Saturday, June 24, 2017

Charles Meacham Flanigan Jr., BHS 1948

Charles Meacham Flanigan Jr.
December 2, 1930  -  April 12, 2015

Charles Meacham Flanigan Jr. “Meach” was born December 2,1930 to parents Charles Meacham Sr. and Shirley Mae Flanigan in Santa Barbara, California.

Meach moved and lived for a time in Ventura, California before moving to Burbank, California where he attended Edison Elementary School, Burroughs Junior High School and finally Burbank High School, graduating in 1948.

At the young age of 13, Meach’s desire for business began in his family garage. He started with a small hand letterpress, hand set type cases, and an entrepreneurial mind. Meach would travel around the surrounding neighborhoods gathering small printing orders such as business cards and invitations. Word spread and the business grew quite impressively.

After high school Charles Sr. kept the business going while Meach attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. During his college career Meach started the printing club “Mat Pica Pi” that still continues to this day. His college days were cut short due to the Korean War.

Meach joined the Navy to avoid the draft into the Army.
After basic training in San Diego, Meach was assigned to the USS Bataan (a smaller aircraft carrier which launched gull winged Corsairs) where he served in the onboard print shop and as anti aircraft ammunitions assistant. Though his tour sent him to the Sea of Japan and the South China Sea, he never faced an enemy engagement. After his one-year combat tour, Meach spent the remainder of his four years in Pearl Harbor where he again was assigned to the Print Shop.

Having been honorably discharged, Meach returned to Burbank, California and with his father Charlie, they began what was to become Flanigan Printers Inc. for the next 45 years.

It was during this time on August 30th, 1956 that Meach met, what was to be the love of his life, Audrey Gwenyth Bergum. The chance encounter happened at his, and her mutual friends wedding.

After a beautiful courtship, Meach and Audrey married on August 20th, 1958. Their marriage filled with love and great adventure, was shared for 57 years.

On July 4th 1960 Meach and Audrey were blessed with the birth of a baby girl, Karen Ann. Karen’s birth coincided with the first of what would be an annual camping trip with many close friends, causing a constant stream of calls from a campground payphone. The “Camping Group” was born. November 15th 1967 Charles Meacham Flanigan III “Charly”, a baby boy with brown hair and dark brown eyes was born. Seven months later, with the desire for a son and Karen’s constant begging, Charly was adopted and the family was complete.

Through the years, hard work and long hours did not keep Meach from family time. Home for dinner every night, even if a trip back to the shop was needed. The family always found time for fun with annual camping trips, snow skiing and frequent trips to the beach, the favorites being Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. Later, Meach and Audrey found fun with each other and friends in the game of golf. Though Audrey stopped playing due to her eyesight, golf remained a joy for Meach the rest of his days.

Meach is survived by wife Audrey Gwenyth Flanigan, daughter Karen Flanigan Stegman, son Charles Meacham Flanigan III “Charly”, grandson Curtis Leon Ayers III, grandson Joseph Branning Flanigan, son-in-law Scott Ford Stegman, and daughter-in-law Gabrielle Jacquet Flanigan.

To know Meach was to have a caring friend.

Friday, June 23, 2017

John Harrison Hollis, BHS 1940

John Harrison Hollis, BHS 1940
December 31, 1921 - February 10, 2017

John, a proud Veteran of World War II, passed away on February 10, 2017 at the age of 95. He was born in Los Angeles to John and Lola Hollis on December 31, 1921. His family moved to Burbank when he was eight years old and he lived in Burbank for the remainder of his life. He attended William McKinley Elementary School, John Burroughs Junior High, and graduated from Burbank High School in 1940.

John married his childhood sweetheart, Fern Lutge, on March 4, 1942. They were looking forward to celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary next month.

He is survived by his loving wife, Fern, and their five children. Daughters Johnianne (Jo) Canada (Ray), Linda Zulager (Bill), Katie Hollis; sons Mark Hollis (Patti), and Mike Hollis (Patti). He is also survived by one sister, Lolarie Grafstrom. He was Papa to nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

One of his greatest joys was spending time with his family - camping and fishing trips, backyard barbeques or traveling across the country in their motor home.Upon graduation from high school he attended Pasadena City College and then went to work for Lockheed. He was later drafted and served in the Army Air Corps as a flight mechanic. He served in the Pacific Theater for three years.

The family would like to thank the loving caregivers who helped care for him these past few years.There will be a celebration of his life on Tuesday, February 21st at 12:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, Church of the Hills. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

Published in The Burbank Leader on Feb. 18, 2017.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Norma May ‘Toots’ Drown Stephens, BHS 1958

Norma May ‘Toots’ Stephens

VICTOR – Norma May ‘Toots’ Stephens, 74, of Victor passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at St. Patrick Hospital. She was born Oct. 17, 1938 in Dillon, the daughter of the late Roscoe H. and Norma (Chatterton) Drown.

