Monday, June 11, 2018

Frank G. Murphy, BHS 1954

Frank G. Murphy, age 81, of Sutherlin, Oregon, passed away Monday, September 4, 2017. He was born January 31, 1936, in Cleveland, Ohio to Francis G. and Elizabeth M. Murphy.

Frank graduated from Burbank High in 1954 and from Valley Jr. College with an AA degree in 1958. He married Aida Corona who he met in the first grade. Frank served in the US Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He had lived in Cleveland, Ohio, Burbank, California, Sunland, California, Grants Pass, Oregon, and for the past 10 years in Sutherlin, Oregon.

Frank worked as a Claims Adjuster for various companies for 13 years, a salesman for Sears for seven years, a driver and warehouseman for Gold River Distributors until he retired in 1998. He was a member of the Grants Pass Elks and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sutherlin. Frank enjoyed playing chess, working Sudoku puzzles, watching football, camping, hiking and traveling in the RV.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Aida Murphy of Sutherlin, Oregon; sons, Anthony Murphy and his wife Christine of Winchester, Tennessee, and Matthew Murphy of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; sister, Mary Murphy of Sutherlin, Oregon; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Private cremation rites have been held. A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Graveside services with military honors will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Roseburg National Cemetery. Father Manuel Compos will officiate. Please visit to leave the family fond memories and condolences.

News-Review  Sep 22, 2017, Roseburg, OR

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Stanley Winetrobe, BHS 1971

WINETROBE, Stan 64, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, from complications due to leukemia. Stan, a die-hard USC Trojan fan, whose brain was filled with all sorts of trivia, loved his wife, Dana, and daughters, Hailey and Carly, possibly even more than USC. 

Stan, a retired engineer, enjoyed photography, volunteering in his community, and watching football with his family. 

Stan is also survived by his brother, Jamie (Melanie); nephew, Alec (Lizzie); brother-in-law, Kevin (Terri); niece, Taylor; nephew, Colin; and numerous friends. 

Services will be at VISTOSO FUNERAL HOME, Oro Valley, on  Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  In keeping with Stan's love of USC, you are invited to wear any Trojan attire or colors (Cardinal and Gold) to his services. Donations to honor Stan's memory and his love of community may be made to IRHS Project Graduation, at, recognizing his collaboration with the Oro Valley Police Department.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Jan. 9, 2018

Oro Valley community says ‘goodbye’ to Stan Winetrobe, one of its most valued 

Danyelle Khmara Jan 16, 2018,

The irony of Stan Winetrobe’s obituary is he would have preferred to write it himself. Journalism, and a love of grammar, were just a couple of Stan’s skills, but there were many.

A beloved Oro Valley resident, husband, father, friend and die-hard USC Trojan fan, Stan died from complications due to leukemia on Jan. 7.

He moved to Oro Valley with his wife, Dana, and two daughters, Hailey and Carly, and quickly became an indispensable member of the community, with a hand in numerous projects and a photograph of just about everyone.

Oro Valley Councilmember Mary Snider, who’s been friends with Stan since 2004, called him the “White House photographer” of the town. His daughters both attended Ironwood Ridge High School, and in 2002, Stan began documenting school events—not just taking pictures of his own kids, but catching meaningful moments in the lives of many families, and sharing those photos with the community.

“He would volunteer his help, his provocative thinking and his camera,” Snider said.

A hand in many Oro Valley events, Stan was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2015. He tutored math at IRHS. And he documented local high school athletic events, and he took a ton of photos at IRHS Project Graduation. A program transplanted to Oro Valley by Snider, Project Graduation provides a safe, all-night hang out for about 1,200 kids from three local high schools on graduation night.

Snider remembers Stan showing up at the monthly planning meetings with a “dinner box.” He came straight from work, but wasn’t going to let a little thing like needing to eat get in the way. He would sit there with his dinner, listen and ask the most thought-provoking questions, Snider said.

“And as a result, we created a better project,” she said. “These are the kinds of thoughtful, consultative projects he did throughout the community.”

Stan was raised in San Fernando Valley, California. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s in Applied Mechanics. He worked 35 years as an aerospace engineer in defense contracting, first at Hughes Aircraft Company, in Los Angeles, then at Raytheon, in Tucson. He retired in 2011.

