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Vincent A. DiTomaso ’50 (electrical engineering) died of heart failure peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on December 14, 2016. When Vince arrived at Santa Clara as a first year student, he joined a unique class of budding engineers—not just the usual fresh-faced high school grads, but also seasoned military veterans resuming their lives at the end of World War II. During his time at Santa Clara, Vince was a member of the Engineering Society, served as A.I.E.E. President, and was a member of the Saber Society, R.O.T.C. The Class of ’50 graduated a record 70 engineers who have gathered every single year since their graduation. Vince and fellow Broncos serving in the military even held a reunion in Korea in 1951. In 1964 Vince opened DiTomaso & Associates, an electrical engineering consulting firm in Van Nuys, California. Later, he became a principal with the consulting firm of Dalan Engineers in Northridge, and in 1997 was appointed to the State of California’s Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. In 2002, he was awarded the School of Engineering’s highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. His son, Joe DiTomasso said, “We loved our father and his energy for life and his heart full of love. He very much loved Santa Clara University and I believe the proudest day of his life was when he received the Engineering School award. It is because of the lessons learned and the education received at Santa Clara that my father became the great man that he was.” Notes of condolence may be sent to the DiTomasso Family in care of the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Thomas L. Sapunor Jr. '50 appears today here on what he referred to as the "Irish Sports Page." He was born and raised in Sacramento, the middle son of Thomas and Myrtle Fay Sapunor. He attended Marshall Elementary, St. Francis of Assisi Elementary and Christian Brothers High School. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his honorable discharge, he enrolled at Santa Clara University, graduating in 1950. His beloved bride of 65 years, Johanna Hammans, and Tom began their married life together in San Francisco, where their first three children, Timothy, Sally and Jeanne were born. During that time, he survived a bout with polio that hospitalized him for months. Tom's promotion at Cal Western Life Insurance brought the family back to Sacramento, where sons Peter and Stephen '82 were born. Tom continued at Cal Western while attending night school at McGeorge College of Law. Upon admittance to the bar, he began his career as a Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County. After working with his brother John '41 (Treva Sapunor '41) at the Wilke, Fleury & Sapunor law firm, he continued his legal career working as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of California for over 20 years. A quintessential gentleman and family man, Tom was a devoted friend, son, brother, husband, father and "Baba" who was proud of his Irish and Croatian immigrant heritage. He cherished time spent at the shores of Tahoe, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pajaro Dunes, Little River and Angel Island, and at Uncle George's cabin in Strawberry. Tom was an ardent supporter of his children's and grand-children's artistic and sporting pursuits; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, barbequing, cocktails, Gilbert and Sullivan, crosswords, Steve Nash and Kurt Rambis, sketching, reading, and traveling. One of Tom's favorite trips was journeying to Ireland in 1993 with old pals Delaney and Meyers. His favorite movie was "Dawn Patrol" with David Niven and Errol Flynn. Tom loved animals, especially his childhood hunting dog "Buff" and in later life, his Cavaliers Jane and Lucy. Tom was a faithful parishioner at Sacred Heart Church, serving as a lector for decades. In addition to his parents, Tom is predeceased by his uncle George Sapunor, brother the Hon. John M. Sapunor, sister Ellen, nephews Richard Thomas and Michael Benjamin Sapunor, niece Nancy Sapunor, mother-in-law Peggie Dayton, and son-in-law Tim Pfaff. Survived by wife Johanna, brother Dr. Philip Sapunor (Patricia), children Tim (Cathy), Sally, Jeanne (Ralph Davis), Pete (Suzy) and Stephen '82 (Allison), grandchildren Zack, Rita, Greg, Christine (Yosihai), Grace, Oona, Max, Caitlin, Hannah, Nicholas, Matthew, Rob (Katie), John, and Michael, and great-grandchild Alex. Also survived by nephew the Hon. Jack V. Sapunor '70 (Vicki), nephew Michael Sapunor (Nancy), niece Jenny Gysin (Warner), and grandnephews Patrick, Adam, Leo and Oscar.
