Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mary Duggar Bernier, BHS '64 (1947-2017)

Just received...

I am so sorry to pass on this sad news. We lost Mary Dugger Bernier on Friday night.
She had battled cancer. Mary worked at AT&T for over 50 years.
She was loved by her family and by all who knew her.
She was a graduate of the Burbank High School Class of '64.
Such a sweet person...
You will be missed, Mary. God Bless You and your Family.

Submitted by Pam Zipfel Kirkwood and Jon Kirkwood, BHS '64

Mary Mozelle Bernier
Burbank, California
Jan 14, 1947 - Jul 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valley Funeral Home, Burbank, CA.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Susan Maureen Atzei Bonani, BHS '62, passed away in 2009


Susan met her Savior and Lord on September 25, 2009, at the age of 65. She died unexpectedly in Hemet, California.

Susan was born in Rochester, New York, and her family later moved to Burbank, California. She married John Bonani in 1968 and had one daughter.

Susan had a heart for God and was a faithful follower of Christ. She was a proud graduate of Burbank High School, Pierce C.C. and Cal State Northridge. She loved travel, the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. She loved her work as a teacher.

Susan is survived by daughter, Sandy (Max) Garcia; granddaughters, Gianna, Sophia, and Anabella of Aurora, Colorado; brothers, Doug and Tim Atzei; and step-father, Bob Christensen.

The Memorial service was private at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Jan. 3, 2010

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mike Cobb, BHS '83, Passed Away at age 51

Michael Cobb

Douglas Christopher shared a link on Facebook regarding the sad passing of Mike Cobb.

Mike Cobb, RIP
Channel Islands Sales Manager/All-Around Great Guy Loses Battle to Cancer
By Jake Howard
Published:July 3, 2017

“Mike was the man,” said Conner Coffin, who spent years with Cobb at Channel Islands. “He was one of those guys that always made sure the people around him were taken care of. It’s so heartbreaking; he had such a positive energy and he did so much good for other people.” Photo: Scott Winer

The surf world has lost another one of the good guys. Sadly, after a long, hard-fought battle against pancreatic cancer, Santa Barbara’s Mike Cobb has passed away. Remembered for his compassion, integrity and love of life, his place in the lineup will be greatly missed. He was only 51 years old.
The Sales Manager for Channel Islands Surfboards, Cobb was one of the lucky ones that found a way to blend a fulfilling career with his love for surfing.

“Mike was the man,” said Conner Coffin, who spent years with Cobb at Channel Islands. “He was one of those guys that always made sure the people around him were taken care of. He was just one of the nicest guys. It’s so heartbreaking; he had such a positive energy and he did so much good for other people.”

A regular in the water around Ventura and Santa Barbara, Cobb also made routine sojourns to Tavarua over the years, typically staying on the island during Dave Lester’s week in May.

“I was lucky enough to spend quite a few weeks with Mike on Tavarua over the years,” remembers Lester. “We became good friends. Mike was a great guy who took the time to get to know people. He really cared a lot about the Fijians on Tavarua. I spoke with Mike a few days before our trip this past May, unfortunately Mike could not join us this year, but he really wanted to come, not for the surf, but to see all of his Fijian friends. He loved the place and the people. That is just the way Mike was. Always a kind word for everyone. I am really going to miss him.”

As far as what kind of guy Cobb was, a telling post was made on his Facebook page shortly after his passing.

“He came up to me during a little surf trip on Tavarua in 2012 and said, ‘There is an unridden brand new Al Merrick 6’10” in my boardbag, I want you to go grab it, wax and ride it and have some fun at Cloudbreak,’ after he found out I didn't bring a shortboard and just two longboards on the trip,” writes Kieran Plim. “Who does that? Mick does. What also struck me most was that he had the time to chat and drink beer like a person I had known for 20 years, not to mention bringing out his secret collection of tequila as well one night. I know you are getting seriously barreled right now in the afterlife.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family and friends. Godspeed.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Tim Atzei, BHS '66, Passed Away Today

Sad news...

Doug Atzei posted this today on Facebook, "My brother, Tim Atzei lost his battle this morning with cancer. He was class of 66,"

Received this note from Jim McGillis today...

I read with sorrow about the death of Tim Atzei.

I met Tim Atzei at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Burbank. I am lucky to have known Tim. When others were riding shoe-skates, nailed to a board, Tim had a scooter with ball bearing wheels and rubber tires… but without the joystick handle. I remember Tim flying down Scott Road, then making a turn up Irving Drive, all without brakes. Although there are no photos to prove it, Tim Atzei created “sidewalk surfing”.

