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Rebecca "Bates" Mccray
Teacher/Domestic Engineer Married 6
Shari Ark (McDowell)
September 11, 1960 Wife, mother, beach bum www.facebook.com Married 2 It can't be 30 years! I've been happily married 26 years to Bryne McDowell. We have 2 girls, Sarah, 21 and Ashley 18. Over the past 30 years I have worked as an optician, stayed home with the kids, volunteered at the schools, active in ministries within the church, homeschooled, workde part time at the tennis club. Then I went back to school for cosmetology and got my esthetician and nail tech license so that I could "work" in a relaxing day spa. We spend as much time as possible on East Coast beaches and enjoy the old-time boardwalk in our very own state, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Sorry we couldn't make it to the reunion, but please find me on www.facebook.com. Shari McDowell
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Karen McKinney
Massage Therapist Divorced 2
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Andy Michael
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March 04, 1960 Senior Project Manager www.8541hog.net Divorced 1 Have lived all over since high school and the Marines, AZ, CA, WA, ID, now in the DC area since 06 when I moved out here to manage a project at the White House. Have 1 son who is back in college after 4 years in the Marines. You can find me on Facebook as Richard S. Anderson (long story).
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Ana Orrantia (Murphy)
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Nurse Educator Married 4 Graduated from ASU in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. Served on Active duty in US Air Force Nurse Corps for 7 years. Stationed in Sacramento; Myrtle Beach SC; Madrid, Spain, and Luke AFB in Phoenix. Met my husband,Tom, in Spain. He was an Air Force Lawyer. Married in 1990 and moved to Phoenix (Ahwatukee). Honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in 1990. Received my Master's of Science in Nursing from ASU in 1993. Was a full time Professor of Nursing at Mesa Community College(MCC) for 10 years. Have 4 children: Michael, 15; Andy, 13; Mariana, 11; and Alisa, 9. Work very part time now as a Perinatal Educator and adjuct faculty at MCC so I can be home with my children. My husband, Tom, has his own Law Practice in Tempe.
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Lynne Bessette (Nelson)
General Contractor Married 6 I can't even believe 30 years have passed! I am happily remarried with 6 kids (together). My husband Larry & I have a home building company and a concrete company. We enjoy traveling, riding motorcycles and entertaining friends and family.
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Igor Noriega
January 28, 1960 Area President Married 2 After MHS, attended ASU and received a BS in Business. Joined KPMG Peat Marwick CPA's for 6 years before moving onto Del Webb Corporation. Married my wife Jill and ultimately joined Pulte Homes in the Sacaramento region. I have two boys Nick (14) and Alex (12) residing in South Orange County. Professionally, I am the Area President for all homebuilding Operations in Southern California.
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Tom O'Brien
June 05, 1960 Paramedic Divorced 4 Well here goes. I started at ASU in the fall of 78 and joined a fraternity. That may have been a mistake. I dropped out a year later. Got married in 81. Then I met some guys at a gym who were firefighters. Back then I dreamed of being a competitive body builder. Yeah, like Chris Madsen. So several tests later in 1983 I got on the Mesa Fire Department and later became a Paramedic. Had a son who is now 24 and a U.S. Navy CB serving in Iraq. I am very proud of him. Got divorced in 1984. Remarried in 1990 and had 3 more children who are now 9, 13,and 17. I got fired from the Fire Department December 21, 1991. It was the saddest day of my life. I have never been the same since. I sued the bastards and kept up the litigation for 9 years then gave up. "You can't fight city hall." I named my 2nd son Justice because I don’t think there is any in the world. Drove a semi all over the country for about 10 years. Then went to work for GM at the Desert Proving Grounds for 4 years. My 2nd wife left me 3 years ago and I still miss her. I have been a little league Baseball coach for about 11 seasons. I also coach Pop Warner football. My daughter is about to graduate from Westwood OMG LOL. My 13 year old son is a gifted athlete. He plays year round club baseball and has been a Mesa Pop Warner quarterback and running back. I love ASU football and how bout them Diamondbacks? I now work for a pharmaceutical testing company in Tempe. I guess I have been lucky in some ways, just don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Life is what happens while your busy making other plans. I am in good health and have all my hair, its just turned gray, but I color it Ha Ha. I hope you are all well. Please show up for the reunion. It does not matter if you never hit the big time. I want to hear all of your successes and failures. Who cares about the beach ball. Its small stuff. Maybe we should all have brought one. Carry on my friends.
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Kathy Ransom (Obrecht)
September 02, 1960 teacher Married 3 After graduation, I went to Bartlesville Wesleyan University in Oklahoma, were I met my husband. We celebrated our 25th anniversary this past year. We have 3 children, 23,22, and 17. Our pride and joy is our granddaughter, age 2. My husband and I are both teachers in Phoenix. We have been teaching in the Phoenix since 1983, with the exception of 2 years teaching in Chiang Mai, Thailand (1998-2000).
