Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dorothy Mae Chamness Henry, BHS 1952

Dorothy Mae Chamness Henry, BHS 1952 July 10, 1934 - March 30, 2014 Dorothy Mae (Chamness) Henry passed away on March 30, 2014 after a long 8 year battle with Demetria / Alzheimer’s. She was born on July 10, 1934 to Raymond and Olive Chamness and raised in Burbank, CA with her late older sister Marcia (Chamness) Fochler. Dorothy attended Burbank schools, including Miller Elementary, John Muir Jr. High, and Burbank High School where she graduated in 1952. She went on to Glendale Jr. College and then Cal State LA to earn a teaching degree. She began her 41 year Burbank teaching career at Central (Disney) Elementary in September of 1958. She worked there until 1963 when she moved to Roosevelt. She took a pause from teaching in 1966 following maternity leave, but returned in 1968 to Jefferson Elementary where she continued to teach Kindergarten and First Grade until her retirement in June 2001. During her career, she received many awards, accolades, and honors, including teacher of the year from the Burbank Kiwanis Club. A life-long student of early childhood education, Dorothy was an active volunteer in several organizations dedicated to advancing the education of young children. During her career, Dorothy was proud to have personally touched the lives and shaped the future of over 1,300 kindergarten/1st grade students. She was also a leader and member of her local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She is survived by her two children Denise Henry Colvey of Atlanta, GA and Darrell Henry of Arlington, VA, and grandchildren Drake and Olivia Henry. Published in the La Canada Valley Sun, April 14, 2014.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Roy Bucklin Beach, BHS 1947, Former BHS Teacher

Roy Bucklin Beach, BHS 1947, Former BHS Teacher 12/4/1929 - 3/5/2014 Roy Bucklin Beach, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at home on March 5, 2014. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Roy was raised in Burbank California. He served in the US Naval Reserves as well as the US Army in Austria and Germany. He also served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in France. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brigham Young University. He married Diane Smith in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in September 1957. He spent his life working with young people, first by teaching mathematics and French at Jordan Junior High School in Burbank, California, and spent more than 20 years as a teacher and counselor at Burbank High School. You couldn't go anywhere within a 20 mile radius of Burbank without someone saying "Hello, Mr. Beach". After retiring to South Jordan, Utah, Roy spent years volunteering his time for LDS Church, including the local family history center, the Jordan River Temple, the church history museum and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane. Roy is survived by his children, David (Julia), Kristen Klegseth (Junior), Karen Hill (Robert), Melinda Altenberg (Gary), Jennifer Gearing (Dan), Jonathan (Gwen), 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Parkway 8th Ward Chapel, 9894 South 2700 West, South Jordan.
Viewings will be held on Sunday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 So.) and on Monday from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Interment: Provo Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to charity of your choice (i.e. Primary Children's Hospital, LDS Perpetual Education Fund, Special Olympics, Wounded Warrior) Published in Deseret News on Mar. 8, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Linda Gagon Tyler, BHS 1961

Linda Gagon Tyler, BHS 1961 Linda Tyler, 70, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, April 1, 2014, surrounded by her loved ones. Linda was born in Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 19, 1943, to Rosemary and Clyde Gagnon. As a child, she moved with her family to California, graduating from Burbank High School in 1961. Linda loved spending time at the lake, playing Scrabble and watching Dodgers baseball. She was an avid reader, and she owned her own insurance agency. Her greatest joys came from spending time with her husband and family and spoiling her grandchildren. Linda will be most remembered for her gift for loving others. Her spirit of unconditional love and acceptance was given freely to all who crossed her path, whether family, friend, or acquaintance. Her "come as you are" attitude made all who knew her feel as though they had a special place in Linda's heart reserved just for them, and she leaves a legacy of having touched the souls of nearly everyone she encountered. Linda was preceded in death by her daughter, Tiffany, in 2009. She is survived by her devoted husband, Robert; their three sons, Rett, James and Ricky; three daughters-in-law; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister; and two brothers; and countless others whose lives will be forever impacted by Linda's presence. Services will be at noon Friday, April 11, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

David R. Clack, BHS 1974

David R. Clack, BHS 1974 VIRGINIA BEACH - David R. Clack, 53, passed away Sept. 5, 2008, in his home. A native of Glendale, Calif., he was employed with A-1 Sewer and Drain as a dispatcher for the last year. He is survived by his companion of eight years, Debbie Phelps of Virginia Beach; his mother, Joyce Thede of Acton, Calif.; stepfather, Don Thede of Arizona; two sisters, Karie Brown and husband Bob of Saugus, Calif., and Melissa Borck and husband Sean of Acton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his father, Jack R. Clack. All services will be private. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation. Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 9, 2008

