Class Notes | Obituaries
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Louis Anthony Rogers ’61 passed away on April 15, 2009 at the age of 69. He graduated Santa Clara University with a bachelor of science commerce and was involved with the SCU Delta Sigma Pi Business Club. He is survived by his wife, Mary M. Rogers.
Lee Albert Cook ’61 (July 8, 1939 - July 30, 2013), a U.S. Veteran, age 74, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home with his loving family by his side. Born in San Francisco on July 8, 1939, a son of the late Edith Louise (Giusto) and Albert Bernard Cook, Lee was a 3rd generation San Franciscan. Lee was a Lt. in the U.S. Navy before joining the US Army Reserve and retiring a Captain after 22 years of service. As a teacher at San Quentin Prison, he created a data processing course that enabled inmates not only to find jobs when they were released, but also to financially support the program. Lee was very active in his community, belonging to Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor #31, Italian Catholic Federation, Branch #428, and Italian Benevolent Society. He was a lifetime member of American Legion Post 108. Lee and his wife Lynda traveled extensively after his retirement from Preston Youth Authority in 1998. They created many lasting friendships wherever they traveled. Lee was an affectionate son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Lee is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lynda Cook, of Sutter Creek, brother Kenneth and his wife Kathleen Cook of St. Louis, Mo., a niece, Catherine Cook, cousin Mike and his wife Patricia Giusto of Benecia, Calif., as well as many cousins and his beloved dog, Lucia.
Larry F. Higgins ’61, 75, stepped beyond his journey with lymphoma on Nov. 27, 2012. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Charii; a son, Damon and his wife, Kerena; two grandchildren, Connor and Abigail; five siblings, Jack Higgins, Marion Walters, Bob Higgins, Patricia Cates and Eileen Higgins-Lower; and one sad dog, Katie. His parents and oldest son preceded him in death. Larry was born in Yonkers, N.Y., in August 1937 to John and Marion Higgins. He was the fourth of six children and the darling of all (although he did not know it). After several moves his family settled in Pasadena, Calif., where Larry proceeded to make a name for himself delivering newspapers (uphill both ways and in driving snow storms), and playing football and baseball for St. Francis High School. One of his proudest moments, next to the birth of his children, was his induction into his high school's hall of fame for his tenacious pitching, wild knuckleballs, and outstanding leadership. These same qualities helped him pitch spring batting practice for the Los Angeles Dodgers and be a four-year starter for Santa Clara University's baseball team. Upon graduation from college, Larry accepted a commission in the U.S. Army. He served seven years, one in Vietnam flying helicopters, and earned the regular Army rank of captain and a Reserve rank of major. Prior to deployment to Vietnam, Larry met and married his best blind date and lifelong love, Charii. Together they moved to Spokane to raise their two children, Larry John and Damon. Larry took a managerial position with American Handicrafts, where he worked hard and was promoted to district and then regional manager. After several years he took a job with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, where he managed the Pullman store. He retired after 19 years and spent his time eating ice cream, traveling with his wife and dog in their fifth wheel, playing golf, visiting his grandchildren, and trying to strike out cancer in the biggest game of his life. The lefty took it into extra innings and left the game with his head high. Larry was a deeply private person; however, he met people with kindness, respect and a gentle tease. He will be missed deeply by those he touched, especially his loving family. GOD bless and keep you!
Joseph Michael Trindade '61 passed away peacefully at the age of 71 on June 4, 2011 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Mike was born on Aug. 25, 1939 to Joseph M. and Thelma Trindade in Merced. He graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School in 1953, Merced High School in 1957, and Santa Clara University in 1961. He played football in high school and soccer in college. Mike was an electrical engineer. During his career he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, Bechtel Construction, Aerojet and was self-employed. He enjoyed archery, flying, sailing and golf. He had an adventurous spirit and once flew his small airplane across the United States. Mike lived for many years in Orangevale, Calif. and then in Folsom. For the past four years, he lived at Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation, where he received very good care. We would like to thank the staff for the compassion they showed Mike over the years. Mike was a kind and generous man and had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends. Mike is survived by his brother, Roger Trindade (Tamera) of Shasta; his sisters, Moogie Roeder (Jim) of Frankfort, Kan., Barbara Cavner (Bill) of Atwater and Patricia Miller (Dave) of Turlock; nephews, John Trindade, Joe Trindade, Brad Roeder, Michael Cavner and Jeff Miller; and niece, Elizabeth Cavner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Trindade; his parents, Joseph M. and Thelma Trindade; and his nephew, Matt Miller.
