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William E. Daniels ’50, resident of Sunnyvale, passed away on July 3, 2012, in Mountain View. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in July of 1926 to Frank and Ottilie Daniels. His family moved west during the Depression and settled in San Francisco in 1938. He enlisted in the Army in 1946, serving in Korea in the postwar occupation army until 1948. Upon his return to the United States, Bill resumed his studies at Santa Clara University and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1950. He met and married his wife Violetta in San Francisco in 1954. The marriage lasted 58 years until his death. His legacy includes a daughter, four sons (including Peter ’81 and John ’85), and ten grandchildren. Bill was an active member of the Church of the Resurrection. He served as a volunteer for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, participated in the Men's Faith Sharing Group, and served with the Building and Grounds Committee. He will be missed.
William Albert Staats '50 on Jan. 1, 2009. A native of San Jose, he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, served in the Pacific and was discharged Valentine's Day 1946. After graduating from SCU, he joined Bank of America, from which he retired after 39 years in 1989. In recent years he enjoyed travel to such places as Italy and the Galapagos Islands. He was an avid nature photographer, sports fan, and chef. He was also an active member of Saint Martin's church and treasurer of the Santa Clara Valley Bank of America Retirees' Club. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and son, Eric.
William A. Wright '50, born January 26, 1929 in San Leandro, Calif., died peacefully March 24, 2011. Survived by Dolores, his loving wife of 58 years; his children, Randy Wright (Linda), Mary Frances Wright (Lee Bartholomew), and Nancy White (Larry); his grandchildren, Christopher, Alexander, John, Ayala, and Caleb; his great-granddaughter, Staley; and his brother, James Wright (Bev). Bill became a Seattleite upon moving to Mirabella in 2009. His warmth and friendliness endeared him to many.
Vincent Lyon Guise, Jr. '50 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 15, after a long illness. Vince was born in Oakland, attended St. Anthony's grammar school, and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Alameda. He entered the Navy during World War II as an Aviation Radioman and was honorably discharged on Aug. 6, 1946. Returning to the Bay Area, he attended both St. Mary's College and Santa Clara University. He worked with his father at Guise and Son Masonry Contractor in Oakland and did the masonry work at the Richmond City Hall, the Hall of Justice in San Francisco as well as other major landmark buildings in the greater SF Bay area until an opportunity arose in 1962 to purchase Brentwood Furniture at 613 First St. Vince owned the furniture business for 45 years with his wife Barbara. Vince was an active community volunteer and Rotarian for over 48 years with perfect attendance. He enjoyed golfing, hunting with his sons, attending Oakland A's and SF Giants games, and sailing in the San Francisco Bay. For over 50 years his favorite activity was following Russ Morgan's "Big Band" all over the country and abroad, dancing the night away. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara Guise; son, Vincent Guise III, son, Robert Guise, daughter, Mary Halter; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Lou Guise. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Wilson; son, Frank Guise; grandson, Jesse Guise; and grandbaby, Christina Guise.
Timothy P. Murphy '50, MS '76 Nov. 12, 2015. Born with his sister Patricia at O’Connor Hospital on Dec. 2, 1925. A World War II Army Veteran he spent 50 years in the electronics industry. He is survived by his wife Margaret, six children, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Robert Finocchio Sr. '50, born Dec. 3, 1928 and a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on August 31 at the age of 86 with his loving wife and children by his side. Born and raised in San Francisco, Bob attended St. Ignatius High School and in 1950, graduated from Santa Clara University. In the summer following graduation, Bob married Virginia Arata of Ross, California, with whom he celebrated a 65th wedding anniversary on August 19th of this year. Bob had a long and successful career with the Bank of America where he started as a teller and nearly 40 years later, retired as a senior executive. Bob's work at the bank served to finance the transition of the Santa Clara Valley from an agricultural economy to the Silicon Valley we know today. Bob was also a dedicated alumnus of Santa Clara University, serving as a member of the Board of Fellows for many years. He loved hunting and golf and was an avid sports fan. Most of all, Bob was a devoted husband and father who created a family life filled with fun, laughter, and many wonderful traditions. In addition to his wife, Virginia, Bob is survived by his seven children: Robert J. Finocchio Jr. ’73 (Susan), who has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Dean’s Executive Professor of Management at SCU; Suzanne Rollin, Marianne Jackson, Judy Schebetta, Alan Finocchio, Chris Finocchio (Tiffany), and Melissa Burdekin (John), his seventeen grandchildren, Alex, Amanda, Bryce, Chris, Erik, David, Garth, Gray, Joseph, Jonathan, Kyle, Matthew, Madeleine, Nathaniel, Nick, Peter, Ryan, and his five great grandchildren, Brendan, Everett, Jasmine, Max, and Parker. A funeral Mass was held on Sept. 11 at the Mission Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Scholarship Fund at Santa Clara University.
