Friday, February 28, 2014

David Beliveau, BHS '64 (1946-2014)

David Warren Beliveau
January 1, 1946 - February 22, 2014

RECEIVED THIS EMAIL TODAY... Please keep David's family in your prayers

Sadly we report that David Beliveau BHS '64 has passed away after a long battle with cancer...Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife, Peggy and his children...and other family members...Dave was such a nice and sweet and gentle guy...God Bless him...


Saturday, March 8, 2014
Valencia United Methodist Church
25718 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 255-1301

Immediately following the Memorial Service, a Celebration of David’s Life will be held at the home of Michael and Lynn Beliveau (address and directions will be published at the Service).

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a contribution in David’s name to “The American Cancer Society”, designating your gift to Prostate Cancer.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Heaven has gained a true Angel. The wonderful memories I have of my Uncle David are too numerous to list! I love and miss you so much! Until we meet again...
Angela Bedell,
Santa Clarita, California

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Dave was the nicest person you could ever meet. I knew him for 20 years as a member of the American Society of Gas Engineers. Dave was always willing to help with any project we had. He will be missed.
Jerry Moore,
Cerritos, California

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I was so sorry to hear that David passed away. He was such a delightful person. I am so honored to have known him. He spoke so highly of Peggy, his children, and his grandchildren. They were so special to him. May you rest in peace David. You will be missed by all but will remain in our hearts forever.
Jean Kanawyer,
Canyon Country, California


Cathy, I happened to be the very first person that David met when he moved from Zion, Illinois to Burbank when he was 15 in June of 1961 with his parents and oldest sister, Barbara. I was the young neighbor kid down the hill, and happened to be at their home with David's dad when David arrived that first day with his mother, sister, and aunt after they drove from Illinois. I can picture that as if it were yesterday... I was at his wedding in November 1966 to Peggy Skow, BHS '66, who lived further down the street from both of us. I thought David and his two older sisters would live to very old ages, since their dad lived to be 93, and their mother lived to be 99 1/2 when she passed away in March 2009. I visited David's parents three times in North Carolina over the years, after they moved there from Glendale in 1980 to be near David's other older sister, Susan, and her family. The news of David's death last Saturday made me feel pretty old now, plus very sad.
Alan Landros
Santa Clarita, CA

Cathy, thought of a couple more things to mention about David. Being born on January 1 of 1946 he was the oldest of the Baby Boomers - since anyone born on 1-1-46 is one of the very oldest Baby Boomers, which were born from beginning of 1946 to end of 1964, as most of us know. David's middle name, "Warren", was his mother's maiden name. Also, he always took very good care of his cars, and when I was 9, 10, 11 he would talk to me while he let me watch him wash his car, which was washed fairly often! His first car was a blue '61 Falcon, which he had all fixed up. Then he got a red '64 Ford Fairlane, which he had really fixed up! He had it while he attended Glendale College. He had that car when he entered the Air Force in '66 and was at Lackland AF Base in Texas. As soon as he and Peggy were married they left for Greece where he was then stationed for the AF. The red Fairlane was then sold! While they were in Greece their oldest son, Michael, was born there in 1968. At David's passing last week he and Peggy had a wonderful marriage of more than 47 years. I feel so badly for Peggy and their sons, their wives, and grandchildren.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Verna Emma Forbes Wilson, BHS Winter 1939 (1921-2013)

Verna Emma Forbes Willson

October 12, 1921 - October 2, 2013
Resided in Ogden, UT

Verna Forbes Willson, BHS class of Winter 1939, died October 2, 2013, in Clearfield, Utah.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Willson Nelson, Burbank High class of 1967 (Blaine), of Layton, UT; 5 grand children: Aaron (Krista ) Nelson of Portland, Oregon; Benjamin Nelson of Salt Lake City, Utah; David (Desirea) Nelson of Syracuse, Utah; SaraLin (David) Hart of Los Lunas, New Mexico; and Julia (John) Empaces of Henderson, Nevada; and 8 sweet great-grand children. She is also survived by her dear friend and "adopted" daughter, Margie Lee Smith, BHS class of 1967 (Martin) of Farmington, New Mexico, their 9 children and many grandchildren.

