Margaret E. (Miller) Boroughf-Gilley
April 3, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Margaret was born Jan. 6, 1922 and went home to God April 3, 2014. She was 92. She was born in Michigan to Otto and Florence (Graber) Miller. Her Family moved to Ohio. She married Robert Boroughf just before WWII.
The family moved to Reno in 1956 where she continued to take in piano students. She studied early childhood development at the University of Nevada, Reno.
In 1961, she opened Miss Margaret's Nursery School. The list of Reno children that attended the school is amazing. Many lives were touched by her wonderful care. She remembered her “kids” and was always happy to run into the great adults they have become today. She retired the Nursery School in 1982.
She was a member of St. Theresa of the Little Flower Catholic Church since 1960. She sang in the choir there for many years.
Music was the love of her life and in 1961 she was a charter member of the Reno Civic Chorus which evolved into the Sierra MasterWorks Chorale. She performed with them at Carnegie Hall. She was president of the chorale for more than 17 years.
Margaret was preceded in death by her son David, and her sisters Peggy and Virginia. She is survived by her twin sister Mary Patricia Moore who has been her inseparable companion, her daughter Rebecca Benzel (Robert), her son Steven Boroughf (Suzanne) six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
H. Treat Cafferata
March 16, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Prominent Reno surgeon H. Treat Cafferata died at home in Reno on March 16, 2014. Born June 17, 1937 at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nev., Treat (as he was always known) was the son of Reno Dentist Harold Emmanuel Cafferata and Janet Reynolds Cafferata. Dr. Cafferata was as one of the founders of SIMPAC, the Washoe County Medical Society's political action committee, and he was the first medical director of trauma services at Washoe Medical Center from 1986-88. Although it is unusual for physicians in private practice, he also published and presented a number of articles and papers on trauma and vascular surgery over the years.
He graduated from Menlo High School in Atherton, California, and obtained his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, where he belonged to Alpha Kappa Lambda. He received his M.D. from the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor fraternity. He completed his internship and surgical residency at the University of California in San Francisco.
Dr. Cafferata was a board-certified general and vascular surgeon and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He was a member of the Reno Surgical Society, the Society of Vascular Surgeons, chaired the Nevada Medical Association and was a member of the Washoe County Medical Society since 1972.
Dr. Cafferata served as a Major in the U.S. Army including a year at the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon Vietnam and received an honorable discharge. For his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was active in the community as a member of Reno Rotary, Prospectors, Westerners, and served on board of the Nevada Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Of all his affiliations, his favorite was his membership in the American Medical Fly Fishing Association.
Dr. Cafferata was in private practice from 1972 to 1998. He held clinical professor positions at the University of Nevada Medical School through 1998. After he closed his private practice, he joined the surgical staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
Dr. Cafferata is survived by his wife Patricia Dillon Cafferata; daughter Elisa Cafferata of Reno; daughter Farrell Cafferata-Jenkins and daughter-in-law Caren Cafferata-Jenkins of Carson City; son Reynolds Cafferata and daughter-in-law Becky Cafferata of Altadena, California; and nine grandchildren: Brendan and Morgan Erquiaga, Kelley and Kenton Maser, Dean and Quinn Cafferata-Jenkins and Taylor, Henry and Grace Cafferata. He is predeceased by his grandparents, parents and his sister Deane Cafferata Stewart.
Scott M. Craigie
May 13, 2014—Reno Nev.
Scott Michael Craigie, age 68, passed away May 13, 2014 surrounded by his family. Scott was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and moved to Nevada in 1976. He served in the Marine Corps from 1968 to 1970, and soon afterwards became a sixth-grade teacher. Scott was passionate about children’s education and the rights of senior citizens. He dedicated his life to serving both the young and elderly. He was Chairman of the Public Utilities (PUC) and later served as Governor Miller's Chief of Staff. Later in life, he had a successful lobbying company where he was able to dedicate himself to pro bono work with various organizations. Family was always Scott's priority; an exemplary husband and father, he is survived by his loving wife, Pam, of 42 years; children Alexandra and Russell, sister Sue (Michael) Kloberdanz and brother Stuart; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jan. 30, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Alan was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Helen and Florian Stasek Oct. 22, 1952. After the divorce of his parents, Alan’s family moved around until ending in Winnemucca, NV. His mother Passed away unexpectedly and at a young age in 1960. He and his sister Janice, being the youngest of four children, were adopted by Lois and Jim Craver. His older brothers, Matt and Ron, stayed with other families. Alan had fond memories of growing up in Winnemucca with his friends whom to this day shared a special bond and lifetime of friendship. He loved his Winnemucca brothers and sisters. No matter what they always had each other’s back.
After graduating from high school, Alan did give the college try while working in construction. He liked the money but soon realized he had a passion for building and creating. He became a skilled and talented craftsman, who took extreme pride in his trade and it showed in everything he did, whether it was a job or one of his many, many, many projects at home. His mother in law Marie would always say every time she came over it was like visiting the Winchester Mansion. People would stop at the house and ask me who did I have design and build one project or another, whether it was an addition, gazebo, fence, or even a mail box it was always unique. I once asked Alan to create a little piece of Carmel in my backyard when he finished, it way surpassed the perfect picture in my head. I was always so proud of his talent.
In 1988, Alan and Patty were married, and with daughter Candace, the three began life as a family together. In 1999, another girl was added to our family, Kamea, she was Alan’s pride and joy and could do no wrong. He did everything he could to make us happy. He loved us very much and we knew it, by the way he would spoil us and let us know we could always count on him. He also knew how very loved he was by us.
In 1988 Alan began working for Lucky Concrete, a company he was proud to work for and eventually became a partner of. We would be at an Aces Ball Game and we would always hear how beautiful the stadium was and how much they enjoyed it. It always made Alan proud because it was a reflection of the quality of work Lucky Concrete was known for throughout the years. You couldn’t travel too far through the City without Alan pointing out one of the many projects they created in this community.
In 2013, Alan retired from Lucky Concrete, being one of the hardest decisions he had made, Pat, Cheryl and many friends of Lucky he had grown to love and respect were a big part of his life. He had been a member of Carpenter Local Union No. 971 for many years.
Alan Had a great sense of humor, he loved to laugh and loved making others laugh. Being with friends and family for any reason or occasion was his favorite thing in life. Alan had strong work ethics and a big heart. Alan was a generous man who loved all his family and friends more than all else. He took good care of the people he loved. Alan was an intelligent man who enjoyed history and sports trivia, you rarely had to look anything up, he could answer it. He Loved his 49ers, University of Nevada Football, Giants, Yankees, (I could go on a long time with sports), Music, cozying up to a good movie, Golf with his buddies (most often Jimmy). Traveling was a big favorite whether a three-day weekend, last minute to San Francisco, Carmel, San Diego or bigger trips to New York, Alaska, and Hawaii. We did see a lot and revisited our favorite places many times. Alan really loved the family vacations with his girls, planning the months ahead making sure we would stay at the best places and see and do every great thing there was.
Alan was a wonderful son, brother, friend, husband, father, and Papa. We all love and miss you so much, but know you have joined your friends and family that left before you, whom you loved and missed so much.
Alan is survived by his wife, Patty, daughter Candace Eddy and granddaughter Kamea Merkouris, his brothers; Matt Larson of Long Beach, CA and Ron Larson of Las Vegas, Nev., his sister Janice Corsey of Hawaii, In laws; Guy, Marie, Diane, Troy, and Deanna, and Nieces and Nephews whom are very special.
I love you Alan, my husband, my friend. You'll always be in my heart sweet man, along with all the memories. I miss you so much.
April 6, 2014—Sparks, Nev.
Audrey Deal passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 6, 2014. She was 86 years old.
Audrey was born May 11, 1927 in Fallon, Nev., to Joseph Howard young and Mildred Gulling Young. She attended all Churchill county Schools, graduating from high school in 1944. Audrey went on to attend Armstrong Business College in Berkeley, Calif. Upon graduating, she returned to Fallon, where she was employed as a secretary for Dodge Construction Co. for over 10 years. She met and married her husband, Bill Deal, in 1956. Bill had relocated from Reno to teach school in Fallon. They had three children, Kerry, Ron and Karen. Audrey’s main focus was her family. She was a stay-at-home mom, working part-time in the insurance business they owned. When her children were grown, she served as secretary for the Epworth United Methodist Church for 10 years. She helped start the Community Pantry and managed it in conjunction with the welfare department until retiring in 1990.
Audrey loved spending time with her family which usually involved extended family, dinners, camping, boating or time at the family cabin at Lake Almanor. In their retirement years, Bill and Audrey spent several winters in the Phoenix area where they met new friends and enjoyed more fun times with the Fallon-Arizona contingent. Audrey was a member of the Epworth United Methodist church and United Methodist Women for many years. She enjoyed singing in the choir, which was one of ways she gave back to the church. In her later years she became a member of the Spanish Springs Presbyterian church.
Surviving Audrey are her beloved husband of 58 years, Bill; sister, Mary Lou Maffi; children, Kerry Deal; Ron (Shawn) Deal; Karen Bennett; grandchildren, Geoff Deal; Jacqui Deal and Jennifer Deal; she is also survived by her nephew, Marti Maffi; nieces, Arlyn Maffi; Connie Maffi; Lynn (David) Strasdin and many extended family and friends.
Thomas “Tom” V. Douglass
Jan. 12, 2014—Sparks, Nev.
It’s not near as important how many years a man has lived as how many people are glad he did.
Please join family and friends who knew Tom to remember and share the good times.
William “Mitch” M. Hill
May 1, 2014—Reno, Nev.
William Mitchel "Mitch" Hill, 57, of Reno, Nev., passed away in a tragic accident on May 1, 2014. Mitch was born on April 18, 1957 in Kennett, Mo., to Roberta Hill Rogers and the late Joe Hill. In addition to his mother, Mitch is survived by his loving wife, Lisa Gianoli, his cherished daughters, Kylie Foster (Chris) of Kirksville, Mo., Andrea Yates (Kole) of Ironton, Mo., and his beloved grandchildren, Jace and Avery Foster and Evans Yates. He is also survived by his brother, Mike Hill, mother-in-law, Barbara Gianoli, brothers-in-law, Paul Gianoli (Mary) and John Gianoli (Julie) and sister-in-law, Nancy Knudson (Steve). He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and countless friends who loved him dearly.
Mitch attended three years of high school at Puxico High School in Puxico, Mo., and graduated from Fredericktown High School in Fredericktown, Mo. He attended Missouri State University where he was a catcher on the baseball team. Mitch spent over 25 years in the insurance industry which allowed him to live, work and make friends in many places including Columbus, Ohio; Seattle, Wash.; Reno, Nev; and San Antonio, Texas. It was during his insurance career that he met the love of his life, Lisa Gianoli, and they were married in 1996. After spending a short time in San Antonio, Mitch and Lisa returned to Reno in 1999. In 2004, Mitch left the insurance industry to pursue an opportunity to own his own business. Since that time, he has been Co-Owner of Oxborrow Trucking and Landscape Materials and Silver State Minerals.
Mitch quickly adopted Reno as his home and became an avid Wolf Pack fan, attending football, basketball and baseball games whenever he could. His tailgate parties were legendary with the tallest flags around so everyone could find the party. He also supported Wolf Pack sports through his generous contributions as a booster. But even though he called Reno home, he did not give up being a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. With a bigger than life personality, Mitch truly lived life out loud with a laughter that was contagious. He was happiest when he was with his family and close friends and gave generously of his time and attention, always on the lookout for a way to make others happy. Mitch did everything with a passion and was an excellent golfer, chef and gardener.
John H. LaVoy
April 20, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Col. John LaVoy, USMC, Ret'd passed away on Easter Sunday April 20,2014. He was born in Sparks, Nev., on Oct. 31,1919, the son of Hazel and Lewis La Voy.
He attended the Robert H. Mitchell School in Sparks, Imlay Elementary, and was in the first graduating class of the St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral School in Reno. Graduating from Reno High School in 1939, he enrolled at the University of Nevada and was a member of Beta Kappa Fraternity. He attended Ground School classes and learned to fly the Taylor Craft at the Sky Ranch Flying School.
December 7, 1941 shocked the nation, and he immediately drove to San Francisco to enlist in Naval Aviation Training … after a short wait he was told to report to Pre-Flight School at St. Mary's in Moraga, Calif., as a Seaman Second Class and later as a cadet. He moved to E Base at Livermore, Calif., … The E stood for Elimination and the Indoctrination Officer informed the Cadets that they'd either leave by the front gate as pilots, or the back gate in a casket. Corpus Christi, Texas, and training at Cudahy Field, and fighter training at Kingsville followed. In May 1943, he graduated as a 2nd Lt., choosing USMC aviation. Following receiving his Gold Wings, he went to Great Lakes Naval Station for carrier training and to Jacksonville, Fla., for combat training.
Overseas orders soon followed, and he arrived in American Samoa to fly SBD's in VMSB-151. This tour flew patrol around the Ellis Islands and moved with the fighting to the Gilbert and Marshall Islands and raids on the Carolina Islands.
Returning to the U.S., he married Marian Hennen La Voy on Sept. 26, 1944 at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral with their dear friend, Rev. Luigi Roteglia officiating. They had been married 9 months and were living at Cherry Point, NC when overseas orders arrived to report to Malabang (Mindanao) Philippines to do air support of both Army and Navy ground forces. Flying SB2C's, the squadron moved to Okinawa to prepare for the invasion of Japan. The war ended and VMSB/244 moved to Tsingtao, China where pilots flew the China Wall patrol and bombed railroads to check Mao Tse-Tung's moves on Chiang Kai-shek forces. Returning to the states, “Big John,”as he was fondly known decided to make the Marine Corp his career. He was stationed at MCAS El Toro-MB Quantico and MB Camp Lejeune where he was sent to Ellingson Field at Pensacola FL for helicopter training. Shortly thereafter, he received orders to Korea and joined VMO-6 and spent a year on the front lines evacuating wounded Marines and Soldiers.
Returning to El Toro for four months, he was deployed to Gifu, Japan, for over a year as there was a fear that Chinese troops would once again be deployed to Korea.
