Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Duane Morrill Grant, BHS '64 (1946-2005)

"Duane Morrill Grant 6 JAN 1946 • 4 APR 2005. I worked at Lockheed with Duane Grant BHS 1964 in the 1980s. He came to mind a couple of weeks ago. I found that he passed in 2005. RIP!"
Rich Morrison posted this today on Facebook

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Deborah Ann Loccia Addison, BHS '73, Passed Away

Deborah Ann Addison (born Deborah Ann Loccia) recently passed away. Her parents were Natalino and Mary Loccia and her husband is Kevin Addison who posted a notice here:

"At the age of 62, shortly after battling everything from heart issues to breast cancer, Debbie was taken into God’s care so she could offer her services to those in heaven."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Patsy Louise Nelson Burton, BHS '52, Passed Away May 29, 2017

Patsy L. Nelson Burton '52 passed away May 29, 2017 from congestive heart failure, after fighting Parkinson's and diabetes for the last twenty years.

Patsy was a loving wife for 65 years. I met her when she was a senior at BHS (I already knew her brother, Jack "Basher" Nelson, '50). Patsy and I married in 1953 and raised six children together (five boys and a girl).

After 30 years as a full-time wife and mother, she returned to work, training herself to become a word processor. Starting at First Interstate Bank, she ultimately moved to reinsurance company Beecher & Carlson, where she was well-loved. After a 15-year career, she retired with a nice retirement and medical benefits.

Patsy was generous and openhearted, and kept in touch with quite a few BHS graduates. She welcomed each of her children's spouses with open arms, and especially loved her grandchildren, turning every Christmas into a boundless display of giving and love.

In addition to her children and 22 grandchildren, she left behind 28 great-grandchildren. We miss her dearly.

Submitted by Russ Burton '47



Friday, November 17, 2017

Thomas A White, BHS '60 (1942-2017)

Thomas A. White
1942 - 2017
Thomas A. White Obituary
May 13, 1942 - November 3, 2017 Thomas A. (Tom) White, quintessential gentleman, real estate developer, and longtime Balboa Island, CA, resident, passed away November 3, 2017 in Newport Beach, CA.

He was born in Burbank, CA, where he went to Burbank High School. He attended California State University, Northridge, majoring in Finance and Accounting. He later received his Executive MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. During his time in Chicago, Tom worked as Senior Vice President for Homart Development and later for Arthur Hill and Company, a major mixed use developer. He was also a Principal at T.A. White and Associates.

A Captain in the U.S. Army, Tom received the Army Commendation Medal. While in college, Tom traveled the world on one of the very first Semester at Sea journeys. Tom was past president of Hoag Hospital's '552' Club. He was highly involved in the Newport Center United Methodist Church in Corona del Mar, CA, the same church his grandfather-in-law, Dr. Harry W. White, had been a minister of when it was located on Balboa Island. In addition to acting as finance chairman, he also was an active member of the church choir.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed boating and travel. He skied, played tennis, loved to challenge anyone to a game, and was the number one fan of his grandchildren's sports and activities. He was a pensive observer with an omnipotent presence.

Tom's greatest joy was his extended family, children, and grandchildren. He is survived by brothers Bill (Karen) and Steve (Miha), sisters Joan Basore and Ginny Leck (Jake), as well as many nephews and nieces. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Kathy, his sons Kevin and Brian (Nadia), his daughter Amy Stefano (Robert), and his grandchildren Opal, AJ, Violet, Owyn, Maggie and Bode.

A Celebration of Life will take place on 12/2 at 1:00 at Newport Center United Methodist Church.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Jaime Hernandez Ztinztun, BHS '82 (1964-2017)

In Memory of
Jaime Hernandez Ztinztun
July 27, 1964 - October 28, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jaime Hernandez Ztinztun who passed away on October 28 2017 in Burbank, California, leaving to mourn family and friends. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jaime Hernandez Ztinztun's life.

