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Mark Oliver '77
Mary Oliver Friedrich reports that her brother Mark Oliver '77 died March 29, 2018.
"Mark had been on kidney diaylsis for many years. He passed away due to a heart attack. In his last year he was able to travel in his RV to many places, seeing family and friends," she wrote.
Ms Friedrich is also an enrolled member.
Former English Teacher Maynard Wilson Dies at 93
Barbara Lockie reports via Facebook that "Maynard (Buck) Wilson passed this week in Texas. He was 93. He and Roger (Lockie) coached 12 Championship Freshman Football teams. Buck taught English and was Yearbook instructor."
Karen Hayes '59
Michael Hayes has reported the death of Karen Hayes, class of 1959 on 17 January 2018. He adds that "Karen followed TCHS football her entire life."
Jon Greene '60
Reports on Facebook tell of the passing of Jon Greene, class of 1960, in February.
Jon served as a Los Angeles police officer for many years.
Jon was instrumental in organizing a class reunion in 1995. He arranged for a meeting facility at the L.A. Police Academy, an unusual reunion venue, but one much appreciated.
We'll have more information later.
UPDATE May 8, 2018: Jon's friend Francesca Gonzalez shared a tribute video on Google Drive. View it here.
Ron Blankenbaker '74
12/30/17—Darlean Dattola has notified us of the passing of her brother Ron Blankenbaker class of 1974.
Marylynne Parrington '63
Tom Parrington '57 writes: I am writing to let classmates know of the death of my sister, Mary Chandler, nee Marylynne Parrington, who was a member of the class of 1963. She died July 27th in a small plane crash piloted by her son Daniel Kruetzfeldt who also died along with his wife Kristin, Mary's husband Claude Chandler at Columbia Airport near Sonora, California, where they all lived. An obituary was published Aug. 11th in the Union Democrat of Sonora.
Jean Anderson '65
Bob Anderson reports: "My sister Jean Anderson (TCHS-65) was born 68 years ago today. She lived in TC from 1949 - 1995 and passed away 1 and a half years ago. Happy Birthday Jean. WE all love you and miss you baby sister. Rest in peace."
Thomas Nelson Ross '56
Karen Hornback Goldsmith reports that Thomas Nelson Ross '56 has died. He passed away on May 22, 2013, at the age of 73. He was a resident of Dallas, TX for the last 30 years and lived a comfortable life with his long time love, Earlene and their two dogs.
Tom was born Oct 20, 1939 in Darby, PA, the oldest child of Thomas and Margaret Ross. Tom grew up in Temple City, CA and graduated from the local high school in 1956. He attended Pasadena City College and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from Cal Poly College, Pomona.
Tom spent 40 plus years in the electronics and telecommunications industry, most notable as a sales rep for Larscom, Inc. He began his career at the age of 18 as an electronics technician at JPL, Pasadena working on the Explorer 1 satellite program.
After retiring in 1999, Tom spent much of his time traveling the world with Earlene. He also enjoyed spending the summer months in Newport Beach, CA and golfing with family and friends. Tom was an avid reader and had an encyclopedic knowledge of all things World War II.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Douglas. He is survived by the love of his life, Earlene Horvath; his brother, Barry of Los Angeles; his sister, Pamela, of AZ and four nieces and four nephews. Tom will always be remembered for his quick wit, generosity towards others and his sincere compassion for all things living.
TCHSophiles will note that the class of 1956 was the first to graduate from the Lemon Avenue campus.
New Obituary Tool in Development
Building on seminal work at a related Facebook site, we are working on a new tool to enable reporting the deaths of alumni. Enrolled users may submit reports with name, class year and other information and may comment on notices. As new reports are received we will post them in interim status until confirmed. A hard copy of the list will be available later. Only enrolled members may post and retrieve this information.
Watch for this new feature in late February or March 2015.
Shaun Diamond '87, in the line of duty
Pomona police SWAT officer Shaun Diamond, TCHS 1987, who was shot while serving a search warrant in San Gabriel has died of his injuries, authorities said, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times October 29.
"It is with a heavy heart that we must deliver the news that early this morning Pomona police SWAT Officer Shaun Diamond had succumbed to his injuries," the Pomona Police Department said in a statement Wednesday.
The mother of slain Pomona SWAT officer Shaun Diamond remembers him as a loving son who was "my hero."
Diamond, 45, was hospitalized early Tuesday October 28 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena after authorities said he was shot ... during a predawn search warrant operation that was part of a investigation into a motorcycle gang.
