Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cynthia Laureen Martens Catlin, BHS 1980

Cynthia Laureen Martens Catlin, BHS 1980
September 7, 1963 - April 22, 2011




Cynthia Laureen Martens Catlin passed away on April 22, 2011 Good Friday after a struggle with Lung Cancer. She was 47.


Celebration of her life will be at 10579 Art St.Shadow Hills, CaliforniaSaturday, 4-30-11 at 3pm. I lieu of flowers please send donations to Montgomery County Food Bankwww.MontgomeryCountyFoodBank.com

Friday, April 29, 2011

Paul G. Williamson, BHS Vice Principal

Paul G. Williamson, BHS Vice Principal




Paul G. Williamson, 92, passed peacefully at his home in Fresno, California on April 15, 2011 of congestive heart failure.


Born on October 9, 1918 in Oxnard, California, he was the son of Grover and Mary Williamson. Paul excelled in school, sports, and also became an accomplished trumpet player. Paul married his beloved high school sweetheart, Ruth AlVerta Jaynes, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He entered the Navy, became an officer of a minesweeper, and saw action in Italy and southern France.

After obtaining his Masters degree from Cal, Paul began teaching in Burbank where he was promoted to Boys Vice-Principal at Burbank High School, and later became Principal at Jordan Junior High. Paul led through professionalism, commitment to innovative education, an unfailing sense of humor, and a positive outlook on life. Up until he died, many teachers, students, and parents kept in touch with him.


Not only was he an excellent tennis player, Paul was also a lifelong avid fisherman. He and AlVerta purchased land on the McKenzie River in Oregon and built a second home. Here Paul fished, made new friends, and created a bountiful garden. For many years, the happy couple traveled the world.


Paul was preceded in death by his older sister Carleen Howell, and, after 67 years of marriage, by AlVerta, who passed in December, 2009. He is survived by his daughter Sandra Alonzo, his son Gary, his son Jay, his son-in-law Mike, his daughter-in-law Bailey, and grandchildren Iris, Corey, Rhonda, Tony, Randy and Sean.


Pursuant to Paul’s request, his ashes will be spread during a private family ceremony.The family asks that you share your memories of Paul and AlVerta by signing the guestbook by at www.farewell.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to any hospice or local PTA


Published in Burbank Leader, April 26, 2011



To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. Mohandas K. Gandhi

Paul G. Williamson, born October 9, 1918 in Oxnard, CA, beloved friend, father, and grandfather, was an inspiration to those who knew him. He passed away peacefully at his home in Fresno, CA, on April 15, 2011 of congestive heart failure. AlVerta, his loving wife of 67 years, preceded him in death on December 6, 2009.

Paul was a gifted story-teller, so it seems appropriate to include a few of his favorites here. Many tales involved the Williamson family farm in Higginsville, Missouri where Paul, his older sister Carleen, father Grover Williamson, and mother Mary Goodnight Williamson, lived periodically. Paul’s father had once been principal at Crissey Elementary School, the school Paul attended.


He loved wintertime, not so much for the snowball fights, but for the exciting rides to and from school on sleds pulled by Shetland ponies. When the kids reached their destination, the ponies were unharnessed, secured inside a school-owned barn, and fed hay at the school board’s expense.

The Williamson family resided in Oxnard during the infamous 1928 San Francisquito dam disaster when 450 people lost their lives. The fire department woke Paul’s neighborhood at 2 a.m. When he climbed out of bed, Paul asked, “Mother, where are we going?” His mother said, “Oh, just for a ride.” The Williamsons piled inside the car, and left Oxnard in a calm, single-file line of vehicles.


The next day, his father volunteered for the rescue crew and found a woman buried alive, vertically, in mud up to her neck. They immediately began to pull her out, but the woman started to scream, and insisted that they stop. Apparently she wasn’t wearing any clothes, and didn’t want to be hauled up naked. The men surrounded the area with blankets, and she agreed to be saved.

