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Don Tash (#46872245)
 member for 9 years, 11 months, 25 days
Pam Cairns Palmer
RE: Walter Grover Tash
Is your father buried at Resthaven Park West Cemetery too?

Added by Pam Cairns Palmer on Sep 01, 2016 7:04 AM

Pam Cairns Palmer
RE: Walter Grover Tash
Hey Don, Yes, I received photos about a year ago! Thank you for those! I have a question for you...When was your father's birthday? I have three different sources with three different dates of birth. Jan. 22, 24, 25, 1916.

Added by Pam Cairns Palmer on Sep 01, 2016 6:59 AM

B.J. Waters
Oh, no!
I just went to Steve E's profile page and learned that he is no longer with us. How sad; I know he was a friend of yours. My thoughts are with his family.


Added by B.J. Waters on Aug 27, 2015 8:44 PM

B.J. Waters
How are you?
Hi Don. I haven't heard from you for a long time and I was wondering if you are okay. I haven't come across any race car drivers lately, but I'm always watching for them.

Hope everything is okay with you. I don't see any recent messages sent to you, so I got worried.

Best regards,

Added by B.J. Waters on Aug 27, 2015 8:42 PM

Pam Cairns Palmer
Walter Grover Tash
Hey Don,
I believe you are the son of Walter Grover Tash. He is my 4th cousin 2x removed. I am related through his mother, your grandmother Pearl Castleberry. I would love to have photos of your parents. Please feel free to call me are my numbers: Home (toll free): 1-866-791-9921 and work (toll free) 1-800-289-5569 ext. 0. You can reach me most mornings at home from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and then again in the evening from 3:30 until 11:00 p.m.
God Bless,
Your Cousin...
Pam Palmer

Added by Pam Cairns Palmer on Dec 05, 2013 9:02 PM

Dirt Hero Paula
Speedy Lockwood
Thank you for the posting on Find-A-Grave. I do not want a transfer but I would like, with your permission, to copy his bio to my family tree. Of course you would be noted as the biographer.

Added by Dirt Hero Paula on Apr 11, 2012 8:56 AM

RE: Harold Haberling
You're most welcome, Don. I just transfered Betty Jean Haberling's memorial to you.

Added by BARBARA DIGGES on Feb 07, 2012 9:12 AM

Harold Haberling
Hi Don,
I just posted the photo of Mr. Haberling's gravestone at Greenwood. His wife Betty Jean is buried next to him. I have her photo also and can add it if you create the memorial. Or, if you prefer, I'd be happy to create her memorial, add the photo, and transfer to you.

Added by BARBARA DIGGES on Jan 27, 2012 9:22 PM

Lisa Krebs Epping
Lee Miller
I found the exact spot where Lee Miller is buried and marked it with a cross in the photos but there is no Headstone. Would you like me add the photo or I can email it you so you can decide what you would like to do? Either way is fine with me. Lisa

Added by Lisa Krebs Epping on Jan 10, 2012 3:59 PM

Dottie Whitaker
Duane Bonini

Thank you so much for thinking of including Duane in your book.

The family would be honored for you to do so.

If more information is needed please contact me.

Dottie Whitaker

Added by Dottie Whitaker on May 10, 2011 9:06 AM

Barbara Novobilski - Klein
RE: Lynwood Easley
I was happy to do this for you,

take care,


Added by Barbara Novobilski - Klei... on Mar 05, 2011 9:57 PM

Barbara Novobilski - Klein
Lynwood Easley
Dear Don,

I went to the Chatsworth Cemetery today and took a photo of Lynwood Easley's grave..I added it today to Lynwood's memorial.

Take care,


Added by Barbara Novobilski - Klei... on Feb 03, 2011 3:34 PM

B.J. Waters
RE: Dean and Chester Gardner
That would be great. I can drive okay now, I just have a little trouble. Mostly the pain is when I unexpectedly reach for something or try to lift something too heavy.

