Sunday, October 15, 2017

Floyd Max Lewis, BHS 1945

Floyd Max Lewis, BHS 1945

Floyd Max Lewis (Bud) was born July 23, 1927 in Gulf Port, Mississippi to Floyd McKinley Lewis and Nellie Ruth Goodman Lewis. Their family moved to California in 1932 where he attended schools in Burbank.

Floyd received his JD degree from UCLA. He was a partner of Parker, Milliken, Clark & O'Hara for over 30 years and practiced law more than 55 years. He proudly served in the US Navy.1945-1946. 

 He is survived by his wife Mary Wilson Lewis and was the beloved father of Christine Ruth Herzog, Bruce James Lewis, Patricia Lynn Lewis Lazenby and Mark Kevin Lewis; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He passed away peacefully on August 21, 2013 after a brief illness. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. Services will be private.     

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2013

Friday, October 13, 2017

Richard Christian Beck-Meyer, BHS 1947

Richard Christian Beck-Meyer
August 13, 1930 Van Nuys, CA- June 21, 2016 Ft. Bragg, CA

Richard Beck-Meyer (also known as Rick, Rich, Ricko and Rikko to friends and family) was born in Van Nuys, California. Raised in Burbank, Richard studied painting at California College of Arts and Crafts getting his masters in fine art at San Jose State. 

Richard was an exceptional water color artist, teacher, and member of both the California Water Color Society and the Carmel Art Association. He exhibited in the Monterey/Carmel area throughout the 1950s. Richard was active in local theater designing sets for productions at the Golden Bough Circle Theatre and the Forest Theatre. His sets for Shaw's "Caesar & Cleopatra" (1964) and "Teahouse of the August Moon" (1965) were notable for their bold use of color and shape to enhance the dramatic impact of the plays.

Later in the 1960s he decided to try his hand at film and used his Huntington Hartford Fellowship to attend film school at UCLA. Rick's professional credits include film editor and production designer for "The Wild Angels" (1966), “The Born Losers” (1967), “How Come Nobody’s on Our Side” (1975).

Not satisfied with two art careers, Richard used the GI Bill (he had served as a Mandarin translator for the Army during the Korean War) to obtain a marriage and family therapy degree from Azusa Pacific University. Due to ever escalating licensing hours, Richard never got his license to pursue private practice, but he put his counseling skills to good use as the Special Education Coordinator for Head Start. It gave him great pleasure to be an advocate for special ed students as their families negotiated with schools to obtain the best and least restrictive educational environment each district could provide for each student.

Richard spent the last 20 years of his working life wearing many hats at Community Action Agencies such as North Coast Opportunities in Lake and Mendocino Counties, Redwood Community Action Agency in Humboldt County and Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County. In 1985 he retired and moved to San Francisco where he worked on an English translation of "Journey to the West" for television, original film treatments, poems, short stories, and researching his magnum opus, a book still waiting to be committed to paper. In January of 2016 Richard returned to Mendocino County, living in a lovely cottage just east of Fort Bragg on Highway 20.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cristina Elena Valdes Comegys, BHS 1987

Cristina Elena Valdes Comegys, BHS 1987
Nov. 21, 1969 - Jun. 14, 2013

Cristina Elena Valdes Comegys, 43, born on November 21, 1969, in Burbank, California, passed away June 14, 2013. She resided in Northridge, California, at the time of her passing.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ellen Dort Oldewage, BHS 1941

Ellen Dort Oldewage, BHS 1941

Ellen Dort Oldewage, passed away on June 3, 2016, at the age of 93. She was born in Burbank in 1923 to Earl and Cornelia Dort who were early residents moving to Burbank in 1913. Ellen graduated from Burbank High in 1941.

After graduation she went onto work for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph. She married Francis Moffet and had two sons, Ray and Andy. She loved playing tennis at the racquet club in Mill Valley where she and Frances resided for a number of years.

In later years she married William Oldewage and lived in Paradise, California and then later moved to Tucson, Arizona. A sister Elsie Dort Sieckert (BHS 34) predeceased her. She loved to travel, especially to Europe and Hawaii. She had a loving heart and personality and will be missed greatly.

