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Class of 1968:

 Steve Avilla
Steve Avilla 62, passed away April 13, 2013 following heart surgery. He was surrounded by his loving wife and sons. He was born in Alameda, California August 1, 1950 to Urban and Pearl Avilla and came to the valley when he was 6 years old. Steve graduated from Maryvale High School in 1968 and Arizona State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. A Tempe resident for 36 years he had a wonderful sense of humor, loved to tell stories, sang karaoke, and played the guitar. He was a wonderful husband to his wife of 40 years, Celeste, and a loving father to his two sons Matthew Ryan and William Lewis. He is also survived by his brother, Michael T. Avilla (Carol), sister, Mary Luckenbill (Christopher) his brother, Timothy K. Avilla (Jackie) and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed and always remembered by all of those who knew and loved him. Services will be held at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern Avenue on Saturday April 20, 2013 at 11:30 am. A reception will be held in his honor following the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, www.firstfoodbank.org


Born: 10-07-1950
Died: 04-19-1993

Jim's sisters are: Mary Badowski, MHS; 1970, Susan Badowski, MHS; 1973, &Kathy Badowski, MHS; 1978. His parents are William F. Badowski and Anna T. Badowski. James's interment is in the southwest area of Holy Cross Cemetery, Avondale, Arizona, located at 99th Avenue and Thomas Road.

Thomas P. Baker
Lauren Spano Kirby says, "It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart to post this news: Thomas P. Baker, aged 61 and Maryvale class of 1968 has passed away. Tom is the beloved husband of our Maryvale Memorial Committee Chair Melody Baker, class of 1972. Cherished father to Cary Baker, class of 1995 and Todd Baker. Grandfather of Caleb and Tristan. Tom passed away at home on September 2nd, 2011.
My dear friend Melody has worked tirelessly for the Memorial Committee and would like to inform Maryvale friends of his passing and that there will be no public services.
On a personal note, I would like to add that although I did not get the opportunity to know Tom better, I know he loved Melody and his family fiercely and was a very kind and loyal human and husband to Melody."

Born: 04-09-1950
Died: 04-22-2004
Charles was on the MHS Cross Country freshman team. They finished the 1965 season undefeated.

Born: 08-22-1950
Died: 08-11-2001

Jon was on both the MHS 1965 freshman tennis team & JV tennis team, during his freshman year. He played on the Varsity tennis team during his sophomore year.
Jon last resided in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California USA 92308.


Died: 10-1972

Steve was on the MHS freshman Pee Wee football team in 1964-1965; wearing jersey # 85. Steve's brothers are: Paul Bradsher, MHS; 1971, & Tom Bradsher, MHS; 1975.

Born: 05-27-1948 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Died: 02-10-1967, in Vietnam.
Billy was in active military duty in the USMC, United States Marine Corp.,
Rank: PFC-E2-Regular.
Billy was 18 yrs. old & single.
He enlisted into the Marine Corps in 1966, in Phoenix, Arizona.
His casualty was on 02/10/1967, in Quang Nam, South Vietnam.
Bill was a hostile, ground casualty misadventure.
In a heroic effort to save others, he threw himself on a grenade.
His body was recovered.
He is respectfully honored on the Vietnam Wall National Monument in Washington, D.C., his place on the Wall is Panel 15E-Line 13
Billy's sisters are: Dorothy May (Bryant) Steel, MHS; 1964, & Claudia Bryant, MHS; 1966.

Born: 02-25-1949, Rochester, New York, USA.
Died: 10-27-1991, in Phoenix, Arizona USA
Lance is a Vietnam Veteran.
Veteran's Rank: SP4
Branch: US Army
Veteran Service Start Date: 26 Apr 1966
Veteran Service End Date: 28 Mar 1969
Interment Date: 1 Nov 1991
23029 North Cave Creek Road Phoenix, AZ 85024
Lance last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA 85040.
Born: 12-18-1949
Died: 09-17/18-1984
Eddie is a Vietnam Veteran.
Veteran's Rank: SP4
Branch: US Army
Veteran Service Start Date: 27 May 1970
Veteran Service End Date: 12 Dec 1971
Interment Date: 21 Sep 1984
Cemetery: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 North Cave Creek Road Phoenix, AZ 85024
Buried At: Section 14 Site 2630
Eddie's siblings are: John F. Campus, MHS; 1967 (deceased 11/17/2000), Vickie Campus, MHS; 1970, & Rose Campus, MHS; 1972.