Ellery Williams ’50 passed away in his home in Los Altos surrounded by his loving family. Born in St. Louis, MO, he and his parents, Kathryn and Harvey, younger brother, Dick, and his grandfather moved to Pasadena, CA when Ellery was 16 years old. He was a great athlete and competitor playing baseball and football in High School where he won many awards. After graduation, he joined the Army Air Corps where he hoped to become a pilot. However, the war ended before he was able to attain that goal. He returned to Pasadena to attend Muir Jr. College. After a semester, he was offered a scholarship to Santa Clara University where he became an outstanding football player and again won many awards. He was part of the great 1950 Orange Bowl team that beat Kentucky.
The year 1950 was a very good one for Ellery. After graduation, he married his sweetheart, Joan. He was drafted by the S.F. 49ers but played for the New York Giants for a year in their successful season. Ellery and Joan moved to Palo Alto where he immediately was offered a position in the building industry. Ellery went on to eventually have his own window, glass, and mirror companies. Meanwhile, he continued his sports playing softball for many years as well as swimming, skiing, tennis, golf, and later bocce ball well into his 80s. They moved to Los Altos in 1955 and later had two children, Michael and Janice. As the children grew older, he coached their little league teams and girls softball teams. Ellery could build or fix anything, which he did around the house, church, and other places where he was helpful. He loved music and singing as well as fishing and camping which we did as a family. Ellery later had a very successful real estate career. He also took up painting and found his talent in watercolors. After he retired, he and Joan traveled extensively on almost every continent, whether by ship, plane, rail, or camper. Ellery is in the University of Santa Clara’s Athletic Hall of Fame and also in the Pasadena Court of Champions.
Ellery was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, uncle, and friend. We shall all miss him and his great sense of humor.
Jack Robert Marasti '51 passed away at Mercy Hospital in Merced, CA, on October 8, 2016, surrounded by his family and loved ones. Born in Grindstone, PA, he was the youngest of three children by Alex and Jenny Marasti. After the family relocated to Merced, he entered John Muir Elementary as a 3rd grader and graduated from Merced Union High School District in 1947 with the honor of receiving the MUHSD Science and Math Award. Jack then attended Santa Clara University for his undergraduate degree, graduating in 1951 at the top of his class. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he attended U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. At the age of 24, he became an auto dealer, starting the Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth family business which he successfully ran with his wife Patricia Marasti for 35 years - eventually becoming the second oldest Chrysler dealership on the west coast. After the passing of his beloved wife of 52 years, Jack stayed active and contributed to his community by becoming a substitute teacher for MUHSD. He loved substitute teaching and sharing his vast knowledge and experience with the students. He proudly continued to substitute teach until his passing at 87 years old. He is survived by his children Noreen Bianchi, Michael Marasti '75 (Santa), Peggy LaRocque (Brian), and Robert Marasti. His son Mark Marasti preceded him in death. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, including Richard L. Bianchi '96, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Jack is also survived by his dear friend Lydia Lobdell. He was a true family man, patriarch of his family, and will be deeply missed.
Claude John Boyd, Jr. '52 passed away on November 18, 2016. He was a proud graduate of St. Ignatius High School and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1952. He worked as an engineer at Sperry, Lockheed, Fairchild Instrument, Dalmo Victor and, most notably, IBM where he retired in 1990. He leaves his beloved wife, Evelyn Boyd, and his family, son Brian Boyd and Brian's wife Loriann Casillas and grandsons Connor Boyd, Kyle Boyd and Cameron Boyd as well as Claude's devoted daughter Corine DeLeon, Corine's husband Joe and grandsons Christian DeLeon, Alexander DeLeon, Jevan DeLeon and granddaughters Rebecca DeLeon and Marciella DeLeon Cantu.
On December 8, 2016, our Dad, Anthony J. Escover ’55 passed away exactly how he wanted, peacefully and surrounded by his family. He led an exemplary life and achieved legendary status to everyone who loved and admired him. A California native, Anthony was raised to be both highly educated and a farmer. Graduating from Bellarmine College Prep and then receiving a Mechanical Engineering degree from Santa Clara in 1955, he would set out to combine both disciplines while raising a family. Anthony worked for FMC for 25 plus years working on such notable projects as the Bradley tank and traveling the world representing the improved processes for coal mining equipment.
