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3 June 1928 — 9 August 2010
SOLANA BEACH– Josephine “Pina” Cardenas Albrecht passed away Monday, August 9, 2010. She was born June 3, 1928 in San Diego, Calif., daughter of Jose and Ramona Cardenas.
Pina attended San Dieguito High School. She was the Office Manager at Morgan Linen in National City.
Pina loved to dance. She was a happy person who was always the life of the party. She also enjoyed spending time with her son and daughter.
Pina is survived by her daughter, Irene Donahoo, and son, David Miranda, both of San Diego; and sister, Nadine Vella of San Marcos. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Rodolpho Cardenas.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Friday, August 27, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in San Marcos. A reception will follow.
(Please note: the Alumni Association does not have commencement lists for 1942-1947; Mrs. Albrecht’s placement within the class of 1946 is based on her birth year. If you can provide us with more information, please do by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
–“Josephine Cardenas Albrecht, 82”, North County Times, 24 August, 2010.
Daun, Betty Jane
DEL MAR / Carlsbad — Betty Jane Daun passed away on Friday, July 19, 2013 in Florence, Oregon at the age of 85. She was born on September 16, 1927 in Del Mar, California and lived almost all her life in Del Mar and Carlsbad.
She married Kimball Daun in February 1947. They separated in September 2011. She is survived by her three daughters, Cathy Daun Hicks (Robert) of Florence, Oregon; Julie Daun of Carlsbad; and Heather Malone (Shawn) of Coronado, California. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Leah Moore; Summer Daun Merrill (Brian); Hunter Hicks; Samantha and Madison Malone; and one great-grandchild, Skylar Daun Merrill.
Betty was a 1946 graduate of San Dieguito as was her daughter, Cathy Daun Hicks (’67) and her grandson, Hunter Scott Hicks (’01). Cathy taught at San Dieguito from 1972-1995.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at the Encinitas Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Drive, Cardiff by the Sea, at 11:00 a.m. Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Submitted by Cathy D. Hicks
February 28, 1928 — September 29, 2008
Louie Hunt passed away on Sept. 29, 2008 in Montrose, CO where he had lived since 1988. He came back to join us for the big 70th anniversary of San Dieguito Union High School. Shortly after returning to Montrose he suffered a stroke and spent the last months of his life at San Juan Living Center in Montrose.
Louie was well remembered by his classmates of the Class of ’46 as an avid Train Buff and Photographer. He took a lot of the photos for the yearbooks while he was at SDUHS. He was born in Leucadia on Feb. 28, 1928 and lived there until he moved to Ft. Collins, CO in 1954. He worked at the Leucadia Market during High School and after until he left for Colorado.
He will be greatly missed by his numerous friends and ex-classmates.
—submitted by Barbara Taylor Thomson, Class of ’46
John Largent, 72 Convair engineer, water sports enthusiast
From San Onofre to Sunset Cliffs, John Largent once knew the best surfing spots along the coast like the back of his handcrafted long board.
When he wasn’t seeking the perfect wave as a youth, one might have found him skin-diving at Cardiff, his favorite beach, for lobsters and abalone that he found in an underwater cave.
Mr. Largent eventually became a San Diego city lifeguard, Mission Bay port captain and championship water-ski jumper off the ramps of Mission Bay.
After returning to college to earn a degree in electronic engineering, he turned his attention to the aerospace industry, pursuing a career that spanned three decades.
Mr. Largent, who retired as a senior engineer from the Convair Division of General Dynamics in 1987, died June 22 at Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla. He was 72.
The cause of death was complications from a perforated gall bladder, said his wife, Evelyn.
Mr. Largent was born in Lancaster and moved with his family to Encinitas in 1938 and to Solana Beach in 1940.
While attending San Dieguito High School, where he graduated with honors in 1946, he made his own long boards for surfing and became part of the first wave of long-board riders along the North County coast.
After marrying his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Ulrich, and starting a family, he settled in south Mission Beach. By day, he was a city lifeguard. By night, he worked at the Convair Division of General Dynamics, assembling aircraft.
He won a lifeguard of the year award in 1952 after being promoted to lifeguard lieutenant. In 1955, he was promoted to the newly created post of port captain at Mission Bay.
Based at Santa Clara Point, he supervised Mission Bay lifeguards and helped draft city regulations for water sports on the bay.
It was about that time that he built a 17-foot inboard ski boat and began water-skiing on the bay.
