1968 Obituaries



Bill Appleby

August 6, 1950 - September 17, 2007

My brother fought 10 long years of lymphoma before it finally took him. He suffered quite a bit during the last year. At least now he can be at peace – Terry Appleby ‘74


Scott Bankston

June 4, 1950 - October 21, 2011

Shortly after graduating from high school, Scott spent 3-4 years as a laborer in the construction industry and joined the Laborers Union. Scott was a strong believer in the Union he was part of. After his time spent as a laborer, in approximately 1978 Scott joined the Operating Engineers Union. While a member of this union Scott performed jobs like driving tractors, paving roads, and preparing land in different areas around San Diego in order that schools, homes and bridges could be built. Scott enjoyed his work in this capacity but he wanted more. Scott decided to go back to school. Scott attended San Diego State University and received a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts Psychology on May 28, 1998. Continuing his education for the next two years, he then received his Masters of Science Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling on May 31, 2000 and would pursue a future career in Psychology with an emphasis on brain injury. For the last ten years, Scott has worked with brain injury students for the San Diego Community College District. In this capacity he provided Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Anger Management Counseling. His most recent position was to assist brain injury patients in pursuance of a career. He would provide them with tools necessary to assist them in achieving their career goals. He provided teaching, counseling, advising, and he was passionate about leading and inspiring his students to attain their goals. Over the last six months, Scott's health started to decline. Even though there were health issues, his passing was unexpected.


Roseanne Baskin Birney


Laurie Brickey Adamonis

September 5, 1950 - June 19, 2013

Laurie was a third generation "Brickey", born in San Diego to the late Purl and Marjorie Brickey. In 1981 she moved to St George, Utah. She moved back to San Diego in 1987 where she went to work for the La Mesa Police Department as a dispatcher. In 2008 Laurie was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which forced her to retire early. Laurie loved music and was an accomplished singer. She loved singing karaoke with her many karaoke friends, and spending time with her friends from La Mesa Police Department. She was predeceased by her daughter Janelle and survived by her husband Joseph of Santee, and brothers Wayne ’62 and James ’66 of St George and many nieces and nephews.


Sharon Brown Garrison

August 31, 1950 - June 5, 2004

Sharon passed away from pancreatic cancer. She had three surviving children. We lived in San Diego until 1983, moved to the east coast for three years, then returned to the San Francisco Bay area. Sharon loved sewing, crafting, selling her designs at craft shows and traveling. We retired in 2002 and moved to Bozeman, Montana. -- Steve Garrison


Beverly Butcher

August 27, 1950 - March 1986

Beverly was the keyboard player in our high school all girls’ band. Ramona Najimy was on drums and Laura Weiss played the flute. I handled the mike, bass guitar and tambourine. We made LOTS of noise in various garages – a group’s gotta practice, you know -- and actually had some gigs. I remember a Honeywell company picnic and a Lebanese ethnic thingie that Ramona got for us. Beverly was a quiet person in real life, but a ROCKER while in the band. We did a lot of Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and the Beatles You get the idea -- really ‘60s. Beverly, you were cool. I wish I would've stayed in touch. -- Irma A. Groot ‘68


Gary Camren
(No photo in yearbook)

My ex-husband died December 4, 2010 of heart disease and other problems. He lived on the golf course at San Diego Country Estates in Ramona and died at my home in Crest. He attended Crawford in 1966 and 1967, and Horace Mann before that. He transferred to San Diego High School his senior year. He did not like having his picture taken, even though he looked very much like Ricky Nelson. He was an avid fan of race car driver Jimmie Johnson, who used to swim in our pool with our sons when he was younger. Gary was a pipe fitter and plumber with Local 230 for over 35 years -- Bev Judd Camren ’69


Gary Clarkson
(No photo in yearbook)

June 28, 1949 – April 25, 2008

I was informed of Gary’s passing by his ex-wife. We were friends since junior high but were not able to get together much in these past several years. He was a fellow Marine and saw duty in Vietnam -- Bill Grantham


