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Class of 1972 In memoriam

In memory of those classmates who are reported to be no longer with us.

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Name Date How Remembrances
Toni Barragan      
Steve Berglund      
Jo Ann Blecha 9/7/98   Jo Ann Hignight-McMinimy (Blecha)
September 10, 1998 (The Sacramento Bee)
Born November 24, 1953, died September 7, 1998. Beloved wife of Lee McMinimy, mother of Joanna Hignight, both of Sacramento. She leaves her granddaughter Amber, age 8; stepdaughter Cheryl and stepson Austin; also sisters Carol, Fran, Whitney, Karen; and twin brother Frank. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Anna Blecha. Jo was an employee of the State of CA Dept. of Fish and Game for 23 years. She served in the National Guard of CA. She was a person of many talents; painting, cooking, dancing were some of her passions. She was a loving grandmother, mother, sibling, wife, and friend. She'll be greatly missed. The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Sayegh and his staff and the nursing staff at Sutter General Hospital (BMT unit). Any donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Jo Ann's name.
Michael John Bozich 6/7/16


Michael John Bozich passed away peacefully in his home, early in the morning on June 7, 2016, from pancreatic/liver cancer. He was 61 years old. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of almost 35 years, and his loving poodles Arico (9.5 years) and Roxy (1.5 years). At his passing Mike was President and Manager of Capitol Plywood, Inc. He was very hardworking and devoted, keeping in mind the best interest of employees and shareholders. At his request there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, Bonnie requests donations be made in his name to either The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (www.pancan.org) or the Sacramento SPCA, ATTN: Development Department, 6201 Florin Perkins Rd., Sacramento, CA 95828 (www.sspca.org). Mike was loved and respected by a lot of people. He will be greatly missed. Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 12, 2016.
Terry Brown      
Brian Evans Clark 1/10/15   CLARK, Brian Evans
Brian Evans Clark passed away January 10, 2015, at his home in Sacramento, CA. Brian was born on December 26, 1953 to Evans "Red" and Doris Clark of Sacramento. He was a beloved brother to his siblings Diane Cristofani (Richard), Kathy Youngblood (Bill), Lori Blaufuss (George), Kevin Clark (Robin), and his late sister Janice Clark. He is lovingly remembered by his children:  daughter Keli Ricci (Tyler), son Maxwell Clark, and granddaughter Olivia Ricci. Brian's great passion in life was music. He was a truly gifted drummer and vocalist and performed with numerous musical groups throughout his life. In recent years he became the founding member of The Chicago Tribute Authority, dedicated to the unforgettable music of his all-time favorite band Chicago. The band has gained their own large and loyal following. Brian's legacy will live on in the memories of his family and friends who will never forget his talent, humor, passion, and love. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make any remembrances to the American Cancer Society. Family and friends are welcome to attend his memorial service at 2:00 on Thursday, January 22, at St. Ignatius Church at 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento. A Celebration of Life for Brian will be held the same day at 4:00 at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Sacramento. [Sacramento Bee, 1-18-2015]
Lynn Dorene Douglas 8/6/11  

Lynn Dorene Douglas

Lynn Dorene Douglas, fifty six, of Felton, California, died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on the evening of Saturday, August 6, 2011. There will be a memorial tribute in her honor on Friday, August 19, at Freedom Elementary School, 25 Holly Drive, Freedom, California, between 3:30 and 5:30 P.M., during which her principal will dedicate the school's Life Lab garden in her honor..

