January 2008 Newsletter

The seven (7) classmates featured in this newsletter are LA DONNA BECK Davis, GEORGIA C. WEST Shrewsbury, VERONICA LUJAN Scott, ART FEATHER, JANE E. NYE Newton, LINDA L. AGUIRRE Summerhill AND IVAN BEARDSLEY.

Jim and LA DONNA BECK Davis

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The 45-Year Reunion Committee (the Committee) invited as our special guests classmate La Donna (Beck) and St. James Davis (also pictured from the 20th Reunion). Many people by now have heard about the unfortunate plight of this wonderful couple. Perhaps many of you, as myself, were not aware that they were our own LPHS alumni until it was pointed out.

Often when sensational events occur, they are the focus of much media attention. As other events continue to evolve on a daily basis, individual events are forgotten by all but those directly involved or closely associated with them. All too frequently, these individuals suffer catastrophic, life-altering consequences that remain for months, years, or even a lifetime. This is the case of the Davises.

We are interested in the significant events in the lives of all of our classmates. One of the objectives identified by the Committee for this Newsletter is to share significant events and happenings in the lives of our classmates with other classmates with permission. This article is published with the consent of and on behalf of St. James Davis.

The continuous challenging events unfolding in the lives of La Donna and Jim would require a number of tomes to relate. For that reason, we have included links to sources that provide detailed information. Briefly stated, the ordeal began on March 3, 2005, when La Donna and Jim were attacked by two escaped chimpanzees at an animal sanctuary. St. James heroically protected his wife from serious physical harm and withstood the brunt of the attack himself, resulting in severe injuries, for which he has undergone dozens of surgeries, including reconstructive surgeries, and has dozens more to undergo. The financial burden has been and remains horrendous.

Click on the link(s) below to obtain details of the events. If the link does not work, then copy the web address and paste it into your address bar.



Other than our prayers, most needful is financial assistance. Anyone so inclined may make contributions to:

St James Harley Davis
616 N. Vincent Ave
West Covina CA. 91790


Pacific Western Bank
St James Harley Davis
220 S. Vincent Ave.
West Covina CA. 91790

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GEORGIA C. WEST Shrewsbury

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The years singing in Glee Club and the Senior Grad Night at Disneyland are highlights of Georgia’s years at LPHS, not to mention the many friends she made. A few short months following graduation found Georgia walking down the aisle to join in holy matrimony with Joseph Shrewsbury.

The couple relocated to Salem, Oregon in 1970, where she graduated from beauty college in 1980. Her obvious love for helping people was fulfilled in providing home care for ten years while freelancing as a beautician, which has been her occupation for about twenty years. Her hobbies include sewing scrap booking, gardening, and photography. Georgia can be contacted by e-mail at bobbysox3@msn.com.

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Although she loved her work as a hairstylist, the retired from that rewarding job after 25 years of making people look beautiful.  Her only jobs now are being a wife to John, to whom she has been happily married for 45 years, and mother and grandmother to daughter Jean Rodriguez (grands John, 15; Jessika, 13; and Jewelia, 11) and son John Scott, III. (grands Katrina, 19; Kristin, 15, and David 14).   Somewhere in there, she finds the time to engage in her favorite hobbies—bowling and scrap booking.

Husband John (taken on 25th Reunion), who also attended LPHS, has worked for the Boilermakers Local 92 for over 40 years.

Veronica highlights her and her family’s dedication of their to the Lord 16 years ago, and they all serve Him

Veronica can be contacted by e-mail at JEScott92@verizon.net.

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Art’s high school highlights were water polo, swimming, auto shop, surfing, pool, cruisin’, and girls!  He obviously found and married the right girl, his lovely Kerry (pictured at the 25th Reunion), about 38 years ago.  Kerry, their two beautiful daughters Jodi and Amy, and their one grandchild, five-year-old Cage, are the highlight of his past 45 years.

Art is a retired police officer, sharing a portion of his time indulging in his hobbies, “Harleys” and “Hot Rods!”

Art can be contacted by e-mail at feahur@cwnet.com

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JANE E. NYE Newton

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Jane remembers the friends and the dances as the highlights of her years at LPHS.  During the last 45 years Jane has enjoyed a good life and is very thankful for that.  The most important part of that good life is her family, beginning with her husband, Bill (pictured above at the 10th Reunion), with whom she relocated to Redfield, South Dakota in 1976.   Their son Paul presented four grandchildren, Zoe 11; Trey, 9; Angelo, 5; and Isabella, 3.  Daughter Jamie contributed three grands, Dalter, 13; Tristan, 11, and Rhys, 8.

Jane and Bill own and operate Redfield Iron & Metal Co, where they recycle scrap iron and metals.  They joined Jane’s folks in the business and bought them out in 1991.  They plan to turn the business over to their son when they retire in a year or so.

Jane can be contacted at 902 W. 5th St., Redfield. SD, 57469-2022

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"World Traveler” Linda Aguirre Summerhill is happily retired from outside employment and is a full-time caregiver to Ed (pictured above from the 25th Reunion), the wonderful guy she married  45 years ago, who suffered a stroke in 2003.  They spend summers in Spokane, WA, and winters in Yuma, AZ.  Their first son Adam presented two grands, Malachi, 13, and Mariah, 4.  Younger son Jeff is the proud father of Jesse, 15.

Besides her family, highlights of the past 45 years include traveling in their van and cruises to such places as Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Panama Canal.  Linda says of her highlights of LPHS, “Made some wonderful friends and graduated.”

To contact Linda via e-mail:  livinginyuma@yahoo.com

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ivan met the love of his life 25 years ago, Alan Mills (pictured above from the 45th Reunion) and lists that event as the first highlight of the past 45 years.  Also included as highlights are being a surrogate father for his niece, Laura; traveling throughout Europe, receiving a U.S. Presidential Citation – 1000 Points of Light; being a judge for the 2001 Tournament of Roses Floats, and having a wonderful career.

Ivan’s career consisted of being an Architect, Interior Designer, and Fine Arts Painter.  His hobbies include travel, gardening, and hiking. 

Among his high school highlights are swimming (which he loved), school dances, and Miss Breckenridge!

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