Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dennis Hart Blosdale, BHS 1950


Born December 29, 1931 in Burbank, California. Passed away April 21, 2003 in Bullhead, Arizona. He was 71. Dennis was a resident of Bullhead City, and had worked as a probation officer.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Blosdale; son, Jon; daughter, Christine; mother, Dorothy Mallory; and sister, Anne Hooper.

He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin; and daughter, Kathryn.

Viewing was held Friday, April 25, 2003. Services will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2003, 2:00 p.m., at Eternal Valley Mortuary Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dennis H. Blosdale Memorial Fund, 1802 Soledad Cyn. Rd., #14, Canyon Country, CA 91387. ETERNAL VALLEY MORTUARY Directors 661-259-0800.    

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Apr. 26, 2003

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Michael Frances Sullivan, BHS 1976

Michael Frances Sullivan

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Michael France Sullivan passed away on Monday, March 14, 2005. He was born on August 6, 1958 in Glendale, California and was a resident of Burbank, California for over 46 years. Michael was self-employed in the construction business.

He is survived by his daughters, Erin Sullivan and Kimberly Sullivan as well as a brother, Patrick Sullivan and sister Kathy Himes.

Services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 18th at Hope Lutheran Church located at 1041 East Foothill Blvd in Glendora, California. Services provided by the Valley Funeral Home, Burbank Director.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Leslie T. Beyea, BHS 1931

March 15, 1911 ~ Jan. 5, 2009

Les Beyea went quietly home to the Lord on the afternoon of January 5, 2009. He had a relatively brief battle with cancer and was blessed to pass away at home and in the loving care of his wife, Pennie.

Les was born nearly 98 years ago and raised in Burbank, California during the time when it was a cradle of American aviation. In his early days, he flew WWI era airplanes and loved aviation till his last days. He spent his vocational life in the Southern California Aerospace Industry and worked on such programs as the Howard Hughes H-4 Hercules Transport, (the Spruce Goose, now located in McMinnville, Oregon) the early American ICBM rocket development programs and the Apollo Space Capsule re-entry systems.

In 1991 he followed his son and family to the Pacific Northwest where he became involved with new friends at Vancouver's First Church of God in Vancouver, Washington. At the tender young age of 82 he and a friend went to Hawaii to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity. He was loved by all because of his joyful spirit that endured even to his last hours.

Les is survived by his wife, Pennie Beyea; his son, John Beyea; his sister, Jeanette Barton; and his two grandchildren, Amy Beyea and Tommy Beyea who were fortunate to enjoy their grandfather into their adult years.

A memorial service was held at the First Church of God, Vancouver, Washington on Thursday, January 15, 2009.

Published in The Columbian, Vancouver, WA on January 11, 2009.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jeanette Anne Beyea Barton, BHS 1938

Jeanette Anne Beyea Barton
January 19, 1920 - July 8, 2017

Jeanette was born on January 19, 1920 and passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Jeanette was a resident of Burbank, California at the time of passing. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1938 and married Edward J. Barton in 1940.

A viewing and family gathering for Jeanette will be held on Tuesday July 11, 2017 at Hughes Mortuary, 1037 East 700 South, St. George, Utah from 3-5 p.m. Interment will be at the Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, California. Visitation at the Hughes Mortuary from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on July 11, 2017.


Jeanette Anne Beyea Barton passed away surrounded by her loving family on July 8, 2017, in St. George, Utah. Jeanette was born in Tucson, Arizona, on January 19, 1920, to Josephine Frances Cook Beyea and Franklin Edgar Beyea. She was one of 6 children; Franklin, Lester, James (twin brother), Mary and Eloise.

The Beyea family moved from Arizona to Burbank, California, in 1920. The family was instrumental in real estate development in the Burbank area having a flight school where the Lockheed Aircraft is now located.

Jeanette was a beautiful, gracious and talented lady. She was an excellent student, athlete, vocalist, and later developed her wonderful artistic talent. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1938 and married Edward J Barton in 1940. They built their dream home at 1920 Oak Street where she resided for 75 years.

Using her artistic talents, she became the interior designer for Boles-Aero Travel Trailers. She was very active in the Burbank Art Association and enjoyed the friendship of many wonderful women through the Pickwick Ladies group.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers and sisters, . She is survived by her two children, Diana Christopherson (Kent), and James Barton (Patty), five grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Her generosity and enthusiasm for life is a gift for all who knew and loved her.

A viewing and family gathering for Jeanette will be held on Tuesday July 11, 2017 at Hughes Mortuary, 1037 East 700 South, St. George, Utah from 3-5 p.m.

