A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2015 Issue

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Wildcats on the Move Coordinator
Public Affairs and Publications
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0040
E-mail wotm@csuchico.edu
Phone (530) 898-4143
Note: Only cities outside California will have the state name included.


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(attended, ’55–’58) died Dec. 2, 2014, at the age of 82. He was a construction engineer in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines before being discharged and attending college. He worked for the Oakland Fire Department for 26 years. Following retirement, he moved to Douglas Flat and worked as a transportation officer in the Calaveras County Mental Health Department for 14 years. He is survived by his companion, Diana; sons Samuel and Dean; grandchildren James, Melissa, Jason, Nickolas, and Alisa; two great-grandchildren; and other extended family. 


(BA, Education and Credential, ’59) died Aug. 30, 2014, at the age of 77. After graduation, she taught second grade in the Cupertino School District. She married her husband, John, whom she met at CSU, Chico, in 1960. They later moved to Spokane, Washington, where they raised their three children. In 1968, she received her MS in education from Whitworth College and taught second grade for Central Valley School District in Spokane until retirement. She is survived by John and her sister, Marilyn.

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(BS, Agriculture, ’68) died on Feb. 8, 2015, at the age of 70. He taught several agriculture-related high school courses in Hamilton City and in Clackamas, Oregon. He is survived by his wife, Louise; sons Simon and Brandon; brother Gordon; and sister Margot DeHoff. Fraser’s wife, sons, and brother are all fellow CSU, Chico graduates.

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(BS, Agriculture, ’71) died Dec. 20, 2014, at the age of 72. Beazor moved to California when he was 19 and in 1966 joined the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as an air traffic controller based in Germany during the Vietnam War. He married his wife, Nedra, in 1967, and the two graduated from CSU, Chico in 1971. He retired in 2004 after working for 33 years as a real estate appraiser for Sonoma County. He is survived by Nedra; sons Brent and James; grandchildren Audrey and Jethro; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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(undergraduate, Kinesiology) died Jan. 16, 2015, at the age of 18. He came to CSU, Chico in fall 2014 from Santa Monica. He enjoyed lacrosse, surfing, and snowboarding. University Housing and Food Service Director David Stephen said that he was widely known within his residence hall community as fun, happy, and engaged. He is survived by his parents, Leslie Swanson Castellanos and Allan Castellanos; his grandparents, Douglas and Suzanne Swanson and Heide Castellanos; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.


(undergraduate, Social Work) died Jan. 22, 2015, at the age of 49. She came to CSU, Chico in fall 2014 from Red Bluff, where she was active in charity and nonprofit work. Social work undergraduate program director Vincent Ornelas said she was a respected, quiet leader who always had an encouraging word for her fellow students. She is survived by her parents, June and Ray Mott; son Christopher; twin daughters Isabel and Holly; fiancé Jim Nichols; and his children, Jimmy and Jenna.


(undergraduate, Mechanical Engineering) died March 28, 2015, at the age of 21. He came to CSU, Chico from Tuolumne in fall 2011. He was minoring in mathematics. Mechanical engineering professor Gregory Watkins said he was a quiet student who was very engaged and excited about his work. Friends remember his intelligence and sense of humor.


(undergraduate, Criminal Justice) died March 7, 2015, at the age of 22. He came to CSU, Chico from Gridley in 2011. Family members report he was interested in becoming a game warden after graduation. Along with playing team sports, he loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Political science professor Darin Haerle said he was a determined student who always worked to improve his academic performance.