I would be fun meeting up and Inglewood. There is a lot of "uncharted territory" to be done so maybe we could pick a spot and get it photographed. I am slowly working my way through one area, and when it rains, I head for the mausoleum and do some in there.

So let me know when the next Legends event is. I think it would be a gas! [racing pun!]

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.


Added by B.J. Waters on Nov 24, 2010 10:59 PM

B.J. Waters
RE: Dean and Chester Gardner
You're welcome, Don. Yes, it is a shame about the condition of some cemeteries. But what is worse is the condition of that whole neighborhood. To think that they don't want people to go into the mausoleums by themselves because someone might "follow you in" is not saying much about what they think of their own neighbors.

If you know of any more drivers buried around here, just send me a message. If you do photo requests, I will probably not claim them in time. We have a couple of volunteers around here that I swear do nothing but monitor their e-mails all day for photo requests. They are always claimed on the same day they are made. Interestingly, the requests at Lincoln are going pretty much ignored. Their office is open on weekdays but is only open from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday, so I rarely get there anymore. Someday I will try to go and just photograph all that I can.

Anyway, stay in touch. I was not able to go to that function you told me about in Perris on October 23rd. I had really wanted to go but I just can't drive much (yet). Thanks for asking about my shoulder. I can't believe how much pain it still gives me, especially when I first wake up in the morning. The surgeon said that is normal. It has been 3 months but sometimes it feels more like 3 weeks!!

So take care and let me know about any other drivers.
Best Regards,

PS - Did you ever see the original version of the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds" ?? I remember there was a scene where they stole J.C. Agajanian's car and the scene was filmed at Ascot. Oh, those were the good ole days. *Sigh*

Added by B.J. Waters on Nov 03, 2010 9:32 PM

B.J. Waters
I meant to say "take care" but I left a word out. Silly me.

Added by B.J. Waters on Oct 29, 2010 11:31 PM

B.J. Waters
Dean and Chester Gardner
Hi Don! I was finally able to get the staff at Angeles Abbey to give me a location for these two race car drivers. It is true that you get more flies with honey... These people are very suspicious! While I was waiting outside the mausoleum for the staffer (Oscar) to show up, I started taking some photos of markers on the ground. As he walked up he said "Did you know that person?" And I said "No. I am a volunteer genealogist. I help people find their relatives' burial places." I was afraid at that point that he would not let me into the mausoleum. He said that "voter registration fraud" was an issue; that people would come and get names and use them... Well I told him that anyone could go on the internet to the SSDI and get not only names but SS numbers. And he said "these people aren't that smart." Anyway I was surprised by his attitude because even though I have heard of other photo volunteers having problems with taking photos, I have never had that problem. Angeles Abbey is in a very bad neighborhood. And now, like I said before, they are charging $10 per name for look-ups. I had the admins add that to the cemetery's bio page so people will know about it. He didn't charge me for looking up the Gardners because I think I was so nice to him, it won him over. The first time I was there, a couple months ago, he had told me they were too busy to look it up. So I called last week and asked if he had looked it up yet. They gave me the location, and I told them I would be there on Friday because I had the day off. Believe me, I had to show much appreciation and be on my very best behavior! There are still 21 photo request for there, but I am not going back. The mausoleums are kept locked and they escort you to the crypt. You are not left alone in there. Oscar said it was because of vandals, and that "someone might follow you in here if you are alone." Anyway, it was just too much trouble. I was glad to do it for you, but I won't be doing it for anyone else! You take now, okay?
Best Regards,

PS - There is a Rozella Jane Gardner in the crypt next to Dean. I think she was their mother due to the inscription. I created a memorial and added photos. Hers came out rather dark, but it was the best I could do with staff breathing down my neck.

