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Stephen William Dane ’10 died on March 10, 2011. Steve passed away in his Vacaville home this past Thursday at the age of 23. He was born on Nov. 5, 1987, in Fairfield, and was a lifelong resident of Vacaville. He attended Notre Dame Catholic School, graduating in 2002, Justin-Siena High School in 2006 and had attended Santa Clara University. He had previously been employed at Mimi's Cafe, where he hosted, as well as Petco. He had a strong love for his family, his dogs, his reptiles, basketball and loved being with his friends. For a time, he had also coached basketball locally. Survivors include his parents, Dr. Joe Dane '78 and Mrs. Colleen Dane '78 of Vacaville; brothers, Rick of Glendale, Ariz., and Matthew of Vacaville; fiancé, Brittany Law of Vacaville; maternal grandparents, W. Thomas and Maureen Daley of Sonoma; maternal aunts, Kathy (Paul) Buckels and Patty (Joe) Schmidt; paternal uncle, Nick Dane; paternal aunts, Marge (Jack) Elberson and Francy (John) Pastore; cousins, Christopher and Johanna, Laura, Danielle, Margie, Travis, Rachel and John; and a host of immediate family and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William and Margaret Dane.
Stephen George Olivo, S.J. '57, died December 5, 2010 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was a Jesuit for 54 years, an ordained priest for 41. Death came at age 75 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Steve was born in Chicago on the day after Christmas, 1934. When he was in his teens, the family moved to San Jose. Steve graduated from Willow Glen High School in 1953, attended Santa Clara University, 1953-56, and entered the Society of Jesus at Los Gatos on August 14, 1956. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1969 Fr. Olivo completed a Master's Degree in Spanish Literature and then went to Santa Clara University as Dean of Students. He served in this position for two years and then spent the next five years in the classroom teaching Italian and Spanish Literature. After his time at Santa Clara University Fr. Olivo moved to the University of San Francisco where he served in a number of administrative and pastoral positions until 1999 when, because of failing health, he moved to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. Steve is survived by his sisters Ann Calabretta of Auburn, CA, and Viola Evola of Oaklawn, Il., and a brother Salvatore (Sam) Olivo of Arizona.
Emily Bordallo ’10 died on Jan. 3, 2012. Friends and family remember how she would light up a room with her smile. Daughter of Ed Bordallo ’74 and Lisa Jafferies ’74, she was an account manager at Barracuda Networks and she touched lives through genuine giving and caring. She was 25 years old.
David A. Godinez ’07, M.A. '10 of Morgan Hill was born in 1966 and died on Feb. 17, 2013.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cameron Miller Reedy ’10 the morning of Jan. 4, 2015. Cameron was born Jan. 5, 1988 in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Utah. He graduated from Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cameron received his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University in 2010 and chose to make northern California and specifically Oakland his adopted home.
Cameron recently joined the internet company POPSUGAR and had never been happier with his working environment, teammates and the opportunities the job presented. The family would like to thank POPSUGAR for announcing the creation of a new award at their upcoming annual meeting. The Cameron Miller Reedy Award, which will recognize a person that has worked at POPSUGAR for less than 6 months but has demonstrated a large impact on the company.
Cameron was a tremendous son, brother, and boyfriend. He had a unique collection of friends that he was fiercely devoted and loyal to. Some of Cameron's happiest memories were of skiing the mountains of Utah with his beloved brother Keegan.
Over the last couple of years two very important beings came into Cameron's life. The first was his precious dog, Obie. To most people, Obie would be characterized as a mixed breed, however Cameron swore Obie was of some noble Egyptian lineage that guarded Kings. They were inseparable.
Obie , however was relegated to second place over a year ago when the love of his life, Anne Vander Ploeg, entered his life. Cameron's and Anne's love for each other was strong and apparent to all their family and friends. They loved to explore the bay area together and especially enjoyed discovering new restaurants, bars and coffee shops.
Cameron is survived by his mother, Susan Miller Reedy, Portland, Oregon; father, Patrick Joseph Reedy, Salt Lake City ,Utah; brother, Keegan Patrick Reedy, Portland, Oregon; aunt, Mary Christine Zenker, Kingwood, Texas; uncle, William Boland Reedy, Seattle, Washington; Aunt, Denise Miller, Melbourne, Florida; cousin, Zachary Miller, Melbourne, Florida; cousin, Morgan Miller, Melbourne, Florida.