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Michael Ogden
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owner/operator of Dengo Wildlife Control www.dengowildlifecontrol.com Married My compliments to those who developed and maintain this site. I was thinking about my past and stumbled upon it. Since leaving High School, I attended a trade school in Phoenix and worked as a mechanic for several years. For the next 28 years, I managed several Marie Callender's Restaurant locations, the last of which in Boise, Idaho where I now reside with my wife. I currently own and operate a Wildlife Control company in Boise, which couldn't be more different than my previous occupation but I love it. I also serve on the governing board of the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators Association. While many my age are winding down, I've never been busier! When not working, I saddle up my mules and wander Idaho's backcountry. I hope this day finds you in good health. God Bless.
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Gregory Scott Olofson
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none Married 3 3 kids,I have lived in Prescott Valley for over 30 years.I spent about 30 years cooking in restaurants,now I get disability and take care of my kids.never lived more then a 100 miles from Mesa,but it has changed so much I don't want to go there
Gregory Scott Olofson
October 26, 1960 Married 3
Karen Overstake
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Transportation Specialist Single Again 1 30 years is such a long time! After high school I spent most my time raising my Son who will be 24 in October. He is the one constant in my life and he an awesome young man. I've been working for a Steamship company for the last 11 years and I love it. I move commodities from the West Coast to Hawaii, Guam, Saipan & the Marshall Islands. It's a great job. I love riding motorcycles and have been riding for 7 years but I'm in between bikes right now. I'm a Certified Interior Decorator and hoping that I'll be moving in that direction soon and doing it full time. I specialise is staging homes for sale. I completely remodeled my townhome by myself and I'm very proud of it. I've kept in touch with a handful of friends from High School. I still live in Mesa but want to move to Gilbert soon! I still love that "no so little" town. Well anyone who may remember me is free to shot me an email........I'd love to hear from you. koverstake@yahoo.com
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Brian R Owens
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June 22, 1960 Maintenance Plumber Married 6 12 Living life, raised 6 kids- 4 boys & 2 girls, 5 are married. I’ve been married for 32 years,
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Rodney Palmer
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May 26, 1960 Separated 7
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Joel Pedigo
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May 30, 1960 US Coast Guard Single Again Few will remember me as I transfered to MHS as a Junior, spent most my time at Mesa Central and completed HS requirements mid-term as a Senior. I enlisted in the CG and finished Boot Camp before officially graduating and even before earning Eagle Scout! I traveled the world and visited every continent except Europe. I retire next fall as an SCPO with over 30 years service. I spend my free time fighting with rapier and doing demos at Ren Faires or as a pirate.
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Bret Petersen
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February 20, 1960 Attorney Married 5 I moved to Missouri as a Junior and graduated there. So I didn't graduate from Mesa High, but have many memories from Mesa High (and Mesa Jr. High) and all my old friends there. I served a mission for the LDS church in Taiwan and then went to BYU. After graduation I moved to Dallas Tx. to work for Texas instruments (TI) in military electronics. In Dallas I met and married my wonderful wife Penny (Armstrong) and started a family. We now have 5 great kids. Our oldest is in Nevada/Az serving a mission now. I left TI in 1991 and went to BYU law school to become a patent attorney. Then back to Dallas and TI to work in the law (patent) dept. I am now back in Missouri working in a small law firm doing patent work. I love being back in the country and just finished building a house here.
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Rick Pew
Firefighter Married 4 Raising Family Working for Mesa Fire Dept. Church Service Missions
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Paulette Robinett (Pierce Robinett)
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High School Business Teacher Married 1 The last 40 years has been a great ride. Life has had it's ups and downs. However, I choose my attitude everyday. I have been teaching for GPS for the last 15 years as a high school business teacher. Before that my experience has been in management, human resources, and recruitment in different industries. My husband and I own a roofing company. We enjoy family, friends, traveling, the outdoors, and the list goes on. Everyday I have dessert - it just makes the day a little better. Carry on - 1978
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Kelly Neel (Pillar)
Customer Service Supervisor Married 3 I have been working for the City of Mesa for the past 29 years. Looking forward to retiring in 2008 and having some real fun!! Divorced in 1993 after 11 years, re-married to a great guy (Dave Pillar, MHS class of 1980) for the past 6 years. Have 3 beautiful daughters, Erin, she is 20 and a Junior at ASU, step-daughter, Kayla is 17 and a Senior at Gilbert High and Megan is 16, a Junior at Gilbert High. All is well and looking forward to seeing everyone!
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Julie Pelsma (Powell)
September 22, 1960 Patient Access Specialist 2 Expecting 1st grandchild in June in Las Vegas and living in Georgia.
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Barbara Anderson (Pruitt)
Homemaker Married 3 4 Gosh where did the time go! After graduation we moved to Oklahoma and I married my childhood sweetheart. I had my first child, Sean. We moved back home to Mesa, after two years, where I had my last two children Tara and Bree. I was a stay at home mom until the kids were in jr high school. I worked at TRW. Then worked for State Farm Insurance. My husband and I moved to Michigan in 2003, for a year and then returned to Mesa. I guess Mesa is where we really want to be since we keep coming back. LOL. This is where all our the family is anyway. My husband and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary this year and we are having a great time enjoying our 4 grandchildren. I think of all the things I have done, being grandma is the best!!
