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Class of 1974 - In memoriam

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

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Name Date How Remembrances
David Bakkie 7/17/07 Cancer BAKKIE, David
Passed away on Tuesday July 17, 2007 at the age of 51 from a battle with cancer (Mesothelioma). Beloved father, brother, uncle and friend. Survived by his two sons, Christopher and Charles Bakkie, who were the loves of his life; his brothers, Kenneth (Linda) and Terry (Linda); his sister, Pam (Mark); lots of extended family, and many, many friends that David cherished. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 20 10:00am at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 7101 Verner Ave. Sacramento. Donations can be made, in lieu of flowers, to the American Cancer Society. David's wish is to be cremated and lay in rest next to his parents, Oscar and Evelyn Bakkie and his brother, Donald. A private interment will take place later at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Special thanks goes out to Kaiser Hospice and the Fiji Christian Church. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 7/19/2007
Lura M. LuAnn Butcher 3/1/83 Injuries from car accident

Lura M. Luann Butcher

Services for Lura M. Luann Butcher, who died Tuesday six months after going into a coma, will be 10:30 AM Saturday in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Bell Street and Edison Avenue. Ms. Butcher, 26, who went into the coma after a single-car accident August 29, died in the Yolo General Hospital in Woodland. The native Sacramentan was a graduate of Encina High School. She had administered the Sacramento County Bar Association’s indigent defense panel before becoming a legal secretary for Donald G. Buchman. Surviving are her daughter Lara Danielle Butcher of Sacramento; mother Lura Ann Calvert and father Graham C. Butcher, both of Sacramento; sisters Elizabeth Ann Russell of Sacramento and Lucinda Butcher of San Francisco; and grandparents Carl and Lura Schmitz of Sacramento. (Sacramento Bee, 3-3-1983)

Michael Colvin 9/12/15 Lewy Body Dementia Mike Colvin passed away Saturday night and because our son is moving out of state this week the funeral will be tomorrow night, Wednesday Night, at 6 p.m. at the Herberger Family Funeral Chapel 9101 Elk Grove Boulevard Elk Grove, California 95624
He was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. June 25th 2009 at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville he was diagnosed with frontal temporal dementia out of the blue because he just was not feeling good and was very weak and just not making sense and just not being able to keep up with just simply handing towels to billionaires at a private resort on the ocean in Georgia. He had just retired from Wonder Bread May of 2006. Having the time of his life being able to just talk and chit chat with billionaires and give them towels and razors etc in the locker room was a dream come true for him. We thought it was maybe thyroid but he drove himself to the emergency room in his heart was only beating 0 to 18 beats a minute Inn at a small country hospital they instantly put in a pacemaker without trying to find out what the problem was. 3 months later with not any change in his condition Mayo Clinic took 45 minutes to diagnose him at age 53. The average age of diagnosis for this disease is 53. The longest that you live is 8 years but they didn't give us two years and told this to get back here where our son was in Sacramento. So we did. He then contracted secondary Parkinson's because of the brain cells Dying in the temporal and front part of the brain. And then in ovember of last year as he begin to hallucinate just like Robin Williams, we wondered if it maybe Lewy body dementia? And sure enough it Was! He had all three! Very very rare dementias the deal with behavior And he was very cognitive until the day he went comatose before he died. Lewy body dementia is a maximum of 7 years and he was in his seventh year but three weeks prior to his death on September 12th, our son informed him that he was getting a promotion as a director of a hotel in Dallas that was opening in December. He was having to leave and move the Saturday to the day after he died. Split into hospice 3 days before simply because we needed a hospital bed for him, and the moment he got the hospital bed the following day he went into a comatose Situation. And his body begin to shut down at that point. Praying that he would not suffer then there would be no life sustaining efforts and that I would be there at his last breath And all of that happened. The 11th and 12th where the most horrifying in gruesome and horrible things I have ever heard than ever seen in my life but I wasn't going to back away from it and I was going to be there to comfort him as he took his last breath. His body has shut down in an hour before he died his fever was over 104. Friday night the night before he died for one hour he was awake and he told me and his son and daughter-in-law that he loved us and kissed us and that was the last thing he said Until. He went into a coma at 7 o'clock Friday night and I at 7 o'clock Saturday night. It was a very long 7 years and a very quick 2 days, so quick that his doctors shut their offices down and actually had to seek counseling themselves because of the impact that mike had made on them. So thank you Harlan, and you can pass this along to anyone in the class of 1974, a blonde girl that he was very close to but I cannot think of her name but anyone that would be in contact with the class please pass this information along and give them my numbers.
Lori Colvin (Mike's wife) colvinfamily87@yahoo.com

