Welcome to the 50th & 55th Reunions blog for Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara, California, Class of 1959.
UPDATE ON OCT 17, 2017: I realize there have been no updates since May, 2017. If you have any updates, such as classmates who have passed away, and you'd like them posted to this blog, please send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATES (Maiden names in parentheses):
May 19, 2017: In Memoriam Update:
Sandra (Berry) Turner (no further information)
Susan Eselgroth (April 18, 1941 - August 21, 2015)
Fred Niediek (no further information)
Jan. 19, 2017: In Memoriam Update:
Jimmy Cousins (no further information)
Jan. 13, 2017: In Memoriam updates:
Karel Jo Jacobs passed away on Sept. 20, 2016.
Sharlynn (Isom) Timm passed away in November, 2016.
William R.W. Coleman passed away on Dec. 29, 2016.
May 5, 2016: Sydney Smith-O'Neill (1942-2016). Sydney died peacefully at Mission Terrace after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer's. Sydney was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and graduated from SBHS in 1959.
Apr. 14, 2016: Daniel Valenzuela passed away on March 28, 2016.
Cynthia Anne (Pierce) Kennedy, June 26, 1941 to August 29, 2015.
Karon Williams passed away in the Spring of 2016.
Mike Killion passed away in the Spring of 2016.
Oct. 6, 2015: Norma Jean (Romero) Comastra passed away on September 30, 2015.
Aug. 31, 2015: Added links to "The Luckiest Generation" article, "Lisa's Nostalgia Cafe" and "Rewind the Fifties".
Aug. 27, 2015: Moved all photos in the "In Memoriam" Facebook photo album to a second post "Deceased and Missing Classmates" on this blog.
Aug. 21, 2015: Joanne Edna (Lee) Antles passed away in August, 2015.
Aug. 4, 2015: Barbara Olivia (Burke) Forner passed away on July 30th, 2015.
Jan. 5, 2015: SBHS Class of '59 55th Reunion Photo Album
The 55th Reunion was held at Tucker's Grove, Sat. Oct. 18th 2014.
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LOST IN THE FIFTIES TONIGHT:
A YouTube video that will bring back memories of Fifties sock hops:
YouTube video: Ronnie Milsap - Lost in the Fifties Tonight
THE LUCKIEST GENERATION:
Were we? Maybe so...
Life Magazine, 1954 article
LISA'S NOSTALGIA CAFE:
REWIND THE FIFTIES:
Dedicated to the fabulous Fifties and Sixties
REWIND THE FIFTIES:
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The SBHS Classmates Then & Now Photo Album was split into two Facebook photo albums, due to Facebook's 200 photo limit on album size. Each composite photo includes a yearbook photo and a current photo, usually taken at the 50th Reunion. It is interesting to see how our faces have changed over the past fifty years. NOTE: If you'd prefer not to have your photo posted on Facebook, just send me an email message at: email@example.com and I'll be happy to delete it.
Then & Now Photo Album
Then & Now Photo Album - Part 2
50th Reunion Events:
The 50th Reunion was held in Santa Barbara during the weekend of October 2nd - 4th, 2009. The reunion events included the following:
Happy Hour at Crocodile Restaurant, Friday evening
Barbeque at Tucker's Grove Park, Saturday afternoon
Dinner & Dance at La Cumbre Country Club, Saturday evening
Brunch at Longboard's Grill, Stearn's Wharf, Sunday morning
SBHS Campus Tour, Sunday afternoon
50th Reunion Photo Albums:
Several classmates took photos of the events, and these photos have been posted on Facebook as photo albums. Here are the public links to the photo albums, so even classmates who are not Facebook members can enjoy the photos.
Happy Hour at Crocodile Restaurant:
Happy Hour - photos by Anna Sands Lafferty
Happy Hour - photos by Laura Bock
Happy Hour - photos by Dorothy Oksner
Barbeque at Tucker's Grove Park:
BBQ - photos by Anna Sands Lafferty
BBQ - photos by Laura Bock and Joe Vera Martinez
Dinner & Dance at La Cumbre Country Club:
Dinner - photos by Anna Sands Lafferty
LCCC Dinner & Dance Group Photos
Brunch at Longboard’s Grill:
Brunch - photos by Anna Sands Lafferty
Happy Hour, Barbeque, Dinner & Dance, and Brunch:
Photo Album - photos by Tal Bailey
SBHS Campus Tour:
Campus Tour - photos by Anna Sands Lafferty
Campus Tour - photos by Peggy Sands Orchowski
SBHS Class of 1959 Scholarship Fund Contribution Form:
SBHS Alumni Association:
This link: Santa Barbara High School Alumni Association
will take you to the SBHS Alumni Association website, where you can find recent quarterly newsletters, and other alumni-related information.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Pamela Jameson Boehr has graciously offered to maintain the lists of our classmates who are thought to be missing or deceased. This picture shows Pam at the Tucker's Grove Park BBQ, next to the display table showing the lists. If you have information about deceased or missing classmates that would help Pam update these lists, please contact her directly at: sbhs59 at aol dot com
Scroll down for the two lists... first the SBHS Class of 1959 Deceased Classmates, followed by the Missing Classmates.
Photos from the "In Memoriam" Facebook photo album for deceased classmates have been moved to this post, and the "In Memoriam" photo album has been removed from Facebook.
If you have photos or comments that you'd like added to the Deceased Classmates listed below, email them to me ( mauipeterb at hotmail dot com ) and I'll be happy to post them below.
SBHS Class of 1959 Deceased Classmates (as of May 11, 2016)
photos are from the 1959 Olive & Gold unless otherwise noted:
They are not long, the days of wine and roses;
Out of a misty dream, our path emerges for awhile,
Then closes within a dream.
- Ernest Dowson
On Death (by Kahlil Gibran from The Prophet)
Something has spoken to me in the night, burning the tapers of the waning year; something has spoken in the night and told me I shall die, I know not where. Saying, "To lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth - whereon the pillars of this earth are founded, toward which the conscience of the world is tending - a wind is rising, and the rivers flow."
― Thomas Wolfe,
William R.W. Coleman 7/15/41 - 12/29/2016
Bill Coleman passed away on December 29th, 2016 at 6:00 am, at home with his wife, Delia, sons, Abraham and Romeo, his daughter in-law Joy and daughter Ligaya by his side. Bill had been diagnosed with lung cancer in October of this year.
Bill was born William Robert Wood Coleman in Santa Barbara, CA on July 15th, 1941, to Shirley and Warren Coleman. He grew up in Mission Canyon with his brother Cole and sister Fredericka, and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1959.
Soon after graduation he worked at the family business, Coleman Building Materials, and lived in a small adobe in the Mountain Drive Community started by Bobby and Floppy Hyde, which later became known as ?Santa Barbara's Pioneer Bohemian Community'. Those he met among the group of families on Mountain Drive, and the values he learned there, would be a lasting influence throughout his life. The Mountain Drivers' sense of community, of living without overly processed food, electronic stimulation, and mass consumerism were ideals that he would embody throughout the rest of his life.
His first relationship provided two sons, Basilio and Abraham, and a bridge to the Filipino community, whose culture and values Bill took on wholeheartedly. It was among the Filipino elders that he learned the value of family and the discipline of farming - two factors that would later shape his life. He discovered the meaning of Sakop (family circle) through the Filipinos and though he was already an avid horticulturalist, it was the Filipino oldtimers, including Lolo Pastor, Claudio Recorba and Federico Talaugan that taught him their traditional farming methods.
In 1963 Bill bought a piece of land on Gobernador Canyon, in Carpinteria, which would become the home base of the Coleman Family and later Coleman Farms. After two years of letter writing, in 1969 he married the love of his life, Fidela (Delia) Calip. She was the yin to his yang and her patience and strength helped him realize his dreams. They danced in the moonlight, created fantastic meals, farmed the land and raised their family together. Soon after they married, Romeo was born, followed by Rizal, Santiago, and Ligaya. With six children, they had laid the foundation for their 'Sakop'.
After working at Carpinteria Valley Lumber and farming part time, he and Delia decided to become full time farmers. In March of 1979, together with a handful of other farmers, including John Tapia and Randy Wade, he established Santa Barbara's first certified farmers' market. The first markets took place monthly, first at the Mission, then the Santa Barbara County Bowl, and later at the Santa Barbara High School. Then the farmers' market moved downtown and took place on a weekly basis.