Both Paul and AlVerta graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. For several semesters, Paul worked as a dishwasher at the boarding house. One of his favorite stories was part of a friend’s tale that was told during a meal. The storyteller described an incident at his former boardinghouse, reenacting the scene while he spoke. He picked up a butterball and placed it inside a spoon, demonstrating how the year before, he’d flung a similar butterball across the dining room, accidentally hitting the headmistress in the eye. While Paul’s friend spoke, he released the butterball. It sailed across the room and hit their present headmistress smack in the middle of her glasses!

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Paul and AlVerta were married at her family home in Lopez Canyon, California, and Paul enlisted in the Navy. Before he was sent overseas, AlVerta traveled from port to port across the U.S. to be with him. Paul became an officer on a minesweeper and saw action in Italy and southern France.


During the war, his vessel was docked at Pier 90 in New York, waiting for orders to ship overseas. Paul loved to describe how the stateside admirals were most likely sitting around with their feet up, smoking cigars, when they decided that his ship should go out and sweep the local channel. Of course Paul’s crew followed orders, but they ran into so much ice their ship started to tilt, complications arose, and the gears suffered mechanical damage.


To complicate their predicament, thick fog rolled in. Even though the ship had recently been equipped with radar, at that time, no one on board had received the training to use it. They called for a rescue boat, but it couldn’t get through the ice and fog. Paul’s ship struggled through the night with one gear, and eventually made it back to harbor. While the engine underwent repairs, the crew had to be grounded. Because of the delay, Paul missed the Normandy invasion.

After the war, Paul obtained his Masters degree from Cal and began teaching for the Burbank Unified School District. For over twenty years, he and AlVerta lived on acreage in Lopez Canyon, CA which had been homesteaded by AlVerta’s grandfather.


They raised their three children, Sandy, Gary, and Jay amidst the sagebrush, oaks, coyotes, quail, and quite a few rattlesnakes. Now and then, the family was forced to evacuate their house because of forest fires. During one of these catastrophes, Paul rushed home from school to rescue Sandy’s horse, but was not allowed to pass through Lopez Canyon. He turned the car around and drove at breakneck speed to a neighboring canyon, then hiked in his suit and good shoes across the mountains. When he reached the house, Paul grabbed his most valued possession, a Benje trumpet. He threw a bridle on the horse, and rode bareback through smoke and ashes, past fire trucks and spectators. The horse never spooked, and carried him over three miles, all the way to the foot of the canyon.

Paul loved music and became an accomplished trumpet player on the treasured Benge trumpet given to him by his Aunt U. He played this trumpet in the Cal band and marched with them in the Rose Parade. In recent years, he sang with the Windham Choir, took up playing the harmonica, and volunteered to play taps at veteran’s funerals.

Eventually, Paul’s success as a teacher led him into administration. He served as assistant principal at Burbank High and principal at Jordan Junior High. He had a remarkable career, earning the love and respect of teachers, students, and parents. Paul led with professionalism, commitment to innovative education, an unfailing sense of humor, and a positive outlook on life.

Paul was an accomplished ocean and fresh water fisherman with many a tale to spin. As a young man, these stories often involved his Uncle Fred and fishing at a beach camp in Oceanside. The campsite remained set up all summer. When Paul fished at night, AlVerta usually slept in a blanket on the sand. Paul loved to dribble fish water on her face to wake her and show her the catch. There are too many fish stories to count, but one of Paul’s favorites happened during WWII when his ship was docked for the night near Staten Island. One of the guys on watch awakened Paul, and led him to shore where dozens of fish were swimming in the shallow water. The sailor handed Paul a stick, and told him to turn on his flashlight. When the flashlight was positioned properly, the fish would follow the beam. Paul claims he led fish to shore all night using the using a flashlight as a lure and a stick to urge them along. The cook prepared the catch the next day, and Paul swears those fish tasted pretty darned good.

Paul was an excellent tennis player and won numerous medals in the Senior Olympics. He was an avid sports fan and followed the Dodgers, Lakers, and his beloved Cal Bears. He and AlVerta enjoyed playing bridge. They traveled the world together and made lifelong friends.


Paul and Al Verta purchased land on the McKenzie River in Oregon and build a second home on the water. Here Paul fished, made new friends, and created bountiful vegetable, berry and dahlia gardens. The grandkids have wonderful memories of Oregon rafting and fishing adventures and the many Christmases they spent on the river. They and many other visitors were treated to blueberry pancakes, homemade pies, homegrown vegetables, and fresh trout.