Charlotte "Char" Davis
Charlotte Davis began endlessly smiling from heaven on July 8, 2017, at age 61. She was born in Sacramento on October 28, 1955, and graduated from Encina High School in 1974. She will be remembered for her generosity, kind spirit, humor, and formidable strength. She is survived by her son Danny, her aunt Patti, and many cousins including Scott, Kent, and Carol. Graveside service and burial will be held Wed., July 19, 9:30 a.m. at East Lawn Sierra Hills at 5757 Greenback Ln., Sacramento CA.

James Timothy Farley 1/1/18  

James Timothy Farley
BREAKING NEWS: "James Timothy Farley, 62, of Eureka, California, passed away peacefully in Sacramento on January 1, 2018. Pictured here with long-time friend Lou Seal, Tim was known to some as Biff Barker or Starman. He was born on December 23, 1955 in Sacramento to James and Marlyn (Barnett) Farley and married on October 5, 1996 to Shannon Robertson. He is survived by Shannon, his wife of 21 years; three brothers, Thomas and David of Las Vegas and William of Richmond, Virginia; and two nieces, Lauren Farley of Richmond, and Catherine Farley of Falls Church, Virginia. Tim loved music. He played the trombone, spun records on the morning drive, and volunteered annually at the Sacramento Jazz Festival during the festival's golden years. Tim loved the outdoors. He enjoyed navigating the Rubicon Trail in his ruby red Jeep, panning for gold, and viewing far away galaxies. Tim loved sports. He was a fan of the San Francisco Giants for over fifty years, and enjoyed annual trips to San Francisco with Shannon to see his team take the field, first at Candlestick, and most recently at AT&T Park. He operated the War Room (a pool for entertainment purposes only) during March Madness for the exclusive Founder's Club. He and Shannon were regular fixtures in the box seats at the Ferndale Racing Track during the Humboldt County Fair. Tim was a marksman and volunteered as a range safety officer for many years at the local gun range in Humboldt County. Finally, Tim loved animals. He and Shannon took in several abandoned cats in their neighborhood. Smokie, Stinky, Sugar, Kipper and Daisy will miss Tim's caring touch. This is your humble correspondent, Biff Barker reporting." Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 9, 2018

Calvin Handley 1/20/17   CALVIN C. HANDLEY
Calvin C. Handley, 61, passed away at his home in Folsom, CA, on Jan. 20, 2017. He and his sister preceded in death by parents Chester and Donella Handley (Turner). Cal was an older brother to Janet, never met a stranger, and he had many friends. He was born Jan. 1, 1956 and grew up at 2306 Meadowbrook Rd. Sacramento. He was known in the neighborhood for having the Sacramento Bee mail route. He loved to play baseball and work as a lifeguard in the summer. In high school he began working at the family store Handley's Western Wear, 314 E. Bidwell St. Folsom. He married Janis Handley (Frank) in 1984 and had three children. He was a loving father to Grace, Callie, Chester, Tony, and Amber and grandfather to Thomas, Shelton, Albert, and Maggie Mae. Cal's celebration of life will be held Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 8998 Central Ave., Orangevale 95662. Reception to follow at 12:00 p.m. at the Folsom VFW, 1300 Forrest St. Folsom 95630. Bring a side to share. We will always carry your memory in our hearts. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 14, 2017
Carol Ann Harrison 3/17/18 cancer