Norma grew up in Burbank, Calif., where she often worked alongside her father in Wild West shows. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1958. In the same year, she married Buford W. ‘Ace’ Stephens, a sailor in the U.S. Navy. At the time of her passing, the two had been married for 54 years.
Norma moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 1971 with her family. She worked for many years as a daycare provider, then as a substitute teacher at Victor, Corvallis, and Hamilton schools. She found great joy in spending time with her students and looked forward to opportunities to teach.

Norma is survived by her husband Ace of Victor; daughter Bambi and her partner Rey of Portland, Ore.; son Steve and his wife Nicole of Nashville, Tenn.; sister Linda and her husband Glenn Olbert of Victor, brother Richard and his wife Marilyn of Burbank, Calif.; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at 4 p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. Condolences may be left for the family at

Oct 23, 2012

Friday, June 16, 2017

Franklin Thomas Hovore, BHS 1963

Franklin Thomas Hovore, BHS 1963
August 19, 1945 El Centro, CA - September 22, 2006 Ecuador

Memorial Service Scheduled for Hovore

Services are scheduled for Oct. 7 in honor of Frank Thomas Hovore, 61, who died Friday while conducting research in Ecuador.

Hovore was credited with making the Placerita Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center one of the premier environmental education facilities in Southern California.

He was widely known as the world's authority on beetles, publishing books and dozens of papers on the subject. The service is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Robinson Ranch, located at 27734 Sand Canyon Road.
 Signal, The (Santa Clarita, CA) - Thursday, September 28, 2006          

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Vicente David Gonzalez, BHS 1994?

Vicente David Gonzalez, BHS 1994?

Burbank Leader, March 1998
21-year-old is Burbank's third homicide of the year

Man killed in fight between rival gangs at Buena Vista Motel. Police hunt for suspects.
Media District North - Burbank police were searching Tuesday for the killer or killers of a 21-year-old Burbank man slain in the city's third homicide in three months.

Vicente Gonzalez who was shot in the head and stomach early Sunday morning at the Buena Vista Motel on Buena Vista Street, following an arguement between rival gang members, said Burbank Police Lt. Don Brown. Gonzalez was taken off life-support at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Monday afternoon and was pronounced dead shortly after, hospital officials confirmed.
No arrests were made as of late Tuesday in the incident, which Brown said involved as many as 100 people, including gang members from Burbank and Los Angeles. Brown would not say whether Gonzalez was a gang member.

The shooting occurred just after midnight Sunday at the motel located at 2255 N Buena Vista Street. The two gangs were holding seperate parties in rented rooms when they became aware of the other's presence and began to argue, Brown said.
The argument quickly escalated to bottle throwing. Then someone fired shots -- but not at random, Brown said. "Witnesses indicate  that the victim was chased down and shot," he said. "It's definitely 'murder one.' "

No one else was injured in the incident. Brown said police did not know how many people were actually involved in the shooting. At the time of the incident there were several other parties -- not gang related -- going on at the motel, Brown said. The gangs, both with as many as 1,000 members from Burbank and Los Angeles, are well known to area law enforcement, Brown said. Police were checking out solid leads in the case, he said.
Police believe party-goers and employees at the motel early Sunday may have seen the crime and may be able to identify the shooter. Brown said police have questioned or interviewed between 30 to 40 people. Phone calls to the motel management were not answered Monday and Tuesday.

Burbank Leader, March 1998

Police continue search in third homicide of year
Vincente Gonzalez, 21, is buried. Co-worker says Burbank resident was trying to get out of gang life.

San Fernando - As grieving family and friends of 21-year-old Vincente David Gonzalez laid him to rest Friday in a simple ceremony at San Fernando Mission Chapel, Burbank Police continued the search for his killer or killers.
Gonzalez a lifetime Burbank resident, was gunned down Sunday morning at the Buena Vista Motel following a brawl among dozens of rival gang members who were holding separate parties in rooms there, police said. Gonzalez  apparently was chased down by gamg members and shot in the head and stomach.

Authorities are keeping quiet on how close they are to an arrest in the city's third homicide of the year, saying they don't want to jeopardize their case. Thet do however, say they are working on solid leads.
Gonzalez, a former busboy at Bobby McGee's restaurant, was trying to disassociate himself from gang life according to a friend who identified herself only as a close co-worker. "Vincent was hard-working, he was trying to get out of that whole thing." she said. "He had just been promoted."

