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Clyde Huffman Eulogy

Clyde Huffman
The following Eulogy was presented by Steve Speier at the Celebration of Life service for Clyde on April 27, 2016 at the Chapel of the Oaks in Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, CA.

Clyde was born September 13, 1926 in Bingham, Utah to Clarence and Roberta Huffman. He had one sister, Alma and three brothers, Jerry, Dick and David. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Alma and brother David.

Clyde has three sons, Grover (whose wife is Sherie), Allan, and Jim – four grandchildren, Aaron, Eric, Julie (whose husband is Jordi), and Esmeralda – two great-grandchildren, Claudia and Gabrielle.

Clyde graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s Degree in Geology. While attending the University, Clyde worked alongside his father (who was a locomotive engineer) and his brothers at the Kennecott Copper Mine at Bingham Canyon, Utah. One of his most memorable jobs was as a “Gandy Dancer” working on the tracks. He and his buddies formed a company to mine Uranium (however, the company went bust). He soon realized that following his chosen profession as a geologist kept him away from home for months at a time. He decided he would pursue a different path. He then obtained his Industrial Engineering License, and his career path subsequently took him to the aerospace industry in California. He spent 35 years in Information Systems technology.

Clyde served with the United States Army in World War 2. He then reenlisted with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. With his heavy equipment and geology background, they put him to work extending the runway at Gimpo in Seoul (now the Gimpo International Airport).

Clyde married Christina Colyer on October 14, 1967 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Northridge, California. They had no children, but did have custody of his three sons from a prior marriage.

Clyde’s religious upbringing began as a Jehovah’s Witness, and then in his early 20’s he joined the Mormon Church. Clyde’s conversion to Christianity came unexpectedly one day in the late 1960’s when he awoke to hear the radio playing the song by Simon and Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” –

    And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know. God bless you, please Mrs. Robinson. Heaven holds a place for those who pray…….

Clyde had a sense that this was a personal message to him from God. From that point on, he was on fire for the Lord. Clyde’s greatest passion was the study of the Scriptures. Clyde and Chris took classes at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles to study Biblical Hebrew. Clyde also spent many hours learning the Greek language. It was important to him to study the Scripture in the original language. During his 40 plus years of intensive study, he wrote many white papers compiling his views gleaned from the Scriptures.

Clyde taught numerous Bible studies and home fellowship groups. He spent several years working with a Korean youth group in Los Angeles. They would meet every Saturday evening to sing praises and study the Scriptures.

Clyde loved his horses and he and Chris enjoyed many hours riding in the Anza-Borrego Desert and Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite Park. He enjoyed camping and traveling. His hobbies also included oil painting, sculpting, and he had an extensive collection of Vinyl LP Records.

After Clyde’s retirement in 1991 at age 65, he stayed busy as a volunteer for the Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop in Northridge, California. In 2004, Clyde and Chris moved to Port Angeles, Washington with their two dogs and three horses.

He became a member of Gideon’s International in January 2007. His passion for the Lord extended to supporting this organization that is committed to distributing the Bible throughout the world.

Clyde enjoyed RVing with our Church friends. He was introduced to Bluegrass music and soon was attending Bluegrass Festivals throughout the West.

I’m sure Clyde’s trademark smile will be part of him forever now that he is with the Lord.

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Mauriello in Perfect Pitch

Ralph at Dodger Stadium

By Michele Willer-Allred, Special to The Ventura County Star

Standing behind home plate Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, Moorpark resident Ralph Mauriello did one last sound check ahead of singing the national anthem before the team took on the Colorado Rockies.

Moments before, the likes of Sandy Koufax, Ron Newcombe, Tommy Lasorda and other Dodgers old-timers completed an exhibition game in front of fans.

“They couldn’t find anyone older than me. At least who can sing,” quipped Mauriello, 81, who was once a Dodgers pitcher.

Mauriello, who often is hired to sing at weddings and parties, was invited to sing at Saturday’s game.

At the conclusion of the national anthem, the tenor received cheers and high-fives from the crowd.

“No one sings it better,” said one fan shaking Mauriello’s hand.

Mauriello’s wife, June, was at the game.

“He never gets nervous,” she said.

Also there were daughter Tami Stoffel, son-in-law Dan Stoffel and granddaughter Rachael Stoffel.