Carol Ann Harrison
Carol A. Harrison died at her Fieldbrook (Humboldt County) home on Thursday, May 17, 2018 with her wife, Pam, by her side after a 3-month battle with ovarian cancer. She was 62 and a 30-year resident of Humboldt County. Carol was born Dec. 10, 1955, in Sacramento to Jim and Caroline Harrison who recognized early that their energetic girl had a gift for learning, talking, and sports. Parks and recreation leagues lead to a successful high school career playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. After graduating from Encina High School as class valedictorian, Carol attended UC Davis, graduating in Political Science while playing volleyball and basketball. It was there that Carol met Pam, and they began their 42-year journey together. In her sophomore year, Carol became the first female in 56 years to be awarded the coveted W.P. Lindley award given to the outstanding student in athletics, scholarship, and student service. Carol received her Masters in Journalism at UC Berkeley. Carol spent her early working years writing for the Lesher Communications Inc. papers, the Valley Pioneer and Valley Times. She produced the North Coast Section basketball programs and began her 25-year career of coaching women's basketball at Cal State Hayward, UC Berkeley and Humboldt State University. At HSU, Carol developed All-Conference post players 12 of 14 years and three consecutive Conference Freshman Players of the Year. At 48, she returned to journalism, college teaching, and marketing/ public relations. Carol loved college football and Cal Bears, in particular. Besides golf and gardening, Carol's love was travel. Her trip of a lifetime was to Antarctica where she fell in love with penguins. Carol is preceded in her death by her parents Jim and Caroline Harrison, and uncles, Charles Sweet and Hal Fraser. Carol is survived by her wife Pam Martin; two sisters, Karen Clevenger and her husband Gene; and Tracy Harrison. She is survived by her niece Kristi and husband Roy Gage; niece Samantha Clevenger; and nephew Tim Clevenger; three great- nieces, Kailee, Reese, Addison Gage; aunts, Dorothy Schumacher Fraser and Margaret Harrison Sweet; cousins, Janet Caldwell and Barry Fraser. She is also survived by her father- and mother-in-law, George and Patty Martin; brother- and sister-in-law Steve and Katherine Martin; niece Kirstyn Martin; nephew Kyle Martin; and goddaughter Taylor Gleave. And Carol's three cats: Obie, Cider, and Leo. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the "Carol Ann Harrison Memorial Scholarship Fund" at www.hafoundation.org/Harrison. Carol's Celebration of Life will be held at Fieldbrook Winery on Saturday, June 16, from 1 to 3:30 pm. Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 5, 2018.

John Melnicoe 11/22/18 cancer John M. Melnicoe (1956-2018)
John passed on Nov. 22 after a long, valiant battle with cancer. Born in Berkeley, he grew up in Sacramento and graduated from Encina High School in 1974. He earned BA and master's degrees from CSU Sacramento and was an outstanding social worker in CPS in Sacramento. He moved to Fort Bragg in 1998 and finished his CPS career with Mendocino County. John was a devoted husband and a wonderful soul who had a passion for rock music and enjoyed good conversation. His loss is felt keenly by his wife Marilyn; son Scott Linton; brother Mark; and sisters-in-law Debbie Herman and Oleta Melnicoe. John was predeceased by his brother Rick. Services to be arranged later.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 9, 2018.
Bonnie Reed Wells 9/16/09   WELLS, Bonnie Jean Reed
A wonderful wife, sister, friend and mama, passed away early morning on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the age of 53. Born and raised in the Sacramento area, like her mother and grandmother before her, ''Bon'' loved spending time with friends and family, including taking day trips up to the mountains in the winter and enjoying backyard BBQ. She was a crafter at heart, and could make something out of anything. She made jewelry, sewed, scrapbooked, and hand made so many amazing gifts. Everything she did, she did with love. She had a clever and creative mind that was always thinking of the next project, and who it should be given to. With her incredible memory and spirit she always made everyone feel like a treasured friend, even if she hadnt seen them in years. She never forgot a face, or who that face was related to, their likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams. She made everyone feel welcome, yet never realized the full extent of her circle of friends. She hated to fly but was an adventurer at heart; she had an ever-growing list of places to see, and places to see again. She collected heart-shaped rocks and sand from places she'd seen, whether it was from a riverbed in Wyoming or a rocky beach in England. Along with her family, self-described ''creatures of habit,'' Spring meant Spring training in Phoenix, Spring break in Santa Cruz, which she longed to relocate to. Summers were spent driving across the West in family road trips, or jetting off to Europe, where over the past two years she finally saw her beloved Eiffel Tower in Paris, and fell in love with new places like Venice and Zermatt and Ireland. She worked tirelessly for Blue Diamond Almonds for thirteen years before giving birth to the first of her two children. She remained a loyal and loving homemaker for the rest of her life. She was a selfless woman, and always put her familys needs before her own. She leaves behind numerous friends and family members, and is survived by her husband of 33 years, Bob, a daughter, Jamie, and a son, Austin. A public memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 20 at 11am at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane in Sacramento, followed by a reception at the Wells' home at 6105 Stanley Ave in Carmichael. The family can be contacted at (916) 482-9928 and a website has been created in her name, www.bonniewells.org. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association .
Randi-Lee Sanford 8/19/17 Cystic Fibrosis Randi-Lee Sanford (1955-2017)
After a long fought battle with Cystic Fibrosis, Randi-Lee's journey came to an end on August 19, 2017. She will be dearly missed by James Butler; Karel, Linda, Harvey, Steve and Scott Sanford. She will also be missed by the families of Harvey and Scott Sanford, RaeLynn Harrod, Suzanne Anderson, Nancy Thorson and Betty Butler.
Jason Treiber 7/10/07 ALS On July 10, 2007, at the age of 51, Jason N. Treiber died peacefully after a courageous five year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).  He leaves behind his wife Terry and  daughter Alyssa, both of San Diego, as well as brothers Lance of Los Angeles, Dane of Lodi, and Adam of Santa Rosa, sister Lisa Gholi of West Linn, Oregon, five nieces, a nephew, and
several extended family members.
Jason was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and left Sacramento to attend San Diego State University.  He fell in love with San Diego and decided to make the coastal communities of Pacific Beach, and later Point Loma, his home.  Jason graduated from SDSU with a B.S. in Accounting and a minor in Spanish.  He went on to become a CPA and had a successful career in accounting and finance until he was forced to give up his career as executive vice president and chief financial officer of an electronics company  due to his illness.
Jason was passionate about life and about his faith in God.  He excelled as a husband and father (Alyssa was his pride and joy!)  He also excelled at sports; in high school it was football that earned him trophies, and as an adult, triathlons, handball, mountain biking,
cycling, and snowboarding occupied his free time.  Jason loved to vacation in snowy mountains, particularly in Lake Tahoe where he was often the last one off of the slopes at the end of the day.  He loved laughing, joking, and hanging out with his friends and siblings.  He was a generous person and felt fulfilled holding leadership roles in civic organizations such as the Optimists, where he worked to raise funding for community youth programs.   
It is said that when you suffer from Lou Gehrig's disease, you will find out who your true friends are.  Jason found out that every one of his friends was true, as his friends and family stood by him until the end. Jason died knowing that he was loved.
Jason encouraged donations to San Diego Hospice Foundation, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego, 92103.
Shelley Van Drimmelen 11/25/17  

