year and is survived by her mother, two brothers, one sister, two children (Steven Warrior and Annette Warrior Hardy) and grandchildren (no number was given). 

Charlotte

Apalategui

APALATEGUI, Charlotte B., 69, died peacefully on August 23, 2010. Survived by her loving twin sister, Sr. Maria Teresa; her brothers, Alphonse, Jack (Shirley) and Fr. Carlos; her nieces and nephews; her beloved Oblates of St. Benedict community and Fr. Martin Lugo, O.S.B.

Louie Arellano

 

David Bachmann

3/19/09  We received this e-mail from David's wife:

 

Dave passed away December 7, 2007. His heart simply wore out. Dave was always very proud of Tucson High and the band. I'm sure he would have enjoyed attending the 50th reunion. 

 

Thank you, Mrs. Jonalie Bachmann

Mickey Baez

 
Fred
Baker
4/11/2013 Received this information from Onofre Norton that Fred had received a heart transplant but passed away from complications following the surgery on April 10, 2013.

Robert Barta

 

Dan Barthels

Dan and his family moved to the Seattle area from Tucson in 1974. Dan loved the outdoors and had received a degree as a Wildlife Biologist from the University of Arizona.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman, which was part of the reason he was attracted to the Northwest.
 
Dan passed away on Labor Day 1985 from a cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife Joanne, and their 4 children (2 sets of twins). Dan was with his family and some friends on a picnic at a beautiful spot named Lake Joy, several miles from their home in Bellevue, Wa. They had just enjoyed playing volleyball, sat down to eat a meal of elk burgers, from an elk Dan had shot with his bow and arrow, and shortly thereafter closed his eyes and was gone. Aid was administered immediately by those present, but because of the remote location they were in paramedics were delayed and all efforts were unable to save Dan.
 
When Dan passed on, he was involved with product development at a company named Survivco. He was designing a helium inflated mylar airfoil used for tracking by radar spent practice torpedoes launched from submarines.

Dan was a devout Christian and extremely passionate about sharing his faith and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. Dan's family includes his wife Joanne, children Mike, Matt, Greg and Gwynne, and their spouses plus 8 grandchildren.

 

Phil Beers

 

Joe Berry

October 14, 1997.

A native of Arizona, Mr. Berry spent his time between Sparks, NV and Tucson. He was a musician in The Big Ugly Band, a member of the Mastiff Club Of America, The Mountain Men, a Scientologist and had served in the U.S. Army for eight years. Survived by mother, Nell Grundy; son, Jebadiah Berry, both of Tucson; daughter, Kelly Davies, all of CA; brother, John Grundy of Seattle, WA; sisters, Dani Mercer of Spokane, WA, Patricia Grundy of Tucson and Pam Selzer of Sarasota, FL; and best friend, his Mastiff "Max". In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mastiff Club of America Rescue Fund, c/o Jill McMahon, 4620 Durham Road., Raleigh, NC 27614. Memorial Services at 4:00 p.m. November 15, 1997 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel,  1050  No Dodge Blvd. (at Speedway).

Carmen Borquez

 

Judy Boser

2006

Anna Branstetter

September 25, 2007 of pneumonia.

George Brean

July 12, 2006, Heart attack after playing what was described as "a better than average round of golf."

Mary Helen Campas

03/20/09 Mary Helen died on January 7, 2009 of kidney failure.

Alicia

Cheechoff

July 31, 2010

She had been in ICU and an Acute Care Facility and back to ICU in the past couple of months.  She fought to live to the end.  My understanding is that her Cushing's Disease and Diabetes ultimately took her life.  She would have been 68 October 25, 2010. Alicia left behind Ernest, her husband of 49+ years, two daughters, Domenica and Danielle, and two sons, Paul and Michael plus many grandchildren.

 

Natalie Clark

July 18, 2011 Heart attack.
Barbara CodeFran received a call from the person who lives in the house that Barbara used to live in. He told Fran that Barbara had passed away about 5 years ago. He did not have any further information.

