In Memory

Stephen Nunley - Class Of 1971

Stephen Nunley

Deceased Classmate: Stephen Nunley (1971)
Date Deceased: Jan-17-2009
Age at Death: 56
Cause of Death: Cancer
Classmate City: San Leandro
Classmate State: CA
Classmate Country: USA
Survived By: His sister Maureen Nunley Branco, brother in law Barry Branco, and brother Bruce Nunley

No one sounded more like Neil Young than Steve - he could sit with his guitar for hours playing and singing without repeating a song. Steve was the best man in my wedding (to Sue Sotelo, class of 71) and godfather to our daughter. We became friends while we were on the Pacific High track team - he was a great pole vaulter. Through the years we had many adventures including climbing Half Dome in Yosemite and skydiving! Steve was a carpenter by trade, a musician at heart and boy did he love fireworks (that was his true avocation).

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03/26/10 08:35 PM #1    

Darrell Santos (1971)

So sad to see that Steve has passed away. Great athlete and a great guy.

12/28/10 11:26 AM #2    

Dennis Woudstra (1971)

I was truly shocked to hear of Steve's passing.  I seldom saw him after 1975, but I count him as one of my great friends in this life.  We rocked many a Day On the Green, and staggered out of Winterland more than once.

My fondest memories are of 'Riding the Country' in his powder blue Volkswagon Beetle, listening to Poco's 'Ride the Country', and ending up on the 'Rock' at Lake Berryesa and listening to him play CS&N or CSN&Y songs.  He knew them all.  I loved his version of 'Suger Mountain'.

I climbed Half-Dome with him on that same adventure posted above.  The last time I saw anything about him, he was still climbing things - only this time it was a Golden Gate Bridge Tower.  He certainly was a skalawag, but a loveable skalawag.

And yes - he certainly did love his pyrotechnics.



06/20/11 11:48 AM #3    

Debby Daily (Nisleit) (1973)

Both Jim and I have Several Fond Memories of Steve!  We are so sorry that we were not aware of his passing.  He was always so much fun!  He sang at our Wedding and even had a part of bringing us together way back when.....We will truly miss his fun!


04/26/12 02:54 PM #4    

Charlie Spidle (1973)

My teamate,,my friend I will miss you.. ,,KEEP pole vaulting up there Steve !

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