Karen Sue Cochran-Reynolds

March 3, 1950-August 9, 2004

We lost Karen Monday from a short battle with cancer at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. She was the daughter of Hugh Cochran and Billye Tucker Cochran. Karen is survived by her son, Erik Lucas of Washington, D.C.; mother Billye MacLaughlin and stepfather Capt. N.H. MacLaughlin of Pinehurst, NC.; aunt Vangie of Houston, Texas, and sister Kathy Lee of Phoenix, Ariz. She is also survived by her loving animals Charlotte, Nellie, Tucker, and Cindy. She was predeceased by her father Hugh Cochran, and stepmother Alice ( ? ). Karen was an RN at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. She also spent much of her time volunteering her time and skills to the American Red Cross of San Diego. Not only was she a wonderful asset to the community she was a great friend and family member. Karen was a special person who touched many lives from lost animals to patients battling heart failure. She was a unique, vivacious, and wonderful human being. She touched all of our lives.


Raymond Colangelo

August 31, 1950 – October 30, 2009

Lee passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, with his family at his side. He was born in San Diego at Mercy Hospital, and graduated from San Diego State University. An avid outdoorsman, Lee loved his many years working with animals at the Zoo and Wild Animal Park. A celebration of his life was held by friends and family.


Mary Coleman Evans Marquardt

August 2, 1950 - August 25, 2006

"A head-on collision on state Route 371 killed three San Diego County residents and injured a fourth yesterday, the California Highway Patrol said. Travis M. Josephson, 36, and Mary Marquardt, 56, both of El Cajon, and Edward R. Coleman, 80, of San Diego, died, the Riverside County Coroner's Office said. The collision occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Route 371 east of Lake Riverside Drive, about six miles west of Anza. CHP Officer Ron Thatcher said Josephson was driving west when he lost control of the Hyundai Accent on a curve. The car crossed double-yellow lines into the eastbound lane, where it collided with a Subaru Legacy. Josephson died at the scene. The Subaru driver, Sheridan Marquardt Jr., 58, of El Cajon was hospitalized with moderate injuries. Mary Marquardt and Coleman, both passengers in the Subaru, were flown to Desert Medical Center in Palm Springs, where they died of their injuries, Thatcher said." -- San Diego Union-Tribune, August 26, 2006


Kevin DeCosta
 
June 19, 1950 - February 8, 2013

Kevin was born in San Diego and died in Carlsbad. His Mom was a dance instructor and Kevin learned to tap and jazz dance, performing at Russ Auditorium at City College. Much more effective was his Dad immersing him in the waters of Mission Bay—he water skied at 7 and was a lifelong bodysurfer and boogie boarder. Kevin was also a Boy Scout and developed a love for camping and the great outdoors. Kevin attended Grossmont College and SDSU where, just a few credits short of his degree in accounting he decided he really didn't want to be an accountant and stepped into the grocery business full time. From the age of 15, until the late 1990s he worked for Gilo Mattera, first at Big Bear Market and later at the Market Place, Jonathan's and Harvest Ranch Market. At 22, he was the youngest store manager the chain ever promoted. Kevin developed a fine appreciation for wine. He was undoubtedly one of a very small percentage of folks with the ability to blind taste a wine and know its varietal pedigree, the region it was from and even the vintage. His palate was that well developed and it led to his eventual opening of the Del Mar Wine Co. and then Encinitas Wine.


