Monday, January 30, 2012

Larry Maxam, BHS '66 Honored 2012

Just received this note from Greg Alaimo, BHS '66:

The Veterans Commemorative Committee this Memorial Day will be honoring Larry L Maxam Class of 66 MEDAL OF HONOR. This will be the first time his story will be told at this ceremony. Could you place this info on your site? It would be nice if Burbank Alumni would support this Ceremony.
Thank you.
Hope all is well

Read more about Larry Maxam here and here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

1993 Video - BHS '68 25th Reunion

Lots of familiar faces!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

BHS Class '82 Reunion October 6, 2012






Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Larry Maxam Video

"On April 17, 2010, the city of Burbank honored the memory of my cousin, Larry L. Maxam, by naming a park after him. It was a wonderful ceremony where hundreds turned out to pay their respects to this brave Marine. The ceremony was attended by several surviving members from the battle where Larry lost his life. The battle at Cam Lo. Larry is the only Burbank native ever to receive the Medal of Honor."


Monday, January 16, 2012

Donna Quick Watkins, BHS '63 (1944 - 2012)

Donna was born on December 13, 1944, in Burbank, California and passed away on January 3, 2012, in Westlake Village, California, at the age of 67. She lived and attended school in Burbank, graduating from Burbank High School in 1963.

Donna married Grant Finster in 1965 and they moved to Newbury Park shortly after they got married, where they soon started a family. First, daughter Josephine was born in 1967 and two years later, son Jeffrey would join the family.

They were very active in the Church of Latter-Day Saints ward and made life-long friends. Camping at Leo Cabrillo Beach was a favorite activity that Donna, her family and her LDS family and friends enjoyed for many years and some are still enjoying to this day.

After marrying Lawrence Watkins in 1974, Donna gave birth to daughter Amy in 1975.

She and her family moved to Las Vegas, Utah and back to California, where she was the happiest, being closer to her many friends. Donna loved collecting turtles, live, ceramic, and wooden, at one time had over 1000 turtles in her collection. She also was a very talented seamstress, making clothes and costumes for her children and grandchildren. Another passion was baking, particularly gingerbread houses at Christmas time. She especially enjoyed teaching others how to make this holiday decoration. Donna was a loving and giving person and loved her family and friends with all her heart, especially her children and grandchildren.

Surviving Donna are daughter Jodi (husband Kevin) Keller of Newbury Park, son Jeff Finsterof Hesperia, and daughter Amy (partner/wife Gia de Leon)Watkins of Rancho Cucamonga. Grandchildren include Cassity Keller, Rachel Williams, Michael and Jared Finster. Also surviving Donna are sisters Diana Johnson, Dawn Livingston and brother David Cooper along with many nieces and nephews.

With friends too numerous to name, we'd like to acknowledge the Peterson's , the Barker's, Kenny Estep and Helen Belsheim Moore as some of Donna's most treasured people in her life.

Funeral services will be Friday, January 6, 2012, at the Newbury Park Stake Building, Newbury Park, with viewing at 1 p.m. and services beginning at 2 p.m. Internment will be Monday, January 9th, time will be given upon request, at the Green Hills Cemetery in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Arrangements were made with the assistance of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Thousand Oaks. (805)230-2800


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Jack "Boston" Boyd Day Feb 4, 2012

Extended deadline to the 20th of January - RSVP Dan & Sue Harris (see below)...

You’re Invited to the 23nd Annual
Jack “Boston” Boyd Day at the Races
Saturday, February 4, 2012

Admission Gates Open at 10:30AM
First Race at 12:00PM
Use Gate 6 for Parking


·        Send a self-addressed stamped business size envelope. 
·        Include extra postage for orders over 4 tickets
·        Indicate number of parking passes needed per order
·        Send to:

Dan & Sue Harris
2480 N. San Miguel Dr.
Orange, CA 92867

Questions; Call or Email Dan or Sue Harris
(714) 637-2916 or (714) 388-8216 Email -

BHS Class '67 
Virtual Cemetery

BHS Class '66 Reunion Aug 2011

And a good time was had by all!!