Stan and Dana got married (despite her being a UCLA graduate) in 1979. They met on a blind date in ‘76. An hour into their date, Dana’s brother showed up, and the two men spent the rest of the evening talking sports.

“And I’m like, ‘Hello, I’m here,’” Dana said, recalling the story at Stan’s memorial, on Jan. 10, at Vistoso Funeral Home. “So they bonded on sports right away, and I knew Stan was a keeper.”

He and Dana moved their family to Oro Valley in June, 1994 for the small town feel, safety and good schools, after loads of research, in true Winetrobe fashion.

Stan’s community contributions didn’t stop with local high schools and sporting events. He also made huge contributions to the Oro Valley Police Department. He went through the Oro Valley Police Citizens Academy and became head of the Oro Valley Police Alumni Association, programs and groups that educate and enhance relations between the community and OVPD. He also sat on the OVPD chief advisory board.

When the Ford Crown Vics were retired as the official OVPD vehicles, Stan did an in-depth study and determined the best replacement was the more durable Tahoe. His research was later referenced in the adoption of Tahoes in police forces in the state of New York and in Ontario, Canada, according to OVPD Police Chief Daniel Sharp. 

With Stan’s engineering background and analytical mind, he was the logical person to advise the force on what cars they should get, said OVPD Commander Kara Riley.

“He was so detail oriented, never missed anything,” she said.

Stan was at every event the department was involved in. Everyone knew him, and he always offered his compelling feedback and perspective.

“He made me a better leader,” Riley said. “He just made me a better person.”

Stan was the photographer for Shop with a Cop, the Citizens Academy, OVPD promotions and the Oro Valley Holiday Parade. He also volunteered at National Night Out, a family-oriented crime and drug prevention event.

He was “keeper of the photos,” Riley said. And at the end of every event, he sent her photos to use on social media and flyers. Stan was quiet and humble, and when he spoke, you knew it was going to be important, Riley said. 

Snider said Stan believed everybody has a responsibility to be involved in their community, and he didn’t skimp on his beliefs. His impact was very broad, as was reflected in the turnout at his memorial.

Over 200 people filled the seats in the Vistoso Funeral Home chapel, while others stood in the back, spilling out into the hall. Many wore the gold and cardinal colors of USC. Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, town council members and the chief of police were just a few of Stan’s many friends in attendance.

The OVPD Honor Guard solemnly stood next to the urn, as Stan’s longtime friend and work colleague Eric Borg addressed the congregation.

“Stan was truly a dedicated husband, father and friend,” he said. “Our lives have all been impacted by his love, concern and willingness to make others’ lives better.”

His two grown daughters gave speeches about their father, which inspired a lot of tears and a lot of laughter, in equal amounts. 

Carly, 27, remembered her dad’s love of telling stories of his youth—often the same stories over and over again—like when he added a coat of paint to his dad’s car, or the time he surprised his mom by injecting the lemons growing in their backyard with blue food coloring.

Stan could always answer his daughters’ questions, whether they were about the solar system or car problems.

“My dad loved my mom, my sister and me so much, but his first love was USC Trojan football, and you never forget your first love,” Carly said.

She joked about her dad being a Type A personality.

“He was funny, hard working and like every true Type A person, just a little uptight,” she said. “My dad had a big heart. He was caring, supportive and liked helping others, except maybe when it came to helping me with my math homework. At least one of us would always end up crying.”

Stan’s older daughter Hailey talked about how lucky she felt to have grown up in such a close and goofy family and about the last time she was with her dad, just the two of them, at a Trojan game in November.

“Naturally, there was a lot of frustration at the horrible play calling and stupid penalties,” Hailey said to knowing laughter. “But our Trojans pulled through and gave you a win for what would end up being your last SC game.”

Stan’s wife, family, many longtime friends and coworkers followed Stan’s daughters at the podium, sharing memories and jokes about Stan and what he meant in their lives.

“You’ve made an impact, a significant impact, in every community you’ve touched through your smarts, care, photography and dad jokes,” Hailey said. “I wish you could be here to see it. There’ll now be an empty chair at the dinner table, a blank space in our family photos and an empty seat at the coliseum.”