Shelley Van Drimmelen

Born in Ogden, Utah, January 14, 1956, to Arthur and Kay Van Drimmelen. A kind, unselfish, and gentle soul has now become an angel in heaven. Shelley was known for her special hugs and avoidance of cameras. Passed away unexpectedly in her sleep on November 25, 2017. Survived by her life partner Pam Katros; her mother Kay; her Aunt Enie (Arlene Owens); several cousins, many friends , and her furbabies, Rascal and Zella. Preceded in death by her father Arthur, and twin brothers Rick and Rich. Shelley graduated from Encina High School and attended Sac City College and Sac State where she excelled in sports, including, softball, volleyball, and basketball. Being a humble person, people are surprised to learn of her receipt of such distinguished awards, such as MVP in 1983 at the Women's Amateur Softball Association Nationals in Elk Grove. She was inducted into the Greater Sacramento Softball Association Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Sac City Hall of Fame for all three sports in 2001. Shelley retired in 2010 after 30 years in the grocery industry. She spent her time bowling, playing golf, playing canasta, and having lunch with her mom. A celebration of Shelley's life will be held December 6, 2017, at 11 AM at the Orangevale Grange, 5807 Walnut Avenue, Orangevale. Dress casual and wear bright colors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Recycled Pets of Northern California, 4795 Bamboo Way, Fair Oaks, 95628.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 3, 2017
Michael J. Wise 8/22/17 Cancer

Michael J. Wise
With a heavy heart the family of Michael J. Wise would like to announce his passing at age 61. Michael passed away at Mercy San Juan Hospital on August 22, 2017 due to his battle with cancer. Michael was born November 12, 1955 in Sacramento, CA and graduated from Encina High School. Michael is survived by his children Justin and Heather, younger brothers Brian and Nathan, sister in laws Linda and Barbara, the mother of his children Randi, long-time friend Becky and her son Bobby, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends, who reside here in the United States and in Japan. He was preceded in death by his parents Dewey Sr. and Kimiko, brothers Dewey Jr., Matthew, his sister Cynthia, and his beloved dog George. Michael enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing poker, traveling to Japan to visit with relatives, holidays with the family, trips to the coast, and going to the Sacramento Kings games with his friend Steve Babcock. At Michael's request, no funeral services will be held. However, a Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, September 3, 2017, from 4-8pm at the Veteran's Memorial Hall at Carmichael Park located at 5750 Grant Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608. Food and refreshments will be served. Please bring your best memories of Mike to share.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 30, 2017



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