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•   Virginia Hardy (Martin)  10/18
•   Joe Sherriff  2/9
•   Phyllis Schneider (Witt)  10/30
•   Donald Crawford  9/19
•   Barbara Fruit (McGinnis)  4/12
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•   Charles Asay  5/21
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Alamosa High School
Class Of 1960

To Subscribe? Or not to Subscribe?

It didn’t “ad” up not to . . .

Greetings, Classmates!

I shared a bit of back and forth this past week with Donald Crawford and Chuck and Marge Asay about whether or not we should allow our site lapse to a “free” site, which would be supported by—and subject to—pop-up ads, as opposed to continuing to have a paid, ad-free subscription. We focused on this question:

Are we, as the AHS Class of 1960, wiling to be subjected to the inevitable electronic tracking of our movements and preferences so the company owning our software can sell info about us to other businesses that can then try to sell us their wares?

We concluded we’d rather not. So we stuck our necks out and renewed our subscription again. Don fronted the $495 for a five-year renewal of our Class Creator software; and Marge and Chuck put up $54 for a three-year renewal of our “domain name”— (You would think that they would fold the software and the domain name costs into one package, but not so.) And I committed to put more time and creativity into the content on our site, plus I’ll also kick in some $$ to help defray the costs.

So How About a Vision for our Site?

I also propose this vision for our site: To make it a happy place to visit, to reminisce, to share stories of a lifetime, and to renew connections. My initial thoughts of how that would look are below. I encourage your input to and thoughts on including the following:

  • Things other classmates may not know about us now, such as accomplishments (at any time during our lives, before, during, or after our AHS years), and the accomplishments of our children/grandchildren. What are your best memories of accomplishments over the past 65 years, including our high school years and our children?
  • Special memories of our time, friends, and/or teachers at AHS. What can you share about someone who inspired you, or an event that sticks in your mind, etc.?
  • Items or thoughts we would like to pass on to our children and grandchildren. For example, many times I have wished that I had thought to ask my parents numerous questions about their lives, their hopes, their successes, their struggles, even how they met and fell in love. But by the time I thought of the questions, it was too late. I hope I can pass on some of that kind of information to our kids so they can ask questions, if they want. What information or experiences would you like to pass along to your kids or grandkids?
  • Helpful life tips to share with our classmates—for people of our age. For example, a while back, one of our classmates mentioned on FB that she and her husband had taken care of all their funeral arrangements before he died. I’m guessing she would be willing to share what she learned. Have you made such plans? Would you share them with us? A different idea: Do you have any cool travel hints or trips that would be of interest and accessible, or great things that make the place you now live a possible travel destination?
  • Philosophical observations on our (long) lives. What is your accumulated wisdom on child rearing, financial independence, recommended books or movies to see, etc.?
  • Other contributions, like information about the Colorado Latino Sports Hall of Fame, which Scotty Garcia is working to establish. More about that in my next post, so stay tuned. Do others of you have special projects you are working on that you can share with us?

On Creating a Safe Place to Visit . . .

One more thing: In general, I suggest we discourage using our website as a forum for strong opinions on religion or politics. Example: Chuck and I had an exchange recently about whether he could or should post his past editorial cartoons that may be relevant today. In light of the bruising divisiveness we have all been through with the campaigns, I suggested we not post such content on our shared pages, like the Home Page, The Blog, etc. 

As I told Chuck, I’m not the boss of our site, but if we had an “anything goes” site, I think we would need to ask someone serve as the “monitor” to make sure we aren’t sponsoring misinformation or providing a vehicle for personal attacks or otherwise creating animosity in our community, a task that FB and Twitter, for example, are having a tough time managing. (And, by the way, being a “monitor” is a job I don’t want!)  

At the same time, I must add that I think it’s fine for Chuck to mine and recycle his life’s work for examples of how history repeats itself, as he sees it. I know some classmates would welcome and embrace such posts, while others might see them divisive and the trigger for a lot of animosity.