She remembered him as caring and funny. Gonzalez was beloved by staff at the restaurant and many employees attended the funeral, she said. "He will be very missed," she said. Police have declined to say whether Gonzalez was a member of a gang.
Burbank Leader, March 1998

Mr. Vincente David Gonzalez, 21, died March 2, 1998 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. Mr. Gonzalez was born in California. He lived in Burbank all his life. He was an employee of Bobby McGee's restaurant.
Mr. Gonzalez is survived by his mother, Irma Alvarado; brothers, Gilbert and Enrique Gonzalez; and sisters, Elvita Gonzalez, Cynthia Alvarado and Tiffany Navarro.

Funeral services were Friday, March 6 at San Fernando Mission Chapel. Interment followed at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. The Valley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Note: Do not know if he graduated from BHS. The above photo is from the 1994 yearbook and he was a member of the Tech Club. Do not know if he is a Soph, Junior or Senior in this photo.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Susan Elizabeth Young George, BHS 1971

Susan Elizabeth Young George, BHS 1971

December 9, 1952 - March 23, 2017

After a short battle with cancer, Susan went to be with Jesus while surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren.

Susan is survived by her husband of 37 years, Bill George; daughters Sarah and Shannon; son Billy; and grandchildren Daniel, Rachel and Amber.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Chapel, 713 Stocker Road, Big Bear Lake, on April 22 at 1 p.m. by Pastor Mike Fulmer and will be immediately followed by a reception.

Published in the Big Bear Grizzly, March 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Joshua Jarrard Harris, BHS 1992

Joshua Jarrard Harris, BHS 1992
June 26, 1974 - April 20, 2017
Joshua Jarrard Harris, 42, of Burbank, died April 20, 2017. "The best Bopa EVER!!!" as his 11 year old called him. He was selfless, caring, and loving to all. Visitation Saturday May 6th at All Caring Cremation from 12-4 and a celebration in Griffith Park.     
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 5, 2017
Note on Facebook: Josh Harris suffered a heart attack on April 11th from which his brain was unable to recover. Josh was one of the most gentle people and was loved and admired by so, so many people. Please pass this message on to all those who will miss him, and we would all love to see your pictures and hear your memories of this magical, beautiful person. Announcements concerning celebrations of Josh's life and ideas on how to support his family are forthcoming."
Josh's father taught at Burbank High in the 60's. Josh is survived by his wife, son, brother and his father.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Geoffrey Palma, BHS 2000

From Geoffrey's Go Fund Me Page.

As many of you know, Geoffrey Palma has been battling medical issues for quite some time. He is being treated for brain tumors. Geoffrey has shown incredible strength during this difficult time and he's received tremendous support from his friends and family. He now has the opportunity to receive world class medical treatment at UCLA.  We need to get him there quickly and safely. Please contribute what you can so Geoffrey can be transported from Las Vegas to UCLA in an escorted ambulance.

We need $6000, let's make this happen today, this is an urgent need!!

Please donate AND share with your friends!!

Geoffrey is at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center now, where he is getting the best possible treatment. With your prayers and support, he will pull through this trying times. Our family would like to thank everyone for their continued support. Let us keep praying for his recovery.
Regarding Geoffrey Palma: early this morning April 25, 2017 our fellow Bulldog passed away at UCLA Medical Center. He had developed brain cancer I believe about two years ago and had fought long and hard. He won the battle for 4 years with a constant smile and optimism. Geoffrey can now rest easy in peace with that big beautiful smile
Rest In Peace Geoffrey! We will be listening to your guitar strum in the wind will always be remembered! Geoffrey was an RN and studied Molecular and Cell Biology at California State University at Long Beach and graduated from Burbank High School with the class of 2000.

A Memorial Service will be held for Geoffrey on Friday May 5th at 10:00am. The service will be held at Saint Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church at 133 N. 5th Street., Burbank Ca 91501. 
Because Geoffrey Palma was loved by so many and often spoke of returning to Las Vegas, the family would like to host a Celebration of Life Party on Sunday May 7th in Las Vegas, NV from 1:00pm-6:00pm for family and close friends. This party will be held at the Flamingo Banquet Hall, 3495 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nv 89121.

Please join our family in celebrating Geoff's life with his two favorite things...Food and Music.

Again, thank you for all the love and support to the Palma family.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Don Vettel, BHS 1963

Bakersfield Californian, The (CA) - Friday, May 17, 2013

Don Vettel: Longtime coach of West High speech team inspired many

Don Vettel, an award-winning speech and debate coach at West High School, died on Tuesday. He was 67.

Vettel began teaching at West in 1971 and oversaw the school's speech and debate team from 1973 to 2003 except for a two-year sabbatical from 1985 to 1987.

Under Vettel's leadership, West won the California State Championship sweepstakes trophy in 1982 and 1983, and won the Sierra National Forensic League District tournament sweepstakes plaque 10 times. His 1984 team placed fifth nationally.

