"Those who have known the lure of dreams begun at Tucson High, could never live as others live nor die as others die."
Last updated on June 29, 2016
December 24, 2009
As you may or may not know, our class president Franklin Gee suddenly passed away in October 2009. Evey Fink Bendalin spoke about Franklin at the Reunion Planning Meeting in Tucson on October 26th at the El Parador restaurant. Here is what she said:
April 29, 2013
Some of us remember a classmate by the name of Mike Early. Mike died while climbing a nearby mountain on his 16th birthday along with two other Boy Scouts. A book was published a few years ago about that tragedy and the search that followed. It was written by the sister of one of the other two scouts who died that day. The title is "Death Clouds On Mt. Baldy."
Thanks to Butch Farabee for telling us about this book and letting us borrow his copy long enough to read it and scan the cover. Butch participated in the search and is mentioned in the book.
|04/29/2010 We received this information from Peggy Abbott:|
I was looking at some old newspapers and found an obituary for another classmate…Tonie Jo Anderson Warrior Brown. I believe her first marriage was to Herman Warrior but Brown is the current last name. She passed away on March 14th of this year and is survived by her mother, two brothers, one sister, two children (Steven Warrior and Annette Warrior Hardy) and grandchildren (no number was given).
|APALATEGUI, Charlotte B., 69, died peacefully on August 23, 2010. Survived by her loving twin sister, Sr. Maria Teresa; her brothers, Alphonse, Jack (Shirley) and Fr. Carlos; her nieces and nephews; her beloved Oblates of St. Benedict community and Fr. Martin Lugo, O.S.B.|
3/19/09 We received this e-mail from David's wife:
Dave passed away December 7, 2007. His heart simply wore out. Dave was always very proud of Tucson High and the band. I'm sure he would have enjoyed attending the 50th reunion.
Thank you, Mrs. Jonalie Bachmann
|4/11/2013 Received this information from Onofre Norton that Fred had received a heart transplant but passed away from complications following the surgery on April 10, 2013.|
Dan and his family moved to the Seattle area from Tucson in 1974. Dan loved the outdoors and had received a degree as a Wildlife Biologist from the University of Arizona. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, which was part of the reason he was attracted to the Northwest.
|October 14, 1997. |
A native of Arizona, Mr. Berry spent his time between Sparks, NV and Tucson. He was a musician in The Big Ugly Band, a member of the Mastiff Club Of America, The Mountain Men, a Scientologist and had served in the U.S. Army for eight years. Survived by mother, Nell Grundy; son, Jebadiah Berry, both of Tucson; daughter, Kelly Davies, all of CA; brother, John Grundy of Seattle, WA; sisters, Dani Mercer of Spokane, WA, Patricia Grundy of Tucson and Pam Selzer of Sarasota, FL; and best friend, his Mastiff "Max". In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mastiff Club of America Rescue Fund, c/o Jill McMahon, 4620 Durham Road., Raleigh, NC 27614. Memorial Services at 4:00 p.m. November 15, 1997 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, 1050 No Dodge Blvd. (at Speedway).
|September 25, 2007 of pneumonia.|
July 12, 2006, Heart attack after playing what was described as "a better than average round of golf."
Mary Helen Campas
|03/20/09 Mary Helen died on January 7, 2009 of kidney failure.|
|July 31, 2010|
She had been in ICU and an Acute Care Facility and back to ICU in the past couple of months. She fought to live to the end. My understanding is that her Cushing's Disease and Diabetes ultimately took her life. She would have been 68 October 25, 2010. Alicia left behind Ernest, her husband of 49+ years, two daughters, Domenica and Danielle, and two sons, Paul and Michael plus many grandchildren.
