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Class of 1973 - In memoriam

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

If you would like to honor anyone else please contact the webmaster.

If you would like to say something in remembrance of a classmate send the webmaster your contribution and I'll
add it to this page. Fond memories are welcome.

If you know anything about the circumstances and date of passing please let me know as many people
have written wanting to know more about their friends. I'm sorry about the scarcity and lack of precision
but I've included what little information I've been provided with.

[ In memoriam ]

Name Date How Remembrances
David Amorena

9/4/1993 Illness We called him 'Zamora' for no particular reason. I think Mr. Gonzales started that. He was a talented musician, though I don't think he had learned to play an instrument. One night, I think it was the Spanish Club just-came-back-from-Mexico party at Celeste Woo's house, David and I sat at her grand piano and composed a little jazz tune. He told me how it should sound, and I played it for him. I still play it sometimes at performances. Does anyone know if he ever got a piano? -- Will Leaver
Dale Anderson

7/6/1996   Dear Jolie Barron,
    Thank you for sending the reunion announcement. When my husband Dale A. Anderson and I attended 5 years ago and we were the most recently married couple. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! However, I do have some sad news to share with you and your classmates. Dale passed away on July 6, 1996, in Placer Co, just before his 42nd birthday. He had been employed as a facilities maintenance man at Sierra College for 11 yr. The college gave him a wonderful memorial service in his honor in the Deirich Theater, on the college campus and allowed all staff to attend during working hours. While he was there, there wasn't a single employee that he, at one time or another, didn't lend a helping hand to. It was quite a moving service, and we will all miss him.
    While he was alive one of his main goals was to get his AA degree. He accomplished this in 1993, with a degree in Management. Dale had many talents. Furniture building was one of many, as he thoroughly loved to work with wood. He built a walnut roll top desk with wood that he cut and then milled fom an old orchard. lt truly is a work of art. He loved to hunt and fish and be outdoors, as it seemed to give him the air and space he needed to unwind.
    I just wanted to take a moment to share this with you, because I have certainly learned that life is the most valuable gift we have on earth.
    I wish you much success the reunion project, I have planned many an event myself and understand the complications that arise.
                                                         Sincerely, Pat Anderson

Sacramento Bee, July 17, 1996
   Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, July 18, 1996 at 8:30 AM at the Dietrich Theatre on the Campus of Sierra College for Dale Alan Anderson, 42, of Lincoln. He died July 6, in Lincoln. Born July 19, 1954 in Sacramento, Dale worked in facilities maintenance at the College for 12 years. He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and diving. A "Jack of all trades," Dale possessed many talents. He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Lincoln; his step-daughter Crystal Correia; his parents, Georgia and Jack Anderson of Sacramento; two sisters, Terry
Anderson and Patty Anderson, both of Sacramento; four brothers, Doug Anderson of Texas, and Brian, Tom and Kenny Anderson, all of Sacramento; father-in-law Herbert Huffman and mother-in-law Ernestine Huffman of Loomis. At his family's request, memorial contributions may be directed to the Sierra College and referred to the Wood Shop for Continuing Projects.

Teresa Armstrong Barlow

Oliver "Ollie" Bell

6/5/85 in Sacramento Accidental Siblings Kenneth, Barbara, Robert and Brian Bell.
Paula Marie Bell

10/4/55 to
Accidental Sacramento Bee, Sept. 25, 1975
Woman, 19 Dies; Youth Faces Murder Count
   James David Jeter, 19, of 2929 Edison Ave. is charged by sheriff's officers with murder in connection with the death yesterday of Paula Marie Bell, also 19, of 2181 Fairfield St. Detectives said she may have suffered a fatal injection of cocaine. The coroner's deputies, however, reported the cause of her death is undetermined pending completion of laboratory tests. The sheriff's investigators said she collapsed in Jeter's apartment. She was taken to the Sacramento Medical Center, where she died a short time later.

  Paula passed away tragically only a couple of years after graduation. Although it's been almost 23 years, I think of her often. Some of my fondest memories are the times spent with Paula and Nancy Patton. The Three Musketeers! She'll be in my heart forever.
  Connie Hall

Jan Bergen Snyder

1/13/13 Cancer  
Teresa Blodger Wallin

1-23-1978 Homicide Murdered by Richard Trenton Chase, the Vampire Killer

Debbie Burruss Williams

3/24/09 Cancer WILLIAMS, Debbie (Burrus)
Born on April 20, 1955, passed away on March 24, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her mother Gayle Lane, daughters Jennifer Rowan and Sarah Ralston (Jacob), brothers Michael (Sandra) and Jeffrey Burruss (Nancy) and Larry Lane (Elizabeth), sisters Mary Wood and Helen Hosley, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and grandson. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten. Published in the The Sacramento Bee on 4/4/2009
Joseph "Joe" Patrick Busby

