Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Burbank's Empire Project

This is an overview of the Empire Project in Burbank, which began construction in May 2014 and is still ongoing.

Frank Sullivan, BHS '48 (1930-2016)

Boston Globe, January 21, 2016

Frank Sullivan, a two-time All-Star with the Red Sox and a member of the team’s Hall of Fame, died Tuesday, four days before what would have been his 86th birthday. The cause was complications from pneumonia.

Sullivan was 90-80 with a 3.47 ERA for the Sox from 1953-60. He played parts of 11 seasons in the majors, winning 97 games. Sullivan led the Red Sox in ERA from 1954-57 and was their Opening Day starter three times.

The Red Sox signed the 6-foot-6-inch righthander in 1948 out of Southern California. After a two-year stint in the Army, Sullivan made his major league debut in ’53 and was in the rotation a year later.

Sullivan took the loss in the 1955 All-Star Game in Milwaukee, giving up a walkoff home run to Stan Musial in the 12th inning after throwing three scoreless innings. He was 18-13 with a 2.91 ERA that season and led the American League with 260 innings.

Frank Sullivan is one of the Red Sox players depicted in Norman Rockwell’s 1957 painting, "The Rookie.”

This photo provided by Curtis Licensing via Christie's auction house in New York shows Norman Rockwell's 1957 painting, "The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)." The painting, showing, pitcher Frank Sullivan, right fielder Jackie Jensen and catcher Sammy White, second baseman Billy Goodman and Hall of Famer Ted Williams, will be auctioned by Christie's on May 22, with a pre-sale estimate of $20 million to $30 million. (AP Photo/Curtis Licensing) MANDATORY CREDIT

Traded to the Phillies after the 1960 season for Gene Conley, Sullivan left the Red Sox ranked fifth in team history with 201 starts.

Sullivan spent the last 50 years living in Hawaii and worked at a number of golf courses. The team said he last visited Fenway Park in 2014.

Sullivan is survived by his wife Marilyn, son Mike, son Mark, daughter-in-law Leihina, and four grandchildren.



2008 BHS Hall of Fame


Birth: Jan. 23, 1930
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 2016
Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii, USA

Friday, January 22, 2016

Richard L. Crawford, BHS '39 (1921-2016)

Richard L. Crawford
June 29, 1921 - January 14, 2016

A note posted in Facebook from the grandson of Richard Crawford who is also named Richard Crawford...

I am sad to say my grandfather, BHS Class of 39 passed away last week. Richard was born and raised in Burbank. He also served in the navy and Pearl Harbor. He and his wife Betty raised two boys, Richard and Robert who graduated from Burroughs in the 60s. My brother Todd and I, Richard graduated from Burbank High in the 80s. He will be missed.
RIP Grandpa

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

John Kimble, BHS '69, Passed Away January 18, 2016

Sad news from Larry O'Brien:

John Kimble from BHS 69 passed away yesterday from COPD. He had been living in CO. This is all the details I have for now.

Ruth Bolen Estoup, BHS '70 (1952-2016)

This morning I received the following email. Please keep Ruth's family in your thoughts and prayers...

June 27, 1952 ~ January 17, 2016

Ruth passed away on Sunday, January 17, in Oregon. She had won a battle with breast cancer 18 years ago, but just two months ago in November she was diagnosed with the same form of cancer, but this time it had already metastasized to her spine and stomach. I had a number of e-mails back and forth with her in December regarding the upcoming BHS reunion of her older brother, but I had no idea about her current illness. Joyce Starleaf received a Christmas card from Ruth last month, but no mention about her being seriously ill. On Sunday Ruth's life-long close friend, Jennie Burke Schneider, phoned Joyce to let her know the very sad news of Ruth's passing.