James DeHart

I remember talking to Jim De Hart a few days before he was killed in the plane crash at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, on May 25, 1979. We ran into each other in a grocery store in Point Loma and he was encouraging me to continue with my interviewing for the airlines. He was a flight attendant on an American Airlines DC-10 that had an engine drop off just after take off. -- Susan Weetman Belair '68


Jeannie Dendrinos Wolfarth

October 25, 1950 - January 14, 2004

A proud-to-be native of San Diego, Jeannie was born October 25, 1950. Her grandfather was a partner in the Seven Seas Locker Club downtown San Diego. Her mother worked at Food Basket on Fairmont and University Avenue for over twenty years. At Crawford, she was known as the "Cher" look alike. After high school, she attended Pacific College where she became proficient in medical transcription. Even though Jeannie was often in a great deal of pain, she did not complain nor want anyone to feel sorry for her. Therefore, her almost seven year bout with breast cancer was kept from most. Her husband Bruce quit his work and cared for his wife Jeannie during this period. It was not until the last week of Jeannie ' s life that San Diego Hospice stepped into the picture. Jeannie died peacefully January 14, 2004 at her home in Singing Hills. Close friends, family, her animals, and the wonderful San Diego Hospice staff were present at her passing. Jeannie would want everyone to celebrate her life as she knew it. Committing herself to God, healthy food and exercise, love of San Diego, family, friend and her animals were Jeannie ' s fingerprints on life. We will miss her beyond imagination.


David Denlinger
(No photo in yearbook)


Mary Ellen Dudick Cagan

February 27, 1950 - April 11, 2001

My sister Ellie is deeply missed by her son, family and friends.  She is remembered for her loving, caring nature, her devotion and bubbly personality, lighting "our world" with her happy faces and rainbows.  Forever in our hearts -- Phillis Dudick ’60


James Ensign

June 25, 1950 - October 11, 2005

Tom attended Chico State University. He was employed by Kelar Corporation in San Diego for a number of years. His love of golf started as a teenager. He was presented the San Diego Union-Tribune Junior Golf certificate of achievement in 1964 and in 1966. Tom is survived by a son, Matthew Ensign, sister C. J. Martin, his mother Jane Caldwell and his stepfather Jim Caldwell.


Michael Frazier


Edwin “Big Ed” Furlow

February 6, 1950 - October 9, 1994


Jeff Garrison
(No photo in yearbook)

September 3, 1949 - January 1, 2011

Jeff was born in Germany as Wolfgang Ewald Linder and immigrated to the United States in 1953 after adoption by his parents John Garrison and Phyllys Bennett. As a young adult, Jeff held many jobs, including working as a mechanic and long haul trucking, but soon found his career in construction. Shortly after graduation, Jeff began dating Diana Sibbison who he married on January 20, 1973.

Thomas Gary

August 10, 1950 - February 20, 2004

"The most gentle, kindhearted loving person to whom
it was my privilege to be married."
-- Jane Gary


Linda Goldenstein Yaeger

November 29, 1950 - January 28, 2010

Linda passed away from cancer. She is survived by her son Daniel and sister Robyn Goldenstein Kettering ’72


Sherryl Harper Martin

March 16, 1950 - March 11, 1983


Kelly R. Hart, Jr.

Dec. 1, 1949-May 13, 2002

"John, I don't know how you collect the obits, but I thought I would send this on to you. Kelly Hart, class of 1968, passed away May 13, 2002. Kelly played French horn and was in the marching band, and was in ROTC. After high school he had several occupations including beekeeper and fireman. He took many classes over years in college, and won several awards in forensics. His teachers at Grossmont College recently created the Kelly Hart Tenacity award to be awarded to a speech/communications student each year who displays Kelly's never-give-up attitude." -- Alan Fedder '69


Robert Hoke

October 16, 1949 - November 26, 1973


John Holewinski

November 6, 1950 - May 15, 1977


Tracy McLain Hollinshead

February 21, 1950 - December 27, 2012

Tracy passed away peacefully at home with his family in Ridgecrest. He was born in Toledo, Ohio and was a Ridgecrest resident since 2002. Tracy loved rock and roll music and watching movies. He had a great sense of humor. He was also a member E Clampus Vitus, a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially of gold mining regions. He is survived by wife Debra, brother Crispin Hollinshead '64 and sister Robin Hollinshead Cottrell ’72

Dale Elizabeth Hoover

June 26, 1950 - February 22, 2007


Linda Hughes Fantoni

June 22, 1950 - March 25, 2011

Linda was born and raised in Chula Vista. She was married to Larry Fantoni ono June 12, 1972 at the Little Chapel of the Roses. She owned and operated Fantoni Daycare for 17 years in San Diego and El Cajon. She moved to Rio Dell in Humboldt County in 1996, where she worked for Old Navy as well as the Eel River Sawmill. She had moved to Arizona and was living in Flagstaff when she passed away from complications due to chemotherapy for cancer.