John P. Steffani '61 on Nov. 10, 2008. Born in San Jose, he retired in 1995 to Las Tinas, Mexico, where he spent most of his time with his favorite pastimes, fishing and helping the local schools with their computers. He also recently enjoyed working his new avocado grove in Vista. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Regina Steffani; six children; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
James Frank Schmiederer ’61, MBA '63, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1961. He worked as a stock broker then moved to Fresno in 1976 to farm with his brother-in-law, Bill Coit '64, MBA '66. Together they ran a successful farming business. Those who knew James will remember his kind and quiet demeanor. He was well respected for being true to his word. His generosity touched many.
He truly loved his family and made it his priority to keep the family together. He leaves behind his wife, Dayle; his children and their spouses, Jeffrey, Kendra, Krista '90, Sharolyn, Francois and Anthony; his grand- children, Antoine, Taylor, Stephane, Blake, Kilina, Chanel, Hannah and Christina; and his brother, Bob MBA '65.
Jack Ludwigson '61, J.D. '64 passed away October 31, 2009 at home surrounded by friends and family at the age of 71. He was born June 12, 1938 in Bellingham to Ed and Kay Ludwigson. Jack graduated from Bellingham High School in 1956 and earned his B.A. and law degrees from Santa Clara University, where he developed many lifelong friendships. Jack returned to Washington and worked for three years for the King County Prosecutor's Office in Seattle during which time he met his bride to be, Sarah Black, on a blind date. They were married in 1966 and returned to Bellingham in 1967 where Jack went into private practice and together they raised their two children. Jack loved life and loved to have fun. He enjoyed his family and friends more than anything and was at his happiest amongst them at the cabin on Orcas Island and fishing the San Juans. He was an amazing husband, father, and grandpa. His sense of humor, kindness, and friendship will be greatly missed by all. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Kay. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sarah; children and spouses Eric and Jenny Ludwigson and Susie and Rolan Coberly, of Bellingham; sisters Mary (Bill) Johnson of Bellevue, Margie (Chuck) Lindhout of Sandy Point, and Katie (Rod) Zorotovich of Mercer Island; grandchildren Joe, Maura, and Owen Ludwigson and Max and Jake Coberly. A celebration of Jack's life will be held in the spring.
Fred "Freddie" Domino ’61, J.D. ’68 was born in Chicago in 1939 and passed away on Jan. 2, 2013, in Morgan Hill. He was a lawyer. His parents were Sylvester "Jack" Domino and Ann Domino. His sister was Kathy Domino. He is survived by wife Ruby Domino of Morgan Hill, daughter Dawn Domino of Morgan Hill, niece Trista (Domino) Zwemke of Palm Springs, and nephews David Domino of San Jose and Thomas Angelo Smith of San Francisco. He loved golfing and taking trips to Italy.
St. Helena Mayor Delford Glenn (“Buddy”) Britton ’61, 74, died unexpectedly of renal failure Jan. 8, 2013, at home, after serving four terms and having been sworn in for a fifth.
Charles (Chuck) Larson, Sr. ’61, 82, formerly of Sunnyvale, Calif. went to heaven surrounded by family on April 9, 2013. He is survived by wife Betty and four children, Cathy (Andrew) Cattaneo, Chares, Jr. (Patrice), William (Patti) Larson, Theresa (Lawrence) Pierce, and eleven grandchildren. Charles worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Labs, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in Santa Clara. He retired to Grass Valley and later to Oro Valley, Ariz. Although he was a great husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was POPPY to his 11 grandchildren. Legacy.com and Arizona Daily Star have a full obituary. He loved Santa Clara University and all it gave him. Thank you, Betty Larson
Charles Bernard Gass Jr. ’61 age 74, died in Chandler, Arizona, on May 26, 2013. A Phoenix native, Bernie was born in 1939 as the first of 10 children to the late Charles Bernard Gass Sr., another Phoenix native, and Nina T. Gass. The family lived on a farm at 19th Avenue and Earll Drive. Bernie was a member of the Brophy College Preparatory class of 1957 and was captain of the basketball team. Bernie attended the University of Santa Clara before graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. He also completed the Public Utility Executive Program at the University of Michigan in 1980. Bernie joined Arizona Public Service in 1961 as an engineer. He was promoted in 1973 to the newly created position of Fuel Supply Manager, a position he excelled at until his retirement in 1995. Bernie's hobbies included fishing, camping, hiking, tennis, reading, dirt bike riding, gardening, and genealogy. He loved attending his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Margo; his dear brothers and sisters Toni Dole, Linda Garnand, Ron Gass, Madeline Kelly, Paula Ames, Dick Gass, Monica Barnekoff, Victor Gass, and Jerry Gass; his beloved children Larry Gass, Kathy Anderson, and Tom Gass; his precious grandchildren Jennifer Gass, Ryan Anderson, Kelly Gass, David Gass, Tim Gass, and Charlie Gass. Bernie was preceded in death by his beloved son Steven. Bernie was an exceptional figure to many others, whom he lovingly accepted as his own, including the spouses of his brothers, sisters, children, their children and step-children. Bernie will be remembered for his caring and kindness.
