In Memoriam



Steve Dawkins
Sir Steve Dawkins December 20, 2017. Steve Dawkins was born in Oakland in 1945. He lived in Oakland until he was ten years old and then moved with his parents to Walnut Creek. He attended Oak Park Elementary School and Pleasant Hill High School and then enrolled at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in history in 1968. Steve was drafted in 1968. After undergoing basic training at Ford Ord, he was accepted into officer candidate school at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Initially, he served as an intelligence officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and then he was transferred to I Corps headquarters in Danang, Viet Nam, where he was with G2. He was discharged in 1971 as a first lieutenant. Steve began his business career as a real estate broker in Walnut Creek in 1971. He joined the Contra Costa County Assessor's Office in 1974 and retired in 2004 as assistant county assessor. Steve lived with his wife Marna in Walnut Creek. He had three stepchildren, stepsons living in Los Angeles and Newport, Oregon, and a stepdaughter living in Houston with her three children.

Steve Olsen
Sir Steve Olsen November 2017. Steve Olsen was born in Martinez in 1946. He was raised in Martinez, Pleasant Hill, and Lafayette. Steve graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland and then earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mathematics from Santa Clara University. He was a math teacher and administrator at Richmond High School from 1969 through 1981 and then worked for Chevron Corporation and Chevron USA from 1981 through 2004. He returned to the teaching profession in 2004 when he joined the faculty at Northgate High School. He taught math at Northgate from 2004 to 2009. Steve had been an active basketball official with East Bay Basketball Officials since 1969. He was also an active official with Contra Costa Football Officials and Mid County Officials (softball and baseball). He was an independent assessor for California's Teaching Performance Assessment process at the University of San Francisco and Dominican University. He also enjoyed golf and bridge and volunteered at St. Anthony's Dining Room in San Francisco.

Fred Thompson
Sir Fred Thompson October 2017. Fred Thompson passed away on Saturday, October 7th.

Bob Walton
Sir Robert Walton July 27, 1925 - August 10, 2017. Bob Walton passed away on Thursday, August 10th.

Al Twyford
Sir Alfred Twyford 1934 - May 27, 2017. Al Twyford passed away on Sunday May 28th. Al Twyford was born and raised in Oakland. He delivered newspapers for the Oakland Tribune beginning at age 10 and thus had the distinction of being the youngest paperboy in that publication's history. He also participated in CYO baseball, basketball, and track and played high school junior varsity basketball. Al graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Alameda in 1952 and then earned a bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco. He joined the Army upon graduation from college, serving as a field artillery surveyor. Al began his business career with Fuller Paint Company in 1959 but he soon turned to his true calling, the trucking industry. In 1967, Al began a lengthy career in the trucking industry when he joined Consolidated Freightways. Al held various management positions in multiple transportation companies. He was lastly executive vice president for sales and marketing at A&R Transport in Walnut Creek. Al retired in 2002 but continued his interest in the transportation industry by serving as a consultant. Al and his wife, Helene, were married in 1959. They have a son and daughter and two granddaughters. Al was a fan of the Athletics, Raiders, and Warriors, enjoyed traveling, and was an active community volunteer serving, among other things, on the board of directors of the Cardigan Maintenance Homeowners Association.

Elmer (Kap) Kaprielian
Sir Elmer (Kap) Kaprielian - May 27, 2017. Kap Kaprielian passed away on Saturday May 27th at the age of 95. Kap was a charter member of Branch 146 and a past Big Sir. Kap received the Senior Sir Award several years ago. He attended Fresno State College and graduated in 1942 from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy as a civilian electrical engineer. He went into active military duty as an ensign in 1943.  Following his military service, "Kap" went to work for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in Fresno as an estimator. He retired 41 years later as the Senior Vice-President of Power Generation and a member of the company's management committee.  He was an active member for many years at Hillcrest Congregational Church in Pleasant Hill.  He was a proud member of the Knights of Vartan, an Armenian fraternal organization. "Kap's" life focused on his family, his church and the university which helped to chart and shape him. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gloria, daughters Gail Quirk (David) and Claudia Falbo (Tony) and son, Douglas Kaprielian, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Pete Miller
Sir Pete Miller September 13, 1932 - April 4, 2017. Pete Miller passed away on Wednesday April 4th. Pete was the director of the Branch 146 SongSirs. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a Masters Degree in Geology then served four years in the Air Force, living overseas in Japan and the Philippines. He worked 28 years as a Micropaleontologist for Chevron, living in Bakersfield and the Walnut Creek area. Pete enjoyed traveling, singing with the Devil Mountain Barbershop Chorus and SongSirs Branch 146, as well as Acrylic Painting which he took up in his later years, specializing in Landscapes of areas encountered during his travels. He belonged to the Las Juntas Art Group. Beloved husband to his wife Carole of 61 years. Father of Scott Miller (Naomi), Greg Miller, and Linda Price. Grandfather of Grant and Peter Miller, Kimberly Neibuhr, Kelly Price, and Sjana Wagner, as well as five Great Grandsons.

