Thursday, August 27, 2015

Job Jun, BHS 1992

Job Jun, BHS 1992----------------- Job Jun passed on Friday March 27, 2009 after a battle with cancer. He was 34 years old. He was born in Korea and was a fun loving guy and full of life. He will be missed. No other details at this time.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Michael Douglas Gough, BHS 1970

JULY 16, 1952 - BURBANK, CALIFORNIA ~ JULY 22, 2015 - LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ........... Mike Gough passed away on July 22 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,after a long illness, less than a week after his 63rd birthday. ................ Mike was the third of four sons in his family. They lived on Frederic St. in Burbank while Mike was growing up. He attended Benjamin Franklin Elementary,Luther Burbank Junior High, and Burbank High School. At BHS Mike played Varsity Football,starting at nose guard on the defensive line. He was an outstanding shot putter on the Track Team. ........... While at Burbank High in 1968 Mike met Denise Cooper. They were both in Dance Performance at BHS. Mike and Denise were married on July 1, 1972, and just had their 43rd anniversary. Mike became a Burbank Police Officer in 1973, and was a detective with the department before he retired in 1993 after 20 years of service. ............. Mike is survived by his wife, Denise Cooper Gough, of Valencia; daughter and son-in-law, Erin Gough Wehrenberg and Kevin Wehrenberg,and their two boys, Charlie and Henry Wehrenberg, of Burbank;son and daughter-in-law, Michael Patrick Gough and Ashley Gough of Pasadena;older brothers, Alan Gough and David Gough; younger brother, Steven Gough;and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Lucienne Cooper, of Canyon Lake..........
A memorial was held for Mike on Sunday, August 2, at sea aboard the "Wild Goose". The photo of Mike holding Jazzie was taken only a few weeks before his passing. ........... Alan Landros, BHS 1970

Thursday, August 13, 2015

William Henry Bertrand, Former BHS Principal/Teacher

William Henry Bertrand, esteemed coach, teacher, and administrator in Burbank Unified School District passed away on June 24, 2015 surrounded by family. Born in Glendale, California on May 13, 1930, he was a proud graduate of UCLA and served in the armed forces, driving a tank into the fallout of the atomic tests in the 1950s. He married his high school sweetheart Della and enjoyed 65 years of marriage. Bill dedicated over 40 years to the Optimist International Organization participating as a member of the Magnolia Park club and serving as President of the Optimist Youth Home as well on the Board and helping to establish the charter school. Additionally he was proud of being named a juror to the Los Angels County Grand Jury.A beloved and caring husband, father, grandfather and uncle, he is survived by his wife Della, daughters Susan and Kristi, son William Michael, son-in-laws Jim Rondou, Rene Herrera and Robert Conner, five grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all. A memorial to honor his life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Optimist Youth Home 6975 North Figueroa Street, P.O. Box 411076, Los Angeles, California 90041.---------- Published in The Burbank Leader on Aug. 8, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Joanne Bernice Steen Stolpe, BHS 1953

Joanne Bernice Steen Stolpe, BHS 1953 ....................... Joanne was born on June 9, 1935 in Duluth, Minnesota and moved with her family to Burbank, California at age 8, so her parents could work for Lockheed during World War II. Joanne lived in a house on the hill near Lincoln Elementery and the Burbank Military Acadmy. The house is now gone part of the Los Angeles River. Joanne graduated from Burbank High School in 1953. After high school Joanne married Dan L. Stolpe, BHS 1949. They moved into a home on Lamer Street and lived in the same house for next 57 years. She raised her two children, was a Girl Scout leader, worked as a library aid at Joaquin Miller elementary school, and sold Tupperware and Avon products. .............. Joanne loved to travel. When her children were young, the family traveled extensively across the U.S. , Canada, and into Mexico by camper, but slept outside under the stars most nights. Joanne was proud of her Swedish and Norigan hertiage and would travel with her husband to visit family in Sweden and Norway, and also visited Denmark and Russia. Some of Joane's favorite things to do were short trips to the beach, to the mountains, and day trips with various senior groups. Joanne also loved to go to the Ronald Reagan Library where she would go several times a year................... After the death of her husband Dan, she became involved with the Southern Californian Genealogy Society where she volunteered helping out with membership, stuffing envelopes and putting stamps on envelopes and decoriating our tables at Christmas time for our Christmas Party and meeting. She also traveled with the
Patricians on day trips. ......................... Joanne was preceded in death by her parent, Husband Dan and a brother, Eugene Steen. Joanne is survived by her two children Kevin, Susan and two grand sons, Andrew and Joseph; and sister-in-law Marion McCarrick Steen, BHS 1949. She also leaves behind many friends from the Burbank High Senior Bulldogs Alumni group, The Patricians and the Sourthern California Genealogy Society.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mark Villasenor, BHS 1971

