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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.
Daniel Gilbert Kraemer '50 passed peacefully in his home in Solana Beach on December 27th, 2015, at the age of 87. Dan was born to Gilbert and Esther Kraemer in Anaheim, California. He attended Fullerton High, and graduated from Santa Clara University in 1950, with a degree in business. He married Mary Musante shortly after serving as a lieutenant in the Korean War. Dan began his farming life in Pauma Valley, later settling in Corona to raise citrus. Over the next years, Dan and Mary welcomed eight children and raised them with love, patience, and faith. Dan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Known as Pop by his 21 grandchildren, Dan will be remembered for big hugs, memorable stories, and fresh squeezed oranges. He has set an example of generosity, friendship and faith that will continue for generations to come. Dan is survived by Mary, his wife of 62 years and their children: Mary (Steve), Susan (Dave), Ann, Eileen (Matt), John (Cim), Karen, Janine '86 (Joe '84), and Matt (fiance‚ Alli). He will be missed by grandchildren: Patrick, Rachel, Eric, Jacob, Scott, Nick, Cole, Margaux '12, Dano, Mitch, Madeline '13, Mollie, Belinda, Matt, Jeff, Lauren, Lindsey, Cade, Ryan, Kate and Shannon.
Arthur L. Shiffrar '50, 89, of Fremont, CA, died Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Born in Nipomo, CA, in 1926, Arthur was the sixth of Mary Buda Shiffrar and Joseph Shiffrar’s 12 children. From an early age, he adored the bounty of the Central Coast, enjoying hunting, rock hounding, fishing, and clamming.
Arthur graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and served as a Navy ship mechanic in the Pacific during World War II. With the help of a football scholarship and the GI Bill, Arthur graduated with a degree in business administration from Santa Clara University. In 1949, he married his long time sweetheart, Ruth Walsh. They settled in Fremont, where they lived for 50 years.
Ruth and Arthur enjoyed a wonderful life. With family and friends, they celebrated with laughter, drinks, tall tales, and Santa Maria-style BBQ. They traveled the world, most notably to Slovenia where they created new bonds with Arthur’s extended family.
Arthur established Art’s Cart Trucking in 1960. As the company grew, he mentored many young drivers. Art’s Cart trucks could be seen throughout California for nearly 30 years. Ruth and Arthur also established and successfully ran Gen Mar, a bed frame manufacturing company.
While he loved driving, especially sports cars, deer hunting was Arthur’s lifelong passion. He hunted simply, with an old rifle, a rich knowledge of animal behavior, and a desire for a clean shot. In later years, he enjoyed attending antique truck shows.
Arthur was pre-deceased by his wife, Ruth, and three siblings (Mary, Donald, and Joe). Arthur is survived by his daughters, Margaret and Genevieve, by Donna Boomershine, his companion in later life, by many siblings (Martin, Louise, George, Harold, Betty, Dolores, Barbara, and Richard) and by dozens of nieces and nephews.
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.
John S. Pasco '52 died on Nov. 26, 2015. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Beverlee. He is preceded in death by his first child Patricia Ann, survived by daughter Susan, son John Jr. J.D. '85, daughter Janet Kittleson (Tom) and grandchildren Courtney Pasco, Kelsey Pasco '19, Kyle Pasco, Beau Kittleson and Haley Kittleson. He is fondly remembered by his family as a loving husband, a great father and an adoring grandfather "big poppa".
John was born on December 15, 1930 to Stephan and Mary Pasco in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Mt. Carmel High School, where he played football. He received a football scholarship to Santa Clara University where he played from 1948-1952. He was fortunate to quarterback the 1950 Broncos to victory in the Orange Bowl at the age of 19. This would be one of many victories for John in his life.