12/5/02 Cancer Born December 15, 1954, bravely succumbed to cancer on December 5, 2002. He is survived by his loving mother, Joann Busby; his father, Robert Busby; his sisters, Cathleen Crader and Laura Vosti; brother-in-law, Roger Vosti. He is also survived by his nieces, and nephews, Kristina Stedham, Lacy Vosti, Jennifer Zeiher, Heather Crader, Danny Bechtel and Lucas Zeiher. He was preceded by his grandparents,
Dorothy and Taylor Roberts; and brother, Bruce Busby. During his illness, he was visited faithfully and supported by lifetime friends Christopher, Tracey, Wes, Mark and Pat. He also received attention and assistance from Chuck and loving, patient care from Denise. Joe was an avid 49er fan and camping enthusiast. He was known for his great stories about his various adventures. His creative jewelry and neon displays are also well known. In respect of his wishes, no funeral services will be held. A private memorial gathering will be hosted
in the Spring for his family and dear friends. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Valley Ridge Hospice Foundation or American Cancer Society. Sacramento Bee
Joe was the kind of guy who never had a negative thing to say about anyone else and as long I knew him(since childhood) he never had an argument or falling out with anyone.
We grew up together ..camped, fished  and traveled to far away places. If you knew Joe, you know he was a great cook and was known for his ribs.He liked to Bar-b-Que. Also "home fries" in camp that you could smell up and down the canyon. He liked football and was a strong 49ers fan. He loved the Beatles especially John Lennon. He was also an excellant Chess player.There was one thing however, that he did not like...flying. He did o.k.on big aircraft...and visited me overseas once. But, he did not like the smaller planes..One funny story comes to mind.... We were flying to Costa Rica a few years back and there was a high mountain just out of the Capitol city that you had to fly over. As you head for it there are strong thermals that sometimes throws the plane around a bit. As we approached the mountain the plane dropped sharply and cabin alarms went off and a computer voice blarred "PULL UP! PULL UP!". I looked at Joe and his face was a couple of shades
lighter by this time. He grabbed me by the neck and said,"I can't believe I let you talk me into this"! Both pilots were laughing because this happens with nearly each trip. Anyway, we laughed about it many times later. Joe was also a story teller and very good with his hands doing so. All who knew him know we have lost one of the best of the best. I, as so many others will miss him profoundly. He was my best friend.....There was no funeral service but we are planning a celebration of his life in the spring.  Most respectfully, Patrick Dunn

Dennis Byassee

8/28/11 Cancer DENNIS BYASSEE
April 17, 1955 - August 28, 2011
Dennis Byassee passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was raised in Sacramento and was the only child of Alice and Bill Byassee. After earning his BA in Accounting and Finance from Sac State, he moved to the bay area, settling in Livermore 23 years ago. Dennis spent 20 years in the Savings and Loan industry before retiring at age 41 to raise his daughters. He spent countless hours volunteering at the schools and in the community. He found much enjoyment working with kids and coached softball and soccer. Dennis was preceded in death by his mother Alice and father Bill. He was a cherished friend and husband to wife Paula, devoted father to daughters Makayla and Austyn. A celebration of life will be held Sept. 18th at noon for family and friends; contact byassee4@comcast.net for details. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dennis Byassee Memorial Scholarship c/o West Coast Soccer League, 3200 Larch Rd Tracy, CA 95304, Tax ID # 27-5216927. These donations will benefit a child who is unable to play competitive soccer due to financial restraints. Published in Sacramento Bee from September 7 to September 8, 2011
Lori Clancy Schmidt early 2022    
Kevin Conlan

9/4/93 in LA county   I remember when he transfered in at Jonas Salk. Jr. High was a rough period for me. The teasing and bullying I'd experienced
at Sierra Oaks got worse. I wanted to be liked and fit in. I wanted to
be classically pretty when I just wasn't born that way. I had to 'find'
myself in this life and it would take years. But, I've also learned to
laugh at myself. I remember Kevin as if it were yesterday. He was SO cute to this 8th grade girl. I made the mistake of leaving him a
Valentine that year, with my name on it (kick me, I was stupid) and he showed it off to everyone and I was a laughingstock, yet again. So sad to see that he, too, died so young. Pax et bonum, Kevin.
Danalee Lavelle
Robert Alva Cooper 12/20/02
in Mesa,AZ
In Mesa, AZ, December 20, 2002 at age 47, after a courageous battle with Melanoma. Survived by his beloved wife, Sarah, daughter Monica of Phoenix, AZ, parents Alva & Barbara Cooper of Sacramento and sister Jill Coulter (Pepper) of Tampa, FL. A graduate of Encina H.S., Cal-Poly University and John F. Kennedy University in Oakland with a Master's Degree in business administration. A memorial mass was conducted on Monday, December 23rd at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Phoenix, AZ. Remembrances may be made in Robert's name to Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, 1765 Challenge Way, Suite 115, Sacramento, CA 95815.

Bob Cumming

2/2/18 Severe stroke I wanted to let you know that Bob Cumming passed away on February 2, 2018 from a severe stroke and passed peacefully. Thank you, Paul Rankin.

Carolyn Dankman Fassler

11/27/13 in Sacramento Cancer

I am sad to announce the passing of our friend and fellow classmate, Carolyn (Dankman) Fassler, on November 27.  She was a wonderful friend to many of us.  She was a great friend to have during our school years as there was never a dull moment with her. She handled her terminal diagnosis with bravery and dignity and she managed to live to see her 58th birthday and her 40th wedding anniversary to her loving husband, Al.  Another of her goals was to attend her 40th High School reunion which she did and had a great time. I'm so proud to have called her my friend. She will be greatly missed. Shirley (Myers) Carpenter

FASSLER, Carolyn R.
Taken from us far too soon, we know that our loss is Heaven's gain. Carolyn was the third of three children born to Herbert and Betty Dankman in Sacramento, CA, on November 15, 1955 and passed away on November 27, 2013 at the age of 58. She graduated from Encina High School and American River College. She married the love of her life, Al Fassler, in 1973 and had two sons, Michael and Jeremy. She raised her children with love, and she worked as a volunteer in their schools. At home she brightened her yard with flower gardens, enjoyed her family around the pool, and loved to plan barbecues in the yard. She loved crafts and home improvement projects. When her kids were older, she started working for McClellan AFB and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. After more than 20 years of federal service, she retired. She had a huge heart and was always willing to help other people. She enjoyed life to the fullest with her husband Al, her dogs Mojo and Ivy, her family, her grandchildren, and her many good friends. She will be missed by all who knew her. Carolyn is survived by her siblings; Alan Dankman, Linda Dankman, her husband Al Fassler, her sons Michael and Jeremy, 6 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. In lieu of flowers and in view of Carolyn's love of animals, donations may be made in Carolyn's honor to Noah's Wish. A celebration of the Life of Carolyn will be held at the Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, 2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville, CA, on Saturday, February 1, from 2:00 to 4:45 PM. Published in the Sacramento Bee, Jan. 19, 2014.