Memorial Mass
Saturday, November 18, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
3801 Scott Rd.
Burbank, California 91504

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

BHS Class 1968 Reunion Oct 6, 2018

Here is a link to the venue. It is beautiful and the committee is looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Link to class website:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Don Bopp, BHS '65 (1946-2017)

It is with great sadness to share the recent loss of fellow classmate, Don Bopp.

Born in Los Angeles CA on December 24, 1946, Don grew up in Burbank with siblings Jeannie (deceased), Dianne, Tom and Richard. He joined the Army in 1966 and received an honorable discharge in 1968. Don worked for Lockheed for 37 years, retiring in 2002. He enjoyed spending time with his family and close friends, fishing, and traveling cross country between homes in Wofford heights, CA and Knoxville, TN, exploring all the sites.

Don died in Los Angeles CA on August 28, 2017.

Besides his siblings, Don is survived by Carol, his wife of 43 years, son Jason age 42, daughter Heather age 39 and grandchildren Chris, Malana, Ryan, Jean, Paige and Shelby.

We send our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Bopp family and thank Jason Bopp for providing the above information.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Duane Sorensen, BHS '71, Passed Away

Please scroll down for updates

Duane Sorensen from Burbank High Class of '71 passed away in the last few days from a heart attack. Duane went all the way through Thomas Jefferson, John Muir, and BHS in Burbank.

Alan Landros received this news from Gary Marca on Sunday evening, October 1, 2017.

Please keep the Sorenson family in your thoughts and prayers.

From Dawn Sorensen on FB:
Hello All - I just wanted to post the memorial information for my father Duane Sorensen. Services will be from 5pm - 6pm Friday October 20th@ Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in Burbank. Please forward to anyone you think may be interested in attending. Thank you.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Christie Diaz Hensley, BHS '81, Passed Away Sept 5, 2017

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers posted this sad note on Facebook today:
My sister, Christie Diaz Hensley, passed away on Sept. 5, 2017. She was BHS, class of 81.
Rest with the Angels, dear sister. We love and miss you so much!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dean Frank Miller, BHS '84 (1966-1984)

Yesterday, Darren Miller posted this photo along with this note:
It's hard to believe that it's been 33 years since we lost my brother Dean Miller.
2-9-1966 to 9-4-1984

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Doug Lamb, BHS '65, Passed Away Sept 1, 2017

Tom Veach, BHS '65, sent this email yesterday...
I'm sorry to have to report that we lost another classmate from the BHS class of 1965. Doug Lamb passed away this morning at the St Joseph hospital. He had been in the intensive care unit for more than a week. Health issues started to compound until he body lost the strength to reset. He was a close friend and he will be missed greatly.

Please keep the Lamb family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

A memorial service for Doug Lamb has been scheduled for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st, at 12:00 Noon, at the Burbank ELKS Lodge, 2232 N Hollywood Way, between the airport and post office.

Judy Sturm Seay
Oh no he lived on the same street as my inlaws, his wife And daughter are friends of mine. I am so sorry, and sad to see this.

Annette Dinolfo Bennett
So sad. RIP DougπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’™πŸ’™

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

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

Mary Boriso Jordan
So sorry to hear this. Prayers and love to the family. Rest in peace, Doug. πŸ’–

Don Ray
How sad. I spent time chatting with him on Memorial Day.

Tammy Klinger
Very sad, prayers for family!

Gary Bric
Good man.

Pam McNamara Walker
Prayers for his wife Jeri and daughter Sara...

Julie Guttridge
Just remember him from school but it's very sad loosing one of our bulldogs.
Prayers going up for his family πŸ™πŸ™

Pat Bushman
My condolences to Doug's family and friends. Rest In Peace.

Donna Luce Veatch Neitman
RIP Doug! Jerri and Sara you are in my thoughts and prayers.Remembering some fun and crazy times together. ❤️πŸ™πŸ»

Anissa Iverson
I'm so sorry. RIP Doug.