Charles "Chuck" J. Larson Sr. ’61, 82, of Oro Valley, AZ, formerly of Sunnyvale, CA and Grass Valley, CA went to heaven on April 9, 2013 surrounded by family. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 22, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, Meta Anderson and William Larson Sr. and brother, William Larson Jr. A Coast Guard Veteran, Charles graduated in 1961 from Santa Clara University with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He was married to Elizabeth (Betty) Essner Larson in 1951, and over their 61 years of marriage, he worked at Varian, Lawrence Livermore Lab, Plasma Kinetics and EBT in the Bay Area. He retired to Grass Valley, CA and Oro Valley, AZ in 2004. Although he was a husband, dad, uncle, brother, coach, friend, his favorite title was ""Poppy,"" the name given to him by his 11 grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Cathy Cattaneo (Andy), Charles Larson Jr. (Patrice), William Larson (Patti) and Teri Pierce (Lawrence); adored and missed by his grandchildren, Elizabeth Cattaneo, Meg and Steven Larson, Ashley (Ulm), Victoria, Chelsea and Tyler Larson, Lauren, CJ, Zack and Billy Pierce.
Carl Alvin Munding ’61, with a taste of Wild Turkey, and a kiss from his beloved wife of fifty years—Kathleen—and surrounded by the love of his four children—Monica, John, Matt, and Michelle—crossed over to the Kingdom of God on Jan. 19, 2013. His spirit lives on as he was and will always be a man who lived a life of respect, love, and service to others before himself.
Willys Irvine Peck J.D. ’62, a lifelong Saratogan, passed away on April 16. He was 89.
He was born August 21, 1923, and through the years became an iconic representative of the World War II generation. His spaciousness of soul was nourished in the orchards bordering his first childhood home; his character honed itself through the jobs he picked up around town, delivering magazines and groceries, cleaning houses, and getting up at 2 a.m. on Sundays to start the furnace in the church. Many of his adult passions were seeded in his youth. The printer's ink in his blood flowed from his newspaperman father, Llewellyn Peck, and his love for the witty and elegant turn of phrase came both from his father and his mother Lida, who was dedicated to good literature and writing. Willys considered himself a lucky man. A veteran of WWII, he was a member of the 20th armored division, one of three divisions credited by the U.S. army with the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. Yet he felt lucky to have entered the war late enough to return home unscathed. His next big stroke of luck was his marriage to Betty Ruth Wesson in 1952. Their home in Saratoga, with its giant oaks and the creek running behind the house, gave them the space to build a magical environment, with an amphitheater for producing theatrical events, a railroad that circled the house, a train station, blacksmith shop, and printing museum complete with linotype. An avid hand-press printer, Willys was a member of the San Jose Printer's Guild. He was passionate about theater, trains and the written word. He was an author, a playwright and a poet. Willys graduated from UC Berkeley in 1949 and began his career as a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News (for a tribute from that paper, read here) as a copy editor and assistant city editor. Years later he wrote a column for the Saratoga News. In 1962 he graduated from Santa Clara Law School and practiced law until returning to the Mercury where he continued to work on the city desk even after his official retirement in 1989 for a total of 55 years. Active in preserving his town's history, Willys was involved in the Saratoga Historical Foundation and Museum, Montalvo's Phelan Library, and the California History Center. He was a member of the Saratoga Men's Club and the Saratoga Federated Church where he was christened when "both he and the Julia Morgan Chapel were new." Involved in his community, he served on many local boards including the West Valley-Mission Community College District Foundation. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty, two children, Bill Peck of Santa Clara and Anna Rainville of Saratoga, two granddaughters, Sarah and Merina Rainville, and son-in-law, Don Rainville.