From the Senior Bulldog News.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Waldon Lee Reichman, BHS 1948

Waldon Lee Reichman, BHS 1948

Waldon Lee Reichman was born on November 3, 1929 and passed away on May 18, 2016. He proudly served his country as a Sergeant First Class E-7 in the Airborne 11th Ranger Company during the Korean War. After the war he became a life-long plumber.

He had many friends, and loved th fish. At 58 years old he contracted cancer and had to retire. He was very determined to overcome his setback and did so very well. He was proud to be with the 11th Airborne Ranger Division, and requested to be buried with other veterans at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. His family is very proud of him and he will always be remembered. Lee is survived by his family including his wife Rita.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Janet Jeanine Bailey Gowdy, BHS 1952

Jan. 5, 1934 — July 25, 2016

Janet Jeanine Gowdy passed away of natural causes July 25, 2016, after a short illness. She was surrounded by friends and family in those last days. She had suffered with dementia for the last several years, while still living at home and enjoying her family and beloved dog, Missy, who followed her everywhere.

Janet was born in South Dakota on Jan. 5, 1934. She moved to Burbank, Calif., when she was just a child. Her childhood was filled with involvement in every activity under the sun. She excelled in everything she did; she taught herself to twirl the baton and in high school marched in the Rose Bowl parade.

Janet was married for 64 years to Gene Gowdy. She is survived by her husband, Gene; daughters, Paula Conetta, Rhonda Breech and Gloria Fajardo; son, Guy Gowdy; and several family members, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her love and kindness touched everyone she met and she will be dearly missed by everyone.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, Calif, at 1 p.m.

Mountain Democrat, Placerville, California, August 3, 2016

Friday, October 6, 2017

Donna Claire Sartain Strothers, BHS 1946

Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) - Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Donna Stothers

Donna Stothers, 88, of Rancho Palos Verdes died June 6, 2016 at Bright Water Guest Home in Torrance with her daughter Debra at her side. She succumbed to complications related to renal failure and CHF.

Donna was born Donna Claire Sartain to William A. Sartain and Helen Eunice Horton Sartain, on April 2, 1928 in San Diego, California. Donna graduated from Burbank High School in 1946 after which she worked at the Broadway Hollywood, at the Burbank Library and as a photographers model.

She married James Moore Stothers in the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank on August 20, 1949. They had three daughters and in 1956, Jim's work moved them to Arizona and then New York City. In 1969 Jim and Donna returned to California, settling in Rancho Palos Verdes. Donna worked for Findlay's Jewelry store in Peninsula Center. She joined PEO, a women's philanthropic organization and volunteered for Torrance Memorial Hospital, working in the gift shop for 17 years. She was very proud of her years of volunteer work and treasured the friendships she made. 

Donna was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Jim who died March, 2016. She is survived by her daughters Catherine Collins and husband John of Bakersfield Vermont, Debra Curry and husband Mark of Woodland Hills, and Deidre McCarrel of Vancouver British Columbia; her brother William Sartain; sisters-in-law Joyce Stothers and Jeanne Irvine and her husband Bill. She also leaves behind her beloved dogs Theodore and KC, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and close friends including Aleta, Dottie, Dolores, Nancy, Ronnie, Fran, and Marguerite. 

Donna's family would like to thank Torrance Memorial Hospital, Sunnyside Nursing Home, Bright Water Guest Home, Cherish Hospice and Dr. Ghosh for the amazing care and concern that each one of these organizations and individuals provided to our Mom.

There will be a memorial service for family and friends of Donna and Jim Stothers on August 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes. A gathering at the family home will follow the service. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Donna's name to Cottey College, P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312. Please sign the guest book at                 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Robert Thomas Topping, BHS 1942

Burbank Leader, Saturday, February 18, 1995

Robert Thomas Topping, 71, died February 15, 1995 in Burbank. Born in Pittsburgh, he had lived in Burbank since he was six weeks old.

