Monday, December 22, 2014

Robert W. Swaisgood, BHS 1963

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Dec. 17, 2014 ------- Robert W. Swaisgood passed away suddenly at the age of 70 on November 16, 2014 in the City of Santa Clarita, CA. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in Burbank with his parents (Ruth and George) and older siblings, Ron and Joyce. After graduating from Burbank High School he joined the Naval Reserve and was assigned to the United States Naval Battalion or Seabees at Port Hueneme. On Memorial Day 1965 he was asked to play TAPS for Admiral John Ford and Captain John Wayne. He was honorably discharged after serving two tours of duty in Viet Nam He met and married his former wife Cindy at Los Angeles Valley College. During this time he settled in the San Fernando Valley, where his only child, Garrett was born. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of La Verne while working for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. He retired from the DWP as the Chief Electrical Service Representative, Power System Engineering. He was a Boy Scout Leader, a Saugus High School Cross Country/Track Booster Parent and drove a NASCAR at the Irwindale Race Track. He was proud to have Native American Osage ancestry. His greatest joy came from spending time with family, friends and especially babysitting his grandchildren. He is survived by his sone Garrett and Garrett's wife Melinda of Castaic, CA. Three grandchildren: Danielle, Connor and Wyatt. A brother Ron of Gig Harbor, WA., step-sister, Maria Smith, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, in-laws and his former wife Cindy. A Military Service with interment was conducted at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA on December 9, 2014.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

David Thomas May, BHS 1954

David Thomas May, BHS 1954 August 18, 1936 - November 20, 2008 David Thomas (Tom) May was born August 18, 1936 in, Chicago, Illinois, to Joseph D. May and Gwin Sidebotham May. He passed away at the age of 72 on November 20, 2008, in Sequim, Washington. A celbration of Life will be held on July 26, 2009. Tom graduated from Burbank High School in California. He graduated from Glendale Junior College in August, 1956. Tom received a B.A. in Political Science at Long Beach State in California. He was a class of 1983 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.------ In October 1956, Tom entered flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and designated as a Navy Aviator in April 1958. In 1963, after completing an inter-service transfer to the Navy, Tom returned to active duty and was assigned as a flight instructor with HT-8. Since that time, he was assigned to HS-6, deployed aboard the USS Kearsarge for two tours in Southeast Asia, conducting ASW and combat search and rescue operations. In June 1970, he was assigned as the first officer-in-charge of HS-84. In November 1973. he was transferred to the Chief of Naval Reserve staff in New Orleans, where he served first as the Inspector General and later as the Helicopter Flight Programs Officer. He then served as Executive Officer of HS-84 from December 1976 to December 1977, and as the commanding officer of the squadron from December 1977 until June 1979. In August, 1983, he assumed command of the Naval Air Station, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He was then reassigned to serve as the Deputy Commander of the Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Region 20, in San Francisco, California, where he later retired in 1989. During his time in the military, Capt. D.T. May was awarded eleven medals.------ Tom married Patricia A. Bryan on June 16, 1973, in Imperial Beach, California. Tom and his wife, Patricia, retired in Sequim in 1989, where they built their home on Lost Mountain. He worked for the Sequim post office part-time as a rural route carrier. His hobbies were running marathons, flying planes and helicopters, camping, scuba diving, fishing, hiking and traveling, and he was also an avid reader. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Patricia A. May, who resides in Sequim; daughter, Joanie May, and son-in-law, Paul Kneuer, who also reside in Sequim; daughter, Delana Guzenski, of Alden, Pennsylvania; son aqnd daughter-in-law, Jon and Mamie May, of Mill Creek, Washington; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Kelly May, of La Quinta, California; daughter and son-in-law, Rusti and Wayne Clark, of Port Angeles; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and John Sisk, of Palo Alto, California; 12 grandchilden and two great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and his youngest son, Daniel.------- We wish to thank Olympic Medical Center, the Olympic Medical Cancer Center, Dr. Thomas Kummet and his wonderful staff, and Assured Hospice for their loving care during his last days. We will miss his humor, storytelling, dry wit and, most of all, the love he had to give to his family and friends.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