I suggested he could put the cartoons on his personal page on our site. Or better yet, for any classmates who want to share this kind of information with our classmates, they can make it available via email, as Chuck has done, and we could let our classmates know about it in a general announcement, so folks can ask to be on an individual’s personal email list, if they want.

Please share your thoughts about any and all of this. 

Why Bother? Why Not?

Final note: You may ask, why should we bother continuing the site at all? I have asked myself that, too.

My conclusion: We are a community with a shared background. And believe it or not, some 20 of the 57 classmates who are members of our site have visited at least once in the past two months—and we’ve barely had any new postings. I’m thinking our classmates would enjoy seeing more content about each other—especially if we beef up our postings.

So if you agree that it would be good to continue our AHS Moosie 1960 site ad-free, please consider kicking in some cash to Don Crawford. His address is: 4202 E. Broadway Road, Unit 16, Mesa, Arizona 85206. And if our collected contributions go over the top, I’m sure Don will make sure Chuck and Marge get an equitable share, and then apply any excess to extending the domain name two additional years, to match up with the term of our software subscription.

Also, please share your thoughts and comments on my suggestions above, either by sending me a message, public or private, through the site.

Thanks, all. Stay well. Stay happy. And if you aren’t able to be with family this holiday season, stay connected through email, snail mail, phone calls, Face Time, Zoom, or what ever works for you.

I promise you, it’s a great elixir, and you’ll be smiling afterwards. 

Ann Garretson Marshall

November 15, 2020



My, How Time Flies!

Classmates: Time is running out on our subscription to maintain our Moosie1960 website ad-free on the Class Creator server. Shall we continue it? Here are the costs to renew our subscription, which a number of your have contributed to in the past:

For three years: $385

For five years: $495

If we do not renew, the site will continue--with ads. I have no idea what level of ad saturation would be involved, or whether we'd be inudated with ads from the Neptune Society, walk-in shower companies, seeing eye dogs, testosterone boosters, or what.

Personally, I'd just as soon not have the ads, but it is up to you, classmates. What is your preference? Ads or no ads? Renew for another three years or five?

I'm putting a survey on the yellow column to the left. Please click on "survey" in the previous sentence and answer a few quick questions about this, so we'll know your preference.

Thank you!

One more thing: please note that I have added Carol Jaramillo's tribute to Richard on the In Memory page (see yellow column at left).

Ann Garetson Marshall

October 21, 2020



Another Farewell, Classmates:

To Richard Jaramillo

Richard's wife Carol and Virginia Hardy Martin report that Richard's journey here on earth has ended after a battle with heart disease. See Carol's tribute on the In Memory page. To other classmates who would like to add to Richard's story, please visit the In Memory page.

Ann, October 20, 2020


More Sad News, Friends

As We Bid Goodbye

to Abe Maestas

Virginia Hardy Martin and Pat Jiron report that Abe Maestas passed away in Colorado Springs on June 16th.

For more, please see the "In Memory" page.

Ann, June 24, 2020


Sixties Reunion Postponed



As you may have heard directly from Charlotte Parker, our Sixties Reunion planned for this summer has been postponed. Her message is:

“After a lot of thought, Judy and I have decided to ‘ Postpone’ our reunion.   I’ve had several concerned classmates contact me, many of the ones who have already registered are concerned about travel plans.   This isn’t a safe time for us but we will get this reunion off the ground at a safer time next summer.”

She is still working on how they’ll handle refunds for those who have already registered for this year and has begun contacting people individually.  In addition, she is working with the caterer and the Elks on a plan for next summer, so STAY TUNED!

She’ll be in touch with anyone who did make a reservation for the reunion to let you know next steps on refunds.

In the meantime, I hope you all stay safe.