Vettel also was a 10-year council member of the California High School Speech Association, which inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1992, and served as president of the Southern Valley Forensic League for four years.

The longtime coach was born and raised in Burbank and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1966 before going on to graduate at UC Santa Barbara. He taught in Oxnard briefly before joining the staff at West, where he finished out his career.

Many of Vettel's students were inspired to pursue careers in education. Mike Zulfa, Kern High School District assistant superintendent of instruction, is a former team member. So is North High School math teacher Susan Begin, whose mother remembers Vettel fondly.

"His class was probably the most valuable class my daughter took in high school," said Ann Bigler, 74. "He demanded excellence, and he got it. You had to write your own speeches, and he critiqued them, and you wrote it over again 25 times."

Many of Vettel's students also went into careers in law, including prosecutor David Zulfa and civil litigator Bernie Barmann Jr., 46.

"He put in hours before, during and after school that went well beyond what were justified by his salary," Barmann said. "He taught me discipline, the value of hard work, research, persuasion and analytical skills, and the power of preparation.

"Plus, it was a lot of fun."

Vettel was not married and had no children.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 2 at West High School, 1200 New Stine Road.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Paul A. Cox Jr., BHS 1985


Born September 13, 1966. Passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 29, 2006 in Temecula, California. He is survived by his parents, Ron and Carol Minnick; fiancé, Kristin Hoover; son, Mark Cox; daughter, Ashlee Cox; brother, Eric (Teri) Cox and their children David and Amber; brother, Rick Minnick; and sister, Pam (Jayson) Peterson and their daughter Payton. Services to be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2007, at Forest Lawn Glendale, Church of the Recessional.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Jan. 7, 2007

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Regina Eve Soto Moore, BHS 1986 here: Tribute to Regina

September 9, 1967 - January 24, 2016
SAN DIEGO — A 62-year-old San Diego man was behind bars Monday in connection of the death of a woman roommate who was battered at a Clairemont Mesa-area home, stopped breathing at an apartment in Pacific Beach and later died at a hospital.

David Charles Ashton was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder at an address in the 3900 block of Mt. Everest Boulevard near Mt. Ararat Drive on Sunday, according to San Diego police acting Lt. Brent Williams.

The arrest was made near or at the home where investigators determined 48-year-old Regina Eve Moore of San Diego was battered Saturday evening, according to police and the county Medical Examiner’s Office. Moore somehow ended up afterward at an apartment on Missouri Street in Pacific Beach.

Someone there called 911 around 3:30 a.m. Sunday after Moore became unconscious and stopped breathing. She was taken to a hospital where it was determined she had suffered severe trauma to her head and left arm, according to Williams. “Initially, no external injuries were apparent, but due to the female’s poor medical condition she was transported to a local hospital where she was listed in extremely critical condition,” Williams said.

Moore died from her injuries shortly before 11:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. Homicide detectives subsequently launched an investigation into her death, but it was not immediately clear what led them to suspect Ashton.

Ashton is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the San Diego County Courthouse, according to police and jail records.
SAN DIEGO - A man who attacked his roommate/girlfriend in her Claremont home, resulting in her death the next day, was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder. David Charles Ashton, 63, faces 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced April 7 for causing the Jan. 24, 2016, death of Regina Eve Moore.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney said Moore was sitting on a couch the night of Jan. 23, 2016, when Ashton crossed the room and hit her multiple times. Moore had 26 separate injuries on her body, but the hardest blows were to her head, the prosecutor said. "It wasn't just one hit," Rooney said, telling the jury that the 100- pound victim was unable to defend herself against the much larger defendant.

“He came out after her, pushed her down, took off his belt and started whipping her with it," Moore’s longtime friend, Bob Phillips said on the witness stand. "He was going at it, he was hitting her hard.” Ashton broke Moore's arm, pulled her to the floor, then kicked her, according to the prosecutor.

"He said he hit her because he wanted her to leave," Rooney told the jury.
After she was beaten, Moore was taken to the Pacific Beach apartment of another boyfriend, John Bartholomae. She died later at a hospital.

Ashton was also involved in three domestic violence incidents involving three other women dating back to 1982, the prosecutor said. Defense attorney William Nimmo told the jury that Ashton fought with Moore but didn't intend to kill her. Ashton was also charged with child molestation for allegedly abusing a step-grandson in 2005/06.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Robert “Bob” Lee Boswell, BHS 1948

Robert “Bob” Lee Boswell
June 14, 1931 – April 11, 2016

Robert Lee “Bob” Boswell, 84, of Dallas, died April 11, 2016. He was born to Harry and Elsie Wayburn Boswell in Maywood, Calif. The family moved to Compton, Calif. Robert graduated from Burbank High School in 1948.
He had grown a great love for Ham radios and received a Ham ticket, W6NKI. Robert joined the Navy in 1948, and was stationed in San Diego at the Naval Hospital in an E.N.T. Unit as a hospital corp man.

