LAST UPDATE: JUNE 4, 2018
Bill Tigner is the latest Classmate lost. Bill passed away on April 27, 2019 in Bakersfield. If you know of other Classmates not listed on the "In Memory" page, please let us know. Please contact either Ron Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bobby Scrivner (email@example.com).
Bill passed on April 27, 2019. No other details were provided other than he still lived in Bakersfield.
Dan F. Meagher, Jr.August 13, 1953 - September 5, 2017
Dan F. Meagher, Jr. passed away with friends and family on Sept 5, 2017 at the age of 64 years. Dan was born in Bakersfield, California on Aug 13, 1953. He was predeceased in death by his father, Dan F. Meagher, Sr. Dan is lovingly remembered by his mother, Dolores Meagher, his siblings, Dee & Ray Crisp, Dot & Mike Williams, Derrell Meagher, his children and grandchildren.
Dan was a long term member of the Bakersfield Carpenter's Union & will be remembered for his love of hunting & motorcycles.
A Celebration of Dan's life will be held at The Park at Riverwalk at 10:30 am on Sept 9, 2017.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 9, 2017
Born in Bakersfield, Ca. - Died in Bakersfield, Ca Jess graduated from East Bakersfield HS in 1971 and worked for a number of years, at Pioneer Paint. Later, Jess completed his Pipefitter Apprenticeship with L.U 460, and worked in the trade until becoming disabled. Jess grew up in the Loma. As a youngster he would pass time walking the fields and foothills catching lizards. As he grew older, passing time became avocation. Jess was a reptile enthusiast, owning and raising many varieties of local and exotic lizards, snakes, and turtles. He loved the outdoors; from reptile hunting, fishing, and later prospecting. Jess spent his last days surrounded by family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Jess is survived by his son, Jess Deltoro Jr.; his mother, Carmen L. Deltoro; siblings, Rebecca Deltoro, Raquel Cervantes, Daniel Deltoro, and Paul Deltoro; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, other family, and many friends. Jess was preceded in death by his father, Paul L. Deltoro. The family would like to thank the staff of Optimal Hospice for their help during Jess' final days. A special thanks to nurse Joanne 'JoJo' Fukawa, your knowledge, compassion, and willingness to become personally involved with patient and family exemplifies the best of the nursing profession, thank you. Basham Funeral Care Chapel 3312 Niles St. Bakersfield, Ca. 93306 Visitation: Thursday June 22, 2017, 10am-12noon Rosary: Thursday June 22, 2017, 12noon Prayer service: Thursday June 22, 2017, 1pm Published in Bakersfield Californian from June 18 to June 21, 2017
Chris passed away on May 17, 2016.
Class President Abel Hernandez passed away in April 2016. Abel was a great example of a leader. He always took the time to say hello and to make you feel like you were the most important person in the room. He was a great husband for over 40 years to his wife Cece (Highland 1974), a great father (two sons and two daughters), grandfather and a wonderful example to others as a double lung transplant survivor. He will be sorely missed at our reunion in October and we wish peace and healing to his family and friends. The following obituary was printed in the Bakersfield Californian:
Abel Hernandez, 62, passed away in his Bakersfield home surrounded by his family on April 25, 2016. He was born in Bakersfield, California on August 23, 1953, the third of four children of the late Pedro and Petra Hernandez. He married Cecelia (Morin) Hernandez in 1975 and together they had four children.
Abel attended Jefferson Elementary, Washington Junior High, and was part of the East Bakersfield High, Class of 1971, where he played football, served as Student Body President, and was elected Bobby Blade at homecoming. He went on to graduate from Claremont Men's College and moved to Northridge. Soon after, he began his career in public service as a group counselor at Kern Youth Facility before completing his electrical apprenticeship program. He was a member of IBEW Local 428 and worked at various job sites including Edwards Air Force Base where he worked on the hangar for the Stealth Bomber. He went on to become an investigator for the Kern County Department of Human Services and Public Defender's Office and retired in 2015 after 25 years with the county.
Abel was active in the lives of his children as well as the church, coaching JBA baseball, traveling for club volleyball and soccer tournaments, and cheering on their Drillers. Abel and Cece opened their home to countless friends who they made feel like family, hosting class swim parties, homecoming floats, and birthday party shenanigans. They even have a Croatian "son" Roko, an international student who lived with them for a year. Abel served as Parent Club President of Quailwood Elementary School and was a member of the Kern High School Redistricting Committee and Fruitvale School District Board. He was a parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle and led youth confirmation classes.