Born: 04-22-1949
Died 10-23-1993

His sister is Susan Claybaugh, MHS; 1970. Neil last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA 85033.
Conner, Cecil Edward "Ed"
Conner, Cecil Edward "Ed" 63, of Virden, NM, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford. He was born on September 15, 1949 in Phoenix, to Otis Odell Conner, and Zola Ann Mentzer Conner. He married Sherry Richins on March 11, 1994 in Mesa, AZ. Ed attended school in Phoenix and graduated from Maryvale High School. He was very patriotic and served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman serving with U.S. Marine Corps., he served in Vietnam, Guam, and San Diego. Upon returning from serving his country he began working as an ironworker in commercial construction. After many injuries, he changed his career from ironworker to welder. He held all welding certifications available at the time. He graduated from NAU with a degree in Construction Technology and taught wood shop, computers, welding, in Maricopa and Willcox. He gained a love for baseball from his mother, and he coached baseball, football, and wrestling. Ed was always patriotic, even after he was ill he did presentations to schools on Veterans Day. He was always building props for Sherry to use in her class room and always made learning fun for the students. He loved his grandchildren, golf, shooting, traveling, hunting, fishing, and music. Ed is survived by his wife, Sherry of Virden, NM; sons, Derick Edward Conner of Ft. Grant, Noel Jonathon Conner of Phoenix, Jacob Russell Conner of Phoenix, James Dean Rapier of Safford, and Wesley J. (Laura) Rapier of Safford; daughters, Michelle Dawn (Joe) Taylor of Mesa, and Carol Lyn (Jody) Calhoun of Sahuarita; a brother, Jimi Conner of Washington; and 23 grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Duncan LDS Stake Center, with Bishop Buddy Jensen officiating. Viewing will be one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the National Memorial Cemetery of AZ, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013, with full military honors. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com


Born: 09-10-1950
Died: 04-27-1969, in Vietnam
Mike was in active military duty in the USMC, United States Marine Corp.
Mike was awarded a Purple Heart.
Rank: PFC - E2 - Regular.
Mike was 18 years old and single.
His tour of duty began on 01- 21-1969.
His casualty was on 04-27-1969, in Quang Tri, South Vietnam.
Mike was a hostile, ground casualty that was related to gun, small arms fire.
His body was recovered.
Arrangements by: Lundberg Mortuary, Glendale, Arizona.
Interment on 05/07/1969 at: Resthaven Memorial Park, 6290 West Northern Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85301, Section 2, Block 45, Lot 3, Space 3.
Mike is respectfully honored on the Vietnam Wall National Monument in Washington, D.C., his place on the Wall is Panel 26W - Line 61.
Mike is also remembered on the Arizona Vietnam Wall.
Mike's sister is Donna Courtright, MHS; 1966. His parents are both deceased: Robert C. Courtright (1924-1999) and Dorothy M. Courtright (1923-1994); their interment is also at Resthaven Memorial Park, Glendale, Arizona, next to their son.


Born: 02-04-1950
Died: 01-14-1999
Rick's daughter is Dawn Crippen, MHS; 1992.

Born: 09-29-1950
Died: 10-12-2004, in a Washington, Pennsylvania hospital after illness.
She attended high school (MHS) in Phoenix, Arizona before returning to Pennsylvania. Nancy is survived by her husband, Stan; two children, Andrew Shaner of Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania & Jennifer Hempel of Elkins, W.Virginia; & 7 grand-children: her mother, Juanita Dashofy, sister, Jessica Miller, both of Phoenix, Arizona; & brother, Louis Dashofy, MHS; 1971 of Eugene Oregon. Her brother John W. Dashofy, MHS; 1970, preceded her in death, deceased 09-10-1995. Services were held on Saturday, 10/16/2004 at the Neal Funeral Home, Washington, Pennsylvania.
Published in The Arizona Republic on 10/16/2004. Nancy attended her freshman year in high school in Pennsylvania. Her sophomore year was at Cortez High in Phoenix, Arizona. Her junior & senior years she attended MHS. Nancy was a member of Girl's Athletic Assoc (GAA), Pep Club, & Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Nancy last resided in Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania USA 15301.

