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Gordon Langenbeck has been diligently tracking down lost classmates.
Please check out our Truant Page and see if you might know where any of these lost folks reside or how to contact them.
Here are Gordon's comments regarding his search:

Recently have tried to track down some missing classmates. Talked to Dennis Allen in Lewiston, ID where he is semi-retired from the rug cleaning business. Got Bob Mayo's address from him. Bob is now living in Missouri City, TX and is retired from HR for Shell Oil. Also located Ken Berryhill deep in the heart of Texas. In trying to locate George Barber, discovered he was shot to death in Feb. 2002 by his next door neighbor in Fresno as a result of a long standing feud. The guy was tried twice and walked. Verified that it was our George Barber as I talked to Delmer Hutchison who also lives in Fresno and has recently retired from thirty years of teaching industrial arts at McLane High School in Fresno. Said he saw George a couple weeks before the shooting. Also talked to Trini Amador who is living at an undisclosed location in Northern CA and says he has his life back on track.


Nat Fast honored at gala in S.M.
By Michelle Hatfield/Santa Maria Times Staff Writer

Longtime art advocate Nat Fast is seen Wednesday in his Orcutt home studio. 
The Orcutt Children's Art Foundation held “A Night for Nat” Friday night for his contributions to the local arts. //Ed Souza/Staff

The best way to honor an art advocate?
By displaying drawings and paintings and performing songs.

At its third annual winter gala Friday night, the Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation recognized local artist Nat Fast. Billed as a “night for Nat,” foundation members wanted to acknowledge Fast's contribution to the local art scene - his artistic talent and his encouragement of art in children.

Fast moved to Santa Maria in 1955 and taught art at Santa Maria and Righetti high schools as well as Hancock College.

“Our objective is empower young lives through the arts and (Fast) has been doing that throughout the years, both as a teacher and through his support of the arts,” said Victor Tognazzini, vice president of the foundation's board of directors.

The Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation provides sustained funding for arts programs at the Orcutt Union School District's six elementary and two junior high school campuses. The non-profit foundation supports an artist-in-residence program, as well as individual and school-wide mini-grants for specialty projects, including an elementary choir, claymation, supplies for ceramic kilns and folk and modern dance.

Fast, 81, was honored at the Santa Maria Radisson Hotel with performances created by the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts players. About 270 people turned up for the dinner, which also serves as the foundation's major fund-raising event each year.

Fast's extensive collection of watercolor paintings and graphite sketches have been commissioned and sold worldwide. Many hang in professional offices and businesses throughout Santa Barbara County, Tognazzini said.

As an outspoken advocate of the arts, Fast has been a member of the Santa Maria Arts Council for the past 40 years, five years on the Orcutt Union School District Art Steering Committee and a member of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. He has also spent countless hours volunteering in classrooms.

“We forget that people have a body, mind and spirit. It's important that we train all three of those,” Fast said. “We do good with sports and academics, but we need to do better with art.”

With cuts in state funding, many schools have had to push arts education to the back burner.

“That's why I'm so proud to be a part of (the Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation) - they're working to reverse that,” Fast said.

Gala organizers were hoping to beat last year's fund-raising total of $70,000. Tickets were $100 with a live and silent auction smorgasbord that included paintings, photography, guitars, wine tours, dinners, jewelry, trips to Disneyland and theater passes.

Seventy-five percent of the gala's proceeds will fund visual and performing arts school programs for the Orcutt Union School District's 4,800 students.

Twenty-five percent will be used to start a fund to build a performing arts center in Orcutt.

A preliminary estimate puts the project's price tag at $10 million.

Anyone interested in assisting the foundation's effort can volunteer time on subcommittees. They can also sign up for an annual membership or donate money.

The foundation has 15 board members and is connected with the Orcutt district. Everyone involved does so on a volunteer basis.

To get more information on the Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation, call 938-8900.

Michelle Hatfield can be reached at 739-2216 or mhatfield@santamariatimes.com. 


1940 - 2006

Dean Dunson a long time resident of Santa Maria Valley passed away January 17, 2006.
Dean was cremated and his ashes were spread over the ocean. Dean was born on January 11, 1940 in San Bernardino, California. He moved to this area as a child and attended local schools here. He graduated from Santa Maria High School. Dean enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country from 1962 to 1963. Dean was employed as a mechanic before retiring in 1999.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents Harriet and Warren Dunson, brother, Ronald M. Dunson. Dean is survived by his daughter, Deana Dunson, daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Richard Reyes, Jenny and Tony Nguyen, Cindy and Bob Kerze, grandchildren, Joey Reyes Dunson, Ryan Dunson, Cambria Kerze, Niece, Patricia Dunson and her son Jacob. Also survived by many friends that loved. him.
A memorial BBQ will be held at a later date to celebrate his life.
Arrangements are under the care of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.



Robert Allen “Bob” Shoun, 66, was born July 19, 1939 in Santa Maria, California to Laurence and Alice Shoun. He died January 13, 2006 at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. Bob survived a major stroke in 1992 and worked very hard to regain his independence. He was an inspiration to other stroke survivors. He suffered a fall in October 2005 and was unable to rally back from his injuries.

Bob attended local schools and was in the class of 1958 at Santa Maria High School. He was in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1958 to 1964. He was a truck driver for Blue Fleet Lines for five years and for Smith Transportation for twenty-one years. He also worked at Guggia Dairy, had a wallpaper hanging and saw blade sharpening business for a time.

Bob was a handyman and a craftsman. He enjoyed woodworking and building things. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, barbecuing, cooking, gardening, and his and Janice's weekend rides in the country.

Bob is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janice Shoun, his daughter and son-in-law Cathy and Joey Sturdivant and his son Bruce Shoun. He is also survived by his sisters Berthell Wardlow of Georgia and Evelyn Leonhardi (Mike) Leonhardi of Alabama, brothers-in-law Charles Nelson and Jerry Freitas (Karen), sisters-in-law Nancy Crossman, Frances Dennis, and Linda Roslinda, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2006, followed by services at 1:30 p.m. at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. Interment is to follow at Santa Maria Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory (805) 922-8463.



Vernon Earl Graham, 86, of Santa Maria went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 2, 2006. Vernon was born September 13, 1919 in Rocky Ford, Colorado to John and Rose Graham. Growing up, Vern worked on a farm to earn enough money to enroll in the University of Colorado. He worked several jobs while attending the University, played football and was an outstanding scholar. His college education was interrupted by 4 1/2 years of service in the U.S. Navy as a fighter pilot. He was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism. Vern was an "Ace-in-a-day." While stationed in San Diego he met the love of his life, Bavia, whom he married and enjoyed 49 yrs. of marriage.
Following WWII, Vern taught and coached 3 years in Colorado before attending Stanford University where he received a M.A. in Guidance. Vern and Bavia moved to Santa Maria in 1950. He served 30 years as a teacher/counselor and principal at SMHS and ERHS. After retirement he continued to teach home and hospital bound students. Vern was active in Kiwanis, the Elks Lodge, and Hospice. Vern was truly devoted to his country, to the institution of education, and especially to his family and friends.
Vern is survived by his daughter, Deborah Castillo, and 5 grandchildren, Michael, Jason, Sarrah, Tony, Tyree. He is also survived by 4 great-grandchildren, Joseph, Lilly, Issaya, and Gracie Ann.
Memorial contributions can be made in care of Hospice. We appreciate the love and care they provided to all of us during this difficult time.
Vern was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Graham in 1992 and his beloved wife, Bavia, in 1993.