Ruth Ann Bolen grew up at 825 Bethany Rd. in Burbank. She attended Emerson Elementary, John Muir, and BHS with all of us. While in school in Burbank she was a member of the Burbank Y Girl's Club, The Thoactleans, along with several that remained her closest friends throughout life. In the early 1970's Ruth moved to Oregon, which is where she has lived since, and where she passed away. She had lived with her family in Milton Freewater, Oregon for many, many years until now. Ruth worked in the banking industry for many years, and had retired within the past couple of years. The last BHS '70 Reunion that Ruth attended was our 2010 Reunion, which happened to be held on her birthday, June 27, 2010. She and her husband were on a trip to Europe this past June at the time of our 2015 class reunion.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Tom Estoup, her son Matthew Estoup (age 39), and her daughter Rebecca Estoup (age 36). She is also survived by her sister, Barbara (BHS '69) of Southern California, and her brother, Dennis (BHS '66) of Florida.

Alan Landros
January 19, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Neil Hoffman, BHS '61, Passed Away January 18, 2016

We are so sorry to hear that we lost another Bulldog...

We just heard from Claudia Hoffman that her brother Neil Hoffman, passed away this morning (1/18/16)
Neil was in the BHS Class of 1961. We have no other details at this time...
We send our condolences to Claudia and the entire Hoffman Family.

Pam Zipfel Kirkwood and Jon Kirkwood BHS 1964

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Deceased Classmate of BHS Class of '66: Jarvy Copeland

Linda Schuster Mazur asked that I post this email from Jim McGillis and I added the photos...

Jarvy Copeland was an interesting kid. He was several years older than the rest of us. His father was an Air Force pilot or crew-member, who died either in World War II or sometime thereafter. For years, Jarvy wore his father's old leather bomber jacket with pride. Once, he personally told me about his father and the jacket that he wore. This was thirty years before ragged bomber jackets became hip and cool fashion items. Without knowing it, Jarvy was a fashion leader, way ahead of his time. I remember hearing about his death from friends or reading about in the old Burbank Review.

Best Regards,
Jim McGillis

Friday, January 15, 2016

Lynn Diana Koethy Cole, BHS '59 (1941 - 2015)

Lynn Koethy – Cole BHS Class Of 1959
Lynn and I (sort of) grew up together… She was my next door neighbor for many years during our tweens and teens… When we got older Jeanne (now my wife), Lynn and a friend double dated… Jeanne and I got married and we grew our separate ways… Many years later I was able to get her email address in Arkansas and we corresponded off and on… A few years ago my email was returned stating the (E) address was not good… Now, very sad to say, I know why… Lynn’s younger life was not kind, her mom died of cancer at a young age leaving two girls to be raised by her dad… Sometime later Lynn’s younger sister Joyce was killed in an plane accident… I sure hope her life got better… You can now RIP my pretty neighbor girl… I know in my heart that you will be missed by many, including me just knowing you are no longer here…

Lynn Diana Cole
October 3, 1941 - November 24, 2015
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Lynn Diana Cole of Burbank, California passed away Tuesday, Nov 24th, 2015 in Hot Springs, Arkansas where she had lived the past 37 years. She had journeyed through dementia the past six years and passed away in peace surrounded by loved ones. She was 74 years old.

VIEWING & INTERMENT will be Monday, December 7th:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

12:00pm-2:00pm viewing in the main building
3:00 pm graveside service
All loved ones & friends welcome! We're gathering afterwards at Don Cuco's Mexican Restaurant 1.2 miles away. Please join us for food and drink!
Don Cuco
3911 W. Riverside Drive
Toluca Lake, CA 91505
To contact Lisa Cole - 310-490-6890

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be Monday, Dec. 21st:
Garvan Woodland Gardens
Anthony Chapel
550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913
All loved ones & friends welcome to attend!!

2:00pm Memorial Service in Anthony Chapel
3:00pm Coffee, Hot Cocoa & Christmas Cookies reception next door in the Bridal Hall

In lieu of flowers, donations can made in memory of Lynn Cole to:
1. Arkansas Alzheimer's Association 204 Executive Court, Suite 301, Little Rock, AR 72205
2. Arkansas Hospice 628 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901
3. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute P.O. Box 6450, Hot Springs, AR 71902
4. Guardian Angels Cat Rescue & Adoption Shelter 1540 Malvern Ave., Suite C, Hot Springs, AR 71901
5. Gene Cunningham's Basic Training Bible MInistries, P.O. Box 21773, Hot Springs, AR 71903

Thank you,
Love, Lynn's family


Thursday, January 14, 2016

John Smallenburg, BHS '63 (1945-2016)

Sad news from Trudie Lombard Hentze...

