PASSAGES 2014: GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN

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Photo: Left to right: Tony Gwynn, Michele Tarbet, Aubrey Dunne, Duane Stainston, Penny Halgren, Joe Drew

December 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--East County lost community leaders, a sports star, a former elected official, business owners and beloved volunteers in 2014.  Some were well-known, such as Padres Hall of Famer and Aztecs coach Tony Gwynn, ex-school board member Penny Halgren, Drew Ford patriarch Joe Drew and Grossmont Hospital CEO Michele Tarbet. Others were active in nonprofits, politics, schools and other community endeavors, such as Council candidate and Save ECPAC volunteer Duane Swainstom or beloved teacher Aubrey Dunne.  Some weren’t well known, but their deaths made headlines and pulled at our heartstrings, including as missing persons, a military pilot and young people lost in the prime of their lives due to tragic circumstances.

Here’s a look back at those whose passages made headlines in East County in 2014:

Jackie Billings, Starbucks worker and Santee mom, dies of meningitis

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/santee-mom-starbucks-worker-brain-dead-meningitis

Joe Drew, Drew Ford, dies of cancer

http://eastcountymagazine.org/drew-ford-sells-socal-penske-following-dea...

Aubrey Dunne, teacher and actor

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-aubrey-dunne-teacher-and-actor-1932-2014

Sally Estabrook, missing woman with Alzheimer’s

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/body-found-julian-confirmed-be-missing-woman-sally-estabrook

Padres star and baseball legend Tony Gwynn passes away

http://eastcountymagazine.org/former-padre-star-and-baseball-legend-tony...

Penny Halgren, former La Mesa-Spring Valley school board member

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-former-lmsv-school-district-board-member-penny-halgren-dies

Kimberly Hayes, found burned in Alpine

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/missing-el-cajon-senior-found-dead-rural-area

Douglas Holbrook, KNSJ radio host and board president

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-attorney-teacher-and-radio-host-douglas-holbrook

John Holzhauer, winemaker

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-winemaker-william-john-holzhauer-1955-2014

Leonard Kevin Jones, kayaker found drowned

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-drowned-kayaker-identified

Melissa Kennon,  SDSU student, killed in fall off 5-story building

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sdsu-student-dies-after-falling-5-story-building

Daniel Marquez, missing senior, former volunteer patrol with El Cajon Police

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/missing-el-cajon-senior-found-dead-rural-area

Russell Mendez and Jeffry Ingram, fishermen killed in boating accident

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/body-second-boating-accident-victim-found

Elaine Murphy, cofounder of Santee Historical Society

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-elaine-murphy-cofounder-santee-historical-society

Leoma Owens, author

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-el-cajon-author-leoma-owens-1918-2014

Rosemary June Owens, bakery owner

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-bakery-co-owner-rosemary-june-owens-1926-2014

Carl Lee Salayer, missing Alzheimer’s patient

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/body-missing-man-found-0

Linda Shipman, Lakeside resident and noted community volunteer

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-lakeside-resident-and-noted-community-volunteer-linda-shipman

Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, Santee resident killed in Navy helicopter crash

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/santee-man-missing-after-navy-helicopter-crash-virginia

Sara Stelzer, SDSU student, succumbs to meningitis

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sdsu-student-declared-brain-dead-bacterial-meningitis-hundreds-possibliy-exposed

Duane Swainston, aerospace manager and El Cajon City Council candidate

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-duane-swainston-1965-2014-el-cajon-council-candidate

Michele Tarbet, Grossmont Hospital chief executive officer

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-grossmont-hospital-ceo-michele-tarbet

Bernardo Teran, tree trimmer killed in El Cajon

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/passages-tree-trimmer-killed-el-cajon