William "Bill" Carnazzo ’62, of Foresthill, Calif., passed away on Tuesday January 15, 2013, at the age of 71. Bill was born February 17, 1941, in Pacific Grove, CA, to William and Carmel Carnazzo. He was the first of four children. He often spent weekends with cousins and extended relatives in Big Sur and at home in Monterey. He graduated from Junipero Memorial High School in 1958, and attended Santa Clara University, graduating with high honors in 1962. Following graduation, he was accepted to the United States Naval Officer's Candidate School in Rhode Island. He then served in the United States Navy for four years, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam on aircraft carriers as the communications officer on the Admiral's staff. Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended the University Of San Francisco School Of Law. He received the President's Scholarship Award for Achievement during his first year and retained this award throughout law school. He was the president of the Law Review, and graduated first in his class in 1968. He practiced law in Salinas, California, for eleven years, and became a partner in the firm. He then moved to Sacramento, California, accepting a position with the Sacramento City Attorney's office, and retired in 2004 as the Assistant City Attorney. Bill was well-known and highly respected in the legal community throughout the State of California, and was frequently published in law review journals. Bill was an accomplished writer with a passion for intellectual pursuits. His other passions in life were fly fishing and his concern for the environment, especially our streams. His fishing talents resulted in many accolades, countless volunteer hours, and unforgettable family trips to trout destinations all over the great Northwest. Teaching the art of fly fishing, especially to his grandchildren, was an important part of his life. Bill was one of the founders and past presidents of the Granite Bay Flycasters' Club. He was a master fly tyer and renowned fly fishing guide. Bill was a frequent columnist for the Cal Fly Fisher magazine and other publications. At the time of his death, he was in the process of completing a book on fly fishing techniques. Bill was a great mentor to all who knew him, but especially to his immediate family. His wisdom, knowledge, passion, humor and quiet wit, which touched so many, was matched by a profound and personal love of solitude. He married the love of his life, Judy Reif '62, at Sacred Heart Church in Salinas in 1962. Their first child, Anthony, was born in 1964, while Bill was on his first tour of duty in Vietnam. Their second son, Dominic, was born in 1967, and their daughter, Regina, in 1971. Bill is survived by his wife Judy, his son Anthony of Springfield, MO, his son Dominic (Kathy) of Idaho Falls, ID, his daughter Regina Dvorak (Charles), of Penn Valley, CA, his grandchildren Nicholas, Evan, Kristen, Summer, CJ and Christopher. He is also survived by his brother Jerry (Gerry) of Monterey, CA, and sisters Carol Carnazzo-Brown (Ron) of Granite Bay and Gigi Knudtson (Bud) of El Dorado Hills, CA. He was preceded in death by his father William Carnazzo and his mother Carmel Carnazzo.
Ron McGee '62 passed away on July 21, 2011 after a full life of love and affection of family and friends. Born and raised in San Francisco, a graduate of Riordan High School, class of '58, and Santa Clara University, class of '62. Ron was a natural athlete that wore #22 on the basketball floor for the Broncos. After graduating from Santa Clara, Ron went into the family beer business, Santa Clara Valley Distributing. For over three decades, he worked alongside family and friends before retiring. He also enjoyed coaching his daughter's basketball, softball and soccer teams. And was an avid golfer. Family and friends will remember Ron for his quick sense of humor, great kindness, and devotion to his family and friends. No one could deliver a punch-line like Ron! He will always be remembered as the "Irish Godfather" in an Italian family. Ron is survived by wife of fifty years, Karen, daughters Shannon and Erin (Ward Palmer), four grandchildren, and two brothers. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kelli.
Dick was a graduate of Santa Clara University and a veteran, having served his country in the U.S. Army. Over the course of his business career, Dick developed many award winning residential and commercial real estate projects and developments. Dick loved spending time with his extended family and, especially, cooking for everyone. He was at his best in front of a BBQ. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends spread throughout the country. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always smiling.
Philip D. Abel ’62 of Winnetka, Calif., passed away Sept. 13, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Abel, and children Jeffrey, Diane, Anthony, and Stephanie.
