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05-12-2020 - Friend and THS Classmate Reunion Committee Member John Harlow has died
We’ve lost another one of our classmates, John Harlow, one of the movers
and shakers behind the 50th reunion. John contributed greatly to the
success of the 50th; he did anything that was asked of him. Because a
memorial cannot be held at the present time, memories of John are being
collected for a memory book per his obituary.
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HARLOW, John Miller, Jr. was born on October 8, 1940, in Duluth,
Minnesota. Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother,
John died at his home on March 26, 2020, from prostate cancer.

John arrived in Tucson from Duluth in November of 1940, at the age of
eight weeks. He was accompanied by his twin brother William, his sister
Rebecca, and mother, Mary Coventry Harlow. The young family was met at
the train station of their father and husband, John M. Harlow, Sr., who
had arrived earlier and was in the process of establishing a business as
a landscape architect.

John spent his entire life in Tucson except for a brief period attending
basic training for the Arizona Air National Guard. He attended Sam
Hughes and Peter Howell Elementary schools, Roskruge Jr. High, Tucson
High School (Go Badgers!) and the University of Arizona where he was a
member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

After two years of college, John decided working for his father at
Harlow Nursery (now Harlow Gardens) would allow him to earn a living
doing what he enjoyed the most -- being outside and working with nature.
As the years passed, he found himself managing the family operation: the
flower shop with his mother, the garden center, the potting shed where
plants were started from seed, residential and commercial landscape
design and construction, as well as maintaining the property.

John married in 1963, embracing fatherhood from day one, to Debbie, age
11, Stephen, age 10, and Brad, age 9. William was born later in 1964.
Staying true to his character, John never thought of any of his children
as step-children, simply as four kids he called his own. All were proud
to call him Dad. John was a kind and generous man who loved his family
first and foremost, taking great pride in their accomplishments.

By 1969, with a family and a successful business that continued to grow,
John called upon his twin brother William to join him in the business.
In 1997, William's son John C. Harlow joined the business as well. For
50+ years the twin brothers worked side by side to build their business
into the successful entity it is today.

In 1980, the Arizona Landscape Contractors' Association (ALCA) offered a
residential landscape design program featuring faculty from Ohio State
University. Capitalizing on an artistic gene that ran in his family, he
quickly grasped the required concepts and began a thirty-eight year
career as a residential landscape designer. Using his special talent for
listening to his clients and understanding their needs, he designed
hundreds of practical, beautiful, relaxing, and affordable outdoor
spaces for Tucson homeowners. Many of his designs have been recognized
with local, state and national awards for design excellence.

John was past president of the Tucson Nurserymen's Association, the
Arizona Nursery Association (ANA), and ALCA where he also served on the
board for twenty-five years and was elected to the ALCA Hall of Fame. He
is the only person in state history to be president of both the ANA and

His enjoyment of the outdoors began at the age of ten with trips, lead
by his father, to explore the Onyx cave in Madera Canyon. He continued
to explore the outdoors as a member of the Boy Scouts and was awarded
the Order of the Arrow in 1956. As an adult, John's love of nature and
travel took him to the High Sierras, Arizona, and New Mexico, with
various groups and hiking clubs.

John was, first and foremost, a kind and gentle man. Always forgiving
and non-judgemental, he was there to lift up and never to tear down. It
was this trait most of all that endeared him to his many family members
and co-workers. It wasn't hard to get along with John. If you needed
support he was always there for you. John's words of wisdom, comfort,
and encouragement will remain in the heats and memories of his family
and friends.

He is survived by: children, Deborah Copley Outcalt (Bruce) of Indiana,
Stephen Copley of Texas, Bradley Copley (Stacey) of Tucson, and William
Harlow (Anne) of Colorado. Twin brother, William C. Harlow (Marion) of
Tucson and sisters, Julia Harlow Valeski (Tom) of Denver and Rebecca
Harlow Potter (Fred) of Pasadena; grandchildren, Melissa Miller (Roger),
Michael Copley Outcalt, Brienne Kocher (Ted), Megan Copley, Samantha
Keithly (Kris), Jesse Copley, Griffin Harlow, and Colby Harlow;
great-grandchildren, Shane Jukes, Jacob Jukes, Seth McDonald, Harper
Keithly, Sloane Keithly, Rylee Copley, and Wyatt Copley; nieces,
Jennifer Harlow Day, Elizabeth Coventry Sanders (Kirk) and nephews, John
Coventry Harlow (Becky), Allan Harlow Potter (Allana), Judson Coventry
Valeski, and Ashley Harlow Valeski (Elizabeth).He is preceded in death
by his parents, John M. Harlow, Sr. and Mary Coventry Harlow.

Due to the current state of the nation, family and friends will be
invited to share their memories and celebrate John's life at a future
date. Memories of John will be collected and printed in a memory book.
Submissions may be sent to: RememberingJohn1940@gmail.com

For those who wish to make a memorial donation, two of John's favorite
charities were the Sportsmen's Fund, PO Box 16141, Tucson, AZ 85732 for
the Send a Kid to Camp program, and the Southern Arizona Girl Scouts,
4300 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85711. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL
HOMES, Dodge Chapel.