Mr. Topping was a civil engineer/consultant for Erkel, Greenfield and Associates Inc. Structural Engineers. He is survived by his wife, Rose; two daughters, Sharon and Alice Topping; and three sisters, Margaret Gardner, Martha Jane Topping and Dorothy Bowers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Pierce Brothers Little Country Chapel. Burial will follow in Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Curtis Howard Coverdill, BHS 1971

Curtis Coverdill, BHS 1971

Burbank Leader, Thursday, September 5, 1974
Burbank man, 1 other die in bridge plunge!

A Burbank man was killed Wednesday in an estimated 100 mile-an-hour plunge off a bridge near the Long Beach Naval Station. One other man was killed and a third man injured critically.

Dead are Curtis Coverdill, 21, of Burbank, and Curt Thomas Woods, 20, of Moraga, California. In critical condition at St. Mary's Hospital was Bastain Brant, 20, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. All three men were sailors aboard the destroyer escort U.S.S. Roarke.

Police said Woods was driving the speeding car when it missed an exit from the Gerald Desmond Bridge near the naval station. The auto slammed through a guardrail, vaulted 200 feet through the air and landed on a utility pole. All of the victims were ejected.
Burbank Leader, Friday, September 6, 1974
Services set for Coverdill, accident victim
Curtis Howard Coverdill, 21, died Wednesday, September 4, 1974, in a Long Beach traffic accident. Born in Glendale, he lived in this area all his life. Mr. Coverdill was a fireman apprentice in the United States Navy.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dill V. Coverdill of Burbank; his brother, Gregory; and grandparents. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 7th, at J.T. Oswald Mortuary Chapel, 11020 Carmarillo Street, North Hollywood. Interment with full military honors will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pamela Antoinette Gisel Bell, BHS 1966

Pamela A. Bell

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, June 19, 1985

Pamela A. Bell, 37, died June 15, 1985 in a San Fernando hospital. She was born in Glendale but had lived in the Burbank area her entire life. She had been a secretary with Holt Temporary Services for 10 years. She graduated from Burbank High in 1966.

She is survived by parents Mr. and Mrs. Gisel of Granada Hills; son Charles E. Petty of Granada Hills; brother Clint Gisel of Granada Hills; and sister Tamara Wirtz of Simi Valley.

Services will be today at 1 p.m. at Eckerman Heisman Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will be at Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California. Visitation will be conducted at the chapel services.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

James John Davis, BHS 1974

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, August 18, 1993

James John Davis, 38, died August 13, 1993 in his home. Born in Los Angeles, he lived in Burbank his entire life. Mr. Davis was the owner/operator of an art deco retail sales business for 16 years.

He is survived by his parents, John and Olga Davis; and two brothers, Peter of Burbank and Stephen of Long Beach. Funeral services were Tuesday at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Northridge.

Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

James Wallace Collard, BHS 1969

James Wallace Collard, BHS 1969
Burbank Leader, Saturday, October 14, 1989

James W. Collard, 38, died October 4, 1989 in Burbank. He was born in Winnipeg, Canada, he lived in Burbank for 35 years. He worked as a film technician.

Mr. Collard is survived by his sons, Jason and Travis; mother, Sarah Collard; brother, Doug; sister, Debbie; two nephews; three nieces. The Neptune Society handled arrangements.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Stephen M. Searock, BHS 1956

Stephen M. Searock, May 29, 1938 - June 18, 1961

The Burbank Daily Review, Monday, June 19, 1961

Race Crash Takes Life Of Local Man

A former Burbank High School athlete, Steve Searock, 23, died Sunday of injuries suffered Saturday night when his racer overturned eight times in the California Racing Association's main event at Ascot Stadium, Gardena.

Searock, 2404 N. Brighton Street, went over the wheels of one car onto the back crash wall before his new $6,000 car made eight deadly rolls down the back stretch.

The spectacular accident occurred just after Searock had tangled with another car low on the south turn. He broke away in the infield, where he accelerated and skidded just before the crash. Searock was removed immediately to Gardena Hospital where he died of massive brain injuries at 11:08 a.m. Sunday. He never regained consciousness.

Prior to the race, Searock and his crew were presented an award for the best appearing car and crew. It was only the second time he was driving the car. Ironically, Searock was given a push by a green truck - a color commonly considered a racing jinx - before the race.

He was termed an "up and coming young driver" by CRA president Walt James. Searock, a three-year football and two-year baseball letterman at Burbank High, had been driving for five years, but only one for CRA.

