Monday, March 12, 2018

Brad Harris, BHS 1950

Published in Variety Magizine, November 7, 2017

Brad Harris, Actor in Sword-and-Sandal Movies, Dies at 84

Brad Harris, best known for his work in sword-and-sandal movies, died after a short illness Tuesday in Santa Monica, his daughter Sabrina Calley confirmed. He was 84.

“He was just a really wonderful, loving, full of life man,” Calley told Variety. “He made friends wherever he went all over the world, and he will be greatly missed.”

The actor and stuntman worked in Europe for majority of his career, appearing in over 50 spy films and spaghetti Westerns in the 1960s, including “The Fury of Hercules,” “Pirates of the Mississippi,” “Black Eagle of Santa Fe,” “Kiss, Kiss, Kill, Kill,” “Spy Today, Die Tomorrow,” “Death Trip,” “The Mad Butcher” and “Supermen.” In addition to his movie work, he appeared on the small screen as Deputy Duffy in the soap opera “Falcon Crest” from 1984-1989.

Born in Idaho, Harris later moved to California and attended UCLA on an athletic scholarship where he studied economics. After sustaining injuries from football, he was advised to take up weightlifting, which then sparked an interest in bodybuilding.

Upon graduation, he secured work in the industry as a stand-in and stuntman. Harris got his start as a stuntman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Spartacus,” and later made his big-screen debut in the 1957 biographical film “Monkey on My Back.”

His first leading roles were in Gianfranco Parolini’s 1961 films “Goliath Against the Giants” and “Samson.” Parolini and Harris went on to work together on several titles written and directed by Parolini.

Later in his career, he served as an executive producer on several of his films including “King of Kong Island” and “The Mutations.” Harris worked with Tony Kendall and Parolini in the “Kommissar X” series, which his daughter said ranked among his favorite roles.

Harris married actress Olga Schoberova in 1967. They had a daughter, Sabrina, before they divorced in 1969. In 1971, Schoberova remarried studio executive and producer John Calley, who adopted Sabrina.

More recently, Harris owned a company, Modern Body Design Harris, where he invented and marketed fitness equipment. His daughter said her dad lived by his motto, “Stay fit. Have fun. Harm no one.”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Sandra Sue Moody Lee, BHS 1964

Sandra Sue Lee

Jan. 28, 1946–Jan. 28, 2018

Sandra Sue (Moody) Lee, 72, went home to the Lord in Simi Valley, California on January 28 after battling a long illness.

Sandra was born to Sam and Alma (Nutt) Moody in the Dallas area on Jan. 28, 1946. The family moved to Burbank, California in 1959 when Sandra was a teenager. She graduated from Burbank High School.

Sandra married Richard Allen Lee in 1964. They had three children: Tracy Ellen Little (preceded in death), Callie Shannon Esser (Simi Valley, California) and Kenneth Allen Lee (Simi Valley). Sandra had various jobs over the years, but her priority was being a homemaker. She enjoyed studying the Bible, volunteering, genealogy, reading, music, and history.

Upon Richard’s retirement in 2002, they moved to Lake Havasu City. The couple was devoted to the Lord and became active members at Lakeview Community Church, where Sandra was also employed as a bookkeeper.

After 41 years of marriage, Richard passed away in 2005. They were blessed with 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family gives special thanks to the caregivers at Foothill Assisted Living and Assisted Hospice Care in Simi Valley, California where she received wonderful care.

Sandra will be deeply missed. Her favorite Bible verse was Romans 10:9: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Funeral arrangements have been made in Arizona, through Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens. A graveside service is Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Today’s News-Herald, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Feb 7, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Robert F. Slocum, BHS 1946?

Burbank Daily Review, Tuesday, August 17, 1948

Services Conducted For Robert Slocum

Funeral services for Robert F. Slocum, 20, 240 N. Lima Street, who died Friday, August 13, 1948 of bronchial pneumonia at the National Guard camp in San Luis Obispo, were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Steen's chapel in North Hollywood.

Young Slocum who was graduated from Burbank High School had served in the Merchant Marine a year. He was with the 40th Infantry of the California National Guard on maneuvers when he became ill.

Burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park with full military honors. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Slocum, one brother, Donald A.; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Slocum, all of North Hollywood. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Lyle Euene Allred, BHS 1968

Gene Allred, BHS 1968

Posted in the Mail Tribune, Medford, Oregon, Jan 17, 2018

Gene Allred passed away January 11, 2018. He had many passions and a profound love of God, family, friends, and wilderness. Gene’s amazing spirit will endure in the many lives he’s impacted with his sincere kindness, contagious enthusiasm, and unwavering optimism.

He is loved and cherished by his wife, Peggy; his three sons and daughters-in-law, Ryan, Rachel, Jason, Kimberly, Kyle, and Ari; his seven grandchildren; his brother, Ed Allred; and his sister, Rives Wiggins.

Gene’s life will be celebrated Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Rogue Valley Country Club in Medford, Oregon.

Gene was an Emergency Physician in Ashland, Oregon. He was a whitewater guide for 20 years, a swiftwater rescue instructor, avid backpacker, backcountry skier, scuba diver and sea kayaker. He taught wilderness medicine on six continents and was the Director of National Conference on Wilderness Medicine.
From Gene;s LinkedIn profile

He was Founder and President of Wilderness and Travel Medicine, the oldest and largest organization in the USA which specialized in providing education and training on medical care in the wilderness and austere environments to physicians and other medical professionals.

“Our courses prepare participants to become more adept at rendering emergency medical care in wilderness environments, which can be remote and austere. These courses are also excellent preparation for medical problems associated with foreign travel, medical missions, and disasters.

Our Wilderness Medicine conferences have earned a reputation of excellence for over 30 years largely on the strength of our world-class faculty. Another unique strength is the emphasis on more practical topics and workshops. We are also the largest provider of CME conferences in adventure travel locations worldwide.”

Gene was also the Founder of Adventure Whitewater, which was the largest whitewater rafting professional guide service in Northern California.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Donna Jean Lester Roseman, BHS 1970

Donna Jean Lester Roseman died on February 20, 2018 from Heart Failure. She was 65 years of age. She was preceded in death by her Father, Robert, her mother Bettie, her younger brother, William, and her maternal and paternal grandparents. She is survived by her husband, Elmer, her daughter, Mandy, and her husband Michael, and grandsons Ricky and Taylor, and her sister-in-law Diana and husband, and their son Jason, her nephew. Her older brother Steven is the last one of her immediate family to still live. Also surviving Donna were her husband’s relatives, Sandra and Sean with their four children and four grandchildren, and Shelly and Michael and their two children.

She was born on June 3, 1952 in Burbank, California at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the second child of Robert and Bettie and the only girl. She attended Washington Elementary, John Muir Jr. High, and Burbank Senior High Schools and graduated with the class of 1970. She also attended a few courses at Valley Community College of Van Nuys, California. Soon after, she became the mother of Mandy, and worked as a supervisor with the L.A. County welfare department while living in Panorama City, California. In 1989 she married Elmer Roseman and spent 28 happy years as his wife and beloved. At this time, she moved to Palmdale, California and spent the rest of her life within that locale. She and her husband stayed active in the bowling/social community of the area and developed many excellent friendships therein.

A memorial service is planned to take place during the middle of May and details will be announced when known.

Posted on Facebook by her brother Steven Lester

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Janet Kay Rowland Trent, BHS 1973

Janet Kay Rowland Trent, BHS 1973

July 21, 1955 - May 18, 2017

Philippians 2:14-16

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Boice Funeral Home, Clovis, California

From her facebook page:

Valley Medical Center
Registered Nurse - Labor & Delivery Unit · September 1990 to April 1992 · Fresno, California
Loved this job!

Valley Childrens Hospital

Registered nurse · January 1987 to May 1990 · Fresno, California

Fresno Community Hospital

Student Nurses Aide · January 1986 to November 1986 · Fresno, California

St. Agnes Hospital

Student Nurse Volunteer Intern · May 20, 1985 to December 10, 1985 · Fresno, California. 

Farmers & Merchants Bank
Bank Teller · March 1, 1976 to April 1, 1981

Security Pacific National Bank
1973 to 1974

No other details at this time.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Judith Ann Onstott Tufts, BHS 1962

Judith Ann Onstott Tufts 

(December 29, 1944 - January 21, 2018

Judith Ann Onstott Tufts,our loving wife, sister, mother, and grandmother, died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at her home in Lehi, Utah.