Friday, April 4, 2014

Clyde Hughes, BHS 1943

Clyde Hughes, BHS 1943 (August 5, 1925 - February 21, 2014) Clyde Hughes, 88, of Pioneer, California, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 21, 2014. He was a husband, father, brother, son, grandfather and great grandfather. He was the epitome of a gentleman with the knowledge of Socrates. Clyde was a proud Army Air Corps WWII veteran who taught his children and grandchildren to be loyal, compassionate and selfless. Clyde showed love, kindness and discipline. Clyde was born August 5, 1925 in Burbank, California to Clyde and Myrtle Hughes. He was the youngest of 4 boys. Clyde grew up in Burbank and graduated from Burbank High School. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. Clyde owned a service station in Burbank for many years before working in the auto parts business. He was well respected by all his clients and customers; known as a man of integrity. Clyde married Eileen Hughes on March 16, 1947. They were married for 66 years. He left a beautiful love note for Eileen in the event he preceded her in death. He told her how proud he was to have had her as his wife, that he had always loved her and would love her forever. Clyde loved his family and treasured time with his wife and children. They spent many summers at Bishop Creek. Clyde loved camping and fishing. Clyde was very active at Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene. He was the first person to walk up to someone new, shake hands and welcome them to church. He loved studying the bible and preparing for his Sunday School class. Clyde came prepared with “just one question” and a gleam in his eye ready to dig deeper into study of the Word. Everyone looked forward to Clyde’s comments and questions and class now has a handout that is affectionately known as “Clyde’s Corner”. Clyde was very involved with the Interfaith Food Bank. He and his wife Eileen have worked at the Food Bank every Wednesday for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Newton Hughes and his daughters, Cheryl Ehlman and Kathleen Harmon. His son, Michael Hughes preceded him in death April 8, 2008. Clyde is also survived by 4 grandchildren; Amy Brust, Keith Hohman, Adam Warren and Shannon Harmon; and 6 great-grandchildren, Frank, Nora, Jason, Emmalee, Cylus and Cassandra. He was looking forward to the birth of his next great grandchild this summer. He was deeply loved and will be missed. Honoring Clyde’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. Donations in Clyde’s memory can be made to the Interfaith Food Bank, 12181 Airport Road, Jackson, CA 95642. >

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Michael S. Harris, BHS 1961

Michael S. Harris, BHS 1961 Michael S. Harris, 70, of Kalispell, passed away suddenly in his home on Oct. 1, 2013, due to complications of recent cancer surgery. He fought a valiant fight against cancer over the past 20 months, but his quality of life had deteriorated to the point where he became tired of fighting, and his heart just couldn't take the strain any longer. Mike, or Mickey, as he was known as a youngster, was born in Glendale, Calif., in May 1943 and grew up in Burbank. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1961 and continued on to earn a degree in aerospace technology from Glendale City College in 1967.Mike was always fascinated by airplanes and flying while growing up. He earned his private pilot's license in 1962 and continued flying privately well into the 1980s. He met his first wife and the mother of his children, Cheryl Moore, in 1962 while both were members of the flight club at Glendale City College, and they married in April 1963. First a son, Steven, was born and then a daughter, Jennifer, but their union wasn't meant to endure and sadly ended in divorce after 12 years. The couple maintained a sometimes strained, but mostly amicable relationship while their kids were growing up, and they were able to become much better friends during these last years of his life. Mike later met Laura (Stump) Wakelin while both were working at Lockheed. They married in June 1977 and were together until her death in January 1996. In keeping with his love of airplanes and flying, Mike worked for Lockheed Martin Corporation for over 37 years, first in their Burbank facilities and then at their Skunk Works operations in Palmdale, Calif. He began his career fresh out of high school and worked his way up to become a design specialist/aerospace engineer with a top secret security clearance. He was involved in notable aircraft projects such as the L-1011, SR-71 Blackbird, F-117A stealth fighter, and most recently acted as the lead designer on the YF-22 advanced tactical fighter. He was happily able to retire at the age of 55 in 1998, and he left California for good in 1999 for the much cleaner big skies of Montana. Throughout his life and especially during his retirement years, Mike was an enthusiastic marksman and collector of guns, both antique and new, and was also a skilled ammunition reloader. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, in addition to being an active member of the North Valley Sportman’s Club in Columbia Falls. He also loved building model cars and airplanes, but was sadly unable to complete any models recently due to chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in his fingertips.
The "Old West," World War II and tough-guy actors and great Americans John Wayne and Clint Eastwood were also Mike's passions. He was an avid historian, especially concerning the history of the war and the Oregon and California trails. He was able to visit Pearl Harbor many years ago as one of his dream vacations. However, his ultimate dream vacation was to trace the Oregon Trail from its start in Missouri all the way to its end, but with the previous cancer treatments and now his sudden passing, that dream will regrettably remain unfulfilled. Mike is survived by his children, son Steven Harris of Elko, Nev., and daughter Jennifer Harris of Bigfork; sister and brother-in-law, MaryKay and Don Stroum, of Tigard, Ore.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Diana and John Fregeau, of Montague, Calif.; ex-wife, Cheryl Harber, of Bigfork; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved dog and faithful companion, Chucky. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Roland "RW" and MaryAnna (Harvey) Harris; and his wife, Laura. The family is planning a memorial service and ash-scattering ceremony to be held in late spring or early summer of 2014. “We will truly miss Mike's laughter and sense of humor, his knowledge and wisdom on so many topics, the way he barbecued tri-tip and burgers until they were like charcoal, his love of dogs, his appreciation of camping and relaxing under the stars in the shadow of Mount Shasta, and just being able to call him every evening to say hello and hear him end the call with, ‘I love you, sweetie.’ He left us too soon, but his spirit lives on in us forever.” In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Humane Society of Northwest Montana or the American Cancer Society. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for Mike's family. You are invited to go to to view Mike's guest book, offer condolences and share memories.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Jamie Lea Gardemann Belmont, BHS 1976

