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1974

'74
Robert M. Tobin

Robert Myles Tobin ’70, J.D. ’74, a resident of Los Gatos, passed away on June 7, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Bob was born on Sept. 23, 1948, and raised in Marin County in the idyllic town of Fairfax, Calif. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, Calif. and was a star athlete. Bob participated in multiple sports, which resulted in scholarships to the University of Santa Clara, where he played on the power-house, nationally ranked Bronco basketball teams of 1967–70.

After graduation from college in 1970, he entered the U.S. Army Reserves, and was stationed in Ft. Ord, Calif. Upon his honorable discharge, he entered law school at the University of Santa Clara, and became a licensed California lawyer in June of 1975. Thereafter, Bob became a very successful trial lawyer, having enjoyed employment and partnership with the San Jose law firms of Hoge, Fenton, Jones, and Appel, and Rankin Oneal, before eventually going into solo practice.

On a personal level, Bob never met a stranger and his circle of friends was wide and varied from all walks of life. Bob had a big heart, was generous to a fault and would give anyone the shirt off his back. He exuded charm and with his tall good looks was a presence in any room. He had a sharp wit and keen sense of humor and laughed easily at life's many foibles and characters.
He embraced life and all it had to offer, having traveled worldwide and having lived abroad.

Bob is survived by his mother, Dorothy Paterson Tobin of San Rafael, Calif., his sister Catherine Tobin of Greenbrae, his sister Colleen Tobin Finney and brother-in-law Butch Finney of Novato, Calif., his brother Myles Stephen Tobin and his sister-in-law Sue Tobin of San Jose, Calif., a niece, and his best friend Jeannie Starcevich. He is preceded in death by his father, Myles Tobin, his beloved uncle, Fr. William Tobin, S.J., as well as his beloved dog Poppy.

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 11:13A
'74
John G. Duyn

John Gerald Duyn '74 departed this life into the arms of our Lord on Wed., April 30, 2014. John was born in 1952 to Carl Duyn and the late Donna Duyn of Carlton, Ore. John graduated from Jesuit High School in 1970 and received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University in 1974. John, the highly respected and successful CEO of Carlton Farms, grew the business over the last 40 years. Carlton Farms' high-end pork products are served in many of the finest restaurants and grocery stores in the Pacific Northwest. His never-ending dedication and commitment to excellence never overshadowed his devotion to his "family" of employees. His greatest satisfaction was being a "father"and friend to all. His generosity of time and talent was matched only by his kindness to give of his treasures to those less fortunate. His cherished Jesuit High School and the Trappist Abbey were among his favorite beneficiaries. John had the gift of charisma, and all those who were in his presence were captivated with his charm and easygoing spirit. John's never-ending selfless acts of kindness personified his inner beauty. He found great solace in the beauty of God's earth and enjoyed everything outdoors…golfing, hunting, fishing, skiing, walking, hiking, rafting… John was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Duyn (2010), and his beloved first wife, Susan Moore Duyn '74 (1981). He is survived by his loving wife and devoted partner of 32 years, Rita O'Hara Duyn. In remembrance of a man who made it his daily practice of warmly touching everyone's life, we invite you to do a random act of kindness in his memory. 

submitted May. 22, 2014 10:50A
'74
James E. McGhee

James Edward McGhee Sr. '74, Sept. 2, 1952 to May 4, 2014. He was born in Arkansas but immigrated to California as a teen. A resident of San Jose, he attended James Lick HS and Santa Clara University. James was employed in various management positions with Alpha Beta Grocery chain and Xerox where he was a Regional Sales Manager; KGO TV, as a consultant in the Broadcast Engineering department, and in Remote set-up as a Camera Technician at sporting events. Subsequently he developed his own consultant company, becoming CEO of Integrated Management Services. He founded the African American Parent Coalition (empowering parents in the Eastside Union School Districts). He was appointed to the Grand Jury, and held membership in the NAACP as well as many other Social Action Organizations. He leaves behind his wife Alison (Little) McGhee '72, his sons Eric and James Jr., and his daughter Lisa. Also, his grandsons Khalil, Tiburcio, David, and great-granddaughter LeilaniRose join his sisters Regina, Edna, Jane, and Angela and a multitude of family and friends.

submitted May. 16, 2014 11:43A
'74
Daniel Dietsch

Daniel E. Dietsch '74, August 15, 2014, Age 62, of Homewood, Ill. He was 62.

It has been said that the works and deeds and the example one sets are how one is remembered. Dan's reflection can ben seen in many ways.
 
In 1996, Dan and his wife, Thelma '74, had moved from Houston, Texas, to the Chicago area because of a job transfer. New to the area, they walked in to St. Joe's at the end of a Saturday mass looking for a bulletin when they met Fr. Jim Sayers. "This is the place you want to be," he told them, and so they became parishioners and Dan joined the parish lectors.
 
Over time, Dan and Thelma stepped forward to work on a number of parish activities and ministries. Having moved numerous times for work, the couple knew that being active parish members was a great way to get to meet people, and they found the St. Joseph community very welcoming.
 
Dan accepted an invitation to become a deacon after Fr. Richard Kozak took Dan and Thelma to an orientation session for deacon couples. Thelma recalls Dan had been asked to be a deacon twice before, but work obligations kept him from accepting.  This time, he was ready to commit to the three principles of deaconate work: serving on the altar, preaching and outreach. He was ordained a deacon of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2007 and assigned to St. Joe's.
 
In the past seven years as deacon, Dan has left his imprint on the parish.  His sermons for the Wednesday morning mass and various Sundays presented a pithy message in short form. Serving on the altar brought him great joy.  What most of us didn't see were the numerous things Dan did behind the scenes-everything from helping prepare children for Confirmation to working on the parish bulletin to joining the organizing committee for the parish Centennial Celebration and getting the parish directory published.
 
And, he was especially grateful for his special ministry at Zacchaeus House, a deaconate home for men in transition. It allowed Dan to do outreach and bring peace to men who were overcoming their bad habits and sorry influences. By the time Dan's counseling and support work ended, he had newly established friendships.

Beloved husband of Thelma C. Dietsch nee Silvio. Dear father of Simon (Jeanne Robinson) Dietsch and Robin (Jadi Roberts) Dietsch. Cherished grandfather of Carlo, Fox and Evelyn Dietsch. Loving son of Sue and the late Richard Dietsch. Mr. Dietsch is an ordained deacon with the Archdiocese of Chicago serving St. Joseph Parish and a member of Marian Council # 3914 K. of C.

submitted Aug. 26, 2014 12:51P

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