George Deaser

10/2009 in Sacramento Diabetes Lucia Churches wrote:
Once again, one of our dear classmates has left us too soon. George Deaser, class of 1973, passed away this week. There will be a service for him Wednesday, November 4th, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Presentation Catholic Church, located at 4123 Robertson Ave. Sacramento  916-452-6866. George was a kind and gentle soul, with a passion for fun and his friends. I have several pictures of him with “The Family” in my hallway...a great group of pals who spent every Friday and Saturday night together in the late seventies. George shared a house with David Dellinger (1972) and Rudy DiMassa (1974) on El Prado Way. It was THE clubhouse, for sure, or maybe the animal house! Good times. Happy memories. Good bye, my friend.
DEASER, George
Born on October 23, 1955 in Reno, Nevada and passed on October 20, 2009 after a long battle with diabetes. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph J. Deaser, Jr. and Alice M. Deaser. Dear brother of Joy Cockrell (Jerry), Pamela Erickson (Wayne) and Joseph Deaser III (Jackie). Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. George was the owner of Deaser Painting and Refinishing in Sacramento and also worked part time as an LVN. George loved photography and the time he spent with his dog Brea. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 10:00am at Our Lady of Presentation Catholic Church, 4123 Robertson Ave., Sacramento, CA.
Published in the The Sacramento Bee on November 1, 2009

Gilman Dobson



Gilman J. Dobson left this earth unexpectedly on May 1, 2012. Gil was a Sacramento Native, born May 14, 1955 and raised in River Park and Sierra Oaks.
He graduated from Encina High School in 1973 and later CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor's in Music. Along with a passion for his piano, Gilman also painstakingly restored his '53 Buick (purchased new by his father) as well as the family homes in River Park and Sierra Oaks. He was predeceased by his parents Gilman F. and Alice (Enz), brothers Kenneth and Thomas, and Aunt Berta Enz. Gilman is survived by his loving companion Nancy Brauner, his Uncle Smith W. Dobson and many lifelong friends he considered family. Gil wishes you a peaceful and dignified life, just as he lived his. A Celebration Of Life will be held at Gilman's residence on Sat. June 2, 2012 at 2pm. Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 19, 2012.

Gregg Dohring

Lee Elliott

in Sacramento

Connie Feltman

9/6/13 in Sacramento  

Connie was born 6/17/1955 in Petaluma,CA and passed away unexpectedly on 9/6/2013. She was preceded in death by her father, Rex Feltman and mother Norma Feltman. She is survived by her daughter Kayla Feltman, granddaughter Mila Feltman, sister Debbie Lavaud (Daniel), nephews Darren (Amber) and Dustin Lavaud, grandnieces Ashlyn, Audrey, Darielle Lavaud and her beloved dog Itsy. Connie graduated from Encina High School and worked for the State of California. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of Connie's life will be held on Saturday 9/28/2013 at her sister Debbi's home from 1PM-6PM.

Michael Fenton


mike fenton

8/10/09 in Sacramento   FENTON, Michael B.
Age 54, of Sacramento, died on August 10. Michael graduated from Encina High School in 1973 and earned numerous degrees in engineering. He was employed by the State of California for 24 years, starting as a custodian at the Capitol and worked his way into a role as telecommunications engineer. His co-workers said he had an uncanny technical ability and will be missed immensely. Mike leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Paula, daughter Patricia, 15, stepdaughter Stephanie and 3 grandchildren. A memorial to celebrate Mike's life will be held on Friday, September 4 from noon - 2:00 p.m. at the River City Commons private park at 1710 River City Way. No flowers or donations please, but friends are asked to bring a small dish for a potluck lunch.
Published in the The Sacramento Bee on August 30, 2009

I attended the memorial for Mike Fenton on Friday, and managed to get up and speak to everyone who gathered there. You might enjoy reading what I had to say, which is below. Please excuse any "..." and "(?)" that you see throughout my speech--they were prompts for me when I wanted to pause or have a questioning intonation.