David Lance Freemon, BHS 1974

David Lance Freemon, BHS 1974____ Man dies of injuries suffered in 12-foot leap escaping fire____ Forth Worth-Star Telegram, Thursday, November 23, 1996 - Richland Hills, TX - A 39-year-old Richland Hills electronics technician died Tuesday after suffering injuries from jumping 12 feet from a second-story window to escape a fire early Saturday. David L. Freemon died at North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills from internal injuries, officials said. Freemon jumped from his apartment at 6637 Bridges Ave, after it caught fire about 2:45 a.m. Saturday, fire officials said. "It is really out of the norm," Richland Hills Fire Chief Greg Tucker said. "Our investigators were talking with the man the day after the fire. He was in some pain, but it didn't seem like the injuries were that serious." Tarrant County medical examiners said Freemon died as a result of lung injuries related to multiple broken ribs. Tucker said the window was 12 feet above the ground at the spot where fire fighters found Freemon. Dispatchers for the Fire Department received the first call on the fire about 2:48 a.m., Tucker said. Three engines arrived at the scene at 2:50 a.m. and found Freemon at 2:55 a.m. "Firefighters searched the building, and everything looked OK." Tucker said. "They discovered a victim outside between the buildings." A neighbor heard shattering glass, caused by Freemon's escape, and called 911, according to reports. A North Richland Hills ambulance crew started treating Freemon at 3 a.m., Tucker said. The fire remains under investigation, but Tucker said it may have been caused by a burning cigarette. Firefighters from Richland Hills, North Richland Hills and Haltom City responded to the blaze, which was contained to one apartment.

Monday, December 8, 2014

John William Baxter, BHS 1975

The Bakersfield Californian, Sunday, June 30, 1974, MOTHER, 5 KIDS DIE IN CRASH, Bishop, CA- A Burbank, woman, her five children and a neighbor were killed Saturday in a fiery crash on US 395 when a semi-trailer broke loose from its hitch and slammed into a pick-up truck carrying the seven persons, the Highway Patrol said. Patricia Baxter, 42, a neighbor, Harold L. Culler, 60, also of Burbank, and Mrs. Baxter's five Children were killed instantly in the crash about 13 miles north of here, the CHP said. The seven were reportedly traveling to Carson City, NV, to visit relatives. The five children were identified as John, 16, Tina, 14, Michel, 12, Patricia, 10, and Tanya, 7. The driver of the semi-truck, Francisco G. Flores, 25, of Lake View Terrace, was treated for minor injuries officials said.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BURBANK MOTHER, 5 CHILDREN DIE IN FIERY HIGHWAY CRASH, Burbank Daily Review, June 29, 1974. A Burbank woman and her five children were killed Friday in a fiery traffic accident near Bishop, California. Dead are, Mrs. Patricia L. Baxter, 42, of North Frederic Street, and her children, John, 17, Tina, 15, Michelle, 12, Patricia, 10 and Tanya, 8. Burbank police investigator Jeff Pratt, who was asked by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department to notify the children's father of the accident, said a logging truck apparently went out of control and hit the camper the vacationing family was riding in. The camper burst into flames. All the victims, Pratt said, were apparently burned beyond recognition. But investigators were able to identify them through other information. The father, Bill Baxter, also of Burbank has been divorced from the children's mother. No arrangements have been made yet for services. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Los Angeles Times, July 2, 1974, Patricia Lee Baxter, services for Patricia Lee Baxter and her 5 children, John William, Tina Lee, Michelle Jean, Patricia Kathleen and Tanya Lee. Beloved mother of Richard Baxter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Della Porta, sister of Mrs. Janet Diltz, Mrs. Jackie Mathers and John Della Porta, Jr. Recitation of the Rosary, 7:30 pm Tuesday and Funeral Mass 10:am, Wednesday both at St. Finbar Catholic Church, 2010 West Olive, Burbank, CA.. Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTE: From the Burbank High 1974 yearbook - John Baxter, had finished his junior year at Burbank High where he lettered in JV football and twice in JV baseball. He was a warm and sincere person whose good nature and unselfishness made him an outstanding complement to our teams and to the school community.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Genevieve Cowden Sultenfuss, BHS 1928

