Michael Brandon Stone

Profile Updated: November 8, 2016
Class Year: 1970
Residing In: Scottsdale, AZ USA
Spouse/Partner: Rosario (aka "Charo")
Occupation: Software Developer
Children: Ricky, born 1984
Michelle, born 1986
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I've been happily married to my wife and true love for almost 28 years now. We're very proud of our children: Michelle, for battling a long-term illness and still managing to work towards her goal as a K-6 special ed teacher, and Ricky for fighting Jihadists since he was 18 (if you've ever watched "The Unit" you'll get an idea of some of the stuff he does).

I screwed around my college years (that’s what happens when you read too much Kerouac) and ended up taking 8 years to graduate. After some time at UofH and SWTSU, I finally finished up at UT Austin with a degree in Computer Science. After a couple of years I finally found a job that gave me the opportunity for international travel. I spent a couple of years working around Latin American (where I met my wife) and then we spent the next five years in Europe, mostly in Spain and Switzerland. We eventually made it back to the good ol’ USA and finally settled in Arizona almost 20 years ago. I’ve seen a lot of deserts in a number of countries but it was the first time I’d ever seen a green one!

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Jul 24, 2019 at 3:33 AM
Jul 24, 2018 at 3:33 AM
Michael Brandon Stone has left an In Memory comment for Ann Ruff.
Mar 10, 2018 at 7:33 AM

I have to agree with all of the accolades that everyone has written about Ann Ruff.  If I remember correctly, I had her for freshman English at Memorial HS the year before Westchester opened.  She was one of the most memorable and favorite teachers I ever had.  She got me so interested in Greek mythology that I read every book I could find about it.  I believe one of Edith Hamilton's books was required reading, so when I finished it I asked her about more mythology books; she turned me on to books like The Odyssey (one of my favorite books of all time) and The Iliad (one of the hardest books to read that I ever read!).  She seemed to always have time for me after class when I wanted to discuss the books I read.  What a great teacher!

Michael Brandon Stone has left an In Memory comment for Norma Crawford.
Mar 10, 2018 at 7:33 AM

I had Mrs. Crawford for junior English.  She was a tough and no-nonsense teacher and didn't put up with any B.S. from her students.  I don't think a lot of students liked her, but for some reason I did.  She is actually one of the few HS teachers that I can remember clearly.  She was great at putting one in his or her place when needed.  I still clearly remember an incident in class in which she asked me a question and as a smart-ass I answered something like "I'm only interested in Sex, Drugs and Rock N' Roll!"  She quickly retorted "I don't know about rock n' roll, but I'm sure you know nothing about sex and drugs!"  The class had a great laugh at my expense, but she was right.  And instead of being insulted, I felt respect for her for being so good at nailing me with a great comeback for being a jerk.

Mar 10, 2018 at 3:34 AM

Although we were not friends in high school, Robert was in a couple of my classes.  But we ran in to each other at the U of H and began to hang out together a couple of times a week.  I was commuting while he was in a dorm, so we would usually meet up there.  He seemed to always have a girlfriend with him every time I went to his dorm room.  At some point he told me he had knocked up two of them and it was quite obvious that he was very worried about his situation in regards to that.  I believe that it was sometime in 1971 that I hadn't seen him for a few weeks, and the next thing I heard from mutual friends was that he had committed suicide by pistol in his parent's house.  I don't know if he left a note or anything, but I always assumed it was at least partially due to the pregnancies.  Our mutual friends and I were shocked by what happened.  I knew he was quite worried about his situation but I never saw any indication that he was suicidal (being a wasted dumba$$ 18- or 19-year old kid at the time I could have missed the signs).  He was a great guy and I still miss him to this day.

Mar 10, 2018 at 3:34 AM

I'm very sad to hear about the passing of Rusty.  He was one of the kindest persons I have ever known.  Since he went to the same church as my family, I knew him better from church activities (the few I was involved in!) than I did at school.  When we were seniors he dropped by the house a few times to talk with me about getting more involved with church activities and attending more often than I did.  At that time the last thing I was interested in was going to church (also a big concern for my mother), but I always appreciated his concern for me.  In fact, I was very moved that he would take the time to worry about my spiritual well-being.  I have few regrets for things I have done or not done in my life, but I do regret that I never told him how much I appreciated his concern for me.  He was a better man than I could ever hope to be.

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