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West High Class of 1969  50th Reunion

"The Beat Goes On"

     October 18-19, 2019

  at the

       Wigwam Resort

    Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

BEST 50th Reunion in West High history!

We still have a list of missing that we would like to find contact information. If you were unable to attend the reunion but would like a memory book, order forms can be accessed above.



That was an interesting reunion. I've never seen so many old people in one place in my whole life. I seemed to be the only one there who looks better now than he did in high school (little joke). But seriously, it was fun and it was obvious the organizers did a lot of work, even the chorus sounded better than I expected they would. I do have one suggestion for the reunion for the class of 1970. The most important thing is to be able to identify people. If not for the name tags, I would have known only a handful of those who were there, but I found it awkward to look at people's stomachs to try to figure out who they were and about half the time I still couldn't tell. They might want to use larger adhesive name tags that could be stuck on nearer the collar. The other thing is we have a lot of classmates who cannot be located. I have a feel for how hard and thankless a task it is to try to find people. I googled my name a few years back and found there were roughly 240 males in the U.S. with my name. So it was no wonder I kept getting calls asking me if I was the Randall Swanson who was involved in one thing or another. Now of course there are no longer phone books so I no longer get those calls. Again, kudos and my thanks to the reunion committee who did a great job.

Thanks to the Reunion Committee -- they did a spectacular job pulling all the right pieces together for a great celebration. It was wonderful rekindling old friendships and making new ones -- seeing what life has brought over these past decades.
Richard Cohen

Absolutely spectacular reunion. Many, many thanks to all who contributed. The Wigwam with its spacious and beautiful venue allowed for much mingling and meeting. The incredible donations from Mel Schulz allowed for this event to be so welcoming and delightful. The contributions of the committee were overwhelming---from notification, badges, decor, food, table arrangements, coordination of all events, food, program, memorial boards, songs, video, pictures,----absoutely tremendous.
Our appreciation and thanks---to all of you for organizing, donating time, energy, commitment, money, thoughts, ideas, work------and making this an event of a lifetime. THANK YOU.
Kristina Erickson

Dear Team 50th West High Reunion,

Wow...that was just about perfect! Many thanks for all your efforts to track down our class mates and mount a beautifull executed weekend. It was so well organized and actually very classy! Thanks to your generosity of time, your creativity and all that love! I felt the love throughout...and feel closer now to you all because of it.

Thanks for the photos, the music, the videos. I laughed telling my friends yesterday that the reunion concluded with singing AGE OF AQUARIOUS!

Mel, thanks so much for your generosity. Mike, you were a hilarious joke teller Dennis thanks for those moments of remembering so many who we have lost. Joni, it was awesome that you chaired the committee and Ginny your warmth and enthusiasm made it impossible not to come!. To everyone else, I hope you are feeling satified that all that work was so appreciated! I will remain forever indebted to you for renewing our connection to each other. With much love and admiration, xoxojanis plotkin

ps Come visit the SF Bay Area, I miss you already!!!

Hello Everyone, No doubt, each of us can recount a special connection with a teacher, coach, counselor, or administrator during our momentous years at West. I am grateful and proud to have had one such hero, coach and father-figure throughout my years at West, and whose impact lives with me still. He was Dale H. Torrence, and I am not alone in my gratitude to have walked...and run a his shadow. Dale was only 51 when he passed away in July, 1975, but in his path he framed many a young person's future with the love and discipline of a parent, and I miss him still. Whether you new Dale as a math teacher, coach, or another relationship, you may also have known his family and particularly Carol, Dale's wife. Carol will celebrate her 90th birthday on January 1st, and her family is hosting an open house to which everyone is invited. Carol was a giant force in Dale's life; and so, she was also a force in the life of all that knew her then and in the years to follow. The event will be held December 14th, at 4:00 PM, at the Lyon's Gate Clubhouse, located at 1811 S. Martingale Road, Gilbert, AZ 85295. An RSVP by December 6th would be appreciated and directed to their daughter, Melinda, at 309-314-4077, OR So then, spread the word as best you can, keeping in mind that Carol isn't aware as yet of the event, but will be told about a month beforehand. Best to all! Charlie Cross