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Celebration of Life and Wall of Honor Ceremony For Lifetime Alpine VFW Member Charles Howell – April 14, 2018

There will a celebration of life and wall of honor ceremony for one of the Alpine VFW’s lifetime members and community members, Charles Howell, this Saturday April 14th at 2 PM. The memorial service will take place at the Alpine VFW located at 844 Tavern Road.

“Mr. Charley” passed away on March 18, 2018, and was a highly-decorated retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class who served in Korea and Vietnam. He was well-known, very loved, and a selfless volunteer. Join us in celebrating his life. May he rest in peace.


17 Year Old Granite Hills High School Star Student Athlete Killed in Accident in Alpine

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December 11, 2017 – Family and friends of a Granite Hills High School star football player were stunned and mourning Tuesday following his death in a traffic accident while returning from the team’s end-of-season banquet.

William Burton, 17, was killed shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday, when the westbound vehicle he was riding in collided with an SUV on South Grade Road in Alpine, near the gated community of Rancho Palo Verde, according to school officials and the California Highway Patrol.

The teen died at the scene of the wreck, which left four other people with minor to moderate injuries, the CHP reported.

William was a standout defensive lineman who was recently named to the CIF All-San Diego first team defense. He also led all Eagles receivers and tight ends with 28 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns.

One of his best performances came during a game against Steele Canyon in September, when he caught two touchdowns, including the game winner with 2.9 seconds left in the contest.

The Granite Hills senior, who also played baseball at the El Cajon campus, is survived by his parents, Bradford and Donna, and brothers, Jake and Zachary.

At the time of the fatal accident, William was riding in the back of a Jeep Wrangler without a rear seat, according to investigators. When the vehicle began to drift off the roadway, the driver, an 18-year-old Crest man whose name has not been released, yanked the steering wheel in the other direction, sending the Jeep veering back across the roadway, into the path of the oncoming Lexus SUV.

The resulting broadside impact ejected William onto the roadway, fatally injuring him, CHP Officer Travis Garrow said.

The driver of the Jeep and a front-seat passenger, a 17-year-old Alpine boy, were both wearing seat belts, Garrow said. Medics took them to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

The 51-year-old Alpine resident behind the wheel of the Lexus and his passenger, a 13-year-old girl, were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Intoxication was not believed to have been a role in the crash, Garrow said. ……Continue reading here

Memorial Fund Set Up for Family of Alpine Resident Kyle Cleavenger

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“Sadly, we have lost another close and dear friend too early.  Kyle Cleavenger, our fun-loving friend  suddenly and tragically died on Saturday afternoon, May 27, 2017 at the river while celebrating another typical Memorial Day weekend.

Kyle and Andrea and their 2 children just finished dinner, and as they departed the restaurant, he unexpectedly was stricken with a fatal heart attack.  Aggressive efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

We all know Kyle was one of the happiest people anyone could ever know.  He was always laughing and joking with everyone. Everyone that came into contact with him instantly enjoyed his presence.  He was always ready to crack a joke or sting someone with his piercing wit.  Kyle was a one-in-a-million kind of person.

Thankfully, Kyle has left us all with fond memories. But tragically, he also left behind his family to grieve and somehow go forward.  He and his loving wife Andrea were “buddies”, always together. Andrea and their 2 children, Brittnee and Shayne, are faced with this terrible loss and must somehow live on. Kyle was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend.  Kyle, Andrea, Brittnee and Shayne were a close foursome, who now must somehow find the strength and wisdom to go on without Kyle.

How can we help?  What can we do in this terrible time in the loss of the “leader-of-the-pack”?

We can all share in taking food, drinks, love and support.  But Kyle’s family will be faced with many hard decisions, both immediate and long term.  It’s almost unbearable to make such decisions while suffering this loss.  There will be immediate financial demands on Andrea, Brittnee and Shayne.  Financial demands have already started.  We can help.

