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Maryvale Panthers,

Phoenix Arizona


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Class of 1980:


Died: 09-07-2002, of complications from Krohn's disease. Donna was on the Varsity Tennis Team, & Varsity Badminton Team. She was also a member of Parnassus. Donna was well known at MHS for being an excellent artist. She was in all the art classes/clubs, & Gifted Program. Donna was also famous for her beautiful, long, white-blonde hair, which always remained the same. At the 1980 class year's 20th reunion celebration, she received, "Least Changed Since High School." Her husband is Rich Kindler of Phoenix, Arizona. Donna suffered with Krohn's disease since the age of 13. Rich has stated that Donna requested donations to the American Cancer Society
in lieu of flowers.


Born: 06/02/1962, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Died: 09-27-2004, at age 42, Phoenix, Arizona.
Sandy is survived by her parents, Ray & LaVonne Brewer; sisters, Sharon (Don) Cochrane & Donna Hoover; & brother, Tom Brewer, MHS; 1981. Also survived by her nieces, Ami (Kit) Cochrane, Mandi (Jake) Wilson, Leesa, Melissa & Karen McCauley; nephew, Billy McCauley; & one great-niece, Illiana Wilson. Sandy was a native of Phoenix who recently worked as a teacher at Surprise Elementary School & recently received her Master's Degree in Education. She received a BS in Education at Northern Arizona University (NAU), & a Master's Degree at Arizona State University (ASU). Her passion in life was teaching & her "kids". A memorial service was held on Saturday, 10/02/2004, at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria, Arizona. Published in The Arizona Republic on 10/01/2004. In 1978-79, Sandy was a member of the MHS-JV Badminton team during her junior year. Sandy last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA.




Born: 11-24-1962
Died: 05-11-1987, in a motorcycle accident.
He resided in Virginia.


Born: 09-22-1962
Died: 03-20-1997

Information of Peter's death is from the newspaper obituary of Peter's brother,
Grat David Dalton, MHS; 1980.



Born: 07-06-1961,
Died: 12-1989, in a car wreck.
He was married & resided in Phoenix, Arizona.


Born: 03-06-1962
Died: 04-03-2008, at 46 years of age, in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona

In 1976-77, Grat's freshman year at MHS, he was on the freshman B-football team.
Grat is survived by his parents, Henry and Carrol Celaya; Son, James Dalton, and Daughter, Brianna Dalton; Companion Barbara Lavoto; Brothers, Henry Celaya, Armando Celaya; Sisters, Anita Dalton, Mary (Celaya) Rodriguez, MHS; 1982, and Cathy Celaya. Grat was preceded in death by his brothers, Ernest, Samuel, and Peter Celaya, MHS; 1980. Services were private. Arrangements by Harper Funeral Home, 1246 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034-2312. Grat last resided in Mesa, Arizona. Published in The Arizona Republic on 04/09/2008.
Randall Guy Dixon

Randall Guy Dixon was born in Miami, Arizona on July 5, 1966 and died on July, 8th, 2013 at the age of 47 from complications of Juvenile Diabetes (Type 1). He attended Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Arizona where he excelled in JROTC when he was awarded Expert Marksman along with many other honors. He gave his life to the Lord and attended Christ United Methodist Church and was very active in the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. After high school, he received a technical degree in electronics while working 2 jobs. His kidneys failed due to diabetes and he was deathly ill, but received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor on October 29, 1991 which gave him over 21 years more life. His family named the kidney “Maynard” and it received cards and presents on the transplant anniversary each year thereafter. From there, he became very strong, regained most of his eyesight, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Systems Engineering. His first professional job was in Lewisville, Texas, next in Tucson, Arizona, and his last job was in Scottsdale, Arizona at General Dynamics where he worked on various military defense projects. He courageously fought chronic illnesses for most of his life; but, no one ever witnessed him complain of the pain, because he knew that this was his temporary home and that he was going to heaven after he died. God promises his believers that they will dwell with him for eternity and will have new bodies. Isaiah 35:3-5 3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; 4 say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” 5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

Survivors include: his wife, Amy Dixon (of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma); his parents, Benjamin & Virginia Brent (of Prairie Grove); sister, Robyn Bell (of Goodyear, Arizona); brother, Richard Dixon (of Prairie Grove); brother & sister-in-law, Benjamin Jr. & Becky Brent and their son, Devan Brooks (of Newcastle, Oklahoma); niece, Jessica Bell, and her son, Christian Bell (of Goodyear, Arizona); and his assistance dog “Duke”.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Luginbuel Funeral Home in Prairie Grove.