|July 18, 2011 Heart attack.|
|Barbara Code||Fran received a call from the person who lives in the house that Barbara used to live in. He told Fran that Barbara had passed away about 5 years ago. He did not have any further information.|
|1999 from complications of diabetes and heart disease.|
September 28, 2016|
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 30, 2016:
DOWNER, Randolph Lee 74, passed away on September 28, 2016, after a lengthy illness due to the complications of multiple sclerosis, with his wife of 30 years, Julie, by his side. Randy was a true native Tucsonan, born and raised just three blocks from the University of Arizona, where he graduated and achieved his Masters in Business Administration, both in the same year. Upon graduation, he commenced his job search and was hired as the Director of Long-Range Planning for the San Francisco-based Crown-Zellerbach Company, but eventually returned to make investments in his hometown of Tucson. He is survived by wife, Julie; son, Randolph Downer, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Sherry Downer; granddaughter, Ava and sister, Patricia Van Metre. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Gladys Downer and sister, Betty Downer. Private memorials are planned by his family in Arizona and California. Arrangements by ABBEY FUNERAL CHAPEL.
On Saturday Nov 15, 1958, Mike and five others from Boy Scout Troop 70 began camping in Upper Madera Canyon in the Santa Ritas. After setting up camp, all six started to the top of Mt. Wrightson (Mt. Baldy). Three turned around and survived. Three kept going but with fading light and not reaching the top, they started down. At Josephine Saddle they took the wrong trail. Mike soon fell and broke a leg. The three hunkered down for the night. At 9 pm and at about 8,000-ft elevation, it began to rain. At midnight it turned to snow. The kids probably died before dawn on the 16th. (Officially, his death is listed for Nov 15) For the first time in the 20th Century there was measureable snow in Tucson in November. On Sunday, there was 6.4 inches of snow in the city. Ironically, the weather forecast for the 15th, per the AZ Daily Star was for "relatively mild November temperatures today, with the expected high near 70 degrees." On the 14th, the official high at the Airport was 71 degrees. No mention of precipitation of any kind. Mike was to turn 16 on Nov 16. The three boys were found on Dec 4. This search led to the formation of the Southern Arizona Rescue Association.
"Those who have known the lure of dreams begun at Tucson High,
can never live as others live nor die as others die."
Written by Roseanne Ives in 1958 in memory of Mike Early
June 23, 2016 of cancer.|
SENAK, Lucille M. (nee Estrella) of Wernersville, PA, age 73, passed away on June 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Lucille was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. She was a 1960 graduate of Tucson High School, and attended the University of Arizona. She was the daughter of Arturo Estrella and Mercedes Estrella (nee Fierro). Arturo was a long-time Deputy Sheriff of Pima County, AZ. In 1962 Lucille relocated to New Haven, CT and later Bristol, CT to raise her own family. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven, CT and later earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from Central Connecticut State College in New Britain, CT. While in Connecticut, Lucille worked for the University of Connecticut (Waterbury Branch) as a guidance counselor, and for the State of Connecticut as a personnel analyst. Lucille also resided in Tucson, AZ; in Tempe, AZ; and in Rancho Cucamonga, CA while she continued to pursue her career. She lived the last 16 years of her life in Wernersville, PA where she retired. Lucille is survived by her son, Peter Senak and daughter-in-law, Jacqueline A. Walsh of Bedminster, NJ; her son, David M. Senak of Avon, CT and her grandson, Ira M. Senak of Brooklyn, NY. Lucille is also survived by her brother, Art Estrella and sister-in-law, Martha (Juarez) Estrella of Glendale, AZ; her sister-in-law, Molly Estrella of Pacifica, CA and her brother, Gilbert Estrella and sister-in-law, Lydia Estrella of Tucson, AZ. Lucille's brother, Richard Estrella of Pacifica, CA passed away previously.
|2005 of cancer.|
05/24/09 Received an e-mail from David Turner, THS1958: "I am from the class of 1958.
I know the Frazee family quite well, and Paul passed away a few years ago."
A few years ago would be around 2006.