Kaneohe MCAS was next and he was CO of Headquarters Sqdn. The Honolulu newspaper honored him with a headline that referred to him as “Mr. Rescue” for all the downed pilots and civilians that he rescued off the coast of Oahu. Sikorsky Corp. also honored him for his bravery.
Edenton MCAS and Cherry Point found him back in fixed wing aircraft. He next “Bootstrapped” at The University of Nebraska at Omaha, receiving flight time at Offutt AFB. He graduated in 1962 with a BS in Military Science and moved on to Senior Officer School in Quantico, Va.
Vietnam beckoned, and as CO of HMM-364, he took a squadron of young helicopter pilots to Da Nang. Their heroics are legendary and not one man in the squadron was lost. The Legion of Merit with combat V was presented to him by USMC Commandant Major General Wallace Greene at the historic H and I base in Washington DC. He ended his career at the Pentagon where he worked for the Secretary of the Navy in The Office of Program Appraisal until 1969, and then became president of The Naval Examining Board.
Retiring in 1970, he returned to Reno and taught Industrial Arts at Hug High School for eleven years, and then he and Marian purchased a small ranch in Fallon NV where they lived for over 20 years. While in that community, he served as President of the Fallon Chapter of Navy League, Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, President of the FOE, a member of the Advisory Board of the Western Nevada Community College, Chairman of the Parish Council at Saint Patrick's Church, and an active member of the Fallon Rotary Club.
Moving back to Reno in 1999, he has been active at St. Albert's Catholic Church, The Knights of Columbus, Navy League, Marine Corps Aviation Assn., and the Marine Combat Helicopter Assn.
Col. La Voy is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Marian; children Col. Donald La Voy (Candace), Michele LaVoy Reimer (Karl), John La Voy Jr. (Anne), Matthew LaVoy (Megan); grandchildren: Christina Hummel, Andrew La Voy, John K. La Voy, Jeffrey Reimer, Joseph Reimer, Robert La Voy, Alexander La Voy, Seth La Voy, Ryann La Voy, Drew LaVoy, Luke La Voy and nine great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings; Dolores Walker, Rita Bugica (Joe), and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded into heaven by siblings; Lewis La Voy, Marguerite Kerr (George), Monsignor Elwood La Voy, sister Gerald La Voy, and sister Anna Louise La Voy.
John L. Raffealli
March 30, 2014—Reno, Nev.
John died peacefully at home with his wife and daughter at his side on Sunday, March 30.
He was born in Union City, New Jersey to Irene Giovannettone and Louis Raffealli. He was educated at Holy Family School in Union City from kindergarten through high school. In 1968, he graduated from Fordham University in New York City, with a degree in secondary education.
After college he joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), where he met fellow VISTA volunteer Sandy Pearce from Reno. They were married and lived in Oklahoma City for ten years where they had their only child, Lydia. John taught junior high for 10 years in Oklahoma City. He was a well-loved teacher and basketball coach who mentored many students and remained in touch with several throughout his life.
In 1979, John and Sandy moved to Reno where John joined his father-in-law, Bill Pearce, in the car business. John worked at Bill Pearce Motors for 35 years, managing and growing the business. Upon the death of Bill Pearce, he became the dealer of all five of the franchises included in the business. He was always proud of his employees and measured his success by their success.
Preferring to remain in the background, John encouraged his wife Sandy to join the business and become the spokesperson. Later he brought his daughter and son-in-law, Matthew Meyer, into the business.
As a team, John and Sandy continued the Pearce/VISTA philosophy of sharing their good fortune with the community. John's proudest community achievement was creating the Car Giveaway Drawing for graduating seniors with perfect attendance. Throughout the five years of the car giveaway program, Washoe County has seen steady growth in perfect attendance of seniors. John was always impressed and proud of the fine young people who qualified for the annual drawing. He has encouraged support of many other community organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Discovery Museum for Children, Reno Philharmonic Association, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno Rodeo Foundation and the Nevada Women’s Fund.
Although John retained his New Jersey accent and demeanor he loved his home in the west and could usually be seen in jeans, western shirt, cowboy hat and boots: all hat, no cattle and proud of it.
John is survived by his wife Sandy, daughter Lydia Meyer, her husband Matt, grandchildren David, Ryan and Susanna and nieces Clarissa and Jane Pearce.
The family expresses their gratitude for the outstanding care John experienced throughout his almost four years of treatment for cancer, particularly their rock, Dr. Steven Schiff, and his staff; Drs. David Gandara and Kenneth Yoneda from the University of California, Davis Cancer Center; and Dr. Ron Smith in Reno. John was a veteran of four clinical trials which he hoped would help others in the future.
James “Jim” Rogers, emeritus chancellor
June 14, 2014—Las Vegas, Nev.
James “Jim” Rogers, husband, father, grandfather, education champion and stellar human being, age 75, of Las Vegas, passed away at home, Saturday, June 14, 2014. He was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Louisville, Ky. Jim is survived by his wife, Beverly; his children, Suzanne Rogers (Brian Plant), Kimberly Rogers and Perry (Nicole) Rogers; grandchildren, Hannah, Maren, Grant, Savannah, Aidan, Skylar, Graeme and Ryan; mother of his children, Cheryl Purdue; and brother-in-law, Donald Barlow.
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Phillip G. Rose, Distinguished Nevadan
March 23, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Phil Rose passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on March 23, 2014, at the age of 81 after his battle with cancer.
A native of Salina, Kansas, and a graduate of the University of Denver, Phil moved his wife, Merle, and two young daughters, Valerie and Dana, to Reno in July of 1958. That move marked the beginning of a long and successful career in Reno. He spent more than 20 years in the broadcast industry as a talent, in sales and sales management, and as vice president and general manager of both KOLO TV and KOLO Radio for the Donrey Media Group. In 1979 he established Phil Rose Advertising, a full-service advertising agency that became Rose-Glenn Advertising in January of 1989 when his daughter, Valerie Glenn, joined the firm, and ultimately became The Glenn Group. Phil was also President and founder of Kelley-Rose, Inc., an advertising sales firm, and Visitor Publications, Inc., where for 25 years he, along with his wife, Merle, published the Reno-Tahoe Visitor, an in-room hotel book.
During his nearly 60 years in the Reno area, Phil maintained an amazingly active civic role, serving as president of many organizations including the Nevada Division of the American Cancer Society, The Greater Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Reno Philharmonic, Better Business Bureau, KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, and the Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) Foundation Board of Trustees.
Phil also served as secretary of EDAWN, sat on the national board of directors for the American Cancer Society and the boards of the TMCC Foundation, the National Automobile Museum - The Harrah Collection (where he headed the final fundraising effort that satisfied the museum's entire debt), the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism Advisory Board, The First Tee of Northern Nevada, the Renown Foundation, the University of Nevada College of Arts and Science Advisory Board and the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority's Air Service Task Force.
Phil was the recipient of much deserved recognition during his career and life including an honorary degree from Truckee Meadows Community College, being recognized as a Distinguished Nevadan by the Board of Regents for the University and Community College System of Nevada, the Raymond I. Smith Civic Leader of the Year Award, Junior Achievement's Business Leader's Hall of Fame, The Nine Core Values Award from The First Tee of Northern Nevada, the Muscular Sclerosis Society Hope Award and the prestigious Silver Medal Award from the American Advertising Federation and the Reno Ad Club for a lifetime of service and dedication to advertising and the community.
Some of Phil's favorite times were on the golf course, playing golf with Merle and many good friends over the years at both Hidden Valley and Montrêux. There was always a bet on the game, usually for who would have to cook dinner and clean up after! He and Merle loved their annual visits to the big island of Hawaii, joining with groups of friends for golf, dinner, bridge and, of course, an Irish or two. He was an avid reader, enjoyed playing bridge and always enjoyed entertaining good friends in their beautiful home that he loved.
Phil is survived by Merle Rose, his wife of 60 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Valerie Glenn, and her husband John, grandchildren J.P. Glenn, Kelly Glenn, KayCee Goman (Nick), Max Richardson (Shaina), Taylor Moltz (Mike), Riley Richardson and Cooper Richardson, and son-in-law John Richardson. He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Dana Richardson, in 2010, his parents, Phillip George Rose and Virginia Rose, and his brother, Ned Rose.
Our family wants to extend special thanks to Dr. John Shields, Dr. Steve Schiff and Dr. Lesley Smith for their compassionate care, to Phyllis Freyer, Joel Muller and Jeff Stout of Renown Health and Renown's many caregivers, especially Shannon in T820 and Lori in the ICU, for taking such good care of Phil in his final days.
Michael “Mike” Brooks Seeliger
April 13, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Michael Brooks Seeliger, 46, of Reno, passed away on April 13, 2014 while enjoying one of his many passions in life. He leaves behind his beloved wife and daughter, Traci and Ella Seeliger.
Mike was born in Reno, Nevada on January 20, 1968 to Tom and Kay (Park) Seeliger. He graduated from Bishop Manogue High School in 1986, and attended both the University of Nevada, where he was a member of the ATO fraternity, and Chico State University. He married the love of his life, Traci, in 2005 and welcomed their cherished daughter, Ella Brooks, in 2007.
Along with many successful business ventures, Mike was Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley for seventeen years. He constantly strove to continue educating both himself and his clients. Mike always believed his clients came first. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors for Edgewood Companies for over ten years. He had a great love for Edgewood and was very proud to be part of the Edgewood family. Mikes family history was extremely important to him, as he was a sixth generation Nevadan.
Mike gave 110 percent in all that he did, but none more than to his family, who came first above all else. He was a devoted husband and father, with weekends finding him enjoying quality time with his wife, or taking his treasured Ella to shoot bow and arrows, race go carts and ride ATVs. He was an avid wine connoisseur and enjoyed many special days in Napa Valley with family and friends. Mike had numerous hobbies in his life, and pursued all that he loved with great passion. Summers found him riding motorcycles, camping, jet skiing, and boating on Lake Tahoe; in winter months, he could be found snow skiing and snowmobiling in Lake Tahoe and Graeagle. He had a love for exotic cars, and enjoyed taking trips with Traci and Ella to car events. Building and flying R/C model planes was another of Mike’s interests. He lived life to the fullest and made sure every single moment was accounted for. He had a generous and giving heart, willing to lend a hand to many in need. Mike was a friend to all and cherished his blessed life surrounded by his precious family and many friends.
Mike is survived by his wife and best friend Traci (Henson) Seeliger and daughter Ella Seeliger (7), of Reno; parents Tom and Kay Seeliger, of Reno; brother Tom (Kris) Seeliger, of Reno; sister Sally Seeliger, of Reno; and brother Dan (Silvina), of Lago Puelo, Argentina. He is also survived by his nephews and nieces Abbie Seeliger (18), Nathan Seeliger (16), Sarah Seeliger (9), Zen Seeliger (9), and Soren Seeliger (5); and in- laws Dave and Jenny Giusti and Lance (Tammy) Henson and nephews Aaron and Chaz Henson.
Grandparents Albert and Frances Seeliger and Brooks and Jeanne Park, as well as his Uncle John Seeliger preceded Mike in death.
April 19, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Joel Stovall was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, to John and Goldie Stovall. He is survived by his sisters Rosalie and Betty and brothers John and David. Joel is also survived by his wife Jackie of 33 years; his sons Bryan and his wife Dawn and Sean and his wife Chelsea; and his step children Jennifer and Joe Wertepny and his wife Jenifer. He has six grandchildren.
Joel served in the U S Marine Corps and the U S Army. He graduated from the University of California at Riverside with Honors. He taught English at Poly High School in Riverside and at Lassen High School. Joel was a reporter then the editor of the Lassen County Times for several years before he suffered three heart attacks and CHF.
Though medically retired in 1994, Joel served as the drummer in several Worship Bands for many years; played in many other bands including Rock and Country; and served the Marine Corps League in Susanville for many years.
Joel loved music as much as he loved his family. He donated his body for medical research to the University of Nevada Medical School. Joel will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but they know they will meet again someday.
Samuel G. Chapman, instructor, criminal justice
Oct. 20, 2013—Reno, Nev.
Samuel G. Chapman died Oct. 20, 2013 at his home in Reno, Nev., of Parkinson’s disease and related complications. He had lived with Parkinson’s disease, well controlled by medication, for more than seven years, but the symptoms escalated during the past six months. In his final days he was cared for at home by his wife, Carolyn; his daughter, Deborah; and his son, Lynn; with assistance from Infinity Hospice. Samuel Greeley Chapman was born Sept. 29, 1929 in Atlanta, Ga., the son of Calvin Chadioc Chapman and Halletta Jane Chapman and the youngest of their four children. His family moved to Berkeley, Calif., when he was a very young child. Sam grew up in Berkeley where he was active in athletics and other school activities. He was president of the Berkeley High School student body during his senior year. His collegiate education began at the University of California at Davis, but he transferred to the University of California at Berkeley at the end of his freshman year, where he earned both his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees in criminology. Chapman served in uniform, working as a Berkeley police officer from 1951 until 1956 when he became a police consultant with the Public Administration Service based in Chicago. From 1959 until 1963 he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Police Administration at Michigan State University. In 1963, Sam was named the County Police Chief of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Police Department, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. He was chief of that 250-member force until December, 1965 when he moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as Assistant Director of the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, established by President Lyndon Johnson. After the Commission's report was presented in the spring of 1967, Chapman was named a Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. In 1971, Chapman was elected to the Norman City Council. He served for eleven years, the last six being as the city's mayor pro-tem. Sam Chapman retired from the University of Oklahoma in 1991 and, with his wife, Carolyn, moved to Nevada, where he served as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Reno where Carolyn was an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership. For over 25 years, Chapman served as a litigation consultant to law firms on matters related to civil rights litigation. He gave expert testimony and opinions in more than 100 cases in both federal and state courts across the nation. He wrote or co-authored eight books and dozens of articles related to criminal justice administration. He was one of the nation’s leading authorities on the police use of deadly force and on the use of trained handler-service dog teams by police. Chapman’s final books were Police Dogs in North America (1990) and Murdered on Duty: The Killing of Police Officers in America (1997), published by Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois. In Nevada, Sam found great pleasure in playing senior softball. As a docent with the Nevada Historical Society, he served more than 3000 hours. In 2006 he received the Marjorie Fordham Award as Docent of the year. For more than 50 years Sam was a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Reno. In leisure time, he enjoyed playing bridge, fishing, hiking, and spending time with 11 grandchildren. Samuel Greeley Chapman was the father of Lynn Randall Chapman and Deborah Jane Chapman Cross (Jerry). Their mother, Patricia Ann Hepfer Chapman, died Dec. 13, 1978. Sam married Carolyn Sue Houghton Hughes, June 1, 1991. Sam is survived by his wife and his children, his brother, Dr. Calvin Chapman, two grandsons, Travis Adrian Chapman (Julie) and Austin Patrick Chapman (Kristin), five great grandchildren, two step-daughters, Laura Wynia (Scott) and Lisa Kouta (Ehab), and nine step-grandchildren.
