Bill was the most kind, loving, generous young man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Right out of high school Bill, Randy Knowlton and Ron Bonfigilo signed up on the buddy program and left Highland Park to join the Navy. I will never forget the day those three smiling faces stopped by my house in their uniforms, so proud, and left for San Diego ..... boot camp!
Bill's life ended after two tours in Vietnam right before his 22nd birthday. He was hit on his motorcycle by a drunk driver while on his way to my family home. A bright light went out that day for so many.
Jan (Hart) Merryman I miss him everyday and wish our world had more "Bill's".
Cheryl was one of my best friends at Franklin along with Cherry Dienz and Rosemary Treadwell. Cherry, Cheryl and I were always up to something to the chagrin of Rosemary! Cheryl married Bob Bonham (W'60?) and they had one son, Robert. Cheryl's life was rough but she never lost her sense of humor through it all. Rest in peace my friend.
Submitted by Elaine (O'Connell) Mattei
Cheryl ws a dear and special friend from Luther Burbank until her death. Cheryl always had a ready smile and a special laugh. She was always ready to have fun. Her friendship is one of my special treasurers. She really wanted to be here for the reunion.
Domingo didn't graduate with our class, because he was killed in a tragic accident on an ROTC exercise. Domingo was following orders, crawling through tall grass wet with the morning dew in order to 'sneak up' on and 'enemy' impplacement when he contacted a downed power line that was still live. Some of us participated in his memorial service. We shouldn't forget him; he was a great guy and a good friend
I have very fond memories of Domingo...He was a sweet, polite gentleman. Domingo and I had some classes together and he would always be so kind. We would laugh and talk about family whenever we had a few minutes behind the teachers back! I guess God had better plans for Domingo, but I remember feeling a real loss when I heard the news of his death. Thank you Domingo for the short friendship we had....You were taken too soon.
Domingo and I were in grammer school together. We were both so poor we would trade sandwiches. I would have a peanut butter and jelly and he, (Domingo) would have a potato sandwich. No school lunches in those days. We sat next to each other then and someday I hope I will be by his side again.
I have very fond memories of Domingo...He was a sweet, polite gentleman. Domingo and I had some classes together and he would always be so kind. We would laugh and talk about family whenever we had a few minutes behind the teachers back! I guess God had better plans for Domingo, but I remember feeling a real loss when I heard the news of his death. Thank you Domingo for the short friendship we had....You were taken too soon. Linda Ferandell
From Jack Heller on June 3rd, 2012
Domingo and I were in grammer school toghether. We were both so poor we would trade sandwiches. I would have a peanut butter and jelly and he, (Domingo) would have a patato sandwich. No school lunches in those days. We sat next to each other then and someday I hope I will be by his side again.
Jim and I became very close friends from our first days in Junior High School. Along with John McGraw we were the three musketeers. We shared alot of great times together. Jim was a very caring individual always concerned about the friends around him. Jim was one of the first guys to get a part time job in High School and he continued that work ethic until his passing. Jim went to night school for ten years to earn his bachelors degree all the while working full time and raising a family. He was a special friend and I miss him everyday.
John was my best friend from the first day of seventh grade, 1956. We both enjoyed playing sports and always wanted to beat each other at any chance we got. John and I shared several of life's worst moments and also some of the best. John was always upbeat and positive and this served him well in his career in the music business. We had many great times together always laughing and enjoying each others company. His passing has left a large void in my life and I think about him almost everyday.
LARRY WAS ONE OF MY BEST BUDDIES. ART COUVILLON AND I GAVE HIM THE NAME OF HERSHAL. HE PLAYED LEFT TACKLE AND I PLAYED LEFT END. WE WHERE A GREAT TEAM. FOR A BIG MAN HE WAS A GREAT SURFER. I REALLY MISS HIM.
I HAD A EMPTY FEELING WHEN HE PASSED AWAY. GOD BLESS HIM...
From John Duda
Larry was a force on the front line. Opened up a few holes for me, Tovar and that big kid Gardner. Ran into Larry when he was a LAC Sheriff. He was agreat guy.
Marilyn Miller was a friend all the way from Yorkdale through Burbank and then at Franklin. I remember that we both wrote for the newspaper at Burbank. We also both went to USC at the same time, although with different majors so didn't have many classes together. Marilyn went on to study in England after college, and ultimately worked as a supervisor at the IRS. She was very active in several philanthropic groups in the Baltimore area, including an alliance with Egypt. Marilyn was tragically killed in a head-on auto accident a couple of years ago at age 64. Rest in peace, my friend.
Nick and I use to hang during Jr. High. We'd get into his basement and listen to loud music until weee hours of the morning. In Burbank Nick broke the record for most Sit-Ups ever. I rememeber that we started at the very early morning of our gym class. He was still doing the sit-ups when we all had to leave to go to our next class.. I was hurting watching him perform. I dont remeber the exact number he did...but it was over 1000 SIT-UPS. Ouch. RIP my old friend.
I remember Rajean Adams so well, though I only saw her once after high school. When terms ended and we started new classes, I always looked for Rajean. Every teacher loved alphabetical order. Since my name was AGUIRRE, I was always the first person in the firont row, unless Rajean ADAMS appeared to save me. No one was happier to see her enter a class than me. She always had a smile, was lively and fun to talk to, and the seating arrangement never bothered her. I'm so sorry she's gone. I would have loved to have seen her again. I'm sure she's greatly missed by those that knew and loved her best. Sandy Aguirre Montanino
Ronnie was a great big guy with a heart just as big or bigger. He learned the carpentry trade from his uncles. When we got ready to build our cabin in the country, he came up and helped us. He and his dog, Rocky, camped out with us. He had the loudest and most robust laugh, deep, deep from the belly laugh. His sense of humor could be said to be unique. One time, in his newly purchased used corvair, he got some gas at a gas station. When it came time to pay for it, he opened the trunk of the corvair which was full of sticky package ribbons and said to the attendant, “Take as many ribbons as you need for the cost of the gas!.. I was there, he laughed so hard..
He camped with us and several other families for our yearly New Year’s rendezvous in the southern California desert. Even though he was a bachelor for most of his life, he always enjoyed kids. Ronnie developed diabetes later in his life and it is from complications of that disease that he died. He would always tell me, “ Practice niceness and kindness!”..
It's funny I do not recall hanging out with Sherry in high school. We ran in different circles I guess. But after high school Sherry joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and attended my ward. She married Ralph Guarino (S'61) on April 24, 1965 and they had 37 wonderful years together. She developed a health problem that left her body wheel chair bound but her spirit was not.
She was extremely active in the church serving as the Relief Society President (leader women's auxillary) and Young Women's President (leader of youth 12-18) and interested in genealogy. These are just a few of her interests. She was caring and outgoing and well loved by all. She never let her limitations slow her down. Ralph said she outlived all of her doctors.