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VERLA MORRELL (AB, Education and Credential, ’41) died Dec. 23, 2009, at age 91. She was predeceased by husband Ashley.
DON WADLINGTON (attended spring ’41) died June 21, 2010, at age 91. He attended Chico State until the beginning of World War II.
MARGARAT “JEAN” FAVILLA (BA, Education and Credential, ’42; Credential, ’48) died May 9, 2010, at age 89. She enjoyed teaching elementary school for more than 30 years, and after her retirement traveling the world with husband Kenneth. She was predeceased by her husband and two sons. She is survived by grandchildren Nichole, Breann, Charles, and Nick; five great-grandchildren; and sisters Ruth and Jaunita.
MARY LYON (AB, Physical Education and Credential, ’43) died April 25, 2010, at age 91. After attending Chico State, she did postgraduate work at San Francisco State.
EVELYN SMITH (AB, Education and Credential, ’43) died May 21, 2010, at age 89. She was predeceased by husband Earl.
MARGARET “GEORGIETTA” LEE (AB, Home Economics and Credential, ’47) died Oct. 20, 2009, at age 84. She worked for many years as a substitute teacher and home school teacher. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and traveling with her husband. She was predeceased by husband Glynn and is survived by children Margaret, Gail, and Russell; seven grandchildren; and brother Richard.
ELDON LUNDBERG (attended fall ’46–spring ’47) died June 26, 2010, at age 82. After attending Chico State and then farming rice with his father in 1948, he served in the U.S. Army and was recruited into the Central Intelligence Corps. After his discharge in 1952, he began a lifelong career of rice farming. He supported Lundberg Family Farms in many ways, including serving on the board of directors. He is survived by wife Ruth; children Jennifer, Julianne, and Grant; seven grandchildren; and brothers Wendell, Harlan, and Homer.
PEARL LAMB (AB, Education and Credential, ’54) died Feb. 11, 2010, at age 77. She was the first in her family to graduate from college. She spent most of her 30-year teaching career as a fifth-grade teacher at Buckeye Elementary in Redding. She enjoyed golf, walks on the beach, and crossword puzzles. Lamb is survived by husband Dallas; sons Bruce, Brian, and Todd; seven grandchildren; sister Sandy; and brother Tom. She was predeceased by brother Lonzo.
CHARLES PATTERSON (AB, Education and Credential, ’54; MA, Elementary School Administration and Credential, ’56) died Aug. 6, 2009, at age 87. In 1940 he entered the Navy and was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors. Patterson taught one year in Santa Rosa and 25 years in San Diego, where he was also a vice principal. He and wife Marion were active in the Elim Chapel Assembly of God Church in San Diego. He is survived by his wife and four stepchildren.
RUSSELL FRANSON (BS, Civil Engineering, ’55) died Dec. 22, 2009, at age 84. After graduating from Chico State and serving in the U.S. Army, he worked until his retirement in 1990 for the State Department of Water Resources. His responsibilities over the years included engineering studies for the State Water Project and managing the design drawings in the Design and Construction Division of the State Water Project. He is survived by wife Katharine; children Wayne and Janet; grandchildren Jennifer, Jason, Jessica, and Joseph; and great-grandchild Christy. He is also survived by his first wife Yvonne.
DON CORRIE (BA, Education, ’60; MA, Education and Credential, ’76) died March 17, 2010, at age 72. Before his death he was honored for 50 years of service by the Tehama County Department of Education. He taught in Willows and Chico before becoming a math consultant for the Tehama County Department of Education. He wrote 10 books on language arts, mathematics, and science. He is survived by wife Jackie, son Mark, and sisters Nancy and Leona. He was predeceased by son Mike.
ARLYS LOEW (Credential, ’60; MA, Education, ’62) died June 20, 2010, at age 91. She spent her life serving others as a nurse, educator, public health provider, and consultant on education and health policy. She enjoyed world traveling, camping, and flying small aircraft around California and cross-country with her private pilot’s license, which she received in 1967. She was predeceased by husband Jack and is survived by five children and six grandchildren.
CAROLYN BOND (AB, Education and Credential, ’63) died June 9, 2010, at age 68. She taught for 17 years and was a substitute teacher for 10 years. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, knitting, and spending time with her family. She is survived by husband Robert, daughters Heather and Sara, and three grandchildren.
RUSSELL “BOB” NEWMAN (attended fall ’62–spring ’63) died June 15, 2010, at age 65. After attending Chico State, he served in the U.S. Army for two years, later working for Bank of America and retiring from Collins Pine Co. in Chester. In 1998, he retired from Russell R. Newman Accounting and Tax Service and relocated to Chico. Newman was a member of the Chico Cribbage Club and Fraternal Order of Eagles #218. He is survived by wife Linda; children Michael, Richard, Carole, and Robin; and 10 grandchildren.
