Donnie's Updates

January, 2023

EVERYONE IS INVITED to a SURPRISE EVENT at which our longtime classmate Ron Petty will give his final sermon as Pastor of Security Baptist Temple (SBT) the past 34 years since 1988.

The surprise event will be on Sunday, January 29, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at SBT located at 208 Cunningham Drive located a few blocks from North Security Elementary School where many of us went to grade school with Ron in the 1950s. If you arrive at SBT and see a Salvation Army (SA) sign outside the church, don’t become confused and think you’re at the wrong place. SBT sold the building to SA five years ago, but SA has been gracious to allow SBT to continue to use the venue for SBT events.

In his role as a longtime pastor, Ron always has made himself available to many people (not just SBT parishioners) as a confidant and source of support as part of his ministry to help others in need. People who have had the fortune of hearing and seeing him speak from the pulpit could not help but notice how articulate and astute he is as a public speaker. Long before he became a pastor, Ron’s superb public-speaking skills were employed many times during school assemblies when he was our Student Council President at WHS in the mid-1960s.

SBT was started in the late 1950s, and Ron’s parents helped with the actual building of the church back then when Ron was still a child. The church has been led by seven pastors (including Ron) since it was founded. Because SBT has been an integral part of Ron’s life for 63+ years from the late 1950s through the present, his retirement will not only be a new chapter — it will be a major transition for him.

If you are unable to attend the surprise event in person and would like to express best wishes to Ron on his retirement, you may send messages to him at this WHS email box and hard copies of the messages will be mailed to Ron via postal mail. He does not check email and is not on Facebook, so he cannot be contacted through those online channels. If you want to contact him through the old-fashioned method of a greeting card, you may send it via postal mail to:

Ron Petty
c/o McAlexander
801 Hallam Ave.
Colorado Springs CO 80911

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OUR classmate MEG HULSEY MAILO is still recovering from two surgeries and her lengthy hospitalization as a result of extensive burns on her back and thigh stemming from a fire on November 3 at her home in western Colorado. As noted in this newsletter one month ago on December 22, Meg was scheduled for an assessment meeting with her medical team on December 28 to determine whether or not she would be released to return home. At that assessment meeting, the medical team decided to release Meg. In my brief phone chat with her on New Year’s Day, she confirmed that she was indeed home. Her claim of being home was vastly different from her own Facebook post the same day, at which time she stated she was not yet home due to being in isolation in Denver after contracting RSV while at the rehab center in Denver. Given the strong medications that Meg has been taking for pain ever since her lengthy stay at the hospital and rehab center, the discrepancy in her location certainly is understandable.

In a Facebook post by Meg’s daughter Toni two weeks ago on January 8, Meg’s primary doctor in western Colorado determined that Meg was not ready to be home and she was once again hospitalized in the area where she lives in western Colorado. The post noted that Meg broke her phone (which was bought for her with funds from the online fundraiser), so Toni planned to give her mother a used digital tablet that Toni once had. There has been no further communication about Meg since that post on January 8.

Many thanks to our classmate and class-website manager Paul Snell for alerting me to the aforementioned posts on Facebook. I never have been a Facebook member, so I rely on Paul and other Facebook members to inform me of situations conveyed through that source.

The online fundraiser for Meg increased by $300 to a $3,100 total after this newsletter was distributed a month ago on December 22. In addition to the WHS folks who were listed as donors at the time of the December 22 newsletter, there were three new donors (Mike Adragna, Marcia Hagans Allin, Linda Nolin Weber) and supplemental contributions from three previous donors (Mary Ashley Fuchsman, Terry Chambers, Mick Parnell) — all of whom accounted for the aforementioned $300 increase in donations.

As noted in this newsletter a month ago on December 22, Meg has resigned herself to the reality that the recovery process will be what she describes as “slow and a long time.” Please join me in continuing to keep Meg in thoughts and prayers during this major health challenge for her. Please be sure to check our class website for updates about Meg.

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OUR classmate RHONDA RICHARDS SHAMBURGER is at her relative’s home while recovering from a hospitalization for a challenging medical condition (not disclosed, per Rhonda’s request). If you would like to express best wishes to Rhonda during this period of her recovery, she can be contacted through online channels via Facebook or messages to her at this WHS email box. Although Rhonda originally did not want her hospitalization and recovery to be revealed to our readers, she recently conveyed her permission via our classmate Levi Bruce. Please join me in keeping Rhonda in thoughts and prayers during this health challenge for her. Please be sure to check our class website for updates about Rhonda.

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TO VISIT OUR CLASS WEBSITE that was assembled and has been maintained since April 2009 by our Class Committee member and Webmaster, Paul Snell, please go to:
www.1966whs.com

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That’s all, folks. [Those are the same three words that the famous 1950s cartoon character Porky Pig always used upon ending each episode.]

This update was prepared by me.

Respectfully submitted,

Donnie Martínez (January 22, 2023)

Security — grade school thru graduation 1966 

Known in Security by stepdad’s surname Collier 

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname

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Dec.22, 2022

OUR classmate MEG HULSEY MAILO is still recovering from her five-hour surgery on November 8 and a followup surgery on November 21 as a result of extensive burns on her back and thigh stemming from a fire on November 3 at her home in western Colorado. On November 15, her adult daughter Toni posted the following on Facebook: “She is feeling better but is still in the ICU Burn unit at UC Health. She has a few places where the grafts will need another surgery, so we are unsure when she will leave the hospital or where she will go after for continued wound care. Her go fund me is still up and running and we are thankful for all that gave or will give as we move forward. The love and support from you all has touched my heart in ways I never dreamed possible. Thank you all for loving my beautiful momma!”

Since the time of that post over a month ago in mid-November, there was no further update from Toni until a few days ago on December 16 at which point she posted the following on Facebook:

“I've been getting messages for an update, so here is the latest. Mom is improving and healing every day. The process is slow and exhausting and lonely, but she truly is on the mend. She had a second grafting surgery and is in a skilled nursing center to get wound care and physical therapy to build her strength. We have been able to provide for much of her and Lamar’s needs with the donations so far, but we do still need a few more things before we can bring her home. She still has some need. We have provided her with what she needs in the nursing home, but we still need a bed. For Lamar, he needs more food and I'd really like to get him some Christmas gifts.”
[Lamar is Meg’s grandson, whose father is Meg’s son Michael.]