After receiving his degree from Santa Clara in 1952, John married his college sweetheart, Beverlee Martella of San Jose. The next week, he was commissioned to serve his country in the Korean war as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery Unit. He spent a year in Korea and returned to enter Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1954. John graduated from Loyola in 1957 as president of his law school class. He passed the bar in November, 1957 and shortly thereafter set up his private law practice. John practiced law for 29 years in San Jose. He was appointed to the bench in 1985 as a municipal court judge. In 1994 he was called to the Superior Court where he remained until his retirement in 1999.
John was a grateful alumnus of Santa Clara University. He was one of the original founders of the Bronco Bench Foundation at Santa Clara that was established to provide scholarships to athletes. He also volunteered his time coaching football at Santa Clara for 19 years under head coach Pat Malley. John was inducted into the Santa Clara University Hall of Fame in 1977.
John enjoyed his retirement, traveling with Beverlee to Europe seven times, watching grandchildren and spending time at the beach in Rio Del Mar. John was a modest, honest man – kind and gentle to all and his generosity knew no bounds. He will be greatly 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.
Michael J. Virga '53, J.D. '58 was born January 11, 1932 in the front bedroom of their Land Park home. His three older sisters were told to look for the doctor because he was bringing the baby with him in his black medical bag.
The Great Depression may have been in full swing but the Virga family was rich in love and laughter. Mike's parents, Michael P. Virga, full blooded Sicilian, and mother Helen, full blooded Irish, were to have 7 children: Margret (Lyon), Mary (Shelby), Patricia (Tammen), Katie (Trekur); Mike's brothers John and Richard (died at 6 months) Virga. Their home was the heart of the neighborhood. Children played, friends, family and neighbors gathered for visits, good food, and the weekly Friday night poker game. Many an evening, the carpet was rolled up for dancing and it was here that Mike's older sisters taught him to dance; his love of which would last his lifetime.
He was taught the lessons of hard work by his immigrant father, who had prospered in his adopted country as a painting contractor. Many a day was spent painting by his side. Mike's mother, brilliant and cultured, was the loving heart of the family. Home was where where Mike learned about dignity, kindness and character. It was with these ethics, that Mike started CK McClatchy High School. Soon he would become Student Body President, an all city baseball and basketball player, and member of the championship American Legion team. A baseball scholarship to Santa Clara followed.
But before he would leave for college a striking blonde sophomore caught his eye. In an instant, Betsey Gillis became the love of his life, and would become his future bride. A stunning couple, Mike, tall dark and handsome, and Betsey, a timeless beauty, married after he graduated from college. After two years in the US Army, where he made Captain, Mike finished law school at Santa Clara and headed home to Sacramento.
With hard work and diligence, his legal career flourished rapidly; starting as a deputy district attorney, then city prosecutor, then on to private practice, where he won the largest recorded verdict in Sacramento history at the time. At 38, Mike was appointed to the judicial bench by then Governor Ronald Reagan. He was the quintessential judge. Known for his fairness, open mind, empathy, keen intellect and knowledge of the law, he presided over many high profile cases, including the notorious Dorthea Puente murder trial. A skillful mediator, he also had an excellent record of settling lawsuits before they went to trial.
During this time Mike's family life was equally busy and flourishing. He and Betsey had four children, Michael, Julie, Greg and David. Once again the Virga home was rich with love and laughter. He and Betsey made sure they were involved with their children's lives through the years. Their home was the hub of the neighborhood with family and friends gathering often. When the kids were younger there was little league, Sunday drives to the Orange Freeze, Camp Sacramento and the boardwalk at Santa Cruz. When they were older, the teenagers and parents had parties together. There was always dancing and Sinatra was often playing. Mike and Betsey bought a house with a swimming pool and a pool table and encouraged the kids to have parties there so they wouldn't be out driving.
Mike, charismatic and the life of the party, always had something going on with family and friends. He made sure he always learned the latest dance the kids were doing. Their large circle of friends were always there for good times throughout the years. A truly unpretentious, humble man, Mike attributed much of his success to the lessons of life learned while playing and coaching sports. "I've been associated with everybody you can imagine. It 's something you learn in sports- it doesn't matter your color, your wealth, your background. It's only what kind of person you are," said the Judge.