Mark Villasenor, BHS '71. Mark passed away suddenly at his home in Mission Hills on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, August 7 at 11:00 A.M. at Saint John the Baptist De La Salle Catholic Church, 16555 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills 91344, 818-363-2535. Interment immediately following at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills 91345, 818-361-7387. HAWAIIAN SHIRTS ARE REQUESTED TO BE WORN IN MARK'S HONOR. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: WIDOWS, ORPHANS & DISABLED FIREMEN'S FUND, P.O. Box 41903, Los Angeles, CA 90041. Mark spent 34 years as a fireman with LAFD from February 1975 until his retirement in February 2009. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Darlene; his three children; first grandchild to be born in November; his parents ages 92 and 89; his siblings, Pete BHS '66, Jim BHS '68, Lisa BHS '77, Emily BHS '79, and Melinda BHS '81; also sister-in-law, Beverly Myers Villasenor BHS '70. Many other relatives also survive Mark.

Monday, August 3, 2015


CLOVENNE T. "TONI" CANNON December 1923 ~ July 27, 2015 -------------- Mrs. Toni Cannon passed away this past Monday, July 27, 2015, at age 91. She had suffered a broken hip a few months ago,followed by complications. She passed away in Montrose under hospice care at a medical facility. --------------- Mrs. Cannon taught at Burbank High School for 30 years from 1960 until her retirement in 1990. Before teaching at BHS she taught at John Muir Junior High in Burbank for four years in the late 1950's. At BHS she taught psychology, government, senior studies, senior seminar, and for four years she headed the BHS Career Center. Several times over her years at BHS she was voted "favorite teacher" by the student body, and had Ceralbus yearbooks dedicated to her. Mrs. Cannon attended the BHS '70 class reunions in 1990 and 2010. She lived a very active life during her retirement years. ------------- Mrs. Cannon had lived in La Crescenta for decades, and remained in her own home until just the past few months when her health began to decline. She is survived by her daughter, Holly Cannon. A memorial gathering will be held in her honor later on.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Candice Anne Roberts Adermatt, BHS 1965

Candice Anne Adermatt, 67, born on September 28, 1947, in Ohio, passed away June 18, 2015, following a long battle with cancer. Services have already been held and I have no additional information. She resided in La Verne, California at the time of her passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Covina, California.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Robert "Bob" Blair Laverty, BHS 1945