In June 2006, Abel received a double-lung transplant and became an ambassador with OneLegacy/Donate Life dedicating his extra ten years to advocating for organ donation. His commitment to this work was recognized on the Donate Life float in the 2008 Rose Parade. Additionally, he and his family participated in several Bay to Breakers, an annual San Francisco race that celebrates the human spirit. Both events honored the life of his donor.
Abel enjoyed camping and fishing, soulful music and mariachis. He practiced Karate during his college years and was a ping-pong wizard. He loved his Labrador Retrievers and was a diehard Boston Celtics fan. Most importantly, he was a model of integrity, humility, generosity, faith and family values. He worked hard in all he did and achieved much, but was most proud of the family that he and Cecelia raised together. These past few years he found great joy in being Papa to his five grandchildren. A friend and inspiration to all those who knew him, Abel could never make a "quick run" to the grocery store because he would always run into someone to chat with. Abel will be sorely missed, but his infectious smile will never be forgotten.
He is survived by his wife, Cecelia Hernandez, children Kirstin Hernandez & Andre Ramos, Matthew & Corina Hernandez, Nicolyn Hernandez, Seth & Sarah Hernandez, and grandchildren Lilia & Luca Hernandez, Ezekiel, Zoe and Isaiah Ramos, siblings Tina & Robert Luna, Diane & Phillip Villanueva, Gilbert & Diana Hernandez, mother-in-law Mary Morin, aunts, uncle, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Pallbearers will be godsons Dustin Gonzales, Michael Aguilar, Manny Martinez, and friends Richard Garcia, Dave Graham and Larry Smith.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed for his long time care and friendship, Dr. Joseph Lynch III and the UCLA pulmonary transplant team and staff, as well as Dr. Alan Cartmell and the staff at CBCC for their guidance and support.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on Monday, May 2, 2016 with rosary recited at 6:00 PM at St. Philip's. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM at St. Philip's followed by interment at Greenlawn Cemetery on River Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in Abel's memory may be made to One Legacy Foundation at https://onelegacyfoundation.org/memorial-giving-for-abel-hernandez
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2016 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bakersfield/obituary.aspx?n=abel-hernandez&pid=179834757#sthash.VdCWv6MW.dpuf
February 13, 1953 — December 31, 2015
Terry was born to Archie & Ina Weeks of Bakersfield, CA. Terry was a loving individual who will be greatly missed. After graduating High School Terry enlisted in the Army and proudly served his country. Terry was as an engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 28 years. An avid thrill seeker, Terry obtained his pilot's license and loved to fly. He was a successful drag boat racer who knew how to push the limits. Terry enjoyed riding horses and became a Backcountry Horseman. He also spent many days golfing with his brother, Ronnie.
Terry is survived in death by his children and grandchildren son- Trevor & Kim, children Ryn & Taylor, son-Ryan, children Lane, Shelby & Megan, son- Brent & Cristy, children Gracee, Logan & Mason, daughter- Stacey, child Brextin, daughter-Shannon & Brandon, children Brody & Blaine. Brother & sister in law Ronnie & Judy Weeks, sister & brother in law Carol & Lowell Johnson and many cousins, nieces & nephews.
Terry is preceded in death by his parents Archie & Ina Weeks. A special thanks to Terry's son, Trevor and wife Kim and grandchildren Ryn & Taylor.
Services for Terry will be on January 7, 2016 at 12:30pm at Basham Funeral Care on Niles St.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 27, 2015
Judy Bliss Hart, School Resource Aide; 61 and resident of Visalia passed away Friday January 30, 2015 after a valiant two month battle against cancer. Judy was born on October 24th 1953, in Bakersfield, CA, to Jesse and Helen Bliss. Judy attended East High and graduated from Bakersfield College. While working in the accounting department at Tosco Oil Corporation she met her future husband, Matthew Hart.
She and Matt were married on May 1, 1982 in Carmel. They moved to Visalia in 1984 and soon after started a family. Judy's first daughter, Kristin, was born in 1985 and her second daughter, Meghan, in 1991. Judy raised her family and worked many year as a real estate agent. When her girls were grown she went to work for Visalia Unified School District as a resource aid at Divisadero Middle School. Judy loved working with her 7th and 8th grade students setting them on the right track to high school and the real world. In addition to teaching, Judy enjoyed doing for others, baking cakes and brownies, gardening, spoiling her cats, spending time with friends, and visiting her daughters in Santa Barbara.