Born: 06-15-1950
Died: 10-21-2000

Tom was on the MHS 1965-66 freshman basketball gold team. Tom was on class council during his freshman, sophomore & junior year. Tom was a member of student council during his freshman & junior years. He was on the student council executive committee during his junior & senior year; & the activities committee chairman during his senior year. Tom was a member of the Spanish club & National Forensic League (NFL) during his sophomore year. During his sophomore & junior years he was a member of the bowling team. Tom was a member of the honors Boys State & National Honors Society in both his junior & senior years. Tom was a member of Parnassus all 4 class years; graduating within the top 5% of the 1968 class with honors, respect & distinction. His brother is Patrick "Pat" Joseph DiBartolomeo, MHS; 1966. His sisters are Cathleen "Cathy" DiBartolomeo, MHS; 1971, & Sheila DiBartolomeo, MHS; 1973. Tom last resided in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona USA 85254.


Born: 03-26-1950, Los Angeles County, California.
Died: 03-14-2002
Nathan was a member of the Art Council during his junior (1966-67) year. Nathan's brother is Gary Dockery, MHS; 1966. Nathan last resided in Oakland, Alameda County, California USA 94602.


Born: 02-23-1950
Died: 12-21-2005

Pat attend MHS during his freshman and sophomores class years. His sisters are Ann Duffy, MHS; 1964 and Nancy Duffy, MHS; 1970.


Born: 01-08-1950
Died: 05-31-2002, from kidney failure.

Archie was a part of the movement initiating the idea of having a Panther mascot to rejuvenate the Panther spirit at football games. He was active in student government & the executive committee. Archie's siblings are: Virginia Edrozo, MHS; 1967, Silvia Edrozo, MHS; 1971, & Ernest "Ernie" Edrozo, MHS; 1972. His niece is Connie Edrozo, MHS; 1987, & his daughter is Angela Edrozo, MHS; 1993. Archie has 3 children. Archie last resided in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona USA 85301.
Panther Mascot

Born: 08-12-1950
Died: 08-1974

Bill participated in football during his freshman year. Bill's sister is Debbie Gilpin, MHS; 1970.


Born: 09-28-1950
Died: 04-12-1998
Dennis was a member of the 1964-65 freshman class council. Dennis last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA 85029.



Born: approx.1950.
Died: 1970, from leukemia.

Jean was in Girl's League (1964-65) during her freshman year. She was a member of Class council during her freshman, sophomore & junior years; serving as an alternate in her freshman & sophomore class years. Jean was a member of Girl's Athletic Association (GAA) all 4 class years. She was a member of the Pep Club during her junior & senior years. Jean was a member of student body council & was a Varsity cheerleader during (1967-68) her senior class year.


Born: 10-10-1949
Died: 02-01-2004

Richard last resided in Oklahoma City, Cleveland County, Oklahoma USA 73160.

Born: approx. 1950
Died: from a heart attack.

Roger was in the Lettermen's M-Club during his sophomore, junior & senior years. He was a member of the Key Club (high school equivalent of the Kiwanis Club) during his junior & senior years. He was on student body council & senior class council during his senior year. Roger was on the MHS Varsity Golf Team, all 4 class years, from 1964-65 through 1967-68. The 1966-67 Varsity Golf Team took 2nd in division & 2nd at the state tournament. Roger was one of the MHS outstanding boys that was chosen by the Rotary Club to attend their honors luncheon meeting in 1968.


Born: 12-28-1949
Died: 04-13-2001

David is a Veteran of the United States Air Force
Rank: A1C

Cemetery: Richmond Memory Gardens, (no physical address) on Main Street, next to Sunrise Elementary school, 401 Matt Waller Avenue, Richmond, Missouri 64085
City of Richmond # 816-776-5304
Buried at: Garden of Gethsemanee II, Lot 125, Space 1.
David's parents are: Father, George Gordon Irons and Mother, Lydia O. Irons. They reside in Nixa, Missouri. David's sisters are: Nancy J. Irons (attended Cartwright Elementary in Phoenix, Arizona); and Kerri Eloise Irons (dob: 1960 - burial date: 12-20-1976); interment also at Richmond Memory Gardens, Garden of Gethsemanee II, Lot 125, Space 2. Also interred at Richmond Memory Gardens, are David's paternal grandparents; George E. Irons (burial date: 01-26-1990, Garden of Gethsemanee II, Lot 126, Space 4) and Lenice Irons (dod: 04-22-1987, Garden of Gethsemanee II, Lot 126, Space 3). *Contact with David's sister Nancy was made 03/2007; his family will be updating and sharing more about David's life soon.