Robert Ernest Lambert ’50 passed away Sep. 24, 2014, holding the hand of his one true love, Peg. He led a rich and fulfilling life and spoke often about his many wonderful experiences. Born March 29, 1926 to Gordon and Jessie Mae Lambert of Willows, Calif., he was the baby brother of Bill Lambert ’42 and Charlie Lambert ’48. Bob joined the Navy in WWII and served in the Pacific. Jessie had all three sons in harm's way, serving their country, during those years. Bob was very proud of his graduation from Santa Clara University. He kept in touch with all his old university friends, including the fella he told that "I'm gonna marry that girl!" after a blind date with Peg. He did marry that girl on June 24, 1950.
Bob and Peg had four children: Patti (married to Carl Eriksson/Evergreen, Colo.), Kathy (married to John Frank/Red Bluff, Calif.), Ken (married to Marty Lambert/Lodi, Calif.), and Theresa Sanders (Chico, Calif.). Bob adored his six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Uncle Bob was especially fond of all his nieces and nephews. Bob and Peg spent their entire married life in Orland, where Bob sold Chevys for many years, continuing his father's business. Bob Lambert leaves a happy memory for all who knew him.
Robert "Bob" DeLano ’50 was born and raised in San Francisco, a 3rd generation San Franciscan. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after high school and served from 1943-46. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1951 and then entered his family's business, DeLano Bros., founded in 1884. He married Carmen Anne and the couple settled in Millbrae in 1965 with their three children. He continued in the family business until 2005. He enjoyed traveling, attending Cal football games and listening to John Madden on the radio. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carmen Anne DeLano, daughter Anne DeLano, sons Joseph and Douglas DeLano, grandsons Matthew and Kevin DeLano. He will be remembered as a loyal friend and a generous man with a warm sense of humor, a good heart and a gentle soul. He passed away on Jan. 9, 2013.
Donations in his memory may be made to Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476-9989.
Richard DiNapoli '50, resident of Los Gatos, passed away peacefully at his Los Gatos home on Aug. 22, 2015, surrounded by his wife Lynette of 61 years, and his immediate family. He was 88 years old.
Dick was born in San Jose, CA to Frank and Edna DiNapoli. He was the eldest brother to Shirlee DiNapoli Schiro and J. "Phil" DiNapoli J.D. '64. Dick was a graduate of Bellarmine High School and Santa Clara University and served in World War II as a Merchant Marine.
Dick was blessed with a long and successful career managing Sun Garden Packing Company. For 55 years, Sun Garden canned peaches, apricots and tomatoes in San Jose employing thousands of loyal and hardworking Santa Clara residents. Dick had a genuine interest in people and treated everyone he met with kindness and respect. When Sun Garden closed in 1994, it was the last remaining tomato processor in "The Valley of Heart's Delight".
Along with his wife and siblings, Dick is survived by his three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard "Rick" '77 and Julie, Rob and Karin, Matt and Gretchen, seven grandchildren Gina, Emerson, Elizabeth, Aaron, Madison, Christopher, Justin and two great grandchildren, Bowyn and Rocco; most of whom joined Dick and Lynette each and every Sunday for dinner.