The oldest of three daughters, Judy was born to Merle Jones and William Henry Onstott on December 29, 1944, in Glendale, California. Judy enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Burbank, California, with her parents and sisters, Barbara Louise and Linda Marie, that included many hours of playing the piano, organ, and flute, performing on the Burbank High School Drill Team, and where she developed her love of and talent for sewing.

In 1964, Judy moved to Provo, Utah, to study Nursing at Brigham Young University. At BYU, Judy met Devon Clarence Tufts; a fellow student, recently returned LDS missionary, and a young man who Judy described as “tall, handsome, and knocked my socks off.”

Judy and Devon were married and sealed for Time and All Eternity in the Los Angeles Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on December 17, 1966. Judy also graduated from BYU in 1966 and moved to Southern California with Devon in 1970, where they raised their seven children together.

Judy’s family was the center of her life, which she illustrated through daily acts of love and service, both large and small, for over a half a century. Judy also found great happiness in her church and has said that “the greatest desire of my heart is that all of my children and grandchildren stay true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Along with callings such as “mother” and “wife,” Judy served as Relief Society President, Boy Scout Committee Chairman, and teacher in the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations. She absolutely loved being the Pianist for the Leona Valley Women’s Ensemble and, as organist, filled countless church services with beautiful music her entire life.

While raising her seven children and devoting a lifetime of service to her church and community, Judy also spent many years working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, helping to bring many new babies into this world.

Judy and Devon completed two full-time missions for the Church in Birmingham, England, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

To know Judy by any name - mom, wife, daughter, sister, missionary, nurse, or simply Judy – is to love Judy. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Barbara Earle, and survived by her husband, Devon, her sister, Linda Bright, her seven children, David (Suzie), Bradley (Jenna), Daryn (Catie), Lori (Eric), Stephen (Andrea), Emily, and Marianne (Tony), and her 21 grandchildren, ages seven months to 25 years old.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 27 at 12:00 pm at the Ivory Ridge LDS Chapel located at 127 E. 3200 N., Lehi, UT. You may visit with her family prior to the funeral service from 10:00-11:45 am. Internment at the Highland City Cemetery.

Published Wing Mortuary, Lehi, Utah, January 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Albert Edward Copping Jr., BHS 1948

Albert Edward Copping Jr.

March 17, 1929 – July 12, 2014

Albert Edward Copping Jr. passed away on July 12 at the age of 85.Al was born March 17, 1929 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the first of two sons of Louisa Alberta Copping and Albert Ernest Copping. He spent most of his life in the greater Burbank/Glendale and La Crescenta areas where he attended public schools and graduated from Burbank High School in 1948.He began work as a machinist out of high school and moved on to become an aerospace manufacturing engineer at Sterer Engineering in Glendale where he worked for 40 years until his retirement.

After high school Al began building, painting and professionally racing motorcycles winning countless races and custom motorcycle painting competitions. He absolutely loved to build and race, and was a top-notch mechanic as well.

Al met the love of his life, Mary Anne, at age 17 while in high school. They were married soon after and lived a wonderful life together. They welcomed three sons, Nick, Al III and Matthew. The family moved to La Crescenta near his parents and Al and Mary Anne spent the remaining years raising beautiful champion Irish Setters and traveling to dog shows throughout California. Mary Anne passed away in 2011 at age 81, and Al continued to show his last Irish Setter, Katie, up until just a few months before he left us.

Al was an amazing man, a devoted husband and father, and a craftsman at all he did in life. He treated people as friends and was well respected throughout the community. He loved to work in his yard and design new additions to the house, right up to the last breath he took. He even drew a picture of a new front porch handrail from his hospital bed the very last day!

The final few months became difficult for Al due to his heart becoming weaker. Finally his heart could no longer keep up with his many ideas and dreams, and he slipped quietly and peacefully into eternal sleep.

Al is survived by two of three sons, Nick and Al III, after the unfortunate passing of his youngest son, Matthew, at age 49 from cancer. He also leaves six granddaughters, one grandson, and one great granddaughter. Al will be deeply missed and always remembered.