Ann (Garretson) Marshall

May 26, 2020

Art Alsbaugh Wrestles his Final Steer

indecisionNote: I stumbled into a logjam in my early email this week, where I came across a message from Linda Alsbaugh with the obituary below. Don’t know how I missed it thee years ago, but I’m sure our classmates will want to read about Art’s storied life. My apologies to the Alsbaugh family for the delay. —Ann Garretson Marshall, April 10, 2020

Art Alsbaugh, 76, passed away at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, Colo. on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. He was born February 3, 1941 to Walter and Alice (Newsom) Alsbaugh. He was survived by his wife Linda (Gazzoli) Alsbaugh. 

Art spent his life in the rodeo arena. He bought his PRCA card in 1954 at the age of 13 and competed in calf roping, steer wrestling, and team roping throughout his lifetime. His dream was to compete in the NFR but he chose to stay close to home and help his parents run the Alsbaugh Rodeo Company.

On November 11, 1967, he married Linda Gazzoli They purchased Cross Triangle Rodeo Company a few years later and together produced rodeos across the Southwestern United States and provided livestock for the National Finals Rodeo. Art and Linda had two daughters, Lee Ann and Kerri.

In 2012, they received the Donita Barnes Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to professional rodeo. During his lifetime, Art was a hand throughout the rodeo arena. He worked as a pickup man, timed event chute boss, flank man, judge, and stock contractor until his final days. When he wasn’t in the arena or tending to livestock, Art loved to fish, play cards and tell re-ride stories. 

He was a wonderful role model, husband, father, uncle, brother, and to most who met him, a cherished friend.  He never knew a stranger and he was willing to lend a hand to anyone. The world will be a little quieter without his world famous booming voice, most noted for yelling “Pull ‘em down boys. Let’s rodeo!”

Art passed away after a very short battle with cancer.  Even in his passing, his selflessness continued, as he donated his body to Cancer Research.

Art is survived by daughters Lee Ann (Lane) LeSueur, Alamosa, and Kerri (Landon) Koteskey, Great Falls, Mont.; sisters Virginia (Roy) Honeycutt - Alamosa, and Betty Weir - Camp Verde, Ariz.; and four grandchildren, Cougar, Gunar, Kimber and Kalli.

Memorials may be made to Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Thanks for your contributions to western culture, Art!


March 31, 2020

Oops! My how the years melt together . . . as in, I got the wrong year back in October when I told you about the "decade" reunion being planned for August 7-8 this summer. It's actually the Class of '65 planning and organizing this summer's reunion, with help from reps of the other classes.

My apologies! Many thanks to organizers Charlotte and Judy, plus class reps Virginia Hardy Martin ‘60, Marylee Myers ’61, Connie Helms Carpenter ‘62, Kathy McGinty '63, Judy Perko DeGolyer ‘64, Clarine Claunch Divis ‘65, Tandy Morrison Manross ‘66, Rona Kelly Clark & Kay ‘67, Kathy Willis Wohnoutka & Marge ‘68, and Patti Medina Wilson '69.

So save the date and fill out the registration--coming soon--from our own Virginia Hardy Martin.

Ann Garretson Marshall


March 17, 2020

Sad News, Friends . . .

We've lost another classmate: Pat Martinez Shutto

When did it happen? February 24, 2020, less than a month shy of her 78th birthday. Pat was born March 16, 1942 in Alamosa. Early on, Pat attended nursing school and was an Orthopedic Nurse at Lutheran Hospital for nine years before she married and became a stay-at-home mom, working part-time with her husbaPat Martinez Shuttond who managed a family-owned Italian market. Pat later went on to work in the accounting department at Leprino Foods for 25 years, until retirement.

You all remember that Leprino's is the largest producer of mozzarella (pizza) cheese in the world, right? So they have the market for all Pizza Hut, Domino's, Papa John's, and Little Caesars! Not to be excluded are countless mama/papa pizzerias and lots of frozen pizza items found in your local supermarkets.

And then the whey market for Leprino's (you know, curds and whey in cheese processing) has also become very busy catering to the Chinese and Japanese markets with their baby formula, pharmaceutical, and nutritional needs.