Carol Smallenburg Benson's brother, John BHS '63, passed away on January 5th from lung cancer. Copy and paste the following website for more information and to leave a message for the family.


A celebration of John' life will be held at the Castaway's Valley View Room on Sunday, January 24th, from 7 to 10 PM.

John Lynden Smallenburg

John Lynden Smallenburg
September 15, 1945 - January 5, 2016
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 70

John Lynden Smallenburg, 70, of Avon Lake OH, formerly of Burbank CA, passed away Tuesday January 5, 2016 following a brief battle with lung cancer. He was born on September 15, 1945 in Los Angeles CA and had lived in Avon Lake the past 8 years.

John was a graduate of California State University of Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Art. He had a 34 year career as an art teacher at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta, CA and happily served as the school's golf coach for 17 years.

John had a variety of passions. He was an accomplished golfer winning many tournaments locally and in the Golf Channel Senior Amateur Tour nationally. An avid fisherman, John accomplished his lifetime goal of fishing for Peacock Bass on the Amazon. For many years he and his buddies hiked and backpacked throughout the Sierras. After teaching art, John discovered that he loved creating Found Art Assemblage. He and his wife hosted over 100 workshops featuring international artists and instructors. John was pleased to be invited to exhibit his work at several venues.

John is survived by wife Ginny (Carter Gfeller) whom he married March 21, 2005 and children John P. Smallenburg (Jessica) of Alhambra CA and Kate Burch (Margee) of Berkeley CA. Other survivors include his bonus family as he insisted on calling his stepchildren: Wesley Carter (Wendy) of Stafford VA; Tim Carter (Karen) of Brecksville OH and Amy denHeyer of Las Vegas NV. He is also survived by grandchildren Estella and Serenity Burch and Kurtis Carter (Michelle), Kelsey Carter, Alexandra Carter, Ginny denHeyer, Amanda denHeyer, Joe Carter, Tony Carter, Cees denHeyer, Rachel Carter and Ryan Carter. He will be missed by his siblings Harry Smallenburg (Leanne), Carol Benson (Frank) and Bob Smallenburg. He is preceded in death by his parents Harry and Carol Jane (nee Thornton) Smallenburg.

In Lieu of flowers John's family suggest memorials take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society at www.donate.cancer.org or The First Tee, a program for young people which instills life-enhancing values through the game of golf at www.donate.thefirsttee.org

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Shyrell Lynn Hamner, BHS '86, Died in Traffic Accident Dec 22, 2015

This is such a tragic and sad story...

From Facebook...

The Antelope Valley Times article
December 23, 2015

1 killed, 5 injured in Palmdale traffic crash

PALMDALE – A 47-year-old Lancaster woman was killed Tuesday evening when a pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic and caused a four-vehicle collision in Palmdale, authorities said.
It happened around 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, on Pearblossom Highway, just west of 40th Street East, according to Deputy Danielle Day of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

“During our preliminary investigation, we determined that the driver of [a] white Ford F-150 was traveling eastbound in the No. 1 lane of Pearblossom Highway. The driver veered off into the No. 1 lane of the westbound traffic of Pearblossom Highway and collided head-on with the driver of [a] black Honda Accord,” Day said.

A westbound Chrysler 300 hit the rear driver’s side of the Honda Accord and then sideswiped the Honda Accord during or just after the head-on collision between the Accord and the pickup, said Sgt. Tucker of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.

The Ford pickup truck then came to rest against a westbound Honda Civic hatchback, Tucker said.
The Accord’s passenger, 47-year-old Shyrell Lynn Hamner of Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. The Accord’s male driver was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, sheriff’s officials said.

The Ford pickup truck’s driver was also transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Tucker said.

Three occupants in the Chrysler 300 sustained minor injuries — two females were transported to the hospital and a male declined to be transported, Tucker said.

The Honda Civic’s driver complained of pain but was not transported to the hospital, according to Tucker.

Neither alcohol nor weather appeared to be factors in the collision, sheriff’s officials said.
The incident remains under investigation and no further information was available Wednesday morning.