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Debbie Allred (Rabidue)
December 29, 1960 Married 6 3 Raising kids, pursuing a career in accounting. Living in Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington and Oregon
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Abel Ramirez
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Industrial painter Married 2 I believe I have lived a full life to this point. I never dreamed that time would go by so rapidly. I would like to say that I have cured cancer, climb Mt.Everest, flown on a deep-space mission, won an Olympic Gold Medal, invented the next technological wave. But I am a simple man that loves God, my country, my family and friends. Always willing to serve my fellow man. Trying my hardest to live a Christ-like life. That is what I have done these past 40 years.
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Shelly Conrad (Ray)
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2 Hope everyone is fine;Went to the 5th, 10th and 20th year reunions dressed in dark grape with golden shoes for effect;had a nice time. Thanks for the memories. Find me on facebook under Shelly Conrad Ray. Take Care. This website is wonderful people!
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Connie Larsen (Reed)
Accountant Committed Relationship 2 Married- Children-Divorced-Met a wonderful man 9 years ago, and so far happily ever after. I attended College for accounting but my passion is helping others, maybe someday I will fulfill my dream of being a nurse, in the meantime I manage money for others. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends going to Mexico sitting on the beach and relaxing.
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Karen Stoltz (Reed)
October 19, 1960 Business Manager www.phos-chek.com Married 1 none I can't believe it's been 40 years! Right after graduation I moved to S. California and have been here ever since. I've worked for the company that makes the Phos-Chek retardant dropped from airplanes on brushfires for over 38 years! I've been married twice and have one son.
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Randal Rennick
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Facilities/Operations Technician Married 2 After Graduation I continued on to Mesa Community College. Graduated with an AA in Ornamental Horticulture. Had dreams of owning my own lanscaping buisness. Needless to say never got it off the ground. Decided I needed to get out and see some of the world so did a quick six years in the Navy. Met my wife at this point in time who is a registered nurse. I decided home life was better than traveling around with the Navy. Since then I have worked for various company's in the facilities/operations field. I currently work with Hewlett Packard. I have been married for almost 21 wonderful years and have two children. One son who will graduate this year and plans to go San Diego State to pursue a degree in engineering and I have one daughter in middle school. It's been thirty years since high school graduation WOW, well I'm looking forward to the next thirty.
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Irene Vensor (Rios)
Married 3 Married: Raised 3 intelligent kids; Employed in Scientific Industry; Happy, Healthy and Loving Life in the city. Time passes so quickly, amazing how many years its been since Class of 78 graduation.
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Sharon Rooney (Rizzo)
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August 23, 1960 General Manager Paradise Bakery Married 2 Having fun!!! That's what I was supposed to be doing, right?
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Sandi Merrill (Rodeman)
February 16, 1960 C.A.S.A. Volunteer Coordinator Married 2 After High School I moved to California came back to AZ. Met a wonderful man by the name of Kevin Rodeman we got married in 1988 have 2 kids J.J. 21 and Kati 19 graduated from the International Acadamey of Hair design in 1993, graduated from the Heartland Baptist school of Women's Ministry in 2000 I've been doing social work and helping children who have been neglected and abused. I have a wonderful life!
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Earl Rogers
September 09, 1959 Married 6
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Lorrie Bourquin (Rowe)
May 23, 1960 Retired Single 2 2 soon 3 Working!
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Brad Rowley
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October 10, 1960 Architect Married 6 Manami and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary, and it's been quite a ride. Okay, here goes.... Went to BYU for a year after graduation, served an LDS mission to Nagoya, Japan 1979-81. Married Manami and started my architectural career in summer of 1983. Austin born 1984, Natalee 1986, Kristie 1988. Moved to Japan and worked designing custom homes for Japanese development companies 1988-95, lived in Ibaraki (Osaka) and Yokohama. Jessie born 1990, Kellie 1993. Moved to Seattle area for work, Audrie born 1997. Back to Mesa in 1997 to work freelance, obtained Architectural Registration 1998. Worked in Brainerd, Minnesota for 6 months 2001-02, and Annapolis, Maryland for 18 months 2003-05. Have worked for several architectural firms around the valley and seen my share--and then some--of layoffs. Never thought architecture could be such an unstable career! I'm about ready to try something else. Austin served a mission to Singapore 2005-07, Natalee currently serving in San Jose California. Kristie graduated from Desert Ridge HS last year, Jessie a junior (and Choir All-Stater) at Highland HS, Kellie a freshman at same, Audrie in 5th grade at Canyon Rim Elementary. Life is pretty darn good, all things considered.
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Carol Johnson (Rutt)
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Realtor Divorced How can it be 30 years!! I'm recently divorced after being married for 18 years. It's all good and I'm having tons of fun. I teach scuba diving and lead dive trips for Saguaro Diving in Mesa - it's just around the corner from MHS. While diving is my passion, golf is my addiction. I met my fiance, Denny, on the golf course. We live in Gilbert with our 2 dogs, 2 cats & 2 snakes. My real job is selling residential real estate for the last 20 years in the east valley. I missed the 20th reunion because I was on a dive trip - can't wait to see everyone next year.