Pat is survived by daughter, Michelle Aguayo; sons, Marc Shutto and Chris (Nicole) Shutto, all of Denver; 10 grandchildren and many cousins. Pat was preceded in death by her parents.



October 2019

Heigh-ho, Moosie!Greetings, Moosie 1960 Classmates,

Think 60, yep six-zero, SIXTY! That’s the milestone we’ll be celebrating next year . . . AHS Class of 60 . . . our 60thanniversary.

And I have some good news. The AHS of 55 has invited us to join them in a “decade” celebration of the classes from 1960 through 1969.

Funny thing: I had been thinking we should connect with Charlottte Parker and her friends who organized a five-year reunion several years ago, mainly because they put on a show that brought back great memories, had us all in stitches, and brought down the house. Apparently, they are planning a reprise for the upcoming reunion.

So the "Decade Celebration" is set for August 7-8, 2020. Mark your calendars—we are going to celebrate our 60th with a whole decade of compatriots from the past. 

Why not? Share the work, share the fun, right? With the participation of the decade of classes, we can visit with other high school pals we may not have seen in many years, and make some new friends with other grads from our era and our "place". 

Those who graduated five or ten years behind us seemed like youngsters back in the day, right? But I’m sure we’ll find we have more in common than we realize—everything from the magic of the San Luis Valley to the joy of dragging the gut.

So practice your moose calls and save the date: August 7-8, 2020. I’ve already gotten myself a new pair of Moose socks and am ready to party! The question is, will you be there to celebrate our high school years?

Meanwhile, Happy Halloween to you and all the goblins in your lives!


Ann Garretson Marshall



December 2018

Warmest wishes of the season and for the year to come, Classmates, with thoughts from fellow classmates as to:


What makes a lasting and happy marriage?


As we reach into our late 70s, I (Ann Garretson Marshall) am struck almost daily with the treasure chest of  wisdom and experiences we have accumulated in our collective lives—yours, mine, and those of all our classmates.

For example, I’m sure we’ve all learned a few things about the ingredients of a happy or lasting marriage—regardless of whether we’ve been married for half a century (or more) to one person or several, or maybe not married at all. We can learn a lot from successes, mistakes, and simple observation, right?

I recently asked several classmates to share their tips for a successful marriage. Here’s what Donald Crawford, Joe Sherriff, and Chuck and Marge Asay said, along with a few of my own thoughts:

Is holding hands a good indicator? Donald Crawford’s thoughts:

I am often surprised at how many people ask me what it takes for a long marriage.  Jana and I have been out having dinner, and we go to pay our bill and find that someone has paid for our food and drink.

I know that when we are out walking or entering a store or restaurant that I tend to walk faster than Jana so to speed her up and slow me down I take hold of her hand and we walk together.

What you are asking for will take some thought and I have discussed your idea with Jana so hopefully we can give you our take from two viewpoints.

By the way, my short answer is usually “don’t take your spouse for granite and let them know where you are if you are going to be late.”

Clearly, those two radiate a happiness that moves independent observers to "pay tribute" to them as a couple. Wow. And in the meantime, Donald and Jana have come up with two additions: a great capsule of wisdom (in a short video) on what makes a great marriage, plus a rollicking story, which I’m saving for the end. In the meantime, read on for more thoughts from Donald in addition to those above.

So what does it take to have a successful marriage? More of Donald’s thoughts:

I met Johanna (Jana) Clark while she was going to school in Greeley, Colorado, and I was at Adams State. Jana graduated from Delta HS, Delta, CO in the class of 1961. One of her classmates, Nan Adams, was attending Adams State and decided that Jana and I would make a great couple, so arranged for us to meet when we were on a trip to Denver and then Greeley. For me, it was love at first sight. Not so much for Jana. Fortunately, she finally decided I wasn’t such a bad guy after all.

So, what do two people do that are going to different schools 300 miles apart with limited time and financial resources? We wrote letters, not little one-page things once a week but seven- or eight-page letters, one or more times a day. Talk about writers’ cramps, lol. The first two years we saw each other in person only a few times, so the letters were our venue to get to know each other. It worked well for us, we think.