“I’m so proud of him. He just loves to come back and share his voice here,” Tami Stoffel said as she watched her father go through one last rehearsal with organist Dieter Ruehle.

Mauriello was 18 years old when he signed as a pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers in August 1952.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander was with the Dodgers organization for eight years, six of which were in Double A and Triple A minor league baseball. He pitched in three games after the team moved to Los Angeles.

Lasorda and Sparky Anderson were his teammates.

During the off season, Mauriello attended both USC and UCLA, receiving a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

“I love baseball, but I left to become an engineer,” he said.

After that, he didn’t have much to do with the Dodgers until Lasorda became manager of the team in the mid-’70s.

Mauriello called Lasorda to congratulate him, and Lasorda regularly sent him tickets to the games.

Baseball may have taken a back seat in Mauriello’s life, but singing never did. Mauriello has been a member of the San Fernando Valley Male Chorus since 1964, and he still performs with the group.

He was with his daughter at a Lakers game when she told her dad he could sing the national anthem better than the singer at the game. He auditioned, and not only was he asked to sing at Lakers games, but also was asked to sing national anthem during the Los Angeles Kings’ first Stanley Cup playoff game in 1973.

He also sang the anthem during Lasorda’s 2014 visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley.

In 2008, the Dodgers decided to have a celebration and a reunion with the 1958 team. At that game, former Dodgers teammate Carl Erskine gave him the idea of singing at Dodger Stadium, and the rest is history.

Mauriello has sung the national anthem at least 12 times at Dodger Stadium. He also regularly sang “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch, but the song was cut out to shorten the game.

He said he never gets nervous before he sings, crediting his pitching experience on a major team with getting him prepared to be in front of a lot of people.

“It’s kind of fun singing at Dodger Stadium if you like an audience,” Mauriello said with a laugh.

He said he often receives compliments after his performance.

“The comments I get from the people after I’m finished singing and walking back to my seat makes me believe that people are really happy that I sang it the way it’s supposed to be sung,” he said.

Mauriello said he’s honored to sing at Dodger Stadium and the Old-Timers Game, where he sees a lot of friends. He likes to see who remembers whom from back in the day.

His home office is filled with articles and memorabilia from former teammates and people related to the Dodgers, including Don Drysdale and sportscaster Vin Scully.

Mauriello, who is writing a book about his experiences with people in baseball, said he has always liked to visit Scully when he’s at Dodger Stadium.

“He’s the best,” Mauriello said. “Vinny interviewed me the day I won my only baseball game with the Dodgers, and I sure wish I had the sound check on that one. That’d be neat.”

Ralph and Tommy

I think he thinks he got it just right!

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Harold (Hal) Griffin

I learned today that Hal Griffin of Operations passed away on Friday, August 7th, after a short illness. His funeral was held Monday, Aug 11th, at Jones Funeral Chapel 902 Preskitt Rd. Decatur, TX. There was a graveside service at Cumby Cemetery, CR 1589, Chico, TX.

For a view of Hal retirement take a look at:


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Bernard Cooper Dies in Hit and Run Accident

Bernie Cooper was tragically killed while riding his recumbent bicycle in the Tierra Rejada Valley on February 21, 2013. The family gathered from all over the United States and promptly held a private memorial for him at home.

Below are links to reports of his accident and two pictures provided by his son. Bernie will be fondly remembered by many in the DSD Reunion community. Please feel free to add your comments to this post.

Moorpark Patch article.

BikingInLA Article

Bernie Cooper at Home

Bernie on Bike

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Thomas J Cox

Tom Cox worked as a field engineer for Litton in Data Systems Division Field Engineering. Tom performed all required maintenance on the AN/TYQ-2 Air Operations Central for the U.S. Marine Corps, at Marine Base at Camp Pendleton in California, and was also instrumental in the development of major improvements to that system at Litton’s plant in Colorado. Tom later managed the modification team installing those engineering changes to the AN/TYQ-2 equipment at various U.S Marine sites throughout the world.

I would be pleased if you would recognize Tom in your DSD releases.

Thank you,

Donald Brown
Retired Litton DSD employee

See Obit

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Tragic Accident Kills Sam Coates Former Employee of Guidance Division

Sam’s Memorial Service is at the Riverside VA Cemetery on 28 September.Sam and I were friends since 1957 and our paths followed similar directions. Rest In Peace.