There were 5 of us Encina Alumni who were able to attend the memorial: Russ Graehl, Bob Cumming, Suzanne Crowder, Margie Hyland, and myself.
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I’m not a good speaker, and, in fact, I really hate it, so please bear with me as I read some of my memories to you… of Mike.
My name is Ellen, and I really had a thing for Mike while at Jonas Salk Junior High School. He reciprocated mostly by ignoring me, but he did actually make me his "slave" on “Slave Day,” which largely amounted to him having me carry…an egg… on a spoon…through the crowded and hectic corridors of a junior high school…all…day.  …However, he told a few people about his plan ahead of time, and word eventually got around to me. So…for those of you who might have heard Mike’s side of the story, here’s my story… I hard-boiled an egg the night before “Slave Day,” then swapped eggs, and left his in my locker. Mike also didn’t specify HOW I had to carry the egg on the spoon, …so I carried it by wrapping my hand around the egg, and the bowl of the spoon. You might think this was cheating (?), but I felt it was thinking… “outside of the box.” And it turned out to be a good thing that I had swapped the eggs, because a girl, whom
shall remain nameless at this time, but I haven’t forgotten who she is, intentionally swatted my hard-boiled egg off the spoon and out of my hand late in the day. I think she was jealous of my “relationship” with Mike. Still, I was able to return Mike's egg to him intact at the end of the day, which he told me he was thankful for… because he had to sneak it back into his fridge before his mom discovered it missing. I don’t remember knowing about botulism(?) back then, but I never heard that Mike or his parents got sick from that egg.
I thought the “Slave Day” thing sort of made us an “item,” but then became aware that Mike really had eyes only for a tall, slender 7th grader with blond hair that went way down to there--well, you get the idea. I was heartbroken at the age of 14.
Years later, during our senior year in high school, my path crossed Mike's again, in a “Creative Writing” class. Mike sat in front of me, and his good friend, Steve Daniel, sat across the row from Mike. The 3 of us had a blast in that class, and at one point, Mike asked me to go out to dinner with him. …I panicked--he had left me devastated years before, and I didn’t think I could take the risk of that kind of rejection again. So, I foolishly declined his offer. I've been kicking myself for that ever since. In fact, once, about 7 years ago (?), I suddenly found myself single after a 26-year marriage, and I sent Mike an email, with the hope that perhaps he would be unattached. Although I didn’t say so, I was also hopeful that he might be interested in having that dinner we missed. Indeed, I would’ve offered to pay. I did mention in that email… how he was my one... big... regret—that I didn’t go out with him when I had the chance. He never responded to my email, which saddened my deeply. Of course, I now know he was married and had a family at the time, but I didn't know that then.. So… again… I felt the rejection thing. But I am now thankful… that I let him know I really did care about him.
Paula, Stephanie, Patricia, and to all of Mike’s family and friends, I am so.. terribly sorry for your loss. Mike truly was a special guy… despite the egg thing… or maybe because of it. When I heard about his passing, I cried… for 5 hours straight. I suppose I consider him to be my first love, and, again, despite the egg thing, we eventually managed to become friends. I still have trouble accepting that he is gone from this world.
And to all the parents… and grandparents here today, please warn your children, and grandchildren, to be careful what they do to others, because someday those people… might show up at their memorials… with weird stories to share.
Thank you.. all, for listening to me.
Ellen (Rake) Cutler
Carolyn Hacken Dean

in French Camp, San Joaquin county
Auto accident Siblings Robert Hacken, Richard Hacken, Joan Hacken Carter and Susan Hacken Thornton
Marcia Harris

9/12/75 Reno car accident

Accident Kills Sacramentan

RENO, Nev.—A Sacramento Woman died Friday night in a one-car accident near Fallon. Marcia Harris, 20, was thrown from the vehicle on Indian Lake Road just before midnight. She was a passenger in a car driven by Ernest Hopson, 21, who is stationed at the Fallon Naval Air Station. A spokesman for the Nevada Highway Patrol said the vehicle left the road and travelled 125 feet on the shoulder, throwing the girl out. (Sacramento Bee, 9-14-1975)

Lloyd Hickey

in Sacramento
Liver/kidney failure  

John Keeling

4/28/07 in Sacramento   KEELING, John A.
Passed away April 28, 2007. John was born on February 15, 1954 and resided in Sacramento his entire life. He graduated from Encina High School and retired from San Juan Unified School District. He leaves behind his loving wife Brenda, and cat Mr. Piper; his mother Gloria Keeling, brother Bill Keeling and sister Karen Keeling-Moore, as well as nephews Keith Mickelson, Will Keeling and niece Kate Monroe. Funeral services will be private. A service celebrating his life will be held at a later time.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 5/3/2007.
Thomas Lyle Keith 6/2/09    

Richard Markell

11/25/12 Cancer MARKELL, Richard B.
Born in Sacramento, California, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012 after a brief illness complicated by cancer. Preceded in death by his son Richard Markell II and his father Harold Markell. Richard is survived by his mother Patricia Markell, his brothers Robert and David Markell, and his sister Kathy Britton. Per his wishes, no services will be held. Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. Published in The Sacramento Bee on December 2, 2012.
Geoffrey "Toad" Masier

in Sacramento
diabetes complications Sacramento Bee, Jan. 26, 2003
     Passed away in Sacramento on January 16, 2003, at the age of 47 years. A lifelong resident of Sacramento. Beloved son of John Masier. Loving father of Dustin Masier. Also survived by his loving mate of 13 years Jennifer Baldock. Preceded in death by his mother Ruth Masier. A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2003, at 10:00 AM at East Lawn Andrews and Greilich, 3939 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento. Inurnment will be private. I am so sad to hear of Geoff's death. We grew up together on Ellington Circle and he was a dear friend during the early seventies. Karen Yoder was his first girlfriend. I dated Gary Yoder, so the four of us were inseparable. Later, Geoff was close friends with David Dellinger and we all spent a lot of time together in the late seventies and early eighties.
This Saturday, I went to my parents' house, who still live on Ellington Circle, for my sister's birthday party. I drove past Geoff's old house and thought about him...wondering how he was and wishing we'd kept in touch. How ironic that his obituary would appear in the paper the next day.
I remember Geoff as a gentle man with a sweet personality. Sadly, I will be out of town on Wednesday and unable to attend his service. If anyone is going, please extend my love and condolences to his family. Thank you.
Geoff, I will miss you!
Lucia Churches, Class of 1973

I recently drove through Ellington Circle where he was raised and thought about Geoff; how he was, what he was doing, and the fact that I had lost all contact with him. He and I were inseparable for many years. We became friends at Cottage School which continued through Jonas Salk and later to Encina. We attended church together, (yes, believe it or not) and Boy Scouts. I have great memories of our countless adventures as well as misadventures. I will miss him. Geoff had a love of life, was a talented inventor, possessed and irascible appetite for a great adventure, and had a great sense of humor topped off by an infectious laugh. Another secret of Geoff's was that he was very well read and quite articulate.  Thanks Lorna and Lucia for your thoughts and observations.  I wish I could have said goodbye. Chris Heimburg

I returned a few minutes ago from Geoff's Celebration of Life service. His family had pictures of him from when he was a little kid up to a few years ago. His Father, both brothers and his son as well as Jen were there along with lots of his friends and relatives. Lorna Cline Gragg