Born: approx. 1948-1950
Died: 19??

David attended and graduated in 1964 from Glenn L. Downs elementary school. In 1965, David was a member of the MHS freshman football (wearing jersey # 40) and basketball teams. David's brothers are John "Johnny" Felix Jaramillo (DOD: 01/27/2007), MHS; 1968, Joe Jaramillo, Michael Jaramillo, and Mario Tello. His nephews are Joshua Jaramillo and Ezekiel Jaramillo. David's family owns and operates Popo's Mexican Food in Maryvale, 6542 West Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85033-3329. David's Mother is Betty Salazar (deceased), and his Father is Felix Jaramillo.


Born: approx. 1948-1950
Died: 01-21-2007

Johnny is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
John "Johnny" Felix Jaramillo, passed away in his sleep at home 01/21/2007. Johnny was retired and lived with his two children Joshua Jaramillo and Ezekiel Jaramillo. He was a very hands on Dad, involved in all of his children's activities. Johnny served in the Marine Corps. and worked in the family business Popo's Mexican Food in Maryvale. He went on to work for some of the valley's most prominent restaurants. Richard Mellman of Chicago, recruited Johnny to help create and design a new menu and kitchen for a Mexican food concept in Chicago called Hat Dance. Johnny thrived at creating new recipes and concepts, and was truly in his realm when faced with that challenge. Johnny loved music, camping, fishing and gourmet cooking for his friends. Johnny also loved to read and have long deep conversations. He will be missed by those who truly loved and understood him. He was a man of compassion and would give the shirt off his back to someone who was in need. Johnny was preceded in death by his beloved mother Betty Salazar, and his beloved brother David Jaramillo, MHS; 1968. Johnny is survived by his boys Joshua Jaramillo and Ezekiel Jaramillo, his Father Felix Jaramillo and his brothers Joe Jaramillo, Michael Jaramillo, and Mario Tello, along with many nieces and nephews. Visitation was Monday, 01/29/2007, at Advantage Maryvale Mortuary Chapel, 6901 West Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85033. Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, 01/30/2007 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 5614 West Orangewood Glendale, Arizona 85301. Published in The Arizona Republic on 01/28/2007.


Born: 09-20-1950
Died: 01-16-1992

Greg was in the Coin Club during 1964-65, his freshman year. He was in Parnassus during his junior & senior years; & the Physics Club in his senior year. Greg's brothers are; Paul A. Jarczyk, MHS; 1969, & Peter "Pete" Jarczyk (deceased 08/1995), MHS; 1971. Greg's sister is: Mary Jarczyk, MHS; 1979.


Born: 12-14-1949
Died: 08-21-1983, from suicide
Ron attended Bourgade High School during his sophomore year. He was on the football & basketball teams during his freshman & sophomore class years. Ron was on the track team during his sophomore year. Ron's brother is Ray Jasman, MHS; 1969. Ron last resided in Virginia.


Born: 06-09-1950
Died: 11-1986
Tom was in the MHS Gun Club during his freshman & sophomore years. He was a member of the Photo Club during his junior & senior years. His brothers are: Robert Wayne Kamody, MHS; 1969 & Richard Kamody, MHS; 1974. His sisters are: Karon (Kamody) Norris, MHS; 1971 & Jenne Kamody, MHS; 1976.


Born: 08-01-1950, in Patuxent River, St. Mary's County, Maryland
Died: 02-07-2005, 54 years of age, of Longview, Cowlitz County, Washington

In 1964-65, Steve's freshman year, he participated in football, basketball, baseball and class council. His sophomore year he was on the JV-baseball team, a member of class council and the sophomore representative in Key Club. During his junior year, Steve was on the Varsity baseball team, and again a member in class council and Key Club. Stephen's Father is Stephen Elie Keegan, SR. (deceased 09/1992, at 66 years of age, published in the Arizona Republic newspaper, Section B page 12, on 09/18/1992, and the Phoenix Gazette, Section CL page 11, on 09/17/1992). Stephen's siblings are Dennis Allen Keegan, MHS; 1969 and Christine "Chris" Keegan, MHS; 1978. Published in The Daily News, Longview, Washington on 02/10/2005.

William Reid "Bill" Kriese
Bill Kriese, Class of 1968 has passed away.