Robert "Bob" Laverty 88, of Yreka .............. Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA, Wednesday, April 29, 2015................... Robert "Bob" Blair Laverty, a longtime resident of Siskiyou County, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2015, from complications associated with Parkinson's disease at his home in Carmel, California, where he had recently moved, surrounded by his family. ...................... Bob was born in Los Angeles to Blair and Mary Laverty in 1927. After his father's untimely death, Bob and his sister, Mary, were raised by their mother and loving stepfather, Paul DeMers. ........................ Bob graduated from Burbank High School in 1945 and then enlisted "until victory" in the U.S. Navy for the duration of World War II. He served in the Pacific as a signalman, but always humbly and quickly pointed out that, thankfully, he did not see combat. Following the war and after completing an associate degree in communications at Los Angeles City College, Bob relocated to Mount Shasta to work for KWSD as a radio announcer. He hosted one of the first jazz programs in far Northern California................................ Bob met his future wife and love of his life, Leslie Miles, there and they married in 1953. Bob and Leslie's first child, Robin, was born in 1954 and their second, Mary Ann, was born in 1956. The family moved to Yreka in 1963 and grew with the birth of Erin in 1968 and Philip in 1969. Bob had a long career in the insurance industry, beginning with New York Life. He later became an agent with State Farm Insurance. He received numerous awards from State Farm during his career of over 30 years, including the Crystal Excellence Award - the highest honor an agent can receive for the overall quality of his or her business. He had a sincere commitment to the well-being and financial security of his clients. Running his business ethically wasn't just a business model for him; his deeply-held values epitomized how he lived his life. Bob retired from State Farm in 1995. ......................... Bob was generous and civic-minded, dedicating much of his time to community organizations. He mentored many young men as a Boy Scout leader and Little League coach. He was a coordinator for dances at the Teen Club through the Mount Shasta Recreation Department. He later served as president of Siskiyou County Youth Baseball. In Yreka, he was the treasurer for the Kiwanis Club for many years, helping to organize Kiddies Day, Easter egg hunts, and fundraising activities......................... Bob was committed to the welfare and protection of rights for vulnerable children and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) after his retirement. He was a founding board member of CASA of Siskiyou County and volunteered at the Broadway Flea, a benefit shop for CASA. He also served on the board of directors of the Siskiyou Training and Employment Program (STEP). In addition to volunteering his time and expertise for many organizations, Bob supported numerous charities and causes, particularly for children's rights, hunger, performing arts, hospice, medical research, and the protection of the environment....................... Bob was a longtime and active parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yreka. He served as a Eucharistic Minister, taught catechism, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Bob also served on the finance committee, helped organize yearly retreats for Catholic men, and was the chair of the sesquicentennial celebration of St.Joseph's in 2005...................... Bob was a kind and beloved husband and father who were profoundly dedicated to his family. He was loved and adored by his family, and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Robin Laverty-Reves and John Reves, Mary Ann Laverty and Roland Enaillo, Erin Healy and Tom Healy, and Philip Laverty and Michelle Prejean; four grandchildren: Azita Ranjbar, Zoe Secka, Blaise Laverty and Hugh Laverty; three step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Leslie, and his sister, Mary Musson. ....................... Within the Laverty family and the wider Yreka community, Bob will be remembered as a role model who epitomized integrity, compassion, patience, kindness and humility in both his public and private life. He enjoyed life fully and was passionate about sports, music, fine dining, wine, travel and film. Throughout the years, whether announcing a high school football game, enjoying a crab dinner or trip to Reno with his Elks brothers and sisters, working in the Kiwanis' taco booth at the Siskiyou Golden Fair, golfing with his buddies, or pitching stocks to his Fortune Cookies friends, Bob truly loved engaging with his community and cherished his many friends throughout the county and beyond. .......................... A Memorial Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of Bob's life, will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 10 a.m. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Lonnie Alexander "Lon" Simmons, BHS 1940