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Barrie Bartulski the Author

Barrie has provided the following information about what he is doing to keep busy. A link to his “The Red Schwinn Bicycle” website has been on the Links of Interest page on the DSD Reunion Website for some time. This posting on the BLOG will allow you to comment on his efforts. Don’t you have something to share with the group? Start your own topic.

After much success with his first book “The Red Schwinn Bicycle” in 2007, Cayucos, California author has completed his second book titled: “WHERE THE HELL IS TURTLE CREEK? A Memoir of Days Gone By.

The book through its fourteen stories describes life in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, located near Pittsburgh in the 1940’s and 50’s. However, it could be a reflection of any other small town in the United States during this time and even today!

The book describes an age of innocence children and the plight and hard times their depression and post World War II parents, and many other individuals had to endure, when the mills shut down and there was little or no work. It also identifies the fine Catholic and Public School institutions in place, the discipline measures in effect and how the Sisters and teachers were respected. Read about the children and adults of different ethnicities and religions and how they interacted socially, with one another and without the need for special government social programs. Go into a confessional booth with a young Catholic boy and try to understand his anxiety as he is about to talk with a priest, or feel his fears, as he is placed into a cloakroom for a good paddling. Then play some of the exciting games taking place in the schoolyard and join in an ethnic food feast, as the children sample one another’s lunches. Read about those who went off to war, some never to return home again and those who went on to distinguished careers. Lastly, gain some insight into the social activities going on inside and outside of Pinky’s Poolroom.

Using the following information the book can be ordered from the publisher iUniverse, Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Anyone with iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Amazon, Sony Reader, Kindle Fire and Nook platforms etc. can also access the e-book format.

ISBN: 978-1-4620-4109-1 Soft Cover
ISBN: 978-1-4620-4111-4 Hard Cover
ISBN: 978-1-4620-4110-7 e-book

Barrie has started on a forthcoming suspenseful novel titled “The Zealots”. A story about a high tech corporation, Guidance Development Inc., with headquarters located in Calabasas, California. All is going well and business is extremely good, until fraud and malfeasance is uncovered. The unauthorized removal of a “characterized” or best of the lot tested Gyroscope, from a government bonded store room is discovered. This gyroscope is now suspect in an armed and deadly confrontation between an Iranian submarine and United States aircraft carrier. World peace is at stake, threats of nuclear retaliation and Saber rattling coming from Russia, Syria and Iraq all friendly to Iran is not helping the situation.

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George Sullivan Retirement Life In Honolulu

George was  in Business Development after serving as skipper of the 2nd Destroyer Paul Foster DD964 Paul  out of Ingalls Shipyard Commissioned in 1976. He was previosly the Chairman of the Arizona Memorial  until it was taken over by the US Parks Department.He currently is on the board.

My wife and I in September 2011 had the pleasure of a VIP tour with George of the newly remodeled Arizona Memorial Museum and the battleship Missouri which is tied up adjacent to the memorial. We were privileged to be also accompanied by 2 female doctors from the Brazilian Navy and a USN doctor.

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Ralph and the Rabbits

Ralph Mauriello is in the news again, but this time he does not appear to be pitching a ball or singing.

Catch the Eyewitness News account here.

The text of the story is here.

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Tom McAusland

Thomas Dennis McAusland

December 4, 1932 – June 5, 2011

Tom passed away after an acute illness at Providence Tarzana Hospital. He was born on December 4, 1932 in New York City to Thomas and Mary McAusland. He attended St. Anne’s High School in Manhattan, and then Columbia University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

He worked over 40 years in the Aerospace/Defense industry for Hughes and Litton, and specialized in international marketing. This career led him all over the world, most notably Paris which became a second home.

He was known for his sense of humor and for hosting great parties with his wife of 42 years, Catherine. He was also an avid reader and a dedicated American. He wanted to serve in the armed forces, but had lost fingers in a childhood accident (leading to his high school nickname, the “missing deuce”).

He is survived by a brother, Michael, and leaves behind his wife Catherine, his son David John, daughter-in-law Tanya and his daughter Marie Christine with son-in-law Craig. He also leaves a granddaughter, Jillian and two grandsons, Andrew and Michael.

A private Memorial Mass was held at Mary Chapel at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Brentwood. Donations may be made in his memory to Providence Tarzana Hospital Foundation, 18321 Clark Street, Tarzana, CA 91356.

We will miss his infectious laugh and love for his friends and family.

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