Peggy Ann Hart, office manager, psychology
April 4, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Peggy Ann Hart passed away April 4, 2014 at the age of 74. She was the daughter of Riley and Dessie Tift who preceded her in death. Peggy retired in 2000, after 25 years with the State of Nevada. During most of her career with the state, she worked as an office manager at the University of Nevada-Reno. The first few years she worked in the Mechanical Engineering Department and later in the Psychology Department. Peggy always had a love of children and after retiring from the University, she volunteered at Jessie Beck and Roy Gomm Elementary schools. She was also active with Newcomers organization.
Peggy will be greatly missed by her loving sons and daughters in law, Martin and Elizabeth Hart of Las Vegas and John and Christine Hart of Reno. She will also be missed dearly by her grandchildren, Michael and Jacob of Las Vegas, and Allison and Mallory of Reno. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy in her final years. She loved nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren and playing games or just talking to them. She would often search for places and events that she could take them from Virginia City, to the library to the duck races. As they grew older, she enjoyed running errands or going shopping with her granddaughters who lived in Reno. Whenever her grandsons would visit from Las Vegas or she would visit them, she would insist on reading to them at night and playing board games, which they enjoyed immensely. When she was unable to be there in person, she would regularly call and speak with her family down south. Peggy also made great efforts to reach out to her friends and extended family spread across the country, including those from her childhood in Reed City, Michigan. She was regular fixture on Facebook with encouraging words and guidance to all. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Peggy is survived by her siblings, Jean Tift, Robert Tift, Richard Tift and Rebecca Troeger, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert C. Horton ’49 (geological engineering) ’85 (honorary degree) emeritus faculty, associate dean, Mackay School of Mines
March 15, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Robert Carlton Horton together with his identical twin brother Richard Wingfield Horton was born July 25, 1926 to Eathel and Frank Horton in Tonopah, Nevada. He first attended McKinley Park Elementary School in Reno before moving to Unionville, Nevada where his father worked the Marigold mine/mill. He attended the still-standing one room schoolhouse in Unionville through the 8th grade, then moved to Winnemucca for high school. He graduated in 1944 from Humboldt Co. High School then moved back to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, graduating from the Mackay School of Mines in 1949 as a mining engineer. He also earned his Professional Engineering distinction and in 1985 Bob received Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Robert enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War as an Air Intelligence Officer on the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier as Lieutenant.
In 1952, Bob married his high school sweetheart Beverly Burhans and raised three daughters, Debra, Robin and Cindy. Bob and Bev were married for 56 years until Beverly's death in 2008.
After the Korean War, Bob worked for the Nevada Bureau of Mines at the University of Nevada for 10 years. Next he served as vice president of three related corporations responsible for exploration, drilling and production of petroleum in eastern Nevada. Then he worked for Meiser Enterprises, as chief of construction. Bob's next venture was opening an office in Reno as the geologist for Bendix Field Engineering Corp., later moving to Grand Junction, Co. headquarters to serve as geology director of the entire Bendix Corporation. In 1981 Bob & Bev moved to Washington, D.C., as Bob had been nominated by President Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines Dept. of the Interior. After the Reagan administration, Bob returned to Reno to work again for the Nevada Bureau of Mines as Associate Dean. His final professional contribution was serving as a consultant on the Board of Directors of FirstMiss Gold Inc. /Getchell Gold Corp. mines, until his retirement.
Robert is predeceased by his wife Beverly, parents, Eathel and Frank, as well as all of his siblings, Frank, Orville, Elizabeth and Richard Horton.
Surviving Robert are his three daughters: Dr. Debra Horton D.C., Robin Fitzpatrick & his adored son-in-law Ed, Cindy Meyer, grandson Bill Felices (Marissa) and great granddaughter Kaliah.
In lieu of flowers, Bob’s request is that you practice random acts of kindness!
Mark W. Lord, instructor, continuing education
March 19, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Mark William Lord, 58, died suddenly in Reno Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Mark a graduate of Hartt School of Music, accomplished musician, well-respected T'ai Chi Instructor, and ordained minister was preceded in death by his parents, William Ripley and Prudence Peloquin Lord of New Jersey, in-laws Jasper Jackson and Celia Moreno Opdyke of California, and son Roger O'dell of Germany.
Mark is survived by his wife, Jacklynn Jean Lord; sisters Cathy Lord and Amy Lord Harkey; niece Melissa Harkey Greene; children Jacklynn Michelle and Taumie Celia; grandchildren Willa Jane, Roland Mark, Wallace David, Brice Douglas, Celia Cheri, and Brynn Nicole; great-grandchildren Geralynn Geane, Jackson Claybourn, Reno O'dell, Jasper Aharon, and Mark Andrew.
Mary R. (Pappas) Hedrick ’36 (Spanish)
Nov. 27, 2013—Fresno, Calif.
Mary Ruth Hedrick, formerly of Napa and Vallejo, Calif., passed away peacefully on Nov. 27, 2013, at Nancy Hinds Hospice Home in Fresno, Calif., following a brief illness.
Mary was born in Ely, Nev., on July 6, 1913, to Steve and Mandy Pappas, immigrants from Croatia. Mary grew up in Virginia City, Nev., where she graduated from Virginia City High School, which was located in the historic Fourth Ward School, now a museum. She then went on to graduate from the University of Nevada at Reno, class of 1936. The following year, she married Ted Hedrick, also of Virginia City, at St. Mary's in the Mountains Catholic Church.
Soon after, they purchased their first home and also the Virginia Market, which they managed together until Ted was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1941. He was stationed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo. After the war, the couple settled in Vallejo. During that time, Mary worked for Payless Market, Louis Stores and Vallergas Market, before retiring after a 30-year career in the retail grocery business.
During her working years, Mary found time to tutor her children and neighboring high school students in Spanish, putting into practice her teaching credential and bachelor’s degree in Spanish. In addition to Spanish, Mary was fluent in her parents' native language. Also, while living in Vallejo, Ted and Mary took up golf and enjoyed the sport for many years. A favorite getaway for them was trips to the Carmel area.
Ted and Mary moved to Napa in 1978, and Mary quickly became an active volunteer at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. In 1994, she was awarded Volunteer of the Year, an honor she cherished. At the age of 96, she retired after 30 years of dedicated service.
Following the death of her husband in 1999, Mary lived independently in her own home. She loved cooking and entertaining family and friends. One of her famous dishes was roast leg of lamb. Throughout her life, Mary enjoyed walking. Friends would offer to give her a ride home following a day’s work at the Queen, but she often refused saying, “Thanks, but I like to walk.” She also enjoyed crossword puzzles and solitaire at her kitchen table. Mary was a loyal San Francisco Giants fan, following the team closely via radio and television.
Mary was a sweet, kind and loving person, always there for people in need. She was a true giver. In November 2011, she relocated to Sierra Estates Assisted Living in Coarsegold, Calif., to be near her daughter. In July of this year, Mary celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ted; and her three siblings, Joseph Pappas of Manteca, Calif., Michael Pappas of Vallejo, Calif., and Anne Schmitt of Aurora, Colo. She is survived by her children, George (Patricia) Wade of Boise, Idaho, and Teddyann (Hershel) Noonkester of Cosrsegold, Calif.; five grandchildren, Valerie (Jay) Stark of Parma, Idaho, Shelli (Michael) Murphy of Pacifica, Calif., Donald Wade of Boise, Idaho, Harlan (Jayme) Noonkester of Ahwahnee, Calif., and Katie (Chris) Cockrell of Live Oak, Calif.; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
From the Napa Valley Register
Dina M. (Garaventa) Maggiora, attended 1938–42
Dec. 24, 2011—Sausalito, Calif.
Dina Mary Maggiora was born on Sept. 8, 1921 in Reno, Nev., to Serafino and Carolina Garaventa. She had two older brothers, Edward and Roy, who are now both deceased. Dina attended Reno High and University of Nevada where she fell in love and later married Elmo Maggiora. They married at Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Sausalito, CA on 11/7/1942 while Elmo was serving in the Coast Guard. They recently celebrated their 69th anniversary. Dina is survived by her loving husband Elmo, son Vincent and his wife Leslee, John and his wife Melody, and daughter Christine. Her grandchildren are Jody and her husband Joe, Joey and Kelsey; her great-grandchild, Owen. She was a dedicated and loving wife and (great) grandmother, and an active member in her Catholic church and in the community: a 50-plis year member of the Sausalito Women's Club, Tri Delta Sorority, Sausalito Seniors and Goldenaires. Dina enjoyed traveling the world, going on more than 30 cruises with her husband once he had retired from Maggiora & Ghilotti Construction. She also took pleasure in gardening, baking, playing dominoes, reading novels and visiting and staying in touch with friends and family members.
From Dignity Memorial.com
Della (Olaechea) Linson, attended 1939-40
April 2, 2013—Rock Springs, Wyo.
Della Olaechea Linson passed away April 2, 2013 in Mesa, Ariz. Born in Ely, Nev., to Jose and Lydia (nee Urdiroz) Olaechea, Della arrived on September 26, 1921. Della married the love of her life, Marvin “Pete” Linson in Lake Tahoe. Together they shared almost 60 years adoring each other. He preceded her in death in August of 2000. Traveling was something that Pete and Della enjoyed immensely. As Della worked for a travel agency, they spent much time seeing the world. They visited Alaska, Spain, Canada, and liked to go to North Dakota. Being outdoors also brought a smile to Della’s face, she loved to camp. An intelligent lady, Della.
From Dignity Memorial.com
Elmo V. Maggiora, attended 1941-42
Aug. 13, 2013—Sausalito, Calif.
Elmo Maggiora, son of Italian immigrants, Vincent and Adele Maggiora, was born in Richmond, Calif., on Jan. 14, 1921. In 1924, the family moved to the city of Sausalito. Elmo attended Sausalito schools Tamalpais High, College of Marin and University of Nevada. Elmo met Dina at the University of Nevada and they got married in 1942, while he was serving in the Coast Guard. When Elmo returned from World War II, he worked in his father's construction company. In 1952, he partnered with his father to form V. Maggiora and Son, Inc. They primarily worked on waste treatment plants and pipelines. Elmo became sole owner when his father retired in 1954. Ten years later, he joined with Babe Ghilotti to form the business Maggiora & Ghilotti, Inc. Their engineering projects were in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Solano Counties. Elmo retired in 1981. The company is now owned by Gary Ghilotti and son, Scott. Elmo remained active as a chairman on the Board even after his retirement and kept close tabs on the company. Elmo in addition to being an engineer and devoted family man was active in the community. He belonged to the Sausalito Lion’s Club, Elk’s Club, American Legion and served on the Sausalito Parks and Recreation Committee. Elmo is survived by sons Vincent and his wife Leslee and John and his wife Melody and daughter Christine, along with grandchildren Jody and her husband Joe, Joey and Kelsey and great grandson, Owen. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dina, of 69 years in 2011. Elmo was known for his humor, generosity, strong work ethic, community involvement and knowledge of historical events. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, spending time with his family and friends, watching the History channel and following sport's games; he was also active in community organizations, swimming, and dining in local Italian restaurants.
Doris H. (Henrick) Davis ’47 (zoology)
March 26, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Doris H. Davis passed away on March 26, 2014. She was born in Pittsburg, Calif., on Jan. 24, 1922 and was raised in San Francisco. She attended high school in San Francisco and college at Stanford University. Upon her marriage to Gene Mastroianni she moved to Reno, Nev., where she graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. She worked as a medical technologist at various local hospitals. She raised her four children in Reno before marrying Grant Davis and moving the family to Fallon, Nevada. After a year in Fallon, the family moved to Carson City, Nevada for several years. Doris was very active in the golf and tennis community in Carson City as well as the University of Nevada Alumni Association.
Grant and Doris began moving across the country in 1973 to live in Aurora, Colo, Norman, Okla., and eventually settling in Atlanta, Ga. Upon their retirement, they moved to Roseville, Calif., and finally made it back to Reno to be close to family. They had many wonderful years travelling throughout Europe and the United States. Doris moved to Premier residence several years ago where she became involved with the beanbag baseball team and enjoyed many hours playing bridge.
Family was very important to Doris and she enjoyed visiting with her daughters and their children in Reno as well as the company of family friends throughout the West Coast. She is preceded in death by her parents, Hugh Hendrick and Helena Elizabeth O'Neal. She will be greatly missed by her children, Rob Mastroianni (Susi) of Maui, Hawaii, Laurie Skinner (Deon) of Kingman, Ariz., Pam Becker, Gina Jacobsen, Julie Mastoianni, and Polly Landa (Gary) of Reno. She is also survived by her grandchildren Brandi Griggs (Aaron), Jon Jacobsen (Jessica), Nick Landa, Daniel Landa, Deron Skinner and Chali Bunch (Mike). She was very proud of her adorable great grandchildren as well, Riley and Trey Griggs, Ariel Barber and Payton Bunch. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
The family greatly appreciates the care given their mother at Premier Residence, Atria Summit Ridge and Gentiva Hospice.
Alice P. Lemons, attended 1948-65 and 1975-80
Feb. 13, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Alice Pettis Lemons (“Suzie”) passed away peacefully Feb. 13, 2014.