Kriese, William Reid "Bill"
62, of Gilbert, AZ passed away January 16, 2013. He was born January 24, 1950 in Phoenix, AZ to Robert and Janet [Reid] Kriese, who precede him in death. Bill graduated from Maryvale High School in 1968, served in the U.S. Army in 1970 and was a member of the Operating Engineers #428, he was always in construction work. Bill was a great mechanic who loved his classic cars and his Harley but his true joy was spending time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years Alberta Mae; sister Rebecca Kriese Crotty and brother Bruce Douglas Kriese; son William Dean Kriese ; step children Terry and Richard Ligon; grandchildren Christopher William Kriese and Alexandria Noel Kriese; step grandchildren Cami and Kyle Ligon as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of his life will be at 12:00 pm, Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel, 6747 E. Broadway Rd in Mesa, AZ. Please visit
www.mariposagardens.com to leave condolences.


Born: 10-11-1949
Died: 12-13-2001

Doyle last resided in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona USA 86303.


Born: 12-26-1949
Died: 1993, of Liver Disease.
Janice was a member of Girl's Athletic Association (GAA), in 1964-65, during her freshman class year. She served on the sophomore (1965-66) class council. She was an awesome person & a great friend!

Born: 08-28-1950
Died: 10-25-1998
Mike attended Bourgade H.S. during his freshman & sophomore years, where he was involved in student council, football, & basketball both class years. He attended MHS during his junior & senior years.

Born: 01-05-1950, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
Died: 07-23-2005, 55 years of age, of National City, San Diego County, California

Ronnie was a drywall finisher. Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 07/31/2005 and 08/01/2005.




Born: 05-10-1950
Died 09-17-2004

Wayne last resided in Ventura, Ventura County, California 93004.


Born: 03-08-1950
Died: 03-15-2000, by lethal injection execution, at ASPC, Florence, Arizona.
24th murderer executed in U.S. in 2000
621st murderer executed in U.S. since 1976
2nd murderer executed in Arizona in 2000
21st murderer executed in Arizona since 1976
Pat was on the 1964-65 freshman football team & on the freshman basketball gold team during his freshman year. His sophomore year, 1965-66, he was on the JV basketball team. Pat & his older brother Michael were alleged to have murdered 2 armored car guards in a heist that occurred north of Phoenix. They were eventually convicted & executed for murdering both of the armored car drivers on 05/24/1977. The Purolator van carried a total of $328,150 in cash, of which $288,000 was currency. The Purolator van was found on 05/25/1977, west of the Interstate 17 near the Bumblebee Road exit. The same morning Michael Poland rented a boat at the Temple Bar Marina on the Arizona side of Lake Mead, to meet someone at Bonelli Landing. The companions (Pat's) truck was stuck in the mud & all 4 wheels in the water, needing a tow truck to free the truck. Within a week, Patrick & Michael made several cash purchases & repaid loans in cash, spending more than $100,000. On 06/16/1977 & 06/23/1977 the bodies of the Purolator van driver-guards, Russell Dempsey & Cecil Newkirk, were found 5 miles north of Bonelli Landing at Debbie's Cove on the Nevada side of Lake Mead. Debbie's Cove is approximately 5 miles due north of Bonelli Landing & is also the closest point in Arizona to Debbie's Cove. More detailed facts related to prior of the actual incident, court proceedings/findings:
1. State v. Patrick Poland (Patrick Poland II), 144 Ariz. 388, 698 P.2d 183 (1985).
2. Info.about individuals executed in 2000; Patrick Poland, XX, 2000-03-15, AZ
3. State v. Michael & Patrick Poland (Poland I), 132 Ariz. 269, 645 P.2d 784 (1982).
4. Executed Gallery of Inmates executed since 1992; including Michael Kent Poland
& Patrick Gene Poland
(*you must scroll down to find each listing).
5. AZ.Dept.of Corrections, Poland Execution, Factual & Procedural Background.
6. The Arizona Republic Newspaper Archives, Patrick Gene Poland, 06/25/2004.7. March 2000 Executions.
8.) Executions, 3-15-00, ARIZONA: EXECUTION Patrick Poland.
Pat's last words included an apology to the families of the victims. He requested & thanked them (& his own family & friends) for forgiveness for the pain & suffering that he caused them. Pat requested that Donna Hamm of Middle Ground Advocacy, of Tempe, Arizona, attend his execution. Middle Ground Prison Reform, Inc. is dedicated to prison reform in Arizona. Pat's brothers are: Michael Kent Poland (deceased 06/19/1999), Jeffrey "Jeff" Poland, MHS; 1968 & Thad Poland, MHS; 1969.