Donna Jean Jarrard

August 2, 1950 – May 17, 2008

Donna looked back with pride on her days as a Charger Girl. Later she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse and practiced that profession until her health prevented this work. Donna was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Jean and her brother Thomas I. Jarrard, III. She is survived by her father Ted and her brother Bruce.


William Johnson

November 10, 1950 - February 3, 2000

Bill passed away, having been diagnosed with cancer the previous November. He graduated from San Diego State with the intention of becoming a teache, then decided to pursue a law career and graduated from Western State School of Law. He was a partner in the Solana Beach law firm of Weeks, Kaufman and Johnson. He was active as a Boy Scout leader and baseball coach, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Crawford High Foundation. He is survived by his wife Camille, daughters Melissa Johnson of Fort Bragg, Brooke Johnson of San Diego, son Seth and mother Doris of San Diego.


John Kanagy

December 29, 1949 - October 18, 1993

Our loving son gave up a brave fight with his mother and father, Warren and Dottie, holding his hand. With a tear in his eye he kissed his precious Holly, of nine and a half wonderful years, goodbye. John was a godly and spiritual man who loved life and loved helping people – especially children. John leaves behind his beloved wife, family and many who will remember him fondly. As long as life and memory last, love will always live in our hearts. The family wishes donations be made to the Cancer Society or Children’s’ Hospital.


Peter Keyser

Peter died at home Sunday, August 7, 2011 peacefully surrounded by friends. He is survived by his beloved companion Barbara Williams, sisters Tamara KeyserYates '71 and Katie Mann, brother Jett Keyser '67 and his stepfather, Ben Hamilton. Having been paralyzed in a car accident shortly after high school, he found a rich spiritual life as a devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. He was able to make the journey to India multiple times before finally settling in Pt. Loma where he continued he enjoy the wonderful ocean breeze.


Barbara Kidder

November 2, 1950 - September 1, 1966

Barbara Kidder died in an auto accident while we were still at Horace Mann -- Susan Weetman Belair


Raymond Kirk

September 15, 1949 - July 24, 2015

Ray was a San Diego native and served in the U.S. Army. He retired from the San Diego City Schools as their lead locksmith. He had 38 years of service with the district. Ray was a member of OMBAC and had recently joined The Over The Hill Gang -- Two clubs that he truly enjoyed.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 5150 Wilson Street, La Mesa, at 11:00 a.m., reception to follow. Burial Services will be held Monday, August 10, 2015, at Miramar National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

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Barbara Kyle Gorla

July 11, 1950 - November 10, 2014

Barbara is survived by daughter Monique Uyeda and family, brother Rodney Kyle ’64, and life partner Les Shelton.

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Suzanne Laycock Fares

November 5, 1951 - September 6, 2012

Suzanne was born in San Diego and was a resident of Pleasonton, California upon her death. She participated in high school and college musical theater and in the professional local light opera during the summer.  She won an award for most promising young voice in the Met auditions in Los Angeles when she was 16 and a freshman in college. She attended San Diego State University earning a degree in English literature.