Longtime Glendale resident Genevieve Sultenfuss, who achieved several firsts for women in realty and community leadership, died on Sunday. She was 104. Her legacy included serving as the first female president of both the Glendale Assn. of Realtors and later the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. "Genevieve was a kind soul, she was a wonderful role model, and a beautiful spirit," said Councilwoman Paula Devine during Tuesday's City Council meeting. "She touched a lot of lives in her 104 years. She will not be forgotten." Sultenfuss was born on Aug. 12, 1910, in Colorado. She moved with her family to Burbank in 1923 and graduated from Burbank High School. She worked as a legal secretary for 10 years before moving onto a career selling homes in Glendale. In 1955, she opened her own realty firm, Glendale Properties Inc., and worked in real estate for 30 years before retiring. She was president of the Realtor association in 1968 and recalled in a 2005 interview with the News-Press what it was like to be in that kind of role while she was surrounded predominantly by men. "I just worked and worked and when people asked me to do something, I didn't know how to say 'no,'" Sultenfuss said. "I took it very slowly at first and didn't want to try and dictate to all these men what to do." She was also named Realtor of the Year by the association in 1972. Rick Barnes, the association's current president, said he first met Sultenfuss in 1976 and referred to her as a "stateswoman" for her decades of community involvement. "For me, she was the standard of excellence as a leader," he said in a phone interview. "She had a code of excellence and she lived it." Sultenfuss also won the Woman of Achievement award in 1977, bestowed by the News-Press. She was named president of the chamber of commerce that year and was a past president of Soroptomist International of Glendale, a volunteer organization for business and professional women, which she joined in 1961 and was a member of for 50 years. Sultenfuss was also the first woman to earn the Glendale Bar Assn.'s Liberty Bell Award. A big party in 2010 honoring Sultenfuss' 100th birthday was held at the local Elk's Lodge with more than 250 close friends and family in attendance. The City Council adjourned in her memory on Tuesday. As a past chair of the city's Commission on the Status of Women, Devine said she once named Sultenfuss as the chair's Jewel in honor of her life's work. During the council meeting, Devine fondly recalled another milestone for women Sultenfuss accomplished — being the first female member of the all-male Verdugo Club. "She felt that there would be some concern if she let people know, so every time she went to a meeting, she would take a male guest so that everyone would think he was the member and she was the guest," Devine said. "That was her sense of humor." Funeral arrangements are still pending and Sultenfuss' family members are encouraging donations be made in her honor to Soroptomist International of Glendale.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jane Lorene Lively Teague, BHS 1936

JANE LORENE LIVELY TEAGUE, May 27, 1918 - May 2, 2014, MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JANE, Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11:00 A.M., LifePoint Church, 565 N. San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning, California. Early last Friday morning, May 2, 2014, Jane went HOME TO HEAVEN, just 25 days before her 96th birthday. Everyone who ever knew Jane realized what a loving, dedicated, and wonderful Christian lady she always was. A true LADY in every sense. Jane Lively Teague, BHS '36, is survived by her three children, Jack Teague, BHS '59, Jim Teague, BHS '63, and Janet Teague, BHS '68, four grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Her husband of 58 years, Jasper Teague, passed away in January 1998.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Virginia Stanchfield Peterson, BHS 1940

Virginia Stanchfield Peterson passed away at home in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada on May 16, 2014. She treasured her high school years and remembered Burbank High as being a huge influence in her life. She lived her 91 years to the fullest and will be greatly missed by her family and friends! She is survived by her daughters, Dusti and Kate.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Delvin J. DuMay, BHS 1964

Burbank Daily Review, Wednesday, April 19, 1989, Delvin J. DuMay, 42, died April 14, 1989 in Burbank. Born in Chicago, he lived in Burbank for 31 years. Mr. DuMay is survived by his son, Daniel; daughter, Christine DuMay; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. DuMay ; brother, Bob; sister, Sue Schmidt. A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in North Hollywood. Burial is private. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association. The Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lalainya Ann Reid, BHS 1988