Judy is survived by her husband Matt Hart, daughters Kristin and Meghan Hart, both of Santa Barbara, her mother Helen Bliss of Bakersfield, a sister, Vicki French, of Petaluma, and her many friends and students.
Dwayne Gavin, 61, of Bakersfield, California passed away Sunday January 25, 2015.
Born in Bakersfield, California November 14, 1953, to Ray and Evelyn Gavin. Dwayne worked for Superior Farming Company for many years, then he went on the have a 29 year career for Beckley Cardy and School Specialty. He graduated from Fresno State University and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
One of Dwayne's favorite things to do was to watch his children play sports. He never missed a game or a tournament. He was always in the front row cheering them on at every sporting event. Dwayne also loved the outdoors as he enjoyed fishing and camping. On his free time, he also loved to play the drums and was very good at it.
Dwayne is survived by his parents Ray and Evelyn Gavin, his two children Erin and her husband Chad, and Keegan and his wife Kayla; his three grandchildren Kinsley, Kael, and Kruz; His brother Rick and his wife Pam, their children Conner, Caitlin, and Corbin.
Doug attended the 40-year reunion and we all had a great visit. We just learned of his passing in March 2014. He lived in Reno and had been a chemist for many years.
Died in 2013 due to cancer. Married to Steve Flores in 1974. They have four children - Nikki, Brenna, Sean and Aaron. She loved Foster Freeze strawberry shakes with fries.
Carmie passed away back in the late-1980s from an auto accident in the Lake Tahoe area. She was married at the time with no children. She was a fun-loving, outgoing person who was always re-inventing herself. She was a great friend to those who knew her.
"Daddy" Ray, as many came to know him, was a warm-hearted guy with an infectious laugh. He became known as an outstanding musician and followed his dream of working in the music industry until his passing.
Greg passed away 6/30/1999. He was an excellent swimmer on the Blades swim team and was known as the kind of guy you could call in a "pinch". During high school Greg could be found pumping gas at this Dad's Exxon Service Station up on Oswell.
Ralph passed away in 1993 after battling cancer. He was an excellent swimmer, smart. witty and had an exceptional sense of humor - always willing to play a joke on friends.
David passed away many years ago from a car accident. He was a very strong family man always there for his parents, children and relatives.
Dward passed away in the summer of 1995. He was an exceptional and accomplished artist. He was the "quiet" one in Mr. Stidham's art class - until Mr. Stidham left the room! He had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around.
We learned from Jerry's former fiance that he passed away 5/8/1983 after suffering an internal hemorrage just 20 days before they were to be married. Jerry was a good friend who you could always count on for a kind word when things weren't going well. He was missed this year at the 40-year Reunion. Thanks to Mary Conley for this information.
Dan passed away August 22, 2000 at the age of 47 while flying a homemade ultralight plane he had built himself. He lived in Brownsville, WA and was married with four children. He was an excellent tennis player and even became a "pro" teaching tennis to tennis stars of the future at the Bremerton Tennis and Athletic Club. He was an avid runner and loved working on childrens tennis programs. There is an article in the Kitsap Sun newspaper about Dan located here: http://web.kitsapsun.com/archive/2000/08-24/0019_ultra-light_crash__local_pilot_wa.html
Penny passed away August 20, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her two children Shalom and Philip. She loved spending time with her kids and lived on Douglas Island, across the bay from Juneau, Alaska for a number of years. She loved choir, art classes, decorating for Proms, and hanging out with friends at Hart Park and the Tejon Theater when she was at EB. She remained friends with Denise McInerney and other Classmates over the years.
Kerri was usually quiet around her friends at EB - but she had a great sense of humor.
Debbie passed away a number of years ago. She was very quiet - unless she knew you as a friend. She always had a smile and was ready to laugh at some of the crazy stuff her friends did.
Craig passed away a number of years ago.
Jackie passed away a number of years ago.
Brenda passed away a number of years ago in a car accident. She was full of fun and was out to get the most of of life, She was a great friend and an understanding shoulder to many classmates over the years.
Kerry passed away several years ago but we don't have any additional details about her.
Benny reportedly passed away 12/23/2008..
Gay passed away in June, 2010.
Suzie passed away in 2010.
