Warren Garrett Gipe
Warren Garrett Gipe, 80, of Grass Valley, died of complications from surgery Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, at University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento.
He was born in Monte Vista, Colo., moved to Salinas at an early age with his parents and moved to Grass Valley from Monterey. He was a funeral director and with his partner, Francis Varozza, owned Mission Mortuary in Monterey for more than 30 years before retiring in 1972. He attended local schools in Salinas, graduated from Salinas High School in 1939 and Salinas Junior College (now Hartnell College) in 1941. He was a letterman in basketball at both schools. He later graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He enjoyed fishing and golf.
Memberships: Past master of Monterey Masonic Lodge 217, past exalted ruler of Monterey Elk Lodge 1285, past president of Monterey Rotary Club, former board member of YMCA and chairman of Urban Renewal Agency.
Survivors: Wife, Barbara Gipe of Grass Valley; daughters, Carolyn Corce of Whidbey, Wash., and Gwen Diregolo of Sacramento; son, Garrett Gipe of Chico; and two grandchildren.
Services: Memorial services at a later date.
Cremation: Garden of Memories Memorial Park, 768 Abbott St., Salinas, followed by placement of ashes in the family plot.
Arrangements: Struve and Laporte Funeral Home, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas.
Stuart Spencer Stratton
Stuart Spencer Stratton, 35, of Royal Oaks, died instantly Friday, Oct. 19, while participating in a motorcycle race at Daytona International Speedway.
His childhood was spent in Santa Barbara and Vancouver, Wash. He was a senior pilot and technician of a remotely operated vehicle at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, piloting Ventana. He most recently piloted the vessel as it reached, for the first time, its design depth limit of 1,850 meters.
He loved the ocean from his earliest years. He was an Eagle Scout and was profiled last year in Boys Life magazine for his work with ROVs and deep-sea exploration. His other passion was the challenge and competition of motorcycle racing with the nation's top riders.
He was a graduate of Santa Barbara Community College in marine tech. Before coming to MBARI in August 1997, he had more than 12 years experience in the commercial ROV and diving field.
Survivors: Mother, Marie Robertson of Vancouver; and father, Bruce Stratton of Montecito.
Services: Memorial services 11 a.m. today, Oct. 24, at Davis Memorial Chapel, 609 Main St., Watsonville, and noon Saturday, Oct. 27, at Laguna Seca Raceway Amphitheater, Monterey.
Burial: In Washington state.
Dora Suniga, 51, of Greenfield, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2001, at her home.
She was born May 15, 1950, in California and was self-employed as a caregiver. She enjoyed cooking and reading. She was a very compassionate person and would always help people in need. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Suniga, and sister, Elizabeth Suniga.
Survivors: Son, Eddie Pajas of Soledad; daughter, Tricia Treadwell of Greenfield; parents, Victor and Ruth Suniga of Greenfield; brothers, Johnny Gines of Delano, Lupe Suniga of Gonzales and Michael Suniga and Joseph Suniga, both of Greenfield; sisters, Linda Gallardo of Greenfield and Virginia Wolf of Green River, Wyo.; and six grandchildren.
Services: Memorial services 6 p.m. today, Oct. 24, at Whitehurst Terry Funeral Chapel., 395 East St., Soledad.
Elias Lujan, 50, of Salinas, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at his home after a brief illness.
He was born in San Jose and lived in Salinas for 33 years. He was self-employed as a tree surgeon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Lucy Lujan.
Survivors: Sisters, Rebecca Ketler of Reno, Nev., and Sarah Murphy of Ramona; brothers, Larry Lujan, Moses Lujan, Albino Lujan, Eliseo Lujan, Daniel Lujan and Richard Lujan, all of Salinas, Sam Lujan of Modesto, David Lujan of Tulare and Art Lujan of Santa Clara; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 1 to 9 p.m. today, Nov. 5, at Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas.
Services: 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the mortuary chapel.
Cremation: Following services under the direction of Healey Crematory Co.
Mariano C. Orozco
Mariano C. Orozco, 71, of Salinas, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Jungapeo, Michoac·n, Mexico, and lived in Salinas for 22 years. He was a field laborer with Bud of California.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Carlos Orozco.
Survivors: Wife, Graciela Ramirez of Salinas; son, Martin Mariano Orozco of Salinas; daughters, Martha Lilia Orozco of Mexico, and Graciela Flores, Yolanda Villalobos, Alejandra Orozco, Guadalupe Orozco, Liliana Orozco and Maria Isabel Orozco, all of Salinas; 25 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 5 to 9 p.m. today, Nov. 6, and 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas.
Rosary: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the mortuary chapel.
Services: Final visitation 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the mortuary chapel followed by procession to St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1702 Second Ave., Salinas for the funeral Mass at 2 p.m.
Burial: Panteon Municipal de Zinapecuaro, Michoac·n, Mexico.
James William Spear
James William Spear, 47, of Seaside, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Hospice House in Monterey.
He was born in Japan and lived in Ontario for most of his later years. He was an aircraft electrician with Lockheed/McDonald Douglas for more than 20 years. His hobbies were electrical work, restoration of old cars, especially Mustangs, and collecting comic books and cards. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Spear.
Military service: U.S. Marine Corps from 1972 to 1978, when he was honorably discharged.
Survivors: Son, James C. Spear of Lancaster; father, Thedore Spear of Seaside; mother, Hisako Spear of Seaside; and brothers, John Spear of Seaside and Joseph Spear of Texas.
Services: Graveside service Friday, Nov. 2, at Mission Memorial Park, 1915 Ord Grove Ave., Seaside.
Arrangements: Monterey Peninsula Mortuary.