She was born on September 28, 1954, the daughter of William Thomas [Tom] and Ella Mae [Johnson] Douglas of Sacramento. She married Gerald Clarence Gordon on May 25, 1993, in Sacramento. She attended American River College and was a graduate of Sacramento State University [BA, MA]. Following her father's example, she was a life long teacher in the public-school system, having taught first in the Sacramento City School system where she was the Hands-on Science teacher at John Bidwell Elementary science-magnet school and the reading specialist, and later at Freedom Elementary School, where she finished her career teaching the first three grades as well as violin in the after-school enrichment program. Following the Douglas family tradition, Lynn immersed herself deeply in music, not only as a performer but also as a teacher and a listener. Although her college major was education and not music, she nonetheless conducted various choral groups from time to time. Following her graduation, she became a member of various bands, the principal one being the Previously Lost Dogs, where she improvised the violin parts of that group's original compositions. In addition to being the official music teacher at her school, she was also an unofficial musical mentor to those students who either showed considerable talent on the violin or else demonstrated a great love of music, regardless of talent. As a listener, she was a life-long fan of the Grateful Dead, and was known for dancing enthusiastically throughout their performances. Her love of music was matched by her love of nature and, during college she supported herself as a California State Park Ranger. Lynn's greatest love of all, however, was for people, whom she loved wholly and unconditionally, and it is that love that will be remembered by all who knew her. Finally, Lynn was a great fan of Dr. Seuss, and she would want her survivors to apply to themselves his injunction, "Don't cry because it is over - smile because it happened!" Surviving are her husband, her parents, a goddaughter Maxine Orr, as well as many cousins. Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on August 19, 2011

Kathryn Flaherty 4/13/09   NICHOLSON, Kathryn Louise
October 30, 1954 - April 13, 2009
Kathryn died on Ap. 13, 2009. She was born Oct. 30, 1954 in Sacramento, CA. Preceded in death by parents, Gerald and Peggy Flaherty. Survived by children, Jameson Clendenin, Erin Earls, and Matthew Gabouri and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other family members, and lots of loving friends. Kay was a free spirit who loved motorcycles, blues concerts, and trips to the Lake Tahoe area with friends. In recent years she worked as an administrator at the Chemical Dependency Center for Women helping others dealing with addiction. A memorial service will be held at noon on Sat., April 25 at Gibson Ranch, Sacramento.
Curtis Flowers    
Mike Gonzales    
Carolyn Hacken Dean      
May 14, 1996 (The Sacramento Bee)
Janett Shaw, chief deputy director of the state Office of Criminal Justice Planning, died of cancer Sunday in her Gold River residence. She was 41. A native of Sacramento, she was a former deputy state attorney general before Gov. Pete Wilson named her to the OCJP post a year ago. She also was a former president of Women Prosecutors of California and Just Kids Child Care Center Inc. and a former reserve deputy for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. In her job with the governor's Office of Criminal Justice Planning, she supervised administration of nearly four dozen public safety and victim services programs across California.
In a statement Monday, the governor called her "a driving force behind changing California's criminal laws from some of the most absurdly and dangerously lenient to some of the toughest in the nation. . . . She will be greatly missed."