Alex Rayburn ’11 was lost to a tragic fall in San Francisco on Feb. 21, 2015. He was 26 years old. We are grateful that the love of his life, Jackie Tasarz, and many of his friends from Santa Clara University were with him when he passed. Alex grew up in San Rafael and Novato. He attended Saint Raphael School and Marin Catholic High School. It was a wonderful childhood with many friends made at Swimarin, Central Marin Soccer League and CYO and YMCA Basketball. Alex had an idyllic high school experience at Marin Catholic, making many dear friends and growing physically, academically and spiritually. He was fortunate to play basketball for Marin Catholic and the Oakland Soldiers AAU teams. He was a 2011 finance graduate from Santa Clara University and worked for Silicon Valley Research & Trading for the last 3 years. He was working to achieve his entrepreneurial dream of establishing a hedge fund and was in the final stages of due diligence with institutional investors. He had applied to several MBA programs in the fall and was scheduled for admissions interviews this week. His future was blooming. Alex is survived by his parents, Steve and Mindee Rayburn of Novato, his sisters Amanda Durazo (Erik) of San Francisco and Stephanie Larson (Keith) of Novato and the love of his life for the past four and a half years, Jackie Tasarz ’11, of Concord. They had dreamed of a long life together with many little Rayburn's as Alex completed his MBA program and Jackie completed her medical degree. Alex leaves this world after impacting so many that met him to be a little gentler, a little kinder. As Alex would say, "Life is hard, Be nice to people."
Adrian Francisco Morales ’11, age 24, departed from this life on August 21, 2013. He was born on June 20, 1989 in Redwood City, Calif., to Hugo and Roina, but was raised his entire life in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Epiphany Elementary School (2003) and St. Ignatius College Prep (2007). In 2011, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Clara University (SCU) with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in History, Philosophy, Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies. Adrian's work experience first started in 2007 at SCU with their law office as an assistant/proctor. In 2009, he held a summer internship in San Francisco for the California Assembly. The following summer, he worked with the Turkish Coalition of America in Istanbul, Turkey and in the 2011 summer he worked/studied in Jordan. After his graduation, he went to Washington D.C. in Feb. 2011 to intern with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. He was then placed into the minority leader house of representative's office for a few months. In October 2011, he accepted an internship with the California Assembly and a few months later he took a full time position as a Congressional Aide. For such a young age, he traveled to Hawaii, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He was fluent in Spanish and Arabic. Adrian loved speech and debate, going to the movies, watching various history programs, and reading books on all subjects. He truly was a gifted person with a charming personality who was always looking for the meaning of life. Adrian is survived by his parents, Brother Alex, Grandmother Carmen, Uncle Adolfo and many beloved family and friends.
Jonathan Henry Hughes '12, Feb. 28, 1990 - Dec. 20, 2014. His early years were filled with building things, playing in the dirt, lots of adventures to the levy with Mom, Kayte, Zack and Ben. Wading in the creek and exploring all the life, both large and small, were marvelous times – isn’t it interesting, the creek and the pond are where he found his greatest joys of late as well.
Jonathan & Katelynn were great buddies and did everything together. We home-schooled, the kids played multiple sports – Jonathan thrived on it, they all did. At age 4 or 5, he knew the names of every player on the Atlanta Braves and Chipper Jones has long been one of his favorite players. There were those evenings, with nothing else to do, when the kids were all just silly – Jon & Ben, with underwear on the outside of their pants and belts as headbands, whooped it up as “Quailman”- you remember the small things.
By junior high, baseball was Jon’s passion, his God-given talents were continuing to grow. Dad had long been Coach, Confidant and Biggest Fan. Jon had already made so many great friends through both baseball and soccer, but so many more were to come. We prayed about a venue for him to continue to play ball and were led to Valley Christian. When he entered “school” for the very first time, in the 8th grade, his sister and brothers knick-named him “school boy” since he had to go TO school for his studies and they did not.