Committee - Top Deanne Adams, Christy Seekins, Bob Bauman 64, Linda McKinney, Jennifer Dale, Joe Baldino; Bottom Linda White, Kris Sorensen, Linda Schuster, Jordi Raack, Bruce Keswick, Phil Gieselman

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Edward DeMutis, BHS '46, Died Jan 8, 2012

Received the following email from Carol Brown Baker, BHS '67:

I received a call from the daughter of Edward DeMutis '46 last night. She said that her father passed away on Sunday Jan. 8, 2012. He lived in Murietta, CA with his wife Dorothy Bowen DeMutis.

Please keep the DeMutis family in your prayers...

Memoriam BHS Class 1946

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Remember Mr. Frankamp?

More good stuff from Kathy Au Crosier!

New post on Burbank High Class of 1968

News from Mr. Frankamp

by Katherine Crosier
Mr. Leon Frankamp taught photography and JV basketball at Burbank High.
Mr. Leon Frankamp taught photography and JV basketball at Burbank High.
I must confess that I never had Mr. Leon Frankamp as a teacher, but I was most surprised (and delighted!) to find out that he has discovered this blog. In case you don't remember, Mr. Frankamp taught Photography and Junior Varsity Basketball. He must have made a big impression on his students, one of whom was Gregory Robinson (BHS'69), a professional photographer who tragically was gunned down in the jungles of Guyana, South America in 1978 during the Jonestown fiasco. Closer to home, though, Mr. Frankamp had both my brothers in his class (Jim Au, BHS'76 and Rick Au, BHS'80) and to this day, Jim and Rick are the family photographers.
He wrote me an extensive update on his activities which I would like to share with you here. His first comment to the blog was "WOW!! This is most interesting!" He and his wife, both teachers, retired in 1989. He spent 20 years working as a construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity, Collegiate Challenge program in Clarksdale, Mississippi. In that program, he was responsible for 32 houses and supervised over 2000 students from about 100 schools.

Mr.Leon Frankamp (seated) and his family
In 1982 he and his wife built their retirement cabin in Pine Mountain and still live there, doing outreach, helping folks needing firewood, food and other needs they can provide. They are both blessed with health, with no pills or pain. They have two daughters who live in Burbank and a grandson who is a sophomore at Burbank High School and another grandson who teaches math "at the other high school."
My brother Jim says, "Without any question, he was a great teacher. He was always fair with all the students. He is still an outstanding example of someone whose life and character I want to emulate."

Memorial Field to take center stage after $12M overhaul

The new field at Burroughs High School in Burbank on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. According to school officials, berries are staining the track. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

City, Burbank Unified are preparing for Feb. 25 dedication ceremony after years of planning, fundraising.

January 10, 2012|By Megan O'Neil,

A year after breaking ground on a $12-million overhaul of Memorial Field, Burbank Unified is preparing to dedicate the athletic facility.

District officials have issued an open invitation for the Feb. 25 ribbon-cutting ceremony at Burroughs High School, while also continuing to solicit donations for the ongoing maintenance of the field.

Community members who wish to have their name inscribed on one of five donor walls at the site in time for the event must contribute at least $500 by Jan. 30, officials said. The names of those who donate thereafter will be added later.

“In times like this, it is hard for people to part with their money,” said Judie Wilke, chairwoman of Burbank Priority in Education, a foundation that helped mobilize fundraising for the project. “But if all of us can do a little part in a bigger picture, in the long run that is how communities become better.”

The renovation is the last in an $18.5-million, three-phase capital improvement project that saw the modernization of crumbling athletic facilities at Jordan Middle School and Burbank and Burroughs high schools.

When it opens next month, Memorial Field will boast a new athletic field with artificial turf and an all-weather track, as well as new bleachers, lighting, restrooms and concession stands. The joint-use project was funded by Burbank Unified, the city of Burbank and donations from local businesses and residents.

“I think Burbank is really going to have an opportunity to promote itself as a fitness community, having the two high school and Jordan Middle School tracks done,” said Burroughs Principal Emilio Urioste. “People are going to be walking [at Memorial Field] after work.”