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Paul Sakievich
Senior Systems Engineer Married 3 30 Years... Ouch. Bummed through some odd jobs after H.S. for a couple of years then joined the Army and did military intelligence stuff for 12+ years. I married shortly after joining the Army. We went to Okinawa (Torii Station) for 3 years where 2 of my daughters were born, then to Maryland (Fort Meade) for 3 years where my youngest daughter was born, then to Germany (3rd ID) for 3 years, then back to the U.S. - Virginia (Vint Hill) for a year and a half and then moved with my unit to Georgia (Fort Gordon). Transitioned out of the Army and took a computer contracting job at the same place I had been working in the Army. Worked at Fort Gordon for 7 1/2 years as a contractor and then went to work in Kuwait. I worked in Kuwait for 3 years and 8 months and got back this summer. Looking for something else fun to do now... My oldest daughter is in the Air Force and has served in Korea, Germany, Afghanistan, and is now in Florida. My middle daughter graduated from Clemson University this year and has just left to work in Japan. My youngest daughter is in her last year at Winthrop University and will spend her last semester this January studying abroad in England. Me, I'm as uneducated as I was when I left High School... =p
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Freddie Sanchez
January 24, 1959 disable freddiesanchez@yahoo.com Married Hi as mention my name is Freddie Sanchez live in Texas now, disable and injoying time with my boy Andre six years old, just enjoying time with him sports,cub scotts,and piano,it's nice to see some of the faces here on the web,to bad I only have one year book left and that is the 1976 year book,the others got lost in my divorse, I went to Mesa Central and just recently met someone here on facebook that actually new me, matter affact we were good friends at Mesa Central, that I could'nt even remember but she did, it was a surprise for me. This is very interesting to see these people that I accually had something in common with. So keep up the good work. Freddie Sanchez
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Steve Schrimpf
Law Enforcement Married 2 Have lived in Arizona since graduation. Retired from law enforcement in October 2016 and Started with another agency 4 days later. Married for 25 years, one daughter at ASU Nursing school and one son at Coastal Carolina
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Cindy Heaton (Scott)
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Married 5 I am living in northern California, in a small agricultural town. I've been doing the family thing and will be doing it for several more years. I direct the drama events at the local high school, and I'm involved in church and community service. I am grateful for the many opportunities and experiences that we've had living here in Gridley.
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Glen Shay
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November 09 Single Has it really been 30 years?! Sorry to have missed the reunion, since there are so many people I would have enjoyed visiting. Life's taught me to appreciate every moment, and everyone in that moment. I've lived in the Seattle area for over 10 years now and cannot imagine living anywhere else. Where else can you get plenty of cool weather, rain, moisture, fresh sea food, and more rain?
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Cindi Elmer (Shepherd)
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February 26, 1960 Retired teacher Divorced 3 4 with 2 more on the way I was married for 32 years. I have 2 sons and 1 daughter who passed away in 2004. I returned to school in 1992 and got a bachlors degree in Elementary/Special Education and then a Masterâ
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Timothy Shurtz
June 24, 1960 Safety/Security/Sanitation Manager Married 2 one served a mission in Deerborn MI after my mission I lived in Mesa until I married Marlene Frandsen in 1991. When we married I adoted my daughter Dana from my wife's prevouis marriage. I served my time in City Government and became a Volunteer Fire Fighter in 2013 I became an Volunteer EMT if you Remember the Show Emergency that is what I do sometimes I drive forty miles into the back country on calls I still Work in a potato Processing Plant I manage 4 different departments for the company. they allow me to leave when the EMS services need me I was just released as a scout master 4/15/18 I don't know what I will do with the spare time I am sure my Wife and family will find something for me to do although the Spanish branch to which my wife and I are serving in saw's they will have something for me next week all I can say is life is great and I have been blessed
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Michelle Martin (Smith)
December 06, 1960 Manager Married 5 Attended MCC & BYU finally graduated from ASU with a Materials Management degree. Have great kids, doing good things. Enjoy working with the youth in church activites. Traveling has become a passion, still haven't been to Paris !
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Charlene Long (Solomon)
Sr. Analyst - Planning, Analysis and Reporting Briefly: 1979 Married my high school sweetheart; 1983 graduated from ASU with BS in Finance; 1988 began my career with IKON Office Solutions; 1990 had my first child; twins 1992; divorced 1999. I have been with the same company for almost 18 years, same home for 20 years. Spend as much time with my kids as possible; go to Cholla Bay, Mexico to relax and have fun.
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Diane Diefenderfer (Sova)
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Business Mgr - Darner Chrysler Jeep Married 3 Wow! Has it really been 30 years?? I have such vivid memories of Mesa High that it can't be that long ago. After graduation, I attended MCC and began working for Maricopa County. I married my first husband in 1981 and gave birth to a wonderful son 1982. It didn't take long before I realized I made a bad decision and divorced in 1985. I also left the County and began my career in automobile dealership management. I spent the next years focused on living, loving and enjoying life and being a great mom. In 2000 I met my current husband, soulmate and love of my life Steven. He had two children of his own and we've recently welcomed 2 new grandchildren. When not working we enjoy exploring the beautiful desert, our property in Colorado, trips to visit the grandkids. Life is GOOD! I am looking forward to the reunion and meeting up with old friends.