Roger Cole

 

Antha Cooper

 

Dennis Cortez

 

Al Cota-Robles

1999 from complications of diabetes and heart disease.

Carole Criss

 

Reese Curtis

 
Randy
Downer
September 28, 2016
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 30, 2016:
DOWNER, Randolph Lee 74, passed away on September 28, 2016, after a lengthy illness due to the complications of multiple sclerosis, with his wife of 30 years, Julie, by his side. Randy was a true native Tucsonan, born and raised just three blocks from the University of Arizona, where he graduated and achieved his Masters in Business Administration, both in the same year. Upon graduation, he commenced his job search and was hired as the Director of Long-Range Planning for the San Francisco-based Crown-Zellerbach Company, but eventually returned to make investments in his hometown of Tucson. He is survived by wife, Julie; son, Randolph Downer, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Sherry Downer; granddaughter, Ava and sister, Patricia Van Metre. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Gladys Downer and sister, Betty Downer. Private memorials are planned by his family in Arizona and California. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL.

Mike Early

On Saturday Nov 15, 1958, Mike and five others from Boy Scout Troop 70 began camping in Upper Madera Canyon in the Santa Ritas. After setting up camp, all six started to the top of Mt. Wrightson (Mt. Baldy). Three turned around and survived. Three kept going but with fading light and not reaching the top, they started down. At Josephine Saddle they took the wrong trail. Mike soon fell and broke a leg. The three hunkered down for the night. At 9 pm and at about 8,000-ft elevation, it began to rain.  At midnight it turned to snow.  The kids probably died before dawn on the 16th.  (Officially, his death is listed for Nov 15) For the first time in the 20th Century there was measureable snow in Tucson in November.  On Sunday, there was 6.4 inches of snow in the city.  Ironically, the weather forecast for the 15th, per the AZ Daily Star was for "relatively mild November temperatures today, with the expected high near 70 degrees."  On the 14th, the official high at the Airport was 71 degrees.  No mention of precipitation of any kind. Mike was to turn 16 on Nov 16. The three boys were found on Dec 4.  This search led to the formation of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association.

 

"Those who have known the lure of dreams begun at Tucson High,

can never live as others live nor die as others die."

 

Written by Roseanne Ives in 1958 in memory of Mike Early

 

Lucille
Estrella
June 23, 2016 of cancer.
SENAK, Lucille M. (nee Estrella) of Wernersville, PA, age 73, passed away on June 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Lucille was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She was a 1960 graduate of Tucson High School, and attended the University of Arizona. She was the daughter of Arturo Estrella and Mercedes Estrella (nee Fierro). Arturo was a long-time Deputy Sheriff of Pima County, AZ. In 1962 Lucille relocated to New Haven, CT and later Bristol, CT to raise her own family. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven, CT and later earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from Central Connecticut State College in New Britain, CT. While in Connecticut, Lucille worked for the University of Connecticut (Waterbury Branch) as a guidance counselor, and for the State of Connecticut as a personnel analyst. Lucille also resided in Tucson, AZ; in Tempe, AZ; and in Rancho Cucamonga, CA while she continued to pursue her career. She lived the last 16 years of her life in Wernersville, PA where she retired. Lucille is survived by her son, Peter Senak and daughter-in-law, Jacqueline A. Walsh of Bedminster, NJ; her son, David M. Senak of Avon, CT and her grandson, Ira M. Senak of Brooklyn, NY. Lucille is also survived by her brother, Art Estrella and sister-in-law, Martha (Juarez) Estrella of Glendale, AZ; her sister-in-law, Molly Estrella of Pacifica, CA and her brother, Gilbert Estrella and sister-in-law, Lydia Estrella of Tucson, AZ. Lucille's brother, Richard Estrella of Pacifica, CA passed away previously.
Jim
Fergus
Jim Fergus THEN2005 of cancer.

Kenneth Fink

 

Dick Forcier

 

Paul Frazee

05/24/09 Received an e-mail from David Turner, THS1958: "I am from the class of 1958. 

