You may recall from a previous post that I was looking for our BHS’68 classmates that had been married for forty years or more, and I heard from Steve Raine, who has been married to Mary aka “Beauty,” for 41 years. He writes: Beauty & I were married July 15, 1972, in her parents’ backyard in Encino. Beautiful ceremony on a killer hot day! Her dress was stunning.
Steve and Mary are both second-career ordained Presbyterian pastors. She is 2013 Moderator of San Joaquin Presbytery (California Central Valley), and pastor at Coalinga First Presbyterian Church. Steve formerly pastored Easterby Presbyterian in Fresno, and is currently involved with their presbytery. Additionally (in Coalinga), Steve is Vice Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board, Vice President of the Imaginarium Institute of Fine Arts Board, and facilitator of the Ministerial Association. They both continue on the California WEE KIRK (Presbyterian small church) planning team.
They have four daughters and a foster son, all graduates of Burbank High School:
Kristen was in the first 9th grade class at BHS. She and husband Steve Frost (JBHS) live in Burbank. Kristen is a Disney ‘aficionado’, and her favorite sports are racing (Jimmy Johnson), and pro hockey.
Amy scored the first-ever BHS Girl’s Varsity Soccer Team goal in the Foothill League (vs Canyon), and was All-League, Second Team. She also ran cross-country and track. Amy & husband Ken Anderson (JBHS), both teachers, live in Rancho Cucamonga with their “grands”, Evan & Katelyn.
Molly was a four-year starter on the BHS Girl’s Varsity Soccer squad, and All-League First Team. In 10th grade, she was Foothill League Varsity Track double-champion in the 100m & 300m hurdles. She played four years of soccer at the University of Redlands, where she met husband Damon Morris. They reside in Washington State, with our three ‘northern grand daughters’, Ella, Reese and Harper.
** Thank you again, for those of you who have been praying for Molly & Damon’s Reesie, almost three, who just completed chemo and has been declared cancer-free! Thanks be to God! —Steve
Darcy played BHS basketball and ran track. A quick basketball story: Darcy hit so many ‘crunch time’ free throws leading BHS to victory over Burroughs that when she fouled out, the JBHS coach walked out onto the court to shake her hand. On the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam, she scored a maximum “5”. Darcy & husband Gabe Romero (JBHS & BHS) reside in Santa Clarita.
J. J. Gagnon (son) and wife April reside in Burbank, with Steve and Mary’s grandson, Jack. J. J. played BHS football and Track.
You can view a short video of the Raine kids here:
Steve says that his uncle, Glenn Raine, is on the BHS Memorial Wall as he was killed at the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. He joined the army right out of Burbank High, and was an 82nd Airborne medic in a glider squadron.
Say, are there any other family dynasties at Burbank High? This is a call for all you Class of 1968 graduates — how many of your children also are BHS grads? Please tell us using the “Contact Us” tab above.