In lieu of flowers, please register to donate your organs online: www.http://donatelife.net/register-now/

Dayle Veronica Downs Totonchi

Totonchi, Dayle Veronica Downs Dayle was with us for only 47 years 7 months 219 days. She was born August 17th, 1962 and was taken from us on March 24th, 2010. She was born in Columbus, Georgia to Clarence Lee and Barbara Joyce Downs. She followed her mother from Georgia to New York, California then Arizona. She is survived by her husband Paul E. Totonchi, her mother Barbara J. Rich and her stepfather Frank. Her brother Richard Lee Downs (Cris) and her sister Gayle Denise Downs. Dayle's stepfather added four step children, Frank (Patty) and Daniel (Debbie) Rich, his daughters Kathi Woodley (Ian) and Kristi Udell (Brian), and she also shared her love with their children. She has very special aunts in Phoenix, Shirley Porter and Joan Fazio. She also is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, California, Idaho, New York and Florida. Her nephew Samuel R. Wentling (Brittany), her cousin Cecelia Chaplin (Mike) were very special to her, and last but not least the family and friends she accumulated from her life long dreams of schooling, teaching and of course, riding a motorcycle. Now God has a special angel. We love you Dayle and you will always be with us. A memorial will be held on Friday, April 2nd, 2010 at 12:00 noon at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Please visit www.hansenmortuary.com to send online condolences.
Dayle Downs was one of the people killed along with 3 others in that horrible accident where the dump truck ran into the group of motorcylists on Carefree Hwy.

Published in The Arizona Republic on March 31, 2010

Born: 06-03-1962, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA
Died: 02-14-1977, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona USA, killed in motor vehicle accident.
Arizona Republic news article 02/16/1977, Section C5 or 8. "Teenager dies when pickup flips in field." A 14-year-old Phoenix girl was killed when a pickup in which she was riding overturned, police said Tuesday. Melanie Edwards, daughter of Mrs. Marjorie Edwards of 2612 N. 48th Drive, Phoenix, Arizona, was riding Monday night in a pickup driven by Craig A. Beyer (MHS; 1978), 17, of 4923 W. Avalon Drive, Phoenix, Arizona, Patrolman Richard Stromatt said; Beyer was driving along a private road near 55th Avenue & Van Buren & made a sharp turn into a field. The vehicle rolled on its top & Miss Edwards was thrown partly out of the truck. Beyer's sister, Natalie Beyer (MHS; 1979), 16, also a passenger in the truck, was injured & taken to Phoenix General Hospital, where she was in fair condition Tuesday. Beyer was uninjured. The Arizona Republic newspaper obituary: 02/16/1977. "Melanie Edwards" Services for Melanie Grace Edwards, 14, a freshman at Maryvale High School, was Thursday, 02/17/1977 at A.L. Moore & Sons Mortuary, 333 W. Adams, Phoenix, Arizona. Melanie, 2612 N. 48th Drive, Phoenix, Arizona, who was born in Phoenix & graduated Frank Borman Junior High School, died Monday in Maryvale Samaritan Hospital (in West Phoenix, AZ). Survivors include her mother, Marjorie Grace (Olin) Edwards; father, Melvin Hanes Edwards (deceased 08/08/1979), 3 brothers, Curtis (MHS; 1978), Kevin & Chad Edwards; & 3 grandparents. Interment at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona; Section 28, Block 7, Lot 1, Space 10. A quote from Melanie's Mother: "You might help save a life of someone that is very dear to you. Teenagers need to be aware that when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle that they need to be responsible. The accident that took Melanie from us was a reckless accident that should never have happened & "forever" impacted many lives." Melanie's brother Kevin, gave his oldest daughter the same middle name of "Grace" after his sister Melanie's middle name, & in memory of his only sister. Melanie's wonderful sense of humor, laughter, great love & tenderness can never be replaced. Melanie was greatly loved & cherished. Every memory of her is held dearly. Please visit the family online tribute in memory of
Melanie Grace Edwards.