Anthony was a true family man and very proud of his six children–Cathy Warshawsky ’81, David F. Escover ’83 (deceased), Lorraine (Otis), Janette (Johnson), Joan Escover ’86, J.D. ’90 and Yvonne (O’Connor)–instilling in us all the value of hard work and the pride that comes from doing a job well. He was an entrepreneur too, starting a Hydroponic Greenhouse and selling tomatoes under the TP label, all while continuing to farm walnuts and other crops on the ranch. Dad loved parties and get togethers, always loving to bring family and friends together for whatever the occasion.
Dad was a jack-of-all-trades, building our family home, and later his residence in Hollister, Calif. Dad was innovative, attempting to plant macadamia nuts in northern California and later changing it out to Vineyards (Idyll Time) where he grew Zinfandel, Syrah, and Pinot Noir wine grapes, selling them to wineries like Pessagno, Calera and Leal who made them into exceptional wine.
Dad was adventurous, instilling the love of boating, camping, hunting, and fishing to his children and grandchildren. A stickler for rules and processes, he would make his grandchildren (16) take gun safety courses before he would allow them to partake in these recreational activities on the ranch. He was quite a sharpshooter himself, proud of his military background often joking how his base was never attacked while he was on watch!
Dad was sharp as a whip until the very end, being able to spout out mathematical formulas, Dad “truisms” or just being able to find the answers whether it be looking up in his own almanac or eventually learning how to use Google to find the answers.
Dad gave us everything we needed and he will surely continue to watch over us all in Heaven. Please come celebrate with us, this exemplary man.
Martin D. “Pete” Murphy ’56 passed away peacefully on the morning of February 8, 2017. Born on March 7, 1935, as a third generation San Franciscan and a descendant of the California Pioneers, he was a man of enormous humility, generosity, loyalty, and humor. He rarely passed on the opportunity to laugh at himself or to make others laugh.
Pete was born and raised in the Marina District in San Francisco. He was raised by his mother, Anna, a math teacher at Galileo High School, and his father Martin, longtime President of City Title Insurance. He attended Ecole Notre Dame des Victories grammar school, St. Ignatius High School (Class of 1952) and Santa Clara University. He completed his strong Jesuit-based education when he graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law in 1961. In between college and law school, Pete served two years in the United States Armed Services as a second lieutenant.
During his school years, Pete was an accomplished scholar athlete. He played varsity baseball. He competed at the collegiate level in basketball. He also played collegiate tennis. Pete was quick to quip that he was “a great natural athlete.”
Pete spent his entire legal career at the venerable San Francisco law firm of Tobin & Tobin. His primary practice was estate planning. He counseled many San Francisco families over the years and he was an active lecturer in his field. He also was involved in non-profit law where he represented many Catholic entities and charities including the San Francisco Archdiocese.
Pete was most passionate about his volunteer work for Catholic Charities. He shared this passion with his loving wife, Joanne, of 51 years. He spent countless hours serving on the boards of Several Bay Area Catholic organizations, including Hanna Boys Center, Holy Family Day Home and the Knights of Malta. To honor his services, he received a myriad of awards including the St. Thomas More Award as outstanding Catholic Attorney, the Alice Phelan/Sullivan Award from Catholic Charities, Alumnus of the Year from USF School of Law and the Christ the King Award from St. Ignatius. He was also loyal to his alma maters and other educational institutions. He was the chairman of large capital campaigns for St. Brendan School (parish center), St. Ignatius College Preparatory (large facility upgrade) and USF School of Law (new law library).
Pete was devoted to his family. In addition to Joanne, he is also survived by his three sons, Martin Murphy Jr. ’88 (Marie), John Murphy ’90 (Adrienne) and Patrick (Jenny), and grandchildren Milan, Sierra, Olivia and Luke. He will be missed very much by his family and by the many people whose lives he touched.
The family wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to the compassionate individuals who cared for Pete at St. Mary's Medical Center and USCF Medical Center prior to his passing.
Frank "Bruce" Oneto J.D. '56 of Boulder Creek, California, 91, died Tuesday June 30, 2015 from congestive heart failure at Dignity Health, Santa Cruz, CA.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jeri (Green) Oneto, and sisters Jane (Chuck Irwin) and Marilou Ellis, daughter Laura Hamill, sons Michael Oneto (Lisa) and Robert Oneto (Karen), step-daughter Jackie Jones (Mike), grandchildren Tim Jones (Amber), Suzie (Jake Palmer), Roy, Simone, Brook and Mikaela Oneto, and five great grandchildren: Colton, Kyla, Kendall Jones, and Landen and Grady Palmer. Bruce was preceded in death by brother John Oneto '56 and step-son Jeff Green.