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John Spurlock
June 21, 1960 Workforce Specialist III Married 4 Married Carrie Chase - across the tracks girl- (Westwood High School) and now Retired Air Force with 20 years of military service / E-7 with 1 grand baby - Bryce Cole Adams. My children are doing well - Donna is a Elementry Teacher, Stephanie works at a University Library, Amanda is now at Lowes, and Johnny my son is working our small ranch in oklahoma.
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Sandy Swires (Stack)
loan officer Married 2 married 25 years, raised 2 daughters, both graduated from ASU and teach school on Chandler and Queen Creek. Olderst daughter is married and has two wonderful sons, ages 21 months and 6 weeks. Youngest daughter lives in queen creek and teaches 6th grade. I raised my children and then went to work for Intel for 14 years, worked in finance and HR and did an over seas assignment in Malaysia for 2 years. I took a voluntary retirment from Intel and went in to real estate and the mortgage business. I currently live in chandler, but building a home in Rio Verde in Scottsdale and will be moving there in about 4 weeks. My interest are my children, biking, skiing, my pets (2 dogs and 1 horse, with more coming) and of course my husband and grandsons!
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Mark Standage
Bookkeeper / Business Owner Married 6 Let's see... After graduation I served a 2-year mission for the LDS Church in Holland. After getting back I worked construction for a couple of years finally settling down and getting married at the age of 26. About a year or so later we welcomed our first child (a girl) to the family and a couple of months after that I joined the US Air Force, where I served 11+ years as a Financial Services Specialist. During that time we were stationed in Grand Forks, North Dakota; 8 wonderful years in Anchorage, Alaska where our 4 boys were born (not much else to do during those long cold winters); and Enid, Oklahoma where we welcomed our last child to the family (another girl). My wife and I have been married for 20 incredible years. After getting out of the Air Force I worked a few years for an international pipeline company based in North Scottsdale. I am currently doing freelance work helping small start-up businesses put their bookkeeping, filing system, inventory, etc. in place.
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Janna Searle (Staples)
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Fire Suppression Tech. Married 2 3 Since our 30th reunion, I Race BMX Bicycles with my awesome 13 year old Grandson. Qualified and raced in the World BMX Championships which was outstanding. Have been blessed with two very beautiful Granddaughters and reunited with my birth mother. Still married to the same wonderful man (21yrs) and still have our own company (19yrs). I can truly say....LIFE IS GREAT!!!
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Deana Gilmore (Starr)
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Hospice RN Case Manager Single 6 12 I got married right out of high school and moved around a lot. Along the way I had 5 children, went to nursing school and got my RN degree, got divorced. I remarried 2 years later and had my youngest son at age 41.(Not a good plan, but a good result!) He is now 16. I separated from my second husband in 2004. I then decided I was sick of the snow in Wyo and moved to Northern CA. I have settled in the Seattle area. I am a Hospice RN and finally LOVE what I do! My older children are grown and have their own lives. They live all over the western USA. I have 12 grandchildren They are so much fun! Life is life. Ups and downs. But I have learned through working for hospice that life is precious. Tell people how you feel. be honest and kind. Love what you do for a living. And try to find something good in every day. That all sounds nice but it is pretty difficult to achieve! Make the best life you can because no one else will do it for you.
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Marilee Stephenson
September 07, 1959 Single Working,taking pictures,took trips,helping others.
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Marilee Stephenson
September 07, 1959 nitedream7@gmail.com I went to M.C.C. in 1980-1982. Then I worked until 1999. Help took care of my parents.
both pass away in Feb 1&2 2003 & 2004. Now I'm going back to college at M.C.C..

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Wm. Howard Sturgiss
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April 22, 1960 Divorced 2 Work has been keeping me quite busy lately. Today, I thought I ought to review the notices to avoid missing the reunion. Soon after graduating, I started to attend DeVry Institute in Phoenix. Then the economy slowed and I knew my job would soon end. So, I spent a few years in the Navy and never completed DeVry. After the Navy, I worked odd jobs for a couple of months until hired at APS. I’ve worked as a Plant Technician at Palo Verde Nuclear about 23 years. Fortunately, I like my job and it pays well. I’ve gone back to school off and on. But, family needs outweigh personal goals. I have a son of my own and a stepdaughter that feels like she is my own. Unfortunately, I have married and divorced twice. Fortunately, I am getting along well with the ex’s. Go figure, why couldn’t we get along this well while married? There were no children in the first marriage and contact with Cindy continues by mail and e-mail. I have custody of my son from the second marriage and grew quite attached to my stepdaughter from this marriage. Bobbie Jo and I came to peaceful terms for the sake of the children who are now teens. I saw a recent picture of me with the children. For a moment, I wondered who is that old guy with the kids. So, when people ask me how I am, I tell them truthfully that I am older and balder.