In 1949, Robert married Nancy Ann Good. Robert left the Navy but was only out for a year before they called him back in 1953.

He served at Camp Pendleton at the Naval Hospital and at the MARS Station. Robert left the Navy and began working with the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles. Robert and Nancy divorced.
In 1961, Robert married Lee Otis Hacker. In 1968, they moved their family from California to Seattle, where Robert worked for the Seattle Center Federal Aviation Administration. Robert’s call sign was changed to W7LOU. He was a member of the King County Reserve Deputies.

In 1976, they moved to Dallas, where they built their house.
He was a bee keeper and began working for the Oregon State Department of Agriculture in 1978 as a bee and crop inspector, inspecting corn, walnuts and other crops. Robert was part of the Polk County Reserve Deputies in 1978 until 1982.

Robert worked as an air traffic control instructor in Oklahoma City at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy and at the air route traffic control center in Los Angeles. He also worked at radio station KSLM in Salem, and at channel 22 KECH. He retired in 1995.
Robert helped found the R.O.A.D.S. group, Radio Operators Association of Dallas, and was the president for a period of time. Robert and Lee divorced in 2007, after which Robert married Irene Joy Abbott.
Robert is survived by his wife, Irene; daughters, Marjory, Connie, Lori, Tamara and stepdaughter Kimberly; sons, Gary, David, Zachary, and stepson Timothy; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, with interment to follow at the Dallas Cemetery. There will be a gathering to follow at The Majestic. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

To leave a online tribute:

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Michael Lee Robb, BHS 1971

Michael Lee Robb, BHS 1971

Debi his sister writes, "It is 11 years now. Michael Lee Robb. Born October 26, 1952. Left us November 11, 2002. Mike graduated from Burbank High School with the class of 1971.

Mike passed away from a seizure in his sleep. Mike had a severe head injury at 10 years old that left him with grand mal seizures.

Mike is dearly missed by his sister Debi Robb Funck, BHS 1970, his brother, Gary Robb, BHS 1969 and is forever missed by his mother Dolores Robb Kussman."  He will be missed by all who knew him.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Judd McCully, BHS 1973

MCCULLY, JUDD -- Judd McCully, 50, died Dec. 13, 2004 in Napa, California. He was born March 27, 1954, in Burbank, California.

Mr. McCully was owner and president of Complete Marketing Company for more than 11 years.

He is survived by his wife, Gail; children, Keene, Claire and Sydney, all of Napa; his parents E.J. and Marian McCully and his brother, Mark McCully and his wife Chris, of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Memorial services will be held Dec. 31, at 5 p.m., at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1917 Third St., Napa.

Donations may be made to a trust for the children at Vintage Bank.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bernice ‘Bebe’ Elaine Varin Miland, BHS 1945

Bernice ‘Bebe’ Elaine Miland, BHS 1945 
Bernice ‘Bebe’ Elaine Miland (nee Varin) passed away peacefully in Christ on Feb. 9, 2017 in her home. She was 90.
Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15 at St. Patrick Catholic Church; graveside service to follow at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery.
Bebe was born on Feb. 4, 1927 to Theodore and Caroline Varin in Burbank, California. She converted to the Catholic faith at the age of 18. She married Robert Layton Miland, also a convert, at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Burbank. She attended Burbank High School, UCLA and Glendale College. She graduated from beauty college and worked as a stylist for many years.
She was a parishioner of St. Patrick Catholic Church. She was an active member of the Alta Sierra Country Club and enjoyed playing golf and bridge.
Bebe was very hardworking and self-sufficient. She was a woman of strong character and principals. She loved God, her family and her country. To quote her own words, “Be wise, have fun, work hard, pray much!”
She is survived by her daughters, Lynne E. (Jack) Hajducko, Deborah A. (Rob) Hubbard, Nancy J. (Mike) Foss, Kristen M. (John) Hruby, Laura T. (Peter) Fabrick and Kelly R. (Kevin) Young; 23 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Bebe was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; brothers, Emerson and Jim Varin; sister, Mary Whitehead; and granddaughter, Jenny.
Memorial contributions can be made to Living Well Medical Clinic in Grass Valley, Hospice of the Foothills or Sierra Services for the Blind in Nevada City. Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City, CA.
The Union, Western, Nevada, Feb 2017

