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 football...it 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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Edward "Ed" Hamner, BHS 1949

Edward "Ed" Hamner, BHS 1949 ----------------------- Passed away on November 9, 2008 at the age of 77 in Lincoln, California. Edward was born in Burbank, California on October 4, 1921 to Dyson and Thelma Hamner. He married his high school sweetheart Elisa in 1951. They both attended Burbank High School, where Edward was a basketball star and Senior Class President. He started his civil engineering career in the family business Hamner Engineering. He finished his career at UBORA Engineering and Planning at the age of 75.-------------------------------- Edward is survived by his sister Shirley Hegaman and brother-in-law Tom, sister-in-law Virgina (Genny) Hamner, three children Gary Hamner, daughter-in-law Sonnie, Denise Cannon, Teresa Starkey and son-in-law Roger, his grandchildren Traci Foderaro, Korry Cannon, Sherie Mahlberg, Wendy Ver Steegh, Michelle Eyman, Michael Cannon, Cheryl Starkey, Tyler Cannon and Roger Starkey Jr. as well as ten great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held at Kilaga Spring Lodge, 1167 Sun City Blvd., Lincoln, California on Saturday Nov. 15th at 13:00................... The Sacramento Bee, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

William "Bill" Cherroff, Former BHS Teacher

Cherroff, William "Bill" CARLSBAD -- Passed away on January 11, 2013; cause of death was pneumonia and complications due to influenza. Born in Los Angeles on January 23, 1927 to Benjamin and Bessie Cherroff. Survived by his sister Ruthie, his devoted wife Diana, his two loving children - Denise and Sam, and his three grandchildren. Bill attended Garfield High School prior to joining the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II, and continued his military service in the U.S. Army after the Armistice. Upon returning from the military, Bill got his bachelors degree in Biology from Los Angeles State College and USC, going on to get his teaching credential and eventually a Master's Degree in Education. Bill became a School Teacher with the Burbank school system where he continued to teach for the next thirty years until his retirement. He loved to golf, was an accomplished landscape artist, and was an enthusiastic painter. He became expert at most any hobby he chose to pursue, whether it was carpentry, stained glass, or just making toys for the grandkids. A celebration of his life will be on the third Sunday in March at his home in Carlsbad, CA.---------- Published in U-T San Diego on Jan. 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Harvey Russell "Russ" Ling, BHS 1942

Harvey Russell "Russ" Ling, BHS 1942 Harvey Ling passed away on March 2, 2009 in Medford, Oregon, having been ill for several years. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1942 and served in the South Pacific area until 1945. He leaves four children and one brother, Jim, BHS 47. No other details at this time.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Jess "Chuey" Aguirre, BHS 1947

Jess "Chuey" Aguirre, BHS 1947 Jess "Chuey" Aguirre, passed away on July 7, 2009 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. No other details at this time.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Eddie Ordunez, BHS 1953

Eddie Ordunez, BHS 1953 Eddie Ordunez was born in Burbank in November 1933 and passed away in January 2009. He served in the United States Air Force and was married for 43 years to his wife, Aurora. While at Burbank High, Eddie was active in Industrial Arts, Key Club, Football, Track, A Cappella, Senior Play, Operetta, Basketball, Rally Committee, Lettermans Club. No other details at this time.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bruce Wampler, BHS 1954

Bruce Wampler, BHS 1954 Bruce Wampler graduated at Burbank High School with the class of 1954 and passed away on February 26, 2009. He will be missed by all that knew him. No other details at this time.