David Alan Michael

9/21/17   David Alan Michael
David Alan Michael died in the early morning hours of Sept 21, 2017. He was born on Aug 5, 1955 in Sacramento, CA, to Melvin and Anna Heidrick Michael. David was an amazing, creative person. He loved photography and worked with several local television and film companies in the Sacramento area. He also taught classes on camera usage and photography. He is survived by sister Tricia Michael Thiessen (Troy); niece Carolyn Thiessen Foster (Jeremy); nephew Chris Thiessen; great-nephews Kendall and Gauge Foster, Taylor and Tanner Thiessen; great-niece Natalie Thiessen Foster; aunts Barbara Young, Elsie Michael, Clara Shuper, and Margie Tuckey; loving cousins; and friends. David's parents, a brother and sister, several aunts, uncles, and grandparents preceded him in death. Burial will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 8510 Midway Rd., Dixon, CA, Nov. 17, 2017, 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to honor David, please make a donation in his name to your favorite charity. Thank you. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Nov. 1, 2017.

Bruce Noel Mayes

1/10/17 illness Bruce Noel Mayes died January 10th after a brief illness. The first of five children born to Hubert Alvin (“Al”), and Shirley Louise (Gray) Mayes, Bruce lived until age 13 on a series of army bases all over the United States and Europe, his father serving as an army physician. His years in France made a particular impression on him. He started French school, with, at first, no French at all, and was placed several years behind his grade. By the time he returned to the United States, he had mastered French and caught up with his peers. The family settled in Sacramento in 1968, where Bruce graduated from high school in 1973 as the valedictorian in a school of nearly 2000 students. He was a competitive athlete, a fullback on the football team and a miler on the track team. He loved music, and learned to play the piano beautifully, usually his own compositions. He shared a passion for racing pigeons with his father, building a loft and competing in a local racing pigeon club. His driving interest, though, even as early as high school, was learning how the mind works, which he pursued first at UCLA with a degree in neuroscience, then at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and finally at the Duke University Medical Center, where he trained first as a neurologist, and then as a specialist in the care of patients with epilepsy, which became his passion for the rest of his life. His dedication to his patients is illustrated by his response to a serious illness early in his career. At age 35, Bruce was diagnosed with a high-grade lymphoma, given a 40% chance of surviving two years. After six months of intensive chemotherapy and radiation he had lost all of his hair and some of his strength, but he had not missed a single day of his clinic. His professional life was busy and successful. He served as the medical director of epilepsy centers at two major teaching hospitals, the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he created the South West Texas Epilepsy Program, and the Carolinas Medical Center, the flagship hospital of the largest hospital system in North Carolina. He enjoyed teaching, research, and taking care of patients. He authored or coauthored numerous papers and served as the principal or co-investigator on a number of research projects. Bruce lived his life with great passion and intensity. He loved and was loved by many people, and will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and patients. He is survived by his wife Kay, stepson Carl Breeze, stepdaughter Serena Evans, sister Susie Haskell, and brothers Daniel and Roger.

Carol Diane Mills

7/21/21 ALS complications

Carol Diane Mills

Carol Diane Mills was born in San Francisco on July 8, 1955 and passed away on July 21, 2021 due to complications related to ALS. Carol represented the Fresno High area on the Fresno Unified School Board for nearly two decades and at the time of her death, was one of the district’s two longest-serving trustees. She believed that every student deserves access to high quality facilities, challenging curriculum, arts, activities, and athletics, to achieve their full potential. With education, hard work, persistence, and determination, every child can achieve their dream. She was a tireless advocate for the district and children. In addition, Carol was an active member of many community and statewide organizations including the Fresno County School Trustees Association, California School Board Association, Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club and the Kennedy Club of the San Joaquin Valley. Carol was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and a Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She was admitted to the State Bar of California; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; and Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of California and the Fresno County Bar Association. After working a dozen years in private practice, she worked 5 years for the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in bankruptcy and “white collar” cases and later was a lead appellate court attorney for the Fifth District Court of Appeal from 1996 until her retirement. She is survived by her son Sam Mills and his wife JoAnn, Sister Kathe Potter, Aunt Francine Falk, and Step-father Charles Boone. A Memorial Service will be held at Fresno High School Royce Hall on August 28, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Masks required. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Valley Walk to Defeat ALS at http://web.alsa.org/goto/inmemoryofcarolmills

Claire Mower

9/17/97 Illness I met Claire Mower in May 1984 at the Shire Pub (I think that's the name of the bar) when I was 23 years old and stationed at Mather AFB.  Claire was my very first girlfriend.  I was a shy, naive young guy from a small town in Massachusetts.  Claire was the smartest woman I ever met.  She knew about politics, movies, books,art, people, life in general.  I learned so much from her.  She had a opininion about just about everything, I could never win a debate with her, it was beautiful, she was beautiful, so artistic and as I reflect on her now I realize how
much of a wonderful free spirit she was.  She really helped me to relax since I was such an uptight New Englander at the time who didn't know anything about women. I tried my best to cheer her up whenever she was sad. But we had so much fun: partying, hanging out, watching movies on her BETA (remember those?), we went to a Rod Stewart concert and saw a classic film together--The Gods Must Be Crazy.  I remember she was going to court reporting school and I remember when she first got the job for the state legislature.  She introduced me to some of her friends: Cathy, Gary, Woody and she had two cats, I can't remember their names.  I think I broke her heart when I got out of the military and moved back to Massachusetts, probably a mistake on my part, even though we kept in contact with cards, letters and phone calls and I visited her one time and we went to Disney Land. She would send me photos of her at different zoos she'd visit.  I remember she sent flowers to my job on one of my
birthdays (no woman's ever done that for me).  Anyway, I remember when she first told me she had cancer, I was shocked, she was so young and full of life.  She knew she'd beat her illness.  Then her Mom left a brief message on my parent's answering machine that Claire had passed. I'd had a feeling that Claire had gone because months had gone by and I hadn't heard from her, she hadn't answered any of my letters.  Anyway, I still think about Claire daily and wonder if she's looking down. Sydney Webbe