Mom loved doing genealogy, collecting antiques, exploring the desert, and stirring up a good political discussion or controversy, anytime and anywhere. She ran for mayor of Farmington, New Mexico at the age of 80 and received about a third of the votes. She had worked her way up from a Rosie the Riveter to an Avionics Engineer at Lockheed. She fought for equal rights and equal pay for women. She regretted that she could not finish college, but educated herself continually through extensive and varied reading and research, including on the internet. She savored life from the days of horse and buggy to the World Wide Web. What an exciting time to be alive!

Benjamin 'Benji' Harrison Landing, BHS '68 (1950-2009)

Ben Landing was the oldest of 4 children who grew up in Burbank on Bethany above Bel Aire.

Ben's brother, David Landing, BHS '74, passed away in 2003.

Ben is survived by sister Sue Landing Baker, BHS '70, Oregon and by brother Bill Landing, BHS '71, who is a Professor of Oceanagraphic Chemistry at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Their father, Benjamin Harrison Landing was a PhD in Chemistry who worked for many years at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

David Landing, BHS '74 (1956-2003)

All we know is this... thank you, Rich Morrison, for the research.

David A. Landing
Last Residence: 93386 Bakersfield, Kern, California, USA
BORN: 1 Mar 1956
Died: 16 Dec 2003

Read more about David's family here:

Thomas Eugene Hughes, BHS '74 (1956-2011)

Thomas Eugene Hughes

Thomas E. Hughes
February 23, 1956- April 20, 2011

Thomas E. Hughes

April 27, 2011

Tom passed away unexpectedly at his home in Burbank. He embraced everything life had to offer and he gave great care and love to his family – as a son, brother, husband, father, uncle and friend. His interests were many including the great outdoors, nature, and the people in his life. He loved riding his motorcycle in Griffith Park and along Pacific Coast Highway, going camping with his family and friends, and flying kites in the wind.

Tom leaves a wife, Marla; two sons, Tommy (28), Jaime (27), and a daughter, Meaghan (14).

Services will be held at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills- Chapel of the Hills on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm.



Monday, February 24, 2014

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Peter Essick, BHS '75


Photojournalist tapped as guest lecturer for series

Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014 1:00 am

By CHUCK MASON The Daily News

A photographer has to bring a passion to his subject, veteran photojournalist Peter Essick said.

“Your pictures are most meaningful,” the longtime contributor to National Geographic magazine said, adding the passion is combined with technical ability and composition in the photographs.

Essick will be the guest lecturer during a free program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for the 10th anniversary of the John B. Gaines Family Lecture Series at Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting. The lecture is at the WKU Mass Media and Technology Hall auditorium. The Gaines Family Lecture Series was started in 2004 in honor of the 150th anniversary of Gaines’ family owned newspaper, the Daily News.

Two of Essick’s photographic exhibits are on display at Mass Media and Technology Hall through March 21, “Our Beautiful, Fragile World,” and “Ansel Adams Wilderness.” The latter is a tribute by Essick to Adams, wilderness scenes photographed in Adams’ iconic black-and-white style.

“The granite wilderness is better in black and white,” Essick said, adding that he enjoys both the applications of black and white and color photography to his various subjects. He said the introduction of digital photography has brought some pluses to photography in general, though he added digital photography also has devalued the art of photography because more people take pictures with their devices.

“There’s so much (photography) out there. It’s not the same craft that you had to learn,” Essick said.

Back in the days of film photography, there was an uncertainty of what images had been captured until all the film was developed, he said.

Essick said photography is a joy when all the elements come together.

