David Arken

Profile Updated: June 1, 2018
Residing In: San Jose, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Katie
Occupation: Retired Engineering Manager
Children: Mollie (11-8-78) and James (3-8-82)
Grand Kids Mollie - Katelynn 4-25 2007 and Elezabeth 12-31-2009: More…James - Zachary 12-6-2009
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Left "A" the day after graduation and have been in San Jose Ca for all but a few years hear and there, Cal Poly Grad Mechanical Engineering 1970 and came right back here to SJ to live and love.
Have been with Katie for 45 blissful years, married for 41, 2 kids Mollie the CPA with 2 girls, James the Civil Engr with 1 son, they all live with in 100 yards of me, they say it's to keep me under control.
Worked in computer disk drive business for 36 years, mostly in management of Equipment Engineering and various other management roles, retired 3 times and made it stick in June 2006. Spent my last 6 working years traveling in Asia working with disk manufactures, I'm one of those million mile guys. Spent 9-11 in Penang Malaysia, had quite an experience getting home.
Have enjoyed life since leaving HHS, great loving family. Enjoy fishing, hiking, walking and my long time love car racing. Still build and drive a single seat road race car, coach drivers, teach high speed competition driving. We have season ticket to the SJ Sharks and the SJ Rep and belong to several of the San F arts programs. We love road trips and spent 2 weeks around my 65th around Zion and Brice, doing 3 weeks in July (2013) into Canada around Banff.
Like to judge grade school science fair because they always teach me so much.
Still keep up sorta with Linda Peterson Chapman, Jack Groves, David Roberts and Norman Ely.
Went through the big "C" and I'm 5 years into the 5. Every day I wake up is a bonus day and I do my best to enjoy it. I'm a vegetarian, 2 days a week, walk 3-4 miles a day.
I have an actual e-mail address arkend@sbcglobal.net
Books enjoyed recently:Art of Racing in the Rain (it is not about racing):Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption biography of Louis Silvie Zamperini an Olympic runner’s and his story of survival in WWII as a prisoner of war in Japan; Steven Jobs biography: Michael Moore, Here Comes Trouble
Play enjoyed recently:Monty Python in search of the Holy Grail
Musical treats: Rosanne Cash in Santa Cruz; Musical theater; Million Dollar Quartet

School Story:

Hated high school, it was the worst time of my life and it has all been great since then. There were fun times for sure and friendships and memories and I'm looking forward to seeing people again. I'm sure there was no better high school in Albuquerque and I'm proud to be a grad.
My shop teacher at Wilson Jr, Mr Wayne Trump stood watch over me and made me learn trades I could use to make a living; he went on to HHS when we did and he kept looking after me and made sure I did not drop out. The trades he taught me put me through collage he was the person I called when I graduated from Cal Poly and when I get to "A" I call him to say thanks. A real teacher can change a life, he changed mine and I'll always be grateful.

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Oct 24, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Happy birthday Bill, hope life has been good to you.

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Oct 24, 2020 at 9:24 AM

Happy birthday Nancy and how about filling in some personal details.

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Oct 15, 2020 at 11:34 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jennifer, we are fortunate to have our kids and grandkids near by as well. if there is one thing that never ever entered my mind in high school or could I have even given so much as a nano second of thought to it would have been having kids and grands kids and actually wanting to have them around. What a difference a life time makes.

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Oct 15, 2020 at 11:31 AM

HAPPY HAPPY Birthday Judy!

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Oct 13, 2020 at 11:27 AM

Happy Birthday Larry, and thank you for your service. My draft notice came the day we graduated from HHS and I spent the next 5 years years in engineering school fighting to stay in school and out of the Army, IF I had seen and been on a aircraft carrier it is likely I would have enlisted in the Navy if they could guaranteed me that assignment. I love equipment and machinery (Race Cars) and the first time I visited a carrier they had to drag me off at closing time, the thought of working on them and keeping it working just excites me. Hope your service was a good experience.

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Oct 12, 2020 at 10:15 AM

Dear David there are so many birthdays in October but yours is one not to forget. You send many kind wishes to the class. Have a wonderful birthday and may your wishes all come true. Take good care.

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Oct 06, 2020 at 9:54 AM

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Hope you had a great birthday Roberta!

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Posted on: Oct 06, 2020 at 7:36 AM

Happy birthday Larry and thanks for your service hope you have a great day with friends and family.

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Posted on: Oct 06, 2020 at 7:35 AM

Happy birthday Stephanie, hope you get to Spend the day enjoying your family and friends.

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Cathy hope you have a great birthday and enjoy every minute.

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Hope you have a great Birthday!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY George! Wishing you many more.

David Arken has left an In Memory comment for Margie Fogleman Perry.
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Sep 18, 2020 at 4:16 PM

Margie is the first person I remember that is not my family. When we moved to Albuquerque, we moved into a rental house next door to her family I was in the third grade she was second, somewhere around 7th grade she caught up to me when I had to do that one twice, lol. We moved before my 4th grade but I always remembered her as a fun playmate. We did not get beyond acquaintances in HHS, I only remember her as a nice person, someone who always said hello.

I’m sorry she is gone and sure she will be missed by her friends and family.

 

 

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Sep 14, 2020 at 12:09 PM

Hope you had a great birthday!

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Sep 14, 2020 at 11:42 AM

Happy Birthday and thanks for the Meals on Wheels work!

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Sep 04, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Posted on: Sep 03, 2020 at 7:38 PM

Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Sep 03, 2020 at 7:36 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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Posted on: Aug 30, 2020 at 10:12 AM

Happy birthday!

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Aug 22, 2020 at 9:24 AM

Happy birthday!

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