Marvin Coit '62, MBA '66 was born on September 19, 1937 in Oakland and passed away on July 1, 2011 in Monterey at the age of 73. He was predeceased by his father, Frank R. Coit and mother, Ruby. He attended schools in Mendota, Carmel, Oakland and graduated from High School at San Rafael Military Academy in 1955. He attended Santa Clara University and left school after his first year and served as a U.S. Marine Corps during the 1957 Lebanon Crisis and was stationed in Okinawa for two years. After his honorable discharge he returned to Santa Clara and graduated with a BA degree in 1962. He lost his wife, Roberta to cancer 3 months after his daughter Kelley was born. In 1964, Marv moved back to San Jose and returned to Santa Clara University and received his MBA degree in 1966. After graduation he returned to Coit Ranch in 1966 to work with his father. In 1975 he established his own farming operation, Marv Coit Inc. on his Mendota Property and became a very successful and well respected farmer on the Westside of Fresno County. Throughout his 40 years of farming he grew various crops including cotton, tomatoes, almonds, pistachios, and much more. He was a great surfer and spent many afternoons on the water near Santa Cruz while attending Santa Clara. He was a passionate sportsman and retained an instinctive love for hunting and fishing. As a young man, he hunted deer and quail on his father's cattle ranch in Gilroy Mountains. He loved bird hunting and once was a member of several Duck Clubs in the Firebaugh/Los Banos area. Marvin is survived by his daughters Kelley Coit Mauro of Colorado; Amy Coit of Santa Cruz; sons Mark and Mitchell Coit of Los Banos, Calif.; his son Michael Coit of Mendota, Calif.; granddaughter Bridget McNair, grandsons Brandon McNair of Lafayette, Colo.; Michael Mauro of Denver; great-granddaughter Izzebelle McNair Fielder of Colorado; sisters Penelope Schreiner of Kaneohe, Hawaii; Dayle Schmiederer and her husband Jim of Frenso, Calif.; his brother Bill Coit '64, MBA '66 and his wife Kathy of Fresno; his sister Julie Coit of South Lake Tahoe; and his brother Norris Coit of Genoa, Nev. Marvin was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, American Legion, and VetsFirst.
Laurence Francis Hearne ’56, M.S. '62, 78, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on August 18, 2012. He was born on December 28, 1933 in San Mateo, to Irene and Laurence Hearne. Larry spent much of his childhood in King City, CA. He went to high school at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. After 19 years as an engineer and manager at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, CA, Larry returned to King City to join the family business, L. A. Hearne Company, serving the agricultural community. After retirement, Larry spent his time in Tionesta, CA, Klamath Falls, OR, and most recently Redding, CA. Larry gave freely of his time. He participated in and held leadership roles in many volunteer organizations including Rotary Club (president), Knights of Columbus (Grand Knight), King City Planning Commission, Mee Memorial Hospital Board (president), AARP Tax Aid, Oregon Master Gardeners Association (treasurer then president), Lava Beds Natural History Association (board chairman), and Klamath Basin Fish & Wildlife Association (charter member). His efforts were key in the acquisition and management of a Wildlife Conservation Grant that facilitated preservation work at Camp Tulelake. Larry had many hobbies that he developed and nurtured over the years. He was a builder, gardener, and mechanic. He enjoyed sailing, scuba diving, and restoring his Ranchero. He was also a pilot and delighted in riding his Harley. Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia, his children, Maureen Beresini of Moss Beach, Laureen Lane of Nevada City, Timothy Hearne of Dublin, Patrick (Quinn) Hearne of San Francisco, Phillip Hearne of Whiting, IN, and Kevin Hearne of Chatham, NJ, sister Patricia Guidici Arena of King City, brothers Dennis Hearne, Frank (Mickey) Hearne, and Timothy Hearne, all of King City, and twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Gaisford. Larry was a wonderful and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend to all. Special thanks to friend Hal Williams and the excellent doctors and staffs at Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospice, and Comfort Keepers in Redding for their compassionate care and support of Larry and his family in recent months.
John Vincent Regan '62 MA '63 on March 12, 2010, after many months of fighting against complications that arose from his Myeloma treatment. His 69 years were filled with a passion for art and cooking, reading voraciously, writing children''s books, birdwatching and daily walks with his wife through their suburban DC neighborhood. He will be missed by his wife, Lauren; his children, Cindy Salavantis (Pete), John (Stacy), James, and Elizabeth; his grandchildren, Molly and Julia; his brother and two sisters; and the many friends and neighbors who loved him well.
Gregg Anthony Steber '62, M.D., died on November 3, 2013, after a four-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 73.