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DONNA LEE (BAILEY) KINDLER
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.
SANDRA "Sandy" R. BREWER
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,
JOSEPH "Joe" H. CAPPELLI
Died: 05-11-1987, in a motorcycle accident.
PETER P. CELAYA
Information of Peter's death is from the newspaper obituary of Peter's
brother, Grat David Dalton, MHS; 1980.
J. "Joe" W. CLATONE
Died: 12-1989, in a car wreck.
He was married &
resided in Phoenix, Arizona.
GRAT "Gratty" DAVID DALTON
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
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
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
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
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
MELANIE GRACE EDWARDS
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.
ANTOINE "Tony" R. ERVIN
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
JENNIFER (FADER) BROWN
Born: approx. 1962
Died: 10-20-2006, at 44 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County,
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.
SCOTT DANIEL GUMM
Born: approx. 1962
Died: 11-16-2005, at 43 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County,
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.
CAROLYN V. (JOYA) PADILLA
Born: 10-08-1962, in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Died: 10-23-2005, at 43 years of age, in Phoenix, Maricopa County,
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.
ROBERT "Bob" J.
Bob resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Bradley James Miller
Published in The Arizona Republic on
May 12, 2012
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
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!
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
BRYAN EARL SMITH
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
Published in The Arizona Republic on
Oct. 12, 2011
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
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,
STEVEN "Steve" WEBB
Steve last resided in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona 85008.
WILLIAM "Bill/Billy" WRIGHT
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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