Harold Maxham
My prayers and thoughts to Dougs family. He lived just a couple of houses from me on the corner of Belaire and Magnolia were we grew up.

Susan Anderson Huggitt
Prayers to his family. Doug was a very good friend back in the day. RIP Doug!

Ron McKinney
Yup another good one gone.

Cathy Coyle
I actually met Doug through the Burbank Elks. I had some good conversations with him. He was a nice, loving man with a sweet soul. God Bless him & his family & all those who knew & loved him.

Jolene Firgens
He was part of our group who grew up together. My heart breaks for his family. RIP Doug you will be so missed!

Santa Calderon-Vessella
Rest In Peace Doug...

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace, Doug.

Peter Costas
RIP Doug

Kenneth Clark
I remember some great times back in the day! RIP Doug!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Wallace Bowen King, BHS '55 (1936-2017)

Wallace and Prisca in 1957

Wallace Bowen King
Jan. 25, 1936 - July 12, 2017
Wallace Bowen King died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. Wallace will be greatly missed by his wife, Prisca; five children and their spouses; 18 grandchildren; and his five siblings and their families.
A viewing will be held from 7-9 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, at the LDS Beaverton Stake Center located at 4195 S.W. 99th Ave., Beaverton, OR 97005.
A memorial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the same location.
Please sign the online guest book at
Published in The Oregonian from July 18 to July 19, 2017

Wendy King Bentley with David Foster King.
August 6, 2017
Wallace Bowen King, BHS class of 1955, passed away on July 12, 2017 in Oregon. He was the son of former Burbank Mayor - Carl M. King and Virginia King. His siblings also attended BHS and are alive and well. Larry King, Sharon Mortenson, David Foster King, Dennis King and Leon King. He was a great man who loved his family, friends and God.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Charles (Chuck) Ray Colvin, BHS '70, Passed Away July 25, 2017

Very sad to read what Alan Landros just posted on Facebook...

For Burbank High Class of 1970 - Unexpected passing yesterday, July 25, of Charles Ray "Chuck" Colvin at age 65. He lived in Santa Clarita, CA, and had had some health problems the last several years. Chuck and his former wife had lived previously in La Crescenta for many years. He was the fourth of six siblings. The family lived at 1006 E. Palm in Burbank while growing up. Chuck had worked for Warner Bros. and 21st Century Fox. He is survived by his 94 year old mother, Marjorie Colvin (BHS '41), who lives in Orange County, and his five siblings, Gloria BHS '62, George BHS '65, David BHS '66, Nancy BHS '71, and Cindy BHS '75, and their families.

We send our deepest condolences to the Colvin family and pray for God's comfort and peace.

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.


Michael Adam Cobb Obituary
Michael Adam Cobb

Michael Adam Cobb transitioned from this earth on June 25, 2017, at the age of 52 surrounded by his loving family at home in Carpinteria.

Born and raised in Burbank, Cobb (or Cobber) began a lifelong love affair with sports, playing for the Vikings and riding motorcycles at the early age of 6. By his teenage years, skateboarding and surfing began to tickle his fancy but he continued to excel and went on to become a star quarterback at Burbank High School. Michael graduated with honors from the school of real life and worked his tail off.

After 20 years in the world of medical sales and management, his life turned a corner and he became the Sales Manager for Channel Islands Surfboards-a dream job where he used to say "work and play blur." Michael worked hard and played harder. Whether it was camping trips and riding motorcycles through the deserts of California with his dad and Uncle Duane or surf trips to Panama, Indonesia, Hawaii and his favorite, Fiji. Michael was an incredibly kind and generous soul. He always possessed the ability to turn a negative into a positive, and cared deeply about the environment and animals.

Michael left behind his beloved wife, Delia, cat Xena and a trio of chihuahuas. An awesome son to Russell Cobb and Donna Ushkow, and loving brother to Patrice Mock. Michael leaves behind nieces, nephews and countless friends from all corners of the world. Donations can be made to: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine; East Valley Animal Shelter; Santa Barbara Animal Rescue.