Lonnie Alexander "Lon" Simmons, BHS 1940------------------- Lonnie Alexander "Lon" Simmons (July 19, 1923 – April 5, 2015) was an American baseball and football broadcaster, and was broadcasting part-time for the San Francisco Giants at the time of his death. He was born in Vancover, Washington. Simmons was a star pitcher at Burbank High School and Glendale College before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. After World War II, he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and pitched briefly in their minor league system........... His radio career began in Elko, Nevada, and he first announced baseball for a semipro league in Marysville, California. After spending three years broadcasting Fresno State sports on KMJ, Simmons came to San Francisco in 1957 as the color announcer for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League, teamed with play-by-play announcer Bob Fouts. In 1958, Simmons took over as play-by-play announcer on 49ers radio broadcasts, paired with former 49er Gordy Soltau. Simmons remained in that role through the 1980 season................
Simmons' most famous call during his first stint with the 49ers came on October 25, 1964, when Minnesota Vilings defensive end Jim Marshall picked up a fumble by the 49ers' Billy Kilmer and ran it the wrong way, scoring a safety for the 49ers instead of a touchdown for the Vikings (who won the game anyway, by a score of 27-22). The transcript of his call, including his mid-sentence transition as the moment occurred, reads as: George Mira, straight back to pass ... looking, now stops, throws ... completes it to Billy Kilmer up at the 30-yard line, Kilmer driving for the first down, loses the is picked up by Jim Marshall who is running the wrong way! Marshall is running the wrong way! And he's running it into the end zone the wrong way, thinks he has scored a touchdown! He has scored a safety! His teammates were running along the far side of the field, Russ, trying to tell him go back!................... Simmons broadcast games for the San Francisco Giants with Russ Hodges after they moved west in 1958, continuing until 1973. He returned in 1976 for three more years, before moving across the bay to call games for the Oakland Athletics from 1981 through 1995. From 1996 to 2002, he called Giants games part-time....................... During Simmons' initial sixteen years with the Giants, the team never won a World Series. With the 49ers, his termination as play-by-play broadcaster was due to the team changing radio stations, with the new station wanting "its own man" to become lead announcer. During the final two games of the 1989 World Series, Athletics' lead announcer Bill King came down with laryngitis. Simmons was thus able to announce to his radio audience that the A's had won the World Series over Simmons' former team, the Giants.................. Simmons' first tenure as 49ers play-by-play announcer lasted 24 years, the team never winning a championship. One year after his departure, San Francisco began a run of Super Bowl victories. Simmons returned as the 49ers' announcer in 1987 and was reunited with long-time colleague, Wayne Walker. During the 1988 regular season, Simmons' call of Steve Young's breathtaking game-winning 49-yard scramble against the Minnesota Vikings became as memorable as the play itself. The following January, San Francisco won Super Bowl XXIII over the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16. Simmons' call of the 49ers' Super Bowl game-winning drive (punctuated by a Joe Montana-to-John Taylor TD pass) can be heard on the NFL Films highlights package of the game. Simmons again departed from the 49ers — this time for good — during the 1989 preseason following a dispute with the management at the 49ers' flagship station, KGO Radio................... Simmons was replaced in the play-by-play spot by Joe Starkey, the long-time announcer for the California Golden Bears and an analyst with Simmons on 49ers games in 1987 and 1988; Starkey had taken over play-by-play on several October games during the 1988 season. Starkey retired from the position following the 2008 NFL season. Simmons died on April 5, 2015. He was 91. Simmons received the 2004 Ford C. Frick Award, given annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster. He was elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2006 as a member of the first class to be inducted. Also in 2006, he was inducted into the Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame, along with his teammate, friend and broadcast partner, Bill Thompson. Simmons' trademark call for home runs was "Tell it goodbye!", which is quoted by John Fogerty in his song, Centerfield.................. In May 2006, Simmons rejoined the San Francisco Giants as a fill-in broadcaster. He was hired back to be in the booth during four in-season trips to San Francisco from his home in Maui for the 2006 baseball season......................
Simmons provided voice samples for Sega's Sports Talk video game series, including Sports Talk Baseball, Joe Montana II: Sports Talk Football, NFL Sports Talk Football '93, and NFL Football '94 Starring Joe Montana. Joe Montana II: Sports Talk Football was the first video game ever to feature a full play-by-play running commentary.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

David Joseph Nelson, BHS 2007

David Joseph Nelson, BHS 2007?------------- Greg Williamson, Chief of the Bakersfield Police Department in California sadly reports the death of Patrol Officer David Joseph Nelson. Officer Nelson, 26, attempted to make a traffic stop of an unlicensed silver Hyundai sedan. The driver of the suspect vehicle failed to stop as directed and fled from Officer Nelson. A vehicle pursuit was initiated which came to an abrupt end when Officer Nelson lost control of his patrol unit and struck a retaining wall and a utility pole. The suspect continued to flee and is still at large. Back up officers located Officer Nelson and his patrol unit and they were able to extricate his from the patrol vehicle as it burst into flames. Officer Nelson was transported to Kern Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later. ------------The California Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation of the crash which led to Officer Nelson’s death. Officer Nelson was a two year veteran of the Bakersfield Police Department. He is survived by his parents and siblings. Officer David J. Nelson-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, June 26, 2015. Officer Nelson was a former Burbank Police Cadet and had grown up in Burbank and graduated from Burbank High School in 2007.