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Jerry Wade Clark, BHS 1967

Jerry W Clark

After five years of struggling with colon cancer and dementia, Jerry Clark passed away on June 2, 2018, at the age of 69. While Jerry was born in Glendale, CA and raised in Burbank, CA by his parents, Clifford and Gertrude Clark, Jerry’s heart was always in Carson Valley, having been a Douglas County resident since 1974.

Jerry is survived by his high school sweetheart of 4 years and wife of 47 years, Teri Clark. Jerry raised two sons here in Carson Valley, Wade and Nicholas Clark. He was the kind of father who taught his boys how to camp, hunt, fish, play football, baseball, and whatever other sport they decided to pursue. If Jerry wasn’t coaching or assistant coaching, he was at every event cheering on his sons.

Jerry was the owner/technician of Clark Dental Lab for over 30 years and passed on the principled work ethics to his sons that had been passed on to him by his father.

Jerry loved tying flies and making the poles, woodworking, and was an Open Water PADI SCUBA instructor. 

At Jerry’s request, no services will be held, rather he requested you send comfort to Teri and Wade by sending memories/stories whether the stories make them laugh or cry.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to “Reno Police Foundation” with “Dedicated to Hashimoto Widows and Orphans Fund” as the memo; The community Foundation of Western Nevada, 50 Washington St. #300, Reno, NV 89503 as Jerry’s and Teri’s son, Sgt. Wade Clark works for The Reno Police Department or to Tahoe Youth and Family Services to continue the fight against substance abuse so other families might not lose a child to substance abuse as did the Clark family when they lost Nicholas.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Warren Bennett Newman, BHS 1952

Warren Bennett Newman

Warren had been suffering from several health issues for the past couple of years and passed away on May 5, 2018. He was born in 1934 and would have celebrated his 84th birthday.
Warren graduated from Burbank High School in the Winter of 1952. 

Warren was a passionate educator and lover of the Arts. He began his teaching career at Horace Mann Elementary School, first as a Student Teacher and taught his first very own class in the Fall of 1956. Many BHS students from the 1962-1965 filled his classes those first few years at Horace Mann. Those first students would always remain special to him throughout his life...they were "his kids"...Many years later, he reconnected with many of his early students and hosted several parties at his home, where they were invited as guests.

Warren rose through the ranks in the Burbank Unified School District. He furthered his education, earning two Masters degrees and his Doctorate. He was eventually the Assistant Superintendent and then Superintendent in the South Pasadena School District. He taught at several colleges and universities, including USC. Warren spent 3 years in Washington D.C. working for the National Endowment of the Arts. 

He and his wife of 55 years, Sheila, traveled extensively advocating and consulting for the Arts. Warren is survived by his wife and all of his friends and students who loved him and will be forever remembered by all of us whose lives he impacted and in many cases, changed for the better. Warren was a loyal BHS Alum and was a regular attendee at the Senior Bulldog Luncheons for many years...Bon Voyage, Warren.

Submitted by: Pam and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Harlene Goldberg Mesnick, BHS 1964

Harlene Goldberg Mesnick, BHS 1964
September 16, 1946 - December 12, 2017 

Burbank High School Class of '64 Loses another classmate...

Harlene Goldberg Mesnick BHS '64 , recently passed away in Murietta, CA after several years of battling Stevens-Johnson Syndrom and Shingles. 

Harlene was a loving person with a big heart and she delighted in keeping in touch with her high school friends via telephone.

She was pre-deceased by her parents and one sister and is survived by two sisters. There are no memorial service plans at this time. Bon Voyage, Dear Friend...

Submitted by Pam Zipfel Kirkwood and Jon Kirkwood BHS '64

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Alice Enyeart Wilson, BHS 1945

Alice Enyeart Wilson, BHS 1945

1927 - 2018 

Alice Enyeart Wilson, daughter of Ruth N. and Buel F. Enyeart (Former superintendent of the Burbank School System) passed away on April 12, 2018 at the age of 90 in Redmond, Washington.