The family will hold private memorial services in California and New York.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 1 to Sept. 9, 2017

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.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Nancy Prater Reitherman, BHS '65, Passed Away May 21, 2017

Today, Carol Prater Cox posted this sad news on Facebook...
"Nancy Prater Reitherman left us this past Sunday.
A bright light has gone out.
I'll be lost without my beautiful sister ❤"

"BHS probably 1964 kappa sorority. Top from the right 2nd and 3rd girls are Janet and Nancy Prater cousins joined at the hip"

Nancy was married to fellow BHS classmate Richard Reitherman since August 19, 1967. Please keep Richard and ther family in your thoughts and prayers. RIP Nancy.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Judie Anderson, BHS '68, Passed Away March 22, 2017

The following was from the Class '68 blog. We offer our deepest condolances and prayers to Judie's family and friends...

She fell in love with Maui and never looked back. Our BHS’68 classmate, Judie Anderson, departed this world on March 22, after a short bout with an aggressive cancer. According to her nephew, Jeffrey Szilagyi (who coincidentally is the son of Tonia Szilagyi Mapston‘s cousin), Judie fell in love with Maui nearly 40 years ago. She never had kids of her own, but was kind and caring, especially to “furry little critters and her big array of nieces, nephews and their children.”
Judie moved back to the mainland some 12+ years ago for a couple years, then moved back after her mom passed in 2006.

We last heard from Judie at the time of our 40th reunion when she wrote Jim Ranshaw:
I regret to say that I will not be able to attend this reunion, and will miss seeing everyone and the good times and memories.  I live on Maui and it is a long way to go, especially as I will be in So. Calif around the end of October, so just cannot afford two trips so close together.
Thanks for the invitation and all the good work that you and the reunion committee do!

I found Judie in the Dance Performance ’68 photo:
Judie is at the top of the picture.
Judie is at the top of the picture.
Other girls in the photo are Melanie Bridge, Betsy Brown, Donna Canzoneri, Barbara Clark, Debi Dana, and Chris Gates.

Judie's prom picture. Can anybody name her date?
Judie’s prom picture with Benton White, BHS '67

This picture captures her spirit completely……she will be so missed. 
(Amber Kinzler Sciligo)

Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 Class '67 Cruise

L-R Back: Donna Luce Neitman, Linda Peterson Everett, Cathy Palmer, Barbara Leland (with husband Richard not pictured)
Front: Carol Brown Baker, Joelle Elaine Morton and Shari Goodstein Epstein

What a fun time we had! Small in numbers but large in laughs and fun, we disembarked today after sailing from San Pedro to Vancouver BC and here are a few fotos...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jim McCauley, BHS '63, Passed Away April 23, 2017

James Robert "Jim" McCauley '63 passed away in Los Angeles on April 23, 2017. He was the oldest of the ten McCauley siblings, five boys and five girls. All of the boys inherited a kidney disease from their mother, and most of them had at least one kidney transplant. Now the four oldest brothers have all passed away, only the youngest brother survives, along with the five sisters surviving. Their mother passed away many years ago due to cancer, but their father, Jim McCauley, Sr., now 95, and his second wife live in Thousand Oaks. (Jim McCauley, Sr. is a retired FBI Special Agent.)

The McCauley family lived in Burbank in the 1950's and 1960's at the corner of Richard St. and Eton Dr. In 1966 they moved to Granada Hills, where the younger seven graduated from high school. The three oldest brothers graduated from BHS, Jim in '63, Tim in '64, and Tyler in '65. The fourth brother, Paul, would have graduated with the '67 class if they hadn't moved to Granada Hills.

Tim passed away first. Paul passed away on June 26, 2010. Tyler passed in 2013. Now Jim has passed away in 2017. James Robert McCauley was a graduate of UCLA, and was a Paulist Father.

Alan Landros
April 25, 2017


In Memoriam: Fr. James McCauley, C.S.P. (1945-2017)



April 24, 2017

With sadness, we announce that our brother, Paulist Fr. James Robert McCauley, passed into eternal life on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Los Angeles, after a long struggle with kidney disease. He was 72.