Dick will be remembered for his patience, loyalty and gentile demeanor. He had a zest for life and a desire not to miss out on anything, especially if it involved family. He exited this world exactly how he lived it, with grace and dignity.
Preston J. Blither Jr. '50 died Dec. 12. 2009. Raised in Redwood City, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served in World War II before being honorably discharged in 1946 as a petty officer second class. He had a 33-year banking career with Bank of America and later was vice president of the Bank of Idaho. He later graduated from the Pacific Coast School of Banking at the University of Washington and eventually retired as executive vice president of the First Interstate Bank of Idaho. He was a member of St. John's Cathedral Parish as well as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by six children and eight grandchildren.
Rev. Philip C. Blake, S.J., '50, September 5, 2013. He was 87 and a resident of Los Gatos when he died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He celebrated 65 years as a Jesuit and 52 years as an ordained priest. Phil was born in San Jose on May 15, 1926. After graduation from Bellarmine College Preparatory, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator during World War II. He attended Santa Clara University for two years before joining the Jesuit Order in 1948. He taught Latin and Chemistry at Loyola High School, Los Angeles, 1955-58 and pursued theological studies at Alma College. He was ordained a priest in 1961. Phil served as a teacher and parish priest in Mexico, 1964-69, and re-entered the Military as a U.S. Army Chaplain in 1969. His assignments included service in Vietnam and Cambodia, where he received the Bronze Star for service under fire, Germany, Canal Zone, Ft Huachuca, AZ, and Turkey. Returning to civilian life in 1981, Phil served as a spiritual director and retreat master at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, 1981-99. To assist in his work, he studied at the C. J. Jung Institute, Zurich, where he received a Diploma in Analytical Psychology in 1989. He then served as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church, Phoenix, 2000-03 before assuming his last assignment as pastoral minister at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He is survived by his brother, Freeman D. Blake ’50, of Eureka.
Parmly Martin '50 died on Sept. 2, 2009 at Twin Oaks after a lengthy illness. He was 83 years old. He was born on July 23, 1926 to Cecil and Frances Martin. In 1937, the family moved to Burlingame, Calif., where he grew up. He entered the Coast Guard during World War II and the Army during the Korean conflict. He re¬turned to Santa Clara University and earned a business degree and teaching credentials. He was proud of his part in organizing the Sea Scouts San Francisco Bay Chapter for disadvantaged boys, whom he taught for five years. Mr. Martin is survived by his wife of 45 years, Maxine; daughters Barbara, Judy, and Marian; sons Ted and Rob; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Michael Gonzalez '50, a community-active resident of Vacaville and Solano County passed away suddenly in Fairfield on Aug. 9, 2013. He was 88 years old.
Mike was born Sept. 28, 1924 in Fairfield, to Miguel and Lucy Gonzalez. He grew up in old town Suisun and later moved with his family to their ranch at Mankas Corner in Fairfield. Mike graduated from Armijo High School in 1943. After serving his country as a United States Marine in the South Pacific and North China during World War II, he attended Santa Clara University. In both high school and college Mike was a standout athlete in football, baseball and tennis.
In 1951, Mike married Mary Chaffee, and they had two children, Katie and Michael. Mary passed away in 1961. Years later, Mike reconnected with Jane Roney, his childhood classmate and high school sweetheart. They married in 1978. While living in Vacaville, Mike managed the California Sample Furniture Company stores in Fairfield and Vacaville. He then opened up his own furniture store, Michael's Home Furnishings in Vacaville. He later sold the store, which is now Shock's Furniture. Mike then moved on to manage Ticor Title until he retired. Mike was active in civic affairs, serving as Vacaville City Councilman and three-time president of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Solano County Fair Board, the Dixon May Fair Board, the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee.