Anyone who knows Jon knows his passion for baseball, his knowledge of the game, his continuous and competitive drive to play at the highest level. Did anyone else know he played an entire season with a broken catching hand? He refused to be out and miss any part of this wonderful road he was on. Coach John Diatte took him there, to the top of his game – this man pulled more out of Jon and his teammates, than anyone else ever could have – they were like a machine, and he became one of the most influential people in Jon’s life.
Highlights of the years: a triple play in t-ball, the TOC with Little League, PONY baseball City Championships, numerous Bulldog club ball championships, Section and Zone Championships, the PONY Baseball Colt World series, WCAL league titles, Back-to-Back CCS Championship wins, naming as Northern California Player of the Year, EA Sports High School All-American and a 90% scholarship to Santa Clara University. Wow, what a ride!
Jon’s life wasn’t perfect, and he made some poor choices; we all have things we regret or that we wish we could have done differently. His days as a scholarshipped athlete at Santa Clara University were short-lived and painful, and he paid a huge price.
But his story doesn’t end there. By God’s grace, Jon returned home, on the night of his 21st birthday, 2011, and began the long process to rebuild his life. Through this last 3 ½ years, Jon fought back from addiction and devastation. By God’s grace, and the intervention and guidance of Coach Mike Perez, Jon began to put his baseball career back in order. But most importantly, he was putting his life back in order. Many long days at the pond and the creek, brought peace to his heart. He would sometimes find his sister, Kayte and ask her to take the bikes and the dogs and go to the creek with him. There he would fish and she would draw and struggles would be forgotten. Jon also attributed credit for getting through these toughest times of his life to the love and stability of his girlfriend, Amy.
His last few months were some of his best, one of the best semesters of college, considering he hates the classroom part of school, loved his housemates and team, his Coach Walt White and he shared their excitement for the upcoming season and the possibilities of where that may take him.
God is always good, so we trust He knows and has Jon in the cleft of His wing right now.
Most people do not know that Eunjey Michael Cho ’12 was a chess phenom at the age of eight, as he rarely mentioned to others later on that he had won award after award. This was because at age 12 he had realized that each of his wins rendered another person a loser. Seeing the upset on his opponents' faces, Eunjey deemed his success not worth the pain of others and gave up playing competitive chess. His mother and father, Young-mee and Yong Cho, and his older brother, Jey, all noticed that Eunjey's pure heart and thoughtful mind guided him through his life and interactions at a remarkably early age. He studied Psychology at Santa Clara University and after teaching English for a year and a half in South Korea, his parents' birth country, Eunjey adventured through many parts of Asia. As a Jesuit volunteer in Spokane, Wash., Eunjey served as an Emergency Financial Assistance Coordinator through Catholic Charities. Eunjey had always been a talented athlete, and during his JV year, Eunjey ran two marathons. Eunjey left Spokane by bike, determined to ride back to his home in New Jersey while raising funds for the JVC. It was on Sep. 18, 2013 during this exhilarating and challenging bike journey that Eunjey was hit by an automobile and killed. He was 25 years old. His pursuit toward truth in his thoughts, words, and actions, and his innate ability to be mindful in his daily life have inspired so many people to slow down and to reflect on their own potential to be humble yet activated beings with a purpose. In his life, Eunjey developed a profound ability to approach situations and challenges in a curious, nonjudgmental, and fearless manner. He deeply honored the light and dignity within every person he met. He was wise like a grandfather but playful like a child, and he lived life with a courage to which we should all aspire.
Roxanne "Roxy" Roknian ’14, Nov. 24, 2013. She was a member of the third-year law class. In their stories and memories of her, it is clear that she was a young woman who lived life with enthusiasm and passion, with a keen intellect and a delightful sense of humor. She balanced her studies with her blogging and her commitment to justice for all, with a flair for fashion.
Luciana Manriquez ’13, 29, of Chino, died on June 25, 2013, when the sport utility vehicle she was driving collided with a big rig on southbound Interstate 880 in Fremont, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Brian was born in Mt. Kisco, NY, on October 9, 1990, the second child and son of Denise and John. Brian was an avid sports fan, as both a participant and a spectator. He was an All-Section pitcher for Fox Lane High School, from which he graduated in June 2009. In school, Brian was very interested in science. He performed independent science research at Fox Lane High School on intercellular activity and graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biochemistry. He began his post-college career as a clinical research recruiter at Real Staffing in San Francisco, CA, where he had been working for over a year.