I am asking for your direct financial help in this Go Fund me account set up for Andrea.  I am sure Andrea values the love and support we give her, but let’s add to that love and support through a Go Fund Me campaign to help Kyle’s family.  It will take some pressure off Andrea.  Look at it as buying Kyle dinner, or a drink or a beer.   Please help Kyle’s family with a contribution. Kyle gave us great memories. Let’s honor him with support to Andrea.

As a friend to the Kyle Cleavenger family, thank you for any help.- Vanessa McMillin Butcher

Celebration of life for Kyle Cleavenger – There will be a reception immediately following at the Flinn Springs Inn, 15505 Olde Hwy 80, El Cajon Ca 92021. Food will be served at 1pm. There will be a no host bar and horseshoe tournament. *More info






Celebration of Life for Young Alpine Resident Jenifer Wood – April 29, 2017

Please join us in celebrating the amazing young life of Jenifer Lynne Wood on April 29, 2017 at 11am in the Granite Hills High School Gym (1719 East Madison Ave., El Cajon, Ca.) Jenifer passed away unexpectedly and her family misses her dearly. Jenifer lived in Alpine and was an amazing, bright young girl who was always laughing, smiling and had such and impact on everyone around her. She attended Joan MacQueen Middle School last year with the 2016 class. She was an all star cheerleader with Hot Stuff cheer in El Cajon and also cheered for Alpine Pop Warner Cheer for 2 seasons. She was a freshman at Granite Hills High School where she was on the JV gymnastics team. She loved working with animals and volunteered at Splash of Passion and Whispering Winds in Julian. She was in 4h where she worked with horses, goats and archery. She also enjoyed skeet shooting, riding her horses, and spending time with her friends and family. She was such a bright, young girl who loved to be involved in her community and made such an impact in others lives. Cards, flowers and donations can be sent to 1397 Sunhaven Rd, Alpine CA 91901. For more info please contact Brittni Engle at 619-922-2943 or EMAIL HERE

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Celebration of Life for Dave Kebert – February 18, 2017

dave kebertOn Saturday, February 18th at 11 a.m. at the Alpine Community Center, a Celebration of Life will be held for Dave Kebert, one of the founding members of the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor Committee.  You will remember his smiling face and warm handshake from our many events and dedication ceremonies.

The Alpine Community Center, home of the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor, is located at 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine CA 91901. All are welcome.  We are expecting a large crowd, so it is advisable to arrive early to find parking in the area.

For those of you who have asked about remembrances, in lieu of flowers, the family prefers a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of Dave. For more info please contact




Celebration of Life for Simon Wesselink – August 20, 2016

Come honor & celebrate the joyful life & love of Simon Wesselink on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 6pm at the Descanso Town Hall (24536 Viejas Grade, Descanso Ca. 91916. Simon Wesselink was a beloved resident of Descanso and worked in the Alpine community for many years. Please RSVP with Barb at 619-445-9937 or 619-861-4304. This is a Potluck event – please bring your favorite dish to share.

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Lions Tigers & Bears Mourns Sudden Loss of Young Tiger Cub “Himmel” – January 2016

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Tiger cub’s sudden passing is a major blow to the sanctuary

Alpine, Calif. – (January 19, 2016) – Bobbi Brink, Founder/Director of San Diego’s non-profit accredited sanctuary, Lions Tigers & Bears announced the sudden passing of the sanctuary’s 6 month old tiger cub named Himmel.

“It is with a heavy heart and incredible sadness that we must share with you the news that Himmel, the young 6 month old tiger cub, has tragically passed away” states Brink.

Himmel arrived at LTB on September 5th, 2015, malnourished, declawed, and suffering from an umbilical hernia. Brink states “We had concerns that he had other underlying issues, but through attentive care, proper nutrition and an enriching diet, Himmel appeared to be morphing from a frail cub into a young tiger with a playful personality and a full life ahead of him. As happy as he was, we knew he still had a hard road ahead of him, with his nutritional issues and pain everyday from cruelly being declawed.”