Malcolm Neil Stephens '50 died on February 3, 2010 at Napili Bay, Hawaii, at the age of 84. Malcolm was born August 30, 1925 in Oakland California. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Mary Jo Felion Stephens. Greatly missed by his children Ellen (Michael Zatopa) of San Francisco, son Douglas (Kathleen) of Davis, son Gregory (Adrienne) of Fremont, daughter Anne (Eric Hoedt) of San Carlos, and daughter Mary Jeanne (Diego Bermudez) of Pacifica. Forever remembered by his grandchildren Alex, Nicholas, Valerie, Bradley, Kyle, Max, Erinne, Olivia, Sara, Diego III. Also survived by his sister Betty Claire (Robert Johnstone) from Lodi, his brother Robert (Jan) of San Rafael, and his brother William (Marilyn) of Austin, Texas, and his cousins Donald Kennedy (Diana) of Orinda, David Kennedy (Peggy) of Moraga, and Neil Kennedy of Alameda, and his sister-in-law Shirley Felion Eller of Dallas, Oregon. Preceded in death by his mother and father, Elizabeth (Betty) and Alfred (AJ) Stephens. He served our country in WWII in the 14th Armored Division in Alsace and Germany and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries in combat. He returned home and completed a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University in 1950. His career with the State of California began then and spanned 38 years, while also earning a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1972. He retired from the Dept. of Water Resources as a Supervising Engineer in 1988. In retirement, he enjoyed landscaping and woodworking projects as well as volunteering in the Our Lady of Assumption parish, and taking vacation trips with Mary Jo to many parts of the world. He will be forever missed by his loving family and all who had the good fortune of knowing him.
Maitland Paul Stearns '50 on October 19, 2009 in Monterey. A longtime Monterey Peninsula resident, Maitland passed away peacefully at home. Maitland was born in Honolulu to William and Adelaide Stearns. He played football for Punahou High School in Honolulu. In 1941, he witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in the Navy during World War II. In 1949, he received his political science degree from Santa Clara University. He was manager of their basketball team. In 1951, he married Jonette Gertrude Lynde, who has preceded him in death. From 195-69, he was a sales executive for Tidewater Oil and Phillips Petroleum. Thereafter, for many years, he owned and operated Stearns' Mobil Oil in downtown Monterey and later worked for First National Bank of Monterey County. A community leader, he was on the Board of Directors for SCRAMP and the Elks Lodge Board of Trustees. He participated in Meals on Wheels and the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs. He was a member of the San Carlos Cathedral and Italian Catholic Federation, a Cub Scout leader and a PTA president. He volunteered for the AT&T tournament and Scottish Highland Games. He enjoyed bowling, square dancing, morning coffee with the BRB's and Fun Chaser outings. An avid traveler, Maitland went around the world with two of his sons and traveled frequently to Alaska and Saipan. He also traveled to Bali, Greece, Palau, and Europe. Maitland fondly remembered surfing with Olympic swimming legend, Duke Kahanamoku, and teaching Jimi Hendrix to swim in Seattle. He is survived by Charlene Jackson, his companion; children, Paul, Tony (Janet), Mark (Meg), Andrea (John); grandchildren, Katelyn, Tyler, Cassandra, Amelia, Emma, Conor, and Clay; and adopted grandson, Travis Clifton.
Lloyd F. "Scotty" Scott '50, beloved husband of Audrey (Kelly), passed away April 9, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Scotty was born Aug. 26, 1925, in Milwuakee, Wis., the son of the late Lloyd F. Scott Sr. and Genevieve (Savage), and later grew up in San Mato, Calif., where he attended Bellarmine Prep HS and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in commerce. Scotty joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and flew with the 426th Night Fighter Squadron in China. He was again called to serve with the Air Force in 1951 where he flew with the 344th Bomb Squadron in B-29s over Korea. After returning to the states he went to work for the Crown Zellebach Corp, later the James River Corp., from which he retired in 1990. Scotty resided for the last 35 years at the Lake Barrington Shores in Lake County, Ill., with his wife Audrey to whom he was happily married for almost 59 years. Scotty had been a member of Rotary International while living in Texas and president of his Toastmasters International Local while living in Connecticut. Besides his wife Audrey, Scotty is survived by his sons, Timothy (Pamela) and Terrence (Janice) and his daughter, Elizabeth (Mark) Fitzgerald and also his grandsons, Christopher and James and granddaughters, Kathryn, Kelly, Emily and MaryLi.