Fr. Jim was born January 30, 1945, in Corpus Cristi, TX, to James and June McCauley, the first of 11 children. He grew up in Burbank, CA, and graduated from Burbank High School in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 1967.He was ordained a priest on May 4, 1974. His priesthood began with single years as a Catholic campus minister at West Virginia University and then at Boston University. From 1976 to 1983, Fr. Jim was was a campus minister at the University Catholic Center at UCLA, serving as director of the center from 1979 to 1983.

From 1983 to 1994, he continued his work in campus ministry, for four years at the University of California at Santa Barbara and seven years at West Virginia University.From 1994 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2000, Fr. Jim served as our director of novices, first at the Mt. Paul Novitiate in New Jersey and then at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C.Fr. Jim became pastor of St. Cyril Church in Tucson, AZ, in 2000, as well as superior of the Paulist Fathers in that city, serving through 2004.

From 2004 to 2010, he was associate pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church – Toronto. From 2010 to 2013, he was associate pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Portland. Fr. Jim entered senior ministry in 2013, living at Old St Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco and then at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.

He was preceded in death by his mother and brothers Tim, Tyler and Paul, as well as infant sister, Cara Lisa.In addition to his brother Paulist Fathers, Fr. Jim is survived by his father, James; sisters Nickalee (Joe) Jung, Molly (Tim) Langley, Colleen (Rick) Britz, Melinda (Lee) Gwyn, Amy (Mike) Elle, and brother, Peter (Vanessa) McCauley; sisters-in-law Pat McCauley and Joan McCauley; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A tribute written by Fr. Jim’s family states, “He will be remembered for his devotion to his faith, his priesthood, the Paulists, and his family; his curiosity and enthusiasm for science and gadgets; as well as his courage and grace dealing with the many health challenges he faced throughout his life.”

Fr. Jim’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, at St. Julie Billiart Church, 2475 Borchard Rd, Newbury Park, CA, followed by burial at Carpinteria Public Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Paulist Fathers.

Paulist Fr. Jim McCauley and his family
Paulist Fr. Jim McCauley and his family

Phyllis Minges Gray, BHS '69, Passed Away April 19, 2017

Doug Minges posted on Facebook:

My sister Phyllis (Gray) Minges, passed away on 04/19/2017....
...she is from Burbank High, Class of '69...

Please keep Doug and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Pam Herrick Neil, BHS '5, Passed Away April 24, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report the loss of another classmate. Pam Herrick Neil passed away this evening following a massive stroke on April 15th. Pam had been battling cancer for several years, but made an asserted effort to attend our 50th Reunion in 2015. She had been in remission, but knew it was her last chance to reconnect with her high school friends. I am happy to say, she had a wonderful weekend! Those who went to the reunion probably remember her beautiful daughter, Lori, who accompanied her.

In addition to Lori, Pam also is survived by her son, Chuck and sister, Sue Silver BHS '69. I will be happy to forward any messages to Sue, and will pass on any details about memorial services as soon as I hear from the family. Pam lived in the Reno area, so I am assuming services will be held in NV.

My best wishes to all,

Trudie Lombard Hentze

Monday, April 24, 2017

Susan Young George, BHS '71 (1953-2017)

Susan Young George
December 9, 1953 - March 23, 2017

We just learned that Susan Young George passed away last month due to cancer.

She lived in Big Bear, California, with her husband, Bill, and their children.

Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

MAY 19, 2017 UPDATE
Steve Young, Susan's brother, posted this note on Facebook:
"My sister, Susan Young George, died in March of this year. She was a BHS grad, class of 71. She had contracted pancreatic cancer that was undetected until weeks before her death. She died peacefully after being removed from life support. In many ways, it was a blessing that she did not suffer the long agony of a dying cancer patient."

We are truly sorry for your loss, Steve. May God bless you and your family.