She was a 1971 graduate of Encina High School. She also was a graduate of American River College, California State University, Sacramento, and McGeorge School of Law. Survivors include her husband, David Shaw of Gold River; daughter, Jennifer Shaw of Gold River; mother, Jacqueline Groff of Roseville; stepfather, Peter Groff of Roseville; and sister, Judyth Robinson of Sacramento.
Chris Hagen    
Michael Huber 3/9/15   HUBER, Michael Dale
Mike entered Heaven on March 9, 2015 at the age of 60. He is survived by his wife Iris; son Brandon; daughter-in-law Amber; grandchildren Kaylen, Emyliana, Liam, and Niall; siblings Mark (Judy), Michele (Chuck), and Marty (Debbie); nephews Michael and Jake; and nieces Michele, Margaret, Shelby, and Jessica. Preceded in death by his parents Louis and Kathleen and sister Marilyn. Service will be held Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Liberty Towers Church, 5132 Elkhorn Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95842.  [Sacramento Bee, 3-22-2015] 
John A. Johns 12/5/98   JOHN A. JOHNS
December 8, 1998 (The Sacramento Bee)
Died 12-5-98 of cancer in Salem at the age of 45. Born in Sacramento 11-20-53. Graduated from the University of California at Sacramento with a degree in Business administration. He was a courier for Federal Express for 17 years. He was a member of Queen of Peace Church. John was an avid woodworker. He also enjoyed Nascar racing and enjoyed watching sports. He is survived by wife Catherine Johns of Salem, OR; parents Tom and Kaye Johns of Sacramento, CA; son Matthew Johns of Salem, OR; brothers Jim Johns of Sacramento, and Bill Johns of Huntington Beach, CA; sister Julie Kelly of Carmichael; and aunt Mary Lou Johns of Seaside, CA. Graveside services at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Modesto, CA. Contributions to Willamette Valley Hospice or US Bank Trust Account, Howell-Edwards-Doerkson Chapel of the Gardens, 503-581-3911
Diane Jones      
Victor Kelly      
Jim Larson 6/21/14   James ‘Jim’ Larson
July 10, 1954 — June 21, 2014
Jim passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Margaret and Paul Larson, his brother Thomas Larson, and a nephew Paul Smith. He is survived by his wife Ginger, his sister Jane Smith, his brother Rick Larson, and their families. No services are planned. [Published in The Union Democrat, Sonora, June 25, 2014]
Terry Lorman    
Cal Loudon 1/23/05   cal loudon, class of 1972 passed away 01-23-2005, cal was in the computer business, owner of "applied computer concepts" fo 20 years.  he worked with mike fahn,class of 1973, "fahn & company" in music concert promotions in sacramento.  cal was a voracious reader who cherished his vast collection of books.  over the years, he entertained his large
circle of friends with his musical talents and amused them with his many escapades. he was a big guy with strong arms, who did not like bullies, and liked helping anyone who was picked on by these bullies. Russell Askew
Debbie MacLeod     Debbie Mac Leod
April 2, 2001
We have just learned of the death of former member Debbie MacLeod in Tennessee. Her mother, Blanche MacLeod, and sister, Barbara Fitts, will be returning to Sacramento for the burial. The time for the memorial service at St. Mark's will be set later this week.
Debbie Marvelli Nunez      
Michael McCallister      
Bill Miller      
Dianne Rectenwald Lapkin      
Annette Perez     Annette Perez, a junior at Encina, died Friday, April 9, in an auto accident. She was the daughter of Mrs Ruby Dirk, and the granddaughter of Mr and Mrs Nash Perez. She lived at 2408 Wulff Lane.
Services were held Wednesday, April 14, at 11:00 am at the George Lumpp Chapel of Flowers. She will be greatly missed by her friends at Encina.
Michael Dennis Posehn 6/2/17  