She graduated from Burbank High School in 1945 and is survived by her husband of 70 years Marlin Wilson (BHS '44), daughter Karen Schmidt of Seattle, Washington., three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was active for many years with the Pasadena Assistance League and other charities. Above all else she loved her family dearly and will be missed by all. Services will be private.

Published in The Burbank Leader on May 12, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Valerie Elaine Pyros Jenkins, BHS 1971

Valerie Elaine Pyros Jenkins, BHS 1971

August 20, 1953 - May 9, 2018

Sad news from Debbie Blatnik Roberson, BHS ‘70

Debbie spoke to Val’s dad, Bill Pyros, and this is what he told her.  Val passed away on Wednesday at 1:30.

She had gone to a wedding two weeks earlier and was doing great.  After that she woke up screaming and couldn’t breath. Immediately Mark got her to St. Joseph’s.  She suffered a stroke and cardiac arrest. She was not responsive and passed away on May 9th from a blood clot in the lung.

Valerie grew up at 1015 Groton Drive in Burbank.  She and her husband currently lived in Burbank, also.  Among the family that survives her are her husband, Mark Jenkins, her 90 year old father, Bill Pyros, of Burbank, and her younger brother, Roy Pyros, BHS ‘75, also of Burbank, and his family.

Per Valerie’s wishes, there will be no services for her.

Alan Landros, BHS ‘70
May 12, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Robert James Peterson, BHS 1967

Robert James Peterson

Ventura County, CA

Robert James Peterson passed away peacefully on February 27, 2018, from complications of a 5-year battle with cancer and leukemia. Robert was born December 16, 1948. 

Robert grew up in Burbank. He was a fabulous guitar player and was in several bands when he was younger.

He went to Woodbury University and became a talented interior designer. Later, he earned his Juris Doctorate degree. He was an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Nation, and he provided training and support for Indian Education programs nationally.

Robert was a wonderful father, grandfather, and husband. He will be remembered fondly with much love and adoration by his three children, Mateo, Nicole, and Jenny, as well as grandchildren, Kira, Chase, Jamie, Tristan, and Brandon, and the two great loves of his life, Christine and Lisa, his sister Madelaine, nephew Kirk, niece Wendi, many half brothers and sisters and other family members, as well as his animal companions, Boo, Mugsy, Plankton and Cornelius.
Robert will be dearly missed by all. His spirit and memories will live on through his family and friends. His final interment will be at the Columbarium of Memory, Great Mausoleum, Forest Lawn, Glendale.

Published in Ventura County Star from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Aaron Fiesell, BHS 1989

On December 18, 2017, Aaron Fiesell (BHS Class of 1989) was struck by a car and left in a coma due to his serious injuries. 

Unfortunately, he passed last night January 2018 and our hearts are left broken by this loss. Aaron was truly a man who lived life to its fullest, entertaining and inspiring those around him. He created and film many a videos.

Aaron was living with his 89 year-old father Norm and with Aaron's sudden death he struggle to pay for his son' funeral and had to find another place to live. The VA in San Diego is helping. 

Aaron was well liked and loved by all his family and friends and will be truly missed.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Patsy L. Nelson Burton, BHS 1952

From the Senior Bulldogs Newsletter, submitted by her husband, Russ Burton (BHS 47)

Patsy L. Nelson Burton, BHS 1952, passed away May 29, 2017 from congestive heart failure, after fighting Parkinson's and diabetes for the last twenty years. 

Patsy was a loving wife for 65 years.I met her when she was a senior at BHS ( I already knew her brother, Jack "Basher" Nelson, 50). Patsy and I married in 1953, and raised six children together (five boys and a girl). 

After 30 years as a full-time wife and mother, she returned to work, training herself to become a Word Processor. Starting at First Interstate Bank, she ultimately moved to Beecher and Carlson Ins., where she was well-loved. After a 15-year career, she retired. 

Patsy was generous and openhearted, and kept in touch with a few BHS graduates. She welcomed each of her children's spouses with open arms, and especially loved her grandchildren, turning every Christmas into a boundless display of giving and love. In addition to her children and 22 grandchildren, she left behind 28 great-grandchildren. We miss her dearly.