Member Chatter

Welcome to the Irvin High School Member Chatter.

I have changed this Message Forum to Member Chatter so we do not have two different Message Forum web pages.  Member Chatter is an ongoing dialogue between classmates. There are no topics, subtopics, etc. like there is in the Message Forum web page.

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11/05/17 08:07 AM #182    


Jerry Barrett

Here today and gone tomorrow


11/06/17 11:29 PM #183    


Armando Maldonado

Great, but sad video.  Thanks for sharing, Jerry.

11/08/17 10:17 PM #184    

Ron Spivey

Enjoyed the presentation Jerry, thanks a lot.

Ron Spivey

11/09/17 03:17 PM #185    

Dianne Koelbl (Wilson)

The “good old days” are gone. We were lucky to have spent our youth in those days. So much fun to be had by the innocent kids we were!

11/21/17 09:35 AM #186    


Jerry Barrett

Millennial Job Interview - Pretty Funny! 2:46


11/23/17 04:36 PM #187    


Glenn Gonzalez

Jerry, thanks for posting.  The millenial job interview is hilarious.  That technology is way beyond me.  Thank God I am old and retired.

02/11/18 02:20 PM #188    


John Moreno


Hello all:  

The following website was sent by Tom Pugil to David Ambrose then to me which has names and information of those killed in Vietnam. Sadly there are many names of friends of ours at Irvin. Among them are Edwin Harold Sornson and Robert Burciaga.  Ed wrestled on our 1964 team. He was a great wrestler and good friend.  I believe he graduated in 1965 but not from Irvin.   I believe Burciaga attended Irvin but not sure.  I am submitting Ed's and Burciaga's names to a board of the Vietnam Memorial so they can add their names to this memorial. It was erected last year in northeast El Paso on the grounds where other war memorials are. This is where the Flags Across America is by EPCC is. Their names were not included on this memorial as they did not know they had ties to El Paso.  I know Ed was born in Dover, De. This is probably why his name may not have been included. However, he did attend school with us!  Robert was born in Calif and buried at Ft. Bliss. He also had ties to EP. I remember him as well. I am writing this as I would like to see if anyone can provide me additional info on both these vets who gave their all in the war. I have submitted both names and hope to find any relatives of theirs to inform them. I would hope with this little information ( in Ed's case, pictures on our team and class picture from school) I have, I can have their names added by Memorial Day this year! Will keep you informed.  Thanks in advance for your help. Send any info to: or call 915-861-6586.

John Moreno


02/12/18 10:48 AM #189    


Mary Yates (McGarr)


Thank you for your efforts here.  Could you possibly post photos of the Memorial in El Paso for those of us who don't live there?


Mary McGarr   (Knight, Yates)

02/12/18 01:39 PM #190    


Glenn Gonzalez

Hi John.   I did not know either Ed or Robert, but feel indebted to them for their service and sacrife.  We commend you for your efforts in getting them the proper recognition.  Thanks for all you are doing.   Have a great year.

02/13/18 09:01 PM #191    


John Moreno

Mary and Glenn: I inserted pictures I took of the Vietnam wall but put the pictures in the Photo Gallery.  I found that Robert Burciaga is on this wall and I missed it.  That is good news.  More good news is that I received more information from a friend (who played an integral part in getting the wall) who found information on Ed Sornson!!! She found additional pictures where he graduated from high school in Dover, DE. His sister, Dee Robinson, posted on fb when he was killed. She has not posted recently so we are having trouble locating her. I want to inform her and her family that it appears we have enough information and confirmation from the pictures that the Edward H. Sornson is the same person who wrestled on our team in 1964 at Irvin High School and the person killed in June 20, 1966 in Vietnam so we will have his name engraved on the wall. I will let you know when it is a done deal!!!!




02/14/18 01:54 PM #192    


Glenn Gonzalez

Great work, John!   Thanks for much for your work in recognizing and honoring our classmates

02/14/18 03:53 PM #193    


Mary Yates (McGarr)


I also thank you for finding this information.  I remember this fellow from Irvin.  

I googled his full name, and the photos came up.

I appreciate what you are doing.


03/06/18 12:14 PM #194    


John Moreno

Thank you, Glenn and Mary.  I have an update on Ed H. Sornson.  His sister, Denise (Dee) contacted my friend and I. I was overwhelmed she called!!! She advised me that her family moved back to Dover, DE. in 1965, upon their father's return from his deployment.  Ed graduated from that school there. The family then moved to Calif. when their father retired from the military.  This is why Ed was buried at Ft. Rosecrans, San Diego.  She is also sending me a letter with pertinent information on Ed so I can present to the Board of Directors for the El Paso Vietnam Wall Memorial. I have been told that it will be approved based on all this information I will have but I am hoping to get a DD-214 and some information from the EP Public School District with Sandy Messer's and Janett Sarracino's help. We probably won't make it in time for Memorial Day but now shooting for Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2018 to have his name added to our Vietnam Memorial Wall. I will confirm dates later and will post that. More to come.....