RALPH CLAIR D’ARGE (BS, Agriculture, ’63) died June 27, 2009, at age 68. Upon graduation from Chico State, he graduated from Cornell with a PhD in 1969, and he was faculty at the University of New Mexico. Later at UC Riverside, he established the graduate program in natural resource and environmental economics, and then helped establish this program at the University of Wyoming, from which he retired in 1996 and moved to Kentucky to raise thoroughbreds. He is survived by wife Dani, daughter Dahlia and son Ranyon, and two grandchildren.
WAYNE PERKINS (AB, Social Science, ’63; Credential, ’64) died Oct. 13, 2009, at age 76. Wayne served in the U.S. Air Force and retired after 20 years as a major. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association. After the military he taught and was principal in public schools and taught some college courses. Perkins coached at the junior high and senior high levels, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by wife Eleanor, son Jeff, daughters Laura and Katherine, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
LLOYD DUNKEL (AB, Social Science, ’64) died May 5, 2010, at age 88. He was born and raised in Iowa where he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. Later he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korea, retiring after 20 years. He was a seasonal ranger in New Mexico and California and a curator for the California State Park system. He is survived by two sons, Mark and Roger, nine grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by wife Wilma, two brothers, and a sister.
NOEL CARTER (BS, Business, ’65) died Dec. 10, 2009, at age 67. He worked for Bank of America for 37 years and enjoyed camping, fishing, motorcycle riding, mountain biking, and wintering for the past 10 years in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with wife Joanne. He is survived by his wife; children Tony and Tiffni; and grandchildren Max, Colton, and Madison.
CHARLES COGBURN (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’65) died June 3, 2009, at age 71. He served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years. He is survived by wife Nancy.
WILLIAM FINNEGAN (AB, Psychology, ’65; MA, Psychology, ’67) died March 1, 2010, at age 67. He received his EdD from the University of San Francisco. He worked for 25 years as a school psychologist with the Rincon Valley Union School District, counseling troubled youth. Finnegan wrote a book still used by Sonoma County teachers and counselors on childhood depression titled Help Me, I’m Sad, Help Me, I’m Mad (2002) and helped produce “To Save a Child,” a suicide prevention film. He is survived by sons Dennis, Daniel, and Matthew; brothers Peter and Paul; and a granddaughter.
ROBERT DAVIS (BA, Political Science, ’66) died March 4, 2010, at age 67. After graduating from Chico State, he went on to graduate from the Institute of Foreign Technology in Glendale, Arizona, and later received an MBA from St. Mary’s College in Orinda. He worked for the Bank of America in San Francisco, Venezuela, and Peru in the 1970s and as a sales rep for different industries in the Bay Area. He is survived by wife Marilyn, daughter Erin, brother William, and four nieces and nephews.
SHARON HAYES (BA, Art, ’67; Credential, ’69) died Jan. 17, 2009, at age 64. She received her teaching credential upon graduating from Chico State. She is survived by husband Reg.
SUSAN FLEMING (attended fall ’66–fall ’68) died May 13, 2010, at age 62. In 1968, while attending Chico State, she met Lorin, and they were married in December of that year. She worked in the schools of southern Trinity County for 29 years, retiring in 2008. She served as a volunteer dispatcher for more than 20 years. In 1995, Fleming received the Kris Kelly Memorial Star of Life Award for her outstanding support in the Emergency Medical Services System. She is survived by husband Lorin; children Eric and Janine; grandchildren Jacob, Megan, Austin, and Trenton; and four siblings. She was predeceased by son Marc and grandson Justin.
SHERWYN BRANDT (BS, Home Economics, ’69) died June 20, 2010, at age 63. After graduating from Chico State, she received her master’s degree from Cornell University. She is survived by husband Robert.
THOMAS “CHI CHI” CHRISOPE (BA, Physical Education, ’70) died May 17, 2010, at age 63. While at Chico State, he was a member of the Delta Psi Delta fraternity and began his career at Pacific Bell, where he worked for 30 years until retiring. He enjoyed playing softball, working out at Chico Sports Club, and volunteering for local organizations. He is survived by wife Pennie and daughters Lyndsey and Holly.
EMILY RONEY (attended fall ’42–spring ’43; fall ’64–spring ’70) died April 25, 2009, at age 84. She attended Bidwell Grammar School, Chico High, and Chico State. She is survived by husband Elwin.