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|10/23/09 Heart attack.|
|August 27, 1999|
Alice Grijalva, age 56, born on November 27, 1942 in Tucson, AZ, graduate of Tucson High School, went to be with our Lord on August 27, 1999 after suffering a heart attack. Survived by parents, Frank and Alice Grijalva; brother Frank (Carla) Grijalva, Jr.; beloved companion, Ernesto Martinez; two children, Raymond A. Gomex and Denise Oroz. Also survived by four grandchildren, Raymond Anthony Gomez, Jr., Domynique Tatiana, Juan Carlos, and Sean Martin Oroz. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 30, 1999 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. at CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC., South Chapel, 240 S. Stone Ave., with Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be offered on Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave. Internment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery.The family expresses their deep gratitude to all family and friends who have reached out with their love and support. Arrangements by CARRILLO'S TUCSON MORTUARY, INC.
James Thomas Grimes 2/13/1942 - 3/30/2012
Carol Jean Halpenny
|Jean died on August 23, 1997, after a long and valiant struggle with breast cancer and its recurrence.|
Oscar died on April 24, 2003.
|July 17, 2009|
Barbara Jeanne Munguia 67, of Tucson, died Thursday July 17, 2009. Survived by her husband, Gilbert W. Munguia; son, Gilbert G. Munguia; daughter, Debbie J. Bencomo; daughter-in-law, Ellen J. Munguia; son-in-law, Frank A. Bencomo; grandchildren, Randy Robbins, Josh W. Robbins, Daniel M. Robbins, Anthony R. Bencomo, Gilbert W. Munguia, Briana N. Munguia, Isabela S. Munguia and George L. Munguia. She was the most kind, loving, generous, mother and wife one could ever hope for. She is now at peace in the arms of our Lord. Memorial Service will be Monday, July 20, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Boys & Girls club of Santa Cruz County (520) 287-3733.
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|Lorraine Kling||December 27, 2015 after a long series of heart ailments.|
|Died Easther Sunday 2015.|
|April 2007, thyroid cancer.|
|July 19, 2007 of leukemia.|
|She died in the spring of 1965.|
|March 2, 2012 of bone cancer.|
|June 18, 2013 of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.|
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|March 30, 1975, Killed by fellow inmates in prison.|
|Sherwin Scott||February 5, 2013, cause of death not listed.|
|Carole Sue Skaggs Elias Born October 16, 1941 in Indianapolis, IN died March 16, 2014 at her home in Tucson. Survived by her loving children, Steve (Gerry) Elias, and Joanne (Harry) Kallipolitis, both of Tucson; granddaughter, Cassandra; grandson, Brandon, and great-grandson, Dylan all of Tucson. Brother, Dale (Jean) Skaggs of Paris, TX; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, William C Elias, parents, Ralph and Ruby Skaggs, and brother, Paul Skaggs. Prior to retirement, Carole worked for Southwest Gas Corporation for 25 years. She was also an active member of the Daughters of the Nile, L.O.S, Chautauqua Unit and Royal Order of the Jesterettes of Sabbar Shrine Temple, Elks Lodge #2532. Memorial Service 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Sabbar Temple, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Sabbar Shrine Temple Transportation Fund, 450 S. Tucson Blvd., 85716. Arrangements by EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY.|
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|Died May 7, 2011 of cancer.|
|Died March 1984.|
|January 2015. No other information received.|
|Died April 3, 2014 of prostate cancer in Tucson.|
|Lee Voys Thorton||No photo could be found||We received a note from brother-in-law which said: “Hello – Please remove Lee from your mailing list. He passed away April 26, 2011."|
3/20/09 We received information that Terrell died in 2004 of
|04/18/2011 We received an e-mail from Steven Lew informing us that Victor had passed away on April 10, 2011 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure.|
|07/18/2011 Received an e-mail from Dennis Couse that Stan had passed away last night. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer in June.|
|04/16/2016 Passed away in Tucson after a battle with cancer.|
|11/25/2013 I received an e-mail from Dina Diaz informing us that Frank had passed away a few weeks ago. No cause of death information was furnished.|