He leaves his widow, Gale and two children, Stephen, 4, and Laurie, 2.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Dennis Hart Blosdale, BHS 1950


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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Michael Frances Sullivan, BHS 1976

Michael Frances Sullivan

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, March 16, 2005

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Leslie T. Beyea, BHS 1931

March 15, 1911 ~ Jan. 5, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Jeanette Anne Beyea Barton, BHS 1938

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Raymond Earl Swaim, BHS 1911

Raymond Earl Swaim, BHS 1911

Los Angeles Times, February 19, 1966

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

No other details at this time.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sandra L.Yarritu O'Brien, BHS 1976

Burbank Daily Review, Tuesday, February 6, 1979

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

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

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

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

She was killed in an automobile accident.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

John Berry McEntire, BHS 1979

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, February 22, 1995

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

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Jeanine Ellyn Hilt, BHS 1970

Jeanine E. Hilt

Published in the Burbank Leader, August 21, 1993

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

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

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Harwood Vinson Grice, Jr., BHS 1961

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

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, May 12, 1993

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Randall Lee Logan, BHS 1966

Randall Lee Logan, BHS 1966

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

John Roland Stothers, BHS 1949

John Roland Stothers, BHS 1949, passed away on June 21, 2015.

He was born in Kansas City, Kansas on September 6, 1931, and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as a sonar man on a destroyer. In 1952 he married his wife the former Joyce Meyer. John graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1959.

He and his wife moved to Sunnyvale, California, working as a chemist in the food industry. He then moved to Arcadia, and later retired as a chemist for the City of Los Angeles. John enjoyed hiking, serving his church, and touring each capitol of the United States. John is survived by his wife Joyce; their four children, Sharon, John, Jr., Kenny and Melinda; 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him.

From the Senior Bulldog Newsletter.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Edward Walter Kloth, BHS 2011

Edward Walter Kloth, BHS 2011

Eddie Kloth11 still inspires
From the 2011 BHS yearbook written by the Journalism Staff

He was first diagnosed with leukemia in his sophomore year. It was a roller coaster ride after that for  Edward Walter Kloth aka Eddie, a ride that finally ended on September 28, 2010 in Arizona with his family. For three years, Kloth would endure rounds of treatments achieving periods of remission but then the cancer would return and he would resume treatments. Even so, everyone who knew Kloth can tell you he was determined to not let cancer rule his life. Kloth fought hard to stay in school and attend regular classes. It is that level of “care” that we will always cherish about Kloth.
Everything Kloth did was a demonstration of an extraordinary determination to achieve his goals. Even when Kloth was going through chemotherapy, he maintained his grades, once even scoring the highest grade on an AP Chemistry test. This and his charm may have been the secrets to his success. Arthur Kubko, a friend, explained, “Eddie was accepting of everyone and their flaws. He was a smart guy. I remember he would only come to school once a week because of chemo and I would be there for the entire week and he would still get a higher grade than me! He will always be remembered for his humor and cleverness. Always calm and peaceful, especially among all the guys.”

He was also a member of the boys’ tennis team; he played doubles with James Hong. Once Coach Carlos Pelayo, one of the tennis coaches, said, “I think James and Eddie work so well together because they’re both quiet people. It’s like they read each other’s minds.” Although he was only able to play for one season, he was part of the “tennis rats of Burbank” crew. Chemotherapy usually slows patients down, but Kloth would always go out to the courts after his therapy and play until 10 p.m. when the lights would go out.
If Kloth was not on the courts, he and his friends would be doing “typical guy stuff” as Kubko said, “I remember we played a lot of ping pong at James’s house or just hung out at the mall. And, when he got his license, we went out more to places like Roscoe’s [Chicken and Waffles],” said Kubko.

Kloth was also a strong writer and had emailed Journalism Advisor Anne Burnett that he would be joining the journalism staff officially when school started but unfortunately, he was not able to return for his senior year. Academic Decathlon Coach Val Beidelman was also looking forward to seeing Kloth again. She said that even while he was undergoing chemotherapy treatments, “Eddie would still show up for decathlon practice and try to maintain his position on the team. It is courage, maturity, compassion and daring that Kloth showed as he fought a valiant fight that continues to inspire.
Kloth used to tell his friends that cancer gave him a new perspective on life. He said he didn’t get bothered by small things anymore. He said it was as if “God gave me a special pair of glasses to look through."