Published in Arizona Daily Star on May 10, 2020.

04-09-2020 - Friend and THS Class of 1958 classmate photographer, Dick Wisdom, has died
We’ve lost another one of our classmates, Dick Wisdom, an award-winning photojournalist and everyone’s photographer. He took many photos of us at the 50th reunion. If you don’t have the CD he created, you can see the photos on our website under Photo Galleries. This obituary was sent to us by his wife Kay and later published on The Brentwood Press website.
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William Richard (The Wiz) Wisdom
May 24, 1938 – April 1, 2020
Resident of Rio Vista, CA

Richard Wisdom (the Wiz), long time resident of Discovery Bay, CA and San Jose, CA left our physical world April 1, 2020 at the age of 81 surrounded by family.

Richard and his wife Kay Wisdom were married for 41 years. They moved to Rio Vista in the fall of 2017. He enjoyed participating in the Trilogy Men’s Fellowship, Trilogy Wine Club, playing trivia with friends, and enjoyed swimming, and pool parties. Richard regularly attended Discover Bay Presbyterian Church where he found comfort in his faith community. In retirement Richard enjoyed the Delta wave runner group and taking friends and family out on his beloved boat the Cathy B.

William Richard Wisdom was born on May 24, 1938 to Margaret (Baker) and William Wisdom in Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lee Wisdom. He attended Tucson High School where he became involved with photography that was sponsored by Kodak. This began a lifelong career as a photojournalist. He began his career in photojournalism at the Tucson Daily Star and Phoenix Gazette newspapers. Richard joined The San Jose Mercury News in 1973 and retired in 2001. He continued to take photographs for his local community newspaper The Brentwood Press until 2017.

Richard lives on in the spirit of his loving wife Kay Wisdom and his five children Britt Wisdom, Michelle Bayley, Eddy Wisdom, Robert Wisdom, and Brent von Forstmeyer. Richard loved and adored his grandchildren Steel Wisdom, Tiffany Wilhelmsson, Torie (Cassie) Kuwahara, and Kayla Newland.

In light of the current state of affairs and the need to avoid gatherings for the health and wellbeing of all, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later time. If you wish to be notified of Richard’s celebration you can send an email to Trilogy1944@gmail.com.

Donations in his name may be made to the Hospice of San Joaquin. The family would like to thank Dr. Paje of Kaiser Antioch for his care. Richard will always be remembered by his warm smile and famous saying “Life is Good.”


04-06-2020 - Friend and THS Class of 1958 classmate contact chair, Jeri Carlile, has died
We’ve lost one of our stalwart Badger classmates, Jeri (Wesson) Carlile, co-creator of the THS website and the 50th reunion.  Jeri spent many hours finding us, communicating with us, inviting us to the reunion, and putting our information on the class website.  We are grateful for her friendship, dedication, and joy.  And we share Beverly (Brooks) Goodwin sentiments: “How sad for all of us. We've lost our strong, determined, PIZAZZ personified, all-time Badger, long-time friend, Jeri Wesson Carlile, truly an inspiration for living life to the fullest.”
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Jeri (Wesson) Carlile - 26 June 1940 - 14 February 2020

CARLILE, Geraldine 'Jeri' (Wesson) died surrounded by her family on February 14, 2020. Jeri was born June 26, 1940 in Tucson, the city that she loved. She was a 1958 graduate of Tucson High School and she studied journalism at the University of Arizona. Jeri was a reporter for the Tucson Daily Citizen and she also worked at Arizona Electric Power Cooperative in Benson, Arizona. Jeri's interests included genealogy, history, traveling, reading, and collecting dozens of penguin figurines. She enjoyed living in the Amory Del Sol neighborhood and she and her family were so grateful for all the care and support of her friends and neighbors. Jeri also loved lunching with her THS buddy group. Most of all, Jeri loved her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Maxine (Decker) Wesson; husband, Cecil Carlile, and her first husband and father of her children, Lawrence Sullivan. She is survived by her sister, Marilyn (Richard Linger) Johnson; children, Lorelei (David) Cyrocki, James (Melissa) Sullivan, Timothy Sullivan; grandchildren, Emily (Cameron) Cannon, Sarah (Dillon Buck) Cyrocki, Ryan Sullivan, Leah Sullivan, Jessica (Luis Seagroves) Sullivan and Jenna Sullivan; their mother, Christy Sullivan; grandsons, Calvin and Emmett Cannon; special friend and wonderful caretaker, Marla Pino and Jeri's little dog Lola who was always by her side. A Celebration of Jeri's life will take place in June.  Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL
Published in the Arizona Daily Star, March 1, 2020

If you wish to send cards or notes, please send them to Jeri's address, 502 E Historic St, Tucson, AZ 85701.  Mail will be forwarded to her daughter in Michigan.

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