RUSSELL “RUSS” GIANFORTONE (attended fall ’68–fall ’71) died Jan. 10, 2010, at age 60. He served in the National Guard and worked as a journeyman electrician for 32 years. He enjoyed music, sports, and playing poker. He is survived by mother Louise, sister Christine, and three nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by father Sam and brother Greg.
ROBERT POSNER (MA, Art, ’73) died April 29, 2010, at age 74. He received a bachelor’s degree in art from UCLA in 1958 and later received his master’s degree from Chico State. He is survived by wife Sally.
SANDRA JOAN BROOKS (BA, Social Welfare, ’78) died May 23, 2010, at age 63. After graduating from Chico State, she moved to Florida where she worked as a social worker. She is survived by daughter Danette and seven grandchildren. She was predeceased by son Larry, mother Honey, and grandparents Leora and Joe.
SCOTT PETER SUNESON (BA, Philosophy, ’81; MA, Political Science, ’87) died May 5, 2010, at age 62, after a nine-year battle against liver disease. He taught for 20 years in California colleges and universities, including at CSU, Sacramento, Sacramento City College, Yuba College, and Sierra College. Suneson was a passionate teacher and an activist for equality and equity for part-time faculty in the California Community Colleges system. He is survived by wife Sandra, father Earl, stepmother Estella, sister Melissa, children Jeff and Lisa, and four grandchildren.
LARRY MADEROS (attended spring ’79–fall ’81; spring ’83) died May 12, 2010, at age 56. Before attending Chico State, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a nuclear weapons specialist. He worked for Bruns Flooring Supply for the last 22 years. He is survived by companion Jacquelyn Rose; parents Lincoln and Margaret; grandmother Evelyn; three siblings; and six nieces and nephews.
ROBERT “ROB“ MARTELLA (BS, Business Administration, ’88) died Feb. 11, 2010, at age 44. After attending Chico State, he was recruited and worked for Chevron Corporation for 22 years. Most recently he was a financial analyst for their natural gas division in Houston. He loved the outdoors, camping, and working in his yard. He is survived by wife Kara; sons Garrett and Gavin; father Robert; mother Kay; and sisters Dorice and Tracy.
THOMAS HASSELWANDER (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’91) died Jan. 9, 2010, at age 40. He received an AA from Lassen College. He is survived by wife Julia.
TAMARA HALDEMAN (attended fall ’95–spring ’97) died June 11, 2010, at age 33. She enjoyed music, dancing, attending church, and spending time with her family. She is survived by mother Sandi; father Jan; stepfather Jim; stepmother Kellie; siblings Dayna and Jason; and step-siblings Kelly, Gabi, Scott, and Drew.
BRIAN DEWBRE (attended fall ’94–fall ’98) died Feb. 27, 2009, at age 37, after a work-related accident. He was a licensed truck driver and certified electrician, and he enjoyed backpacking, kayaking, and camping. He is survived by parents Joe and Loma Livernois and Jack and Alexis Dewbre; brothers Jaren, Josh, Adam, Alan, and J.J.; and grandmother Doris.
ARLOA SINGHSNAEH (BS, Home Economics, ’77; BS, Business Administration, ’99) died Sept. 19, 2009, at age 58. Before receiving a BS at Chico State, she received a BS and MS in Home Economics from Cal Poly. She was predeceased by husband Vadhana.
STELLA CORONA (BS, Recreation Administration, ’06) died Aug. 2, 2010, at age 31. She was the victim of a drunk driver who hit her car in South Kona, Hawaii. She was an outreach coordinator at the University of Hawaii Center, helping students find their interest of study and connecting them to their career goals. She is survived by mother Monica, father Edward, sister Natalie, and special love Jamin.
ADAM MARTINEZ (BS, Business Administration, ’08) died May 14, 2009, at age 31. He graduated from Shasta High School and attended Shasta College. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with options in business and finance and an emphasis on foreign business from Chico State, graduating magna cum laude with multiple honors.
—Melissa Cheatham, Public Affairs and Publications
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A True Sense of Humor
GUY EDWARD MARCY (BS, Business Administration, ’84) died March 3, 2010, at the age of 49 in Oroville. While at Chico State, he was in the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Marcy was a certified public accountant, working in the field for 20 years. He was a member of Toastmasters, and he loved fishing, hunting, playing golf, and most of all, umpiring in baseball and spending time with his family.
“He was fun, loving, and devoted to all his friends and family,” says his sister Jennifer. “He made us laugh uncontrollably and brought humor to all our gatherings. He loved to mischievously poke innocent fun just to stir things up, so people would lighten up and laugh a little.” Marcy is survived by parents William and Patsy Ann; children Daniel and Rachel; brother Will; and sister Jennifer.
—Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications