Thursday, May 16, 2019

Randy Morales, BHS '82 (1964-2011)

Tragically in 2011, Randy Morales, BHS '82 and two-time winner of the Baja 1000, went missing. It wasn't until 2017 DNA confirmed that he had passed away. 

Randy at 21 years old

2011 ARTICLE (Posted on Facebook 5 years ago by Linda Mustion)
PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating Randy Morales, a 47-year-old Prescott man who was last seen on July 18.

He left his home in his father's Jeep, which was found on August 4, ten miles off Dugas Road northeast of Cordes Junction. It was out of gas.

Morales apparently has a history of drug abuse and depression. His credit card use ended on the 18th.

Detectives don't know if he attempted to go hiking, got a ride, or abandoned the vehicle by other unknown means.

Morales is described as a dark-skinned Caucasian, with blue eyes and black hair greying on the sides. He is 5' 8" tall and 215 pounds.

Family members and friends put up fliers in northern Arizona.

Morales' family says he does not have his medication with him.

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Randy Morales Baja Champ Missing
"October 19, 2017 ·
2,285 days ago a loving father, brother, son and friend disappeared from all of our lives. Today Madilyn and I had a conference call regarding a DNA test we submitted months ago. We have finally gotten the answer that we have been looking for.

Remains were found in the general area of where he went missing that turned out to be him. Randy Morales has been found.

Thank you for the love and support over the years.


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In 1984 & 1985, Randy won the Baja 1000 and here are a couple of short clips

BAJA 1000
1985 Winners...
Randy Morales & Derrick Paiemant, Honda, 17:44
1984 Winners...
Chuck Miller & Randy Morales, Honda, 14:34

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Desert Warfare : It's No Pleasure Cruise When Randy Morales Defends His Baja 1000 Title
By Heather Hafner
November 6, 1986

Randy Morales sits on the edge of an oversize easy chair clenching his hands slowly and craning his neck toward the open door with each car that passes the one-story Burbank house. The behavior of the tense and expectant Morales is in direct contrast to his conversational manner and relaxed dress of jeans, tennis shoes and white T-shirt.

Morales--out of his element in the warm and secure surroundings of his parents' home--is waiting for an integral part of his world. Honda, his sponsor, is shipping him a new motorcycle, a modified XR-600cc four-stroke racing machine that Morales has no intention of driving on city streets.

As the sun's first light flirted with the Mexican desert this morning, Morales and 240 competitors in 31 divisions departed from Ensenada for the start of the 19th SCORE International Baja 1000. On the desert, Morales doesn't do any hand-clenching. He's in his element.

Morales, 22, became the race's youngest winner when partnered with Chuck Miller in 1984 and then won again last year. Favored in this year's 1,013-mile trek to La Paz, Morales could become the first rider to win three straight championships. Splitting the riding time with him will be 22-year-old Randy Norman of San Diego.

A victory would also enable Morales to successfully defend his U.S. Off-Road Motorcycle Championship. He must place in front of overall point-leader Dan Smith to retain the plate as the national titlist. Smith will be riding with four-time winner Larry Roeseler, who was awarded last year's Baja championship before being dropped to ninth place for missing one of the race's eight mandatory checkpoints.

"He's the fastest," Morales said of Smith. "Him and his partner, Larry Roeseler, they're my main competition."

But there are others.

Miller, also a member of Team American Honda, will have a shot at the title. They no longer ride together because Honda wanted to enter two teams of equal strength, Morales said.

"Chuck will be tough to beat this year," Morales said. "We're real good buddies, but we have a thing going. Just mind games. We can go into a race and go toe to toe and afterwards take our helmets off and laugh about it. But when we're on the course it's a different ballgame. When we have our helmets on, it's like a war. Everyone's in it for themselves."

The stakes are higher than a mere racing title.

Although winners in each division split 50% of the total entry fees of $500 per team, they make even more money--in Morales' case, enough to live on--from companies whose products they use. Winning riders, of course, receive plump contract offers for future races.

"I have a lot of sponsors," Morales said, "and if I win, that's were I'll make a lot of the money. That's were you make the big money. People want me to ride their product. You have to figure out what's going to pay better. It gets to be fun."

The Baja, considered the most prestigious off-road event in the U.S., is certainly no pleasure cruise. It's man against desert, and financial motivations alone are insufficient to carry a rider through 18-plus hours of dust, ditches, stray animals and the mental torture that accompanies a night of riding through the desert's darkness.

The most dangerous of obstacles are often unexpected.