Brian is survived by his mother, Denise, his father, John, and his brother, Tom.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Santa Clara University.
Senior Nick Anderson '15, a straight-A accounting major from San Jose, died unexpectedly on Nov. 2, 2014. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend. The 21-year-old was witty, extremely intelligent, and very compassionate toward others. He was an avid fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets, and loved playing soccer and hockey. Because of his passion for working on cars, Nick aspired to become involved in the auto industry.
Michael Harris '15, son of former San Francisco 49ers CEO Peter Harris, died in a tragic boating accident near Catalina Island on Sept. 6.
Among the injured victims was Harris' girlfriend of more than two years, Kelly Wells '11, who is expected to make a full recovery. The couple lived in San Francisco and were planning to move in together. Harris' brothers, David and Richard, were encouraging him to pop the question. They said Michael was supportive and provided strength during tough times, and the two were lucky to have had him as a sibling.
"We know that he was having a very fun time with his friends, fishing and enjoying the water and being happy people," David said.
“He was a young man who was real, sincere, a great listener, always interested, warm, full of humor with the attendant laughter, who sincerely loved and prized family, who had a broad group of friends, old and new he cared for greatly, who was embarking on a career in psychology he embraced with passion helping adolescents because it mattered, and who as he matured into a man was a gift to me as his dad,” Peter Harris said in the Facebook post.
Harris had just started as a high school counselor at his alma mater Menlo School, in Atherton. The brothers said they will remember their sibling as someone who lived life to the fullest.
Affectionately known as Jackie, she was born on a sunny fall late afternoon, November 12, 1995, at the Norwood Caritas Hospital in Norwood, MA, into a family consisting of her mother, Huu Huyen, father, Tin Pham, and older brother, Alex Pham Huyen. Loving, beloved and cherished daughter and sister to her family. Beloved niece and cousin to many on East and West coasts as well as in Vietnam. Beloved girlfriend of Yang Li of Qingdao, Shandong, China. Beloved friend to many in the Santa Clara, California area.
Jackie attended Santa Rita Elementary School followed by Egan Middle School from kindergarten through grade nine and graduated from Los Altos High School with the Class of 2013. She was a Junior in progress of pursuing a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from the College of Sciences of Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.
Jackie was a member of the Vietnamese Student Association. She had a passion for the arts, particularly drawing. She also adored working with children at the Community School of Music and Arts in Palo Alto. She loved animals, especially their neighborhood cat Carter.
William David Taylor ’17 of Mercer Island, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Santa Clara, California.
Will was born August 4, 1995, at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, the beloved son of David F. and Kendall W. Taylor. The family moved to Mercer Island when Will was two months old. Will attended Pixie Hill Preschool, West Mercer Elementary School, Mercer Island Middle School, and Mercer Island High School, graduating in 2013. Will was attending Santa Clara University, majoring in economics, with a minor in political science. He was a proud member of Sigma Pi fraternity and planned to graduate in June.
An avid athlete, Will played many years of basketball, including four years at Mercer Island High School. In college, Will was active in intramural sports, his fraternity, and community service. Will coached many younger athletes on Mercer Island through the Boys and Girls Club and the Little Dribblers Program. He enjoyed skiing with his family, boating on Lake Washington, rooting for the Seahawks, and spending time with his many friends. He was a member of the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.
Will was a bright, spirited, and joyful presence in the lives of those who knew him. He lived surrounded by loving family and friends, and his death will leave a hole in many hearts. He is survived by his parents, David and Kendall Taylor of Mercer Island; his sister Kathryn Carlotta Taylor of Santa Monica; his brother Michael Wicklund Taylor, also of Mercer Island; his grandmothers Carolyn Wicklund of Sun Valley, Idaho, and Janet Taylor of Portsmouth, N.H.; his much-loved aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many friends from Mercer Island, Santa Clara, and elsewhere, including his girlfriend, Paige Olson '17. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Alvin Taylor and Eldon Wicklund.