Born: 12-15-1961 in Great Falls, Montana,
Died: 10-05-2002, at 40 yrs. of age.
Antoine attended Maryvale High School & received a BA degree in Social Science from Ohio University. He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. As greatly as he is loved he will also be missed. He fought a good fight, kept his faith & finished the course. Antoine is survived by his mother Bernice Ervin, father Gerald Ervin, sister Andrea Brill & nephew Spencer Brill. Memorial service to celebrate his life was held at Epworth United Methodist Church, 4802 N. 59th Ave., Phoenix, AZ. 85031. Published in the AZ. Republic on 10-08-2002.







Born: approx. 1962
Died: 10-20-2006, at 44 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

Jennifer participated in the MHS Varsity Marching band during her sophomore, junior and senior class years. Jennifer's siblings are Scott Fader, MHS; 1979 and Stacy Fader, MHS; 1981. Funeral Service for Jennifer was Saturday, 11/04/2006 at South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church, 2006 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85040. Published in The Arizona Republic on 11/03/2006.


Michael Anthony Fallon
June 25, 1961 - May 24, 2013

Michael Anthony Fallon 51, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away peacefully on May 24, 2013 in Catalina, Arizona. He is survived by his children Michael A. Fallon Jr., Brittany A. S. Bonhorst, Brent A. S. Fallon; his father James “Chief” Fallon; a sister Carolyn Fallon; a brother James “Doug” Fallon; and his grandchildren Destiny Fallon, Dakota Fallon, Tyson Fallon, Brady Fallon and Scarlett Fallon. He was preceded in death by his mother Nora M. (Davenport) Fallon, his brother Andrew T. Fallon and his sister Katherine A. (Fallon) Schindewolf. He was born in Summit, New Jersey on June 25, 1961 to James and Nora Fallon. His family moved to Phoenix, Arizona when he was 7 years old. He attended Bourgade Catholic High School and Maryvale High School, both in Phoenix, Arizona. Afterwards he joined the United States Air Force. He met his first wife Peggy Horspool at Hill AFB Utah. He also served at Vandenberg AFB, California and Scott AFB, Illinois. He and Peggy divorced in 1982. After separating from the service, he married Deanna Bloomquist of Phoenix, Arizona who joined the United States Air Force. They traveled the world from Germany to North Dakota to New Mexico and finally Kansas. During Deanna’s military career, he drove tractor-trailers for many companies totaling in 19 years on the road. They divorced in January 2010. After the divorce, he traveled back to New Mexico and Arizona enjoying the last few years of his life the way he chose. He was a very well loved man and will be truly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Born: approx. 1962
Died: 11-16-2005, at 43 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
There were no planned services. Donations would be appreciated to Disabled American Veterans, Chapter and Unit 20, 8447 North 61st Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85302, office # 623-931-7320, fax # 623-931-5885. Arrangements entrusted to Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services - Maryvale Chapel, 6901 West Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85033, # 623-846-1914. Published in The Arizona Republic on 11/20/2005.



Born: 10-08-1962, in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Died: 10-23-2005, at 43 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Carolyn is survived by: her husband Billy Padilla; her children: Chrissy, Angela, Erika and Timothy; her parents: Robert M. Joya, and Armida (Rodney) Chandler; her sisters: Gina Joya, MHS; 1984. and Veronica Joya, MHS; 1990 (Jeff), granddaughter: Destiny. Visitation and Funeral Services for Carolyn were Saturday, 10/29/2005, at Greer-Wilson Funeral Home, 5921 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, Arizona. Interment followed services at: Resthaven Park Cemetery, 6920 West Northern Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85301; Section 28, Block 8, Lot 1, Space 4. Published in The Arizona Republic on 10/28/2005.