"When you come over a hill and it's warm at night, you have to slow down because there's going to be a herd of cows in the middle of the road," Morales said. "You've got to know these things. Some guys don't realize it and they go banzai into the cows and crash. Their race is over."

Morales competes in District 37 races during the year but said the shorter races do little to properly prepare him for the rigors of the Baja. So Morales and Norman departed for Mexico several weeks ago and raced the course three times. This year's course presents even more than the usual myriad of problems.

It is the first time the course will exceed 1,000 miles, making it nearly 200 miles longer than last year's Ensenada-to-San Felipe loop. The one-way format, which will crisscross the Trans-Peninsular Highway, does not enable pit crews to set up on permanent sites throughout the course and is burdensome to the racers' chase vehicle, said SCORE race director Steve Kassanyi, so the chances of getting lost become greater on an unfamiliar course.

"There is an added element of fatigue on the rider and the co-rider," Kassanyi said. "It's harder to switch for relief in the point-to-point race. In a loop race, the obvious burdens are removed. People have been able to plan early enough to have permanent pits in place in points where they're not able to have the chase crews."

While the racers wind their way south through crowded city streets, long stretches of highway, and off-road conditions that test even the most experienced riders, Morales' chase crew--consisting of his parents, and mechanic Sean Largey--will follow closely, driving mostly on the highway.

Norman, a 6-4, 220-pounder, will ride the first 200 miles before Morales gives him a break for the next 100 miles. Norman will then ride 300 miles before Morales finishes the last 400 in darkness.

"It's really dangerous," Morales said. "Your mind starts wandering, you start seeing things. It's real spooky. It's six or seven hours on the bike, straight ahead. You've got to keep your eyes moving and concentrate from corner to corner. A lot of things can happen. Your lights can go out, you can get lost."

Morales nearly withdrew from his first Baja race when his lights failed in the middle of the night. But he was saved by a battery-powered miner's lamp he wore on his head.

"I would come in, I had my little miner's light on, and the battery pack would be worn out," Morales said. "I couldn't even see where I was going. We thought our race was over."

Norman, who served as an alternate for Morales and Derek Paiment in last year's race, recognizes Morales' persistence as a key factor in the young rider's success.

"You can get a mental block from riding at night," Norman said. "But I think we're both plenty strong, and Randy's done it enough times."

Bill Morales, who introduced his son to racing via his own experience as a weekend racer, understands Randy's desert passion.

"There's nothing like it," Bill Morales said. "A lot of it you just have to learn. These people think you get on a motorcycle and you're a racer. But you're not. There's a lot more to it.

"There's something about it, once you do it once. Just like you wonder why people sky dive. It just grows on you."

Randy, who started riding a mini bike in his backyard at the age of 4, won his first race--the Las Vegas Mini Mint--at age 15. He rode without a partner in the 50-team, two-man race and won by more than six minutes. He went on to win the state championship in the 100cc Trans-AME series in 1978, the Amateur Supercross at Anaheim Stadium in '80 and the '82 Mammoth Motocross.

Before he took on deserts, Morales did his maneuvering on the football field. He was the MVP on Burbank High's football team as a senior fullback and strong safety. He was also a catcher for Burbank during baseball season.

"When he was here at Burbank three years ago, I didn't even know he was a motocross racer," Burbank baseball Coach Leonard Haynes said. "He's just a super nice kid. Here he won the Baja two years in a row, and you could be with him all day and he'd never mention it."

Although Morales was successful in athletics, his career choice was never in question. He lived to race.

But in 1982, he met with difficulty when he turned professional. Morales raced for Yamaha but didn't have a victory in his rookie season. He managed to finish third the following year in a field of more than 1,200 at the Barstow-to-Las Vegas race.

He won his first professional race in 1984, defeating his nearest competitor--a Porsche Turbo--by more than 1 hour, 53 minutes in his first Baja race.

Morales was deluged with contract offers. "That was my first big break," Morales said. "All of the sudden, the phone starting ringing as soon as I got home."

Morales suffered setbacks each time he changed sponsors. He rode this season for M-Star, a German company, but his motorcycle consistently broke down, he said, and he finished only one race in two months.

"He's had a terrible year as far as his bikes falling apart," Haynes said. "But it's amazing that any bike can stay together underneath him. He rides so hard. He seems like such a quiet and nice kid, and then there he is on the desert racing at 100 m.p.h."

Said Morales: "I got really depressed. My confidence was down. I didn't charge anymore. It was like 'Why try?' when I knew the bike was going to break."

His depression triggered another change. But under contract to Sweden's Husqvarna, Morales finished only one of three races, placing fourth in the Baja 500. After he returned to the Honda ranks, Morales' career has normalized.