We don't have any details about John's passing. We can tell you that John didn't have a Senior picture in the yearbook - but he did have pictures from his Drama Club activities - and that's where this one came from. He was a seriously funny guy who loved acting - and was good at it starring in at least one student production!
Ruben was a physician living in Las Vegas when he passed away several years ago. Ruben specialized in pulmonary (lung) disorders and was memorialized by his local community by naming a school in his honor. He passed away on 12/2/2004.
We just learned that Billy had passed. No other details are known.
Donna (Classmate Rodney's twin). passed away in March 2003 after battling cancer.
Mark was a retired Kern County Sheriff. He passed away on 9/20/2010.
Henry Contreras 6/1/1952 - 2/8/2003
Services: Sat., Feb. 15, 11 a.m.
Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, February 14th at Greenlawn Southwest Chapel and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 15, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 900 H St., for Henry Contreras Jr., who passed away February 8, 2003. Father Ralph Belluomini will officiate and interment will follow at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2730 Panama Ln.
Henry Jr. or Boy as he was affectionately known by his family was born June 1, 1952, in Bakersfield, to Henry Sr. and Aurora Contreras. He resided in Bakersfield all of his life, attending local schools, graduating from East Bakersfield High School in 1971 where he participated in track. He was a journeyman painter, painting for almost 30 years. He was last employed by Reed Painting and Decorating for the last 17 years. Henry enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing and barbecuing. These pastimes were most enjoyed with the company of his loving family and numerous friends. He was happiest napping in his lawn chair at Pismo Beach.
Henry was preceded in death by his beloved NaNa, Pauline Contreras. He is survived by his loving parents, Henry Sr. and Aurora Contreras; his wife of 30 years, Sylvia Contreras; two wonderful sons, Kenneth and Christopher Contreras; brothers and sisters and their spouses, Yvonne and Elias Salcido, Irene and Albert Arismendez, John and Guillermina Contreras, Steve and Marina Contreras, Pasty and Bobby Zamora and Suzie and Tony Guevera; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and countless friends all of Bakersfield.
Pallbearers will be Armando Montijo Sr., Armando Montijo Jr., Robert Montijo, Leonard Lomas, John Contreras, Roger Reed, Lex Harer and Armando Moreno. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Contreras, Steven Jr. Contreras and Cory Lomas.
Henry was a genuinely loving and caring man.
He lit up every room he entered. He will be deeply missed by all who loved and knew him.
John Campbell recently informed us that Sylvester had passed away several years ago. He didn't have a Senior picture in the yearbook - so this one is from the Varsity Football Team.
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2002
Dan LeGrand passed away on 7/5/2005.
We just learned of Frank's passing.
Arthur A. Ramirez July 16, 1953 October 17, 2005 Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21st, at 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Perpetual Help with graveside to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park for Arthur A. Ramirez, 52, who passed away on October 17th in Baldwin Park. Arthur was born in Torreon Coahuila, Mexico and has been a resident of Kern County all of his life. He was self-employed for 25 years as owner of Custom Paint & Body Shops. Our Father was a man of many talents, interests and hobbies. His first and foremost were cars. He especially loved customizing them. Along with remodeling and rebuilding homes, last but not least he had a Hand of Gold through very detailed and skillful drawings. Survivors include his daughters, Teresa and Patricia Ramirez; parents, Arthuro and Lourdes Ramirez; sisters, Elsa and Roger King, Laura and Frank Perez, Becky and Albert Ramirez; brothers, Jose and Suzanna Ramirez, Bobby and Becca Ramirez; brothers-in-law, Ernie Munoz, Mando and Yolanda Munoz, Rudy and Joyce Munoz; sisters-in-law, Margaret Benavente and Minerva and husband, Pedro; numerous nieces and nephews; a special Aunt Chayo and special Uncle Jaime along with numerous aunts and uncles and friends. Special friends, mother of daughters, Cecelia Ramirez, Sammy Neira, Mike Arragon, Frank Castaneda and Candy Louseria; future son-in-law, Paul Guerra. In loving memory of our wonderful Father and Best Friend in which will be missed deeply, your laugh, your smile and your wonderful sense of humor. You have been an inspiration in our lives and many others. You will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace and remember we love you very much. Always & Forever Terry, Patty and Cecelia Legacy.com
Mae Francis Carter died October 28, 2007 in Hayward CA, after a courageous battle with Lupus.She was the mother of one child, a daughter.
No information is available at this time. (May 2017)