I know the Frazee family quite well, and Paul passed away a few years ago."

 

A few years ago would be around 2006.

 

Hector Fuentes

 
Gloria
Galarza
04/28/13

Doug Gardner

No photo available 

Franklin

Gee

10/23/09 Heart attack.

 

Patty Glasser

 

Gloria Gonzales

 

Gloria Graham

 

Alice Grijalva

August 27, 1999

Alice Grijalva, age 56, born on November 27, 1942 in Tucson, AZ, graduate of Tucson High School, went to be with our Lord on August 27, 1999 after suffering a heart attack. Survived by parents, Frank and Alice Grijalva; brother Frank (Carla) Grijalva, Jr.; beloved companion, Ernesto Martinez; two children, Raymond A. Gomex and Denise Oroz. Also survived by four grandchildren, Raymond Anthony Gomez, Jr., Domynique Tatiana, Juan Carlos, and Sean Martin Oroz. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 30, 1999 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. at CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC., South Chapel, 240 S. Stone Ave., with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Internment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery.The family expresses their deep gratitude to all family and friends who have reached out with their love and support. Arrangements by  CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.

Jim
Grimes

James Thomas Grimes 2/13/1942 - 3/30/2012

James Thomas Grimes, resident of Tucson, AZ passed away peacefully, surrounded by those who loved him deeply on the 30th of March 2012 at the age of 70. Jimmy was born on the 13th of February 1942 to parents, Donald and Marie Grimes. A native of Tucson, AZ where he attended Tucson High School and graduated with honors and earned an All State award and Football Scholarship to Colorado State.

He then ventured off to the U.S. Navy where he proudly served our country for many years. Upon his return he settled back to Tucson and was hired as a produce truck driver in Nogales, AZ.

Fortunately, this is where he met his beautiful wife Pauline Sanchez. He loved and serenaded her favorite song: 'One Meatball and no Spaghetti'. Jimmy and Pauline were married for 46 wonderful years.

Jimmy went on from there to start his career with 'Golden Eagle Distributors'. He started in 1967 as a Truck Driver, Supervisor, to President of the company. He retired in 2008, total of 42 years. One of his fondest memories was being the #1 test marketer for 'Budweiser Light' in 1981 before it launched nationally. Another fond memory was, those he worked with for over 42 years. Even though he retired he still continued to help out his friends at Golden Eagle. He loved his family and friends tremendously and beyond that, continued to make time for his two passions: 'Racing and The Blues'.

Jimmy was influential in Tucson when it came to racing. One venture was, building a brand new drag strip that the likes of Kenny Bernstein and John Force mentioned: 'First Class' whenever they came to practice in Tucson. Another venture was, working with Brian France at NASCAR to bring the famed 'Winter Heat' series to town. His favorite racing though, was dirt car racing and traveling with his friends to the best dirt car tracks in the country.

When it came to the Blues Jimmy smiled from ear to ear listening to 'Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker or BB King'. Special moment he shared was being on stage with John Lee Hooker at the Long Beach Blues Festival for the final song.

In Jimmy's spare time, he also became President of Pima County Fair Commissions. Over the past several years he and his wonderful team led by Jon Baker, made numerous improvements which made our county fair one of the best in the country. He loved being a part of the fair, and if you were lucky, you would catch him driving his golf cart around making sure all things were running smoothly.

Jimmy's passion to succeed was so infectious, he was respected by his family and friends, for his opinions, thoughts and kindness he offered. He was the 'FOX News' before they were: Fair, Balanced and always consistent.

Jimmy is survived by his lovely wife, Pauline; sister, Judy; brother, Jerry; son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Shannon and his two grandchildren, Jax and Gisele and niece, Olivia. Jimmy will be greatly missed by his friends and family, but indeed by his two best friends: his wife, Pauline and son, Michael. He was their ROCK. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to: American Diabetes Association (or) American Heart Association on his behalf.

A Visitation will be held on Monday, April 9, 2012 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel

from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow the Mass at All Faith's Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel.