From the moment Devin Kelly ’17 was born, well, of course, his family fell madly in love. They started learning from each other from the very beginning. Adorable, sweetness during his baby years onto preschool at the Presbyterian Church. Shy, innocent, but first moments of venturing out on his own without mommy and daddy there...we had to start to let go. "Baby steps," his family would always say during each transition of childhood. Onto kindergarten and elementary school at Holy Cross, continuing to make childhood friends at Our Lady of Assumption School through his preteen years, where Devin continued to grow through the ages of great change.
He stayed active with Junior Life Guards and became a Junior Life Guards assistant, was a YMCA swim team member, an AYSO soccer player and a Gold Coast Water Polo member. He was a graduate of The Martine Cotillions, held at the Poinsettia Pavilion. He loved the Ventura County Fair, family gatherings at his Nana's and PaPa's and Aunt Vicki's homes, video games, sleepovers, beach parties, pizzas, pillow fights, wrestling and raiding the refrigerator with boyhood friends—to Mom’s dismay. Next, onto Foothill Technology High School, (Go Dragons!), preparing for a university while participating in Young life and Young Life Camps. He was on the swim and water polo teams at Ventura High School (Go Cougars!). Devin played capture the flag and more video games with friends, cementing friendship and finding young love. Then off to Santa Clara University (Go Broncos!)—full of questions, not knowing what to expect. Parties, dorm life, first apartment, then, his senior year, sharing a home with six roomies (thrilled that five of them were fun, vibrant young women!) who all began the college journey together. Devin created a toasting tradition called the "HORN!!"His Ventura friends have since passed the “HORN” to his Santa Clara University roomies, and now all are bonded in laughter and friendship in keeping Devin’s spirit alive for many more future celebrations. Devin enjoyed hiking, camping, snowboarding, skateboarding, kung fu, jiu-jitsu, ping pong, and was nicknamed, “The Natural,” at surf camp. He loved drawing, anime, movies, playing guitar and ukulele, reading fantasy and science fiction books. Devin loved his pets. He treasured his rambunctious dog Bella and his sweet cat Jasmine. A loyal listener of "From Indian Lakes" and other musical groups, he would passionately challenge anyone who differed. One of the most inspirational moments of Devin's life was meeting and later interviewing Ray Bradbury at the impressionable age of 11, which developed into a friendship that ultimately inspired Devin to become a writer and poet.
Devin was a poet, a romanticist, a gentleman, explorer, philosopher, singer, and a loyal friend to those who knew and loved him. His passionate debates, long hours of conversation, sharing of music, warm hugs, kisses, and loving glances will forever warm their hearts.
He was excited to have traveled throughout Europe, this past summer, with six of his closest boyhood friends. Devin fell in love with all the history, culture, and immense beauty. He was very happy to have spent time with family in San Sebastian, Spain, and Frankfurt, Germany, who embraced him lovingly into their homes.
Devin’s spirit lives on through his beautiful poetry. The translation of the Irish Gaelic name “Devin” means Poet. His family often told him the world needed more Poets, and that's why he was named Devin. His writings and songs are within the hearts of all those that he touched, including extensive family and cherished friends. Devin’s Dad was his greatest influence in the fine arts. He passionately and profoundly imparted his knowledge as he nurtured and adoringly shared his wisdom throughout Devin’s life, as only a true Renaissance man could.
In the quiet of the morning, as the sun began to rise, our precious, beautiful, fun loving, articulate young man, our son, quietly and peacefully slipped away into the loving arms of the Lord. His parents had this message for him: “We love you, sweetheart, forever and ever, infinity squared. Lots of hugs and kisses, Mom and Dad.”
Devin Kelly is survived by his Parents, Michael O’Kelly and Gisele Tryon-Kelly; Grandmother, Virginia Goena Tryon; Aunts, Phyllis Tryon, Aurora (Vicki) Tryon Fassino, and Denise Carey; Uncles, Barry Tryon and Danny Carey; Brother, David Kelly-Böhm, (Wife, Jördis and nephews, Teno and Edvarz); and many cousins, aunts, uncles, extended family members, as well as all his close-knit friends of Ventura and SCU roomies and friends. Devin is preceded in death by grandmother, Nancy Kelly; grandfather, Alfred Tryon; Aunt, Jane Kelly; and sister, Juliette Ascension Tryon-Kelly.
Devin Kelly's parents and the Tryon family wish to thank all family members, relatives, friends and the Santa Clara University community for their sympathy, love and caring support.