Born: 06-23-1962,
Died: 10-21-1995
Bob resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Bradley James Miller

Miller, Bradley James age 50 of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly on May 6, 2012 due to diabetic complications. Bradley was born on June 6, 1961 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He attended Maryvale High School and graduated from Arizona State University. As a boy, he enjoyed playing Pop Warner Football and Little League Baseball, which fueled his future love of the San Diego Chargers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bradley worked as a Case Manager for Partners in Recovery and was consistently active in the local recovery community for 24 years. A Sober Rider known as "Lowball" and "Bubba" to his family, Bradley had a huge heart, was a loyal friend and a great inspiration to many. His lifelong fight with Type 1 Diabetes may have taken a toll on his body, but not his sense of humor or his loving spirit of service. Bradley is survived by his daughter, Ashley Dawn Miller; grandson/adopted son, Corey James Miller, both of Phoenix; sister Kailynn Marie "Kasey" Emmel of Scottsdale; and brother Scott Laurence Miller of Overland Park, KS. He was preceded in death by his father Jack Laurence Miller of Sun City on April 27, 2012 and his mother Sharon Lea Ryall Miller on January 21, 2005. A memorial service and celebration of life will held for Bradley and his father, Jack Miller at Christ's Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd, Peoria, AZ at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 18th. Donations to benefit Corey's future care and education can be made in his name at any Wells Fargo branch. There are no wheelchairs in heaven!
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 12, 2012



Died: 1979
Rick was on the way to school the morning of his motorcycle accident.
Michael Thompson says, "Rick Ramirez was born on 07/13/1962 and passed on 01/26/1979. He was on his way to the auto parts store after school, not on his way to school or before school."






Born: 06-15-1962
Died: 04-16-1996, at 33 years of age.

Bryan's obituary was published in the White Mountain Independent, Section 7, on 04/23/1996, and in the Winslow Mail, Section 4, on 04/24/1996. Bryan last resided in Adkins, Bexar County, Texas 78101.

Michael Edward Specht

Specht, Michael Edward 49, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on October 4, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Preceded in death by parents Edward & Mary Jane. Survivors include his 2 children Joshua Maish and Sarah Luna, 3 grandchildren, sisters Rebecca Poe and Marty Blasi and brother Paul. After graduating from Maryvale High School in 1980, Michael then became a member of Ironworkers Local #75. He worked as a Journeyman Ironworker for more than 20yrs until retiring. A graveside service will be held Friday October 14th at 11am at Resthaven Cemetery 6450 W. Northern Ave. Glendale, AZ

Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 12, 2011

Born: 11-21-1961
Died: 12-1983

Michael J Van Kirk

Van Kirk, Michael J.
48 of Reno, Nevada passed away on December 27, 2009 after a 2˝ year fight with cancer. He was born on January 13, 1961 to Sharon and Harlan Van Kirk in Waukesha, WI. He was predeceased by his father in December of 1989. He attended Maryvale High School and Glendale Community College. He is survived by his mother Sharon and his step father Ted Holmes of Sun City, his sons Quest Michael and Zachary David of Sparks, NV, his brothers Rusty (Dianne) of Taylor, AZ, Shawn (Sharon) of Knoxville, TN, Ed (Angie) of Anthem, AZ and sister Geneva Carlson (Don) of Myrtle Creek, Oregon. For the past 13 years he worked by day as a mild mannered Quality Supervisor for U.S. Airways. By night he pursued his life long love of Standup Comedy. He worked at Comedy Comedy at the Reno Hilton and Funny Bone in Reno. He tried out for Last Comic Standing in Tempe, Arizona. His last major act was finishing in second place at Catch a Rising Star in Reno. Arrangements by Walton Sierra Chapel in Reno. There will be a celebration of his life at Great Basin Brewery in Sparks, NV. on January 13, 2010 from 8:00-11:00pm
Published in The Arizona Republic from December 31, 2009 to January 1, 2010

Born: 10-06-1961
Died: 01-1980

Steve last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona 85008.


Born: 08-28-1961
Died: 04-18-2008

Bill Wright worked as an X-ray service technician and was active in the HillBillie Rocket Club of the Superstition Space Modeling Society. Bill is survived by his Mother, Sharon Wright; his Father, Michael Wright; his 2 sisters, Laurie (Wright) Saban, MHS; 1979, and Kathleen (Wright) Spacone, MHS; 1982; 5 nephews Joshua, Les, Carlo, Jacob, and J.R.; and his beloved Doberman Cody. Arrangements were made by Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 West Thunderbird Road, Peoria, Arizona 85381. Published in The Arizona Republic on 04/27/2008.

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