“I go into a creative anxiety and then there is the joy of expression,” he said.

Essick has brought a passion to photographs of environmental settings since serving as a summer intern working for the National Geographic magazine in the 1980s. Essick did the internship while studying photojournalism in the University of Missouri’s master’s program.

He’s been a regular contributor to National Geographic, photographing 40 stories over the years. He was recently named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography magazine.

Essick chatted about his craft during a recent telephone interview while he was working on a project about water scarcity in America’s West. Essick grew up in southern California and developed an appreciation for the outdoors while attending Burbank High School. He graduated from BHS in 1975.

“My father was a science teacher and an amateur photographer,” Essick said. “We used to backpack Yosemite National Park and other places.”

Essick presents workshops to junior high school students and encourages them to photograph things in which they are interested.

An undergraduate business major at the University of Southern California, Essick worked in the accounting department at Capitol Records before assisting a commercial photographer. Essick’s roommate at Missouri was Loup Langton, current director of the WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting.

“Having known Peter for almost 30 years, I’m certain that his presentation on visually documenting a host of global environmental developments will fascinate and stimulate thinking among students, faculty and guests,” Langton said in a news release of Essick’s lecture.

Peter's Website

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fred Brendel, BHS '59 (1941-2014)

Photo from 1959 BHS Ceralbus yearbook

Received this note from Pam Kirkwood this morning...

Hi all...

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the passing of another Bulldog.

Fred Brendel BHS Class of '59...Fred had pancreatic cancer...

He was our son Kris' favorite teacher of all time. Kris had Mr. Brendel for 4th grade at Stevenson Elementary...He taught the kids about astronomy, read them "Dr. Doolittle" and told them tales of "Tuck and Tom" (a fictious story of two characters he had contrived based up on the childhood adventures of himself and his best friend)...He was a treasure and will be forever missed by his family, friends and mutitudes of students.

Fred is survived by a brother, Richard Brendel BHS '66 and Fred's wife, Bella.

From the Burbank Leader...

Retired elementary schoolteacher dies
February 7, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.

A longtime Burbank Unified elementary teacher passed away recently, school officials announced Wednesday.

Fred Brendel began teaching in Burbank in 1964 at Stevenson Elementary, where he spent the majority of his career except for a one-year-stint in the late 1960s at Bret Harte Elementary.

Until he retired in 1995, Brendel taught fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.,0,3638940.story

From Pierce Brothers Mortuary...

In Memory of
Fred C. Brendel
December 18, 1941 - February 4, 2014
Burial arrangements under the direction of Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park.

A few comments from Fred's Guestbook...

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Just learned of the passing of my favorite teacher Mr. Fred Brendel. I had Mr. Brendel in Fourth Grade at Stevenson Elementary in Burbank. He was a soft spoken man that had the respect of his students, even in fourth grade! He taught us to appreciate music by bringing in his personal record collection and opened our eyes to the wonder of the stars and the planets in Science Club. We stood in awe as he would kick the soccer ball so high it never seemed it would ever come down. We enjoyed his readings of the Dr. Doolittle books and learning the recorder and playing hot cross buns! He was a towering man with a rye smile and big heart! Very few people come into your life that make such a big impact, Mr. Brendel was one of those life changing people in my life. You will be missed Mr. Brendel, but never forgotten.
Troy Wilson
Monrovia, California

Saturday, February 08, 2014
You were one of the best teachers I have had throughout the years, as I am now finishing up my doctoral dissertation. I always remember as a reward in class you would allow us to choose songs from your record collection by the Andrews Sisters and Jonny Horton and to this day, whenever I hear "The Battle of New Orleans" or "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" I always think of you. Your rich history projects allowed us to become involved in the people/things we were learning about and your teaching has definitely influenced the way I have taught my students over the years. I am so glad I ran into you in Burbank those years ago and had the chance to tell you what an impact you made in my life. You seemed surprised, but I know the many students you taught for over 30 would agree. You were one of the best! May you rest in peace and watch over us all.
Sarah V.