Paul and Al Verta were preceded in death by Paul’s sister Carleen Howell. They are survived by their daughter Sandra Alonzo of Oakhurst, California, son Gary of Artesia, California, son Jay of Vashon, Washington, son-in-law Mike, daughter-in-law Bailey, grandchildren Iris, Corey, Rhonda, Tony, Randy and Sean.

Paul’s ashes will be spread during a private family ceremony in the same location where AlVerta’s were spread last year. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a contribution be made to the hospice of your choice or a local Parent Teacher Student Association.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Russell L. "Russ" Riegler, BHS 1975

Russell Riegler, BHS 1975



Russ Riegler, BWP Senior Power Plant Mechanic, passed away at his home in Burbank on Friday, April 22, 2011 at the age of 54, due to heart problems. Russ lived in Burbank his entire life and graduated from Burbank High in 1975. He worked for the City for 32 years and his hard work and outgoing personality will be missed.



Russ liked marathons, working on classic Mustang cars, collecting model trains and everything Elvis. He also enjoyed taking his 1979 Jeep off-roading with friends and playing with the family dog, Zack.


Russ leaves behind his wife Darlene, and their two sons Ross and Rick.


Services will be held as follows:


Friday, April 29 at 3:00 pm
Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068




Burbank Leader Newspaper, April 26, 2011



Russell L. Riegler
7/21/1956-4/22/2011


Passed away at his home in Burbank, he lived his entire life here attending school and graduating from Burbank High in 1975 and working for the City Parks and Rec. office before transferring to their Power Plant 32 years ago. His interests were many including marathons, working on Classic Mustang cars, collecting model trains, everything Elvis. Russ’s “new” car was a 1979 Jeep he took off-roading with friends. The family dog, Zack, was a loyal companion.
Russ leaves a wife, Darlene, and two sons, Ross (18) and Rick (16).
Services will be held at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills- Graveside Friday, April 29th at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Merrill Anker Henricksen, BHS 1937

Merrill Anker Henricksen, BHS 1937
October 14, 1919 - April 11, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Joshua Memorial Park Mortuary, Lancaster, CA.

Merrill Anker Henricksen was born October 14, 1919 in Alta, Iowa to Anker Washington and Esther Christina Miller Henricksen. Merrill passed away April 11, 2011 in Lancaster California at the age of 91.

Merrill was an only child and the family moved from the farm in Iowa to California when he was a boy because of his poor health. Merrill graduated from Burbank High School.

On June 20, 1943 he married Glendora Mary French in Burbank. They lived in Sun Valley, Newhall and Quartz Hill and enjoyed 60 years together before "Billie" passed away in 2004.

Merrill drove trucks most of his life and worked in the dump truck business for over 40 years. He was proud to be an owner operator and retired at the age of 75.

Merrill is survived by two children. Sherrill Olson of Three Forks, Montana and Neil and spouse Katie Henricksen of Quartz Hill. Grandchildren Jody, Mariah, Michael, Kristi, Megan Sarah and Evan, Seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad and grandpa we love you and we will miss you.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dennis Kent Hooper, BHS 1984



Dennis Kent Hooper, BHS 1984

Dennis Kent Hooper, 45

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, Bonner County Dailey Bee

Dennis Kent Hooper, 45, of Sandpoint, Idaho, passed away from an auto accident. Memorial services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Quest Aircraft Co., 1200 Turbine Drive, in Sandpoint.

Dennis was born Jan. 29, 1966, in Burbank, Calif., the son of Dennis and Sally Hooper. He was raised and educated in Burbank, graduating from Burbank High School in 1984. While in school he excelled in football. Upon graduation, Dennis took part in an apprenticeship training program to be an operating engineer. Upon completion of his program, Dennis became a member of the Local 501 Operating Engineers.

Dennis married Lisa Haley in Burbank in 1992 and, in 2004, they moved to Sandpoint to enjoy the quality of life. He worked for Quest Aircraft for more than four years. He enjoyed motorcycles, and raced them as a young man in California. After moving to Sandpoint, Dennis was active as a coach in Sandpoint Junior Tackle Football and as a Little League Coach.