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Julie Osborn (Thacker)
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Occupational Therapist Single Again 6 I attended BYU and MCC, then graduated from ASU in 1982 in education. I married in 1981, had a son in 1983 and a daughter in 1984. My son is now 24, married, and attending BYU. My daughter is now 22, with two precious babies, living in OH where her husband will attend optometry school. I was a foster parent for more than 8 years, and ended up adopting 4 special kids, who are currently 13, 12, 9 and 9. My husband left us in 2000, after 19 years of marriage. I went back to school in 2002, finishing my master's degree in Occupational Therapy in early 2007. For me, the past 30 years have proved to be much more challenging than expected, yet wonderfully filled to overflowing with countless joys and incredible blessings. The LDS church is still a central part of my life, and its teachings are core to my hope in the future. My favorite activities center around being with my kids and grandkids: traveling, talking, laughing, playing games, and remembering the fun times we've shared. I look forward to the reunion, and to renewing high school friendships. It's great to remenisce about fun times spent with good friends. The "Now" picture I have included was taken at the Grand Canyon in 2004 with Ning Surasrang, an exchange student from Thailand who attended MHS with us when we were Juniors. See y'all in 2008!!!
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Barry Thomas
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February 06, 1960 Wireless Communications Married 5 Ugh! It is sobering that it has in fact been 30 years – am I really that old?! Nah – people celebrating their 40th anniversary… they are the old ones. So, I was on campus last weekend for a dance recital and so many memories flooded back – and they were all good – even the memory of when I got kicked out of school by Mr. ? (assist. principal) for possession of a water balloon launcher. Soon following graduation I served an LDS mission to Montana which was a wonderful experience and has shaped my view of life lastingly and immeasurably. Next were my many, many years at ASU – so many that they obviously felt guilty about taking my tuition any longer and granted me a diploma. Having no job and big expenses, I took employment in the cellular telephone industry – just until I found a “real job”. 22 years later I am still in the wireless business, the last 10 ½ with T-Mobile. My area of responsibility is business sales in the western US. Marriage? Yep – I finally did get married, thanks for asking. My bride of 20 years is the former Kimberly Riggs (a Mountain View alum – but don’t hold that against her, she graduated from ASU and combined with the many years of living with me she has become fairly normal). I was laughing as I wrote that, but am now thinking of the pain she may inflict on me if she by chance reads this – well it’s a risk I will take, cuz I live dangerously. Together our union has produced five really great kids ages 15, 14, 13, 8, and 6 (boy, boy, girl, girl, boy). We enjoy a very happy home – though every day is a circus. Baseball, softball, tumbling, dance, cheer, wrestling, football, t-ball, scouts (two Eagles), swim team, rock climbing, soccer, track… Kimberly and I are avid cyclists and enjoy events throughout the southwest. Though the years I have been passionate about softball, golf, and mountain climbing. Now I mostly ride my bike and drive my kids to their passions. In all, it has been a great 30 years and I look forward to seeing each of you and hope that you remember me as better than I was! I am particularly excited to see those of you from my childhood at Lowell School, Mesa Jr. High (yeah, the Golden Eagles), and my 9th Ward Sunday School classmates.
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Michelle Barnett (Thomas)
student earthlink.net Married 3 So much has occured in thirty years; currently I am a full time student my under-grad program major is a BS Pre- P.A. (physicians assistant) I will begin the master's program in 2007. We moved to Tn. about 10 years ago but it looks like we will be moving again soon, so I will be able to attend graduate school. With three teenage children and school I am a busy girl. Our oldest son is on his mission at this time he is in the Washington DC area. I hope to see many friends at the reunion.
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Frances Johnson (Thompson)
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Realtor www.thompsonsrealty.com Married 2 Married - divorced. Happily married again! Two great kids. More about me at: http://www.thompsonsrealty.com/About_Jay_and_Francy/page_1115563.html
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Lisa Thompson
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June 26, 1960 Homemaker Married 6
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Lisa Hale (Thompson)
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Homemaker Married 4 After high school and some college I seved an LDS mission. I got married 2 years later and we just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We have four beautiful daughters, age 18 down to 4. The oldest is a senior at Mesa High and is the current Student Body President so I'm back at the school a lot. I'm proud to say that it's still rich with tradition and purple and gold pride! The girls are all very busy with church, sports and music and are in four different schools this year so I'm a very busy Mom running everywhere and helping with all the PTO activities that I can. We are all very busy with our church and family activities. A few months ago my mom passed away very suddenly. It's been a tough few months but I have a wonderful family and great friends and I consider myself very blessed! I'm so looking forward to the reunion next year!
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Vicki Matthews (Tolman)
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December 30, 1959 Teacher Can you keep what I previously wrote, but just add my pic? Thank you!
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Vicki Matthews (Tolman)
High School Business Teacher 2 Wow - lots! Recently graduated with my bachelors degree in business administration/secondary education and am teaching high school business classes (i.e. Business Law, Marketing, Keyboarding) at Skyline High School - newest high school in the Mesa School District. I am also the DECA Advisor! I have a daughter who is 19 and a son who is 17... and I have been married for 24 years.