Lynn Freeman
Sir Lynn Freeman 1923 - March 11, 2017. Lynn Freeman one of our 4 remaining charter members passed away Saturday March 11th. He was a true patriot, a wonderful person, a great bridge player and a very good friend or all of us. He and Dasha played in our couples bridge group from the start for many years. Lynn also contributed significantly to Branch 146. For many years Lynn served as our Veterans chairman, both arranging for the speaker and chairing the November meeting. Since he was a retired career US Army officer he was perfect for the job. Lynn also was one of the originators of our golf group and ran a couples tournament in the Napa Valley for years. In recent times his health deteriorated so his involvement in Sirs was diminished. His family intends of have a private family service. Thank you Lynn for all of your fine work. May your soul rest in peace.



Mike Varner

Sir Mike Varner April 18, 1941 - August 26, 2016. Mike passed away on August 26th, 2016 after a short but devastating fight with Leukemia. Mike was born in Los Angeles, but spent the majority of his childhood growing up in San Luis Obispo. Michael attended Cal Poly, earning his B.A. in Environmental Engineering in 1963. Mike was awarded a fellowship and furthered his studies at Harvard where he graduated with his Master's Degree in 1965. Mike had a respected and distinguished career as an engineer, living and working in several cities throughout his profession. He became a Vice President of ASARCO in New York City, while residing in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Mike was the star quarterback of his high school football team. He was an avid sports enthusiast, playing baseball and football in his younger years and later enjoying snow skiing and water skiing outings together with his family and friends. Mike had a wonderful voice and was an active member of SIR 146 SongSirs. He was an ardent book-reader, was always quick with a joke, and loved telling stories. Mike is survived by his wife, Sharon, with whom he celebrated 53 years of marriage, their three children, Jeffrey (Linda), Ron (Cassandra), and Kristin (Michael), five grandchildren, Lexie, Kaylie, Gianna, Dominic and Francis, as well as his two brothers, Bruce and Ronald.


Frank Mathos
Sir Frank Mathos April 10, 1923 - May 25, 2016. Frank passed away of natural causes. Frank was born in Crockett and spent his youth growing up in Martinez. After graduating from Alhambra High he enlisted in the Navy during WWII and spent 4 years serving on the USS Leonard Wood. After his discharge he married Bonnie and they moved to Concord. He went to work at Union Oil in Rodeo and retired from there after 46 years. He enjoyed his retirement golfing, attending 49er games, and connecting with old Navy friends. He was a longtime member of the Concord Elks, Masons, Moose Lodge and SIR 146. Frank is survived by his son Mark, daughter Robin (Tom), 4 Grandchildren and 5 great Grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Bonnie, son Christopher and 5 brothers. Frank enjoyed a great party, 18 holes at Pebble Beach, Pavarotti and a good red wine. He loved his 49ers and the Giants and was a lifelong season ticket holder.

Bob Darius
Sir Bob Darius October 14, 1935 - May 21, 2016. Bob passed on May 21, 2016. He was born in San Francisco and raised in Redwood City and San Carlos. Bob spent two years at Serra High School in San Mateo and graduated from Sequoia High in Redwood City in 1953. He then joined the Marine Corps and was discharged as a sergeant after four years of service. After his discharge, he attended San Mateo Junior College for two years and graduated from San Jose State in 1962. Bob worked for various companies in the data processing department until 1984, when he and a long time friend started their own business. That business was sold in 2004, but Bob stayed on as a part time employee until 2012. Bob and his wife Charlotte have lived in Walnut Creek since 1968. They now live in Rossmoor. Between them they have five children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Art Ainscough
Sir Art Ainscough Art passed on April 22, 2016. He was born in Atherton, Lancashire, England. He was educated at Atherton High School and earned a double bachelors degree in electrical and mechanical engineering at Salford University in Lancashire. On completion of university in 1951, Art joined the Iraq Petroleum Co. Ltd. in London. He transferred to the Kirkuk oilfields in Iraq as electrical engineer in the newly commissioned power station in Kirkuk. During his final three years with Iraq Petroleum, he was the chief electrical engineer for oilfields and pipelines in Iraq. In 1963, Art accepted the position of Managing Director of the Delta Metal Company's manufacturing operations in Pakistan and was also appointed as a non-executive director of Pakistan Cables Company. In 1976, Art was asked to join Kaiser Aluminum at the Kaiser World headquarters in Oakland. He moved with his wife and family to live in Walnut Creek and they all became US citizens in 1980. Art retired from Kaiser in 1992 but continued to do specific assignments for the US Department of State. This work took him to many countries in eastern Europe, Russia, China, and most of the countries in sub Saharan Africa and East Africa.

Carl Johnson
Sir Carl Johnson September 7, 1927 - March 25, 2016. Carl passed on March 25, 2016. He was born in St. Helens, Oregon. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Bushnell. After military service he enrolled at Oregon State University graduating in 1952 with a degree in Business. While at OSU, he met Anne Miller on a blind date. They were married in 1950 and spent the next 65+ years together. In 1953 he joined Shell Oil Company and worked in management, retiring after 34 years. He made many lasting friendships along the way. He and Anne traveled extensively throughout the world, taking many cruises along with land trips. He was a charter member of SIR Branch 146 since 1989, a member of the Moraga Historical Society and Moraga Movers. He was an avid bridge player and loved golf. He enjoyed many family gatherings. His church was an important part of his life. Carl is survived by his loving wife, Anne, son Jeffrey, son Gary, daughter-in-law Patti, grandson Erik, and many close family members.