Dennis took great pride in his family and his home. He enjoyed all outdoor activities, skiing, camping, boating, wake boarding, golf, and especially enjoyed dancing.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa, of Sandpoint; three children, Cole and Quinn of Sandpoint, and Tara of Appomattox, Va.; his parents, Dennis and Sally Hooper of Indio, Calif.; a brother, Michael (Denise) Hooper of Burbank; a sister, Diane (Tarin) Cardenaz of Burbank; and by his mother-in-law, Cleo Haley of Sandpoint. He also is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

The family suggests memorials in Dennis’ name to the Sandpoint Junior Tackle Football, in care of Jack Knagg, 3394 Durfort Road, Sagle, Idaho 83860. Family and friends are invited to sign Dennis’ online guest book at www.coffeltfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Coffelt Funeral Service of Sandpoint.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Greg Blaine Bailey, BHS 1966

Greg Blaine Bailey, BHS 1966



Greg Blaine Bailey passed away on Dec. 24, 2009 in Ukiah, CA.


Greg was born Sept. 9th 1948 in Logan, Utah. He was a member of the Mormon Church and moved with his family to Burbank, CA in his early childhood. He graduated high school in Burbank and was enrolled in an Art institute. His great talent and passion led him to a career in commercial and professional art. He was especially talented in portraits and landscape.


After his service in the U.S. Army, he moved to San Luis Obispo where he pursued his profession in art and later in his life moved to Ukiah and continued his passion in arts.


Greg leaves behind his mother Ora Bailey of Ukiah, his brother Steven Bailey of Salem NC, and his sister Bev and her husband Rodney Henkel and their two sons Arlen and Cory of Redwood Valley. He was proceeded in death by his father, Steven Bailey.


He was married and had three daughters, Ginger, Cindy and Lilly.One of Greg's fondest childhood memories was visiting his grandpa Noah in Richmond, Utah and helping with farm chores; he especially enjoyed driving the tractor. Greg also loved to visit his Aunt Irene in Richmond. Greg will be dearly missed by family and friends.


Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on January 5, 2010

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Victor Keith Jensen, BHS 1947?

Victor Keith Jensen, BHS 1947?

Victor "Keith" Jensen (1929-2007)

Victor Keith Jensen of Pleasant Hill died September 29th, 2007 of "acute numerical ascension" (his number was up) and lymphoma at age 78.


He was born March 10, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Victor and Gertrude Jensen (one 12 pounder was enough)! His early years were spent in Washington, D.C. and Panama. He often recalled the wonders of visiting all the national monuments and the fabulous collections of the Smithsonian. Living in Panama was a real cross-cultural experience for him, particularly when combined with summers spent in Costa Rica and Columbia.


His teen years were spent in Southern California, where he attended "beautiful downtown Burbank" High School. Aspiring to further his education, he enrolled at the University of New Mexico. In spite of an undistinguished academic performance, persistence ruled the day and a Baccalaureate degree was the final reward.With the military draft still in effect, he decided on a pre-emptive bid to enter officer training with the Marine Corps. Shortly after receiving his commission, he married Mildred Russell in Tacoma, Washington. The marriage lasted 18 years and produced four sons.


Following discharge from the military, he enrolled at the University of Washington (grateful for the G.I. bill) and received a Master's degree in Social Work. This enabled him to fulfill a long-time interest in the field of juvenile corrections. He spent nearly 18 years in various positions in the field; interrupted by a 5-year stint as an assistant professor with the then newly established School of Community Service and Public Affairs at the University of Oregon. A return to Oregon in 1979 brought him back to teaching, this time at Portland Community College.Two years later, feeling more adventurous, he joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Belize, where he met and later married fellow volunteer, Irene Phillips. Returning to the U.S., they spent time in California before moving to their present home and adopting 3 sibling children from Costa Rica.


Prior to retiring, Keith had the opportunity to gain experience and training in the field of domestic relations mediation, which carried over to post retirement volunteer service to the Lane County Circuit Court, facilitating alternatives to litigation of domestic conflicts. He also served for 9 years on the Pleasant Hill School Board.