The above-listed post by Toni included the following note from Meg herself:
“I hope I can come home for Christmas. It will be an all family on deck situation because I still require [treatments for the] burn on my back and leg. The itching is about to drive me crazy. One can only guess when it starts to look better. I'm homesick and lonely. Everyone lives too far away to visit.”

Many thanks to our classmate and class-website manager Paul Snell for alerting me to the aforementioned posts on Facebook. I never have been a Facebook member, so I rely on Paul and other Facebook members to inform me of situations conveyed through that source.

Meg and I have had several phone conversations over the past four weeks while she’s been at the hospital and the rehab center, so I am quite aware of what has been going on with her current medical situation as well as her most-interesting life after WHS. Despite the overwhelming battle Meg is waging, her sweet personality and humor have managed to shine through during our chats. Understandably, she currently has an array of mixed emotions (fear, depression, confusion) about being released from the rehab center as she is not fully certain that her improvement is enough. Whenever she is released to return home, she will no longer need daily treatments. If there are any treatments needed periodically, they will be done by a professional nurse. Meg and her team of medical professionals had an assessment meeting on December 19, and there will be another assessment meeting on December 28 to determine whether or not she will be released to return home where she lives in western Colorado. Regardless of the outcome of the decision to remain in rehab or to be released, Meg has resigned herself to the reality that the recovery process will be what she describes as “slow and a long time.”

The fundraiser list shows that there are donations consisting of $2,800 total, an amount that is 56% of the $5,000 goal. Donations were made by:
(a) WHS Class of 1966 members — Terry Chambers, Barbara Billingsley Massarano, Ken Loveless, Gillie Walker, Paul Snell, Bruce Brian, Starr Coakley Miller, Mary Ashley Fuchsman, Wilma Espinosa, Cheryl Minehart Belt;

(b) WHS Class of 1967 members Harry Diamond and Drinda Dawson Nigbur (widow of our classmate Tom Nigbur);

(c) WHS Class of 1965 members Mick Parnell and John Henke (husband of
Eldon Lee’s sister Judy); and,


(d) a few others who are not from WHS.

Because the fundraiser is handled through a public website, the names of donors are public information. Donors can select the website’s “anonymous” option if they choose not to be listed. As someone who never has had a credit card or debit card in my long life, I cannot make a donation to the online fundraiser.

According to the aforementioned post by Meg’s daughter Toni on December 16, donations are still needed. To make an online donation, click the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/meg-mailo-medical-expenses-a

Please join me in continuing to keep Meg in thoughts and prayers during this health challenge for her. Please be sure to check our class website for updates about Meg.

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“UNWELCOME PRESENT” are the two words used by the Colorado office of the Utility Consumer Advocate (UCA) to forewarn Denver metro-area companies and residents who rely on electricity and natural gas from the big corporation called Xcel Energy (XE). UCA was quoted in the media in September 2022 that XE customers would get an “unwelcome present” in December (this month) from XE. Sure enough, the “unwelcome present” arrived via postal mail ten days ago on December 10, at which time I opened the envelope and was aghast upon seeing an astronomical bill that was One Hundred Percent (yes, 100%) higher from one year ago in December 2021.

According to UCA in the media three months ago, the dramatic hikes in XE bills this month (December) were driven by “a series of rate increases spurred by higher natural gas prices.” Indeed, gas costs were the main source of the extraordinary increase in the December bill to the nonprofit condo property for which I have been the board president and volunteer property manager the past 22 years. It is not that our property used more gas. Now at 95 cents per therm (the unit that XE always uses to determine the amount of the gas bill), the therm rate currently is One Hundred Percent (yes, 100%) more than it was for the first six months of this year. The XE bill for this month (December) completely torpedoed our gas budget for this fiscal year that will end ten days from now on December 31.

Piling rate hike upon rate hike is called “pancaking” and this year’s stack by XE is unprecedented, according to UCA.

My August 2022 memo to the 200 people in our high-density residential neighborhood cited an XE official who stated: (a) the cost of natural gas is passed directly to customers through a Gas Cost Adjustment (GCA); and, (b) there is “no profit” to XE for that cost. Commenting on the XE official’s claims to me about the GCA, a Black activist neighbor who is a consumer advocate wrote to me via email the following remark:

“What the Rep failed to mention is that fees, base rate manipulations, assumptions and projections in Xcel’s rate requests are not pass-throughs and don’t fluctuate with the GCA. The rate increases are the gifts that keep on giving to Xcel.”

At the August 2022 hearing before the State government’s regulatory agency called
the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), our Black activist neighbor and other consumer advocates testified against the XE rate increases. No matter how much public resistance there is, PUC almost always sides with XE requests that ultimately amount
to feeding at the trough of the pocketbooks of consumers. Projections by UCA and other consumer advocates are that the XE bills will continue to remain high over the next two cold winter months in January and February. [As a side note, XE sought to expand its services to the Colorado Springs area a few years ago and was firmly rejected by the city’s power holders.]

With the “unwelcome present” from XE during this holiday season that is supposed to be jolly and filled with cheer, XE is the only one going “Ho, Ho, Ho” all the way to the bank.

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THE SONG “Hallelujah” IS PERFORMED as an instrumental by two brothers,
Luíz and Fabian Salazar, from the South American country of Ecuador. Using
pan-flute instruments to perform the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen’s 1984 song titled Hallelujah, the Salazar brothers chose the word “Wuauquikuna" from their indigenous culture as the name of their two-member band. Their relaxing instrumental was submitted to this newsletter by our classmate Bruce McAlexander. To watch the 4-minute video of the performance by Wuauquikuna, click the following link
: https://youtu.be/Cxr8Qyd2t1E

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CORRECTION to the PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER: The November 2022 newsletter included our classmate Barbara Garrison’s letter with a photo, which I mistakenly named Barbara as the woman shown with her husband Brian. The photo was selected by me from the August 2022 installment in their extensive photo collection throughout their four-year road trip all over the U.S. Because the photo I selected did not have a caption to name the two people in the photo, my assumption was that they were Barbara and Brian. Upon subsequently contacting me about the error, Barbara was the typical light-hearted person she always is and stated that she “laughed out loud” upon reading my caption that it was her in the photo. Clarifying that the woman in the photo is Brian’s sister Karen, Barbara wrote: “Nice to see my husband smiling in a photo for a change!” Shame on me for assuming that Barbara is the woman in the photo. I obviously need an eye-doctor appointment to get new glasses. Egads!

