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Michael T. Irving (1928-2015), Resident of San Jose, California. Michael Thomas Irving, Jr. was the first son born to Michael T. Irving, Sr. and Maria Dominica Etcheverri. Having been born in Oceanside and raised in Vista and San Diego, Mike was drafted and sent to Korea where he worked as a Radio Operator. Upon returning from Korea, where he served with the 23rd Regiment, US Army, Mike graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Penology. After an internship at San Quentin Prison, Mike took a position with the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Department where he served as Superintendent at the James and Holden Ranches and the Muriel Wright Center. Throughout much of his career and well into retirement, Mike was also actively involved with Lions Club International having been a member of the Morgan Hill Lions Club and more recently a founding member of the Scales of Justice Lions Club. He exemplified the Lions creed of "We Serve" having supported numerous Lions initiatives, including White Cane Day, City of Hope, Canine Companions, Spinosa Bears, etc. He was a lifelong member of the Lions Eye Foundation. Loving husband to Lorraine Irving (deceased) and proud father/grandfather to daughters Yvette M. Irving (Ignacio Velasco), Bettina M. Irving (Tom Stenstrom) and grandsons, Sebastian and Gabriel Velasco. Mike, also known as Tommy to his family in San Diego, CA is survived by his sister, Yvonne Louise Schmitten, and was preceded in death by siblings Jean Marie Greene, Raymond Lloyd Irving and John Kelly Irving. He was also a proud uncle to numerous nieces and nephews and a devoted friend to many. Mike's family would like to give a special thank you to Catholic Charities and Palm Villas Care Home for their compassionate care of their father during his last few years of life. In lieu of flowers the family suggests volunteering/donating to the Lions Club initiative of your choice. Rosary to be held Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Oaks, Oak Hill Cemetery. Funeral Services to follow on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The trial for the murder of alumnus, Albert Cobarrubias, is now underway. Albert was an advocate against racial profiling, who ironically may have been the victim of racial stereotyping. News of this event can be found here: http://www.mercurynews.com/News/ci_26494008/Murder-trial-begins-in-killing-of-aspiring-South-Bay-defense-lawyer
Walter D. Burleson, Jr. (1933-2014), of Burke, VA. passed peacefully at his home on July 13, 2014. Born September 23, 1933 in Mosquero, NM, he is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Catherine; his sister Sandra (Jim); his five children Paul (Teresa), Steven (Julie), Robert (Brenda), Rebecca (Randall), and Laura; his niece Robin (Kurt); and his 13 grandchildren; Kelly, Sara, Michael, Kate, Alex, Rick, Haley, Aubree, Layna, Reagan, Natalie, Catherine and Callan. In the late 1950's he attended the San Jose Police School and served as Chief of Staff. In 1959 he graduated from San José State. He served in local law enforcement and became a polygraph examiner before starting a career with the Inspector General's Office of the Department of Veteran's Affairs in the early 1970's. He retired from government service in 1993. As his wife Cathy noted, "He was a man that totally enjoyed his work. It showed in the results of his efforts." Internment will occur at Arlington National Cemetery. The family encourages contributions to be made to a charity of choice.
Joseph DeSoto (1925-2014) passed away peacefully at home, April 29, 2014, with his family by his side. Mr. DeSoto was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 23, 1925. He was a resident of Milpitas for 52 years. Mr. DeSoto attended public schools in Honolulu. The attack on Pearl Harbor ended his high school career prematurely as he joined the Pearl Harbor Fire Department in early December 1941. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. Aboard ship he saw combat in the Philippines and repatriated Japanese prisoners of war from China. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was an Army Reservist from 1948—58 as a first lieutenant, military police. The GI Bill enabled Mr. DeSoto to graduate from San Jose State University with a major in Administration of Justice-Criminal Law. There he was a member of the Chi Pi Sigma Police Fraternity and a competitive boxer on the varsity boxing team. His career in worker's compensation spanned 35 years at Transport Indemnity, Fidelity Surety, CNA, Transamerica, CIGNA, with 21 years at Fireman's Fund Insurance, San Jose. He was a Master Mason and Sciots, and a member of the Boots & Bloomers Square Dance Club of Milpitas. In retirement, he worked part time for Stanford University as security event personnel for 15 years, and as a county election precinct clerk and inspector. He frequented Mil's Diner and the local Denny's, he enjoyed all sports, especially golf, football and horseshoes. Mr. DeSoto was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha DeSoto of Castro Valley, his beloved wife of 52 years, Louise, and his oldest son, Syd. He is survived by his son and caregiver, Carl, of Milpitas: his daughter Sylvia Lindgren, son-in-law Brian Lindgren, and two grandsons, Caleb and Adam Lindgren, all of the Seattle area; his sister, Virginia Cook of Alabama; and his brother, Roger DeSoto of Union City; and "adopted daughter" (foreign exchange student), Tomoe Fujimoto of Tokyo, Japan. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.
Moses "Moe" Arispe Leon (1936-2014) of Tucson, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2014. Moe was born May 31, 1936 in New York City. He graduated from San Jose City college with an A.A. Degree, and his Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from San José State University, he also studied at Bethany College and the University of Santa Clara in California. Moe Taught Justice Studies at Pima College for 20 Years. He retired from PCC in 1999, having taught hundreds of students who chose law enforcement and related occupations as their career. Moe also served 27 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a volunteer "Week-end Warrior." Preceded in death by his wife Alice, and son, Aljandro (Hondo), he is survived by his brother, John (Suzanne) Leon, and sister, Lydia (Richard) Daino; six nieces and nephews and a very dear friend companion and caregiver, Carmine. [condolences]