With retirement, he became a more than competent cook, read as much as he wanted, re-finished furniture, and finally got his fill of televised sporting events. He lived, and died, with a simple philosophy - "never take yourself too seriously." He touched so many lives along the way with his intelligence, humor and sense of fair play and personal responsibility and his commitment to volunteerism.


Survivors include his wife; sons Michael of Long Beach, CA, David of Gig Harbor, WA, Christopher of San Diego, CA, Daniel of Phoenix, AZ and Cristian of Salem, and daughters Fressia of Pleasant Hill and Jessica of Eugene; nineteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. "Dad", "Pops", "Honey", "Papi", "Mista Keet", "Grandpa", we all miss you and love you so much.


A Memorial Celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 7th, 2007 at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Musgrove Family Mortuary in charge of arrangements.Published in Eugene Register-Guard on October 6, 2007

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mary Joan Spindler Hammond, BHS 1967

Mary Joan Spindler Hammond, BHS 1967 Burbank Daily Review, January 22, 1974 Mary Joan Hammond, 23, died Sunday, January 20, 1974, in North Hollywood. Mrs. Hammond was born in Burbank and lived here 23 years. She is survived by her husband, Tom; son, Jeffrey; a daughter, Alana; a brother, John; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spindler of Burbank. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in The Valley Funeral Home Chapel, Burbank. The Rev. Louie Barnes will officiate. Burial will follow at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kevin Lynn Butcher, BHS 2005

Kevin Lynn Butcher, BHS 2005



L.A. Weekly, April 2011


Kevin Butcher, 23-Year-Old Burbank Man on Motorcycle, Killed in I-10 Crash With Another (Allegedly Drunk) Man on Motorcycle


Kevin Butcher was riding his red Ducati motorcycle down the 10 East yesterday afternoon, when traffic began to slow up ahead.


He was riding behind another motorcyclist on a white Honda at the time -- a 29-year-old man from North Hollywood who West L.A. CHP Officer Travis Ruiz guesses was Butcher's friend. Both were reportedly "splitting lanes" while pushing 90 mph. Then, just before 4:30 p.m. near the exit of the 405, the Acura in front of them put on the brakes. Though the Honda began to brake as well, Butcher did not -- so his motorcycle slammed into the one in front of him. "The Honda that got run into went down on the ground and went down underneath the Acura," says Ruiz. "Then the Ducati goes up over the Acura."


Butcher was found unconscious at the scene, and later pronounced dead at the UCLA Medical Center. The North Hollywood man was transported to the hospital as well -- but not before failing a field sobriety test and being handcuffed to his stretcher. Ruiz says the 29-year-old was in fine enough condition to take the test at the scene, but soon noticed a huge gash in his own leg. No other injuries were reported.


On Facebook, Butcher lists his hometown and current residence as Burbank. He's a fan of Da Bike Shop, a motorcycle customization and repair shop in North Hollywood. One Los Angeles Times commenter writes, "Rest in peace lil butcher." And another: "Kevin Lynn Butcher you will be missed."


A commenter named Richard also offers a witness account: "We were driving back from PCH and saw 2 bikes zipping between traffic lanes. A minute later all the traffic slowed and we saw the 2 downed bikes and several stopped cars. One rider was on the ground as another person pumped his chest. It was a sobering reminder about the dangers of riding between cars, especially on the 10 by the 405 intersection."



KEVIN LYNN BUTCHER

Beloved 23 year old son - (born November 25, 1987 - passed April, 10 2011)


Schools attended: Burbank High School, Glendale Community College, California State University at Northridge Awards: Varsity Letter in Track & Field for Pole Vaulting, Burbank High School, 100+ Hours Burbank Community Service Medallion, Burbank School District Service-Learning Award (worn at graduation), Eagle Scout - earning 42 Badges where a minimum of only 20 is required.


Organizations: National Eagle Scout Association, Member Occupation: Teller, J. P. Morgan Chase Bank - Burbank/ San Fernando Branch Kevin was an avid motorcycle rider, having learned to ride on his father's classic 1974 Suzuki 250 - street legal dirt bike. Some years later he purchased his own Suzuki GSX-R600, followed by his most recent bike, a Ducati M900S4. He loved riding this bike with his many friends; yet unfortunately, it was while riding this bike that he lost his life.