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TO VISIT OUR CLASS WEBSITE that was assembled and has been maintained since April 2009 by our Class Committee member and Webmaster, Paul Snell, please go to:
www.1966whs.com

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That’s all, folks. [Those are the same three words that the famous 1950s cartoon character Porky Pig always used upon ending each episode.]

This update was prepared by me. 

Respectfully submitted,

Donnie Martínez (December 20, 2022)

Security — grade school thru graduation 1966 

Known in Security by stepdad’s surname Collier 

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname

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Nov. 7 update

A FUNDRAISER for our classmate MEG HULSEY MAILO is being held to help her adult daughter Toni with unforeseen expenses related to the recent fire that severely injured Meg at her home. The online fundraiser has a goal of $5,000 with funds to be used for: (a) damage cleanup; (b) repairs to the carpet; (c) replacement of Meg’s bed and bedding; (d) expenses for the daughter to travel 250 miles each trip from western Colorado to the CU Hospital in Denver where Meg was transported after the fire; (e) medical expenses; and, (f) helping Meg’s adult grandchild Lamar with groceries and bills while Meg is in the hospital.

Donations of any amount will be appreciated. To make an online donation, click the following link:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/meg-mailo-medical-expenses-and-fire-repairs?qid=c0794acaf1128c8874427fc3e77e8242

Many thanks to our classmate and class-website manager Paul Snell for alerting me to the fundraiser that was announced on Facebook. I never have been a Facebook member, so I rely on Paul and other Facebook members to inform me of situations conveyed through that source. One post noted that the hospital has scheduled Meg for grafting surgery, which should start today or tomorrow.

In a Facebook post two days ago on 11/5/22, Toni wrote that her mother is “in good spirits” and “scared but hanging in there.”

Please join me in continuing to keep Meg in thoughts and prayers during this critical time for her. Please be sure to check our class website for updates about Meg.


Respectfully submitted,


Donnie Martínez (November 7, 2022)

Security — grade school thru graduation 1966

Known in Security by stepdad’s surname Collier

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname

November 2022

OUR classmate MEG HULSEY MAILO is in the HOSPITAL and waiting for surgery as a result of an 

accident that happened this month on November 3 at her home in western

Colorado. In a 11/3/22 Facebook post, Meg’s daughter Toni wrote:

“I don't usually ask for anything from people, but today I need my light workers. My mom

lit a cigarette this morning while wearing her oxygen and she has been burned. We

don't know how badly yet. She is being worked on now. Today is also her birthday.

Please send all the love, prayers and so much healing energy!”


Toni noted that her mother has “full thickness burns from shoulder to butt” and is in the

hospital’s burn unit that specializes in treating people suffering from burn accidents. Toni

added, “I will keep updating this post [on Facebook] because I don’t have any phone

numbers for any of the family.”


Our classmate Gillie Walker had her own Facebook post with the headline in all capital

letters — CALL FOR INTENTIONS OF HEALING AND LOVE!! Referring to Meg, Gillie

wrote: “She needs our prayers, intentions, love and healing light. Whatever it is you do,

do it now and do it frequently. Hugs to all !!”


Many thanks to our classmate and our class-website manager Paul Snell for notifying

me about this sad news of Meg’s accident. Please join me in keeping Meg in prayers.

Please see our class website for additional updates on Meg’s condition.

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FEEDBACK from READERS includes the below-listed entries that were submitted in

response to information contained in previous updates.


Donnie, I love the history of Southern Colorado! I have lived in Pueblo since 1970 and

love the ethnicity of living and teaching here! Thanks for sending the story [August 2022

newsletter with the article about southern Colorado history].

— Starr Coakley Miller, Class of 1966


Very interesting family history!! [August 2022 newsletter with the article about southern

Colorado history].

— Linda Nolin Weber, Class of 1966


Donnie, thanks for the history article. [August 2022 newsletter with the article about

southern Colorado history].

— Maryellen Brada Manuszak, Class of 1966


FEEDBACK from READERS (continued)

Thanks for sharing this story [August 2022 newsletter with the article about southern

Colorado history]. Quite interesting family history, for sure.

— Sheryl Salmon Pyle, Class of 1965


Thank you Donnie for your decision to keep the WHS news forum for our classmates to

enjoy free from what can become an ugly debate over political beliefs. Your decision

serves us all and keeps us focused on the goodwill generated by your thoughtful and

informative newsletters. We have never taken the train you described in your

article [August 2022 newsletter], but we’ll put it on our bucket list. It sounds amazing.

The landscape of Colorado Springs has changed in ways that we could hardly imagine.

And not in a good way. The area around Conejos Street has now become a trendy

neighborhood, especially on Vallejo Street which now boasts Stucco homes that sell for

$600,00 to $700,000. And my first family home on West Boulder Place that we bought

for $13,000 is listed on Zillow at $359,000! Crazy.

— Barbara Garrison, Class of 1966

[Note from Donnie: Barbara’s reference to

Conejos Street was an area described in the

article in the August 2022 newsletter about

my family history, which included a big

migration of my and other Mexican American

families to Colorado Springs in the 1940s.

In addition to my family residing in the

Conejos neighborhood, the family of our twin

classmates Stella and Della Romero also

resided there. When Stella and Della lived in

the Conejos area, Barbara used to walk to

and from grade school with them when she

(Barbara) lived close to the Conejos area

before the Romero and Garrison families

moved to the newly-founded town of Security

in the mid-1950s.]


Thank you for the updates, Don and Paul, and anyone else that helps. Prayers to Marie

and hope she is doing better. Watch out for the omens!! My love to classmates of 1966.

— Rhonda Richards Shamburger, Class of 1966


[Note from Donnie: Her reference to Marie is the article in the June 2022 newsletter

about health issues facing our classmate Marie “Mimi.” Rhonda’s reference to “omens”

is a different article in the June 2022 newsletter about May fires in Colorado Springs.]


FEEDBACK from READERS (continued)

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Donnie, I would refer to "him" as your mother's husband, not your stepdad. Even though

you took on his surname, he wasn't really a father in any sense of the word.

— Cheryl Minehart Belt, Class of 1966


R&B SINGER BARBARA GEORGE

had only one song, which in 1961 reached No. 1

on the U.S. R&B chart and No. 3 on the Billboard chart when she was only 19 years old.

Written by Ms. George and titled “I Know” with an upbeat melody, the song was

performed in later years by Fats Domino, Ike & Tina Turner, Cher, Anne Murray and

Bonnie Raitt. The melody of Ms. George’s song “I Know” was borrowed by the famous

1960s R&B group Shirelles on their 1963 hit “Everybody Loves a Lover” — a song that

was originally a hit by Doris Day five years earlier in 1958.

Ms. George’s second song came out in 1963, but it did not even reach the Top 40 on

the R&B and Billboard charts. After battling drug and alcohol problems, she resurfaced

in 1967 with a third song that flopped and she fully retired from music to focus on raising

her three sons. A born-again Christian who restricted her musical talent to the church

choir, she revived her aforementioned 1961 hit song “I Know” and performed it at the

2001 funeral of her longtime singer friend Ernie K-Doe whose 1961 R&B song “Mother

In Law” reached No. 1 on the U.S. R&B and Billboard charts. Ms. George began writing

her autobiography in the mid-1990s, but the book remained unfinished by the time she

died in 2006 after battling Hepatitis C for more than ten years.

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TO VISIT OUR CLASS WEBSITE that was assembled and has been maintained since

April 2009 by our Class Committee member and Webmaster, Paul Snell, please go to:

 www.1966whs.com

That’s all, folks. [Those are the same three words that the famous 1950s cartoon character

Porky Pig always used upon ending each episode.]


Respectfully submitted, 

Donnie Martínez (November 4, 2022)

Security — grade school thru graduation 1966

Known in Security by stepdad’s surname Collier

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname

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August 2022


Attached in PDF format is a one-page article I wrote for the newsletter sent eleven (11) years ago in June 2011 to approximately 200 WHS people on the confidential email list.

About the scenic train ride between southern Colorado and northern New Mexico as well as my family history in that area, the article was BURIED among numerous other articles in the newsletter eleven years ago in 2011. The history described in the article was briefly reiterated by me in recent chats with a few WHS classmates from the 1960s, so I thought I would re-send the historical article to ALL of the 200 people on the confidential email list.

Although the 2011 article refers to my ancestor as the person who provided the name of the town of Dulce, not mentioned in the article was the ancestor’s name. His name was José Eugenio Gómez, who was a brother of my great grandmother Nicasia Refugio Gómez. All of their ancestors and descendants are blood-related to me.


Donnie Martínez (August 16, 2022)

Security — grade school thru graduation 1966

Known in Security by stepdad’s surname Collier

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname

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June 2022


UPDATE JUNE 2022

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FIRES, HIGH WINDS and BROKEN OVENS all served as the backdrop of the

luncheon for WHS 1960s folks on May 12 in Colorado Springs. Shortly before the

luncheon was to begin circa 12:30, the first fire broke out in a Northeast residential area

at which 1,000 people were evacuated and not allowed to return until the fire was 100

percent contained later in the day. Soon after the first fire, another fire broke out in the

3800 block of North Cascade where eight mobile homes were destroyed and one

person died before the fire was fully contained later in the day. Both fires spread quickly

due to the high winds that day.


While those two fires were in progress, WHS folks were arriving at Fargo’s Restaurant

to have lunch — only to be informed that the place was closed due to a breakdown of

the kitchen ovens. Fargo’s allowed the WHS folks to stay, but they could order only

salads and other cold items. Our classmate Bruce Brian planned to attend the luncheon,

but he wrote in a last-minute 12 noon email note that he could not attend after all due to

a sudden breakdown of his home’s hot water tank.


Not long after WHS folks left Fargo’s Restaurant upon finishing their cold-food lunches,

a third fire broke out around 3:30 that afternoon in the Security-Widefield area where:

(a) residents in 50 homes were evacuated; (b) about 200 people were stranded at the

airport due to a shelter-in-place order; and, (c) about 138 acres were totally burned

before the fire was fully contained later that night. Spreading quickly due to the high

winds that day, the fire was started by a sheriff vehicle’s catalytic converter that caught

dry grass on fire as the officer drove across a field in pursuit of a criminal fleeing in a

vehicle. Several residents in the Security-Widefield area reported seeing the smoke

hovering over the area until the fire was finally extinguished later that night.


“It was a strange day and probably a good day to stay home,” commented our

classmate Levi Bruce McAlexander, who was among the WHS 1960s folks eating a cold

lunch at Fargo’s while two of the three fires were out of control in different parts of the

city before the third fire broke out mid afternoon in the Security-Widefield area.


“I’m a firm believer in omens,” I replied to Bruce upon learning about the fires, high

winds, Fargo’s broken ovens, etc. The first omen occurred two days before the May 12

luncheon when our classmate Paul Snell informed me that our plan for me to

accompany him in his car from Denver would not occur after all due to a dreadful flu

causing him to be very sick. The second omen occurred when I barely missed the bus

from Denver to Colorado Springs on the morning of the May 12 luncheon.


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OUR CLASSMATE MARIE “MIMI” GEORGE TORREANO has been battling severe

pain the past two months due to fracturing some vertebrates in her spine after she

stopped taking the osteoporosis treatments because of experiencing some side effects.

Mimi has been going through several medical tests before the medical professionals

determine that she can resume the osteoporosis treatments. Because of the fractured

vertebrates in her spine, she has been confined to home in a recliner chair 24 hours a

day the past two months. “I learned my lesson to stay on the osteoporosis treatments,”

Mimi said. “To other people who have osteoporosis, I urge you to stay on the treatments

even if the side effects are bad.”


Please join me in keeping Mimi in prayers and well wishes during this period that is

probably the biggest medical challenge of her life.


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FLASH CADILLAC will perform on Saturday, August 20, 7:00 p.m., at Stargazers

Theatre and Event Center located at 10 South Parkside Drive in Colorado Springs. The

venue is located near East Pikes Peak Avenue between Union Boulevard and Circle

Drive. Tickets are $30 per person To buy tickets, click the following link:

https://stargazerstheatre.com/product/flash-cadillac-aug-20/#tickets


Formed in 1969 as "Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids," the performing artists

(one of whom is our classmate Warren Knight) gained national notoriety by playing

traditional rock ‘n’ roll at hundreds of college and concert events in the 1970s and

appearing in two movies, American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now. The band also

appeared on Dick Clark's TV show American Bandstand. In 1976 the band made the

decision to drop “the Continental Kids” from their name and proceeded simply as Flash

Cadillac. They were inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2012.


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FEEDBACK from READERS includes the below-listed entries that were submitted in

response to information contained in previous updates.


My sister Sherol Williams Woody passed away in January 2022 and as we were going

through some of her things, she still had this one-way street sign that Roy Adams gave

her back in 1966. We had some good times with Roy and Dean and Anita Pinner back

then. Just wanted to share this with you as I know Roy just passed as well.

— Donna Williams Humphrey, Class of 1966

[Note from Donnie: Donna included an old photo of the one-way street sign with Roy’s

handwritten words, “Stolen for Sherol Williams by R.I. Adams III, July 23, 1966.” I am

glad for Roy that the statute of limitations eventually ran out.]


I wish I could be there at Fargo’s, May 12. Raise a glass for me!

— Linda Horst Marshall, Class of 1966


Thank you, Donnie, for the most recent Class of ‘66 update [April 2022]. I appreciate all

of the details you provided regarding Roy Adams. It was a heartwarming tribute to Stella

as well. You are the best!

— Barbara Garrison, Class of 1966


Oh, Donnie, I am glad you included Roy Adams’ memory about his ex-wife Stella. I am

glad that he and Stella could have the healing they had after their divorce and having

three children together. I am glad for both he and Stella since my wife Debbie and I still

had many loose ends "hanging" when she died. I loved her and I hope she knew that.

— Levi Bruce McAlexander, Class of 1966


Thank you, Donnie, for the latest updates.

— Sheryl Salmon Pyle, Class of 1965


Thank you, Donnie. You are so great at keeping us all up to date. I was friends with both

Stella Romero and Roy Adams on FB (Facebook). I didn't know Roy that well in high

school, but we connected on FB and shared our very different points of view in a witty

and respectful way. I was actually surprised a few years ago to learn they'd been

married! Stella was all about the Church, and on some level we connected, having been

raised Catholic myself. I never (nor would I have ever) shared with her my

apprehensions re: the dark side of the Catholic Church. Mostly, with Stella I kept losing

a meatloaf recipe she posted (my grandson's favorite). She had to keep sending it to

me. (The one I printed out for posterity has her name on it.) Sad to witness all the

beautiful souls we’ve lost and those we never really knew. I will always remember you,

my friend Donnie, as the best Prom date ever!!! Best Dancer!!! I was in heaven!

— Barbara Billingsley Massarano, Class of 1966


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TO VISIT OUR CLASS WEBSITE that was assembled and has been maintained since

April 2009 by our Class Committee member and Webmaster, Paul Snell, please go to:

www.1966whs.com

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That’s all, folks. [Those are the same three words that the famous 1950s cartoon character Porky Pig always used upon ending each episode.]

This update was prepared by me. 

Respectfully submitted,

Donnie Martínez (June 2, 2022)

Security — grade school thru graduation 1966

Known in Security by stepdad’s surname Collier

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname

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April 2022 #2

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to a social gathering of the WHS Class of 1966 on Thursday, May 12, starting between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., at Fargo’s Pizza Company located at 2910 East Platte Avenue in Colorado Springs. 

“Are we at the stage that we need to have name badges to try to recognize everyone?” asked Bruce McAlexander in his somewhat serious and joking manner. “That tells me that it has been too long again,” he added in reference to the nine months since the historic reunion last year in August 2021.

Our events (luncheons, reunions, etc.) are always open to people from all WHS classes of the 1960s, so please know that you are welcome even if you did not graduate with us.

In addition to a variety of pizzas, the Fargo’s menu includes a variety of sandwiches, pastas, soups, salads, and desserts. 

So that the restaurant can make advance plans to put all attendees together, please RSVP no later than Sunday, May 8, via email to:

WHSclass1966@Yahoo.com    

At this time 60 years ago, many of our classmates were getting ready for our final year at Sproul Junior High School in preparation to start our first year at Widefield High School in the fall 1962. At this time 50 years ago, several of our classmates were in the early years of jobs related to their respective college degrees. Some of our classmates were in their early years of marriage or making wedding plans. Some of our classmates were on the battle fields due to the U.S. war in Vietnam. Some of our classmates were still trying to figure out what they wanted to do with their respective lives.


“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” — Nelson Mandela, in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.

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April 2022

CLASS of ‘66 LONGTIME ALLY ROY ADAMS passed away last month with his family members by his side. Although he was in the WHS Class of 1965, Roy was an ally of the Class of 1966 through his longtime friendships with several of our classmates. His most notable friendship was with our classmate Stella Romero, who in 1968 married Roy in the Catholic Church officiated by Father Leberer in Security. In his mid-June 2021 email letter, Roy wrote:

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“Donnie, thank you for being Stella’s lifelong friend. She and I divorced in 1983 after 15 years and three children. For the next 17 years, we barely spoke to one another except for issues related to the kids. But then came January 2000, and a life-threatening incident for me. I had a liver problem that two doctors said gave me six months to live. On top of that I had an ice-related fracture of my hip, which required two surgeries and a whole month in the hospital. Our daughter Jolene and our son Jeremy stepped up and moved me near them in Texas. Stella had only recently left Germany and was living in Arizona, and she came here expecting to see me for the last time. Long story short, the last 21 years have been the longest six months of my life, and she and I renewed our friendship and had many visits with one another. She was last here about a month before her death in December 2020, and we had a delightful visit together. She was loved by us all, and will be missed with our love for her memory.”


Roy’s classmate Lyle Wikner (Class of 1965) wrote in a March 2022 post on Facebook: “Roy had a tremendous sense of humor and will be sorely missed.”


Roy will be laid to rest with full military honors at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, April 15, at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver. After the burial, attendees will gather for lunch to celebrate Roy’s life at the home of his sister Lorraine’s family in Denver. To respect the privacy of Lorraine and other Adams family members, their street address will not be stated in this update nor will their address be posted on our website that is accessible to anyone in the public. If you plan to attend the luncheon to celebrate Roy’s life, please RSVP to: 

WHSclass1966@Yahoo.com


Roy’s surviving sisters are Leigh (WHS Class of 1962) and Lorraine (WHS Class of 1973). He did not have any brothers. Listed below is the obituary about Roy.


Roy I. Adams III died on March 11, 2022 at the age of 74. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Roy was born in Providence, Rhode Island on January 16, 1948. As the son of a career Army officer, Roy spent his childhood growing up in Mobile, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; Agana, Guam; Yokohama, Japan; Brooklyn, New York; Orleans, France; Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; and, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Having the same name as his dad, Roy’s nickname was Chip, as in “a chip off the old block.” He is preceded in death by his parents, Roy I. Adams Jr. of Providence, Rhode Island and Mary Evelyn Crocker Adams of East Providence, Rhode Island.


Roy graduated from Widefield High School in Security, Colorado in 1965. He later joined the Air Force in December 1967. He was a writer and editor for several military newspapers, including The Stars & Stripes in Europe. Roy was assigned to DaNang Airfield in Vietnam in 1971 and served as editor of the Gunfighter Gazette. Throughout his Air Force career he received numerous awards and honors for his achievements in writing and public affairs. Being stationed all around the world, Roy lived a very full life. He enjoyed traveling to what he called “places most Americans can’t even find on a map.” He served 21 years honorably and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. After retiring from active duty, Roy continued working as a reporter for the Air Force Times and in public affairs at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas.

As well as being a gifted writer, Roy’s hobbies included photography, cooking and baking, playing golf, traveling and political activism. He often shared his op-eds in the Tyler newspaper.

Roy is survived by the following family members:

— His daughter Jolene Oster and her husband Paul and their three sons, Tyler Oster, Ryan Oster,

Davis Oster, who are Roy’s grandsons. Also surviving is Roy’s great-grandson Joon Oster and Roy’s other grandchildren Naomi, Jenna, Nathan and Jonathan.

— His sons, Jeff Adams and Jeremy Adams;

— His sister Leigh Dolin and her children, Kerry Hernandez and Christie Webb, who are Roy’s nieces.

— His sister, Lorraine Gmiter and her husband Bill Gmiter, and their children Clinton and Danny, who are Roy’s nephews.


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OUR CLASSMATE CHERYL MINEHART’S SISTER PEGGY recently passed away on March 21, 2022, at age 67 (born October 16, 1954). Cheryl wrote: She provided all the care for our bedridden mother for thirteen months until she was no longer able to do so at the end of December 2021. At that time Peggy went back to her home where she was confined to her bed until her death. Hospice provided her care at home. She survived breast cancer in 1996 and was shortly thereafter diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her entire life was spent diligently keeping those two diseases at bay, yet ten years ago cancer was discovered in the remaining breast, which at that time was Stage IV as it had metastasized to her entire body. Paul, her dutiful and loving son who lived with her, was at her bedside. Peggy was the most beautiful one of my four sisters. Her many years of pain and struggling to survive are finally over. May she be at peace.

[Note from Donnie: In addition to the death of her sister, Cheryl’s mother passed away two months ago on January 29, 2022.]


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FEEDBACK from READERS includes the below-listed entries that were submitted in response to information contained in previous updates.


I just finished reading all of the beautiful comments [January 2022 update] regarding Tom's passing. I laughed and cried through all of them. I remember all of you so well and it takes me back in time. We had his Celebration of Life service on January 19th. It was a beautiful service and truly did celebrate his life!! We will be taking his ashes to a small town in Kansas just outside of Dodge City for burial the first part of April. This is a generational cemetery where all of my relatives are buried. Warren, I found in Tom’s desk a CD (“Flash on the Prairie”), which you autographed for Tom. I have been playing that and wish I could attend a concert in person.

I send love and prayers to all of you. May the years ahead be kind to all of us!!

— Drinda Dawson Nigbur, Class of 1967, wife of Tom Nigbur


Interesting, I really liked the Flash story [January 2022 update]. That $100 for their gig sounded so low but when you look at it in today's dollars, it doesn't look quite as bad. If my math is correct, the 2021 dollar correction would be about $734, say they played for 5 hours at $147 an hour divided by 5 is over $29 per guy per hour. In 1969 I went to work for Ampex as a technician trainee for $2.85 or $21 adjusted. Times they be a changing!

— Lyle Wikner, Class of 1965

[Note from Donnie: Lyle’s feedback referred to the article about the Flash Cadillac five-member band, which received $100 for their first paid performance in March 1969.]


I loved reading the article [January 2022 update] about Bruce McAlexander liking the spaghetti Westerns. We loved them, also. The sound score is something my kids grew up with and loved also. I have the CDs and play them frequently. Enrique something-or-other was very famous for his movie scores. They’re all beautiful.

— Cheryl Minehart Belt, Class of 1966

[Note from Donnie: Her reference to Enrique something-or-other actually is Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer who created music for hundreds of films. He is widely considered one of the most prolific and greatest film composers of all time.]

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TO VISIT OUR CLASS WEBSITE that was assembled and has been maintained since April 2009 by our Class Committee member and Webmaster, Paul Snell, please go to: www.1966whs.com

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That’s all, folks. [Those are the same three words that the famous 1950s cartoon character Porky Pig always used upon ending each episode.]

This update was prepared by me.


Respectfully submitted,

Donnie Martínez (April 1, 2022)

Security — grade school thru graduation 1966

Known in Security by stepdad’s surname Collier

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname



January 2022

AFTER NO UPDATES since October 2021 (with feedback from readers about my

booklet on the August 2021 reunion) and December 2021 (about the death of our

classmate Tom Nigbur), I’m baaaaaack! Since the time of those updates, I have been

busy with several time-consuming situations requiring my attention in my role the past

22 years as the volunteer board president at the nonprofit condos where I live and my

role the past 22 years as the volunteer advocate for 200 people in our high-density

residential neighborhood in Denver. Only now have I had extra time to do this update.


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FLASH CADILLAC will perform on Saturday, January 29, 7:00 p.m., at Stargazers

Theatre and Event Center located at 10 South Parkside Drive in Colorado Springs. The

venue is located near East Pikes Peak Avenue between Union Boulevard and Circle

Drive. People have the option to watch the performance in person or via live stream

from home. Tickets are $30 per person to attend the event and $15 per person to watch

the performance live stream from home. To buy tickets, click the following link:

https://stargazerstheatre.com/product/flash-cadillac-2/

Formed in 1969 as "Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids," the performing artists

(one of whom is our classmate Warren Knight) gained national notoriety by playing

traditional rock nroll at hundreds of college and concert events in the 1970s and

appearing in two movies, American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now. The band also

appeared on Dick Clark's TV show American Bandstand. In 1976 the band made the

decision to drop “the Continental Kids” from their name and proceeded simply as Flash

Cadillac. They were inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

Warren notes that the bands first paid performance was on March 7, 1969, at a Friday

Afternoon Club (FAC) function sponsored by an SAE fraternity house in Boulder.

Pointing out that the band earned $100 and all the beer they could drink, he estimates

that the “frat-boy entrepreneurs” (Warren’s words, not mine) cleared over $300 by

charging $1.00 admission for each of at least 500 attendees and buying a couple of

beer kegs for $50 or less at the FAC event.

In reference to Flash Cadillac not performing since November 2019 due to COVID

issues in the entertainment industry, Warren notes that time frame is "by far the longest

period between gigs in the 52-year history of the band.


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For Those who think he’s not “cultured” because he watched Clint Eastwood

spaghetti westerns years ago, our classmate Levi Bruce McAlexander urges you to

think again. As evidence that he truly is a “cultured” person, he recently recommended

the 2018 performance of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) playing

their version of the “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” theme song from Eastwood’s

1966 movie by the same name.

“I think it was great and would have loved being there with my poncho on,” declared

Levi Bruce as he commented upon the DNSO performance. To access the 6-minute

video, click the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enuOArEfqGo


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FEEDBACK from READERS includes the below-listed entries that were submitted in

response to information contained in previous updates.

Donnie, I loved your 6-minute dance video [as shared in the October 2021 update].

I loved dancing!! I can see you still dancing with Gillie!

— Vickie Guinta Price, Class of 1967

I just viewed Donnie’s dance video [as shared in the October 2021 update]. Wow!! Talk about a

smooth mover. Loved every minute of it. It was a trip down memory lane. Thank you.

— Starr Coakley Miller, Class of 1966

Donnie, I normally look forward to and enjoy your reporting on the class of 66 and their events.

I was not happy with your editorialization, however, regarding our event scheduled and canceled

in August [as reported in the October 2021 update]. It was not and never was a continuation of

any 55 reunion event planned and postponed due to COVID. The lunch was merely that, a

lunch, one that has been done fairly regularly over the years allowing classmates the

opportunity to gather in a casual atmosphere and catch up with one another. I'm glad that your

reunion went well and that none of the disaffected 65ers had the temerity to "crash" your

event. Wishing you the best.

— Lyle Wikner, Class of 1965


I disagree with the rules that were set forth to which you cite Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Theiss. You

are hiding behind a cloak by separating yourself, not seeing yourself as being a member of the

class on which you report. You see your role as an observer, not part of the class. A more

appropriate name for you would be "Mystery Man." Love from your friend.

— Cheryl Minehart Belt, Class of 1966


[Note from Donnie: Cheryl’s feedback is in reply to the October 2021 update wherein I explained why my bio was not in the booklet produced by me about the August 2021 reunion. I wrote: “It is

a big no-no in journalism for a booklet editor to include extensive bio information about himself

or herself. My booklet was BIO articles from the perspective of the people who submitted them.

Because the booklet was NOT an autobiographical project, it would have been against

journalism standards for me to include my own bio sheet. The WHS creative-writing teacher

Mrs. Adams and the WHS journalism teacher Mrs. Theiss would agree with me on this.”]


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READERS offered FEEDBACK about TOM NIGBUR who passed into eternal rest on

December 19, 2021. Among several online entries on the funeral home website was

one by Harry Diamond, who was with Tom’s wife Drinda in the Class of 1967. He wrote:

The last opportunity I had to speak with Tom was at the Widefield High School, Class of

1967 20th reunion, in Colorado Springs that he attended with Drinda. We talked about

his football career at the University of Colorado where he played fullback, although he

was recruited as a linebacker. Tom ranks 10th all-time on the longest running plays from

scrimmage list at CU with an 80 yard touchdown against Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas

on November 2, 1968. Tom was so modest he did not remember that play when I

mentioned it to him when we spoke. Tom, you will be missed.

In addition to the above-listed entry by Harry on the funeral-home website, listed below is more

feedback submitted directly to this newsletter.

Donnie, thank you for the sad update about Tom Nigbur. I appreciate your keeping the

memories alive and growing. It is always sad when one of our classmates dies.

— Mick Martin, Class of 1966


Sorry to learn of Tom Nigbur’s passing. Thanks for keeping me in the loop.

— Doug Allen, Class of 1966


Thank you, Donnie, for the article about Tom Nigbur. I didn’t have a crush on Tom, but I did

think both he and Drinda were really nice in school. I’m so sorry for her and their family.

— Mary Ashley Fuchsman, Class of 1966


Drinda, I was always in awe of Tom's football skills. The best and most recent memory was the

day [January 2020] when Barbara and Brian, you and Tom, and my husband Sandy and I met

for lunch here in Mesa. It was great reminiscing and catching up on each other's lives. After

losing my husband Sandy a year ago, I can understand your pain. This time of year [December]

can be especially tough. Even though Tom is physically gone, he will always live in your heart.

Time heals. Hold on to your memories. May you find God's peace and comfort as you work your

way through the grief process. Blessings and love to you always.

— Judy Whitmore Precise, Class of 1966


My high school memories are uniquely mine. We all knew each other but only had an inkling of

who we’d become. That, I suppose is what reunions are for. In high school the only circles Tom

and I traveled in were English, Speech and Biology classes, yet I recognized him as a kind and

loving soul. I was so “blessed” at one of our reunions to find myself seated across from Tom and

Drinda. I was happy to have reconnected with Tom and happy to have met Drinda, the love of

his life. I remember her in high school as a really cute “underclassman” and I could plainly see

how he fell for her like a ton of bricks. I just want to say to Drinda and my fellow classmates at

this sad time for us that we should rejoice in Tom’s choices to have had such a life well lived!

— Barbara (Billingsley) Massarano, Class of 1966


My most vivid memory of Tom Nigbur comes from athletics at Sproul Jr. High. We had four 8th

grade intramural football teams in the fall of 1961. I was on the “Orange” team (orange jerseys)

in a game against Tom on the “White” team (white jerseys). In eighth grade I probably weighed

100 lbs or soI expect Tom weighed around 160-170 or maybe more. So I’m playing

defensive back when Tom, running with the ball, comes thundering around left end directly

toward me. I flailed at him in a half-hearted tackle attemptand barreled down the sideline. From flat on my 

stomach on the dirt field, I witnessed the rest he ran right over me and past me of the playTom galloping

 on his way to a long touchdown run, with my Orange teammate Ron Petty in valiant pursuit stride for stride

 about two steps behind Tom all the way to the end zone. The rest of the storyTom and Ron went on to

 play high school football and Tom played football in college at CU, while Warren chose tennis for his fall

 sport, lettered three years on the WHS team and then played intramural tennis at CU. [P.S. I doubt I’m the 

only player who got run over by Tom on a football field.]

— Warren Knight, Class of 1966


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TO VISIT OUR CLASS WEBSITE that was assembled and has been maintained since

April 2009 by our Class Committee member and Webmaster, Paul Snell, please go to:

www.1966whs.com

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That’s all, folks. [Those are the same three words that the famous 1950s cartoon

character Woody Woodpecker always used upon ending each episode.]


This update was prepared by me.

 Respectfully submitted,


Donnie Martínez (January 20, 2022)

Security — grade school thru graduation 1966

Known in Security by stepdad’s surname Collier

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname

December 2021

OUR CLASSMATE TOM NIGBUR recently passed away on December 19, 2021, at the age of 73. The sad news of Tom’s death was conveyed to our classmates Paul Snell and Bruce McAlexander, both of whom contacted me. Listed below is what Tom’s wife Drinda Dawson Nigbur (WHS Class of 1967) wrote in her 12/23/21 communication to Paul.

Good morning Class of 1966. Sadly I am letting you all know about my husband Tom passing away December 19, 2021, at the age of 73. He was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer four months ago and Small Cell is an aggressive cancer that will continue to return the rest of your life. At the time of his diagnosis, he already had cancer in his liver and bones and he was at stage four cancer. He left this earth to his heavenly home with a beautiful passing. At this time we do not have the date for a celebration of life and we will be taking his ashes to Ford Kansas Cemetery for burial in the Spring. God is good everyday and everyday God is good!!

Born on April 6, 1948, Tom was a very friendly and popular student who was with many of us for several years through graduation at WHS. Several of our female classmates had a “mad crush” on him. The last time I heard directly from Tom was via email eight months ago in April 2021, at which time he wrote:

“Hey Donnie!  Drinda and I will not be able to attend the August reunion. But I'm sure it'll be a blast! Ya'll stay safe.”

I also heard directly from Tom last year in early January 2020, at which time I sought his permission to give his contact information to our classmate Barbara Garrison so that she and her husband could meet Tom and his wife Drinda for dinner while Barbara and Brian were temporarily staying in the Mesa, Arizona area. Upon granting me permission to give his contact information to Barbara, Tom wrote:

“We would be delighted to hear from them.”

In addition to Tom’s permission, I also got permission from our classmate Judy Whitmore Precise to give her contact information to Barbara so that Judy and her husband Sandy could attend the dinner with Tom, Drinda, Barbara and Brian. I also made arrangements for our classmate Stella Romero to attend the dinner event, but she cancelled at the last minute due to not feeling well from the Stage 4 pancreatic cancer she was battling at that time.

My February 2020 newsletter had an article about the miniature reunion the six of them (Tom, Drinda, Judy, Sandy, Barbara, Brian) had for two hours in a quiet corner of a Red Lobster restaurant in the Mesa, Arizona area. According to Barbara’s summary of the January 2020 gathering, Drinda brought along the WHS yearbook that “made it so much fun to remember favorite (and not so favorite!) teachers, clubs and organizations we belonged to, and challenged our long-term memories as we tried to recall acquaintances and old friends.”

About Tom and Drinda, the January 2020 attendees learned: (a) after WHS graduation, Tom went to CU Boulder on a football scholarship; (b) Tom and Drinda married in 1968 and resided in campus housing for married students; (c) Drinda loved her bank job, which CU found for her; (d) Drinda is working with their son nowadays in their estate-sale business; and (e) whenever Drinda and their son finished an estate sale, Tom did the heavy lifting by generally helping with the cleanup and transporting unsold items to Goodwill or Salvation Army. As of that time in January 2020, Drinda and Tom had been married for 52 years.

The last time I heard directly from Tom’s beloved wife Drinda was a year ago in November 2020, at which time she wrote:

“Good morning Donnie, thank you for all your memories and all you do for the Class of 1966.”

In the booklet for our 40-year reunion in 2006, Tom addressed the event that had the most impact on his life since graduation, to wit: “Marriage and the birth of our son (in that order).” When asked to recall when he realized he had grown up or gotten older, he wrote: “When I hid my own Easter eggs and couldn’t find them.” When asked to share a high-school memory, he wrote: “The day Drinda came up to me and asked me for a date.” Regarding the teacher who had the most influence on him, Tom listed Coach Bob Powers.

When asked to list the craziest thing he did in high school, Tom wrote in the 2006 reunion booklet:

“Dave Theiss and I rode around with scarves on and our shirts off.”

After an abrupt pause on that reply, he wrote, “I may want to re-think that question.” Because he paused and did not elaborate, several classmates became curious that maybe there was more Tom wanted to say about them riding around with scarves on and their shirts off. Perhaps his wife Drinda knows whether or not Tom had more to say about that incident.

Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Dan Nigbur (WHS Class of 1968), who passed away earlier this year.

Please join me in extending condolences to Tom’s beloved wife Drinda and other surviving family members. To respect their privacy, their street address will not be stated in this update nor will their address be posted on our website that is accessible to anyone in the public. Condolences can be extended by clicking the “Add A Memory” tab via the online guest book at:

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/chandler-az/thomas-nigbur-10498146

If you have your own memory or story about Tom and would like to share it for people to read in the upcoming newsletter next month in January 2022, send it via email to:

WHSclass1966@Yahoo.com

A photo of Tom can be found in the “N” section of the alphabetical list of senior photos that were emailed to everyone in July 2017.

Respectfully submitted,

Donnie Martínez (December 24, 2021)

Known at WHS by stepfather’s surname Collier

Martínez is my birth certificate and legal surname

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