In case his career slows down again, Randy has plans to follow his father into the family contracting business.

"I'm fine right now and I don't need to work," Morales said. "But I want something to fall back on. What happens when I'm not fast and I can't race anymore? I want to be able to do something."

For now his thoughts are on the Baja.

"This has been my worst year, but now it's starting to come back together," Morales said. "I'm back on track. I have a good chance of winning it again. And that's never been done before."


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Randy Morales, Larry Roeseler, Pat Boulland. Ensenada 1987 Baja 1000

Brenda Rossie-soto
R.i.p prayers to family and friends

Vicki Herrin Fields
How sad. Rest in Peace.

Linda Hayes Murvin
Very sad πŸ™πŸ»

Adele Bassett

Lizzie Havens

Barry Grueter

Gracie Kelley
That’s so sad :( ✨πŸ™✨πŸ™

Bobbi Baldaseroni
Omgoodness! So sad. Deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Pat Bushman
This is so sad. My prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Rest In Peace.

Susan Rudin
I use to babysit Randy ... Just lived 1 house away from us. The Morales Family were wonderful neighbors. Fond memories of them all.

Elizabeth Zaizar Mercado
I agree Susan, they were wonderful neighbors. Prayers for Maddie, Mason and the rest of the family.

Sandy Moody
He looks so much like his Dad did when I lived in that neighborhood. RIP Randy πŸ’•

Gary Latimer
Great teammate and classmate.

Darci Fisher
Every rose has it thorns..would be our last conversation.RIP Randy

Kathleen Pirruccello
Was a wonderful friend miss you sweetie xoxo

Brent Ambrose
Knew him well. He lived one block north of me my whole childhood. He was an inspiration in all his Motocross wins. He will always be remembered by me.

Corey Lappo
Very sorry.

Darlene Weimer Ospina
I remember him walking the halls at BHS wearing his football jersey πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸˆ

Lisa Skewes Galloway
How horribly tragic. Bless his family with the peace and comfort of the closure that they so desperately deserve.

Elaine Elliott

Mary G Gray
Sad story, RIP Randy.

Anthy Hellmers
Memory Eternal.

Penny Jonas Barth
Very sad to hear...

Debbie Shaffer Oler
He was always such a nice guy to everyone. Even the less popular kids like me. What a sad story and such a short life. R. I. P.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bob Basile, BHS '70 (1951-2019)

Robert Norton Basile, BHS '70
December 3, 1951 ~ May 7, 2019

Bob Basile passed away on May 7, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was 67. The Basile family first lived on Sparks St. in Burbank, then about 1965 moved to 821 E. Angeleno, and Bob attended 8th and 9th grade at John Muir. He went all the way through BHS and graduated with the 1970 Class. (Bob doesn't have a senior picture in the 1970 Ceralbus, so the photo shown is his junior picture - sorry a bit blurry due to small size of original photos.)

After high school Bob was in the U.S. Air Force. He then attended Cal State Fullerton and received a B.A. degree in Accounting. He had lived many years in Carlsbad in San Diego County. He was a commercial airline pilot for Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Air, and had been a corporate pilot for a Newport Beach company. He was also a flight instructor, and had also been a partner in a flight charter business in Carlsbad, Basile Aviation, and had co-owned a Cessna 310 plane. Bob was never married and had no children. Bob was one of 7 children in the Basile family. Only he and sister, Sue Basile attended BHS, (Class of '64), as the family moved to Costa Mesa in 1972. Of the 7 siblings there are now only three surviving, Sue, younger brother, Jim Basile (four years younger than Bob), and one other younger brother.

Written by Alan Landros


Linda Hayes Murvin
I’m so sorry to hear of the sad news. He lived a Great Life. May his Family rest assured he is in a much better place! God Bless You Bob. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Pat Bushman
sad to hear this. My prayers and condolences to Bob’s family and friends. Rest In Peace.

William Wallace
Very sorry Bob has passed away. We were friends during our John Muir Junior High and Burbank High School years. He had a very good sense of humor, and was fun to be around. Rest In Peace.

Nancy McNamara Zambrana
Another sad loss for our BHS class of 1970. My condolences to Bob’s family. What an exciting life he had!
Rest In Peace πŸ’™

Kathleen Wyatt Richardson
I remember sadπŸ˜ͺ

Pam Wright Peterson
So sad.... RIP Bob.

Deb Helsley Bush
Rest In Peace Bob πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œπŸ˜₯

Sue Basile
My sweet Lil Bro Captain Bob Love You and Miss you much❤️😘

Rick Farris
Rest in Peace class mate.