Tim knew and hung out with seemingly everyone at BHS. He had a story about almost anyone from the BHS Class of ’66 that I could name. Always deferential to the feelings of others, Tim never had a bad word to say about any classmate.

In the 1960s, Burbank High had a thriving industrial arts curriculum. Tim Atzei had natural mechanical abilities and thrived in that environment. After graduation in 1966, he worked for Zero Manufacturing, in Burbank. When asked to demonstrate his abilities, Tim produced a set of tools. When asked where he had gotten such tools, Tim said that he had made them himself. Hearing that, the man excused himself, found the chief executive and both returned to review Tim’s work. On the spot, Tim received a job offer, starting work that day.

After a superior took credit for his work, Tim left Zero Manufacturing and soon started work at Menasco Manufacturing, in Burbank. There, when others balked, Tim was ready. He mounted a towering gantry and made a cut to the main shaft of a Boeing 737 aircraft landing gear. Making the cut on a first production piece, as Tim had, risked hundreds of thousands of dollars and the reputation of his company. By the time he climbed down, Tim Atzei had become an unsung hero of the Southern California aerospace industry.

Some people took Tim Atzei’s affable personality as being gullible. When a manager took credit for some of Tim’s work, he moved on, this time to a division of Hughes Aircraft. By then it was at the height of the space race and Hughes was involved in “space age” electronics. One contract required drilling a series of holes in a composite “blank” that was to become an electronic circuit board for the Apollo program.

In those days, it took a keen eye, mathematical skills and meticulous setup to make a part “to spec”. When no one could machine the required holes to less than one-ten-thousandth of an inch tolerance, Tim Atzei stepped up. Again, defying the impossible, Tim created a “zero tolerance” circuit board. Thinking that it was a fluke, his manager asked him to make another. Soon, Tim was cranking out zero tolerance circuit boards like a one-man assembly line.

Soon after his success in machining those parts, a helicopter landed at the plant. After landing, only one person exited the helicopter, making his way slowly into the manufacturing plant. The man wore a beard and had large-rimmed glasses. The following week, the same helicopter landed and a man with a hat and a cane came to visit. The following week, a man with bushy eyebrows and a wig exited the helicopter. Each time, the man inspected Tim’s work, said nothing to him and then departed. Despite the elaborate disguises, Tim deduced that the stranger was Howard Hughes.

Soon, there were layoffs throughout Tim’s department. One by one, the department shrank from twenty-five machinists to only a few. When Tim found himself alone in the department, he knew that he was next to go. Not wanting to face the ignominy of being the last to depart, Tim approached his supervisor, asking him what had happened to all of his coworkers. His supervisor told him that since Tim was doing the work of 25 people, they let the other 24 go.

That marked the end of Tim Atzei’s time at Hughes. In the latter part of his career, Tim served as a mentor, teacher, trainer in several other aerospace companies. He also stayed in touch with old friends, from Burbank schools, his work career and his community. Over the past several years, Tim and I got together by telephone. His intellect, sincerity and good nature always came through. Most of his stories were about good times and happy days in Burbank, California.

On October 16, 2016, I last saw Tim Atzei. We met that night at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. The occasion was the Burbank High School Class of 1966 50th Reunion. At the time, Tim was not well, but as always, he was in good spirits. All of us who knew Tim Atzei shall miss him dearly.

Best Regards,

Jim McGillis

Phone: +1 (805) 242-MOAB

JULY 15, 2017 UPDATE
Photo of Tim (on the left) with his younger brother, Doug which Doug posted on Facebook

Wednesday, June 28, 2017



The BHS Alumni luncheons are held at the Elk's on Hollywood Way in Burbank on the first Monday of every month unless it falls on a holiday, then the 2nd Monday.

It's a great group from all years with some even from the 40's class!

Food is great, $12 and part goes to scholarships for BHS.


Stephen E. Forrest, BHS '66 (1947-2017)

Stephen's daughter, Dawnmarie Forrest Penrod, posted the following sad news today on Facebook...

My dad, Stephen E. Forrest passed away on June 26, 2017. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. He was an amazing father, grandfather, great grandfather & friend. He will forever hold a very special place in our hearts. I love you Daddy❤️

Stephen E. Forrest

Received this from Alan Landros

Memorial Service for Steve Forrest, BHS ‘66
Saturday, August 5, 2017
2:00 P.M.
Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church
438 E. Harvard Rd., corner of Fifth Street
Burbank, CA 91501

JULY 16, 2017 UPDATE
Stephen E. Forrest, 69, passed away on June 26, 2017, with his family by his side. Stephen was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved his family dearly and will be truly missed.