Baseball, not surprisingly, has always been an integral part of his family's life. Mike said: "One reason I like boys to play ball is that it teaches them something about life- not to get discouraged on a bad day and not to get conceited on a good day." He coached his sons first at Pacific Little league, then at Land Park Pony and Colt Leagues. He was responsible for starting the Kennedy Legion Baseball program, no small feat, and managed all three sons' teams. Many happy days were spent on baseball diamonds throughout the years. Many lifelong friends were made. Although Julie, his only daughter, didn't mind baseball, she loved horses more, so he made sure she had one.
Remarkably, even though Mike was busy with work and family, he always made time for various charitable organizations. He helped organize the Police Athletic league and helped set up their boxing league for underprivileged youth, raising monies with local boxers and celebrities. He was on the committee that started the PIG bowl and was its first announcer. He was actively involved with Footprinters, Saints and Sinners, and the 20 /30 club. He was honored to be both inducted into the La Salle Club hall of fame and named Irishman of the year. Behind the scenes he was always helping someone. He spent countless hours doing gratis legal work.
Above all, Mike was committed to his family and relished their success and happiness. He shared a special bond with his brother, John Virga, a prominent Sacramento attorney. Throughout the years they were each other's most ardent supporters. No one was prouder when Mike's son Michael G. Virga '78, J.D. 81, already a successful attorney, was elected to the judicial bench and recently named Judge of the Year. When Julie and Greg opened Virga's Restaurant in 1990, he was their best customer. As Sinatra played, he held court at table 40, entertaining friends and family there daily. When, after 15 years, Julie decided to switch careers and close Virga's, a going away party was given for Mike at the restaurant. Always supportive, he encouraged and promoted her when she opened Virga Realty. Lucky for him, sons Greg and David carried on the restaurant tradition. Loyal to a fault, he would only dine at their restaurants: Jacks Urban Eats, Paesanos, Pronto and Uncle Vito's. He was an adoring "Papa" to his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was very involved with their lives and activities, whether it was sports or cheerleading.
After retirement, Mike and Betsey spent much of their time at their vacation home in Santa Cruz. Dancing, entertaining, golfing, and socializing with friends old and new. Mike enjoyed life's simple pleasures. A hot dog with lots of mustard, Sinatra on the stereo, dancing cheek to cheek with his true love. Mike and Betsey's deep and abiding love for each other has been a beacon to their family. A love affair known to few, their commitment to each other never faltered. It would sustain them through Mike's fierce battle with Parkinson's disease. His beloved Betsey, would be by his side when he drew his last breath. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Betsey, children Michael Virga '78, J.D. 81 (Debbie), Julie Virga (Todd), Gregory Virga (Laura) and David Virga (Shawna), grandchildren Nicole Virga Bautista (Jayme), Natalie Panagotacos '08 (Gus), Michael Virga, Jake Virga and Nico Virga, and great grandchildren, Avery Bautista, Michael Panagotacos and Leo Panagotacos, loving caregivers and second sons Osea (Oscar) Baraki, and Joe Bulivou.
Frank Brandon Maus, Jr. '53, known to firneds as "Brandon", passed away on March 8, the day before his 86th birthday.
Born in Petaluma, California, to Frank and Helen Maus, Brandon attended Santa Clara University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Upon graduation, Brandon served in the United States Army where he worked in the White Sands Proviing Groudn testing Nike missiles and atomic warheads. After his service, Brandon pursued a second degree in Electrical Engineering.
In 1956, he began a long and storied career with United Airlines where he led engineering teams that work on or helped design countless iconic passenger airplanes, rising to the role of Chief Engineer for United at the The Boeing Company. Brandon went on to assist Lockheed in producing the initial Boeing space shuttle carrier and served as lead engineer and technical consultant for the NASA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). He received a number of accolades and awards for his work, and was known as an industry expert having published many reports and manuals. As a testament to his efforts on the Boeing 777, one of the first of those planes off the production line was dubbed the "F. Brandon Maus".
