Thursday, May 17, 2018

BHS Class '73 45th Reunion is July 14, 2018

BHS Class of 73 is holding our 45th reunion on July 14, 2018. Please pass the word to your friends, neighbors and siblings who are our classmates.

To RSVP, contact Joyce at (818) 384-6817 or

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Warren Bennett Newman, BHS Winter '52 (1934-2018)

Warren Bennett Newman

We are sad to report the passing of our dear friend and former teacher to many, Warren Bennett Newman. Warren had been suffering from several health issues for the past couple of years and passed away on May 5, 2018. He was born in 1934. Warren graduated from Burbank High School in the Winter of 1952.

Warren was a passionate educator and lover of the Arts. He began his teaching career at Horace Mann Elementary School, first as a Student Teacher and taught his first very own class in the Fall of 1956. Many BHS students from the 1962-1965 filled his classes those first few years at Horace Mann. Those first students would always remain special to him throughout his life...they were "his kids"...Many years later, he reconnected with many of his early students and hosted several parties at his home, where they were invited as guests.

Warren rose through the ranks in the Burbank Unified School District. He furthered his education, earning two Masters degrees and his Doctorate. He was eventually the Assistant Superintendent and then Superintendent in the South Pasadena School District. He taught at several colleges and universities, including USC. Warren spent 3 years in Washington D.C. working for the National Endowment of the Arts. He and his wife of 55 years, Sheila, traveled extensively advocating and consulting for the Arts.

Warren is survived by his wife and all of his friends and students who loved him and will be forever remembered by all of us whose lives he impacted and in many cases, changed for the better. Warren was a loyal BHS Alum and was a regular attendee at the Senior Bulldog Luncheons for many years...Bon Voyage, Warren.

Submitted by: Pam and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

Monday, May 14, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Valerie Elaine Pyros Jenkins, BHS '71 (1953-2018)

August 20, 1953 ~ May 9, 2018

Sad news from Debbie Blatnik Roberson, BHS ‘70

Debbie spoke to Val’s dad, Bill Pyros, and this is what he told her. Val passed away on Wednesday at 1:30.

She had gone to a wedding two weeks earlier and was doing great. After that she woke up screaming and couldn’t breathe.

Immediately Mark got her to St. Joseph’s. She suffered a stroke and cardiac arrest.

She was not responsive and passed away on May 9th from a blood clot in the lung.

Valerie grew up at 1015 Groton Drive in Burbank and in high school was a banner carrier and a drill team leader. She lived with her husband in Burbank.

Among the family that survives her are her husband, Mark Jenkins, her 90 year old father, Bill Pyros, of Burbank, and her younger brother, Roy Pyros, BHS ‘75, also of Burbank, and his family.

Per Valerie’s wishes, there will be no services for her.

Alan Landros, BHS ‘70
May 12, 2018

Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.


Tammy Klinger
Another Bulldog Angel..... prayers for the family!

Jennifer Todd
Really nice girl. So sad💗

Judy Sturm Seay
I am so sorry to hear this, prayers for her family.

Adele Bassett
So sad. RIP

Pat Bushman
My prayers and condolences to the family. Rest In Peace.

Martha Rios
Blessings to the family in should a hard time

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
So sorry to hear this news. She was a very sweet person. God bless you Val ❤️

Kathleen Wyatt Richardson
So sad, grew up with Valerie on Groton... RIP

Carrie Diaz Lathouwers
My condolences to all her family and friends. RIP Val.

Vicki Herrin Fields
So young. Rest in Peace.

Ann Rickard
Such a sweet familiar face. Many blessings always Val!

Mike Signorelli
May God bless her and her family...RIP

Annette Dinolfo Bennett
So sad I knew her parents. RIP

Dennis Wootton
Rest in peace!

Pam Wright Peterson
So sorry to hear this! 😕 We were banner carriers together... RIP Val- gone too soon.

Sandy Talamantes
So sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends...

Jeanette Alexander
God bless all family and friends. Prayers!

Anthy Hellmers
Many prayers for Mr Pyros, Roy and Mark. Memory eternal.

Michael Ruiz
How sad, I've known her since elementary school, R.I.P. Val....

Anita Page
RIP sweet lady.

Doug Atzei
I can't help from noticing the older I get the more I hear about friends leaving this world, but on another note, I guess I'm ready to see what's on the other side. This world is starting to get too crazy for me. Peace and comfort to all who has lost loved ones! 🌹 💕 🙏🏽

Bruce Smentek
So very sad to hear. I remember her from BHS I was a sophomore. I didn’t know her. I knew Roy growing up across from the Flavin’s.
These are the hard ones to understand. It just goes to show you as tough and as unique our bodies are, they are also very complex and fragile at the same time.
Live and enjoy life at its fullest everyday.
R.I.P. Valerie. Heartfelt sympathy to the family.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jerry McWilliams, BHS '66 (1948-2018)

Heartbreaking news... 
Dona Foy Bruckner notified me that Jerry passed away yesterday in Spokane, WA. He and Scott best friends from high school.