“He went on to win many trophies for distance on the ski ramp,” Evelyn Largent said.
Mr. Largent was a founding member of the Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club, which honored him as a lifetime member.
After resigning his port captain post in 1957, he returned to San Diego State College, which he had attended before starting his family. Working the graveyard shift as a lifeguard at the Mission Bay Channel station, he attended classes during the day and graduated in 1959.
The station was near his Mission Beach home, and his wife would deliver dinner each night.
“When things were slow at the station, he used the time to study,” she said.
As a senior engineer at General Dynamics, Mr. Largent specialized in guidance systems, working on Centaur and Tomahawk cruise missile projects. His work often took him to Cape Kennedy in Florida, where he spent a year in the 1980s.
“He was the kind of guy everybody liked,” said Stan Battle, a former colleague. “When you gave him something to do, it got done.”
Chronic back problems, which forced Mr. Largent to abandon water sports in the late 1970s, continued to plague him while at Convair. Eventually, they led to his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; sons Randy of Newport Beach and Jeff of San Diego; sisters Roberta Shoemaker of Oroville and Edna Beamer of Escondido; a brother, Jerry of San Jose; and two granddaughters.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday at Cardiff State Beach. Donations are suggested to the San Diego Eye Bank.
—San Diego Union-Tribune, published July 4, 2001
Marilyn passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2006, at the age of 77. Born on January 15, 1929 in Los Angeles, she was the second of three daughters of Marion M. and Russell H. Millar of Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Marilyn graduated from San Dieguito High School and attended Scripps College in Claremont, CA. Marilyn was an active member of the San Dieguito Auxiliary to the Children&;s Hospital and Health Center, the Rancho Santa Fe Riding Club, the Village Church, the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, and the RSF Garden Club. Marilyn moved to Lynden, WA in 1997 where she recently completed a major restoration of her century-old home. She was avid gardener and past president of the Lynden Garden Club. Marilyn&;s family would like to thank the members of the First Reformed Church for surrounding her with the love of Christ Jesus during her cherished years in Lynden. Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Kimberley Moons of Lynden, WA; sisters, Margaret Walker O&;Driscoll of Rancho Santa Fe and Victoria Fraser Costello of La Jolla; granddaughter, Michelle Moons of Lynden, WA and five nephews and nieces. She is predeceased by her husband Kirk H. Somerville. A memorial service was held in Lynden, WA. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Arrangements: Valley Funeral & Cremation Service.
—San Diego Union-Tribune, published February 26, 2006
McDowell, Virginia F. PACIFIC BEACH — Virginia passed away at home on July 28, 2013. She was born December 13, 1928 and was a lifelong resident of San Diego. A celebration of her life will be held at her Pacific Beach home on Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Published in U-T San Diego on August 5, 2013 and submitted by Barbara Thomson
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August 24, 2004
Visitation for Don R. Van Natter, 75, will be today from 3 to 6 p.m. at Coffelt Funeral Service in Sandpoint. Service will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sandpoint, with burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Sandpoint.
Mr. Van Natter, who was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., died Saturday.
He moved to California and graduated from San Dieguito High School in Encinitas, Calif., and then from Carlsbad College in Oceanside, Calif.
Mr. Van Natter also graduated from the University of Omaha in Nebraska with a BGE in 1962.
He joined the Air Force as a private in 1947 and began as a weather observer and retired in 1968 as a weather forecaster with the rank of major.
While in the military, he served in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Guam, Iwo Jima, Illinois, Massachusetts, Georgia, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, England and Thailand.
After leaving the Air Force he worked as a weather forecaster and reservations agent at United Air Lines for 15 years until his retirement.
In 1964 Mr. Van Natter and his family built a vacation home in the Talache area near Sandpoint and moved to North Idaho after his retirement.
He was a member and elder of Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, a former member of the Gideon, and served on the Syringa Heights Water Board.
Mr. Van Natter enjoyed reading, gardening, jokes and story-telling, and sharing his Christian faith.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Marjorie “Marge” (Hollister); two sons, Douglas Van Natter of Birmingham, Ala., and David Van Natter of Priest River, Idaho; two sisters, June Stoner of Michigan and Shirley New of California; a brother, Charles Van Natter of California; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1900 W. Pine St., Sandpoint, ID 83864.
—Idaho Spokesman-Review, Coeur d’Alene, ID, copyright (c) 2004 Idaho Spokesman-Review