As the years went on, the farmers' markets increased, as did his involvement in them. He was truly a pioneer in his field, his passion for farming and curiosity always leading him to new discoveries. He was nominated into Slow Food's ?Noah's Ark' for his cultivation of amaranth, and was the first farmer in the area to introduce arugula, endive, radicchio, mizuna, broccoli spigarello and many other vegetables and herbs to the local markets. He was not shy to expand beyond the ?one variety' norm. He cultivated numerous varieties of everyday herbs such as mint and basil, and had 14 different varieties of lettuce. He pushed the boundaries to grow things that at first many would pass by. He re-introduced native edible greens such as lambsquarters and purslane, and rarities such as Jerusalem artichokes and fenugreek, to the local farmers markets.
As his farm grew, so did his family. He is survived by his wife, Fidela, and his six children and their families -Basilio, his son Alani and wife Sheila; Abraham, his wife Joy, and their children Tesandra and Grant; Romeo, his wife Gillian and their children Lukasz and Isabella; Rizal, his son Codi, his wife Mahana, and their children Owen and Leila; Santiago, his wife Lisa and their children Maria and Amani; and Ligaya, her husband Wolfgang, and their children Sebastian, Camilo and Severin.
Bill was one of a kind. He was a true legend and leaves behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come. He taught us to open our eyes and introduced us to the world and all it has to offer. He taught us the meaning of family and the importance of our roots. He left an impact on everyone he met. His big heart and generosity touched so many - he was able to speak with anyone, and recognized that underneath it all, we are all the same. And it was on that level that he reached out, connected, and opened his heart and his home. His door was always open and there was always a place at the table.
Bill had a deftly intelligent sense of humor, lived a fulfilled life, and did not stop short to dance in the moonlight, sing out loud, and enjoy every moment of this sacred life. He did not let fear stand in the way of his playful heart nor convention stand in the way of his dreams.
Farewell, Dad, you will be in our hearts forever. We love you and thank you for creating this wonderful Sakop.
S.B. News-Press Obituary notice
Don Costello (1958 O&G)
Jimmy Cousins was recently listed as deceased in the SBHS Alumni Association newsletter. He was listed in the 1958 O&G 'Juniors Not Pictured' list, but was not mentioned in the 1959 O&G because he moved away and did not graduate with our class. Lori Daunhauer (1958 O&G)
Frank Gutierrez (1958 O&G)
Henry Hinton (1958 O&G)
Sharlynn (Isom) Timm passed away in November, 2016.. She graduated from a different high school but was affiliated with Santa Barbara High School.
Karel Jo Jacobs
Karel was a devoted mother and homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren in later years. Karel loved the ocean, camping, spending time at the beach and taking long drives. She was also an avid reader and sports fan. She loved watching NASCAR, especially rooting for local driver, Jimmy Johnson.
Karel is survived by her sister Laura “Sunny” Jacobs, her three children, Tim Phillips, Erin Spangler and Kristi Rinehart; and 5 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents and twin sister, Karen Lee Jacobs.
Karen Lee Jacobs
October 17, 1941 - December 31, 2014
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies." John 11:25
On January 1963, Merlyn joined the Santa Barbara Police Department. Shortly thereafter, he received his military draft notice. He served his country as a Military Policeman for two years and returned to Santa Barbara where he resumed his career as a Police Officer for a total of 35 1/2 years. He served as President of the SB Police Officers Association for five years. Upon retirement, he returned to the SBPD as a Chaplain for four years. He loved the Lord and sharing Jesus with others. He also performed many wedding ceremonies for Police Officers and officiated at his son Erik's wedding to Mona. As a Sergeant, Merlyn was a Supervisor of Patrol, Motorcycles, K-9, Parking Enforcement and Special Events. He was a member of the "STOP" Team ( SWAT) and was a Juvenile Detective. He received the H. Thomas Guerry Award for Valor in 1972. He participated in the California Police Olympics for several years, competing in the shotgun venue and he was a player on the SBPD Softball Team. In 1991 he was selected as an Independent Local Hero for his service to the community. He was involved in the Literacy Program at the SB Library, helping adults to read. He was a chili cook-off judge, traveling around California on his motorcycle, which he loved. He had yearly camping trips with other officers and friends; Merlyn loved to cook for them. He also opened his home yearly on Christmas Day and cooked for Officers on duty to enjoy a Christmas meal. He was Santa Claus at events for over 30 years, and many of those years rode on the downtown Christmas parade float. He was an active member of the Winchester Gun Club, and Emanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as President of the Congregation for many years. He was known as a wise and very loving, kind gentleman.