On Facebook, Jerry's wife, Jackie, posted this note and photo. Please keep her and the family in your thoughts and prayers...

"Jerry McWilliams made the very best chocolate chip cookies. Here he is baking 6 dozen of them in them in Carlsbad, CA on our trip there earlier this year. They were his gifts to his Burbank High best buddies, Scott Bruckner and Bill Page. Jerry rode off yesterday on a winged motorcycle after a brief illness. I was blessed to be his wife and best friend for 42 years and 11 months. God Speed Sweetheart."


Jerry L McWilliams died on April 20, 2018 in Spokane WA. He was born on January 11, 1948 in Glendale CA to Woodrow W. McWilliams and Ruth Z McWilliams. Jerry died of heart failure after a brief illness.

He was raised in Burbank, CA where he graduated from Burbank High School in 1966. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving as an Aviation Electronics Technician in San Diego, Japan and Vietnam.

He moved to Spokane from southern California in 1973 to follow his parents who had retired here earlier. He worked as a carpenter at Apollo Boats for six months prior to employment in the U S Postal Service. He served as a mail handler/letter carrier for 34 of his 38 years of federal service
He married Jackie Carter McWilliams on May 24, 1975 at Hillyard Baptist Church. They have made their home in the North Indian Trail neighborhood for 43 years. They were charter members of Fairwood Community Baptist Church in 1976.

A friend referred to Jerry as a ‘Renaissance Man’. He began riding motorcycles as a teenage and completed nine rides from Mexico to Canada over Labor Day holidays in the 1990’s with the Southern California Motorcycles Association’s Three Flags Classic. Sailing, skiing, scuba diving and photography were hobbies pursued with passion. He visited National Parks and other wilderness areas, and delighted in trips to the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California, the last of which was to Carlsbad, CA. Formula One Race Cars were his favorites. Creativity and humor were his gifts to friends and family.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie McWilliams, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul and Linda Carter, Spokane, WA; Nephew Jason Evans, Ephrata, WA; Nieces Kelli Crough, Fresno, CA; Suzi Carter Megney, Mead WA; Kami English, Mill Creek WA; Jan Carter, Fairfield, WA; Jill Marie Carter, Spokane WA, and their immediate and extended families.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 2:00 pm at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2607 South Ray, Spokane, WA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Glacier National Park Conservancy, PO Box 2749, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 or Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2607 South Ray, Spokane, WA 99223.

Ted Gregory Olson, BHS '73 (1955-2014)

Ted Gregory Olson

Ted Olson, age 59 of Seneca, Illinois, passed away Saturday May 31, 2014 at Morris Hospital.

Born March 26, 1955 in Glendale, California, Ted is a son of Betty Olson of Seneca and the late Leroy Olson. He was raised and educated in Burbank, California and worked as a Machinist.

Ted loved cars, especially working on muscle cars and was a fan of drag racing. He will be remembered for his enjoyment of spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his mother Betty of Seneca and seven brothers and sisters, including Kathie Jackson of Seneca, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ted was preceded in death by his father.

Services will be private, and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Morris, Illinois.

Burbank High School Class of 1973

Friday, March 30, 2018

Stan Winetrobe, BHS '71, Passed Away January 7, 2018

Just received word that the BHS class of '71 recently lost Stan who also attened Thomas Jefferson and John Muir.


WINETROBE, Stan 64, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, from complications due to leukemia.

Stan, a die-hard USC Trojan fan, whose brain was filled with all sorts of trivia, loved his wife, Dana, and daughters, Hailey and Carly, possibly even more than USC. Stan, a retired engineer, enjoyed photography, volunteering in his community, and watching football with his family.

Stan is also survived by his brother, Jamie (Melanie); nephew, Alec (Lizzie); brother-in-law, Kevin (Terri); niece, Taylor; nephew, Colin; and numerous friends.

Services will be at VISTOSO FUNERAL HOME, Oro Valley, on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. In keeping with Stan's love of USC, you are invited to wear any Trojan attire or colors (Cardinal and Gold) to his services. Donations to honor Stan's memory and his love of community may be made to IRHS Project Graduation, at, recognizing his collaboration with the Oro Valley Police Department.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Scott Bradley English, BHS '73, Passed Away December 3, 2017

Sad news...
Bruce Smentek posted this on Facebook on March 23:

It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you of another of classmates passing. Long time friend and 1973 classmate Scott Bradley English passed away December 3, 2017 in Burlington, Washington. He had some health issues the last few years and passed away in his sleep. Scott was a great friend and enjoyed hanging out with many friends while in Burbank. He had moved to Washington State in the mid 70's and as often happens, with our busy lives, we lose contact with each other. I know he is at peace now.