Alice was born on March 30, 1928 in Winnemucca, Nev., to William and LaVerne Pettis. She was a second generation Nevadan, and was very proud of her Nevada heritage. Alice and her sister Ethel Kaul, were best friends and took many trips abroad together. She and her cousin Nora Chipman, whom she called ,”Cuz,” enjoyed sharing memories of her large extended family exploring, hiking, and playing in her beloved Nevada. Alice had many other cousins and it was always fun when they got together to hear their stories.
Alice moved to Reno in 1930, and attended Southside Elementary School, Billinghurst Junior High, and Reno High School as well as a year at the University of Nevada, Reno. She graduated with a degree in Education from her father's alma mater, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), in Oxford, Miss.
While at Ole Miss Alice joined the Pi Beta Phi sorority and remained active in Pi Phi for years.
Alice was a teacher in Washoe County School District for over twenty years, ending her teaching career at Smithridge Elementary School. She truly loved all of her students and continued teaching after retirement as a volunteer, teaching literacy to young students.
Alice adored her seven grandchildren and showered them with attention, love, patience-and-- her love of education.
She took years of dance and performed in and around Reno. She was a longstanding member of the Oddfellows and Rebekah’s Lodge in Reno, and a member of the Nevada Sagebrush chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for 64 years. She also was active in the Nevada Historical Society and the retired teachers association.
In high school Alice worked as a “soda jerk” in her father’s drug store in the Riverside Hotel. Later in life, she enjoyed walking past the Riverside hotel and reminiscing about Reno and her experiences in the 1940s.
She visited Europe right after WWII with a group from the University of Nevada, Reno. The group became close friends and had reunions every year where they would delight listeners with stories of their trip—especially interesting as it was right after the war.
Alice, always an adventurous soul, talked her way into a USO dance when she was under the official age for admittance. It was at this dance where she met and later married her husband, Ted.
Alice is survived by her three children, Linda Valle, Tamra Brown (Ray), Craig Lemons ( Suzan) and her seven dearly beloved grandchildren: Alysha, Natalie, Ray, Esteban, Austin, Cole and Graham.
Alice was a kind, always happy and gentle person and those who knew her will know that her favorite saying was. “Life Is Good!”
Mom we love you: Rest in peace and thank you for taking such good care of all of us.
William “Bill” E. Buck ’49 (business administration)
May 1, 2014—Reno, Nev.
The city of Reno and the University of Nevada lost a full-of-life friend on May 1, 2014, with the passing of William “Bill” Buck, age 86, at his home in Reno. Bill grew up in Boulder City, Nev., where his father helped build Boulder Dam. At only 5 years old he managed a Saturday Evening Post magazine route, which he delivered to neighbors in his little red wagon, and by age 10 he had built up the largest magazine subscription business in the state. As a youngster the sidewalks of Boulder City were so hot that he used to amaze the Boulder Dam tourists by frying an egg on the sidewalk. At 16 he was a cement laborer on Boulder Dam during the summer, a job that paid 70 cents an hour. Once he had a date with Shirley Temple and took her to the Boulder City Sweet Shop. Upon graduating from Boulder High School, he was the only kid from his home town to enroll at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1945.
At the University of Nevada Reno he was known for his expertise playing the trumpet. The “good man with a toot” composed many songs, and the University adopted two of them: “Hello on the Hill” and “Wolfpack, Give ‘em Hell.” Buck also organized a small jazz band that played for many college functions. A devoted member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, he once led a parade through the campus to rally votes for the S.A.E. candidate running for student body president. Sitting on top of a huge elephant playing his trumpet, his band walked alongside him next to the huge animal, carrying a large sign that read: “TEN TONS OF VOTES FOR SAE.” He often said that his 4 years at the University of Nevada, Reno were the most fun and memorable of his life.
Buck and 14 other SAE grads formed a group they called Showtime. Every two years they met somewhere in the world where they “raised the roof” and had a great reunion together for several days. A generous financial supporter of the SAE chapter house, Bill Buck was honored in 2011 as the Nevada Alpha SAE Hall of Fame inductee for his lifelong devotion to SAE.
After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1949 with a B.S. in Business Administration and a Minor in Music, Buck married his college sweetheart Eleanor. Starting out in a tiny apartment which they rented for only $40 a month, together they raised a family, built a home, and became involved in the Reno community. Bill Buck was an excellent public speaker as a member of Toastmasters, served as PTA President at Hunter Lake School, ran (but lost) for public office, sang in the church choir at First Baptist Church, sang in a barbershop quartet known as the “Pair O Dice Four,” was the director of the 1971 World Skibob Championships at Mt. Rose Ski Resort and part-owner of the Reno Aces Ice Hockey Team. He enjoyed birding, playing bridge, boating, exploring Nevada, attending stock car races, flying model airplanes on dry lakebeds, and floating down the Truckee River on an air mattress.
Known as a character who loved a good joke, he once lost 40 pounds to win a thousand dollar bet with his Pioneer Inn buddies and then threw a party with the winnings. The Pioneer Inn served as a headquarters of sorts for Buck and his friends; he was the first customer in the door when the Pioneer opened in 1968. Many real estate deals were completed in the Iron Sword Lounge scratched out on bar napkins. He loved social gatherings, and often wore funny hats and gag glasses around town to get a laugh. Buck’s philosophy was to make a new friend every day, earning him many lifelong comrades.
William Buck built a very successful real estate business for some 60 years, with commercial developments in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Las Vegas and Winnemucca. He maintained other business ventures in the states of Oregon, California, Arizona and Texas. He often shared how important the use of math was in his real estate business: “Of all the education I have had, including college, the use of math and typing have been the most useful to me.”
An adventurer, he and his wife Ellie traveled the world extensively. He loved to explore new countries and visit the wonders of the world, bringing back souvenirs and mementos of his journeys from every continent. An entire room in his house was decorated with masks and spears from the wilds of Africa to the jungles of the Amazon, and his grandchildren were wide-eyed, fascinated by, (and a little afraid of) his collection. A member of the First Baptist Church on Foster Drive, recently renamed The Bridge, Bill always stood out when he attended services because he would wear shorts to church even in a snowstorm, and as a joke would put fake million dollar bills in the offering plate. His family is confident that he is now exploring the unimaginable wonders of heaven and enjoying every minute of it!
Bill Buck is survived by his three children: son Steve Buck of Reno, daughters Cathy Kendall (Bill) of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Louise Corman (Jim) of Minneapolis, Kansas. He has 8 top-notch grandchildren, and eight lively great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sister Marge David of Rigby, Idaho. Buck’s family was important to him. He took them on trips every year at Christmas. They remember him for his funny stories, and hiring Mariachi bands to play at the dinner table. They feel incredibly fortunate to have had a father and grandfather who was generously supportive and active in their lives!
From the Reno Gazette-Journal
John T. Helstowski ’49 (business administration)
April 2, 2014—Escondido, Calif.
John Helstowski, a center on the 1944 University of Nevada football team who played alongside hall of fame linemen Bob “Buster” McClure and Ken Sinofsky, died April 2 at his home in Escondido, Calif.He was 87.
A product of East Side High School in Newark, New Jersey, Helstowski turned down a contract to play baseball for the New York Giants and accepted a scholarship to play football at Nevada - part of a wave of players from New Jersey and Pennsylvania recruited by legendary Nevada coach Jim Aiken to come west.
He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. He also served in the Navy at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois.
His career in business management included; IBM, New York; Convair/General Dynamics, San Diego; TRW/Northrup Grumman in Redondo Beach. He was also a successful real estate entrepreneur.
From the Reno Gazette-Journal
Rose M. (Faul) Winslow ’50 (journalism)
April 10, 2012—San Mateo, Calif.
Rose Marie Winslow, 83, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, died on April 10, 2012. Rose Marie died peacefully due to natural causes in the presence of family.
Rose Marie grew up in Watsonville and met her husband David in Carmel. They were married 56 years and enjoyed world-wide travel and fine dining. Rose Marie served in a variety of non-profit, school, and Church fundraising capacities during her life, including the Florence Crittenton Services, Carey School, and Saint Matthew's Episcopal School and Parish. She was a graduate of The University of Nevada where she had majored in journalism and enjoyed writing for local news agencies. She was an avid bridge player and longtime member of the Peninsula Golf and Country Club and Phi Beta Kappa Sorority. Rose Marie is survived by her son and daughter in law, Donald and Mary, her grandson David, and her brother and his wife, Gene and Karen Faul of New York.
Joseph “Joe” E. Dini ’51 (business administration)
April 10, 2014—Yerington, Nev.
Former Assembly Speaker Joe Dini of Yerington, a Democrat who presided over the lower house for a record eight terms in a career that began in 1967, died April 10. He was 85, having just celebrated a birthday on March 31.
News of Dini’s death was announced at a meeting of the Legislature's Interim Finance Committee.
Assemblyman Tom Grady (R-Yerington) got a call during the meeting to alert him to Dini’s death. He then announced the news to his colleagues, who took a moment of silence to reflect on Dini's career. In an interview with the Review-Journal in January 2013, Dini said he wished he could travel more but had various health issues that made it difficult for him to walk.
He was able on Jan. 16, 2013, to attend Gov. Brian Sandoval’s State of the State address in Carson City, where he received a standing ovation from legislators. But a trip to baseball's spring training in Phoenix in 2012 led to a three-week stay in an Arizona hospital. He lost 40 pounds and needed kidney dialysis treatment.
Dini was a powerful figure in the Assembly, representing rural Nevada interests along with those of the state as a whole.
News of Dini’s death prompted an outpouring of memories from colleagues and others who worked with him over his long legislative career, which was spent entirely in the Assembly.
Much of the commentary came via Twitter.
Lorne Malkiewich, former director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, said: “Joe Dini was a great legislator and an even better person. RIP, Mr. Speaker.”
Assemblyman David Bobzien, D-Reno, called Dini a role model for all legislators.
Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement: “Nevada has lost another legend today with the news of the passing of Speaker Joe Dini, Jr. One of Nevada’s greatest statesmen, Speaker Dini holds the remarkable distinction of being the longest serving Nevada speaker in state history. A native of Yerington, Speaker Dini was a staunch supporter of rural Nevada and the essence of leadership in our state. I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve with him in the Assembly. Kathleen and I send our deepest condolences to Joe's family and friends.”
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said he was saddened by the loss of Dini, who “understood that legislation is the art of compromise …”
“I can think of no higher praise, than when the late Bill Raggio said Joe had, ‘one of the greatest legislative careers in the state of Nevada,’ and I agree,” Reid said. "He devoted his life to public service, and always had every Nevadans' interests at heart."
Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, said the dignity and grace Dini brought to the speaker's office served as an example to later speakers including herself.
“He has left his great mark upon our state government, and his spirit will long continue to inspire us,” she said.
The Assembly Republican Caucus said in a statement that his “quiet strength and conciliatory embrace of Nevada lawmakers from both parties and every region of the state are a model that will long enshrine Joe Dini as a legislator to emulate for all present and future legislators.”
Dini, who retired from the Legislature in 2002, was known for his ability to work with lawmakers from both parties.
In recalling his long career, Dini said in the 2013 interview that Assembly members frequently would hold recesses and head across the street to the seedy Jack's Bar, which is now shuttered. Over drinks and playing pool, he said they became friendly, resolved differences and passed good bills. He recalled when they worked out an agreement on a transportation bill, drew up amendments on Jack's napkins and passed the bill later that night.
The best example of the spirit of cooperation in Dini’s era was the 1995 session when Democrats and Republicans each had 21 members in the Assembly. Dini shared the speakership with then-Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick (R-Gardnerville).
Dini credited his “lieutenants” - Democrats Richard Perkins and Barbara Buckley, along with Lindsey Jydstrup, the director of the Assembly Democratic Caucus - with making his career look better than it really was. Perkins and Buckley later became speakers.
Dini is survived by his wife, Mournye Landing Dini, and four sons. His son George is Yerington mayor. Two of the sons run Dini’s Lucky Club, a small casino and restaurant that has been a family business for generations. Joe Dini ran the business for 55 years.
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Eppaminondas "Eppie" G. Johnson ’51 (business administration)
Sept. 14, 2013—Sacramento, Calif.
Eppaminondas George Johnson, or “Eppie” Johnson, passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 16, 2013. Eppie was born in Astoria, New York, on May 7, 1928, to George E. Johnson and Fotini Mousmoules. Eppie moved West to attend college at the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in 1951. While in college, Eppie enrolled in ROTC, and served his country in the US Army upon graduation. After his discharge, Eppie went to work for his father in the restaurant business in Sacramento, Calif.
Eppie opened his first restaurant of his own in 1964, at 30th and N Streets in Sacramento, known as Eppie’s. The well-known, Eppie’s Restaurants grew into a highly-popular chain of coffee shops. Eppie also opened fine-dining dinner houses in multiple cities known as Eppaminondas. And as he was an avid sportsman, Eppie also owned health and tennis clubs including the Tennis South in South Land Park, and The Tennis Club in Davis, Calif.
Always very active in his professional and community organizations, Eppie was a past president of the California Restaurant Association, as well as served on many boards and committees. In fact, the California Restaurant Association presented him with their highest honor, CRA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Dedicated to his Greek heritage, Johnson received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations as well as his faith's highest honor in Christendon with an installation to the high office of Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
However, Eppie considered his greatest achievement to be his philanthropic and service work was giving back to the community. In 1974, he founded a unique and fun event known as Eppie’s Great Race, “The World's Oldest Triathlon,” that has since become a signature, annual event for the Sacramento region. Eppie’s Great Race is a triathlon consisting of running, biking and kayaking, on the American River Parkway. The race celebrated 40 years last July, and has raised more than $1 million for the Therapeutic Recreation Services, a program that benefits Sacramento County’s mentally and physically challenged.
Eppie is preceded in death by his sister Paula Alexander. He is survived by his two children: daughter Lisa Johnson Mangels and husband Ben, their children Alex and Claire, of Lafayette, Calif.; and son George E. Johnson II, his wife Molly Tarrant Johnson and their children Athena and Epaminondas G. II of Sacramento, Calif.
Virgil K. Johnson ’51 (zoology)
March 30, 2014—Fernley, Nev.
Virgil Kay Johnson, age 85, passed away on March 30, 2014 at the VA Hospital surrounded by family. A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, he was an example of strength and faith as he battled pulmonary fibrosis the past three years.
