Fall 2012 Obituaries

In Memoriam


Robert Falasco B.S. ’48, March 30, 2012. A longtime judge, he was elected to the Justice Court in 1958, and retired as a Merced County Superior Court judge in 1985. The Merced County Superior Court in Los Banos is named in his honor. He also served as a trustee for Los Banos Elementary School and director of the Merced County Fair Board. He was on the Board of Fellows of SCU. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne, four children, and 11 grandchildren. Henry Mariani, March 12, 2012. The son of a San Joaquin Valley farmer, he was a Bellarmine College Prep graduate. A longtime San Jose attorney, he focused on real estate and probate law.


Bernard Vogel Jr. B.S. ’51, May 5, 2012. An avid athlete, he played football for Santa Clara, scoring the last touchdown in the 1951 Orange Bowl against Kentucky. He was a member and past president of the San Jose Country Club. He is survived by five children, including Bernard Vogel III ’83.


Lois Pahl Mitchell, May 14, 2012. Born in Minnesota, she moved west to San Jose State College, where she earned her private pilot’s license and met her husband, Logue, in a civilian flight-training program. She was one of the first three women to graduate from the law school in 1963. She was executive director of the Santa Clara County Bar Association before starting her own practice. Survivors include three sons, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.


Leslie Chettle, April 4, 2012. He worked as a deputy public defender in Alameda County, and was later in private practice. He was a graduate of the University of Southern California, and served in the Army National Guard. Survivors include two daughters.


Rod Blonien, March 13, 2012. He had a long career in state government. At the request of Governor George Deukmejian, he directed the state’s prison construction program, reducing construction time from five to two years. He served as assistant legal affairs secretary to Governor Ronald Reagan, senior assistant to Attorney General George Deukmejian, and then legislative secretary and undersecretary of the youth and adult correctional agency under Governor Deukmejian. He later worked as a lobbyist and consultant for Fortune 500 companies, including W.R. Grace and Unisys.


Bernard J. Heavey Jr., Jan. 23, 2012. Born in 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was an engineer, lawyer, community activist, brother, father, grandfather, friend. Survivors include his son Michael J. Heavey ’76.


William Harry Morris, Dec. 7, 2011. Born in 1933, in Alma, Mich., he served in the Navy during the Korean War, worked in the computer industry for more than 20 years, and practiced as a certified family law specialist.


Michael J. Percy, May 30, 2012. He came to law school after a long career in urban planning, and started his own law practice. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and four grandchildren.

In Memoriam
Hon. Miguel Demapan (1953–2012)

The Hon. Miguel Demapan ’85, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, died on June 30, 2012. He was the commencement speaker at Santa Clara Law in 2010. At the ceremony, he had received an honorary doctor of laws degree from SCU, after he had been unable to attend his own graduation in 1985.

Born and raised in Saipan, he studied science as an undergraduate at Seattle University. He also earned an MBA from Golden Gate University before attending the School of Law. After a few years in private practice, he became an associate judge for the Commonwealth Superior Court in 1992, and in 1998 became associate justice of the Supreme Court. He was appointed chief justice in 1999. In his role as both a judge and justice, he presided over and wrote rulings on key issues for the CNMI, including cases of government bribery and abuse of power. The CNMI is located in the Pacific Ocean near Guam.


Survivors include his wife, Frances, five children, and one granddaughter.