Brandon enjoyed many hobbies and pursuits, including extensive travels around the world with his wife Patricia. He was an avid model builder, active gardener, talented home chef, and dear friend to countless people.
Brandon will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years, Partricia (nee Stockholm), sons Stephen (Debra) and Stuart (Helena), and beloved grandchildren, Andrew and Katherine. His cousin Catherine A. Johnstone '76 also graduated from Santa Clara.
Brandon was predeceased by his brother, Walter.
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.
John Edward Nolan J.D. ’60, resident of Pleasant Hill John passed away on May 9, 2016 at the age of 81 with his family by his side after a long illness. John was born January 18, 1935 in Oakland California and attended St. Joseph's High School in Alameda, Santa Clara University (graduating with the Dynamic Class of '56) and Santa Clara University School of Law. John was in private practice a few years before joining the Port of Oakland where he was the Assistant Port Attorney for 30 years. After retiring he loved to spend time in his vacation home in the Santa Cruz mountains playing golf. He was also a member of the Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club. John was a big fan of the 49ers and the SF Giants, but his greatest love was his family. He is survived by his loving wife Sheila of 53 years, and together they raised four devoted children. Monica (Dave) of Palo Alto, John (Dana) of Portland and Scott (Lisa) of Australia. Seven cherished grandchildren, Kyle, Emma and Grace Johnson, Summer and Ella Nolan, and Quinn and Milo Nolan. Also survived by nieces Janet Gomez, Kathy Mattos, Annette Syrrist and nephew Steve Mattos. John was predeceased by his son Michael in 1992, his parents John and Monica Nolan, sister Jean Mattos and brother Bill. John was a member of Christ the King Church for 50 years and was a Eucharist Minister for many years. A Memorial Mass celebrating his life will be held at Christ The King Church in Pleasant Hill on Friday June 10 at 11:00 am, with a reception following at Zio Fraedo's in Pleasant Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society 199 Brandon Road Pleasant Hill 94523 or to a charity of your choice. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/eastbaytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=180185863#sthash.DSRpmEKF.dpuf
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.
Vincent West Reagor J.D. '57 was born in 1929 in his family home in Reno, Nevada and died on May 3 in Washington State. Vince was an United States Army veteran, a police officer in Reno, and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Class of '55 and the Santa Clara School of Law class of '57. As a member of the California Bar, he established a career as a prosecuting attorney in both the Sacramento County District Attorney's office as an Assistant Chief Deputy and the California Attorney General's Office as a Special Prosecutor. Throughout his legal career, Vince practiced and taught other prosecuting attorneys their responsibility under the U. S. Supreme Court case of Berger vs U.S. which held prosecutors to a higher standard than other attorneys. He truly believed in the concept that the prosecuting attorney represented all the people. Joe Taylor, a former prosecutor, a public defender and a law professor recently wrote a dedication of a National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) publication that read in part: "Vince Reagor had a greater impact on the training of Deputy D. A. Joe Taylor than any other teacher or attorney. He taught me how to prepare cases for trial, how to present the case in court, and perhaps most important what ethical responsibilities prosecuting attorneys bear and how to fulfill those responsibilities. I worked with many prosecuting attorneys for over 22 years, and I place Vince Reagor at the top of that cast...I will truly miss this remarkable man." Vince is survived by Kati, his wife of 45 years, his daughter Valerie, grandsons Jon and Ben, and his great-grandson Caleb.
Stanley James Louis '57: December 19, 1935 to July 6, 2016.
John C. Fitzpatrick '57, Redding business leader, philanthropist, car enthusiast and loving family man, died on July 10. John, who owned and operated McColl's Dairy and Pepsi Cola Bottling of Northern California, was a Redding native and an active and celebrated member of the community over the course of his colorful life. John passed away at home, from natural causes related to Alzheimer's Disease, on Sunday, July 10, 2016, four days short of his 81st birthday.