He was born in Logan, Utah on July 23, 1928 to Rolla Virgil and Lozell (Kirby) Johnson. He was the fourth of six children. The family moved to Reno in 1929. Kay graduated from the University of Nevada with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science in 1951. He enrolled in the US Navy in 1952 and was stationed in San Diego while attending Hospital Corp School. He graduated top five of his Company in 1953 with the civilian's equivalent of a Physician's Assistant and served in the Navy until his honorable discharge in 1955. Soon after he was employed by the Nevada Department of Fish and Game and especially loved his time working at Pyramid Lake.
He married Agnes Hooft in 1955 and they moved to Fernley. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and especially enjoyed working with the youth. His love of scouting as a boy, led to a life of involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. He served for 37 years in Girls Camp activities and as a hike leader enjoyed helping the girls make walking sticks from his tree branches. His community involvement included working diligently for the building of the Fernley Swimming Pool, and the Senior Center, he was awarded the Pillar of the Community in 2012. He is known for his kindness, smiles, hugs and Tootsie Rolls.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Agnes (1970), parents Rolla and Lozell, brothers Max and Ned, and sisters Xelva and Ivaloo. He re-married in 1977 and is survived by his wife Marilyn Paulson Jackson, daughters, Debbie (John Reeder), Cheryl (Layne Christensen), Linda (Jay Graham), and Rachel (Scott Allred), and stepchildren Bryan Jackson (Tina), Kevin Jackson (Mari), Janette (Don Wilkerson), Melinda Jackson, and Chris Jackson (Stacey), his sister Ruth Young, 27 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
David Hand ’53 (geological engineering) ’55M.S. (geology)
April 24, 2014-Boise, Idaho
David Hand, 87, passed away April 24 in Boise.
David was born Nov. 30, 1926 at Hollywood Hospital in Los Angeles. Born David Tilman Daley, his father died before his birth. In 1929, his mother, Harriet Murweis Daley, married Arthur Stone Hand. David's brother Carlton (1930) and sister Merilyn (1938) joined the family in La Canada, a small community in the foothills north of Pasadena. Their home at 1250 Journey's End Drive provided sanctuary from the Great Depression and World War II and easy access to the wonders of Southern California. David especially loved the outdoors, including the Mojave Desert, San Gabriel Mountains, and the coast.
During WWII, David was rejected for military service due to poor vision. After attending Pasadena Junior (now City) College, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and pursued a career as a mining engineer. His first and favorite job was at St. Anthony Mining Co. in Tiger, Arizona. Each day, he went far below ground to the rock mine's many levels, collected ore samples, and returned to the surface for testing. In time, he attended college at the New Mexico School of Mines (now NM Institute of Mining & Technology) in Socorro and the University of Nevada.
When the Korean War began, David joined the California National Guard and was called up on September 1, 1950 for basic training at Camp Cooke (now Vandenberg AFB). He attended intelligence analyst training at Fort Riley's Army General School in Kansas, and then deployed for service in Japan and Korea. He was a Master Sergeant when he left Korea in June 1952.
After spending that summer in Pony, Montana with “Aunt Leah” Mendenhall, David returned to his studies in Reno. After just a few weeks, he went on a blind date with Phyllis Carpenter. By Thanksgiving they were engaged and David found himself meeting her family, the Magnuson/Carpenter clan of eastern Nevada. David and Phyllis soon graduated from the University of Nevada together, and married in Ely's Sacred Heart Catholic Church on June 28, 1953. In the decades ahead, he enjoyed many good times between Ely and the Magnuson Ranch
After David completed his master’s degree (Geology) in 1955, the family lived near Ely while David worked at Consolidated Copper Mines. They later lived in Maple, Ontario and Montpelier, Idaho as David established his career and their family grew. David loved both the outdoors and his chosen profession. While employed in Canada, he traveled throughout the remote parts of every province, exploring and evaluating mine sites from Newfoundland to the Yukon.
After a 1959 accident, David’s vision declined rapidly, and by 1964 he was declared legally blind and was unable to continue his geology work. At that moment, with five young children and officially disabled, David did not despair. Instead, the Hands bought a family business in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Their six children grew up at the Falls View Motel, and many of their best friendships were formed during the next decade. Phyllis and David moved to Boise in 1975; except from 1979-81, David lived the rest of his life in Boise.
In Boise, David served as the association executive and lobbyist for the Idaho Innkeepers and Restaurant & Beverage Associations. His temperament and perseverance at legislative sessions earned him a reputation as a principled, hard-working and effective lobbyist. Phyllis and their children were his drivers and office support staff. After a short return to Idaho Falls, David and Phyllis unexpectedly came to Boise in 1981 and cared for Karen after a cancer diagnosis. They bought the International Sweet Shoppe and David soon returned to the hospitality associations.
David's personality perfectly suited the hospitality industry. He took his customers' needs seriously and they became his friends; his smile was expansive and contagious; he worked hard and engaged with his community. Since his death, the word “gentleman” has been used to describe David by those who knew him best. People were happy to have David as a friend.
He was a member of the Montpelier Lions Club, Idaho Falls Rotary Club, Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Blinded Veterans Association and numerous other organizations. David led by example and brought energy to his community. Even late in life, David continued his service, which included twelve years on the Idaho Commission for the Blind (including four years as chair), where he advocated for needs of the legally blind and always encouraged others. As he wrote soon after his appointment:
“Remember, you are not alone as you go forward with altered vision. Others have walked that path before. There are organizations for the blind. Take advantage of support groups. Stay posted on the latest research ... Keep the faith and stride forth on your own vision of success.”
David is survived by his children and their partners: Kathi Hand of Seattle, David Hand and Dianna Santos of Boise, Karen (Hand) and Russell Comstock of Boise, John and Loraine Hand of Boise, Marty and Chrissy Hand of Austin, and Kris (Hand) and Shane McNevin of Spokane.
His grandchildren are Emma McNevin, Gabriella Hand, Leaha Hand, Andrew Hand, Thomas McNevin, Morgan Hand, Jared Hand, Ryan Hand, Alyssa Santos, Kate McNevin, Rorie Hand, Myles and Erin Sansotta, Tony Johnson, and Christine Sansotta. His great-grandchildren are Molli and Gavin Sansotta.
Survivors also include his sister Merilyn Hand of Ashland, brothers-in-law John (Roseanne) Carpenter of Elko, and Jake (Norma) Carpenter of Bakersfield. David and Phyllis were blessed by a large extended family, who enriched their lives in countless ways. Similarly, David's friendships were numerous and included the Falk family, Sister Mary Louise Deroin, Hermie Balliet, John Dias and Bruce Faltin.
The family appreciates the excellent care Dad received at the Boise VA Medical Center, especially the home care team of Illaria Moore and Ron Anderson; Val Duffy at the VA; the staff at Diamond View Assisted Living (especially Mary, Dad’s “milk shake lady”), and the Catholic community that supported him after Phyllis’ death in 2011.
Gary S. Simpson,attended 1956-58
Feb. 26, 2014—Carson City, Nev.
Gary Sidney Simpson passed away Feb. 26, 2014 in Carson City, Nev. Gary was very proud of where he came from. He was born in the small town of McGill, Nev., at 21 North 6th Street. Gary was an only child; born to Sidney Harvey Simpson and Ruth Geneva Simpson. Growing up in the small town of McGill; Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, basketball, and he was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from White Pine High School and he was a member of the Mormon Church.
Gary attended one year at Utah State University and served two years in Korea after being drafted by the Army. In 1956 he married Sydnie Louise Vowles of Ely, Nev., and moved to Reno. There Gary attended the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in accounting, and was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Gary was a Washoe County Deputy Treasurer prior to becoming the Washoe County treasurer. Gary was well respected and was re-elected for five consecutive terms. He had a distinguished career and retired after 30 years with the County.
Gary enjoyed golfing, officiating at AAU swim meets, camping, the outdoors, and especially the cabin in the Ruby Mountains. He was well adored by his grandchildren.
Gary is preceded in death by his father Sidney Simpson, mother Ruth Simpson, and wife Sydnie Simpson. He is survived by his devoted wife Velma Simpson, son Jerry Simpson, daughter Jill Simpson, daughter April Southworth, and five grandchildren Alyssa, Jordan, Meagyn, Justin, and Kyle.
Gary will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Ted E. Contri ’57 (civil engineering)
March 14, 2014—Reno, Nev.
“What a Ride!”
Ina Mae Holt ’57M.A. (elementary education)
Oct. 30, 2013—San Jose, Calif.
Lifetime resident of San Jose, Calif., Ina Mae Holt quietly passed away on Wednesday morning after suffering a broken hip four months earlier.
Her love of the fine arts influenced many people over the course of her lifetime.
Mrs. Holt was born in San Jose and graduated from San Jose High School. She was the soloist for her high school graduation ceremony, playing her beloved flute. Mrs. Holt earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music from San Jose State University and a Master's in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno. She played the flute and piccolo with the San Jose Symphony, chamber groups, and concert bands throughout the Santa Clara Valley. Her constant involvement in the flute community produced several master classes with prominent flute players, including the internationally renowned Julliard faculty member, Mr. Julius Baker. Mrs. Holt instructed many fine flute students in her private studio for over five decades.
Mrs. Holt is survived by her four children: Marcia Hollingsworth (Tim), Stanley Holt, Cassandra Ravenscroft (Marshall), and James Holt; twelve grandchildren: Cyndi Cunha and Jennifer Wehling; James, Laura, Kimberly, and Kevin Holt; Jeannine Healy, Emily Stuckenbruck, and Amanda Ravenscroft; Brian, Christopher, and Katie Mae Holt; and five great grandchildren: Derek and Nichole Cunha; Dylan Holt, Emmett Healy, and Addison Holt. She was a dignified woman and an inspirational figure for the many people who will greatly miss her.
Mrs. Holt will be interred with her devoted husband, Lt. Colonel Frank Holt, in Arlington National Cemetery.
Eve (Gemmato) Loomis ’58 (speech and theater) ’77M.A. (speech and theater)
March 15, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Eve Loomis (Eva Elizabeth Antoinette Gemmato) passed away peacefully in her home on March 15, 2014. Born in Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of Goodman Theater, she moved to California in her twenties. She had been a resident of Reno, Nev., since 1946.
In 1957, upon graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, she began teaching English at Sparks High School. In 1967, she moved onto Hug High School where she became Chairwoman of the Speech & Drama Department. Her Hug High Harlequins entertained at many of the local elementary schools.
As an accomplished actress, she was one of the original members of the Reno Little Theater, acting throughout the years in their productions. The University of Nevada, Reno Theater was another venue for her acting talents.
Retiring after 26 years of teaching, she became a docent at the Nevada Museum of Art. Her passion was giving tours to the children in the community. She was also a patron of Bruka Theater attending many of their productions.
She is survived by her daughter Deborah Snyder, son Jeffrey Loomis and their spouses. She was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother to 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Morris “Moe” Royels, attended 1958-59
April 15, 2014—Fernley, Nev.
Morris "Moe" Royels, a well-respected Fernley resident and restaurateur, passed away at home on April 15, 2014, with his loving family by his side after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Moe was born to Clarence Thomas and Margaret Joy Royels on Aug. 17, 1940 in Conrad, Montana. The family moved to Nevada when he was 3 months old. He attended school in Wadsworth and Fernley, where he played football, basketball and track. He is noted in the Fernley High School Hall of Fame for his athletic abilities.
He also participated in other school activities including playing the role of Teddy Roosevelt in “Arsenic and Old Lace.” He was offered a scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, Calif., but upon receipt of scholarships to the University of Nevada, he decided to attend school, not to pursue an acting career.
Moe joined the army in 1959 where he served in the Korean War as a Sergeant. He was a 2nd class gunner earning expert status with the M1 rifle. He developed his cooking skills preparing meals for the commissioned officers. He was honorably discharged in 1961.
Moe married his first wife, Mary Prather Aratibel in 1964. They operated the Dainty Cone which they expanded twice and later renamed the Wigwam in 1984.
The Wigwam displays the largest privately owned collection of Indian artifacts that Moe enjoyed collecting during his life. Mary and Moe retired in 2005 to enjoy their pride and joy, the Five Springs Ranch south of Gerlach, Nev., where they spent much of their time.
In 2011, he married the love of his life, Ellen, who also shared his love of the desert country. They enjoyed traveling and four wheeling and outings with the Black Rock Desert Rats.
Moe never met a stranger he didn't like. He was kind and generous to all, and a well-known icon in the community. He prepared and served many meals for memorials and community events to show his appreciation for the Fernley, Wadsworth and Nixon Communities.
Moe is survived by his beloved wife, Ellen, step-son Gregory Voss (Carla) and grandson, Vincent, of Charlotte, North Carolina; A sister, Beth Mortensen, nephew Joe (Cindy) Mortensen, niece Marge (Rich) Rhyno of Fernley, Nev.; and nephew, George (Linda) Mortensen of Yerington, Nev. His passing will leave a great void in the lives of many northern Nevadans.
David R. McLaughlin ’59 (civil engineering)
Feb. 4, 2013—Bishop, Calif.
David Roy McLaughlin was born on Feb. 12, 1931 and passed away Feb. 4, 2013.
He was born in Sagle, a small town about seven miles south of Sandpoint, Idaho. David was the second son of David Elbert McLaughlin and Cora Jane Meadors. It was a large family, the father having six children from a previous marriage and the mother having three children (one deceased) from a previous marriage. Three more children would be born to this couple, making a total of 14 children.
David’s family moved from place to place frequently; this due to the father making and selling moonshine during the prohibition era. Reno, Nev. was David’s first memories of home life. This was 1933, the year prohibition ended. From 1934 to 1938, the family share-cropped in Lassen County, Calif. and in 1939 purchased a 160-acre farm in Janesville, Calif. This sale was done by handshake, with $2,000 down and a promise to pay $200 per year for the next 10 years. No paperwork except for the deed when the final payment was made.
David attended Lassen High School in Susanville, Calif., and after graduation in 1948, began a career of odd jobs. This career ladder ended abruptly when Uncle Sam invited him to serve in the U.S. Army. David served two years in the Army, spending a year of that time in Korea. He was the motor sergeant in the headquarters battery of the 376th Armored Field Artillery Battalion. After an honorable release from active duty in March of 1954, David entered college, graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada in 1959.