Services will be at Forest Lawn, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. on Saturday, July 26 at 1 p.m. at The Little Church of the Flowers.

Dad, Wherever we go, no matter how far, you will always be in our hearts
Thank you for being in our lives, and giving yours unconditionally.
Look up to the stars and feel the wind blow across the water
May God speed your way to eternal life, we will always be with you
Love forever, Al III, Nick, Patricia, and our families

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Mark Allen Nare, BHS 1974

Waneen Cormier Post-Marks posted this on Facebook about her friend and classmate, Mark Allen Nare, BHS 1974.

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of our friend Mark Nare this past weekend (February 4, 2018. Mark spent 37 years with the Los Angeles County fire department and retired with the rank of Captain, just a few years ago.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, February 11 at 10 a.m. at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park. Mark is survivied by his wife and children.
Mark Allen Nare

Camarillo , CA

Born to Philip and Caroline Nare in 1956, Mark grew up in Burbank playing basketball, and running cross-country and track. Mark graduated from Burbank High School and joined Fire Suppression Aid (FSA) at age 18 and after working in the camps, Mark was hired onto Los Angeles County Fire Department where he worked for 37 years. Above
all, Mark loved his firefighting career and retired from Station 125 as a Captain in 2011.

Mark met Sarah in 1977 on a blind date at Knotts Berry Farm and they spent the next 41 years together. Mark was fiercely devoted to Sarah and was a loving, patient, and affectionate father to his daughter, Jessica and son, Trevor. 

A natural athlete, Mark was an accomplished marathon runner and golfer. He had a great love for the outdoors, animals, and the underdog in any fight. Mark will be remembered for his contagious laugh, corny jokes, deep compassion, and his unwavering commitment to his family. 

A celebration of Mark's life will take place at Conejo Mountain Funeral Home on Sunday, February 11 at 10:00am. Donations in Mark's name can be made to the Grossman Burn Center or Camarillo 
Published in Ventura County Star from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Marjorie Proctor Colvin, BHS 1942

Marjorie Colvin
7/8/1923 – 11/05/2017

Marjorie was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1923. She moved to California with her family at a young age.  "Mickey", as she was called, attended Kindergarten through 12th grade in Burbank schools. She attended several Burbank elementary schools, Junior High at John Burroughs and Burbank High School.  She remembered two teachers that stood out in her years at Burbank High. One was Esther Winestock. In her class they put on a play, “The Jack Benny Radio Show” and Marjorie played the part of Mary Livingston. Then there was Mrs. Briggs, her gym teacher in Junior High and High School. Mrs. Briggs made her feel special by inviting her to a Mother-Daughter Banquet.

Marjorie met her husband George, at a dance in the Glendale Civic Auditorium. It was the big band era, and they loved to dance. They were proud parents of six children:  Gloria, George, Nancy, David, Cyndi and Chuck.  They also had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Marjorie was
employed during the war years at Lockheed Aircraft from 11/27/42 to 2/22/44 as a Department Clerk. She left Lockheed to have her first child, Gloria Jean, born in August of that year.

Marjorie has been a Girl Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, Campfire Leader and active in the YMCA. There was always a lot of activity and young people at their home.
After their first child married, she went back to school at Glendale College for three years and then went to Valley College. She enjoyed classes in voice and speech. Her interests are in history, collector items and genealogy.

Marjorie had many accomplishments. In 1965 she was PTA president at Burbank High School, Emblem Club President in 1980 -81, and twice president of the Burbank Historical Society. She was honored by then Mayor Mary Kelsey. She was one of the founding Board Members of the Burbank Historical Society. She was Chairwoman of the Opening Day Ceremonies for the Gordon R. Howard Museum in Burbank. She also gave historical tours at the museum.  She was a charter member of SERVE, in the Civic Pride Committee and was a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society.  She was also a member of the Fine Arts Federation, Friends of the Library and of the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum.

After her family was grown Marjorie went back to work at the Security Pacific Charge
Card Center. She continued to be active in retirement. In December of 2010, she sold her home of 65 years, and moved to Laguna Woods to be close to her daughters.   Marjorie was pre-deceased by her husband, George and youngest son, Chuck.  She was 91.