Kenneth William ‘Ken” Taylor, BHS 1947

Kenneth William Taylor, BHS 1947

Ken passed away at home in Nevada City on Jan. 16, 2017.
He was born in Riverside, CA in 1929. He spent his school years in Burbank, California.
He spent two years in Uruguay on a mission for his church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He came home to graduate from USC as a dentist. He served as Captain in the USAF as a dentist in Japan for two years. He then opened his private practice in Burbank and was there almost 40 years.
Ken was an aviation historian and loved to golf, paint and build model airplanes.
He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey and Bradley; three grandchildren; a sister, Lin in Utah; a brother, Dennis in Ohio and his wife Claudel and her family. He was loved and respected and will be deeply missed by all.
Published in The Union, Western Nevada, January 26, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Carol Lewis Schmidt, BHS 1966

Carol Lewis Schmidt lost her 5-year battle with multiple myeloma (a rare form of cancer that interferes with red and white blood cells) on April 8, 2017, Carol’s life, however, was not defined by this incurable disease. She lived every moment looking ahead to enjoying new adventures and spending time with friends and family.

Carol grew up in Burbank and attended Monterey Avenue Elementary School, Luther, and Burbank High School before pursuing a degree in education and earning her bachelor’s and master's at Cal State Northridge. Carol met her future husband, Dick Schmidt, at CSUN. Carol, Dick and their son Max made their home in Glendale, CA. Sadly, Carol lost Dick just a little over six months ago as he was also a victim of multiple myeloma.

Carol’s professional career was spent as first a teacher and then as a math coach with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Carol was passionate about education and sharing her love of mathematics with not only young students but also as a mentor to other teachers.

Carol was chosen as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher and taught for one year at a school in London. She recently describes that remarkable opportunity to live and work in London as, “The big adventure of my life.” The year she, Dick and their son Max spent living in London inspired her to make frequent trips back to England where she had made many friends.

Carol loved traveling and felt very lucky that she had the opportunity to visit not only Britain but her travels took her to China, the Baltics, Scandinavia, most of Europe and to the Holy Land. She shared some of these trips with fellow teachers and friends and always came home with interesting stories.

A lifelong learner, Carol enjoyed reading and belonged to several book clubs as well as frequently attending concerts, opera and theatrical performances.

Carol was a loyal and true friend to many – from schoolmates to fellow teachers. She always remembered friend’s birthdays and anniversaries with a note or phone call. She truly enjoyed working on the BHS Class of ‘66 50th Reunion Committee last year as it gave her a chance to catch up with old classmates.

Carol is survived by her son Max Schmidt and will always be remembered as an intelligent, caring and valued friend to so many who were blessed to have known her.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Richard Joel Tanner, BHS 1967

Richard Joel Tanner, BHS 1967

Richard Joel Tanner was born on June 1, 1949 in Los Angeles County, California. He graduated from Burbank High School with the class of 1967. He was the son of Thurman Alexander Tanner and Florence Mae Lane Tanner. Richard passed away on February 3, 1996 in Mission Viejo, Orange, California. He died from Aids. He was 46 years old.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thurman who died in May 1969. Richard is survived by his, mother, Florence (who died the following month, Feb 27, 1996 in Oregon), brothers; James Thomas Tanner (who died in 2001), Hairell Jackson Tanner and one other brother. Richard was cremated and his ashes were interred at Pierce Brothers Memorial Park next to his parents.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Janet Lou Sampson Ryan, BHS 1957

Janet Lou Sampson Ryan, BHS 1957

Janet Lou Sampson Ryan, 78, of Madison, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital.

She was born Jan. 12, 1939, in Madison, to Arthur and Lorene Lockridge Sampson. She resided in Madison until the age of 12 when her family moved to California. She was a 1957 graduate of Burbank High School. She attended Glendale College with the goal of teaching English. She retired as a directory assistance operator from Pacific Bell Telephone Company. She moved back to Madison in 2001. She was a member of Madison Presbyterian Church and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading and gardening.

She is survived by one daughter, Staci Ryan Torres of Madison; one niece; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her father; her mother; one sister, Joyce Williams, who died in 1974; and one niece.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Madison Presbyterian Church.
Friends may call at the church Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Madison Presbyterian Church or the Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Contributions can be made at the church or through Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, which is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences can be sent at

Madison, IN, Monday February 20, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

David Rentz, BHS 1958

David Rentz, BHS 1958
December 9, 1940- June 21, 2013

The only child of Mary and Louis Rentz, David is survived by his wife, Desiree Rentz; his children, Kathy (Rentz) Bissaillon and Edward Rentz; and his grandchildren, Ashley and Tucker Bissaillon.

David lived in Burbank his whole life and worked in the movie industry for over 30 years. He enjoyed collecting stamps, gardening, doing jigsaw puzzles, spending time with his family, relaxing in his hot tub, and doing home improvement projects. He will be greatly missed.