Lalainya Ann Reid, 41, of Cleburne passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, in Cleburne. Graveside service: Noon Friday in Rosehill Cemetery. Survivors: Mother, Joan Sutton. Published in Star-Telegram on January 14, 2011

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Leslie Charles Bruckner, Former BHS Teacher/Coach

Leslie C. Bruckner 1918 - 2014 Leslie Charles Bruckner was born in April 16, 1918 in Monroe, Michigan, youngest son of Austin and Matilda Bruckner, and died in September, 2014 in Pasadena, California. Football and family were the cornerstones of his life. From his small southeastern Michigan hometown of Milan in the 1930s tales of Les' athletic skill reached recruiters from mighty Michigan State University. Bruckner joined the Spartans backfield and made an immediate impact on the football field. He was also a shot putter on the track team. Les was in the starting lineup when Michigan State played Auburn in the first Orange Bowl game in Miami in
1938. A member of the greatest generation, Les Bruckner was a lieutenant in the United States Navy serving in the Pacific during World War II. Postwar, Les made a brief run at the National Football League, playing a part of one season with the Chicago Cardinals in 1945. In 2014 he became the oldest surviving player from the Chicago-St. Louis-Arizona Cardinals NFL franchise. Les married Joan Olds of Ypsilanti, Michigan, daughter of Dr. L.W. Olds, a track coach and later director of athletics at Eastern Michigan University. Les fathered two sons- Doug and Scott-and in 1949 the family moved to Burbank where Les was a successful football coach at Burbank High School. On weekends in the 1950s Les enjoyed taking his older boy to the Coliseum where the new NFL team, the Rams, were the toast of the football world. It was just one of many outings fondly remembered by the sons of a devoted father. When the boys were older they joined their Dad on camping trips to national parks and monuments in the American West and were encouraged-never pushed-when they pursued their own football dreams at Burbank High School. An academic as well as an athlete, with a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan, Les was a respected history teacher at Burbank High School. In 1962 he broadened his background in his chosen field, taking Joan and their son Scott to Europe on a six-month sabbatical trip traveling the North Atlantic on an Italian line steamship. Summers in the 1950s and 60s Les Bruckner, with the able assistance of his wife Joan, launched two successful small businesses in Burbank. He created the Bulldog Club day camps and later the Les Bruckner Swim School. After leaving coaching, and still teaching, Les began a highly successful "third act" in his football life-- an official. Les worked his way up from
high school games to major college sports and in the 1970s was a regular on officiating crews in the Pacific Eight Conference. Les worked as an umpire on the fabled gridirons of Notre Dame Stadium, the Los Angeles Coliseum, and the old Stanford Stadium. In 1972 Les was again in a major bowl game when he was assigned as umpire on the officiating crew for the Rose Bowl game between the University of Washington and Michigan Wolverines. Inspired by his father and his own love of the game, Scott also became involved in football officiating at the high school level. Scott was thrilled to actually take the field with his Dad as a fellow "striped shirt," and remembers the professionalism of his father and the respect Les received from players, coaches and other members of the officiating team. Les was honored with an invitation to tour Asian U.S. military bases to conduct football officials clinics and traveled with his wife Joan to Japan, the Philippines and South Korea. The move of NFL's Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982 provided Les with one more opportunity to be involved in pro football. The Raiders hired Les as a member of the "chain gang" and he manned the down boxes at the LA Coliseum until the Raiders returned to Oakland in 1995. In 1993 Les was a member of the down box in the Rose Bowl at Super Bowl XXVII between the Cowboys and Bills. In 2012 the Pac 12 Officials Association inducted Les Bruckner into their Field of Honor in a ceremony in Palo Alto.
Les' amazing longevity and versatility in the football world was truly remarkable, but even more noteworthy was Les Bruckner's dedication to his family. Despite all the honors, Les was proudest of being a family man and celebrated not his own considerable achievements, but the accomplishments of his loving wife and his two sons. Les Bruckner was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, California. Les is survived by his wife Joan, his son Doug, his son Scott and daughter-in-law Dona, his grandchildren Andrew, Aleece, Anya and Amanda and great grandchildren, Jack, Jake and Jia. . Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28, 2014