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Recent Class Notes
Benny Markarian (1933)
Benny Louise (Harley) Markarian, age 81, of Fresno, CA passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, May 15, 2015.  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Robert Rainie (1951)
Bob was born and raised in Fresno, California. During World War II, he was a member of the Navy's deception and psychological warfare Beach Jumpers Unit 1. He spent most of his career working for Lockheed-Martin and the National Security Agency, while raising his family in Saratoga, California. He was a tae kwon do master and Han Moo Kwan Association board member.  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Raymond Richards (1921)
Ray passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Ray served in both World War II and Korean Conflict. He was retired from Southern California Edison at Powerhouse #3.  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Ed Hussian (1700)
Our beloved brother, uncle, and friend, Edward passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the age of 68, after a lengthy illness. He worked as a Deputy Probation Officer with At Risk Youth in Monterey, CA.  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Melvin Coelho (1953)
Melvin Louis Coelho passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2015.  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

James Simpson (1972)
James "Jim" Simpson of Clovis, CA was born December 2, 1946 to James and Mary Paulson and passed away peacefully on May 9, 2015 after a long battle with Parkinson Disease.  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Robert Campos ()
Robert A. Campos passed away peacefully on May 15, 2015, at the age of 89.He was a successful life insurance executive for Franklin Life Insurance
Company for over 50 years. He was a consecutive member of the world-wide Million Dollar Round Table and
several other insurance industry organizations.  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Jeremy Walrack (2011)
Jeremy Walrack (2011) has co-founded Golfmoose.com – a new website for discount-minded golfers -- with promotional deals at 22 golf courses throughout California. Fore!  Click here for photo
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Stephen Sobonya (1992)
Steve Sobonya (1992), a sports performance adviser, has been hired by Central Valley Sports Report as its health and fitness advisor. Founded in 2013, CVSR provides Central Valley athletes with resources related to obtaining scholarships and grants through athletics.  Click here for photo
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Stephone Paige (1982)
Stephone Paige (1982), a former Bulldogs’ football player, has been hired by Central Valley Sports Report as its the new spokesperson and public relations advisor for the website. During his 10-year career in the NFL, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings.  Click here for photo
Submitted on May 27 2015.

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Career News
Jeremy Walrack (2011)
Jeremy Walrack (2011) has co-founded Golfmoose.com – a new website for discount-minded golfers -- with promotional deals at 22 golf courses throughout California. Fore!  Click here for photo
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Stephen Sobonya (1992)
Steve Sobonya (1992), a sports performance adviser, has been hired by Central Valley Sports Report as its health and fitness advisor. Founded in 2013, CVSR provides Central Valley athletes with resources related to obtaining scholarships and grants through athletics.  Click here for photo
Submitted on May 27 2015.

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Births & Adoptions
Julia Navarro (2005)
Julia Navarro (2005) is proud to announce the birth of her daughter, Emma Christine at 7lbs 4 oz and 20 ¾. She joins her big sister Grace Isabella, 2 yrs, 3 months.  
Submitted on Oct 12 2011.

Ryan Jacobsen (2002)
Ryan Jacobsen (2002, 2004) and Ashley (DeBenedetto) Jacobsen (2003) are proud to announce the birth of their son, Maverick Laub Jacobsen, who was born on September 4, 2011 at 7:58 a.m. Maverick weighed in at 8 lbs, 9 oz and measured 21-1/2 in long.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Oct 5 2011.

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Marriages & Commitments
Kevin Cooper (2006)
Kevin Cooper (2006, ’07) and Rosemary Abdelshahid got engaged in New York City on December 20, 2014. Congratulations.

As a student, he played for the Bulldogs’ Football Team and was presented the President’s Medal as the outstanding graduate in 2006.

SEE: http://www.gobulldogs.com/genrel/052006aae.html  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 4 2015.

Casey Olson (2010)
Kara Marchese and Casey Olson (2010) were married on Oct. 4, 2015 at the
Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nev. As a student, Olson was All-American
and co-captain of the Bulldogs' Wrestling Team.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jan 14 2015.

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Catching Up
Juan Gonzales (2004)
Juan J. Gonzales (2004) and Brian O. Law – California Highway Patrol Officers – have been memorialized with on a stretch of Highway 99. Both died in the line of duty in the predawn hours of Feb. 17, 2014, when their cruiser crashed en route to a collision near Kingsburg. (PHOTO: Marc Benjamin/The Fresno Bee).

MORE: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/02/17/4383585/chp-officers-brian-law-juan-gonzalez.html


STILL MORE: http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/play/4944182/chp_officer_juan_gonzalez_remembered_as_a_mentor_role_model
  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Jason La Russa (1997)
Dorothy “Dottie” Smith (1973), James Yovino (1989), Jason La Russa (1997) and Steve Gonzalez (2009) were honored by Fresno’s Martin Luther King Unity Committee. The annual event honors community, civic, education and government leaders.

MORE: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/16/4334745/king-awards-garlanding-ceremony.html  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

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Educational News
Melissa Tav (2007)
Melissa Tav (2007) has joined the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State as its inaugural Communications Specialist.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 24 2014.

Tonantzin (Soto) Rodriguez (2007)
Tonantzin (Soto) Rodriguez, MPH (2007) received a Medical Doctorate (MD) from the UC Davis School of Medicine on May 29, 2014. She matched into the Sutter Family Medicine Residency Program in Sacramento, California for further training in primary care.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 8 2014.

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General
Anthony Grieco (1961)
Anthony R. Grieco (1961) has been honored with having his name added as a “Friend” to the National Air and Space Museum's Wall of Honor at the at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virg. He has more than 40 years of experience in the Electronic Warfare field with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and with the U.S. Navy. SEE: http://airandspace.si.edu/support/wall-of-honor/profile-detail.cfm?id=7525  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 28 2014.

Amanda (Holder) Leath (1999)
James Leath (2008) and Amanda (Holder) Leath (1999) recently competed in their first all-natural physique competition in Fresno, CA. James placed fourth in men's physique and Amanda placed third in women's figure. They are currently enjoying training for their next competition later this year.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 7 2014.

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In Memoriam
Benny Markarian (1933)
Benny Louise (Harley) Markarian, age 81, of Fresno, CA passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, May 15, 2015.  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

Robert Rainie (1951)
Bob was born and raised in Fresno, California. During World War II, he was a member of the Navy's deception and psychological warfare Beach Jumpers Unit 1. He spent most of his career working for Lockheed-Martin and the National Security Agency, while raising his family in Saratoga, California. He was a tae kwon do master and Han Moo Kwan Association board member.  
Submitted on May 27 2015.

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