Friday, September 1, 2017

Helen Marie Kennedy, BHS 1986

Sophomore Photo
Helen Marie Kennedy, BHS 1986

20 October 1968 – 25 July 1988

Heard her car stalled on the fast lane of the freeway and she was rear ended by a semi-truck.
Obituary from Daily News of Los Angeles – Valley Edition, dated 31 July 1988.

Helen Marie Kennedy, 19, of Glendale, cosmetologist. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today and Monday and a rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday at Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Service, Burbank. Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Burbank. Burial will follow at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, August 3, 1988

Helen M. Kennedy, 19, died July 25, 1988 in Burbank. Born in Burbank, she lived here all her life. She had worked as a cosmetologist for a beauty shop in Encino.

Miss Kennedy is survived by her grandparents, Helen Anderson of Burbank and Robert J. Anderson Sr. of El Cajon; sister Jamie Kennedy of Burbank.

A funeral mass was held August 1 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church. Burial was at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. The Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sandra Lee Zimmerman Zion, BHS 1965

Sandy passed away suddenly, at her home, on Naomi Street, on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, evidently during the night. Her oldest son, Robert, found her about 8:30 am. Her husband, Bob, passed away very suddenly, 15 years ago. 

She is survived by her other son, David, daughter-in-law, Brisa, & grandson, David, as well as Robert. Both sons & late husband were Burbank High graduates, too.

No other details at this time.

Friday, August 25, 2017

LaMar Eugene Poulson, BHS 1949

LaMar Eugene Poulson, BHS 1949
LaMar Eugene Poulson, 86, passed away June 16, 2017. LaMar was born September 18, 1930, in Southgate, California, to Wilford LaMar and Leona Maze Poulson. He moved to Burbank, California, when he was 16 years old and graduated from Burbank High School in 1949.
LaMar was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a mission to the Hawaiian Islands from 1950-1952. LaMar served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was based out of Camp Hanford in Richland, Washington.
LaMar married Betty Jo Stinson in the St. George LDS Temple on June 26, 1954. He worked in the aerospace and defense industry doing inspections and quality control for 37 years. He and Betty raised three children in Burbank, California, before retiring and moving to Mesa, Arizona, in 1996.
LaMar loved family, sports, electronics, traveling, family history, and building and repairing things with his own two hands. He was always happy to give service to anyone who had a need. If he didn’t know how to repair something, he would research it until he could figure it out.
LaMar was a faithful husband, wise father, fun and loving grandfather, thoughtful brother and loyal friend.  He lived a life of service to his family, friends, church and community.
He is survived by his daughter, Lori (Brian) Baur, Cottonwood, Arizona; son, Keith (Deidrea) Loveland, Colorado; and son, Kirk (Rochelle) Gilbert, Arizona, seven grandchildren; Shanell, Derek, Brittany, Trevor, Brooke, McKinna and Karigan and 3 great-granddaughters; Meadow, Holland and Brooklyn. Also surviving are his brothers, Douglas (Laura), San Tan Valley, Arizona, Victor (Gloria), Mesa, Arizona, and Richard (Patty), Burbank, California.
Funeral services will be held at 9:00am Monday, June 26, at the LDS Church, 3025 S. Hawes Road, Mesa, Arizona. The family will receive friends and relatives 30 minutes prior to services. Interment will follow at San Tan Memorial Gardens.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wallace Bowen King, BHS 1954

Wallace Bowen King, BHS 1954

 Jan. 25, 1936 - July 12, 2017

 Wallace Bowen King died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 surrounded by loved ones.

Wallace will be greatly missed by his wife, Prisca; five children and their spouses; 18 grandchildren; and his five siblings and their families.