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Katherine Leiser

August 15, 1951 -- January 13, 1999


Larry LeVerne Larson

April 23, 1950 - September 15, 2003

Larry died after a three year fight with colon cancer. He received his BS from SDSU and his PhD in Entomology at UC Riverside. He spent his career as a research scientist with Dow Chemical and Dow AgroSciences. He was happy and successful in his work and his profession. Even during his chemo he still took on the presidency of the Entomological Society of America while still working. For those who knew him well they would not be surprised of his drive to follow his passion and trying to make a difference. When his job took him out of the state in 1980 he always looked forward to returning home and retiring in San Diego. He leaves behind his spouse of 27 years and two wonderful daughters in their late teens -- Marian Doll Larson '70


Jeanette Lechien

February 7, 1950 - August 29, 1985


Donna Mador

March 26, 1950 - May 28, 2013

Donna lived in San Diego her whole life and worked for San Diego Unified School District. She is survived by two sons and three grandchildren, brother Charles Mador '66 and sister Shirley Mador Kessler '69


Suzanne Matheny Garrison

August 16, 1950 - August 18, 1984


Arnold Lee McCoy

November 18, 1950 - March 3, 2003


Melissa McGinnis Marshall

June 12, 1950 - September 1, 2011

Melissa died of cancer. She graduated from San Diego State University in 1972 and in December of that year married Thomas Marshall, a fellow SDSU student. Melissa moved to Poway in 1978 to raise her family and was an active member of the community, volunteering in schools, serving as a Girl Scout leader, PTA president, and singing in local chorales. Her love of the classroom led her to obtain a teaching credential at 46, and shortly thereafter she began working at Turtleback Elementary School. For the rest of her life she was devoted to the students and teachers at Turtleback, and her classroom was known for both its liveliness and structure. Melissa worked tirelessly with even the most reluctant readers, won County awards for her work with video in the classroom, and was known occasionally to enjoy some line dancing when school assemblies demanded it. Melissa is survived by her husband, three daughters and siblings, Cathy, Amy and Patrick McGinnis and their families.


Ray McFarland

February 23, 1950 - June 6, 2015

A native San Diegan Ray was actively involved at St. Therese Parish, and a Fourth Degree Knight. Ray was also a devoted Marine, Raider fan, and Harley enthusiast.

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Gordon McKee, III

November 4, 1950 - January 1974


Sharon Meredith

November 11, 1950 - October 09, 2006

Sharon died in Spokane, WA from leukemia.


Jean Mhoon Evans

June 21, 1950 – March 31, 2010

Jean was born at Naval Air Station North Island and passed away peacefully at Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego from complications of cancer. She was married to the love of her life and '"blind date" James L. Evans on April 6, 1974. . She is survived by her husband Jim, son Jeremy, and sisters Judy Mhood Alduenda ‘63 of Ramona, CA, and Carol Mhoon Isbell ’70 of Swansea, Illinois. Jean worked as an instructional aide with the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District and was a thoughtful and inspirational worker with all her children.

A web site has been set up at Rady Children's Hospital for a memorial tile in Jean's name for donations.

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Donna Penn Landes Zander

November 23, 1950 - April 27, 1991


Thomas Pabst

November 4, 1950 - August 16, 1990

"Loved and missed by his parents, his brothers, and his daughter." – Dave Pabst ‘72


Joseph Pepping

January 3, 1950 - February 11, 2009

Born in San Diego, Paul was a resident of Kailua, HI at the time of his death. He was the assistant director of Pain Management, Integrative and Complementary Medicine at Kaiser Permanente. He is survived by his life partner Eluned Mun, parents Robert Pepping and Yvette Ordronneau, brothers Robert, Ted and Bill and sisters Yvonne Beck and Janelle Reuland.


Kip Petersen

May 18, 1950 - August 25, 1976

Robert Pierpaoli

January 19, 1950 – March 5, 1994

Robert Pierpaoli was my 6th grade teacher at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School in San Diego. He was a wonderful and imaginative teacher, and he was one of my favorite teachers while I attended OLSH. -- Arlene Richard


Steve Quiett

September 13, 1950 -- June 17, 2008

Steve died after a long and courageous fight with cancer. His wife and sister were at his side. Steve. A native San Diegan, his early career was in the geothermal and oil industry. His interest in computers led to a 25-year career. Steve is survived by his wife Debbie, his father Bob, his sister Jan, and his dog Bear. He also leaves aunts, uncles and cousins.