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Lance Trella
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October 08, 1959 Battalion Chief / Chandler FD Married 7 In 1980 in went into the USAF / National Guard. In 1985 I was hired by Chandler Fire Department. 27 years later I am still with the Fire Dept and still enjoying it. I am currently a Battalion Chief for the City of Chandler. I was married in 1986 and Barb and I still live in the same house in Chandler. All told, 7 Trella Kids. My wife and also had three other foster kids throughout the years.
I still love playing Racquetball - 2 time AZ State Champion. 2 time World Police and Fire Champion.
In 2002, I was "Firefighter of the Year" for the City of Chandler. My wife and I recieved a Congressional Award - "Angles in Adoption" in Washinton DC for our work in the adoption field. We have been blessed to have a great family and good friends. "Carry on" MHS 1978!
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Lance Trella
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October 08, 1959 Battalion Chief / Chandler Fire Dept Married 7 College, Military USAF/NG, Firefighter-1985 Chandler Fire Department (Paramedic, Engineer, HazMat Tech, Captain, 2002 FF of the year, Battalion Chief). Married 1986 - we had some kids, adopted a bunch more = 7 total. Ages now - 30, 29, 28, 27, 24, 23 & 21. All doing great! We enjoy travel and have been fortunate enough to see a lot of wonderful places, but we're just getting started! I still play a little Racquetball - 2x AZ State Champion, 2x National Championship runner up. 40 years have gone in a blink of an eye. Looking back, it's been a great 40 years.
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Debbi Geer (Turner)
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Claims Supervisor Divorced 4 10
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Jimmie Turner
Disabled Married 4
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Jo Johns (Valentine)
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Veterinarian Married 2 Served 20 years in the Air Force as a Communications/Navigation Specialist on aircraft. Then went to Veterinary school. Now a veterinarian at Valley Animal Hospital in Tucson Arizona.
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Alex Varonos
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Self Single Again 2 So many things to mention but basically Investment Banker on Wallstreet retired in 1999 and enjoying my kids and pet projects.
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Geoffrey Voigt
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Financial Advisor www.fa.smithbarney.com/yv Committed Relationship Graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1982. Served 8 years on active duty at sea. Currently serve as a Financial Advisor at Smith Barney in my "new" home town of Annapolis, MD. Lost Rita Hamblin to a better fellow back in 1980. Lost Ann Danner to a putz in 1992. Gained Donna Duran in 2006 :)
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Debbie Anderson (Wallace)
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August 18, 1960 Wife/Mom Married 4 After graduation I worked a few different jobs. Lived in St. George, Utah for awhile. I came back to Mesa in 1980. Met my Husband, Mike Wallace, July of 1981. He graduated from Coronado High School in 1978. We were married in the Arizona Temple on March 1982. We have 4 children born in 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1992. Three boys and one daughter, our daughter being our youngest. I have worked off and on through out our marriage and am currently at home. I keep busy with my family and church responsibilities. I still get together regularly with some of my old friends. Friends like Julie Osborn, Sharon Payne and Donna Allen. And let me tell you, somethings just never change. Older bodies, but still crazy as ever.
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Debbie Anderson (Wallace )
December 31, 1969 Housewife Married 4
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Jeff Ward
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March 24, 1960 Aotomobile Sales Consultant www.fiesatalm.com Married 4 After graduation I couldn't settle down enough to finish college -- I was dying to get a paying job! My real career break came when I worked part-time in 1983 with a friend who was beginning his career as a personal computer software developer. This same year I married another Mesa High alumnus, Amy Adams. We began our family as I began working in the computer software business. Later I worked for four years in technical support and sales for a division of McGraw-Hill that produced business accounting software. During that time my first son, Addison, was born. Addison just turned 20! Man do I feel old. Addison is a great young man that reminds me of the value of parenthood every time I see him. After McGraw-Hill I went to work for a friend that had this crazy idea to start a medical billing software company. I began selling and supporting Medisoft, our software. I worked into a position as Director of Marketing as we sold tens of thousands of systems, eventually becoming the most widely used medical software in the country with almost 150,000 healthcare providers as customers. Meanwhile, my second child, Alyssa, was born. She's 18 now and a gorgeous young woman. Amy and I divorced a few years later. I met another Mesa High alum, Becka Hancock, at work. We both believe we were destined to be together. Sappy, but very romantic. She and I have been married for over 11 years and have two more spectacular children -- Payton (she's 20 now) and Connor (he's 17). Payton moved to Seattle last year and Connor likes nothing better than to hang out with Dad. If you're keeping score, that's a 14 year spread between the first and fourth child! Amazing. Medisoft was purchased by a publicly traded Fortune-500 company, NDCHealth, in 2000. I stayed on as a VP and later acting GM for the division. In late 2001 I couldn’t take the corporate life any more, so I resigned in search of success somewhere else. Remember that first software developer friend that introduced me to personal computers in 1983? He resigned from the same company within 18 hours of my resignation without either one of us knowing what the other had planned. Within two months we had reconnected and set out on another software venture, this time developing point of sale software for restaurants. This came as a result of my brief ownership of Gino’s Pizza, a Mesa Main Street fixture for 30+ years and home of the best pizza in the world. But I digress… Somewhere in all this I made time to finish my Bachelor’s degree and get an MBA. Education is completely worth the time, effort and cost. I wish I would have known that in the late 70’s. I’m older, grayer, wiser, fatter, better educated, and loving my life. I wish everyone could be as happy as I am with my family, my work and my wife. See you at our next reunion!