David began a courtship with Lorrel Elder shortly after returning from the Army. This courtship led to marriage in July of 1955. David and Lorrel had six daughters.
David spent his engineering career working for Caltrans, working first in Redding, Calif., then transferring to Bishop in 1966. David retired Dec. 30, 1994. He was a registered civil engineer in both California and Nevada.
David is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and 11 of his brothers, sisters, and half-brothers and half-sisters. He is survived by his wife, Lorrel McLaughlin; their daughters, Lorrie Carr, Carrie Lloyd and husband Gary Lloyd, Jennifer Sagers, Susan McLaughlin and Amy McLaughlin; grandchildren, Shannon Easton Carr, Raymond Carr, Ryan Carr, Amanda Brown, Kristen Lloyd, Jamie Sagers and Rory Sagers; and great-grandchildren, Presley and Barrett Brown, Benjamin Easton Carr, Leah Carr and Allison Carr.
From the Inyo Register
Patrick C. Clary, attended 1960-62
Feb. 18, 2014-Las Vegas, Nev.
Patrick C. Clary, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2014, after bravely battling a long illness. He was born June 4, 1942, in Las Vegas. Our community has lost a strong voice for the arts, for better international understanding and for good government. He was a special friend to many and an advocate of civic virtue. He will be missed and will be remembered for the all the good work he did. A native of Las Vegas, Pat graduated with honors from Las Vegas High School in 1960, attended the University of Nevada in Reno, 1960-1962, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, was inducted into the Delta Sigma Rho National Forensics Fraternity and received his bachelor of arts and Juris Doctor degrees from American University (AU) in 1965 and 1967, respectively. While a student at AU's School of Government and Public Administration, he was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha Honorary Political Science Society. Active in the arts since his youth and trained in classical piano, M r. Clary was president of the A Cappella Choir at Las Vegas High School and president of the Young Friends of the Symphony in Las Vegas when Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic performed their only concert ever there. Also active in the Democratic Party since his youth, Mr. Clary was a Democratic candidate in Nevada's Second Congressional District in 1994 with the support of the Clinton-Gore Administration and shortly thereafter was General Counsel of the Nevada Democratic Party. Following his service as a page at the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, Mr. Clary was appointed state chairman of the Students for Kennedy-Johnson during the presidential campaign in 1960. While a student at American University in Washington, D. C., starting in 1962, he worked under the patronage of then U.S. Senator Howard W. Cannon (D Nev.); he was legislative assistant to Hon. Walter H. Moeller, member of Congress (D-Ohio), 1966-1967. He completed a three-year term as president of the Nevada Arts Advocates (NAA), a 34-year-old statewide organization that supports all the arts in Nevada. He was also an honorary board member of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras. Mr. Clary was also a founder of the Las Vegas Philharmonic in 1998, served on its Board of Trustees. He was the founder over decade ago of the Nevada Committee on Foreign Relations. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, of 37 years, Diane; his sister, Joan Davidson (Donald); and his devoted son and daughter, Brian (Jenara) and Bridget Burckhard (David), both of Reno. He deeply loved and cherished his four grandchildren whom gave him such pride and joy in his life, Tyra, Bella, Jessica and Jacob.
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Jay W. Santos ’60 (geology)
Feb. 21, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Jay Wilson Santos passed away peacefully on Feb. 21, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Jay was born on October 10, 1938 in Alameda, California to Albert and Carile Santos. Jay grew up and attended school in Oakland, California. In 1956, Jay moved to Nevada and attended the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied Mining Engineering and Geology. During this time, Jay made his home in Silver City, Nevada. After completing his studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, Jay became the Quality Control Inspector for the construction of the Fernley Cement Plant. Jay would then move to Mountain Pass, Nevada where he was employed for several years at the Mountain Pass Mine where rare earth minerals were mined and processed. Jay later moved to Winnemucca, Nev., where he continued to work as a geologist. In 1968, Jay moved to Yerington, Nev., where he would meet his wife, Donna Santos (Carriere). Jay and Donna continued to live in Yerington until 2008 when they moved to Reno, Nevada. During Jay's mining career, he would advance to become the president of a mining company, NCA Minerals, and would later become a geological consultant overseeing all aspects of mine property exploration, including drilling supervision and project management. These jobs would take to him to every corner of the western United States and to several countries, including Canada, Ecuador, Indonesia, and Guyana. He enjoyed piloting his own plane to jobs and vacation spots, sailing with his family in Alaska and Canada during the summer months, and traveling with family and friends. Jay was 50-year member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and was also a member of the Geological Society of Nevada. Jay is preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife, Donna, daughter Mary, and son Laure'l. His grandchildren include Annalicia, Allison, Taylor, Brandon, and Cody. He has two great granddaughters, Havala and Scarlett. Jay is also survived by his brother Jerry and his wife Lorey Santos and several nieces and nephews.
Rachel L. (Schaftersman) Struve-Mould ’60M.Ed. (education)
March 27, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Rachel Struve-Mould, age 99, passed away on March 27, 2014 at Park Place Assisted Living in Reno. She was born February 16, 1915, on a farm near Fontanelle, Nebraska, to Ted Schafersman and Minnie Niebaum Schafersman, and was the oldest of three children, including her brother, B.T. Schafersman, and sister, Geraldine Bream.
She married Don Struve in 1938 in Los Angeles, CA and they had son, Larry Struve, in 1942. Subsequent to Don's death in 1971, she married Ray Mould in 1987; he died in 2002.
Rachel was a school teacher for 41 years. She earned a teaching credential from Midland College in Fremont, NE in 1933 and a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Whittier College in California in 1941. She taught in rural Nebraska schools, inner city schools in California, and many public schools in Reno, Nev. She was a kindergarten teacher at McKinley Park School, and started the first kindergarten class at Elmcrest Elementary. Rachel then became one of the first kindergarten teachers at Peavine Elementary School. She culminated her career as a seventh grade Clayton Middle School teacher for ten years, specializing in Nevada history. In 1960, she received a Master's Degree from the College of Education at the University of Nevada in Reno, and helped train many student teachers in early childhood education. She taught in the first Head Start Program at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in the mid-1960s and was recognized as an outstanding teacher both by her peers, and in the community at large. She touched the lives of hundreds of students, many of whom still speak highly of her today.
In 1947, Rachel became a charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Reno, and was an active member of that choir for 50 years. She retired from teaching in 1976 and became a part-time aide for the Nevada Humanities Committee for a few years. She had many interests, including ballroom dancing, world travel, and participation in her professional sorority for teachers, Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK), of which she was also a charter member.
Rachel was a woman who made a difference and deeply appreciated the many friendships she made - whether with close companions or total strangers. She was devoted to her family and deeply loved by them. Survivors include her son Larry (Colleen); granddaughters, Heidi Currey (Phil) and Shannon Struve; great-grandchildren Rachel, Quinn, Larry, Sebastian, and Emmalee; three nephews and three nieces; along with several cousins. She considered her greatest life accomplishment to be that of a devoted, loving mother, wife, grandmother, and aunt, who gave all she had to make her family happy.
John P. Terry ’61M.A. (music)
Jan. 28, 2014—Sacramento, Calif.
John P. Terry passed away peacefully after a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he grew up in New Hampshire and enlisted in the Navy.
While stationed in Texas, he taught himself to play the saxophone during his off-duty hours, kindling a love of music that was to remain with him the rest of his life. When his enlistment was over, John went onto earn a Bachelor's degree in Music from Texas A&M University. During that time he also met and married Betty Bynum, the other great love of his life, and the two remained together until her untimely passing in 1988.
Music remained central to John, from owning and operating Terry's Music in Redding (where he earned a reputation as a craftsman in instrument repair) to band director for a number of northern California schools over a career spanning nearly four decades.
Nelson Mandella once said, a “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine our significance.”
In that respect, John is survived not only by his daughter Susan, but by all those fortunate enough over the years to have been “Mr. Terry’s” students ... those whose lives John enriched by sharing his love of music.
Robert “Bob” W. McGowan, attended 1963-66
March 22, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Our dad, grandfather, and friend, Bob McGowan, passed away on March 22, 2014, in his home in Reno, Nev.
Bob served as the Washoe County Assessor from 1983 until his retirement in 2006. He was active in the Washoe County Democratic Party and other community organizations, including Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, and the University of Nevada, Reno Alumni Association.
Prior to his election as County Assessor, he worked for the Nevada Attorney General’s office, the Clark County Assessor's office, for the Entertainment Director of John Ascuaga's Nugget, and with various political campaigns.
Bob was the youngest child born to Joseph Vincent McGowan and Irene Juanita (Seghetti) McGowan on Nov. 15, 1941, in Vallejo, Calif. He attended Vallejo schools, including St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and served as an officer of the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity. Bob was married to Jane Griffen for 28 years, beginning Feb. 8, 1976, and together they raised three children.
Along with his parents, Bob is preceded in death by his sister Barbara Parrish and his brother Joseph McGowan.
Bob will live on in his children Meghan, Kevin (Savannah Anderson) and Daniel, his granddaughter Madelyn and the many people whose lives he touched.
Robert W. Adamson ’64 (biology)
March 30, 2012—Millville, Calif.
Robert W. Adamson, 69, of Millville died March 30, 2012 at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding.
Joan “Judith” (Twomey) MacMillan ’64 (English)
Dec. 16, 2013—Reno, Nev.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Joan “Judith” Twomey MacMillan on Dec. 16, 2013. Born in San Diego, Calif., on Dec. 11, 1942, to Emogene Waples Twomey and John Joseph Twomey, Judy was a resident of the Reno-Sparks area for over 56 years.
Locally she worked in the kitchens at St. Mary’s Hospital while attending the University of Nevada, Reno. Following graduation, Judy worked as an Honors and Remedial English teacher at Truckee-Tahoe High School, inspiring a love of literature and reading in even the most resistant of hearts. In 1969, she went to work for the Washoe County Treasurer's Office where she eventually became both a deputy treasurer and a supervisor, retiring 32-and-a half years later.
At work and in her personal life Judy was well known for her clever and insightful poetry, her artistic talents and her far-reaching genius. To sit by her side as she watched Jeopardy and answered all the questions with both accuracy and ease was truly daunting for the uninitiated and even slightly terrifying for those of us who knew her very well.
Judy’s loves included good food and coffee with friends and family, Shakespeare, Kipling’s Just So Stories, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, keno, organic gardening, nature and wildlife, traveling, art and her cats. She also “collected” afternoon tea in locations as various as Reno, London, Ashland, New Orleans, Cardiff, Chicago, Edinburgh, Carmel and San Francisco.
Known for her unstinting kindness and generosity of spirit, Judy was an excellent cook and a fantastic baker. Evidence of her skill in this area included winning first place in the Nevada State Fair’s Best Apple Pie contest to absolutely no surprise from anyone who ever tasted her perfect pastry.
Judy leaves behind two heartbroken children Michael and Jana, and her “best beloved” granddaughter, Alexandra who recalls her clever and wily Gram as a most “sneaky-ass woman.”
Throughout her life, Judy donated to a vast array of charities including: SPCA, Humane Society, National Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, St. Jude's Children’s Home, St. Vincent's, Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross just to name a few. She was also an avid supporter of the Washoe County Library System and the National Audubon Society (in which she held local office for several years).
Arthur “Art” E. Kess ’65 (history)
March 11, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Art Kess transitioned to paradise on March 11, 2014. He was born into life on July 5, 1943 in Hartford, Conn.
Art was raised and educated in Reno where he graduated from Reno High School in 1961. He received his degrees in history and secondary education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1965.
During his college years Art was president of the national service organizations Sagers and Blue Key. He was a leader in the Sigma Nu fraternity and participated in the ROTC program. He was active in student government all four years and was one of the first male cheerleaders in the university athletic department. For the duration of his life, Art remained one of the proudest and loudest Nevada Wolf Pack Boosters.
After graduation, Art taught a partial year at the original Billinghurst Middle School before being called to active duty in the US Army for a tour in Vietnam during 1965-66 and was honorably discharged as a Captain.
Art began his distinguished professional career with New York Life Insurance Company on May 13, 1968 and closed his office 45 years later in March 2013.
He qualified for New York Life's highest achievement council for numerous years and he was a Life and Qualifying Member of the “Million Dollar Round Table.” The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors nominated him for national recognition for his outstanding service.
During his professional career, community service remained a core value. Art was President of CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada, Board Chairperson of the American Cancer Society, Co-founder of Executive Association of Reno (EAR), and Founding Director of the Safe Ride Program. He served on the Board of Directors of the Heart Association, the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce, the Nevada Self Help Foundation, as well as the Kairos and Ridge House prison ministries.
Art was an active member at St. Paul’s, First, and South Reno United Methodist Churches.
Art was committed to physical fitness throughout his life. He played organized league softball and golfed well into his last years. Art finished three Silver State Marathons in 1978-80 with 3 hours and 59 minutes his best time.
Without hesitation, Art would tell anyone that his greatest accomplishment in life was his marriage of 26 years to his wife Marcella and the wonderful family they raised together. He is survived by his beloved wife Marcella, his five children Kristy Cowen, Kevin Kess and spouse Kristin, Katie Coombs and spouse Chris, Tiffany Moiola, and Teresa Moiola and fiance Chris Malloy in addition to 10 grandchildren, Katelyn Cowen, Cameron Cowen, Ashley Kess, Jonathan Kess, Drew DiLillo, Mackenzie DiLillo, Hannah DiLillo, Austin Coombs, Cameron Coombs, and Abby Coombs.
Art and Marcella wish to thank Dr. Craig Conrath, Dr. Hilari Fleming, Dr. Jaime Shuff and their staffs, as well as St. Mary's Hospice for the excellent medical care received during his four year journey with cancer.
To honor Art’s life, continue his legacy of random acts of kindness
Pauline (Leveille) Quilici, attend 1965-79
Feb. 21, 2014—Yerington, Nev.
Pauline Leveille Quilici died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at the South Lyon Medical Center’s Long Term Care in Yerington, Nevada after a lengthy illness. She was 88.
Pauline was born June 27, 1925 in Yerington, Nev., the daughter of Edward and Annetta (Dexheimer) Leveille. The family moved to Smith Valley where her parents farmed and raised their family of five children.
Pauline loved going to school and to learn. She attended Smith Valley schools then graduating from Smith Valley high school. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Soon after graduating, she married her first husband, Donald Ogle, a career Navy man. Pauline and Donald were stationed in many places, including Japan where she delighted in teaching Japanese businessman to speak English. They adopted their son, Timothy when they were stationed in Fallon, Nevada. Donald died suddenly while they were stationed in Hawaii.
Pauline and Tim returned to Smith, and she began teaching at the Smith Valley Elementary. It was there she met Basil Quilici, and they were married July 26, 1969. They moved to Yerington when Basil transferred to Yerington Intermediate School as the new Principal. Pauline began teaching 2nd Grade at the Yerington elementary. Pauline retired in 1985 after 32 years of teaching. She and Basil enjoyed many years of traveling, spending summers at Twin lakes and spoiling their three grandchildren.
Pauline is survived by her husband, Basil; her son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Leanna Ogle; her granddaughters, Katherine, Abby and Emily Ogle; her sister, Edna Tracy and her brother, Bill Leveille; along with numerous nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Phyllis Matheus, Gladys D’Federico and Betty Bryan.
The family would hope those who knew Pauline remember her as always being “delighted.” She was delighted to have someone visit her, to have her best friend, Basil, dote on her, to eat something delicious (even if it really wasn’t) or to spoil her granddaughters.
Lynda J. (Hajny) MacDonald ’68 (zoology)
Nov. 26, 2012—Baton Rouge, La.
Lynda MacDonald passed away Nov. 26, 2012 at her home. She was 66. She was born in Maryland, the only daughter of Helen Kitchen and Jet Hajny. She grew up in Reno, Nev., graduated from Wooster High, and later from the University of Nevada as a medical technologist. At the university, she met and married her husband of 45 years Mike MacDonald. In 1973, she and her husband moved to Baton Rouge, La., and in 1975, she gave birth to their twins, David and Daniel. In 1983, she was diagnosed with a chronic auto-immune disease. She continued to work and raise her children, contribute her time and energy to charity, love her husband, and be an inspiration to everybody around her. She will be remembered by her beauty, determination to endure the daily struggle, and the love she and her husband shared that kept her going.
“Once more into the fray
Into the last good fight I'll ever know
Live and die on this day
Live and die on this day”
Kathryn D. Horlacher ’69 (elementary education)
March 26, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, returned to her Heavenly Father on March 26, 2014 in Reno, Nevada. She was born on March 21,1936 in Ogden, Utah to Alton Dickson and Helen Tanner. She was the oldest of four children. Her siblings are John, Jean Ann and Jim. Kathryn married Gordon Jenkins in 1955. They had five children: David, Anne, Ron, Larry and Beth. They later divorced.
Kathryn attended BYU and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in elementary education. She touched many lives during her 25 years teaching at Lena Juniper. She married her eternal companion, Fred R. Horlacher, on Nov. 21, 1987 in the LDS Oakland Temple. They served a full time mission in 1994 in New York and also served faithfully in many church callings. She and her sweetheart were fortunate to travel many places throughout the world together.
She sang in the Sierra Nevada Chorale, had many dear friends and enjoyed her association with The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She cherished her time serving in the Reno LDS Temple. Her tremendous faith and devotion to our Savior Jesus Christ has been the guiding principle of her life.
She is survived by her loving husband, siblings, children, stepchildren, grandchildren and great grandchildren who will all dearly miss her positive attitude and encouraging words. We will miss you Grandma Cake ... don’t worry, we'll get glad again!
Susan K. (Thompson) Martin ’69 (nursing)
Nov. 25, 2013—Las Vegas, Nev.
Susan K. Martin, 67, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Nov. 25, 2013. Susan was born March 30, 1946, in New York. She moved to Las Vegas in 1972, where she spent many years working as a nurse at Sunrise Hospital and various other hospitals in the Las Vegas area. Susan celebrated life, dining out, attending shows and traveling the world with Gene, her beloved husband of 38 years, throwing parties and spending time with her family and countless friends, speaking her mind and sharing her opinions without reservation. She was a compassionate person, willing to help many with her advice, gifts, lodging and love. Amongst her cherished ones, were her furry, four-legged creatures, particularly her Welsh corgis. Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Fay Kaplan; and her son, David. She is survived by her husband, Gene; her brother, Richard; her son, Michael; her stepchildren, Dion, Sheri and Shawn; and her extended family in Las Vegas and New York. Gene sums it up simply and beautifully: “We had a great life. We did what we wanted to do.”
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal
Lyle K. Adamson, attended 1971
March 4, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Here is a test to find out if your mission in life is complete. If you are alive, it isn’t.
Lyle Kenneth Adamson passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 4, 2014 at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev. He was 73. Lyle was born Dec. 30, 1940 in Granite, Ore., to Bill and Wavel Adamson. He attended Gerlach High School where he was all-state in basketball. He also attended the University of Nevada, Reno School of Mines. In 1964, he met the love of his life, Judie, on a blind date. On December 16, 1965 they were married and had 3 children, Jody, Sammie, and Jason. Known to some as “Detective Hargraves,” Lyle was one of the highest decorated homicide detectives in Washoe County. He pioneered the use of dental records to identify victims in the department and when he left the Sheriff's Department, there were no unsolved murders on the books. He was responsible for roughly 3,800 convictions, most of them cold cases. He was skilled in many trades. He was an avid hunter, master gun smith, woodworker, survivalist, and machinist. He also spent many years with the Galena Volunteer Fire Department. In addition, Lyle was a lover of horses, and he worked and trained on many ranches. A fan of John Wayne movies, some of his favorite hobbies were hunting, mining, rock collecting, boating and camping with his family. One of his favorite times was pulling the kids on inner tubes on the back of his boat, going as fast as he could, and seeing how long they could stay on. During the last years of his life he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. They were very important to Lyle, and they all loved and respected him. He will be dearly missed by all.
Surviving Lyle are his beloved wife Judie Mae Adamson, brothers and sisters, Bob and Sandy Adamson, Richard and Tina Adamson, Renee Bibee, Pennie Martin, Bonnie and Kenny Reimers, Richard Sloane, Robin and Dan Mix, Leonora (Tweedie) and Carl Henry, Cindy and Don Cavallo, Mike and Diane Pargeon, and Charlene and Jim Wilson. Also father-in-law Jim Sloane. His children, Clarence (Jody) and Gina Adkins, Sammie Rainsberger and Tim Butler, Jason Adamson and Joanne Frasier, Ron and Tina Hewitt, and Jennifer Adamson. Grandchildren, Steve Mason, Jennifer Mason, Heather Porter, Sommer Adkins, Natasha Devol, Selena Adamson, Alexander Adamson, Tasha McDaniel, Kayla Frasier, Trevor Frasier, Erik Rainsberger, Karrie Rasher, and Brailyn Turner-Alcorn. Great grandchildren, Kandace Kidd, Kalcie Kidd, Destiny Rasher, Johnny Rasher, and Kayla Porter and many nieces and nephews.
Lyle was preceded in death by Grandma Baye Sloane, Wavel and Bill Adamson, Aunt Lafay, Kathy Wallek, and Dannie Jasmine.
Lester “Kendall” K. Horton ’72 (accounting)
March 16, 2014—Yuma, Ariz.
Kendall Horton passed away on March 16, 2014 in Yuma, Ariz.
He was born April 4, 1932 in McGill, Nevada to Lester H. Horton and Vida Hunter Horton. He attended school in McGill and graduated from White Pine High school in 1950.
While in the Air Force he served his country in Japan.
Kendall worked construction in the Reno area for many years and graduated from the University of Nevada Reno in 1972. After graduation he worked as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service until he retired.
Kendall loved being outdoors camping, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed playing his guitar and providing entertainment for his numerous friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; Gordon and Phillip Horton. He is survived by nephews; Scott and Hud Horton, nieces; Terri Horton and Romy Barsanti.
Kendall leaves behind a very special lady, and companion, Nancy Walters.
Everyone who knew him will miss his big smile and gentle manner.
James “Jim” S. Plumtree ’72 (art)
July 1, 2013—Garden City, Idaho
Jim Plumtree died July 1, 2013 at home in Garden City, Idaho, with his wife, Pat, family and friends by his side.
James S. Plumtree was born Nov. 8, 1935 in South San Francisco, Calif., to Sani and Leona Farrell Plumtree. Jim graduated Antioch High School in 1953 and enrolled at San Francisco State College majoring in art. In 1955 he enlisted in the Navy. Jim's love for Occupational Therapy (OT) began when he became an OT Technician finding a way to marry his love of arts and crafts to a healing art that appealed to his desire to help others recover function. Being honorably discharged from the Navy, he returned to San Francisco State as a full-time student working part-time at Wells Fargo Bank headquarters.
In 1961 he was employed by a family-owned chain of Bay Area retail specialty stores headquartered in San Francisco where he eventually became a buyer. It was during this time that he met his wife-to-be. On June 29, 1968 he married Patricia Volland at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, Nev., where Pat's parents resided.
In 1969, he accepted a new position taking them to Las Vegas and subsequently to Reno. He realized a long-held desire to complete his degree in art enrolling at the University of Nevad, Reno as a part-time student. Degree in hand he pursued his desire to become an occupational therapist. He became an OT technician at the Nevada Mental Health Institute. He was accepted into the master’s program in occupational therapy at USC in 1973. In 1975 he accepted the position of Assistant Chief of OT at Saint Francis Hospital, Lynwood, Calif.
In 1979 became the director of Occupational Therapy, Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, Boise. During his time at Elks the staff grew and he started an internship program for OT students. He served as President of the Idaho Occupational Therapy Association during the time OT's led the "charge" for licensure. As president of IOTA he served on the Council of State Association Presidents for AOTA, the national association. In 1984 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and was elected to the office of secretary in 1987 a position he held for the next nine years. He was named AOTF’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 1996.
In 1989, Jim became the Director of Occupational Therapy at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, South Bend Indiana. Once again the staff and volumes grew and he initiated an OT student internship program. Jim was very involved in the South Bend community. Although difficult for an SC grad, he was able to root for Notre Dame except during that traditional last Saturday in November! In 2002, USC President Stephen Sample appointed Jim and Pat as USC Ambassadors and to the Board of Councilors of the School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Retirement for Jim was short-lived and he went back to work as a PRN (as needed) Occupational Therapist in northern Indiana nursing homes and rehab facilities until Pat retired and they returned to Boise in the summer of 2004. Having maintained his Idaho licensure # 004, retirement was short lived and Jim went to work PRN at a care center in Boise. Later he was encouraged to re-join the Trinity system in 2007 as PRN OTR. Once again he found joy in the acute and rehab settings and loved the patients and staff with whom he was working. Due to his illness, Jim reluctantly retired this past spring having spent nearly 20 years in the Holy Cross/Trinity system and 37 years as an Occupational Therapist.
Jim and Pat enjoyed wonderful times making friends of long-standing wherever they visited and lived. Foreign travel held great fascination for Jim as well as music, theater, gardening and loads of other projects and people. He held memberships in American Occupational Therapy Association, Idaho Occupational Therapy Association, USC Board of Councilors, Holy Cross Associates, Saint Alphonsus Volunteer Services and Holy Apostles Catholic Church.
Jim's mother Leona and father, Sani preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Pat of Garden City, sister, Kathleen Henderson (Don) Brentwood, CA; nephew, Craig Henderson (Therisa) New Johnsonsville, Tenn., niece, Rene Hugo (Bob) Gilroy, CA; great-nieces Andrea and Sara Hugo; sister-in-law, Sister Pamela Marie Volland Beijing, China. He and Pat were so grateful for all their extended family near and far as well as many friends who provided so much love and support these past few months. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Chuck from Saint Alphonsus Hospice and the doctors, nursing, therapy and social work staff at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for their care.
Dennis A. Balaam ’70 A.A. (criminal justice) ’76 (criminal justice)
May 6, 2014—Sparks Nev.
Dennis Austin Balaam passed away on May 6, 2014 with his family by his side. As he did both in his personal and professional life, he bravely battled cancer for the past eight years before succumbing to the disease. Dennis was born on Sept.11, 1950 to Donald and Marie Balaam of Yerington, Nev. He graduated from Yerington High School in 1968. Dennis was a 4 year letterman at Yerington High, where he was inducted in the football Hall of Fame in 1994. Coach Mike Lommori always referred to Balaam’s tackling technique as the “Balaam Necktie.”
After graduating from high school, he left the small town of Yerington and headed for The Biggest Little City, where he enrolled in the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
Dennis began his career with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in 1971 as a Reserve Deputy. In 2000, he became the 23rd Sheriff of Washoe County, the first Sheriff in 64 years to come up through the ranks to assume command of the agency. As a native Nevadan, he proudly served the citizens of Washoe County for 35 years. His many accomplishments included bringing the Amber Alert to Northern Nevada, acquisition of an armored SWAT vehicle to facilitate the protection and rescue of civilian and public safety personnel, improvements to the Civil Protective Custody/Intake area of the Detention Facility and expansion of the Sheriff's Office inmate work programs.
Sheriff Balaam retired from the Sheriff’s Office in January 2007 after 35 years of service to the community. He was always an active member of the community, supporting a variety of charities and public service organizations. He was a founding member of the Children's Cabinet in Incline Village. In 2000, he founded the Washoe County Honorary Deputies Association, a non-profit organization through which the members of the community and local businesses support the mission of the Sheriff's Office along with a number of worthy causes such as the annual “Shop with the Sheriff” event.
Dennis loved his family, friends and community and always enjoyed a great round of golf. He was a wonderful Grandfather, who never missed his grandchildren's sporting events or school functions. Dennis will be remembered for his great personality, quick wit, and a smile that would light up a room.
Dennis is survived by his wife Diane Balaam, his son, Assistant Sheriff Darin Balaam, wife Heather and grandchildren David, Logan, Devon and Paige Balaam of Sparks, daughter Jenny Penrod, husband Dean and grandchildren Alyx and Patrick of Sparks; son Brian Barnes, wife Becky and grandchild Dominic of Sparks, his father, Donald Balaam and brother Bruce Balaam, sister-in-law Ellen and two nieces of Yerington.