John was born in Redding on July 14, 1935 to John and Marie (nee Bryant) Fitzpatrick, the oldest of three boys (brothers Bill and Jerry). John went to Santa Clara University where he joined ROTC and studied mechanical engineering, graduating in 1957. As part of his military commitment, he worked in New Mexico with the Atomic Energy Commission as a young engineer.
While working in New Mexico in 1960, John met Betty Ahern on a blind date in Los Angeles. They became a couple as she finished her McColl's Dairy, where he expanded and ultimately sold the business to Crystal Creamery in 1985. John then took over operations of the other family-owned business, Pepsi Cola Bottling of Northern California, significantly expanding its territory and profitability as well. Beyond these full time jobs, John invested in his local community of Redding-from developing housing subdivisions to turning around a grocery store chain to helping start the Redding Bank of Commerce.
While creating and supporting local jobs was always very important to John, he also gave back through service. He served for ten years on the city planning commission, was president of the Redding Chamber of Commerce, and served on numerous boards including the Advisory Board of Mercy Hospital Redding and the United Way of Shasta County. An active Rotarian (and President of the Redding Club in 1988-89), John was named Businessman of the Year twice, first in 1977 and again in 1998.
Philanthropically, John and Betty have helped many local organizations with fundraising. They have been key donors to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Bishop Quinn High School, St. Francis Middle School, Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, St. Joseph's Parish, and the new Redding Library. In 2005, John and Betty together received the City of Redding's Philanthropist of the Year Award, just the second time such an honor had been given.
John, Betty and their family enjoyed many travels in the U.S. and abroad throughout their time together. And while he was a very driven man who was always on the move, John's cornerstone values were honesty and integrity. He felt that a life well lived meant being challenged, contributing to society and improving whatever you worked on-whether it was a car, a business, a community organization or a city. A good life was a life of progress and making a positive difference.
John is predeceased by his parents John and Marie Fitzpatrick and brothers Jerome Fitzpatrick and William Fitzpatrick. John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty Fitzpatrick; his children Sean Fitzpatrick of Chico, CA; Kacey Fitzpatrick (Deborah Kilpatrick) of Los Altos, CA; Bryan Fitzpatrick of Redding, CA; and Adam Fitzpatrick Amanda) of Portland, OR; and grandchildren Kael, Sam and Max. John will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Donald Baumann '57, 30-year resident of Carmel, passed away peacefully at home August 3rd after a brief illness. Don was born in Shanghai, China. His father's business career in the international shipping business moved the Baumann family from China to the Philippines to Japan, finally to California. Don attended Santa Clara on an athletic scholarship. While taking part in a musical production, he met his future wife, Dorothy. They were married in 1959.
Commissioned a Second Lieutenant at graduation, he spent four years on active duty. Don and Dorothy returned to the Silicon Valley and his career in the Semiconductor Industry. Don was instrumental in opening business ventures in Asia and Europe. After retirement Don was active as a High School substitute teacher, Community Emergency Response Team volunteer, a member of the Diogenes Club, President of Serra, Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Carmel Mission Basilica and Carmelite Monastery. Don is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children - Lisa, Brad, Peter (Julie) and Jennifer; grandchildren - Haley, Hanna, Mitchell and Madison.
Harold "Hal" John Kopp '58, age 79, of Harrison City, diead peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Hal was born on March 31, 1936, in San Francisco, CA, to the late Alvin and Lorraine (Perry) Kopp. Beloved husband of 55 years to Florian (Maroney) Kopp. Loving father of Christopher C. (Debbie) of Fort Worth, TX, Alvin B. '87 (Lynn) of Wake Forest, NC, Lawrence J. Kopp "attended 1986" of Denton, TX and Gregory (Siobhan) Kopp of Damascus, MD; grandfather of Justin, Trevis and Griffin Kopp, Megan, Alexander and Abigail Kopp, Lauren, Leah and Ryan Kopp, Emily, Matthew, Nicholas and Mackenzie Kopp; brother of the late David Kopp. Hal was a US Army veteran and was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church.
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.