Interment will be at the Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, California.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Raymond Earl Swaim, BHS 1911

Raymond Earl Swaim, BHS 1911

Los Angeles Times, February 19, 1966

Raymond E. Swaim of 7046 Kester, Van Nuys, former principal of Sherman Oaks Elementary School for 22 years. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday February 23, 1966 at Fillbach-Bailey Chapel, Burbank, California.

No other details at this time.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sandra L.Yarritu O'Brien, BHS 1976

Burbank Daily Review, Tuesday, February 6, 1979

Sandra Yarritu O'Brien, who was employed at Totco Corp. in Glendale, died Saturday, February 3, 1979. She was 21. Born in Mercedes, Texas, she was a Burbank resident for 15 years.

She is survived by her husband, John S. O'Brien, Jr., two sons, Robert Shannon and Patrick Michael O'Brien of Burbank, her father Homer H. Yarritu, of San Jose, California, parents Libby and Oscar Sanchez of Burbank, two brothers, Randy and Michael, one sister, Lillie Libby Sanchez, all of Burbank, paternal grandmother, Gabriela Yarritu, of Donna, Texas, and maternal grandfather, Simon Almaraz.

Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, February 6 at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, California. Services will be 10 a.m., February 7 at the United Methodist Church, 100 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank.

Note: In 2010 the Burbank High Athletic Hall of Fame inducted  the 1975 CIF Champion girls’ softball team. Not only because they have won our only girls’ C.I.F. championship. They were the pioneers of female sports in the City of Burbank. Without them our sports at both schools would not be at the level that they are today. Sandy Yarritu was among the honorees and the award was accepted by her family.

She was killed in an automobile accident.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

John Berry McEntire, BHS 1979

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, February 22, 1995

John Berry McEntire, 33, died February 16, 1995 in a Van Nuys hospital. Born in Los Angeles, he lived in Burbank his entire life. Mr. McEntire was a power line man for twelve years, last with the city of Los Angeles.

He is survived by a daughter, Nicole McEntire; a son, John Duke McEntire; his parents, Vernon and Joyce McEntire of Paso Robles; and his in-laws, Barbara and Fred De Lange of Burbank. He is predeceased by his wife, Victoria, who died in January 28 of this year. Private funeral service and burial were arranged by Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jeanine Ellyn Hilt, BHS 1970

Jeanine E. Hilt

Published in the Burbank Leader, August 21, 1993

Jeanine E. Hilt died August 11, 1993 in Orange, California. Ms. Hilt graduated from Burbank High School in 1970 and received a Masters in Social Work from the University of California at Fresno.

She is survived by her father, Leigh D. Hilt Sr. of Florissant, Missouri; her mother, Martha Wilkinson of Laguna Niguel, California; and a brother, Leigh D. Hilt, Jr. of El Cajon, California.

At her request, there was no formal service. Her ashes will be scattered at the Golden Gate Bridge and Yosemite National Park.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Harwood Vinson Grice, Jr., BHS 1961

Harwood Vinson Grice, Jr., BHS 1961
February 8, 1943 - April 10, 1993

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, May 12, 1993

H. Vinson Grice, Jr., 51, died April 10, 1993 at Westlake Medical Center. Mr. Grice was a 17-year resident of Westlake Village and was a 1961 graduate of Burbank High School. He was the owner of Grice and Leffingwell Certified Public Accountants in Westlake Village for 12 years.

Mr. Grice is survived by his mother Tom Ed Grice; his father, H. Vinson Grice, Sr.; and a brother, Ed Grice.

A memorial service will be held at 2p.m. on Saturday, May 22, at the Mausoleum of Christian Heritage, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Covina Hills, California in the Columbarium of Immortality.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Randall Lee Logan, BHS 1966

Randall Lee Logan, BHS 1966

Burbank Daily Review, Tuesday, April 13, 1971
Randall Logan

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday for Randall Lee Logan who died Monday April 12, 1971 in a local hospital at the age of 22. Born in Mojave, Mr. Logan was an eight-year resident of Burbank, making his home at 205 S. Golden Mall. He was formerly employed as a laborer by the M and F Manufacturing Company.
Mr. Logan is survived by his father, John of North Hollywood; his mother, Mrs. Lacy Miller of Seagrove, North Carolina; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Johnson of Burbank; Mrs. Patricia Bangert of North Hollywood; two brothers, Lance of North Hollywood, Bradley Curtins, serving with the United States Army in Cambodia; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Logan of Boron, California and Mr. and Mrs. Elzi Garner of Seagrove, North Carolina.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fillbach-Bailey Funeral Service Chapel, 152 E. Palm. The Rev. Nathaniel Mitchell of Calvary Baptist Church will officiate at the services. Interment arrangements are pending.