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
Or you can be full of love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him only that he's gone,
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
Be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he'd want:
Smile…open your eyes…
Love and go on.
Debra L. (McClure) Elder ’77 (health education)
April 19, 2014—Carson City, Nev.
Mrs. Elder was born on July 1, 1955, in Quincy, California to Lestal and Shirley McClure. As a young girl she grew up in Reno and attended Veteran's Memorial Elementary School, Vaughn Middle School, and Wooster High School. She went on to study at the University of Nevada, Reno where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education. Shortly after graduating, she began work at the Nevada Bell Company where she met her late husband Daniel Brittan Elder. Her sons, John and Brian were born shortly thereafter. She loved spending all her spare time with her children. She began her career working at Carson Middle School as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher. During her time as a teacher at Carson Middle School, she became a cancer survivor after fighting a two year battle with breast cancer. She continued teaching for over 25 years, eventually ending up at Carson High School where she taught math and volunteered her time as a scorekeeper at volleyball and basketball games. Over her dedicated 25 year teaching career, Mrs. Elder was able to make a vast impact on the lives of many students in the Carson City area. She loved her children, family and friends and enjoyed working out at RAD Crossfit in Carson City. She was fun, strong, outgoing, a great listener, and voice of reason for many.
She is survived and is missed by her two sons, John (Breianna) and Brian (Amanda Berry) Elder; her granddaughter Livienne Elder; her parents Lestal and Shirley McClure: her siblings Shaun (Carl, Erin, Eric, Caitlin) Hasty, Sheri (Bill, Cody, Tawnya) Petersen, Sonya (Ryan, Quinn, Shannon) Campbell, and Ken (Ramona) McClure.
Richard F. Hardyman ’78Ph.D. (geology)
March 24, 2014-Reno, Nev.
On March 24, 2014 the world lost an incredible person. Richard F. Hardyman lived most of his childhood in Storm Lake, Iowa, and then went on to pursue his degrees in geology. He obtained his B.S. from the UW, his M.S from the UMN and his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno. He taught for several years at BSU where he was fondly referred to as Herr Doctor Professor. He left when he was recruited by the USGS where he spent 18 years as a field geologist. Over his career, he worked in many foreign countries as well as much of Nevada and is respected for being a true artist as a mapper, applying his formidable skill to "figure out the puzzle". Dick was a talented geologist and a fierce friend. He was infamous for protracted stories and, as he often said, having no wit. He is survived by his mother; Doris Gutz, and sisters; Dorothy Mitchell and Cindy Fischer, by his three children; Jessica Corddry (Tim), Kate Woodbury (Chris) and William Hardyman, grandchildren; Jack, Ted, Jacob, Andrew, Hudson, and Kai. He is also survived by the mother of their children, Cynthia Hardyman, and his current wife, Brenda Hardyman, and their beloved pets. There will never be another person such as Hardyman. He was a truly unique individual and his absence is keenly felt by those who knew and loved him.
Louis C. Simon ’79M.Ed. (educational administration)
April 25, 2014-Bellevue, Idaho
Louis C. Simon Jr. passed away quietly Friday April 25, 2014 surrounded by his family, in the Lincoln County Care Center of natural causes.
Louie was born in Omaha, NE. on September 4th, 1925. He attended public high school in Omaha and went on to attend college at Creighton University. After a stint in the U.S. Navy during WWII on the GI bill he continued his education at the University of Nebraska, eventually graduating with a degree in Architecture.
Soon after graduation Louie moved west coming to the Sun Valley area on the Union Pacific railroad in 1948. Once he saw the majestic Idaho Mountains he never returned to Nebraska. Working at The Duchin Room and The Sun Valley Lodge room service, waiting on his favorite movie stars and hanging out in Ketchum in the early days were some of Louie's most cherished memories. He briefly opened and ran his own business, “Lou’s Lair” on Main St. Ketchum, next to the Casino. He sold contemporary art, sheet music, greeting cards and more. He hired an employee so he could be out enjoying libations with friends at the Alpine and the Casino. Louie bought a little piece of heaven on Warm Springs Road and built his dream house with his favorite view in the world of Baldy. He met his future wife Mary Bowden in 1952 eventually marrying her in 1956 at St. Charles Church in Hailey Idaho. In 1958 they moved to Reno for Louie to start his teaching career at Central Junior High School, where he taught Art & Math until it closed. He then moved on to Swope Junior High where he continued teaching Art. He was a respected and beloved teacher for 32 years. While teaching he returned to school himself at the University of Nevada, Reno where he received his master’s degree in education.
At the end of every school year, Louie and Mary and their four children, dogs, cats and all would return to Ketchum each summer to our favorite little house on Warm Springs Road. After Louie retired in 1990-91, of course there was no question where he would spend his retirement. He came back to his home here where he basked in retirement bliss. He began traveling during the winter months to Mexico and Arizona until his early 80s. After his traveling ended he spent his time in Ketchum enjoying a coffee and cookie at Starbucks, visiting with friends, or shopping at the Goldmine and Atkinson’s all while wearing his signature hats.
Louie loved music, old movies and ART. His passion was ceramics and contemporary and abstract art. For years and years he made hand-made Christmas cards for our many friends and family. Each was its own mini work of art. He was a wonderful joke teller with a wicked sense of humor, a master of the English language (he wouldn't hesitate to correct your grammar), he often quoted poetry and Latin, and he loved to sing and dance. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society and of the American Legion. Louie and Mary had four children and six grandchildren. Louie was a true original. He was deeply loved by his family and he will truly be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Bowden Simon, his children Mark Simon, Craig (Alicia) Simon, Mimi Simon, from Reno, NV. And Patty (Ben) Gilman from Bellevue, ID; his grandchildren Louie May; Britt, Maddy, and Kennedy Simon; Quin and Avery Gilman; his sister Joyce (Tom) Cook of Reno; also his dear friend Robert Hansen; and his faithful dog Zach.
He was preceded in death by his parents Louis & Retta Mae Simon, and his siblings Ted and Dorothy.
Thank you to everyone that helped care for my Dad in and out of his home over the past year, especially the kind and caring staff at Lincoln County Care Center.
Joseph “Joe” F. Bridgman ’80 (accounting)
April 19, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Joseph Bridgman, Jr., dedicated husband, father, son, brother, and friend, passed away on April 19, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Joe was born in Reno, Nevada, on June 19, 1951, to Joseph and Anna Bridgman. A lifelong Reno resident, he attended Jessie Beck Elementary School, Billinghurst Junior High, and graduated from Reno High School in 1969. He earned an Associate Degree in Systems Management from Reno Business College in 1972. Joe went on to attend University of Nevada, Reno, and graduated in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also served in the Air National Guard, specializing in aerial photography.
Joe worked as a computer programmer for many years at NCR, Swift Newspapers, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, but his most rewarding career move was spending the past 12 years as a full-time dad.
Joe had a passion for sports. He was an accomplished bowler in high school, earning an opportunity to compete nationally in Washington, D.C. However, his favorite pastime was baseball. He grew up playing baseball from Little League through high school, and he was an avid San Francisco Giants fan for over 50 years. Joe passed the love of baseball on to his children. As a father, he coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball teams, kept score, and worked the snack bar. Joe also held the position of Treasurer for Washoe Little League and Babe Ruth, as well as holding other positions on the Little League Board of Directors. He later became the voice of the Damonte Ranch High School varsity baseball team. In honor of Joe’s extensive volunteer efforts for the Washoe Little League, the league recently dedicated Field Two of the South Valley Regional Sports Complex to Joe Bridgman and Family.
Joe co-founded the Damonte Ranch Youth Basketball League in 2003 to provide children with an equal opportunity to develop basketball skills and to learn good teamwork and sportsmanship. This program has enriched the lives of over 3,200 South Reno boys and girls.
Joe’s volunteer efforts reached from sports venues to the classroom and to his church. He was very involved in education, working as a substitute teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. He also published the Pleasant Valley school newsletter and authored much of its content for several years. Likewise, Joe shared his enthusiastic, giving nature with Hope Community Church, for which he donated much of his time helping his fellow community members.
Joe is survived by his wife, Dana; four children, Jill, Justin, Jordan, and Jana; mother, Anna; sister, Jo Ann; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.
Barbara (Beebe) Atkinson’85 (English)
April 15, 2014-Reno, Nev.
Barbara Atkinson passed away on Tuesday, April 15, at home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born on Oct. 17, 1929, to Leon and Martha Beebe in Salinas, Calif., her family moved to Santa Cruz when she was a toddler and then to Reno in 1942 where she met and married her lifetime love in 1948. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Thomas Atkinson. They have four children: Thomas (Tommie Kay), Richard (deceased), Shirley Orton (Gene), and Neil (Kathy). They have 7 grandchildren: Alicia, Desiree, Ryan, Daniel, David (deceased), Zachary, and Jacob. They have six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Larry Beebe (Marlene), and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her mother, father, three brothers and one sister.
Throughout her life, she was active in a number of community organizations from PTA and Boy Scouts to Beta Sigma Phi and Kiwanis. She raised her children while working in the medical profession and returned to the University of Nevada to graduate with honors in 1985. She retired from the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office, Family Support Division.
She was an active member of St. Mark's Fellowship, North Reno Kiwanis, Good Sam's, and was committed to contributing to the Community Outreach program. She loved to travel the world, the country, and this state. She was a strong, courageous, and generous woman, wife, and mother.
Damon D. Havas, attended 1986–91
May 17, 2014-Reno, Nev.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our amazing Damon Darren Havas (pen name D.D. Yates)
Damon passed at his home in Reno on May 17, 2014 where he resided for the rest of his life. Damon was a published poet as well as a state champion and all-star football player at Reno High School.
Damon graduated from Reno High School and attended the University of Nevada Reno and was a member of Tau Epsilon Kappa (TKE). Damon's true passions were poetry, skiing and physical fitness. He spent most of his life writing and skiing on one of the many Sierra Mountain ski trails and worked out often to build his personal strength.
He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Damon leaves behind his father and mother Paul and Gordine Havas, his two brothers Adrian and Steffan Havas, his sister Lanya Havas Zambrano, his nieces and nephews Isabella Havas, Maxwell Havas and Sebastian Zambrano and many aunts and uncles.
A special thought from Damon:
The sun may shine
The sun may shine
The chance Comment
Is only a comet,
But there is a
A day of peace is
Don't push God to a
Michel P. Aurnague ’89 (accounting)
April 2014—Reno, Nev.
The Aurnague family would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who shared Michel's religious ceremony and last journey with us.
Special thanks to Basque poet and singer Johnny Curuchet, singers Robert and Germaine Alfaro, and Monique Falxa all of California, for their religious Basque songs at the funeral.
Forever loved and missed.
Edward C. Frisch ’91 (health education)
April 26, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Ed passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness. He was born in Reno and graduated from Reno High School in 1982 where he excelled in football. He was named all state middle linebacker in his senior season. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno. Ed was an avid sports fan and outdoorsman. He enjoyed spending time with his sons Adam and Jacob playing golf, skiing, fishing, and watching the baseball game. He is preceded in death by his father Charles. He is survived by his sons Adam and Jacob, mother Theresa Frisch, great aunt June Haycock-Meese, sister Mary Speth (Matt), nephews and niece Zach, Jeremy, and Jaclyn and extended family.
Jennifer “Erin” Little, attended 1991-94
March 3, 2014—Reno, Nev.
Our beautiful, courageous daughter, Jennifer Erin Little, age 40, passed away March 3, 2014 at her family’s home.
Erin was born November 11, 1973 in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up in Reno, Nev. She graduated from Reno High School in 1991, attended the University of Nevada and graduated with a degree in secondary education from Point Lama Nazarene University. Erin’s sense of adventure eventually led her to Costa Rica, where she fell in love with the beautiful country and decided to create a life there for the past 13 years. She founded her own successful business, had her beloved son Aidan and her love for animals led to a house full of cats and dogs. She found her true mate Carlos. She loved Costa Rica very much. Erin’s bright spirit brought joy and happiness to all those around her. She was a strong and loving daughter, mother, mate, sister and friend to so many. She will be deeply missed.
Erin is survived by her son Aidan Efrain Espinoza Little, age 10; her partner Carlos Javier Sanchez Lopez; her father Dr. Russell E. Little; her mother Patricia A. Little; her sister Kelly Benardis (brother-in-law Matt, nephew Asher, niece Hattie) and her brother Christopher R. Little. She also leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Sara A. Mackey, attended 1996-98
Feb. 22, 2014—Jackson Hole Wyo.
Sara Alice Mackey died at the age of 37 of respiratory failure after two months struggling with pneumonia. Her family, Don, Vicki, Wayne and Ann were all with her at her last peaceful breath.
Sara was born in Portland, Ore., and was still a baby when the family moved to Sparks, Nev. The mountains were always calling her name, and Tahoe was ever present in so many of her activities. After a few years at the University of Nevada, Reno, and then graduating from the UNLV Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Sara became an employee of the Four Seasons Hotel organization, working in Las Vegas, New York City, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Her last posting was at the Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. During her 15 years with Four Seasons, Sara worked in almost every position from the ground up, achieving the position of Human Resources Director at Jackson Hole. With the Four Seasons, Sara traveled the world, helping at numerous properties on special projects. She shared many stories of the places she visited and the friends she had around the world.
Sara loved a glass of red wine that tasted like the cellar floor, the sun shining on the Teton Range as she drove to work in Jackson, the mountain wilderness covered in snow, the wolves re-introduced in Yellowstone Park, and Mom’s pecan finger cookies at Christmastime. She and her dad could recite great lines from movies such as “A Few Good Men” and “Pretty Woman.”
Sara said on her last day "I had a great ride". Indeed she did. She packed a lot of living into 37 years. She affected so many people with her positive attitude and compassion. She made us all proud to be her family, and her passing will hopefully inspire us to live life as fully as Sara did. Always one to bring her friends and family together to tell stories of her latest adventure, with your next drink, say a toast to Saras fantastic spirit and compassionate soul, and tell a story in her memory.