The Honorable Leighton Hatch '50 passed away in Sacramento on April 13, 2011. Born in Oakland on January 11, 1929 to F. Oliver Hatch and Clarice Leighton Hatch and raised in Martinez, Calif., he is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Lynn Fjelstad Hatch and his children: Katherine '81, Maury (Kristen), and Bruce, and beloved grandchildren Nathan and Lindsay. He was preceded in death by his son Francis Hatch. He is also survived by his brother Richard Hatch (Carol), his sister Katherine Smith (Clarke), and many nieces and nephews. He was an Eagle Scout (1945) and a graduate of Alhambra High School (1946). He graduated from Santa Clara University (1950), and then received his law degree from the University of San Francisco (1954). He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for 'Bravery in Action.' After admission to the State Bar in 1955, he worked as a research attorney for the Court of Appeal in San Francisco, served as an assistant district attorney in Contra Costa County, and later established a private practice in San Francisco. An appointment by Governor Reagan in 1967 moved Leighton and his family to Sacramento. He served as Director of the Office of Administrative Hearings. Other appointments by Governor Reagan included a 1969 position as Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs and then to the bench in 1972. In 1988, he retired as Colonel, JAG, U.S. Army Reserve, and in 1989 retired as Judge of the Sacramento Superior Court. His many and varied interests included a lifelong love of history with an impressive knowledge of Civil War and general military history. He was an avid tennis player, loved riding his bicycle, hiking and backpacking, and was very faithful to his Catholic beliefs. He traveled extensively in his retirement years, infamously sending his one-line postcards to his close friends and family. He was a kind, humble man with a noble dedication to the Catholic Church, volunteerism and community service, and he had a great sense of humor. He was a staunch supporter of his beloved Santa Clara University and was named Santa Claran of the year in 1978. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors and longtime volunteer for Father Dan Madigan's Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, and was a member of the Sacramento Downtown Rotary Club. In his post retirement years, he continued his judicial work in the Assigned Judge Program with the California Judicial Council. He was awarded the 2005 Alba Witkin Humanitarian Award in recognition of his work.
Joseph Anastasi ’51, died on November 26, 2012, on their Wedding Anniversary, surrounded by his loving family. Joe lost his beloved wife, Angelina, in 2010. He loved SCU & SCU Football. He was the first son of an Italian immigrant family from Monterey, Calif. to receive a football scholarship to SCU. Joe had a great work ethic and carried it with him through his career as a very successful restauranteer on Monterey Fisherman's Wharf. He and his wife, Angelina, owned Mike's Seafood for 50 years. His Faith & Family were everything to him. He has two daughters, Jane Anastasi Gasperson '73, son-in-law, Gary, and Jodi Anastasi Duckett ’82, son-in-law, Tom Duckett ’81, granddaughter, Angelina Duckett ’13, and three grandsons, Joseph Gasperson, Michael Gasperson (wife, Mandy), John Duckett (wife, Tanya) and two great grandchildren -- Hudson and Harper Gasperson. Joe was well-loved by many and will be greatly missed.
John R. Kennedy Sr. J.D. '50 died on October 31, 2007.