A private service will be held for him on Sunday, June 30th.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on June 28, 2013

Sunday, April 30, 2017

James Robert McCauley, BHS 1963

April 24, 2017

Paulist Fr. James Robert McCauley, passed into eternal life on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Los Angeles, after a long struggle with kidney disease. He was 72. Fr. Jim was born January 30, 1945, in Corpus Cristi, TX, to James and June McCauley, the first of 11 children. He grew up in Burbank, CA, and graduated from Burbank High School in 1963. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 1967.

He was ordained a priest on May 4, 1974. His priesthood began with single years as a Catholic campus minister at West Virginia University and then at Boston University. From 1976 to 1983, Fr. Jim was a campus minister at the University Catholic Center at UCLA, serving as director of the center from 1979 to 1983. From 1983 to 1994, he continued his work in campus ministry, for four years at the University of California at Santa Barbara and seven years at West Virginia University. From 1994 to 1997 and again from 1998 to 2000, Fr. Jim served as our director of novices, first at the Mt. Paul Novitiate in New Jersey and then at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C. Fr. Jim became pastor of St. Cyril Church in Tucson, AZ, in 2000, as well as superior of the Paulist Fathers in that city, serving through 2004.

From 2004 to 2010, he was associate pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church – Toronto. From 2010 to 2013, he was associate pastor of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Portland. Fr. Jim entered senior ministry in 2013, living at Old St Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco and then at Nazareth House in Los Angeles.He was preceded in death by his mother and brothers Tim, Tyler and Paul, as well as infant sister, Cara Lisa.

In addition to his brother Paulist Fathers, Fr. Jim is survived by his father, James; sisters Nickalee (Joe) Jung, Molly (Tim) Langley, Colleen (Rick) Britz, Melinda (Lee) Gwyn, Amy (Mike) Elle, and brother, Peter (Vanessa) McCauley; sisters-in-law Pat McCauley and Joan McCauley; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A tribute written by Fr. Jim’s family states, “He will be remembered for his devotion to his faith, his priesthood, the Paulists, and his family; his curiosity and enthusiasm for science and gadgets; as well as his courage and grace dealing with the many health challenges he faced throughout his life.”
Fr. Jim’s funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 3, at St. Julie Billiart Church, 2475 Borchard Rd, Newbury Park, CA, followed by burial at Carpinteria Public Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Paulist Fathers.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Janis Christine Musson Jardine, BHS1970

Janis Christine Musson  Jardine, BHS1970
JUNE 3, 1952 ~ April 13, 2017
Janis passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017, about seven weeks before her 65th birthday.  Many of you have seen the notice on Facebook from Karla Musson Alltizer, sister of Janis, saying that Janis passed away due to Alzheimer’s Disease.  Her illness progressed rather quickly within the past three years.  Some of our BHS ‘70 classmates don’t use Facebook, and some others who have a Facebook page rarely check it, so this notice is being sent to everyone from our class for notification of this sad news.
Janis was the youngest of the four Musson sisters, Sharon, Karla, Kathy, and Janis.  They grew up at 1907 N. Kenneth Rd., near Eton Dr., in Burbank. 
Janis attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary, John Muir Junior High, and Burbank High, graduating with us in 1970. 
She and I were in the same 5th grade class at Jefferson with our teacher, Betty Ohs Steinkolk.  Some of the others in that class with us were
Carol Wallace, Ellen Gelbard, Joyce Starleaf, Krenn Wilkinson, Mary Pilkinton, Bill Wallace, Blyden Loutensock, Don McMickle, Mike Zeff, and Stan Shaner.
Janis married Scott Jardine in the 1970’s.  They attended our 10 year class reunion in 1980.  They have two sons, Bryan born in 1982, and his younger brother born in 1984.  Over the years Janis and Scott have lived in many locations, due to Scott’s career.  They began married life in Burbank, lived in Brea, then Oregon, back to northern California for many years, then Midland, Texas, and finally the last few years they have lived in Boise, Idaho. 
Janis always loved to play tennis frequently wherever she lived.
Janis is survived by her husband, two sons, sisters, Karla Musson Alltizer and Kathy Musson Bice (who is from the BHS ‘68 class), and their families. 
She is predeceased by her parents, and her oldest sister, Sharon.
Alan Landros
April 23, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Edgar Allen "Bud" Davis, BHS 1949

Edgar Allen "Bud" Davis, BHS 1949
April 28, 1931 - March 15, 2017

Bud Davis was a former neighbor of mine and he passed away March 15, 2017 in Hurricane, Utah. While at Burbank High, Bud was 2nd vice president and played varsity football and active in many school activities. I was going to write something nice up but his daughter Gerri Lynn wrote about her dad's life in a special way only a daughter could.

