Jim you were such a good friend. We had amazing times over the years. We were a family of loyal adventures seeking friends that went after our dreams. I will always remember the good times “Big Guy”. Miss you.
Nancy Alicia McGrath (AKA Ms. Ryan), entered into rest April 10, 2016. This amazing woman contracted polio only months before the vaccine was available. When most surrendered to the ravaging of the virus, she stood tall even though she was confined to a wheelchair for over 60 years. Against all odds, she obtained her teaching credential in 1962 and taught English to thousands of young people at Hiram Johnson H.S. and Sacramento City College. Her incredible humanity allowed her to change the lives of her students, her friends and her family. Her personal understanding of struggle and her empathy led her students to say, "Ms. McGrath makes everyone of us feel special." In 1975, she married her best friend and the love of her life Stan McGrath, who survives her.
KEMP, David Russell Passed away on November 14th, 2006 at the age of 55. He was born in Sacramento, CA to Glenn and Volene Kemp. A graduate of CSUS, David worked as a forensic scientist for the California Department of Justice and Valley Toxicology. He was an avid antique collector and dealer.
David lived next door to me on Esmeralda Street until we graduated from HJHS. RIP
Passed away peacefully in his home in Elk Grove on October 28, 2011. Merwin was born in Selma, California on December 19, 1927. He graduated from Selma High School and Fresno State College. He met his wife Joan Fossatti in Fresno. After working for the US Army Corps of Engineers, he became a teacher and taught for 30 years at Del Paso Junior High, Sacramento High, Hiram Johnson High, Sacramento City College and Cosumnes River College. In 1959, he started his family surveying business. In 1984 he moved Rose's Engineering, to Elk Grove and worked there until he retired. He became actively involved in the Elk Grove community, especially the rotary, where he served as President. The Merwin F. Rose Park in Laguna was dedicated in his honor. Merwin loved geology and gardening. He had a strong work ethic and always kept busy.