He was laid to rest on Saturday, April 16, 2011 - in God's Acre, next to the Old North Church at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills, with more than 300 loving friends and relatives in attendance.


He is survived by his mother and father, Glenda and Steven, and his two older brothers, Steven Jr. (wife Lindsey) and Christopher (daughter Eden). He will be missed and never forgotten by many. Donations may be made to the Boys Scouts of America Troop 209, by contacting Scoutmaster Jim Roope at (818) 846-6589 - www. troop209.org

Published in Los Angeles Daily News from May 7 to May 8, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Judith Carr, BHS 1956


Judith Carr, BHS 1956


Judith Carr, an adult film star known as "the original cougar" and regarded for her sensual and sincere approach to sexuality, died in her Berkeley home Jan. 10, 2010. She was 71.


Carr, better known by her stage name Juliet Anderson, starred in more than 70 films throughout her career. She pioneered a niche in pornography with the character "Aunt Peg," described in her autobiography as "a unique persona exemplifying the lusty, intelligent, self-assured older woman who genuinely loves sex."


Graham Hill, a freelance writer who has covered Hollywood for 30 years and was a friend of Carr's, described her as "totally unique in her time." "The passing of her was a big loss," he said. "There's nobody even resembling her that you can point to. She's a legend, I can say with no reservation."


Carr was born in Los Angeles, Calif. on July 23, 1938. She attended Burbank High School, where she excelled academically, according to her autobiography. She went on to become an art major at California State University, Long Beach in 1957, where she lost her virginity. Carr was known for her fierce independence, and traveled extensively throughout her life. She worked as an English teacher in Mexico City in 1965 and Athens in 1967, before moving to Finland in 1971, where she worked as a radio producer and photojournalist. Intending to work in documentary film, Carr settled in the Bay Area in 1978. But at the age of 39, she was discovered by hard-core film producer Alex d'Renzy, and after delivering her first adult performance in "Pretty Peaches," she went on to become "one of the most famous actresses in the golden era of X-rated films," according to her autobiography.


Though she was a highly prolific actress, Carr earned a meager wage. She made between $60 and $200 for her performances, according to Hill, which he said was typical for most porn actresses in that era. In fact, Carr had to make most of her living by acting in a traveling one-woman comedy show, assuming the role of five different characters.


"The biggest screwing she ever got wasn't on film, it was in the pocketbook," Hill said. "But she was unique in that she could be a comedienne." Hill described Carr as a pioneer for women's sexuality. "The people who knew her, and she knew so many people, they will miss her terribly," he said.


The Daily Californian, Monday, Feb 1, 2010

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Norma Allen Pienzi, BHS 1952

Norma Allen Pienzi, BHS 1952

Norma Allen Pienzi, passed away on July 20, 2010 at her home in Simi Valley, California following a several year struggle with cancer. She was an Elementary School teacher for many years. No other details at this time.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Guy Robert Casagrande, BHS 1970

Guy Robert Casagrande, BHS 1970



Guy Robert Casagrande was born on July 23, 1952 and passed away on August 9, 2005 in Burbank, California after fighting an agressive form of cancer. Guy was employed at the studios in Burbank before his death. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Michael E. Ross, BHS 1963


Michael E. Ross, BHS 1963



Michael E. Ross D.D.S., BHS class of 1963 passed away on March 5, 2011. He was the president of his senior class in 1963.



He practiced dentistry in Orange County for 40 years and was a loving, compassionate and remarkable human being. He was recognized as one of the top ten dentist in the United States in 2008.



Mike is survived by his father Milton E. Ross of Corona Del Mar and his brother Stephen C. Ross of Onalaska, WI. His many colleagues and friends in the Orange County area will also miss him.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Joseph Lawrence Carpenter, BHS 1959

Joseph Lawrence Carpenter, BHS 1959

From Los Angeles Times, March 10, 1981




Joseph Lawrence Carpenter, M.D., beloved husband of Irene Carpenter, father of Tamyra Robin Carpenter; son of Joseph and Patricia Carpenter; brother of Fred P. Carpenter; uncle of 3 nephews and 1 neice. Graduated from Marquette University Medical School, Milwalkee, Wisconsin; interned at Sacramento County Hospital; a Viet Nam veteran holding the rank of Captain and Flight Surgeon and was awarded the Bronze Star.