Himmel underwent a routine veterinary procedure late last week to be neutered and repair his hernia. Himmel was also scheduled for reparative surgery on his declawed paws in February.

The sanctuary’s medical team, led by lead veterinarian, Dr. Jane Meier, who has over 40 years of experience, performed the procedure and used the opportunity to give the tiger his required vaccinations while under anesthesia.

Dr. Meier states, “The surgery went well and was uneventful. As Himmel was transitioning into surgical recovery, he suffered profound respiratory failure and collapse. Despite the best resuscitation efforts of our veterinary team and animal care staff, Himmel did not recover.” In regards to the cause of death “The most likely cause of the problem was a severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, which occurred in response to one of the injections Himmel was given at the end of his surgery. This is the most serious type of allergic reaction and is often fatal. It is the same kind of reaction caused by peanut allergies in people and can happen so quickly and severely that even aggressive treatment is ineffective.”

Brink states “With any decision to perform medical procedures, the risks and benefits must always be weighed. Along with our medical team, we make our decisions based on careful planning and the information we have at the time, always putting the animal’s health and well-being first and foremost. The sudden loss of Himmel is a stark reminder of how even after thoughtful and thorough consideration of the benefits and hazards, you can never completely eliminate the risks of a medical procedure. Himmel’s passing is not only a blow to our sanctuary team, but one of the tragic consequences that stem from the indiscriminate captive breeding of exotic animals. With no family history to reference, it is hard to pinpoint an animal like Himmel’s underlying issues.”

Himmel was found roaming the streets of Hemet, California in early September 2015. He was anonymously turned into an animal shelter, when California Department of Fish & Wildlife stepped in and asked LTB to provide refuge to the three month old tiger cub.

Himmel’s name was inspired by the late Larry Himmel, local CBS 8 San Diego newscaster and longtime supporter of our sanctuary, after the name won the most votes on an online naming contest in October.

Sanctuary staff described the tiger as “playful, goofy, awkward and sweet ”

Brink states “Life sometimes is unexplainable and seemingly unfair. With any death, we are always left with so many questions, but in a life cut so short, we often can find no answers that comfort us. They say God never gives us more then we can handle and when he takes something He always gives back more. Himmel’s passing will continue to fuel our passion to stop the abuse that is the exotic animal trade – so no more cubs are forced to endure the perils that stem from this heinous trade. Himmel may not have been with us for long, but he left boundless paw prints on our hearts that will last forever.”


Lions Tigers and Bears LogoAbout Lions Tigers and Bears
Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) is a federally and state licensed non-profit 501 (c)(3) rescue facility dedicated to providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals while inspiring an educational forum to end the exotic animal trade. LTB is a NO KILL, NO BREED and NO SELL facility that allows the animals in its care the opportunity to live out their lives with dignity in a caring and safe environment. LTB is one of few sanctuaries in the United States with the highest level of accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and the American Sanctuary Association.

For more information or to make a donation to help care for the animals at LTB, please visit or call (619) 659-8078

Celebration of Life for Alan House of House Evergreen Forest Christmas Tree Farm – July 25, 2015

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To all the friends and patrons of the House Evergreen Forest Christmas Tree Farm, there will be an informal gathering in celebration of the life of long time Alpine icon, Alan House, on July 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Join us at the home of Carol Fasching, 3156 E. Victoria Drive, in Alpine to remember Alan’s life and contributions to our community.. Alan passed away May 17th at the age of 78 years. Alan was a long time resident of Alpine and owned and operated the House Christmas Tree farm over the past 47 years. His parents had a home on Coyote Dr and he recently retired as manager of the El Cajon Cemetery. Alan had a wonderful smile and an optimistic spirit. He was quite knowledgeable about the local ecology, soil management, and gardening. He will be sadly missed by many in this community.

Carol Fasching
3156 East Victoria Dr
Alpine, CA 91901
Home: (619) 445-3784
Cell: (619) 368-3648