A viewing will be held from 7-9 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, at the LDS Beaverton Stake Center located at 4195 S.W. 99th Ave., Beaverton, OR 97005. A memorial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the same location. Please sign the online guest book at
Published in The Oregonian from July 18 to July 19, 2017

From his children on Facebook

He was the son of former Burbank Mayor - Carl M. King and Virginia King. His siblings also attended BHS and are alive and well. Larry King, Sharon Mortenson, David Foster King, Dennis King and Leon King. He was a great man who loved his family, friends and God.

Note: While at Burbank High he played football and track.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Richard Edward Heisler, BHS 1959

Richard Edward Heisler, BHS 1959

Richard Heisler passed away in Burbank, California on December 18, 2010. He had been employed at Warner Brothers and had retired about 10 years ago. He was married to Suzanne Heisler (BHS 65) for 39 years. Richard is survived by his wife Suzanne and two sons. No other details at this time.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Charles "Chip" Preston Vaden, BHS 1978

CHARLES "CHIP" PRESTON VADEN May 26, 1960 - Sept. 17, 2004
Chip is the only son of Margaret "Betty" and Preston "Pete" Vaden. He was born in Hollywood, California, and raised in Burbank, California. Chip participated in the Indian Guides with his father, was a member of the children's choir and active in the youth group at the United Methodist Church in Burbank. He played varsity basketball for Burbank High School, and went with a group from Sunland Baptist Church, to Mexico, to build houses, with Baja Christian Ministries.
Chip earned an AA Degree from Glendale College, owned his own pool-cleaning business and had just finished writing a book.
He was preceded in death by his father, Pete, in 1996. He is survived by his mother, Betty; sister, Patti De Las Casas and her husband Armando. Chip had two nieces, Elizabeth and Jessica (Jason); two nephews, Daniel and David; and one great niece, Kayla. Chip was a kind-hearted soul who would do anything to help someone in need. He will be truly missed and the love from his family will follow him into eternity.
Services will be held at Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Home, 333 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, on Tuesday, September 28, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. ECKERMAN HEISMAN FUNERAL SERVICE 333 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank 818-846-2131

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Sept. 25, 2004

Friday, August 11, 2017

Clinton R. Pittman, BHS 1931

Clinton R. Pittman, BHS 1931

Burbank Dailey Review, Saturday, September 15, 1979

Clinton R. Pittman, died September 8, 1979. Born in Selma, California, he was a Burbank resident. He was a graduate of Burbank High School in 1931, was an employee for 30 years with Lockheed, a retired field service office manager, member of Thomas J. Shryock Masonic Lodge #223 of Hollywood, Maryland and a member of Almas Shrine, Washington, D.C.. 

He is survived by his wife, Mae Bogardus Pittman, son, Harold C. Pittman of Escondido, California; brother, Joseph Pittman of Los Osos, California; two grandchildren. Private services were held at Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery. Inurnment was private.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

James Archie Hill, BHS 1937

James Archie Hill

Nevada Appeal (Carson City, NV) - Tuesday, March 19, 2002                         

A graveside service for James Archie Hill, 81, a Gardnerville resident for the past 25 years, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eastside Memorial Cemetery in Minden with the Rev. Pete Nelson officiating.

A private family visitation will be at Walton's Chapel of the Valley from 1-2:30 p.m. today.

Mr. Hill died March 16, 2002, at his home. He was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Kansas City, Kan., to John and Margarie Fulton Hill.

He married Jacqueline on June 21, 1941, in Las Vegas.

He graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank, Calif., in 1937.

Before moving to Gardnerville, he lived in Sun Valley, Calif.

Mr. Hill was a plumber. He enjoyed hunting and ocean fishing, woodworking and he built his own house. He was experienced in welding. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, the Elks Lodge in Gardnerville, a life member of Local Union 761 and the Carson Valley United Methodist Church.

He served in the U.S. Navy Seebees, 55th Battalion, during World War II from 1943-45.

He was preceded in death by a son James Leroy, brother John R. and wife of 50 years Jacqueline.

Among his survivors are his daughters and sons-in-law Kathy D. and Eric Wicklund of Monterey, Calif, and Susan R. and Anthony Spotts of Gardnerville; sister Helen M. Hill of Reseda, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law Paul E. and Ann Hill of Gardnerville; two grandsons and one granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the food pantry nearest them.

Walton's Douglas County Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.