The theme of the dedication ceremony will be consistent with the original event, which took place in 1946 and honored members of the armed services, particularly those from Burbank.

“It was really to honor two Burroughs Junior High teachers that had died in World War II, along with Burroughs students who had died in World War II,” Urioste said.

The original plaque bearing the names of the World War II veterans has been refurbished and will be reinstalled at the site, he said.

Community fundraising efforts have generated $650,000, officials said, including a $300,000 gift from the Cusumano family, which has had more than a dozen members graduate from Burroughs High School. The Burbank Health Foundation donated $200,000, and Disney donated $50,000.

Contributors have an opportunity to put their name on a state-of-the-art facilitiy, said Michael Hastings, a former Burbank mayor and founder of Burbank Priority in Education. The fundraising goal is $1 million, he added.

“[Donors] become part of the legacy, and Burbank has such a strong legacy when it comes to honoring those who have gone before us, and those who have served in the armed services,” Hastings said.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jill Barnett Barnfather, BHS '62, Passed Away Dec 26, 2011

Today we received this sad news from Jill's brother, Jim:

I regret to advise you that my sister, Jill Barnett Barnfather, passed away unexpectedly on December 26 in Portland, Oregon.

Jill was a passionate quilter, gardener and home decorator and loved by everyone in her family.

In recent years she left Southern California and lived with my Mother in Seaside, Oregon, enjoying the coastal Oregon lifestyle.

Best regards, Jim (Jamie) Barnett, class of 1965

Monday, January 9, 2012

BHS Class '62 Reunion Sept 22, 2012


Class of 62: Our big 50th class reunion is September 21, 22 & 23, 2012. We're getting a big response and we don't want anyone to miss out! There's still time, if you need information contact Carol Cutter Finkle at

It will be a fun weekend reminiscing with our BHS classmates. See you there!


The BHS Class of 1962 will be having their 50th Reunion at the Marriott Hotel in Burbank on September 22, 2012.

For more information, please email Carol Cutter at


PS Here is the link to the Senior Photos from the '62 Ceralbus:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

BHS '72 Reunion Aug 18, 2012

Lisa Lovett posted this Class '72 Reunion link on Facebook:​#!announcements

Also here is the link to the Class 1972 Senior photos:


Friday, January 6, 2012

Jim Castro, BHS '68 (1949-2011)

From BHS Class '68 Blog...

Farewell, Jim Castro (1949-2011)

by Katherine Crosier
James Castro, 1949-2010
James Castro, 1949-2010
Even though we received news of the passing of James (Jim) Castro last fall, we are announcing it to our class just now. Here's some information about him from the Burbank City Employee Association:
James Castro (Jim) joined the City of Burbank on October 4, 1967, as a Park & Recreation Aide. He was just 18 years old. Jim continued to work for the Park, Recreation and Community Service Department (PRCS) as a Work Trainee II until he went into the military on April 1, 1968. Jim returned to the City in April, 1973 and worked as a Groundsman in the Comprehensive Employment & Training Act Program for PRCS. A year later, Jim was hired permanently as a Skilled Worker in that same section. On July 1, 1979, Jim made a change and joined Burbank Water & Power (BWP) as a Lineman Helper.
James (Jim) Castro in a recent photo published by the Burbank City Employees Association.
James (Jim) Castro in a recent photo published by the Burbank City Employees Association.
In March, 1981, Jim switched over to the Electrical section of BWP as an Electrician Helper. He continued to work in this area and promoted to Utility Electrician, Electrician, and in June 2000, he promoted to the position of Test Technician. He had truly found his niche working as a Test Technician and remained in the position until his retirement in July of 2008. He enjoyed working with customers and received many kudos from satisfied Burbank customers. Jim seemed to be most happy when he was making his friends and coworkers smile and laugh. His own smile lit up a room and will be remembered by all!
Jim passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Jim leaves behind his wife, Suzann; daughters Jessica, Jasmine, and Jenny; mother Graciela; brothers Anthony and Michael; son-in-law Brandyn; and grandsone Matthew.
He attended the 40th Class Reunion and I remember speaking to him at length. According to his cousin, Virginia Castro, who also graduated with our class of '68, Jim died of a brain tumor.
We express our deepest sympathy to his family.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Joseph Goss, BHS '47 (1929-2011)