Saturday, February 08, 2014
Thank you for the gift of education Mr. Brendal!!! Your music class is something I have never forgotten & never will... RIP sir & thank you again!!!
Ginevra Flores-Brigham
Burbank, California

Monday, February 17, 2014

Road Kings Picnic in the Park - June 8, 2014

Thanks Tammy for the headsup... looks like fun!

"Mark this date on your calendars! I will be there as a vendor with my Nerium Age Defying Skin Products..... so come by and say hi, whoever can make it out!"
Tammy Klinger, BHS '64

Friday, February 14, 2014


Received this from fellow classmate BHS '67 today...

Cathy: Don't know if you are interested in putting this on the website but some may be interested in this part of history.

Cheers, ^jj^ ;o)) Luana Scott

These photo's are a marvelous history of a place that unfortunately no longer exists. The San Fernando Valley area.

Below is the first photo and to see the rest, click here

Sheep grazing on a ranch owned by the Weddington family at 4141 Whitsett Avenue, circa late 1800s. Later, it was a wheat farm, a casaba melon farm, and eventually a golf course. Undated, but a bit of left corner reads "18" so probably late 1890's.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Ed has some awesome videos showing his more recent adventures!


Horizons Unlimited Colorado Meet-Up - 2013


Driven Down - Yaviza from Mundo Bravo
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Monday, February 10, 2014

Donald Melton, BHS '65 (1947-2014)

It is with a heavy heart I share this news...

Ken Templeton called me this evening to let me know that Don passed away this afternoon. According to Don's daughter, Wendy, the stroke had left him with severe brain damage and there was little hope of any recovery. We all know that Don would never have wanted to be left speechless.

Ken is going to give me Wendy's address to send cards. I will also let you know if and when services will be held.

I leave you with this photo from a play he was in in 2010.

Trudie Lombard Hentze

Don with his beautiful daughter, Wendy


From Sean Cyphers, nephew

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I tell of my Uncle's passing. Donald Melton passed away today at 7:30pm after suffering a stroke on January 28th, 2014. Donald Melton was the Captain of the BHS football team, and while playing football also played the roll of Alfred P. Doolittle in the BHS production of " My Fair Lady". I'll always remember him as the living jungle gym, me and my brother would swing from his arms like little monkeys whenever we would see him.

He was an actor, a mailman, a football hero, a clown, and could have been one of The Three Stooges. He was a father who taught his daughter how to survive and never give up. We loved him, he was the patriarch of our family, taking care of us when things looked a bit sour.

Not really sure if I'll be able to fulfill one of his requests, as I'm pretty sure there would be a few folks that would have heart attacks themselves. We often joked about his funeral, I guess it was his way of preparing us. He joked about him and I taking a short trip to a cliff in Oregon and him taking a short " Walk" or turning himself into a Jack-in-the-box and sitting up in his coffin and waving to everyone that showed up to his funeral.

He was a character, all right! Gonna miss this guy

From Jon and Pam Kirkwood

Dear Peggy and Family,

It is so hard to smile and laugh, when we suffer such a sudden and incredible loss. There are not many "Donny Meltons" that pass through this world (certainly NONE like the one WE knew and loved). When we realize such a "treasure" as Don, has "moved on" to "another stage" in a much "larger theatre", it leaves a giant empty space in our hearts.

Thankfully, we all have so many happy memories of Don that begin to "flood in" and fill that empty space...All of the hundreds of stories, jokes, quips, funny faces, character roles he played, the songs he sang and his "non-stop" patter of chatter were the "gifts" that Donny gave to us, his "family and friends"...Yes, the smiles and laughter were his "gifts"...his legacy. We were all so privileged to have been "his audience" for a while. His very "BEST" role, was the "Starring role" he played in ALL of our lives.