I met Claire when I was in the 8th grade and from the first day she'd only call me "buckwheat", but she'd never tell me why. In 1969 she introduced me to Cindi Connell and though Claire and I lost touch, Cindi has remained my best friend, and I thank Claire for helping us meet. Claire also got me my first job, working in a elderly-care home. I couldn't handle the job and quit after 2 weeks. But Claire enjoyed working there and with her free spirit took loving care of the aged, the sick and the infirm. She treated them all with love, respect and kindness. Many times I've wished I had her strength. She left us much too soon.
-- Mark Garcia

I went to your memorial service, dear friend. We'd lost touch over the years; but your passing brought back my own mortality. Your brother Garth, may he rest in peace just having passed himself, kindly spoke with me as your parents were devastated. Claire, Thank you for your friendship and being a part of my life...Claire befriended me in 5th Grade at Sierra Oaks when my family moved mid-year from Seattle to Sacramento. She was one of the few who did. For many of my classmates, I was just a target for teasing and bullying. Me, I was just terribly lonesome, having moved so far from home, and a nervous wreck. But, Claire, somewhat of a loner herself, became my friend. I'll never forget her. When I went off to St. Francis for high school I lost touch of many classmates. Danalee Lavelle

Sacramento Bee, Sept. 19, 1997
   In Sacramento September 17, 1997, beloved daughter of C. Arthur Mower and Ann Mower; loving sister of Garth C. Mower; devoted niece of Teresa L. Mower, Jack H. Mower, and John H. Pedler. Claire was a fourth generation Californian and a Sacramento native. She graduated from Willamette University where she was a member of Delta Gamma. She worked many years for the State of California Legislative Data Center. Claire was a lifelong nature lover and a longtime docent for the Sacramento Zoo. She visited many zoos of the world. Donations may be made to the Sacramento Zoological Society, 3930 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822.

Robert "Bob" M. Nannini

8/2/14 natural causes

NANNINI, Robert "Bob M.
Bob was born in Sacramento on July 11, 1955 and passed away at his home on August 2, 2014. He is survived by his children Jaymie and Gregory Nannini, grandsons Ethan and Carter, parents Rico and Patricia, aunt Emily, uncle Spencer, brother Gary, sisters Janet and Karen (husband Guy), and 15 nieces and nephews. A few words cannot encapsulate such a wonderful man, father, friend, and actor. As he was employed by the CA Highway Patrol for nearly 30 years, a service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at 10 AM on Friday, August 22, at the CHP Academy, 3500 Reed  Avenue, West Sacramento. It is preferred that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, or CHP 11-99 Foundation.  [The Sacramento Bee, Wednesday, August 13, 2014]

A memorial service for Staff Services Manager III Bob Nannini has been planned, he passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2014, of natural causes at his home. He is survived by his father and mother, Rico and Patricia Nannini; daughter Jaymie; son Greg; grandchildren Ethan and Carter; sisters Janet Nannini and Karen Babcock; brother Gary; and countless friends.
The memorial service will be Friday, August 22, 2014, at 1000 am; California Highway Patrol Academy gymnasium, 3500 Reed Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95605. A reception will be held immediately after the service in the Academy Dining Hall. Those wishing to express their condolences to Bob’s family may send cards c/o Special Projects Section, 601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811. Attention: Lieutenant David Ricks for forwarding to his family.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the following organizations that were important to Bob. Either the American Diabetes Association at http://www.diabetes.org/ or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at http://jdrf.org/get-involved/ways-to-donate/.

Hollie Satter Bolen

3/4/15 complications from cancer

I'm writing in regard to the passing of my sister, Hollie (Satter) Bolen, class of '73. Hollie passed away on March 4th, 2015 due to complications from advanced-stage cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Mel Bolen; children Rachel, Kristopher, and Nicholas; grandchildren Madeleine, Jack and Charlotte; father, Erby Satter, and sisters, Lisa ('74), Heidi ('76) and Daphne "Mimi" ('80). She was preceded in death by her mom, Jill (Hessin) Satter.
Heidi Satter

BOLEN, Hollie Harriette (Satter) 
April 28, 1955 - March 4, 2015  
Hollie passed away the morning of March 4, 2015, due to complications from advanced-stage cancer. She was 59 years old. Hollie was born April 28, 1955, in Sacramento, CA, the first of four daughters, to Erby John Satter, MD and Harriett Barbara Irene "Hill" (Hessin) Satter. She was a special daughter, cherished sister, loving mother, sweet wife, treasured "Nana," and loyal friend. Hollie enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved spending time outdoors and was an exceptional gardener, experienced camper, strong hiker, and adventurous snorkeler. An animal lover throughout her life, she provided a caring home to countless pets. An excellent photographer, Hollie created lasting and priceless memories through the photo books she made for family and friends. She traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. She loved to take cruises and explore Yosemite, but her favorite destination was Hawaii. She was a great cook. Hollie loved spending time with her family, friends, and the "Gym Ladies." Most of all, Hollie being "Nana" to her three precious grandchildren. Hollie graduated from Encina High School and attended American River College before starting what would become a 37-year long career of valued service to others at Kaiser Permanente. Starting in the call center in Sacramento, Hollie found her niche in the ophthalmology departments in Roseville and Lincoln as a certified ophthalmic technician where she was appreciated by co-workers and patients for her conscientious hard work, dependability, sweet nature, and friendly smile. Calm in any crisis and always thinking of others first, Hollie was beautiful, loving, sweet, kind, and so much fun to be with. She will be missed dearly.
Hollie is survived by her husband of 34 years, Mel Gene; daughter Rachel (Tim Shields); sons Kristopher and Nicholas; grandchildren Madeleine, Jack, and Charlotte; her father Erby John Satter, MD; sisters Lisa (John Shaw), Heidi (Lewis Kemper), and Mimi (Richard Dixon ); niece Jillian; nephews Brian and Logan; Uncle Jack "The Great One" Hessin; and many other relatives and special friends. Her mother Jill Hessin Satter preceded her in death. A memorial for family and friends will take place Saturday, April 18, at 5 PM. Contact holliememorial@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, consider helping those in need by donating to cancer research, the Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Support Group American River College (http://www.arc.losrios.edu/Support_Services/DSPS.htm), Mercy General Coordinated Care Project Traumatic Brain Injury (http://www.tbisca.org/california-service-providers/mercy-general-hospital.asp), or Placer SPCA (placerspca.org/donate/).  [The Sacramento Bee, 4-17-15]