Nadine Aguirre Lujan

Susan Earle
I am SADDENED to hear of his passing.
My sincere condolences to his family.

Carrie Diaz-Lathouwers
My condolences to all of his family and friends.

Barry Grueter
πŸ˜₯RIP Robert

Dena Smith
Sheldon remembers him fondly. Condolences to the whole family. πŸ™

William Wallace
Very sorry Bob has passed away. We were friends during our John Muir Junior High and Burbank High School years. He had a very good sense of humor, and was fun to be around. Rest In Peace.

Bobbi Baldaseroni
RIP Bob. My Mom attended Burbank High I think grad year was 64. Judy Meskew. Wonder if maybe sister Sue knew her. Anyway Deepest condolences to the family. It looks like Bob led an adventurous life.

Terri Guerra
May he rest in peace. Prayers for the family πŸ™❤

Elaine Elliott
R.I.P. Bob!! Prayers for the family.

Vicki Herrin Fields
Rest in Peace

John Basile
I never met the family in spite of having the same last name, Basile.

Nancy Olsen Barry
I too remembered Bob. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers are with his FamilyπŸ˜”

Hugh Evans
Very sorry to hear about Bob!

Carol Cordero
Me, also. Thanx Alan.

Susan Landing-Phillips
I remember his sweet smile. Condolences to his family and friends.

Melissa Prater-Uribe
RIP Bob! My thoughts and prayers for comfort for his family.πŸ™

Mary Joan Swartzbaugh

Rebecca Willis
My heart goes out to the family...

MAY 16, 2019 UPDATE
Received this email and great photo today...
"Saw the message about Bob’s passing. Him and I were friends and got hired at Horizon Air at the same time. In case you could use a “newer” picture, I’m enclosing this one from 1990. The guy next to Bob was another classmate at Horizon, it’s not me. Bob is wearing the goofy hat.
Warm Regards,
Hans Fielsch"

RIP Kellie Lowman, BHS '79 and Kevin Lowman, BHS '81

We just learned of the sad losses of Kellie Lowman in 2009 as well as her brother, Kevin Lowman, in 1994. Kellie died of cancer and Kevin was in a motorcycle accident. RIP.

Kellie Lowman

Kevin Lowman

This discovery occurred on Facebook when Jojo Renee wrote in April 2019, "Hello. My name is Jojo, I’m currently searching for a photo of my birth father Kevin Lowman. The only information I know about him so far is his name, his accident and that he graduated Burbank High School in 1980. Any information on him would be appreciated. Thank you."


Teri Wilkins Dunnet
I think Kevin was class of 1981

Jojo Renee
Teri Wilkins Dunnet Thank you! I’m honestly just going off my google searches. So it could very well be 1981.

Teri Wilkins Dunnet
Jojo Renee Kevin was a very nice guy. Sorry for your loss in meeting him.

Jojo Renee
Teri Wilkins Dunnet it’s nice to know that, I’ve heard a couple good stories of him, but no one seems to have a photo. Heck, I’m just finding out his name after twenty seven years.

Cheryl Morales
Kevin played football with my brother. He was a great athlete and a nice person. I found my yearbook. Here is his sophomore picture. I graduated with Kellie in 79.

Jojo Renee
Cheryl Morales
His hair! 🀣😍 I love it! Thank you so much!

Cheryl Morales
Jojo Renee best wishes on your journey. Kevin and my brother Randy were friends from elementary school past high school. They played Vikings football together and then HS Football...not sure about baseball...can't remember. He and Kellie were lost too soon.

Peggy Beliveau
Kevin is my nephew.....

Jojo Renee
Peggy Beliveau Hi Peggy, looks like you live down the hill from me as well. I would love to talk to you more if you would not mind. ♥️

Jojo Renee
Thank you all so much, I would have never guessed this would have turned out so amazing and so many people would be so willing to help. I have heard nothing but amazing stories about him and that

Dan Davis
I was very good friends with your Dad... you can call me

Jojo Renee
Dan Davis oh my gosh. Please! This is so amazing!

Tammy Hansen
He was besties with Terry Pruitt, the two of them joined the military together. I think it was the navy.

Jaime Ignacio Puerta
Tammy Hansen Terry joined the Marine Corps as did I back in 1980. Terry was one of my best friends.

John Clayton
Kevin’s mom, your grandma, sings in the choir at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley. When I watch Grace Livestream on Sunday mornings, I see her.