Donny, you have truly earned your "curtain calls" and we all applaud you and thank you with a "standing ovation"...

There will be a LOT OF LAUGHTER ringing out from that Donny Melton has arrived.

With our love and prayers to all of you.

From Ken Templeton

Here is a picture I found of Don that describes how he made me laugh for the past 50 years. His hummor touched a lot of people. That was his gift to us all. There are no words that can describe how much I will miss Don. He was more than friend, he was my brother. My heart goes out to Wendy his daughter and the rest of Don's family. He is up there now making the Angels laugh. God Bless you my brother R.I.P.


There has been a huge outpouring of love from many for Don and his family - what an impact he made and what a legacy he left! Here are just a very few of the many, many Facebook comments...

"When we were kids Don was a fun guy. I will always remember that and I hope his family realize how much enjoyment he gave us."
Pete Beauregard

"Condolences to Don's family and to all his friends as well. Don was a talented man and I hold many great memories of playing football with him in junior high school, making skateboards from of 2x4's and skates and growing up with him as a role model for me....."
Guy Gingell

"Don has been a remarkable source of laughter and encouragement for those around him!"
Kent Barcus

"My deepest condolences to Don's family and friends! My heart is so heavy as we have lost one of our own! May God comfort you during this very difficult time! Don, you will be missed, but never forgotten!"
Betty Wareham Worland

"We have lost a great Bulldog. I believe that all who knew him would share my sentiments. Goodbye, Don; may you rest in peace, Good Man."
Bob Bauman

"He was a great teammate and a friend to all who knew him. My prayers and thoughts to his family."
Harold Maxham

"When I was 12 I joined the Boy Scouts. Most of the guys were older and wanted little to do with a 12 year old. Don always went out of his way to include me and be nice to me. I will always remember him for that."
David Hourigan

"How sad. I have fond remembrances of playing football with Don my first year in High School. One of the nicest guys on the football team."
Jerry McWilliams

"I was so sorry to hear about Don. God healed him and it was his will Don go to Heaven. I know all of us who prayed for his healing wished for a different outcome. I will keep praying for Don's family that God give them peace and understanding!"
Chuck Blais

"We go back a long way. Don was always such a Breath of Fresh Air. His sense of humor was always with him and made us all laugh.....often. I was so looking to seeing him at our 50th Renion. RIP Don."
Jack Kimmins


Cards can be sent to  Don's daughter, Wendy:

Wendy Bell
16339 Lassen St.
North Hills, CA 91343


Sean Cyphers posted the following today...

A Memorial service for Don Melton is going to be held at:

17522 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills, Ca. 91344

Services to begin at 2pm on Sunday the 16th of February, 2104. It's a pretty big place, room for aprox. 250 people. And knowing the many people that Don knew there may be just that many, and all are welcome. Refreshments ( We're thinking Santoro's ) will be served and booze will be available for purchase for those wishing to partake.

From yesterday's service... from Facebook thanks to Ken and Tina Templeton

FACEBOOK A Celebration of Don Melton's Life
Contributors: Cathy Coyle & Peggy Cyphers

Found this wonderful tribute on Facebook by Alan Hermanson...

Ken Templeton, Don Melton, and me - Santa Barbara - 2008.

Fifty year friendships are hard to come by, but Don was more than that to me. He was Godfather to Shane and Shannon, sang at my daughter's wedding, shared our family holidays and he kept me positive and he kept me dreaming. 

When I see old films of people like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Jackie Gleason on the golf course, that was us. A kinder, funnier, more loving man there never was. We acted, sang, and played as young men, got different careers, met new friends and had families. Yet through it all we never drifted apart. 

Vivid snapshots of special moments keep popping into my mind: Career day in high school and the face he made as he told me he was going to be a contortionist, or the time I took him flying and he thought pushing us into a wing-ripping dive would be just the thing to liven things up. Death defying drives through the Hollywood Hills in Ken's old car. 