Born: 10-25-1950,
Died: 07-23-2003, at 52 yrs. of age, in Phoenix, AZ.
Steven was born in Gary, Indiana, & came to Arizona at the age of 2. He was a warehouse manager for Casino Arizona for over 5 yrs. Survived by his beloved wife of 15 years, Patricia; daughter Melissa (Ben) Hurst; son, Matthew Rust; mother, Kathryn Rust; sisters, Karen, MHS; 1971 & Cathy; brothers, George, MHS; 1966 & Kevin, MHS; 1974. Steve will be remembered as a wonderful father & loving husband. His smile will never be forgotten. Memorial Service was 07-29-2003 at Chapel of the Chimes, 7924 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ. Steve last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA

Born: 02-23-1950, in St.Joseph, Missouri.
Died: 11-04-2003, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Pami survived by her loving mother, Mary M. Sample and is preceded, in death by her father, John Sample, Sr. who passed away February 18, 1986. She is also survived by her 2 brothers, John (Terry) Sample, MHS; 1975, and Ron (Iris) Sample; 1 sister, Pam Robb; 3 nieces and nephews and 1 great-nephew. Memorial Services were held Thursday, 11/06/2003 at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona. Published in the Arizona Republic on 11/07/2003. Pami attended her freshman & sophomore years in Michigan. Pam was active in the Drama Club & Tri-Hi-Y Club.


Born: 07-17-1949
Died: 11-1985
Charles' brother is Eddie Santeford, MHS; 1964. Charles last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA 85031.


Born: 05-30-1950
Died: 04-19-2001
Dean's brother is Don "Seymour" Lee Seanor, MHS; 1970, deceased 10/1980. Dean last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA 85029.


Born: approx. 1949 or 1950
Died: approx. late 1969 or 1970, from leukemia.



Born: 10-02-1950, in Iola, Kansas
Died: 06-12-2005, at age 54, at Arbor, Hospice of the East Valley, Scottsdale, AZ.
Jane is survived by son Jimmy, granddaughter Jasmine, two daughters Shannon and Brandy, a twin sister Hazel Elaine (Shepard) Sherwood, MHS; 1968 and her husband Lance, two brothers Martin and Dennis Spires, father Harold Shepard, and many nieces & nephews. Jane moved to Arizona from Kansas in 1959 with her family. She graduated from Maryvale High School in 1968. Jane was a member of beginning girls' chorus during her freshman year, and mixed chorus during her sophomore year. She was a member of Advanced Girls' Chorus during both her junior and senior class years. On 11/02/1968 she married Jim Kolyszko. Although they later divorced they remained friends in later life. Jim was by her bedside throughout her recent illness. Jane worked at Motorola for a time then stayed at home to be with her family. Her nieces and nephew Crystal, Holly and Josh remember wonderful times playing at "Aunt Jane's" house with their cousins. We all have especially fond memories at a family cabin in Groom Creek near Prescott. While at home raising her family Jane sewed baby mobiles for Judi's Originals. She also sewed uniforms for restaurants like Garcia's. Jane had a special gift to make people laugh. That is the gift that will remain with all of us forever and the laughter we all shared. Jane was also an avid sports fan. She loved her Denver Broncos and the Phoenix Suns. Her son Jimmy brought her and the entire family great joy in his accomplishments, playing basketball at Saguaro High School when he was selected player of the year, when Saguaro won their State Championship. Jimmy also won a basketball scholarship to ASU. Jane was a very kind, caring & forgiving person. She loved animals, especially cats. They brought so much comfort to her during the many challenges she faced in life. She will be loved & missed so much. The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Valley and a special thanks to Dr. Hunold and the I.C.U. nurses at Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn Campus for their dedicated care. Services were held at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, 06/18/2005. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Arbor, Hospice of the Valley in Jane's name or the Arizona Humane Society. Published in The Arizona Republic on 06/15/2005. Jane last resided in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona.


Born: 05-09-1950
Died: 01-02-1989, at age 38, in Broward County, Florida

Kirk's freshman year, 1964-65, he participated in wrestling, peewee football, track, student council &freshman class council. His sophomore year, 1965-66, he was a member of football, track, student council &sophomore class council. During his junior year, 1966-67, Kirk was on the track team &participated in junior class council. Kirk's brother is Richard "Ric" L. Stephenson, Carl Hayden H.S; 1963, & his sister-in-law is Pat (Sandidge) Stephenson, MHS: 1964. Kirk is buried in Payson, Arizona.