Peggy Beliveau
Kevin’s mom is my sister-in-law. πŸ’•

Holly Cleeland
Kevin Lowman was a dear friend of mine. Here is a photo of him when we were in Kindergarten at Village Christian. We road the bus to school and home every day. He was such a cutie then.....he was always a cutie❤️

Dan Davis
Your Grandfathers name is Ed Lowman I’m not sure if he still lives in Burbank Kevin grew up in the house on the corner of Sunset Canyon and Olive Ave in Burbank on the North East corner...

Tom Carlile
Exactly right Mr. Davis! Kevin was a neighbor of mine back in the early 1970s when I lived at Olive and Sunset. Sweet kid along with Kelly and younger brother Kenny. Kenny graduated from BHS in 1981. He was friends in the choir and pop show with my sister in law. I don’t know if father Ed Lowman is still around. But you might try to locate Kenny Lowman for more info about Kevin.

Holly Cleeland
I can’t find any photos from Junior High. Kevin in Junior High was Mr. All American. Smart, Great Athlete, Handsome. Things started to change for him by the 10th grade. He was friends with Brett Saunders, Danny Davis and Kelly Murphy. They may have photosof your Dad. Try Jim Johnson too.

Dan Davis
Bo Williams Left... Me Center ... your pops on the right. Rocking it 70’s style! Around 1979-1980 a dance at Burbank High

Holly Cleeland
One Summer night either going into 9th grade or 10th grade. Your Dad, Brett Saunders, Bo Williams, Danny Davis and I snuck out of the house in the middle of the night to take Brett’s go cart and ride it up at The castaways. So fun.

Holly Cleeland
What happened to his brother Kenny and Kacey?

Peggy Beliveau
Holly Cleeland Kenny lives in Burbank with his dad. I see him a few times a year. Kacey lives in Seattle.

Teri O'Connor
Jojo Renee I knew your dad and your aunt Kellie. I graduated in 1980. I have pics of both of them. I will definitely dig through my stuff and look. Both were wonderful people. Your dad was a sweetheart. Kathy Cone was really good friends with Kevin. Message her. She might have some pics. Also girls that were cheerleaders from clas of 79 might have pics of Kellie. Jodi Stevens Blatz for instance. I have a similar DNA experience finding a close family member and it’s really cool.

Bret Wilkins
He was class of 81.... me and his sister kellie where boyfriend and girlfriend in high school... last saw the family in 2009 at kellie’s funeral 😒 I miss them both

Tom Carlile
If I may ask, what happened to Kellie? She was such a sweet girl!

Beckie Ruggles
Tom Carlile she died of cancer....

Tom Carlile
So sad and so young.....

Bret Wilkins
Wonderful girl. Miss her like crazy,

Leslie Wetherwax Davenport
Kelly was in my class. Here are some pics from 1979 yearbook.

Art Boylan
Kevin was a cool guy and we would shoot hoops and lift weights back in jr. high. One time during PE he busted my head open with a baseball bat, (accidental) and my mom had to drive me to st. joseph's to get stitches in my head. I'm on the 4th row, (#27) next to B. Strong

Holly Cleeland
Number 25

Holly Cleeland
In 9th grade Lisa Lamprich was running for class President. She was a year younger than us. I suggested a sure fire win for her. I said I will work out a skit for the assembly’s with the cutest guys in school just standing there with vote for Lisa. Kevin and Kip Currie were the guys I picked. It was so much fun!!!

Lisa Lamprich
I was running for 8th grade president and Holly, you persuaded Kevin and Kip to dance around on stage to the song "You Light Up My Life", but you reworked all the words with a word play on my last name. Kevin and Kip were definitely the cutest guys and I believe they danced around with lamp shades πŸ˜‚, while Melissa Walsh played the piano and Harry Olswanger (RIP) also played a role. Jo Jo- Your father was always incredibly nice to me. I also knew his brother Kenny (your uncle) well as he was in my class '82. I knew you Aunt Kellie (RIP), as she was in my college sorority. I'm sorry for your loss, but so glad you are able to learn a little about your father from this FB page. Therein, lies the blessing. ❤️

Gary Patrick Trotta
I knew your father well and am so very sorry for your loss.

Laura Jolls
Jr. Year 1980. The year of the big teacher’s strike. The yearbook company put all the names in front of the picture pages, and listed everyone in order by first name. I wrote in the names of many classmates at the time, your dad was one of them! We graduated in 1981, but I don’t see a senior picture for him in that yearbook. He was very cute, very sweet, very popular! I’m so sorry for your loss❤️

9th grade - John Muir Jr High

8th grade - John Muir Jr High

Maria Aviles
I was the same grade as your Dad. All my friends and I thought he was sooo cute and nice. I hope you heart finds peace in knowing the fondness people had for your dad and how he was loved by his close friends.