John Maurice Laxalt '50, beloved son, brother, uncle, great-uncle and loyal friend, passed away peacefully in his Carson City residence on September 15, 2011 at the age of 85. Laxalt had recently moved to his original home town after having lived in Las Vegas for the past several years. At the time of his death, he was with his sister, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Laxalt was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Reno. He was the fourth of six children of Therese and Dominique Laxalt, immigrants from the Basque region of France who came to the United States in the early 1900's. John's siblings were Senator Paul Laxalt '44 (born in 1922), the late Robert '45 (1923), Suzanne (1925), Marie (1928) and the late Peter '52 (1931). The children were raised in Carson City. John attended Carson High School where he received a marvelous education under the tutelage of educators like English teacher Grace Bordewich. John, being a fabulous athlete, took time from his studies to play all manner of sports, including tennis, football and boxing. John's contemporaries say that it was in basketball that he excelled in particular. In the summers, he and his brothers caddied at Glenbrook Golf Course near the south shore of Lake Tahoe. He graduated from Carson High in 1944, whereupon he entered the United States Navy. World War II was raging, and before he knew it, John was in combat action in the Pacific, including a stint in Okinawa. At the conclusion of the war, John entered the University of Nevada-Reno and joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After one year, he transferred to Santa Clara University, where his brothers, Paul and Robert, had attended and where little brother, Peter, would later enroll. After graduating from Santa Clara, John travelled to Washington, D.C., to attend Georgetown University Law School, where he eventually earned his law degree. While in law school, he worked for the legendary Nevada Senator Pat McCarran who was then co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Foreign Economic Cooperation (and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee). John travelled the world extensively on behalf of the senator and the committee. Senator McCarran was an immensely respected figure in the Laxalt household, having frequented Momma Laxalt's Basque restaurant in Carson City at the height of his power. Throughout his adult life, John maintained an avid interest in politics, government and international affairs. When Paul ran for lieutenant governor in 1962, he admittedly knew virtually no one in Southern Nevada. John, who was practicing law at Lake Tahoe at the time, selflessly (and courageously) volunteered to move to Las Vegas for the campaign. John resigned from the Democrat Party in June 1962 after Paul had filed for the office. He said at the time: "In the Laxalt family there are Republicans, Democrats and nonpartisans. We have always respected each other's right to our own political beliefs. But in this instance, my first loyalty is to my brother, Paul." John returned to Washington, D.C. in the 1970's and 1980's, the period during which Paul served in the U.S. Senate. John opened a government and business consulting business, where he advised domestic and international clients on how to navigate the treacherous waters of Washington, D.C. Paul was grateful to have John in the same town, as he always considered John to be a source of sage advice and as someone whose judgment he trusted and valued. One of John's favorite occasions was attending Senator Laxalt's annual Lamb Fry dinner in Georgetown, where about 100 Nevadans and Washingtonians joined together to celebrate the Laxalts' Basque and western heritage. Although John was a man of the world and had travelled to every corner of the Earth, it was appropriate that he passed from this world in his hometown, Carson City. From the day he was born until his final breath, John was, first and foremost, a son of Nevada. He will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by his father, Dominique (1971); mother, Therese (1978); and brothers, Robert (2001) and Peter (2010). John is survived by sisters, Suzanne of Carson City, and Marie Bini of Santa Clara; brother, Paul of McLean, Va.; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
John "Jack" Clarke ’50 passed away peacefully at his Aptos home on Oct 28. Born in Los Gatos and raised in Saratoga, he was 90 years old. Graduated in 1950 at the University of Santa Clara, he received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, followed by a 35 year career with the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Jack was active in the Catholic Church his entire life. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in Europe and was honored with the Bronze Star. Jack is survived by his wife Eleanor of 61 years, and children Richard (Susan), Stephen, John ’79 (Jeanne) and Maureen (Richard), along grandchildren, Bryan, Colin, Kelly, Geoffrey, Genelle, Andy and Heather. Jack also leaves his brother Henry Clarke ’51. Any kind acts of charity may be made in memory of Jack to Santa Clara University