Born: 03-02-1950
Died: 06-01-2003, at 53 yrs.of age.
Wade served in the US Army in Vietnam. He was a sales manager at CALPLY Door Systems. Wade attended MHS from 1965-1968 & participated in football & basketball during his freshman yr. He is survived by his loving wife of 2 years, Pat; daughter Kristin; brother Glenn Sutton, MHS; 1973; parents Delores & Warren Sutton; nephew Michael, & many close friends & relatives. Wade will be remembered as an avid professional bass angler associated with All Star Bass Fishing Tournaments. Services were 06-06-2003 at Heritage Funeral Chapel 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, AZ. 85381 Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Avondale, AZ. Donations to American Cancer Society 2929 E. Thomas Rd. Phx., AZ. 85016. Published in AZ.Republic on: 06/04/2003. John McConnell said:"He was a great brother-in-law to me when I was growing up. I am sad to see him go, but he is in a better place with God. Thanks for being so kind to me, Wade!" Life-long friend Lacy L. Scott, MHS; 1968 shared the following:"They had been friends since 1963 when they 1st metat Glenn L. Downs elementary. Remaining very close for the next 20 yrs., often living together, between marriages. He was like a brother & meant a great deal to me. For those who knew Wade, let me share that he died with many people who truly loved him! Wade made a difference in many a person's life & will be both missed & long remembered." Kenny Allen shared:"Wade was my best friend in grade school at G.L.Downs & into MHS yrs. We spent many a day together playing baseball, fishing in the canal, practicing our "James Brown" & "Mick Jagger" moves to their music, & of course talking about girls. Wade was a great friend & pal." Wade resided in Glendale, Maricopa County, AZ.

Charles "Chuck" Eugene Treece

Treece, Charles "Chuck" Eugene 64, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on May 17, 2012 after a year-long battle with cancer. Chuck was born in Harrisburg, Arkansas to Walter & Betty Treece. They moved to Phoenix, AZ & he has made it his home since 1949. He attended Glenn L. Downs Elementary School, Carl Hayden & Maryvale High School. He joined the Air Force, served active duty in Vietnam & retired after 23 years as an E8 Senior Master Sergeant, with the 302nd Fighter Squadron, 944th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, AZ. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Michele; his beloved children Terri Schneider (Kevin), Jodi Stevens (Jim) & David Stuart; grandchildren Zachary, Nathan, Bella & Jack; siblings Jerry Treece & Barbara Locke; sister & brother-in-law Renee & Duane King; nieces, nephews, numerous family members & friends. Chuck enjoyed golf, traveling & spending time with his family. A private celebration of life is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Prime Care Hospice www.primecarehospice.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 19, 2012


Born: 07-02-1949
Died: 05-15-1994, in Bexar County, Texas.

Carl's sons are Carl Leon Ulmer, III and Christopher Jerome Ulmer, both born in Nueces, Texas. Carl's sister is Sammie L. Ulmer, MHS; 1979 . His Father is Carl Leon Ulmer, Sr., a Corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps (03/14/1923 - 01/15/1988) and a Veteran of World War II, buried at: Section 26, Site 8, National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona (NMCA), 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85024.



Born: 08-16-1950, in Arizona.
Died: 11-18-1985, from a form of lymphatic leukemia; in San Diego County, Calif.
Craig was in gymnastics his sophomore year, & a member of Parnassus during his sophomore, junior, & senior years. He played the clarinet in Varsity Marching band, & the saxophone in the MHS Concert band & Service Band during his sophomore, junior & senior class years. Craig's brothers are: Keith "Kit" Varty, MHS; 1967 (deceased 03/10/1997), & Glenn Varty, MHS: 1975. His sister is Pam Varty, MHS; 1973. Craig last resided in Poway, San Diego County, California USA 92064.