Added by B.J. Waters on Oct 29, 2010 11:27 PM

Dottie Whitaker
RE: Duane
We will try to get tose posted or get them to you to post. ASAP


Added by Dottie Whitaker on Sep 26, 2010 2:07 PM

B.J. Waters
The Gardners (Angeles Abbey)
Hi again! Well, I went there yesterday and was floored when I was told there would be a $10 charge per name after the first one! I had planned on doing 5. I may have talked the guy into doing it for free, but I have to wait a few days for them to do it (I doubt their records are on computer). I go back to work on Friday so if they can't provide it to me before then, it is doubtful I will be able to do it. I'll let you know what happens.

Added by B.J. Waters on Sep 21, 2010 1:34 PM

B.J. Waters
Drivers buried at Angeles Abbey
Hi Don. I noticed you do have a couple of drivers that are buried at Angeles Abbey. I mentioned that one in my last message; their office is closed on weekends. I won't claim them for now, because I'm not sure when I can do it, but I'll try to get out there on a weekday after I am able to drive again. The buses are kinda "iffy" going that way.

Take Care,

Added by B.J. Waters on Aug 22, 2010 9:56 PM

B.J. Waters
RE: Shoulder
Yes I was told it could take 3 to 6 months to get back to normal. The physical therapist said I should be able to go cycling again in about 3 months.

In the South Bay we also have Roosevelt Memorial Park, Pacific Crest, and Green Hills. There are others that aren't too far away, but if their offices aren't open on Saturday, I can't get grave locations. One of them is Angeles Abbey (Compton). I've only been there once, on a weekday, and they were helpful, but I usually am working on weekdays. Also, I can go to Lincoln Memorial Park (Compton). Then there is Woodlawn (Compton) but getting locations can be a challenge.

Inglewood is, of course, the biggest, with over 300,000 burials!

Let me know if I can be of further assistance, and take care.

Added by B.J. Waters on Aug 20, 2010 1:43 PM

B.J. Waters
RE: FAG Friend
Hi Don! That's fine with me. I will add you to my friends as well. I noticed it makes it a lot easier to send someone a message if you don't have to scroll through all of your previous messages! Let me know if there are other racer's graves that I may be able to find for you. I won't be driving until the 2nd week of September because I had shoulder surgery, but after that I'll be back to my usual self.
Best Regards,

Added by B.J. Waters on Aug 19, 2010 8:39 PM

Dottie Whitaker
RE: Duane Bonini
Hi, Don,

Thanks for getting back to me and especially for changing Duane's Bio to include his wife son and grandsons.

We all attended the Calistoga race on Labor day weekend for many years, it was a Duane Bonini Memorial series. But we have all stopped attending for the last couple years.

Duane Jr. raced at several of the events as he raced sprint cars. He raced in Knoxville, IA. several times. Duane Jr, gave up sprint car racing after starting his family.

We will get a picture of Duane to you as soon as we can to post it on his memorial page.

Again this is such a great thing you are doing. I remember a few of these drivers, such as Dick Atkins. He also left behind a wife and family. You do help keep their memory alive.

Dottie Whitaker

Added by Dottie Whitaker on Jul 29, 2010 7:20 PM

B.J. Waters
RE: Legends of Ascot
Don, thank you so much for letting me know about this. I will put it on my calendar and hopefully I can make it.

Added by B.J. Waters on Jul 28, 2010 12:39 AM

Dottie Whitaker
Duane J. Bonini
Duane's family wants to thank you for doing this wonderful memorial. It was found by his daughter in law Wendie Bonini.

Duane was 22 years old when he died in his race car and had a GREAT future ahead of him in racing. Duane was married to Donna Bonini and they had one son Duane J. Bonini Jr. Duane Jr. now has 2 boys Duane J. Bonini III , and Damon Bonini.

This is a wonderful tribute to Duane and all the others drivers you have remembered.

I am Duane's sister in law.

Thank you,

Added by Dottie Whitaker on Jul 23, 2010 4:49 PM

B.J. Waters
RE: Jimmie Sharp
You're welcome, Don, and I appreciate your kind words.

Added by B.J. Waters on Jul 18, 2010 9:38 AM


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