Services Wednesday, March 11, 10:30 a.m., at Little Chapel of the Dawn, 1925 Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica. Visitation Tuesday, 4-9p.m. Private burial in Forrest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Gates, Kingsley & Gates, Santa Monica directors.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Robert J. Lowrimore, BHS Teacher

Robert J. Lowrimore, BHS Teacher Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - Sunday, November 25, 2007


LOWRIMORE Robert J. Lowrimore was born in Okemah, Oklahoma in 1925 and died on Nov. 16, 2007 of lung cancer at his home in Laguna Beach, CA.



Bob was a graduate of Okemah High School, class of 1943, served his country in the US Army and upon his honorable discharge, moved to Los Angeles where he completed his education at USC. Bob had a successful 30 year teaching career at Burbank High School in California. He was also a successful business man in the field of real estate and investments.



After retiring from teaching, he lived in Laguna Beach and Palm Springs. Nothing gave him more pleasure than hosting parties and surrounding himself with his many close friends. He will be remembered as a generous and gregarious person.



Bob is survived by his sister, Heidi Sumter and brother-in- law Ron Sumter of Rockwall, Texas; brother-in-law, Bruce Causey of Carmel, Indiana; a sister-in- law, Mildred Lowrimore of Tyler, Texas; and a large number of nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Libby and Earl Lowrimore; his brother, Bill Lowrimore; and his sister, Earlene Causey. In memory of Bob, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society for lung cancer research.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Debra Ventimeglia Dahlia, BHS 1973

Debra Ventimeglia Dahlia, BHS 1973 May 9, 1955 - January 11, 2006 We have lost a wonderful person in our lives. Debi was a kind and compassionate person who was always cheerful and made you laugh. Debi took care of everyone, always helped where help was needed before being asked. She knew what to do at all times. After graduating from Burbank High School, Debi went on to become a Registered Nurse and worked many years in the Emergency Room. She didn't need any training in the compassion department, that came from the heart.


Debi and her husband, Ron Dahlia, continued to live in Burbank after they were married. Their daughter, Gianna, is a junior at Burbank High School.


Debi passed away on January 11, 2006 with her family and close friends at her side. The following services are scheduled: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 Viewing from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Rosary Services from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Valley Funeral Home 2121 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank, CA Wednesday, January 18, 2006 Funeral Services at 10:00 a.m. St. Robert Bellarmine Church 133 North Fifth Street, Burbank, CA Please contact Kaylene Stevens at 818-843-5613 for information about a donation to the Dahlia Family Foundation in Debi's memory.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nancy Jennings Webb, BHS 1964

Nancy Jennings Webb, BHS 1964


Star Local News:Plano,TX: Friday, April 16, 2010


Celebration of Life for Nancy K. Webb, 64, of Frisco was held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at First Baptist Church of Frisco. Nancy Webb went to be with the Lord on April 14, 2010. She was born on December 28, 1945 in Glendale, California to the late Wilbur Eugene and Ruth Dillard Jennings. She was an ordained minister and was passionate about her service alongside her husband at Community Christian Fellowship in Frisco, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents.



Nancy was the best mom and grandmother in the world. She was known by many and loved by all.Nancy is survived by her devoted husband of 43-1/2 years, Pastor John P. Webb of Frisco; her loving daughter, Carrie Kauffman and husband Tim of Frisco; sons, Jonathan Webb of Frisco and David Webb and wife Kellis of McKinney; brother, Richard Jennings of Sanger, California; grandchildren, Michael Hickam, Andrew Hickam, Caleb Hickam, Jacob Kauffman, Rachel Kauffman, Sarah Kauffman, Matthew Webb, Joshua Webb and Anna Webb; niece Laura Dietrich of Iowa and nephew, Steven Jennings of California.



