Friday, January 14, 2011

Al DiSarro (BHS '70) 1951-2011

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Received this sad news today... Please keep Jan and the family in prayer.

Hi Cathy,

Yesterday morning our classmate Al DiSarro passed away at his home. Al graduated in 1970. He had had elbow surgery on Wednesday and was then sent home. After breakfast Al went back to bed and never woke up. His wife is
Jan Henderson DiSarro also a 1970 graduate. Services have not been arranged as yet. They lived in Palmdale.

When I get more information I send it to you.

Thank you,

Janis Bustrum Moss (class of 1969)

Also received the following from fellow classmate, Alan Landros

The Passing of our BHS '70 Classmate, Al DiSarro

Al DiSarro passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday morning, January 13, 2011. One day earlier, on Wednesday, January 12, he underwent planned surgery on his elbow as an out-patient. It isn't known yet if that surgery had any impact on his passing. On Thursday morning Janet, his wife, became aware that his breathing was not normal. She tried to wake him without success, and then shortly after that he stopped breathing and she began CPR. When the paramedics arrived Al was already gone.

Some of you who use FaceBook saw this news about Al beginning Thursday afternoon, and some of you have posted comments about his passing. We waited until now to send out this notice until we could confirm more details about Al's passing.

Alfred Steven DiSarro was born December 14, 1951. He grew up in Burbank in the 800 block of Santa Anita Ave. He attended Miller Elementary, Muir Jr. High, and then BHS graduating with us in 1970. He and his high school sweetheart, Janet Henderson DiSarro, were married in October 1970, and this past October celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Janet also grew up in Burbank and attended Jefferson Elementary, John Muir, and graduated with Al from BHS in 1970. For a number of years they have lived in Agua Dulce, California.

Al and Janet attended the Class of '70 40th Reunion this past June at the Castaway in Burbank. That was the first of the '70 Class reunions that they had been to in twenty years. They were recognized that night as the classmates who had been married the longest. Please open the attachment to this message to see a wonderful photo of Al and Janet that Tim Tolnay took that night at the Castaway. Our reunions are becoming more special, more precious, by the month, it seems!

Al DiSarro has been a widely known and very well respected Special Effects Coordinator for the studios and movie industry for almost all of his adult life. He owned his own business in that field, and was employed by many different studios. He received an Academy Award nomination for his Special Effects on the movie "Die Hard". A few of his other well known movies are "Transformers", "Predator", and the other "Die Hard" movies. His last movie was "Transformers 3" from 2010.

Al leaves behind his wife Janet Henderson DiSarro, daughter Amy, son Matt, daughter-in-law Jennifer, granddaughter Madison, and younger brother Mark DiSarro and his family. Arrangements have not been completed yet in the planning of a Memorial Service for Al. We will send another message with those details when they are confirmed.

Alan Landros and Joyce Starleaf

January 24, 2011 UPDATE

Alfred Steven Di Sarro
December 14, 1951 - January 13, 2011

Will Be
Sunday, February 13, 2011
1:30 P.M.

Universal Studios, Universal City
"Stage 6"

Casual Dress (In Honor of Al!)

From Lankersham Blvd. enter the Universal lot at "Gate 3"
Proceed to the parking structure and park there

All attendees will proceed through a
before they may enter "Stage 6" for the service

An exact cause of Al's death has yet to be determined

For those wishing to know, Janet and family have requested no flowers be sent
Instead memorial donations may be sent to Janet's favorite charity:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Donor Services
P.O. Box 4072
Pittsfield, MA 01202

or by phone:

or by e-mail:

Please be sure to specify "In Memory of Alfred S. Di Sarro"
and include Janet's name and address:
Mrs. Janet Di Sarro
33322 Deerglen Lane
Agua Dulce, CA 91390-4859

Also, be sure to include your own name and address with your donation

Alan Landros and Joyce Starleaf


  1. Rest in peace my dear friend.....I will miss you so much!~ So many fond memories with you and you always, Cathy(Fabian)Beidle

  2. Aldo was like a father to me. I miss him.
    The Key'd

  3. The service was very inspiring. Al was very much a people person and everyone looked up to him. RIP