Stephen was born on November 16, 1947 in Burbank Ca. to Gene and June Forrest. He graduated from Burbank High school in 1966. He was inducted into the United States Navy in 1966 and left for boot camp in 1967. He was an electricians mate on the USS Independence where he proudly served 4 years. Stephen was a Real Estate broker, and worked for the City of Burbank for 25 years.

Stephen was an avid outdoors man and golfer. He loved fly fishing and belonged to the Pasadena Casting Club & the Saltwater Fly Rodders. He loved spending his days on the river fishing with his brother, sons and grandson. He was also a life long San Francisco Giants fan and spent many years coaching his grandson and other youth at Encino Little League. All who knew him appreciated his love and knowledge of the game and his passion to teach.

Stephen is survived his wife, Mary Forrest, three children: Steve, Mathew & Dawnmarie (Layne), 2 stepchildren, Ryan and Shannon, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, his mother June, brother Mike, sister Carolyn (Charlie) and three nephews.

Stephen was preceded in death by his father Gene, Uncle Grant & grandsons Gregory & Brantley.

There will be a graveside service on August 4th and a memorial service to celebrate his life on August 5, 2017 at 2pm at the Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church. 438 E Harvard. Rd. Burbank Ca.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Virginia (Ginny) Rocha, BHS '77 (1958-2017)

Ginger Askerman-hopper posted the following yesterday. Please keep the Rocha family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

It is with heavy heart that I report the passing of...
Ginny Rocha, on this day.
She attended JMJH and BHS
class of 1977...

9th & 10th grade

6/22/17 UPDATE
Virginia Lee Rocha
November 18, 1958 - June 17, 2017
Virginia Lee Rocha, 58 of Visalia, California , died on Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Fresno, California. Services have been scheduled with Salser & Dillard Funeral Chapel.
127 E Caldwell Ave
Visalia, CA 93277
Monday June 26th
Family viewing @ 10am
Public viewing @ 11am
Service @ 12:30 pm!/Obituary

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jack Amon Swartzbaugh, BHS '51 (1933-2016)

My husband Jack Amon Swartzbaugh 1933-2016
Jack graduated 1951 from BHS. He was an outstanding basketball and baseball player. He had a career in education starting st So. Pasadena HS 1958, BHS 1961-1965, Corona Del Mar HS 1965-1967, Rio Hondo College 1967-1968. In 1968 he was one of the first hired to open Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. He started out as Coord. of Activities and in 2 years became Dean of Students. He had a long and rewarding career at Saddleback and retired in 1999. He did part time counseling for 13 years after retirement. Loved SC and just couldn't leave. Jack and I had 4 children and 12 grand children. At his passing we had 1 great grandson and last Sept. out first great granddaughter was born. Family was everything to Jack. Just like his father, Amon Swartzbaugh who taught at John Muir JH from 1941-1969. "Coach " Swartzbaugh was an institution in Burbank Unified. Jack was just like his Dad. Loved coaching and teaching. Most of all they loved Burbank High School. I miss them both so much.
Mary Joan Brown Swartzbaugh
BHS 1956.

6/15/17 UPDATE
Here is a photo of Jack's dad, Coach Amon Swartzbaugh, from the John Muir Jr High School 1973 Highlander yearbook. 


Larry Segall
Coach Swartzbaiugh was my math teacher at Muir. A fine gentleman.

Jim Stonehouse
He was my Algebra teacher! Rest in Peace Mr Swartzbaugh

Nancy Olsen Barry
I also had him as a Math Teacher. He touched many young lives. He was sure a part of why I always loved math so much..

Susan Landing-Phillips
I was always terrible in math, but Coach was always positive! My condolences to you and your family!

Jim Stonehouse
That's how he looked when I was in his class!! He was a great teacher

Jeanette Alexander
I'm sorry for your loss. Hang tough with God. He'll hang in there for you...

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
So sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace.

Trudie Hentze
I had Mr. Swartzbaugh as a teacher at John Muir. He was one of my favorite teachers.

Bob Brinkworth
I didn't realize what an impact he had in developing the South Coast region of So. Cal. Another positive contribution to life by a Burbank grad, like Lloyd, Long and LiPera.

Barbara Fanderlik Adams
Mary Joan Swartzbaugh that name sounds so familiar. I attended John Muir Jr High (1953-1955), BHS class of '59. And my oldest son and I both took classes at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. My son was on the Tennis team. The dates would be consistent. I am sure our paths crossed at some point in time.
The good news is, I didn't cringe when reading your husband's or your father-inLaw, so if we did cross paths, it must have been a good experience . Sending my condolences and prayers to you and your family. Thanks for sharing.