Loretta Pine Schroeder

in Sacramento
cardiac arrest PINE, LORETTA A. In this city March 13, 2001 loving mother of Charity L. Horn & Joseph Schroeder. Beloved sister of Jo Lynn Pine & the late John R. Pine. Beloved daughter of Joseph C. Pine & the late Mary K. Pine. Loving grandmother of Abigayle Horn. A native of  Sacramento age 45. Friends are invited to attend funeral services Monday, March 19, 2001 at 2:00PM at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger, 5401 Folsom Blvd. Interment East Lawn

Mark Rasmusson

4/11/12 heart Mark Benjamin Rasmusson, 56, passed away unexpectedly on April 11. Mark was born April 14, 1955, in Sacramento, Calif., to Marlin Benjamin Rasmusson and Vera Verasoff. Mark resided in Los Lunas, where he proudly held a position for Med Flight Air Ambulance as a transport pilot. Mark is survived by his loving wife Kelli Jane Ness-Rasmusson; and two beautiful sons, Mark Jr. and Blair. Mark was a loving husband and caring father whom we will all miss ever so dearly. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at their residence in Los Lunas. Published in the Valencia County News-Bulletin, Belen, New Mexico, April 18, 2012.
Linda Corinne Russel

in Sacramento
Born 11-24-55 - Cheyenne, WY
Died 3-12-02 - Sacramento, CA
   Linda joined her sister Cynthia in Heaven while leaving her family, Anthony and Corinne Russel, Janet Russel Mason, Michael and Ellyn Mason, with wonderful memories of love and friendship. Linda especially enjoyed children and was known as "Aunt Linda" to many. She enjoyed a rich variety of musical and artistic tlents, a dry sense of humor, and using all 7 Scrabble tiles.  Her credentials as a true and ready friend are innumerable. Linda was a graduate of Encina HS; California State University, Sacramento; and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, March 23rd at 2 PM at Fremont Presbyterian Church, Carlson Drive at H Street. Remembrances can be made to American Heart Association, 2007 O Street, Sacramento, or Younglife, 3053 Freeport Blvd, Ste. 166, Sacramento.
Wallace "Wally" Sheppard

in NYC
John S. Skaggs 7/8/18  

John S. Skaggs
It is with great sadness that the family of John S. Skaggs announces his passing on July 8, 2018 at the young age of 63. John is remembered as a son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend to many. John was a long-time teacher and took pride in teaching with the Twin Rivers School District in Northern California. His favorite subject was history. John enjoyed the great outdoors. During summer school breaks, as an employee, he would work in National State Parks; Denali, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon to name a few. He retired from teaching in 2010. John was adventurous and loved to travel. He has traveled to many different countries in the last 40 years; the most recent being Australia which he explored for two months. He enjoyed bicycling, gardening, hiking, and so much more. John is survived by his sister Rebecca Donnachie and niece Jessica. John's family will remember him as a good man, best brother ever, and a great uncle! To many, John will be remembered by his kind and gentle soul, his sense of humor, and a hard worker always willing to lend a helping hand. Per John's wishes there will be no service. Donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 or www.lbda.org/donate. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 12, 2018

Marlene Smith Murray

Steven Smith

c 1971
sophomore year
Eric Thompson

1/31/76 in Sacramento    

Kim Tiller Brown

6/23/08 in Sacramento Cancer TILLER-BROWN, Kim
Nov. 12, 1955-June 23, 2008. Passed away after a brief but hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer. Survived by her loving husband Jeff, brother Shane (Mary), sisters Linda (David), Marybeth (Steve), Tami (Matt) and Lisa (Jeff); in-laws Rex and Helen; brothers-in-law Randy and Jason; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 12, at 11 AM at Warehouse Christian Ministries, 9933 Business Park Drive, Sacramento. Immediately followed by a "Kimmy Style" celebration at the Elkhorn Station Roadside Bar and Grill, 18398 Old River Road, West Sacramento. Kimmy and her kind heart, quick wit, and sassy sense of humor will be forever loved and missed by all who crossed her path. Published in the Sacramento Bee, June 29, 2008.

Neil Twarry

deceased 8/22/87 in Placer County Suicide  
Lynne Vasquez

1988 to
Illness Sacramento Bee, Sept. 2, 1989
   Lynne Vasquez, a longtime Sacramento resident who had been in poor health the past five years, died Tuesday at Sutter Memorial Hospital. She was 34. A native of France, she spent most of her life in Sacramento and in recent years lived with her parents, Richard and Rosemarie Vasquez of Sacramento.
   A 1973 graduate of Encina High School, Miss Vasquez participated in school drama and musical productions both in high school and at the University of California, Davis, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. She moved to San Francisco after college where she was office manager for a retail clothing store and active in Republican Party activities.
   In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Laura Jeanne Lavalle of Sacramento and a brother, Richard J. Vasquez of Ohio.