Jamie Lea Gardemann Belmont, BHS 1976 Jamie L. Belmont, 36, died November 14, 1994 in her home. She lived her entire life in Burbank. Mrs. Belmont was a purchasing agent for eight years, last with Redken Lab. She is survived by her husband, Craig; a son, Chad; a daughter, Chelise, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gardemann, a brother, Kim Gardemann, and two sisters, Valerie Silverno and Viki Yonan. Funeral services and burial were Friday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California. Burbank Leader, November, 1994

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mario J. Ceremano, Jr., BHS 1974

Mario J. Ceremano, Jr., BHS 1974 Ceremano, Mario J. Jr., 40, of Sun Valley, nurse for Broadway Manor Convalescent Hospital. The Valley Funeral Home, Burbank. Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1994 ------------------------------------------ Mario J. Ceremano, Jr., 40, Died December 23, 1994 in Sun Valley. Born in California, he was a former Burbank resident. Mr. Ceremano was a nurse at Broadway Manor Convalescent Hospital for 17 years. In accordance with Mr. Ceremano's respect, no services will be held and burial will be private. The Valley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Burbank Leader, December 1994 NOTE: No other information at this time. There were no Senior, Junior or Sophomore photos in yearbook of him. His name came from the BHS 1974 Facebook page.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Michael Lee Furgeson, BHS 1973

Michael Lee Furgeson, BHS 1973 Michael Lee Furgeson, age 57 of Maxbass, died Friday, January 11, 2013 at a Minot hospital. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Michael Lee Furgeson, a son of Richard Furgeson and Patricia Johnson, was born on September 2, 1955 at the US Naval Hospital in Corona, CA. He graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank, CA in 1973. Michael moved to Washington State in 1975 and began working for Evergreen Utilities. He worked there until moving to North Dakota in 2004. He worked on the construction of Wal-Mart in Minot. He also worked in Deering and Glenburn. In his free time, Michael enjoyed fishing. He is survived by his father, Richard (Bette) Furgeson of Maxbass; mother, Patricia Busler of Tucson, AZ; Brothers, James (Rene) Furgeson of Mansfield, GA, Terry (Donna) Miller of Hawaii, Don (Sherrie) Miller of Anchorage, AK, and Dan (Linda) Miller of Burlington, ND; sisters, Sheryl (Jon) Thompson of Lake Stevens, WA and Wanda Miller of Snohomish, WA; special friends, Dave and Kate Zeltinger of Glenburn; several nieces and nephews and his faithful dog, Mort. In addition to his grandparents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lorene Furgeson and Joanne Blomberg and a nephew, Mathew Blomberg. Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Floyd Max Lewis, BHS 1945

Floyd Max Lewis, BHS 1945 Floyd Max Lewis (Bud) was born July 23, 1927 in Gulf Port, Mississippi to Floyd McKinley Lewis and Nellie Ruth Goodman Lewis. Their family moved to California in 1932 where he attended schools in Burbank. Floyd received his JD degree from UCLA. He was a partner of Parker, Milliken, Clark & O'Hara for over 30 years and practiced law for more than 55 years. He proudly served in United States Navy 1945-1946. He is survived by his wife Mary Wilson Lewis and was the beloved father of Christine Ruth Herzog, Bruce James Lewis, Patricia Lynn Lewis Lazenby and Mark Kevin Lewis; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He passed away peacefully on August 21, 2013 after a brief illness. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the chairty of your choice. Services will be private. Los Angeles Times from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2013