Laverne Sather Christian

September 10, 1949 - October 11, 2010

I am sad to tell you that my sister died yesterday after a short illness. She was living in Huntsville, TX. Her son Jarraud passed away two years ago following a motorcycle accident. She is survived by Don her husband of 38 years -- Lola Sather Miller '64


Don Schietzelt

September 21, 1950 - January 1985

I came across your list of "lost" class members from Crawford High, class of 1968 unexpectedly while doing an internet search. My name is Amy Schietzelt and I am Don Schietzelt's youngest daughter. For your records, I can let you know that he passed away in Delaware. He was a Seventh-Day Adventist pastor and a wonderful father (married for 13 years with two daughters). Please let me know if I may be of any other assistance --Amy Schietzelt


Greg Schmit

April 28, 1950 - November 15, 2006

Greg retired from Home Fed Bank and spent his retirement in Pacific Beach. He is survived by his mother Charlene and brother John ’70


Kay Sporleder

April 29, 1950 - May 24, 2007

Kay was born in Conrad, Montana and was a records supervisor for the El Cajon Police Department. A resident of El Cajon, she was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and the California Law Enforcement Association of Records Supervisors. Survivors include her sister, Linda Sporleder Walkenhorst ’66 of Bonita.


Steve Stewart

July 22, 1950 - March 23, 2009

Steve passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones at Scripps Mercy Hospital where he was born and had worked for 25 years. Steve is survived by his loving daughters, Jaime and Carrie, and his father, William Stewart. In his younger years, he was very adventurous, serving in the Air Force for four years. He loved to waterski, go to the desert, and throughout his life, he loved to gamble. Steve was a son, father and friend that you could always count on. His wonderful and quick sense of humor will be missed but never forgotten, he was the life of the party.


Sally Swank Magsamen

April 29, 1949 - June 23, 2004

I'm writing you in regards to my mother. She passed away due to an Intercerebral Abcess and Septic Shock. Thank you for maintaining the newsletter for the alumni. My siblings and I are all Colts -- 93 97 & 98. We appreciate the time you have taken to do this and check your web page frequently.


Ron “Red” Thrash

August 25, 1949 - August 6, 2012

Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Ron came to California in 1960. He excelled in sports, playing offensive lineman for San Diego State University during the Don Coryell years. Ron was a teacher and football coach in the Orange County Unified School District for 27 years and in the Santa Ana Unified School District for 12 years.

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Jackie Vaughan

January 24, 1950 - July 15, 2006

Jackie passed away of a massive heart attack. She was living in Sarasota, Florida. She leaves behind her daughter, mother and father -- Susan Weetman Belair


Victor Vega
(No photo in yearbook)

July 8, 1950 -- July 11, 1968

Victor drowned at Chollas Lake shortly after graduation -- Josef Binter

From the San Diego Union July 12, 1968


Arthur Waggoner

November 22, 1950 - May 17, 1972


Richard Wasserman

September 13, 1950 - September 24, 2014

Rick spent the majority of his life working in the trucking industry, ending with Garrison Transportation. His family and friends will always remember him as a great chef and his love of surfing, fishing and the beach. He died of Mesothelioma. Survivors include sisters Miriam Cisco, Jaynia Lynn Grace and his dog Lemme.


Roger Wehking

July 8, 1950 - January 18, 1990

My brother passed away while being treated at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla for Pneumonia. He was employed by Cubic Corporation as an engineer -- Jim Wehking '66


Greg Whitehouse

February 15, 1950 - February 15, 1977


Wendy Woods

September 20, 1950 - January 29, 1984


Robert Zimmer
(No photo in yearbook)

February 3, 1950 - March 14, 1994

Robert Zimmer died in 1993 of a heart attack. He had owned Bob’s Auto Body in El Cajon since graduation -- Greg Phillips





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