John Francis Ennis ’50, of Redding, Calif., passed away at home on December 4, 2012 due to natural causes. Known as Jack, he was born December 17, 1919 in San Jose, Calif. to John and Fannie (McClintock) Ennis, and grew up with them on their ranch near Cedarville, in Modoc County, Calif. He graduated from Surprise Valley High School at the age of 16, worked for the United States Postal Service and Bank of America, and earned his airplane pilot's license before enlisting in the US Navy in 1941. He served as a radio operator onboard the USS President Adams in the South Pacific during World War II, including the Battle of Guadalcanal. After the war, he earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Santa Clara and returned to Modoc County and Cedarville. In 1952, he met and married Angela Cooke of San Francisco, Calif., and they eventually moved to Redding to raise their family. Jack made his career with the California Division of Highways (now Caltrans), coordinating road design with local cities and counties, ultimately landing his dream job as Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, and retiring in 1981. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, he was active at St. Joseph Catholic Church and served the parish in many capacities. He was also active in the greater community; as a Boy Scout scoutmaster, as a youth baseball coach, and as a volunteer at the food bank. An accomplished public speaker and humorist, he was a member of the local chapter of Toastmasters International. He was a long-time member and volunteer with both the Whiskeytown Sailing Club and the Shasta Wheelmen bicycle club, continuing to ride his bike beyond the age of 90, and serving as a volunteer after that time. He was preceded in death by Angela, his wife of 60 years, and earlier by his sisters Mrs. Emma Fogalsang of Colusa, Calif. and Mrs. Carmen Schlatter of Wyckoff, N.J. He is survived by his son Tim Ennis and daughter-in-law Kathy Brock of Portland, Ore.; son Tom Ennis, daughter-in-law Donna Ennis and granddaughters Meredith Ennis and Colleen Ennis of Carmichael, Calif.; son Chris Ennis and daughter-in-law Lisa Ennis of San Francisco, Calif.; and son Ted Ennis, daughter-in-law Nancy Steel and granddaughter Alyson Ennis of Placerville, Calif.
John Joseph Bower '50, after four years of failing health, and having received the comfort and consolation of the sacraments, at age 93, died peacefully on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Pacific Coast Manor, Capitola, California, where he had resided since 2010.
John was born on April 20, 1921, in Kentland, Newton County, Indiana where his family had settled in the 1860s. He was the sixth child of eight children of the late John and Kathryn (Clark) Bower. Never married, he outlived all of his siblings. He was preceded in death by his only brother, James W. Bower (Mary) and his sisters Mary Freiling (Syl) ,Florence Puetz (Ray), Helen Brouillette (Arleigh), Rita Brunette (Jay), Dolores Esposito (Leo) ,Grace Garavaglia, and nephew Michael Bower.
John attended elementary school in Newton County, Indiana and began his studies for the Roman Catholic priesthood at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, Indiana in 1935. After two years of philosophy, he entered the novitiate of the Benedictine Abbey at St. Meinrad. He left the seminary in 1946 but remained a loyal and generous alumnus. John served in the United States Army for two years and for one year was stationed in Alaska. He began his studies at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California in 1946 and graduated in 1950. That same year he began a very successful career at IBM which would last 30 years.
Known for his keen intellect, razor sharp wit and quick repartee, he was a welcome guest with his many friends and extended family. During his long career at IBM as an industrial engineer, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoyed travel in his leisure time as well. Because he was single, he was able to visit his siblings and their children on a regular basis and enjoyed keeping family members informed about one another. Generous to a fault, he was active in many not-for-profit organizations. No matter where he was stationed with IBM, he was active in the local Catholic parish, the Knights of Columbus and Alcoholics Anonymous. He was grateful that through the years he was able to help countless others become involved with AA and he was proud of the fact that at the time of his death, he had obtained over 60 years of sobriety. Always a faithful Catholic he assisted at daily Mass after his retirement insofar as he was able and was a faithful St. Vincent de Paul worker as long as his health allowed. He is survived by 20 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, Albert Garavaglia.