Tom Selleck's mother once told me he'd done the same with his friends just a year or two before. There was that apartment Don shared with Dave Messinger (Felix and Oscar) and the one he shared with me and my then very pregnant wife. That's what I want to remember and I want to remember all of you, the mutual friends like John Eimen, Ken, Frank Doubleday, Peter, Ed, Barbara and everyone else from our early college days. I miss those days and I remember all of you fondly. 

Don was always positive, always a friend, and he spent countless hours comforting the suffering. Did you know he used to go to nursing homes just to cheer up old people he didn't even know? I'm not talking about a church effort, though he was a religious man. He just went there by himself to cheer people up. How many people do you know who have done things like that? 

Goodbye old friend. I love you and I'll never forget you. 


Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Click Here to See Who's Coming
Okay! We are looking at SATURDAY, JULY 19 for our annual Class '67 + Friends Reunion at Canyon Grille (formerly DeBell Clubhouse Grill).

Dona Foy Pocaro Bruckner posted this on Facebook:
"Hello everyone, I spoke with the folks at DeBell and we are welcome to have our reunion there. We need to give them a date because they book golf tournaments. Once I threw out Jim Grasses's name he was super friendly and said they would work with us on room charge. He then told me how great Jim and his boys are but I told him we already knew what a super guy Jim was!!!! I told him we usually did cash bar and order food on your own. So, let's pick a date!!!! Take care and I hope lots of our classmates show up as we have a great time!!!! Out of Towners, please let us know if July 19th works."

So we picked SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014


PS Here are a few pics & link to blog post from last year - so FUN!

Sunday, February 2, 2014


The luncheon is always held the first Monday of the month unless it is a holiday, and then it will be the following Monday. The costs is $12.00 for your choice of Chicken/beef or veggie entree, dessert and iced tea or coffee. (If you want a salad you have to get there early!) It also includes tax and tip. The luncheon starts at 11:30 A.M., However most people start coming shortly before 11:00 A.M. It is held at the Burbank Elks Lodge located at 2232 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank.

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You never know who you will run into. I was just looking at the newsletters and see the attendees range from the graduating class of 44 through 72. We even get some people from John Burroughs. I just happened to pick up the July paper and saw that Don Melton was there. I remember he was sitting next to me and chatting away as he always does. We will be thinking of him at our meeting and pray that he will make and full recovery.

Most meetings are just an opportunity to get together and chit chat or reconnect as we all like to do. Often we will have a 5 minute update from either the Principal of BHS and or the Athletic Director. In May we will be presenting our scholarship awards and will have a special Cinco de Mayo luncheon which is always fun. This year we will be awarding nine $1,000 scholarships to BHS students.

No reservations are necessary, we would love to see all of you that live locally or are in town!

If you have any questions or want additional information we can be contacted at


BHS '65 Reunion Pics from 2010

Thanks to Richard Benno for these great pics and thanks to John & Cathy Coyle for identifying!

Back row: John Coyle, Bob Woodward, Geraldo Gastro, Big Boy, Santa Vessella Calderon, Joanne Ferrare Provenzano, John Peterson Richard Benno, Carol Smallenberg Benson.
Middle Row: Tom Veatch, Trudie Lombard Hentze; Harold Cross.
Front row: Doug Lamb; Chris Collins Cross; Janet Knight Morales; Chris Powers Houlihan; and Jeri Hullihan Pinnell.

L-R: Stam Hill; John Coyle; Trudie Hentze; John Peterson; Chris Collins Cross; Santa Vessella Calderon, Sheldon Singer; Gary Marshall and Richard Benno

A couple of more from Bobs Toluca Lake... Thanks Richard!

John Peterson, Marilyn Williams Peterson, Jon Kirkwood and Cathy Nicholls Coyle

Trudie Lombard Hentze, Cathy Nicholls Coyle and John Coyle