Bruce was born in Madera December 23, 1923 and was the son of Frank and Caralou Oneto. He was raised in Madera, Sebastopol, San Francisco, and Fresno, California Bruce attended Fresno High graduating in 1941.
Following graduation Bruce served as a corporal in the Army during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific with 593rd Joint Assault Signal Company (JASCO) and received 4 battle stars for activity duty in Bismarck Archipelago, Leyte, Luzon, and Okinawa, and received a presidential unit citation. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
Upon returning to civilian life Bruce attended college at Stanford University and Santa Clara University receiving a law degree from Santa Clara in 1956.
In his early career Bruce practiced law and became a partner at the Ruffo Law firm in San Jose, California. Following a successful career at the Ruffo Law Firm, Bruce began his own practice in San Jose and Brookdale, California.
In 1974 Bruce retired from law practice and began his next career as an employee and manager of Park Mutual Water Company in Boulder Creek, California where he would begin a lifelong pursuit as an outspoken advocate of sustainable water policy.
Bruce became involved in a wide range of organizations to further his passion for sensible and sustainable management of our natural resources. Among them: Water Advisory Commission for State of California and Santa Cruz County, and Watershed Institute Advisor for San Lorenzo Valley High District. In addition, Bruce held the position of Fair Director for the 14th district Santa Cruz County Fair. A position appointed by governors Davis, Schwarzenegger and Brown. He held this position since 2001.
In his later years Bruce dedicated himself to promoting the principles of sustainable agriculture and became a member of the Watsonville Ag History Project and the Santa Cruz County Fair Heritage Foundation. He and his wife Jeri would frequently promote and contribute to fundraising events, graciously offering their abundant talent at preparing home cooked meals, prepared with dedication and lots of love. Bruce and his wife Jeri were recipients of the 2013 Hammer-Marcum award honoring two residents of the San Lorenzo Valley who have given hundreds of hours of volunteer time to improve the quality of life of local residents.
Bruce was a member in the following organizations: San Lorenzo Valley Museum, Valley Women's Club, and Sons in Retirement. His interests and hobbies included golf, bowling, and woodworking. Bruce loved to teach his family and friends how to prepare homemade ravioli which he learned from his grandmother Nona. And Bruce would often provide demonstrations in how to prepare ravioli at the Santa Cruz County Fair.
Bruce was also a volunteer groundskeeper for his grandson's little league team. He did this because he wanted to be sure the kids had a safe field to play on. He kept the field up for four generations of little leaguers.
Bruce liked to work with his hands and was very proud of the work he did to remodel his home, using reclaimed wood from redwood water tanks.
Above all else Bruce embraced the importance of family and the joy that he received from his wife Jeri and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. To him, they were the bread of life.
Stanley James Louis '57: December 19, 1935 to July 6, 2016.
Loving father and husband, David H. Colby ’59, M.S. ’67 passed away on December 24, 2016 surrounded by his family after suffering many years with Parkinson’s disease. David was born on February 12, 1931 and was raised in the Oakland Bay Area. Dave served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He finished his degree in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University in 1959 and spent his career in electron beam engineering. Dave married Judith Titus whom he always called “his bride,” and together they raised two children in Fremont. Six grandchildren added joy to his life. Dave was known for his wonderful attitude, sense of humor, and his generous spirit in splitting everything in half to share. Like his mother, a history buff, he compiled his father’s stories from WW1. He also wrote his early memories living in San Leandro as well as stories from the Navy years, all to share with his children. He was a man with a song always in his heart and would sing a lyric that related to any moment. Dave’s humor had a practical side—with his kids, he always asked about the “three fluids of life”: car oil, financial liquidity, and how’s your gut? He fixed breakfast every morning for his family and was called “Dr. Dave” by many for his ability to fix small wounds or bigger problems. If you knew him you were lucky. David is survived by his wife, Judy Colby of Fremont, Sarah Colby Stueckle and family of Ventura County and Steve Colby and family of Vancouver, British Columbia.