03/07/18 10:54 AM #195    


John Schmidt Jr.

Thanks John for keeping us up to date and for all that you are doing to recognize and honoring our veteran’s.

03/07/18 11:01 AM #196    


John Schmidt Jr.

I received the information below from Bryson McCool (class of 65).  All Irvin Alumni's who might be interested are invited:


• DATE: Departing September 23, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. out of Galveston, TX and returning to Galveston at 6:30 a.m on September 30. 2018.
• Ship: Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas. Click on the link to see photos and info on the ship.
• OUR GROUP PRICE (prices include taxes & fees):
o Balcony cabin - $966.82 per person
o Oceanview cabin - $676.82 per person
o Inside cabin (no window) - $ 596.82 per person
• REGISTRATION (there is no payment at this time – just registration)
Go to, click on Groups, go to IRVIN65, type in password (rocket), then go to registration. This will provide Marty Gore Spears with your information. Once she receives your registration, she will contact you regarding credit card and when to make your deposit. This must be done through her to get our group rate. DEPOSITS can be made NOW but NLT May 26, 2018 with FINAL PAYMENT DUE June 26, 2018. Deposits will be refunded if cancellation is done prior to June 26. After June 26, there will be penalties.
• PORTS OF CALL: Roatan, Honduras; Belize, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico.
Recommend that attendees arrive in Galveston the day prior to the cruise so that we can all get together that night! Hotel information to be provided soon! LET’S CRUISE!

03/07/18 11:52 AM #197    


Glenn Gonzalez

Hi John, thanks again for your efforts to get recognition for Ed Sornson.   As an El Pasoan and Irvin student, he should be recognized for his service and ultimate sacrifice.   We pray for his eternal rest.

03/30/18 11:37 PM #198    


Glenn Gonzalez

I am saddened to report that Jerry Creel, class of '64 and captain of the basketball team, passed away on March 20, 2018.  He was living in Odessa, TX at the time of his passing.  He is survived by his brother Bill, class of '65, and twin sons Joe and Jesse.  Bill is married to our classmate Jeanne Osgood Creel.  May Jerry's soul rest in peace.   We will miss him.

03/31/18 04:44 PM #199    


Pam Davis (Cotten)

Glenn, thank you for letting us know about our recent loss.  It happens too early to too many of us, doesn't it? That's why I'm glad that so many of us are able to get together as often as possible to reconnect & to manintain great relationships!


04/01/18 12:37 PM #200    

Dianne Koelbl (Wilson)

Rest In Peace, Jerry. Thank you Glenn.

09/15/18 03:11 PM #201    


John Schmidt Jr.


Got a chance to join some of our classmates for dinner at Adobe Verde in Gruene, Tx. and then on to the Watering Hole Saloon in New Braunsfels for dancing.  What a great time we had.

From Left to right:

John Schmidt - 66

Liz Jensen

Gary Mayne

Karen Newguard Mayne - 66

Glenn Gonzalea - 66

Lynda (Teri Wiley sister)

Teri Wiley - 66

Marge Gonzalez

Jerry Barrett - 66


09/16/18 02:15 PM #202    


Martha (Marty) Vass (Townsend)

Looks like a lot of fun!


09/16/18 09:25 PM #203    


Glenn Gonzalez

Hi John, thanks for posting this picture of us at Adobe Verde restaurant in Gruene.  We all had a wonderful time.  Thanks to all for making the trip to Gruene - especially Teri Wiley and her sister Lynda.  Teri lives in South Carolina, and Lynda lives in the Dallas area.   Of course, we finished the evening with some great country/western dancing at the Watering Hole.

09/25/18 05:41 PM #204    


Pam Davis (Cotten)

Glenn, John, Marge & everybody...... wishin' I had been there!!

09/26/18 03:24 PM #205    


Glenn Gonzalez

Pam, we missed you and Marston.  Hopefully you can join us the next time.  We'll keep you informed.  See you soon - Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso.


09/27/18 01:57 PM #206    


Pam Davis (Cotten)

"Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso."........ YAAAAAY! Can't wait, Glenn!   I love the way we get to see such a cross-age of graduating classes!  ALWAYS a great time! ROCKETS forever!

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