From Linda Mustion's blog:

Joseph R. Goss, BHS 1947
Goss, Joseph R., 82, September 23, 1929 - December 23, 2011

Joseph Goss of Huntington Beach, CA, died following heart valve surgery. Joe is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice; son Matthew; daughter Sharilyn Goss Castro, granddaughter Emily Reese Castro, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Reese Stotts Goss, and Eugene M. Goss, his brother Eugene M. Goss Jr., and his sister Mary Goss Barren.

Joe would say he had a great life. He started out poor; he got up at 3A.M. as a youth to deliver the L. A. Times and gave his earnings to his mother. As an adult, Joe has traveled around the world, visited the North Pole, Antarctica and scores of countries and islands in between.

Joe was raised in Burbank, CA, graduating from Burbank High School. He served as an infantryman in Korea in 1951 and earned a BS in Engineering from USC in 1959. While at USC he worked summers at Rocketdyne Division of North American Aircraft Corp. He retired in 1996 from North American Aircraft Division as Vice President. His career began on the J-2 Rocket Engine and progressed with increasing responsibility. He was the B-1B Proposal Manager and upon contract award became Vice President and Associate Program Manager.

Joe climbed and explored the eastern Sierras, California desert ranges and the mountains, mesas and canyons of the Four Corners region. He enjoyed reaching the summits as well finding ancient habitation sites and astronomical observatories. He provided his site survey reports to specialists for detailed exploration of the area.

He will be sorely missed by his loving family and many friends.

The Huntington Beach News, Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Robert "Bob" Richards, BHS '46 Passed Away

Robert D. 'Bob' Richards
Robert D. 'Bob' Richards
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Robert D. "Bob" Richards passed away at his home in Lander Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 4, 2011. He was 83.

Military Honors are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Fremont County Veterans' Memorial at the courthouse in Lander. Military honors will be by the Lander Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Robert Duane Richards was born in Norfolk, Neb., on May 17, 1928, the son of Chas and Irene (Green) Richards. At the age of three, the family moved to Burbank, Calif. He resided there until 2006 when the family moved to Lander.

In 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army at the age of 21. He attained the rank of Sergeant as a forward observer. He returned stateside in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1956.

He married Pavilowa Ruth Ann "Peggy" Bickel on March 19, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Burbank, Calif.

Bob was a professional truck driver working as a teamster for 33 years. He started as a machinist, was a mechanic, and drove truck for Hostess Bakeries for 32 years.

He was a member of the Southwest Administrators Teamsters and a life-member of the National Rifle Association.

His family said Bob collected trains, enjoyed politics, loved fishing, skeet shooting, was a mechanic, enjoyed being the family comedian, loved cars and built race cars as a youngster. They said "his biggest hobby was his family."

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Peggy Richards; daughter, Lucinda "Cindy" Richards; three grandchildren, Guy and Robyn Donovan, Steven and Paula Donovan, and Mandy and Josh Hahn; two great grandchildren, Sean Donovan and Angelina Sisul; all of Lander; sisters-in-law, Betty Romero and Joan During, both of California.

Mr. Richards was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Claire Hoover; a brother, Jerry Richards; and brother-in-law, Robert Bickel.

Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice or the NRA, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at:

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Martin Chielens, BHS '65, Passed Away

Martin L. Chielens
June 19, 1947 - February 17, 2009
Studio City, California
Hollywood Film Editor

We just learned that from Linda Reser via Trudie Lombard Hentze that Marty Chielens (BHS '65), former husband of Linda, passed away from a heart attack.

Praying for God's comfort for the family during this sad time of loss.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sharon Hansen Cerda, BHS '65, Passed Away

Please keep Samantha and her family in your prayers...

Sharon Hansen Cerda class of 1965, passed away on December 1, 2011. An avid follower of alumni and BHS activities she spent the past many years volunteering for community and civic organizations in her community.

Thank you kindly.

Samantha Evans, daughter

Sharon lived in Simi Valley, CA

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