Grandfather, sports fan, friend to all; Calvin K. Merrill, 81, died August 11 in Claremont.
Calvin was born May 1, 1939 in Blackfoot, Idaho to Ralph and Lucille Merrill, the youngest of 13 children. He spent his childhood on a farm in Moreland, Idaho and enjoyed all of the benefits of living the farm life.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Homemaker, gardener, volunteer, pet lover, friend to all
Longtime Claremont resident and homemaker Sarah Meier Morris died September 11 in Houston, Texas at the age of 97.
Sarah was born on March 23, 1923 outside Madison, Indiana to Bessie Mae Meier and John Henry Meier.
Great-grandfather, engineer, teacher, volunteer, sports enthusiast
Longtime Claremont resident, Wade Anthony Myers died on September 20, 2020, at the age of 90 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Born October 18, 1929, in Terre Haute, Indiana to George and Margaret Myers, Wade grew up in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis and graduated from Thomas Carr Howe High School in Indianapolis.
Micky B. Ross died peacefully at her home in La Quinta, California on September 8, with her beloved grandson Michael Simmons and his wife Theresa Simmons by her side. She was just shy of her 91st birthday.
Born Hazel Bircheat in a small town in Mississippi on March 31, 1930, she moved to North Carolina with her second husband James L. Beane in the early 1950s to open a rare and out of print book store.
Lifelong outdoorsman, grandfather, veteran of Southern California defense industry
Don Thomas Durboraw Jr. of Pomona died September 8 at the age of 85.
Don was born on February 13, 1935 in Chicago. The Durboraw family eventually settled in Grants Pass, Oregon, where he attended Grants Pass High School. He grew up hiking, hunting and exploring the numerous local nearby logging trails in his Willys Jeep.
Beloved mother, grandmother, decorated US Army veteran
Adel Jeran, a longtime resident of Claremont, died May 18 at the age of 85 after a brief illness.
Adel was born in Upland on July 29, 1934 to parents Ilona Vereb Jeran and Daniel Jeran. She graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario in 1952
Physicist, historian, and Harvey Mudd College faculty member and alumnus Richard G. Olson died June 27 at age 80.
Former chair of the faculty and chair of Harvey Mudd’s Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, Mr. Olson was a prolific writer with more than 60 published works on the history of science. He served on the Harvey Mudd faculty for 35 years before his retirement in 2011.
Richard H. Gleason died August 16 at the age of 75.
He was born in 1945 to John and Mary Gleason in Washington D.C., where his father was stationed while serving in the United States Navy during World War II.
The Gleason family returned to Claremont in 1946, where Richard attended local schools before graduating from the Webb School in 1963. He went on to attend Harvard University where he studied history, graduating in 1967.
Doting grandmother, volunteer, traveler
Mary “Georgine” Hertz died August 21 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. She was 75.
Georgine was born on March 16, 1945 in San Francisco. As a daughter of a military family, she moved often in her early years.
Great grandfather, ULV hall of fame athlete, longtime Azusa educator, administrator
Peter Samuel Baum Jr. (Pete) was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania on May 1, 1931, the same day that the Empire State Building opened. He died in La Verne on August 4, 2020 after a long illness. He was 89.
The only child of Peter S. Baum and Emma Mentzer, Pete lived in Pennsylvania until the age of 13 when he moved to Pomona with his mother.
Michael David Gregory was born in Phoenix, Arizona on October 28, 1947. He died unexpectedly, but peacefully, of a massive stroke on August 13. His death was unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was 72.
He was an enthusiastic, joyful and wide-ranging traveler who had many adventures with his wife, Susan Sirney Gregory.
Hazel Leff died at the Claremont Manor Care Center on July 12, one day shy of her 100th birthday.
Born Hazel Choate in Junction City, Kentucky on July 13, 1920, she was the first in her family to attend high school and college.
Hazel graduated from Sue Bennett College, a two year college in London, Kentucky, in 1941.
Saturnina R. Torres, died peacefully on Sunday, July 26 in Claremont, surrounded by her loving family. She had suffered a stroke on July 3. She was 94 years old.
Mrs. Torres was born Saturnina Rivera to Refugio and Maria Rivera on December 29, 1925, in San Francisco del Oro, Chihuahua, a small mining village in Mexico.
Mary Wigent Hornberger, a longtime Pilgrim Place resident, died March 8 at the age of 96.
Mary was born in Chicago on December 26, 1923. She attended schools in Chicago before enrolling at Northwestern University School of Music in Evanston, Illinois, where she majored in flute and organ.
She was an organist for churches in Edison Park and Wilmette, both suburbs of Chicago, while working on her bachelor’s degree in music.