Frank Farfan Triano
Frank Farfan Triano, 87, of Spreckels, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at Pacific Coast Care Center after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Santa Clara, grew up in Redwood City and lived in Spreckels for 60 years. He was retired from Spreckels Sugar Co. following 46 years of work. His interests included gardening at his home, which he took great pride in. He was a Ham radio operator with the handle "Pappy."
Military service: He was an Army infantryman in World War II, serving in Europe, where he fought in Anzio, Rome, Arno River, North Apennines, the Po Valley and in Yugoslavia. He received the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars and the Bronze Star.
Memberships: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6849, charter member, past president and last surviving charter member of Salinas Trailer club and 50-year member of Salinas Masonic Lodge No. 204.
Survivors: Wife of 65 years, Elsie Jane Triano of Spreckels; brother, Joseph F. Triano of Salinas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, with officers of the Salinas Masonic Lodge No. 204 conducting services.
Burial: Garden of Memories Memorial Park, 768 Abbott St., Salinas.
Memorials: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Monterey County, P.O. Box 3058, Monterey 93942 or Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children of Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento 95817.
Catherine Clare Currivan O'Boyle
Catherine Clare Currivan O'Boyle of Salinas died of stomach cancer Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.
She was born in San Francisco, where she lived for 34 years, and lived in Salinas for 26 years. She was office manager of the Panetta Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay, and formerly administrative assistant of the Salinas office of state Sen. Henry Mello for 16 years. She received her California Secondary Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco, her bachelor of fine art's degree from Barat College in Lake Forest, Ill., and was a graduate of Saint Rose Academy. She will be remembered as a dedicated volunteer for Democratic candidates and causes for more than 35 years.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Currivan.
Memberships: Former chair of the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee, member of the State Democratic Executive Board, delegate to Democratic National Conventions, former president of the Democratic Women's Club, former board member of Sun Street Centers, Natividad Medical Center Foundation, Monterey College of Law, Visiting Nurse Association, Alliance on Aging, Citizens Advisory Committee for Soledad Prison, North Monterey County 101 Bypass Committee and a member of countless other organizations.
Survivors: Husband, Emmett O'Boyle of Salinas; daughters, Shauna O'Boyle of San Francisco, Breena O'Boyle and Cashel O'Boyle, both of Oakland, and Megan (Jerome) Paraiso of Fremont; mother, Margaret Currivan of Carmel Highlands; brothers, Vincent Currivan of Brentwood and Paul Currivan of Hawaii; sisters, Jane Day of New Hampshire and Mary O'Brien of Santa Rosa; and grandchildren, Patrick Paraiso and Clare Paraiso, both of Fremont.
Visitation: 2 to 5 p .m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Mission Mortuary, 450 Camino El Estero, Monterey.
Rosary: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the mortuary.
Mass: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Carmel Mission Basilica.
Burial: Burial services will be private.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, to a charity that promotes social justice.
Enos A. Escher
Enos A. Escher, 72, of Soledad, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, at his son's home in Paonia, Colo.
He was born in Salinas and lived in Soledad for 48 years. He was a retired supervisor with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. He enjoyed helping friends with cattle and hunting.
Military service: U.S. Army in the Korean War.
Memberships: Monterey County Swiss American Club, American Legion Post 32 and Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church.
Survivors: Wife of 48 years, Gloria Escher of Soledad; daughter, Lynn Gianolini of Greenfield; son, Kenneth Escher of Paonia; brother, Louie Escher of Salinas; and grandchildren, Jody Gianolini of Soledad, Marti Gianolini and Amanda Gianolini, both of Greenfield, and Sophia Escher, Alana Escher and Blaine Escher, all of Paonia.
Visitation: 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas.
Vigil service: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Our Lady of Solitude Church, 235 Main St., Soledad.
Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the church.
Burial: Following at Gonzales cemetery.
Memorials: Tourette Syndrome Foundation, 42-40 Bell Blvd., Bayside, N.Y. 11361-2828; American Cancer Society, Memorial Program, 1184 Monroe St. Suite 1, Salinas 93906-3590; or American Heart Association; Central Mission Trails Chapter, 1514 Moffett St., Suite A, Salinas 93905-3342.
John Leslie Henry
John Leslie Henry, 67, of Copperopolis, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, at Beverly Healthcare-Sonora.
He was born in Clinton, Okla., lived in Copperopolis for two years and was a former resident of Salinas. He was a firefighter with the Salinas City Fire Department for 18 years.
Military service: U.S. Navy in the Korean War.
Memberships: American Legion Post 589 Salinas.
Survivors: Son, Allen Henry of Copperopolis; daughters, Lyslie Silva of Spreckels and Tari Vogel of Loomis; brothers, Christopher Henry of Salinas, Clyde Henry of Sedona, Ariz., and Ivan Henry of Arkadelphia, Ark.; sisters, Nora Henry of Sacramento and Ida Malmasten of New Brunsfield, Texas; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation: 9 a.m. until service time Monday, Oct. 29, at Angels Memorial Chapel, 1071 S. Main St., Angels Camp.
Services: 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the mortuary chapel.
Burial: Copperopolis Cemetery.
Earl S. Pykett Jr.
Earl S. Pykett Jr., 62, of Salinas, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001, at his home after a brief illness.
He was born in Chicago and lived in Salinas for 12 years. He was self-employed as an insurance salesman. He enjoyed swimming at the YMCA.
Memberships: Sons in Retirement.
Survivors: Daughter, Korey Seegmiller of Milpitas; son, Gregory Pykett of Campbell; and companion, Ann Cooper of Salinas.
Services: Private family services will be held.
Cremation: Healey Crematory Co., 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas.
Memorials: Donor's favorite charity.