We married in August of 1963, and Jana transferred to Adams State. We graduated in 1965 and moved to Seattle, WA area, Jana to teach—and me?  I finally went to work as a draftsman, which progressed through the years into electrical engineering. In 1967, we moved to Albuquerque where we spent the next 51 years, and now, we are in Mesa, AZ. Our moves to Seattle, then Albuquerque, and finally to Mesa have placed us in situations where we had to rely on each other until we could develop a network of new friends. Each time we had to reconfirm each other as friends, and as a result, we rarely go our separate ways.  We enjoy each other’s company and do almost everything together.

We lived 51 years in Albuquerque and were blessed to have a very strong church family to help us over the challenging times. In 1999 we were part of the launch team for Hope in the Desert Episcopal church and served as co-directors for the Altar Guild. As a church family, all with immense faith in our Lord and Savior, we took care of and supported each other.

Joe Sherriff: Faith, and agreeing with your wife!

Tips for a happy marriage: “Keep God in your marriage and always agree with your wife. Looking back at the circumstances that brought Connie and I together, I can only believe God was involved.  With all the ups and downs that happen, it is faith in God that gives us faith in each other as we move along.

Married 52 years . . . he’s keeping it short and to the point!

Chuck and Marge (Curtis) Asay: His and her perspectives

Thoughts about marriage from Chuck: 

Some of us in the class of ’60 have been married a long time…and love it.  Some of us wonder whether we made the right decision.  Some of us who have had a divorce (or two), feel like we have escaped a bad thing.  

I don’t believe the length of a marriage necessarily proves it’s a good or bad thing.  We all have had different experiences since 1960 and have resolved them in different ways; sometimes we have used bad judgment, sometimes we have experienced a bit of luck, and sometimes we have been blessed out of God's grace.  These are very different things.  

Marge and I have been married since 1964.  What is that…54 years??  

I don’t see our journey in marriage as a matter of luck or planning, I see it as a matter of grace.  I figure God has kept us together for a reason.  It was not a matter of my doing, or Marge’s doing.  It was a matter of the grace of God.

As all our classmates know, Marge is a smart cookie and me….not so much.  Marge is realistic.  I’m sort of a clown (but a clown with a purpose). 

She is very forward-looking.  I am a more of a spur-of-the moment person.  I go with the flow and take risks while Marge is more cautious.  Isn’t that the way you remember us?  

Somehow, even back in the 60’s, I thought Marge would be a very suitable match for me…even though I was dating other people at the time... (like you, Ann). Marge had all the stuff I lacked. 

There were other differences between us. I had confidence in my good intentions, and thought everything would turn out OK.  Marge thought planning and good decision-making would determine the result.  

We have been blessed to have a good marriage, I believe.  I appreciate and love Marge now more than I did when we were married.  I think she kind of likes me also.  Somehow it has worked out but I think both of us of would say it wasn’t OUR doing…it was the Grace of God.  We’ve had many “adventures" along the way.  We didn’t ignore these adventures, but went through them together. 

My marriage advice is this:  Marriage means you no longer have your agenda.  It means your spouse no longer has her (or his) agenda.  Marriage means both should agree on OUR agenda.  It takes work.  It takes compromise and sometimes it takes some time to figure all this out. 

* * * * *

Thoughts about marriage from Marge:  

I agree with everything Chuck said, and would add a few additional points that I think are crucial in a marriage:  a good sense of humor, lots of prayer, and perseverance (never give up!). 

That’s about it, for now.  Love y’all. Chuck and Marge

I’m glad to see Marge and I share this emphasis on a sense of humor. In fact, I’ve seen it in action with them, like the time Chuck told a bunch of us the tale about when Marge sent him to the store for a bottle of fabric softener, which he could not bring home! It was an important, life-changing moment, yet he had us all splitting our sides with laughter as he told us how and why he could NOT pick up that bottle of softener and bring it home. Even Marge, who needed that darn fabric softener, was chuckling. Ah, but that's a story for another day . . .