In the predawn hours Wednesday, dozens of officers escorted Diamond's body from the hospital to the Los Angeles County coroner's office near downtown Los Angeles.
Diamond was a 16-year law enforcement veteran, having also served with the LAPD and Montebello police. He joined the Pomona police in 2006 and was a member of the SWAT team since 2008.
His mother, Joy Diamond, told KTLA that he was steady, reliable and kind-hearted despite cutting an imposing figure.
He also worked in police outreach efforts at Special Olympics events and participated in SWAT demonstrations for schoolchildren.
"He was supposed to fix my car today. I can’t imagine life, I can’t image Christmas or Thanksgiving...." she said. "We’re lucky to have him as long as we did, and I have to hang on to that, " his mother Joy Diamond said.
Diamond is the fourth law enforcement officer in California to be killed in the line of duty in less than a week.
A suspect arrested at the scene was due in court October 29.
Arthur H. North, Founding Principal, 1914-2012
For those of you who were present at the creation, I found the following in the archive of The Santa Barbara News Press, dated June 13, 2012:
Former Santa Barbara resident, Arthur H. North, 97, died June 8, 2012, at his home in San Jose, California.
Mr. North was born September 8, 1914, in Moline, Illinois, to Clarence and Ila North. He attended Whittier College, as well as UCLA and USC, and earned his Masters Degree in Education Administration.
Mr. North married Alice Campbell in October of 1939. He worked throughout Los Angeles and Santa Barbara as a teacher, coach, vice-principal, principal and associate superintendent. Mr. North was respected and admired by all who knew him, especially the students who had the privilege of being coached or mentored by him. To this day, the football field of Temple City High School (North Field), is named in his honour. He retired in 1975 from the position of Associate Superintendent of the Santa Barbara City School District.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Alice; son, Scott, daughter, Shelley Smith; and, numerous grand-, great-grand-, and great-great-grandchildren.
Hail and farewell! I will dig out a photo asap. RC
Doug Powell '68
Julie Byron reports: I just found out that my cousin, Doug Powell, 1968 graduate of TCHS, passed away last Tuesday (4/15/14) after surgery. Doug had been having some health issues the past few years... He had surgery last Friday and was released on the Saturday preceding his death. He and his wife were living in Magalia, CA. No further information is available at this time.
Bob Bender '56
We've recently learned of the passing of Bob Bender '56. Well known in the community while a student, Bender became a physician and led an interesting life personally and professionally, according to several correspondents. A memorial service is planned for Saturday March 23, 2013 12:30 PM, at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, 4201 Eucalyptus, Chino, CA. The following obituary was provided by the family.
Philip E. Thorndyke '60 UPDATE
Penny Thorndyke Egan '70 has informed us of the untimely death of her brother Phil Thorndyke of the Class of 1960, who passed away September 5 after a brief illness.
In 2004 in connection with the 50th anniversary of the TC Unified School District, Thorndyke was honored by a select committee as the outstanding graduate of the first 50 years. He was also an aeronautical engineer, working for Convair and others in San Diego. He resided in Encinitas.
Thorndyke is survived by four siblings, Judy, James, Earl and Penny, all of whom attended TCHS.
UPDATE: A memorial service for Phil will be held at 1:00 pm, Sunday, October 28, 2012, at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92009. More information: 760-476-1042.
Jean (Million) Leanos '64
Judy Million Pirrie '60 reports: Jean Million Leanos of the class of "64 passed away on August 12, 2012. Jean was born in Belleville, Illinois, but the family moved to Temple City in 1955 and Jean started 4th grade at Longden School. At Temple City High she was a member of the 4 Temple Bells plus concert choir and women's choir.
After graduating she went to beauty school and eventually opened her own shop. She mainly worked with wigs, and when a cancer patient would come in to try on wigs or have one styled, she would close her shop so they would have privacy.
She married Frank Leanos in 1992 and they lived in San Dimas. Jean and Frank loved to travel. They have cruised all over the world and have driven to almost all 50 states. In August she suffered a massive heart attack at home and was gone almost instantly.
Jean is survived by her Husband Frank Leanos, her mother Mary Million, her Sister Judy Million Pirrie class of '60, her niece Debbie Pirrie Silver class of '81 and niece Jennifer Pirrie Casy class of '91 plus her cousins and grand nieces and nephews. Jean was laid to rest at Rose Hills, Whittier.