Michael Dennis Posehn
Michael Dennis Posehn passed away on 6-2-2017. Raised in Sacramento, once he turned 17 he took off to see the world. Joining the Marines, he was stationed at 29 Palms where his daughter Patricia "Trisha" Marie was born. He traveled the world and worked as a cowboy, tile setter, and on the Alaskan pipeline, as well as owning a saloon. He lived in Alaska for the next 25 years. Mike moved back to California and met his wife Margitta. They lived in Oregon where he was diagnosed with cancer, which he fought hard with the help of the Oregon VA. He was one of the most charismatic, hard living, kind hearted, strong minded people you could ever meet. He loved his family above all else. He leaves behind his loving wife of 16 years, Margitta; mom, Pat Agostini-Church; daughter, Trisha Murchison; brother, Tony Latino; sisters, Cindy Latino and Sabrena Donohoe; grandchildren, Stacey Murchison and Stuart Robb; and great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Savannah. A celebration of his life will be held July 11, 2017 at the VFW Hall at 3300 U St. in Antelope, CA, 95843 at 1 p.m.Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 17, 2017.

Thomas Puthuff 11/4/06   PUTHUFF, Thomas
With sadness we announce the loss of our husband, father, son and brother Tom Puthuff on November 4, 2006. Born October 15, 1954 in Sacramento, Tom was the youngest of the four children of Dean and Ernestine Puthuff. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Downey; his sons Jeffrey and Timothy; his parents, and siblings Mike Puthuff (Cookie), Sue Franzoia (Al), and Jennifer Spence (Skip). With his first wife Gail Coppe Tom became the father of Jeff and Tim, who still live in Sacramento, as do all of Tom's immediate family members. He met his second wife, Lynn Downey, when they both worked at Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco. Tom graduated from Encina High School and also attended California State University, Sacramento. There, he was a member of TKE and maintained relationships with many of his fraternity brothers, a few of whom he was especially close to: Randy Sibbett, also of Sacramento, helped care for him, lifted his spirits and gave him strength and devoted friendship to the end; Scott Riach came down weekly from Mt. Shasta just to spend time with Tom and make him laugh; Rusty Adams and Greg Melanson also kept in touch and kept him going. Tom's work life took him from California to Michigan to Texas. He was a valued and inspiring manager at companies such as EDS, Levi Strauss & Co. and McKesson HBOC. But while management was his career, his heart and natural skills were for woodworking and landscape design, avocations which benefited all of his family members. Tom was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, a disease he fought for six years with courage and grace. Services are private, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Tom's name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation in New York or the Cancer Center of the University of California, Davis.
Tommy, we will miss you.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 11/11/2006.
M. Anita Robertson Thomas 4/29/1998 cancer The Oregonian (Portland, OR), Tuesday, April 28, 1998
M. Anita Thomas
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday , April 29, 1998, in Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes for M. Anita Thomas, who died April 24 of cancer at age 43.
Mrs. Thomas was born Sept. 9, 1954, in Sacramento, Calif. Her maiden name was Robertson. She was a secretary for Sheet Metal Local in Sacramento before moving to Portland last year.
Survivors include her daughter, Michelle Thomas of Fair Oaks, Calif.; son, Shad Post of Gresham; mother, Phyllis Lalumondier of Vancouver, Wash.; brother, Stuart Robertson, and sister, Vicki Suran, both of Estacada.
Inurnment will be in Chimes Memorial Garden. The family suggests remembrances to the American Cancer Society.
Rick Scott 11/23/16 natural causes Rick was survived by his two sisters.  One older (Margie '70) and one younger (Julie '76). Both Encina alumni.  He never married.  He worked in Hollywood on movie sets.  He acted as his parents caretaker for several years until they passed.  He lived alone after that in the same house he was raised in when his family moved to Sacramento when he was in seventh grade.  I have known him ever since. I never found a obituary for him other than the funeral home link.  He was cremated.  To be interned in salt lake where his parents were buried.  Roland Young '71
George Snow      
Edward Speere 12/12/13   Edward A. Speere
December 20, 1953 - December 12, 2013 Sorry this took so long Bear... Ed my beloved Bear entered into rest Thursday December 12, 2013, 8 days before his 60th birthday. Ed always did say he wouldn't make it to 60 and he was right. Born in Sacramento on a Sunday in December Eds childhood wasn't very warm, so less than a month from his 18th birthday he joined the U.S.Army where he traveled to Germany and was stationed there for 10 months. He was awarded the " Sharpshooter M16" commendation and the " National Defense Service Medal". Upon his return he was given an Honorable discharge and found work as a Construction Manager in Sacramento. He later moved to Spokane where he became a" Jack of all Trades ". He then went for his GED in 2003 and at 50 years old scored above average on every subject. Ed had a true passion for animals cried during movies and had a heart of gold, but if you knew him, you either loved him or hated him. He is preceded in death by his mother Sylvia Helyn Finnell and is survived by brother Walter Gilcrist of Spokane Washington and Daughter Amanda of Salem Oregon and his Booie Marisa A. of Spokane and not to forget his dibber-dibber Hemi of Spokane. We love you Ed and miss you everyday. A celebration of life will be held Sunday March 8th at the Coeur d'Alene Casino.
Steve Stephenson      
Michael Webber      
Jay Wilkinson      
Dewey Wise      


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