In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church that Nancy served in ministry with her husband, Community Christian Fellowship, 6810 Main Street, Suite 2, Frisco, Texas 75034. Donations will go to benefit the ministry of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to help those in need.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Warren Patrick Fligg, BHS 1967

Warren Patrick Fligg, BHS 1967

November 17, 1949 - January 24, 2011


Pat Fligg passed away on January 24, 2011 after fighting Luekemia (AML) for 3 months. He had a very successful first round of chemotherapy, but the second round was too much for him. My mom, his brother-Mike, one of his great friends-Bob Weiss, and I were there at the end. It's a moment I wish he never had to experience.


We just had his funeral on March 25th at the West Point Military Acadamy in NY. West Point was such a huge part of him and I am glad he can now rest there. He even broke a few speed records in the pool there! He was honored with the 21 gun salute and my mother was given the flag. It was truely beautiful. Afterwards, we had a reception with his friends and family that flew in from around the country. We had a slide show with photos from his entire life... wish he could have seen the turnout! He would have been impressed!


He had a great time seeing everyone at the Burbank Centenial and the pictures of the past were great! I really enjoyed seeing them! I am so very proud of who he was and miss him so much!!!! I wish he was only just away on a trip to Asia or Hawaii...~Wendy, Daughter


Note: Pat was on the Burbank High School 1967 CIF Swim Championship team.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Maureen Helene Shapiro Thompson, BHS 1966

Maureen Shapiro Thompson a 1966 graduate of Burbank High School passed away after struggling with breathing problems on March 24, 2011 in San Diego, California.


Maureen had been having breathing problems for some time. The Paramedics arrived on March 3rd, and after 3 hours in the ER, Maureen was sent to the ICU where treatment continued for two weeks. She was then admitted to Kindred Hospital San Diego, which is a pulmonary rehab, but after a week with positive reponses to anti-fungal drugs, her heart gave out at 7:30 p.m. on March 24, 2011.

In accordance with Maureen's wishes, there will be no Funeral or Memorial. The family will be having a Celebration of her life at a later date.


Maureen Helene Thompson, BHS 1966
The Fallbrook Village News, Thursday, March 31, 2011Issue 13, Volume 15.


Maureen Helene Thompson, age 62, a 40 year Fallbrook resident, prematurely left us the evening of Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in San Diego, suffering cardiac arrest while in intensive care battling a brief respiratory illness.

Maureen was born Oct. 22, 1948 in North Hollywood, Calif. to Maurice Shapiro and Beatrice (Lovelace) Shapiro. A 1966 graduate of Burbank High School, Maureen attended Stanislaus State University in Turlock, Calif. In 1970, while travelling in Europe, Maureen met the love of her life, Peter Richard Thompson. They were married Nov. 3, 1970 in the parish church of Wickham Bishops, England.


The young couple moved to Fallbrook in 1971 and began raising a family, living in England during the mid 1980s only to return to their home in Fallbrook. A loving, devoted and dynamic mother and wife, Maureen graduated from San Marcos State University in 1990 and began a teaching career at Live Oak Elementary School, retiring in 2005.

Fondly cherished and remembered as a nurturing wife, mother, sister and friend, Maureen was an avid gardener and accomplished sailor, passionate reader and Scrabble opponent, an inspiring teacher and joyful musician. We are diminished by the sudden, untimely loss of her effervescent spark, sharp wit and infectious laughter, insatiable curiosity and compassion, her steadfast love and appreciation for all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small and her belief in the essential equality of all people.


Maureen is survived by her husband Peter, son Kevin, daughter Adrienne, sisters Eileen and Francine, nephews Cory, Brady and Andy, and nieces Abigail and Alyssa.

A celebration of life event for friends and family will be held at a later date. In honor of Maureen’s life membership in the Fallbrook Arts Center, and support of the Village Association, Fallbrook Land Conservancy and Cesar Chavez book fair, the family encourages any person interested to support these causes and local arts and agriculture in general

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Linda Marie Moss, BHS 1968

Linda Marie Moss, BHS 1968 November 19, 1950 - July 28, 1988 Los Angeles Daily News, Dated, July 31, 1988


Linda Marie Moss, 37, of Burbank, Automatic Data Processing manager. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at San Fernando Mission Rey Chapel, Mission Hills. Burial will follow at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills. J.T. Oswald Mortuary, San Fernando handled the arrangements.