Carol Jean Halpenny

Jean died on August 23, 1997, after a long and valiant struggle with breast cancer and its recurrence.

Edgar Harris

 

Fred Herre

 

Oscar Holmes

Oscar died on April 24, 2003.

Barbara Ice

July 17, 2009

Barbara Jeanne Munguia 67, of Tucson, died Thursday July 17, 2009. Survived by her husband, Gilbert W. Munguia; son, Gilbert G. Munguia; daughter, Debbie J. Bencomo; daughter-in-law, Ellen J. Munguia; son-in-law, Frank A. Bencomo; grandchildren, Randy Robbins, Josh W. Robbins, Daniel M. Robbins, Anthony R. Bencomo, Gilbert W. Munguia, Briana N. Munguia, Isabela S. Munguia and George L. Munguia. She was the most kind, loving, generous, mother and wife one could ever hope for. She is now at peace in the arms of our Lord. Memorial Service will be Monday, July 20, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Boys & Girls club of Santa Cruz County (520) 287-3733.

James Ice

No photo available 

Gene Jackson

 

Thomas Jarmusch

 

Judith Jones

 
Lorraine Kling December 27, 2015 after a long series of heart ailments.
Fred
Leyva
Died Easther Sunday 2015.

Bill Lenoir

April 2007, thyroid cancer.

Gilbert Lopez

 

Raul

Lopez

July 19, 2007 of leukemia. 

Barbara Martinez

 

Donna Musselman

She died in the spring of 1965.

Donald Ochs

 

Henry

Olivas

06/12/2004
Betty
Ousley
March 2, 2012 of bone cancer.

Mike Posner

 
Janice
Postillion
June 18, 2013 of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

Benny Ramos

 

Richard Rico

 

Richard Serventi

No photo available 

Charles Schmid

March 30, 1975, Killed by fellow inmates in prison.
Sherwin ScottFebruary 5, 2013, cause of death not listed.
Carole
Skaggs
Carole Sue Skaggs Elias Born October 16, 1941 in Indianapolis, IN died March 16, 2014 at her home in Tucson. Survived by her loving children, Steve (Gerry) Elias, and Joanne (Harry) Kallipolitis, both of Tucson; granddaughter, Cassandra; grandson, Brandon, and great-grandson, Dylan all of Tucson. Brother, Dale (Jean) Skaggs of Paris, TX; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, William C Elias, parents, Ralph and Ruby Skaggs, and brother, Paul Skaggs. Prior to retirement, Carole worked for Southwest Gas Corporation for 25 years. She was also an active member of the Daughters of the Nile, L.O.S, Chautauqua Unit and Royal Order of the Jesterettes of Sabbar Shrine Temple, Elks Lodge #2532. Memorial Service 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Sabbar Temple, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Sabbar Shrine Temple Transportation Fund, 450 S. Tucson Blvd., 85716. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.

Paul Skaggs

 

Doug Smith

No photo available 

Sandy

Sponheimer

Died May 7, 2011 of cancer.

Doug Streets

Died March 1984.
Jimmy
Tellez
January 2015. No other information received.
Bob
Temple
Died April 3, 2014 of prostate cancer in Tucson.
Lee Voys ThortonNo photo could be foundWe received a note from brother-in-law which said:  “Hello – Please remove Lee from your mailing list.  He passed away April 26, 2011."

Frank Torres

 

Terrell Trabue

3/20/09 We received information that Terrell died in 2004 of

colon cancer.

Eddie Villa

 

Victor Wong

04/18/2011 We received an e-mail from Steven Lew informing us that Victor had passed away on April 10, 2011 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure.

Ethel Woods

 

Stanley

Woods

07/18/2011 Received an e-mail from Dennis Couse that Stan had passed away last night. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer in June.
Danny
Woon
04/16/2016 Passed away in Tucson after a battle with cancer.
Frank
Yslas
11/25/2013 I received an e-mail from Dina Diaz informing us that Frank had passed away a few weeks ago. No cause of death information was furnished.

Yanula Zepeda