Mark David Parsons died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 3, 2015 at his parents’ home in Bend, Oregon following an extended battle with cancer. He was 55.
Mr. Parsons was born on December 29, 1959 in Enid, Oklahoma to David and Avalon Parsons, and spent his junior high, high school and early college years in Bend. He developed an interest in music early on, taking piano lessons and then moving onto the trumpet, followed by the French horn.
Margaret Woosley died on May 30, 2015. She was 96. Mrs. Woosley was born in Los Angeles on July 21, 1918 to Vera and Jonas Frownfelter and spent her early years in Upland. After her family moved to Alhambra, she graduated from Alhambra High School.
Laurie Lambert Nix died on May 13, 2015 at the age of 46. She was born on July 4, 1968 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her family moved to California in 1971 and she was a Claremont resident for many years. Laurie attended Condit and Our Lady of the Assumption elementary schools and St. Lucy’s Priory High School. Always a good student, she earned a degree in finance from Loyola Marymount University in 1990, graduating with honors.
Mario “Marty” Gottuso Sr., a longtime Claremont resident, died on May 22, 2015. He was 92.
He was born in 1922 in Utica, New York to Vincent Gottuso, a Pentecostal minister, and his wife Evangeline, both of whose parents immigrated to the United States from Sicily, Italy in the early 1900s. The eldest of 10 children, he spent his early years growing up on the family farm.
Marty loved school and, as he claimed, was always the teacher’s pet.
Jeffrey Nelson, a longtime Claremont resident, died on May 13, 2015 after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was 68.
He was born in New York on July 13, 1946 to Lala and Clarence Nelson.
Mr. Nelson graduated from Brooklyn Tech and earned his bachelor’s degree at Wagner College and his master’s degree at Richmond College. He served in the United States Navy for two years.