And from me, Ann (Garretson) Marshall: A few practical tips

My “tips for a good marriage” zing through my mind at odd moments, and if I’m quick enough, I capture a few of them before they zip past. I’ve listed some things that are important for me. They may or may not be the same for others. Here goes:

  • A sense of humor. Everyone makes mistakes. You can laugh about them, cry about them, get mad about them, or ignore them. Laughing is the most fun, the most therapeutic, and the most endearing. Think back on your biggest family blooper. If you eventually found a way to laugh together about it, you may have a candidate for an item of family lore to entertain yourselves into the future, especially at reunions. A sense of humor has always been at the top of my list as being important in any relationship, clear back to high school (when I wanted to date Charles, now Chuck) The importance of a sense of humor in our marriage and our lives has extended through my parenting and professional years to this day.
  • Shared values. Whether it’s politics, religion, money, children, food, fun, or something else, it’s really helpful if you both agree on whatever are the “important” things in life. The others have spoken of the importance of religion in their marriages, so I’ll mention a couple other values that can have a big impact on a marriage: First, if one of you is a spendthrift and the other a saver, you could be “buying” trouble. Or, if one of you likes to hang out at the bar and the other likes to go hiking in the mountains, something’s got to give. The potential list could be very long, and it will likely differ from couple to couple. The main thing is to agree, together, on what is important to the both of you.
  • Flexibility and respect. So, what happens if you don’t agree on some important things? That’s where flexibility and respect come in. A Christian-Muslim union? A Tea-party Republican and a Progressive Democrat? An insatiable carnivore and a SPCA vegan? Both partners in a marriage should have the flexibility to pursue their own beliefs or preferences—at the same time they respect, and are willing to support—the other partner’s commitment to the opposite belief or preference.
  • Equitability—without keeping score. For me, it’s important not to keep score on who does more work around the house, who earns more money, who carries the larger burden of childcare, or who got the last piece of apple pie. I try to think in terms of overall equitability, whether it’s about work or play or food. This applies to sharing decision-making fairly, avoiding the trap of taking turns, as in, “You got to decide where we go on vacation; it’s my turn to choose our new car!” That kind of equitability might not turn out well. And speaking of sharing, make sure you carve out and share time together, to enjoy each other’s company.
  • Attentiveness, and good listening. Pay attention to your spouse, and remember and act on what she or he says. If your spouse doesn’t like surprises, don’t throw a surprise birthday party. Instead, ask what would be the best way to celebrate that upcoming birthday—then show that you listened!

I’m sure other thoughts will continue to zip through my brain, but let’s hear from you, our other classmates. What advice would you pass on to others about success in marriage? Click on the Message Forum in the navigation bar at the left and post your answers there.

And now, for the promised finale from Donald’s Facebook page on marriage (warning, it’s a double-header). First, click on this video (in the blue text), which he posted on Facebook: 

And then enjoy a good laugh from another of Donald’s Facebook posts, below.

“Sunday Morning Sex”

“Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went straight to her grandparents’ house to visit her 95-year-old grandmother and comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother replied, “He had a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning.” Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100 years old having sex would surely be asking for trouble. “Oh, no, my dear,” replied granny. “Many years ago, realizing our advanced age, we figured out the best time the best time to do it was when the church bells started to ring. It was just the right rhythm.  Nice and slow and even. Nothing too strenuous, simply in on the Ding and out on the Dong.” She paused to wipe away a tear and continued, “He’d still be alive if the ice cream truck hadn’t come along."

“If you do not laugh at this, then you are seriously depressed. Make a doctor’s appointment. I will never hear church bells ringing again without smiling.”

With that, what else can be said?

How about Merry Christmas to all . . . and to all a Good Night!

Ann (Garretson) Marshall

Christmas Eve, 2018

Lest we forget, thank you to the
veterans of the AHS Class of 1960. (Follow the link.)



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