Merlyn is survived by his wife Jo Anne of 38 years who adored him, two brothers, Rick and Carl, and two sisters, Valerie and Katheryn, and many nieces and nephews. Merlyn was a loving and caring father to sons T.J.(Greta) and Erik (Mona). He especially loved his times as "Grandpops" to Grandson Adam, and the special relationship he had with a dear family friend, Marilyn Gevirtz.
Merlyn Kelly was born in Barstow, and at age 10 moved to Santa Barbara where he lived for 63 years.
Ronald Kemp passed away in October, 2014.
Pam Jameson Boehr reported that Ron passed away less than two weeks after the 55th Reunion, October 18th, 2014. She said: "Long ago I attended his wedding reception here in Santa Barbara. Life is just too short!"
Ethan Nadel passed away in 1998
Ethan was a professor at Yale University when he passed away in 1998.
Betsey Northman Brighton, beloved wife, mother and sister, master teacher and advocate and practitioner of child-centered education, passed away on April 22, 2010 in Red Lodge, Montana.
Norma Jean (Romero) Comastra (Aug. 26, 1941 - Sept. 30, 2015)
Norma Comastra passed away suddenly on Sept. 30, 2015. She was an incredible woman whose love, intelligence, and courage knew no bounds. She had a heart of gold and was deeply loved and respected by those that knew her. Norma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was a lover of life, family, mystery stories, nature, learning, and all things good. We were privileged and blessed to have her in our lives and will miss her immensely.
Norma was born in Santa Barbara, CA on Aug. 26, 1941. She was the youngest child of Hilario "Fred" Romero and only daughter of Marcelina "Stella" Osuna. She graduated from Santa Barbara high School in 1959. In 1965 she moved to San Jose with her four beloved children. It is there she met the love of her life, James Comastra. They married in 1970 and spent 45 wonderful years together raising a family and creating a lifetime of cherished memories.
Norma was a member and tribal elder of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. She is survived by her loving husband, James Comastra, beloved daughters, Leona Napier and Leslie Mendoza, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by a very large and loved extended family that includes her siblings, Grace Romero-Pacheco, Mary Pendleton, and Alfred Romero, nieces , nephews, cousins, and sister-in-law, Nelly Dally. She is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Jack and Greg Dally, and Rudolph Romero, and her beloved children, Deborah Mendoza, Christopher Kegg, and Melody Perez.
No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, her family requests a donation be made to the Gentiva hospice chapter in San Jose.
San Jose Mercury-News
Elizabeth Ann (Sizer) Freet Feb. 10, 1942 (Santa Barbara) to May 16, 2015 (St. George, Utah)
Joan Smallwood (no photo)
Sydney Smith-O'Neill (1942-2016)
Sydney died peacefully at Mission Terrace after a decade long battle with Alzheimer's. Sydney was born and raised in Santa Barbara, graduated SBHS in 1959.
She lived a full and exciting life. She spent many years in Hawaii and traveled extensively with her husband, Dennis who she was married to for almost 30 years. They enjoyed living in Las Vegas and Long Beach as well. At one point they bought a large RV and were hired as camp hosts at different campgrounds throughout the U.S. They loved their life and always made sure to watch every sunset. Sydney and sunsets go hand in hand. Sydney wore many hats in her job choices over the years including but not limited to; flight attendant, real estate agent, travel agent, beer and wine distributor, receptionist for Paine Webber for many years and her most favorite was being a professional extra in movies and TV. She loved being on Friends, Get Shorty, The Ellen Show, The Brady Bunch movie and so many more, Sydney was vivacious, hilarious, sarcastic, smart, witty, and an absolutely blast to be around. She could make anyone laugh, no matter what mood they were in. Her granddaughter, Nikki said it best, “She was shiny.”
She is survived by her husband, Dennis O'Neill, her brother, Alex Smith and her children, Leslie Sweeney (Bob), Darcy Limosnero (Ben) and Melanie Garst-Mcpherson (Sam). She absolutely adored and doted on her six grandchildren, Nikki Limo, Dane Limosnero, Robin Sweeney, Danny Sweeney, Ryan Sweeney and Addie Roach. Preceded in death by her parents Hal C. Smith and Catherine F. Rock-Smith, and her brother Tony Smith.
We want to extend a huge thank you to the staff at Mission Terrace. They treated Sydney like family and made her feel special every day. You guys are beyond amazing!