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Phyllis Smalley (Watson)
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Executive Administrative Assistant Married Stayed in Mesa, and watched the city grow along with the valley. Traveled, experienced life, enjoying life with my husband and family traveling in our RV. It will be so nice to see everyone again and catch up.
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Lori Speakman (Weekes)
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November 16, 1960 Married 7 18 I lived in Missouri for 8 years after graduating from High school. I met and Married my husband while there. We have been married 32 years and are loving life.
After Missouri we lived and raised our children in Vancouver, Wa. for 18 years and loved every minute of it. I loved teaching Seminary for 6 years.
Then 7 years ago we moved here to Utah where most of our children and grandchildren are. I love spending time with them and making great memories. My family and church is the most important purposes in my life.
In the mean time, I have been working as a casting director for movies and commercials with my Sister.
Also, the last three years I have had the opportunity to work on BYU's Women's Conference Committees. I was humbled by seeing the love of Women and how hard they work to help those in need.
My last child was just married, so we are official empty nesters and think this is a wonderful new chapter in our lives!! :)
I am thrilled to be able to see you all again and be connected again!!
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Rebecca Bates (Westfall)
Concert Security/ Retail Divorced 6 Oh boy! Right now I am working security for concerts and raceway as well as I work a retail job and do lyricist writing part time on the side. I recently moved from Las Vegas last yr up to Southern Utah. Enjoying my children, family and friends. Sorry dont have a recent photo just yet.
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Shannon Gray (Whipple)
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May 07, 1960 Stay at Home Married 5 7 I have been married to David Whipple for 33 years and we have 5 children. We have lived in AZ, TX, NY, CT, TX,(again) CO, and now AZ for the last 14 years. We have 7 grandchildren and it's the BEST! 4 of our 5 children have graduated from MHS and our youngest is 17, so we hope she does, also. Go, MHS!
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Shannon Gray (Whipple)
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May 07, 1960 Married 5 9 We have moved all over and then settled here 19 years ago. All of our children have graduated from MHS; 4 generations! We love Mesa High!
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Alyssa Castillo (White)
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September 23, 1960 Sales Rep Married 2 Travelled out of country for 6 years, and many states in the US (previous marriage-Military Family Member). I have 2 children Son 25, Daughter 24, 2 Grand sons 2 & 4 mo. Now married to my soul mate and exstaticly happy!! I work with Fender Musical Instruments Corp. in Scottsdale. I'm part of the worship team at my church and enjoying every second praising God!
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Mark Winsor
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Attorney/Financial Advisor www.winsorlaw.com Married 6 9 I am married to a wonderful and beautiful woman, Shelly, and we have 6 children and 9 grandsons. I served an LDS mission in Norway and have lived and traveled throughout the US and the world since graduation. We settled down in Mesa in 2002 and I opened a Prosperity Law practice and later a financial services business. I continue to build both businesses and I actively mentor other financial advisors and attorneys in prosperity law, financial advising and business. I am also a public speaker and frequently teach continuing education and seminar events for attorneys, real estate agents, other professionals and the general public. I served for many years in the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard and achieved the rank of Major. My greatest joy and fulfillment is my family and serving my Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Kimberlee Allen (Withers)
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Real Estate Agent Divorced 2 Moved to Utah Where I got married and had 2 beautiful daughters. Divorced. Worked for Nordstrom 23 years, the last 6 years as a merchandiser. Recently retired from Nordstrom and decided to get my real estate licence and sell custom homes for my cousins.
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Terry Wood
Aluminum Extrusionist Married 4 Returned Mormon Missionary, 1 year college, married, had a daughter, re-married, another daughter and two sons. Inherrited a house from my grandparents. I'll have been married for 17 years on March 17, 2007. My wife is from Globe, AZ.
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Shawn Woolley
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Chief Technology Officer Married lots of stuff working takes allot of my time as the Chief Technology Officer for Gilbert Arizona the fastest growing city in the Country, I also love to travel especially love diving and snorkeling so Maui is a home away from home for us we spend at lest two weeks a year there just relaxing. Also like to collect and play guitars and now have even started building them
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Lauri Paavola (Woolsey)
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Self-employed- Office/Plumbing Contractor Married 5 1
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Stephanie Ekdahl (Young)
October 19, 1959 security officer Married 1 Have live in Colorado for 19 yrs . 1 daughter and 2 grand children. work for TSA for 4 yrs.Love the mountains and help crew for the Avon Breast cancer walk the past 3 yrs.
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