John Roy Verdugo

Verdugo, John Roy passed away on June 2, 2013. John Roy was born on April 1, 1950 in Phoenix, Arizona to Quirina (Katie) Herrera Verdugo and Armin Duran Verdugo and had a sister, Diana L. Verdugo and brother, Armin David Verdugo. He had many relatives and also enjoyed a distinguished work life as a City Planner for Phoenix, Glendale, and Maricopa County. He attended Maryvale High School '68 where he excelled in Math and Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Architecture and later became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He followed their code of ethics and professional standards throughout his career. John Roy began his professional career as an architect as an urban intern and quickly worked his way up to Principal Planner in Phoenix. He later worked as a Planner in Glendale and for Maricopa County. His duties and responsibilities included but were not limited hillside reviews, redevelopment, neighborhood planning, zoning, subdivisions and conducting administrative hearings for the general public. His adventurous spirit took him to Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Morea where he studied the cultures and art. At Belize, he studied, admired and hiked to glyphs and monuments. Within the United States, he visited Chicago, New York, Boston, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and San Francisco which allowed him to enjoy his visits while at the same time studying skylines, buildings and meeting with planning departments. John Roy enjoyed riding the Colorado River Rapids, hiking in the Superstition Mountains and as a result survived rigorous hiking training and received "The New Warrior" certificate. He also enjoyed exploring the Arizona countryside including the ruins of Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle. He was also generous to family and friends and the community. He was known for being considerate of his fellow workers to those with whom he interacted. He donated to the Orpheum Theater, various community organizations, and enjoyed volunteer work with the Fiesta Bowl parade constructing floats. John Roy had a wonderful sense of humor and it was not unusual for him to be the life of the party. He was a great cook and was known for his chili and corn tamales. His barbecues were legendary and desserts wonderful. His parents were from Jerome and Clarkdale, Arizona where he and his brother and sister spent many holidays and summers at Oak Creek Canyon, Cottonwood, Prescott and Camp Verde. He and his siblings enjoyed exploring caves and creeks, and trout fishing. He hunted deer and elk with his Dad and Uncles and collected wild fruit and vegetables to roast over campfires. He loved his pets including several fresh water aquariums where his fish thrived but most of all he loved his little black cat Be Be and Chachita, a very spoiled Yorskshire Terrier. There were other dogs, cats and birds that also brought joy to his life. John Roy was predeceased by his Father, Mother and Brother with whom he is now united in everlasting happiness, and with many other relatives and friends who were with him in life and with whom he is now celebrating his homecoming. He was a "Man for all Seasons" who could fit in anywhere. Que descanse en paz. Services will be held June 14 with a Rosary at 9:30 AM at St. Helen's Church, 5510 W. Cholla, Glendale, AZ and a Funeral Mass to follow at 10 AM. A private Inurnment for family to follow.

Classmate recalls: John Roy Verdugo,  attended school with me (Laura Young)  at GL Downs for most of grade school before we went to MHS.  


Patricia Ann Patty (Vogelpohl) Graff

Patricia Ann "Patty" Graff, 62, of 912 N. 16th St., died at 7:01 p.m. Friday (July 8, 2011) in Sunset Home. She was born June 29, 1949, in Quincy, a daughter of Louis H. and Marguerite Waterkotte Vogelpohl. She was a graduate of Maryvale High School in Phoenix. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. Patty worked at North Adams Home in Mendon. She was a CNA for 32 years, receiving the honor of CNA of the Year in 2007. Patty was an avid bingo player, a St. Louis Cardinal fan and she enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. She was very involved with the Alzheimer's Association . Her sons and grandsons were her pride and joy, she always wanted to be near them. She loved life and was a happy-go-lucky person. She is survived by two sons, Wesley Graff of Quincy and Travis Graff and his wife, Adrienne, of Plainville; two grandsons, Kaleb Leffert and Mason Graff, both of Plainville; a sister, Mary "Susie" (Jerry) Manning of Bradenton, Fla.; two brothers, Jack (Susie) Vogelpohl of Arizona and William "Bill" Vogelpohl of Quincy; two nephews, Derek and Dusty; and a niece, Misty. Patty was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Vogelpohl. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. Don Blaeser conducting. MEMORIALS: Sunset Home, Blessing Cancer Center or the Alzheimer's Association . ARRANGEMENTS: The Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 10 to July 12, 2011

Born: 08-07-1949, in California
Died: 10-26-1984, in Alameda, California

Joe was on the MHS freshman football team in 1964-65, wearing jersey #82. Joe participated in class Student Council, JV Football (wearing jersey #71) in 1965-66 during his sophomore class year. He was a member of the Biology club during his junior and senior years. In 1968 (his senior year), he was a member of the student body executive committee and was the Vice-president of Student Body Council. Joe was a member of the MHS JV and Varsity Track teams during all 4 of his class year, 1964-65 through 1967-68; he participated in the various areas of discus, hurdles, and track.

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