I remember Lynne as being a great person and having a wonderful singing voice. She was in choir with me and of course, she was also in the Madrigal group. It sad to hear that she's gone. -- Patty Michael

Too short a life for a lovely young woman! She was warm, funny, creative and I never saw her treat anyone badly. I was saddened to read she died so young. Danalee Lavelle

Glenn Vranas

2/1/95 in Mountain View Accident Brother Venny Vranus Jr.

It's sad to hear that Glenn is gone. He always had a great sense of humor and I think that's something that we all need to keep going in this world. -- Patty Michael

David Wagaman

Unexpectedly departed November 12, 1999. Born to Mary and John Wagaman, February 23, 1954 in Sacramento. The significant part of his life began in the early sixties when he was introduced to the Carmichael Fire Department by then Chief Dan Donovan. During the following years he became an ardent admirer of the men and women providing fire protection in the greater Sacramento area. A fire buff extraordinaire, he became somewhat of an expert in fire fighting procedures and equipment. He was also a devoted volunteer and trusted friend to the developmentally disabled population. Remarkable in his kindness and selflessness, he will be sorely missed by his family and friends and the many who's lives he touched. Remembrances may be made to the Sacramento Association for the Retarded, 2100 21 Street, Sacramento, CA

Love affair with fire engines lasted a lifetime
By Steve Gibson
Bee Staff Writer
(Published Nov. 20, 1999)
   David Wagaman's love affair with fire engines began when he was 10. He would stand in front of his Carmichael home in the morning and salute as the local fire chief drove by. "Finally the chief came
up to our house and said he wanted to meet the little boy who
saluted him every morning," said Wagaman's brother, John.
   That meeting with Fire Chief Dan Donovan in the '60s led to a
continuing relationship between neighborhood firefighters and
Wagaman, who despite a developmental disability lived independently until he died last week at the age of 45.
   He wanted to be a firefighter so much that he became a regular at
Engine Co. 109 in Carmichael, visiting and sometimes eating lunch
with firefighters.
   When he was a student at Starr King Middle School and Encina High School, he stopped by the fire house in the afternoons and
firefighters would help with his homework.
   Because of his disability, he couldn't do simple math, but he
could use the Internet, read technical manuals and repair personal
computers. He lived on Supplemental Social Security and kept a
scanner in his apartment tuned to the American River Fire District
dispatch channel.
   That way, whenever the firefighters from Engine Co. 109 were
rousted out, Wagaman heard it.
   "If we were going down Fair Oaks Boulevard, he'd be out on the
street to give us a wave or a salute as we went by, even late at
night," said fire Capt. Brian Rice, his voice cracking with emotion.
"He just loved the fire department. He used to say, 'I know I can't
be a fireman because I'm different.'
   "That didn't stop him from coming in and talking about fire
department stuff," Rice said. "He loved us, and we loved him. He
knew every fire engine the . . . district ever owned, all the way back.
   "He was such a gentle person, just a good, good guy. I don't know
how I'm going to put into words how I felt about him. If we all had
the same attitude about life, we'd all be better people."
   Rice is to deliver the eulogy at a memorial service for Wagaman,
scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Lind Brothers Mortuary, 4221 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael.
   As part of the service, Rice said he will present Wagaman's mother, brother and sister the American flag that flew at half staff over
Engine Co. 109 on Nov. 12, the day Wagaman died.
   Wagaman, who lived alone in his apartment, was sitting in front of
his computer reading a letter from his brother when he collapsed
and died Nov. 12, said family friend Don McKenzie.
   Cause of death wasn't immediately known, family members said.
Results of an autopsy are pending.
   Wagaman always knew he was different from the other children he
grew up with, but he embraced life with dignity, McKenzie said.
   In high school, where he had a perfect attendance record over four
years, bullies would sometimes "force David into the bathroom and
work him over," McKenzie said. "They'd beat him up.
   "But David had such a big heart that his response would be, 'Well,
they must have been having a bad day.' He was not only forgiving,
but as generous as could be."
   Wagaman's interest in firefighting led to his father, the late John B. Wagaman, serving on the governing board of the American River Fire District.
   Though his disability kept him from holding a regular job, Wagaman
was able to volunteer three days a week at public libraries with a
group called Employment Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled.
   "He couldn't make change for a dollar, but he could surf the Net
and work in the library," his brother said. "He wanted to be useful."
   Disarming people with his sincere smile and cheerful greeting, he
made the rounds in Carmichael nearly every day, stopping to visit
with business owners, sometimes at the Chamber of Commerce office.
   "He made his own world out there," said his mother, Mary Klingbeil
Wagaman. "Since he died, I've gotten calls from so many people I never knew anything about. He had a severe handicap, yet he communicated with nearly everybody in the community better than we did.
   "He made you want to love him. I am so proud that I could be the
mother of David. He taught me so much. He made me realize that the
disabled world is full of gentle and loving people."

Sharon Jeannette Walter Hargrove

5/25/12 in Orangevale   Hargrove, Sharon Jeannette (Walter)
Born July 31, 1955, peacefully passed with the angels and God above on May 25, 2012, She will be forever missed and never forgotten. Celebration of Life will be held on June 2, 2012 at 11am at Orangevale Church of Christ, 5915 Main Ave, Orangevale, CA 95662. (916) 988-2911. All friends and family are welcome to come. Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 1, 2012

Tim Watts

Tess Wallin Wright 5/30/17    

Thomas Bruce Yocum

9/6/09 in Sacramento  

YOCUM, Thomas Bruce 
May 4, 1955 - Sept. 6, 2009

Tom passed away peacefully in Sacramento, Calif. Tom was the beloved son of John and Elsie Yocum and a wonderful brother, uncle, lover, partner, and friend to many people. Tom celebrated life and baseball. A celebration for Tom will be on Saturday, September 12, at 12:00 p.m. Call (916) 488-9929 for more info.

Jonas Salk, Rio Americano

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