We will scatter her ashes May 7th at sunset at Hendry's beach, where she loved to swim as a child and an adult.
Sydney will be very missed. Anyone that knew her and wishes to pay their respects please email Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.orgObituary Notice
- Posted by Cindy Kennedy: She was a great gal... I have a lot of fun memories of our high school days... always enjoyed seeing her at reunions... always smiling.
- Posted by Connie Yznaga Davis: We were so sorry to hear that Jeanne passed away. She said she had cancer, but since she looked so great at the reunion, we were shocked to hear she had died. We will miss her.
Douglas "Doug" M. Taylor passed away on March 4, 2014.
Douglas (Doug) M. Taylor, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend of many passed away peacefully March 4, 2014 with his wife Sally and daughters Ginny and Julie by his side. He was born to Marteal and Charles "Chuck" Taylor April Fool's Day 1941. As a result, Doug was always the practical jokester throughout his life.
Doug grew up and went to Santa Barbara Schools. Nine of his younger years were spent living in an apartment in the Santa Barbara County Courthouse next to the jail as his dad was the Under Sherriff at the time. He had many fond memories of those years.
Doug graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1959 and was involved with the car guys. He enjoyed hot rods, built and raced sand rails and dune buggies. He also was an avid NHRA fan, and always went to the races twice a year in Pomona.
In April 1963, he met the love of his life and married Sarah "Sally" Lindelef August 24, 1963. Last August, they celebrated 50 years of wonderful marriage.
Doug and Sally bought The Nugget restaurant in Summerland in 1978 and ran it for 28 years. They grew it from a hole in the wall hamburger joint to a large popular restaurant catering to locals, movie stars and two United States Presidents. They also owned a Nugget restaurant in Montecito from 1985 to 1987.
Doug is survived by his wife Sally, daughters Ginny and Julie, and grandchildren Taylor, Sofia, Carlo and Gracie.
He was a member of Rancheros Visitadores since 1980 and a member of Los Gringo Camp. The Cobb Salad that the Gringos' serve Wednesday evenings at the RV Lawn Party was Doug's creation.
He was also a member of the Santa Barbara Trial Riders in the 70's and 80's and their Activities Chair for a number for years. He was a member of El Pescatore Club, Los Rancheros Pobres and Goleta Boyz Lunch Group. We will miss our good buddy Doug, a practical jokester, a great cook whose recipes were loved by many, photographer and overall good friend!
A private celebration of life is planned. In lieu of flowers, a donation to
or the Santa Barbara Carriage Museum, P. O. Box 1587, Santa Barbara CA 93102 in Doug's memory would be appreciated.
Daniel Valenzuela March 28, 2016
Daniel Valenzuela, 74, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 in his home surrounded by loved ones.He was born on August 11,1941 in Santa Barbara, CA to Daniel and Lillian Valenzuela. A Ninth Generation Santa Barbara resident, Danny lived in Santa Barbara most of his life attending local schools: Peabody Elementary, La Cumbre Junior High, Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara City College.
After graduating high school, Danny served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1963 where he was stationed in Hawaii. After completing his service, he worked both at Moffett Field and the San Francisco Airport as a radio technician.
It was in San Francisco that he met his wife, Elia Mireles. Upon returning to Santa Barbara to marry and start a family he took a job with the US Postal Service where he worked for 30 years, and subsequently retired. Danny was involved with a local chapter of the Native Sons of the Golden West and Los Descendientes De Santa Barbara.
He is preceded in death by his sister Judith, and is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elia, sister Carol Lemmerman, daughters, Angelina, Elia and Felice, and granddaughters, Esperanza Carmona, Tatiana and Sofia Velazquez.
Funeral services to be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Monday, April 4 at 10 A.M. Internment at Calvary Cemetery following services.
He was a loving and generous husband, father, brother, uncle and grand father who enjoyed baseball, John Wayne movies, world music and Sudoku puzzles. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew him.
Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Apr. 1 to Apr. 5, 2016
Daniel Van Fossen
Nancy was a freshman at Westmont College in Santa Barbara when she died in an auto accident in December 1959. Her father, Dr. Roger Voskuyl, was president of the college at the time, and the Voskuyl Prayer Chapel on the Westmont College campus is dedicated to her memory.
Ming Yee (1958 O&G)
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SBHS Class of 1959
Missing Classmates as of Aug. 21, 2015:
Virginia ShigakiDonny Shuck
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