"Can't sleep, thinking of the words to say at my Dads celebration of life ceremony. Gathering my strength and my thoughts! Sharing just a glimpse of who he was, a simple man, that worked hard, who loved his family, was short on words and emotions, loved his country, his animals, his faith his sports (football and golf)!! He was a jack of all trades (served his country in Korea, USN,  graduated from the Culinary Art Institute, was a hair dresser, owned
his own salon in Burbank (Avon Coiffures), drove yellow cab, was a golf starter at Debell Golf Course, worked in the trenches of waste water at the City of Burbank Reclamation Center and promoted to clean water and became a Water Plant supervisor! "

"His greatest accomplishments was us, his children and grandchildren in which he instilled the value of working hard! He had a fulfilled life and would have been married to his loving wife, our Mom for 60 years this coming June, she stood by his side through a difficult last year of advanced Alzheimer's! "

"We know he is at peace and we will all be together to celebrate his legacy! "

Bud is survived by his wife, Carrie, his daughter, Gerri Lynn Davis McCorkle, sons, Burt Davis and Kirk Davis, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, and several grandchildren.
His celebration of Life was held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Paul Catholic Center, 171 Main Street, Hurricane, Utah, 84737

Monday, April 24, 2017

Gail Whitney Copeland, BHS 1957

Gail Whitney Copeland, BHS '57, passed away the morning of Saturday, January 12, 2013. She had first been hospitalized and diagnosed with cancer on November 21, 2011, a little less than fourteen months ago. She had endured much since then, including surgeries and cancer treatments. She was stable right now it was believed, and doing some better, as she wrote in a note on January 9 that her daughter shared. So, it was unexpected that she would pass away just three days later on January 12.

Gail Copeland worked for the Burbank Unified School District as a teacher and administrator for 43 1/2 years, from 1961 until her retirement in 2004. Her first position was as a fourth grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in 1961, and I was in her first class in the 1961/62 school year, which was in Room 21 at Jefferson as 'Miss Whitney'. Gail attended and graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and as soon as she graduated she began at Thomas Jefferson, not long after she had turned 21!

She married Doug Copeland on February 16, 1963. She passed away just over a month before their 50th wedding anniversry. The last 18 years of Gail's career with BUSD was spent as the Principal of Joaquin Miller Elementary in Burbank, at Providencia and Kenneth Rd. She was a very much loved Principal by all of her faculty over those years, as well as students and their parents.

Gail and Doug Copeland made their home in Glendale, not far from the Burbank border, and very near Miller School. Gail is survived by her husband, Doug Copeland, her devoted daughter, Chris Copeland (who is a current teacher at Thomas Jefferson in Burbank), her son and his wife, Rob and Marci Copeland, and their two children/Gail's grandchildren, Kenzie and Zach.

Arrangements and details for Gail's memorial service:

                                                       MEMORIAL SERVICE
Friday, January 25, 2013
3:30 P.M.
St. Jude's Anglican Church
111 S. Sixth St.
(corner of Sixth St. and Olive Ave.)
Burbank, California 91501
Gail attended St. Jude's while she was in high school at Burbank High.
It is also where Gail and Doug Copeland were married on February 16, 1963, almost 50 years ago.
From the Burbank Leader, December 10, 2013

School to honor Gail Copeland

Joaquin Miller will rename its quad 'Copeland Courtyard' in tribute to longtime educator.

Educators at Joaquin Miller Elementary School on Friday will dedicate their quad to the late Gail Copeland, a longtime Burbank educator who served as principal of the school for 19 years.

A 1957 graduate of Burbank High, Copeland spent over 42 years as an educator with Burbank Unified, beginning as a fourth-grade teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in 1961.

She worked at Bret Harte and Washington elementary schools before she began teaching at Miller in 1975 and served as the school’s principal from 1984 through 2003. After battling cancer, Copeland passed away in January of this year.

Current Miller Principal Judy Hession, who worked under Copeland as an assistant principal for six years, said she was a mentor to teachers and staff who would offer them her undivided attention, regardless of her demanding schedule.

Hession said Copeland was also a modest leader, who never wanted to take any credit for the school’s success.

“She never liked the limelight,” Hession said, adding that Copeland wouldn’t be pleased if she knew the school was honoring her and renaming its quad “Copeland Courtyard.”

“She would be not happy with me,” Hession added.

Two years after taking the principal’s position, Hession said she regularly called Copeland for her input.

Among Copeland’s best pieces of advice, she recalls, was when she told Hession that the greatest marker of a quality principal is when the school’s staff and teachers are empowered to run the school without their principal there.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher than her,” Hession said. “She gave us the gift of being able to do [our] job, and trusted us to do our job and do it well.”

More than half of all of Miller’s teachers who currently work at the school were hired by Copeland, Hession said.

Among those expected to attend Friday’s dedication will be Copeland’s family, Burbank school officials and Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy.