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Foothills Sentry

May 2019

Page 17

OBITUARIES

Lt. Col. Joseph

E. Barrett

1923 – 2019

Joe Barrett died peacefully on

March 28. At the ripe old age of

95, he had been hale and hearty

and was a regular at the gym,

swimming laps to keep himself

in shape, until about the last three

months.

He was born to Elizabeth and

George Barrett in Joliet, IL. The

family moved to Long Beach

when Joe was in his teen years.

He had a love for the ocean and

told stories of body surfing in the

big waves that reached the shore

before the harbor wall was built.

When he finished school, Joe pur-

sued his dream to become a pilot

and joined the U.S. Air Force in

1941. He was deployed to Texas

for training, where he met the

love of his life, Jane Cole. They

were married for nearly 60 years

before Jane passed away in 2001.

During WWII, Joe was as-

signed to the 339th Bomb Squad-

ron in England and flew B-25

bombers over the European war

zone. He and his crew were shot

down over Germany in 1943, and

held captive at Stalag Luft III un-

til they were repatriated by Gen-

eral Patton’s troops at the end of

the war.

In Korea, Joe flew helicop-

ters over enemy lines to rescue

downed American service per-

sonnel. These missions earned

him a Silver Star, a Distinguished

Flying Cross and an Air Medal

with three oak leaf clusters.

Back in the United States, Joe

was assigned as the first White

House helicopter pilot, flying

President Dwight Eisenhower,

First Lady Mamie and their chil-

dren. When he retired from his

long service to his country, Joe,

Jane and their children moved

to northeast Santa Ana, where

they became a part of this small,

friendly neighborhood. They

lived there for 55 years, and Joe

was fondly known as “Joe-Joe.”

Joe leaves three children: Tony

Barrett (Sharon), Lisa Nelson

(Mark) and Coleen Hammond

(Jacob); three grandchildren: Re-

becca Barrett, Nicole and Matt

Nelson; and many friends.

Cesar

Altamirano

1993-2019

Coach Cesar left us early Eas-

ter morning. He is survived by his

family, fiancé, child, friends and

athletes. Cesar spent his whole

life in the service of others.

- Coach Kyle Brawley

Cesar Altamirano graduated

from Tustin High School in 2010.

He was involved in the aquatics

program during his tenure as a

Tiller. Because so much of his life

was spent in the Tustin pool, Ce-

sar turned his strength as a player

into tenacity as a coach. He started

coaching at THS and SoCal Water

Polo in 2014. Earlier this year, he

and Coach Kyle Brawley took the

boys’ water polo team all the way

to CIF Finals -- a feat that had not

been reached since 1982. Cesar

was named CIF Coach of the Year

for this accomplishment.

THS swimmers experienced a

gauntlet of emotions when they

learned of his passing. There was

disbelief and anguish over the loss

of a man who guided them in all

aspects of life. And then they got

in the pool. Tears turned to laugh-

ter as they shared funny stories

and “Cesar sayings.” On top of ev-

erything else, each swimmer had

to decide whether or not he/she

was going to compete in League

Prelims the next day. By the time

each of the athletes left the pool

deck, every single one had signed

up to compete -- just like their

coach would have wanted.

At the League Prelims, THS

players sported “swim for Ce-

sar” and “Cesar strong” tattoos.

Ninety percent of them qualified

for League Finals. Rest in Peace,

Coach Cesar.

Anaheim Hills

landscape

changes

Alliance Residential submitted

a formal withdrawal of its con-

ceptual development application

for the Festival Center apartment

redevelopment, and will no lon-

ger be pursuing the project.

The Draft Environmental Im-

pact Report (DEIR) for the Ser-

rano development, wherein 58

townhomes will replace a shop-

ping area, is slated to be available

for public review on June 20.

National League of Young Men, Greater Orange Chapter had 27 men complete the four-year philan-

thropic program. Frederick Fascenelli, 2019 president, reported that the graduating seniors had volun-

teered 4,823 hours. The Class of 2019 includes: top, left to right, Alex Pimentel, Justin Homer, Michael

Brand, Ryan Kin, Bradley Parker, Matthew Minshall, Camden O'Donnell, Ryan Maron, Garrett von Ting,

Ethan Stone, Dean Kuli, David Frackelton, Andrew Condon; bottom, Ryan Shigetomi, Aaron Miller, Chris

Jansky, Korey Hicks, Brett Kim, Sean Jansky, Garrett Deiro, Jake Kisow, Frederick Fascenelli, Phillip

Fascenelli, Scott Oakes, Ty Jackson and Brandon Tibbets. Not pictured: Paul Piferi.

Photo by Michelle Alexander Photography

OUSD reports the new fields

were completed at Canyon and

Orange High Schools. Work on

sidewalks and fencing will fin-

ish the projects. While Measure S

construction continues at the high

schools, Orange Unified will up-

date other sites over the summer

break, funded from the deferred

maintenance budget of $4.7 mil-

lion.

Much-needed restroom reno-

vations, with new plumbing fix-

tures, partitions and tile cleaning

will take place at the following

elementary schools: California,

Cambridge, Fletcher, Imperial,

Linda Vista, Nohl Canyon, Pal-

myra, Panorama, West Orange,

and McPherson Magnet and Cer-

ro Villa Middle School. Costs are

estimated at $1.2 million.

Eleven sites are slated to

have new flooring, including

the district office, six elemen-

tary schools, McPherson Magnet,

and two middle schools. Interior

painting is also slated for the dis-

trict office and eight school sites.

Playground sites will be up-

graded at Jordan and Serrano

Elementary Schools, the Pre-

Kindergarten and Child Develop-

ment Center. Running Springs’

and McPherson’s kindergarten

playgrounds will have rubber sur-

facing installed.

Exterior painting will be com-

pleted at Cambridge and Fairhav-

OUSD plans summer work

en Elementary and Santiago

Charter Middle School. Panora-

ma and Serrano will get new as-

phalt or concrete, while Canyon

Rim and La Veta will have their

asphalt surfaces re-coated. Fenc-

ing is on the “to-do” list for Ana-

heim Hills, Running Springs and

Valla Park Elementary Schools.

Fire Alarms will be upgraded at

Chapman Hills and West Orange,

and rain gutters installed at vari-

ous sites.

The new artificial turf field

at Villa Park High School is not

completely flat, but is undulating,

creating an unsafe surface. The

district is analyzing the problem

before determining its next step.

OUSD promises, however, that

the field will be fixed and ready

for use by this fall.