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Velva Baker
B: 1925-10-07
D: 2017-08-18
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Baker, Velva
Antonio Clavell
B: 1972-01-26
D: 2017-08-17
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Clavell, Antonio
Byron Andrews
B: 1937-06-23
D: 2017-08-14
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Andrews, Byron
Bryan Stroud
B: 1967-04-02
D: 2017-08-14
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Stroud, Bryan
Jennifer Boda
B: 1983-06-18
D: 2017-08-12
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Boda, Jennifer
Jeanne McMahon
B: 1921-06-29
D: 2017-08-11
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McMahon, Jeanne
Ava Mae Smith
B: 1918-11-17
D: 2017-08-07
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Smith, Ava Mae
Robert Bevins
B: 1948-03-03
D: 2017-08-06
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Bevins, Robert
John Williams
B: 1953-12-09
D: 2017-08-05
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Williams, John
Jacob Guzman-Hernandez
B: 1982-02-03
D: 2017-08-01
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Guzman-Hernandez, Jacob
Ioannis Kretsos
B: 1950-08-12
D: 2017-07-28
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Eva Landry
B: 1926-10-16
D: 2017-07-28
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Landry, Eva
Naeda Robinson
B: 1928-08-20
D: 2017-07-26
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Baron Avis
B: 1961-11-19
D: 2017-07-26
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Masako Talley
B: 1925-08-12
D: 2017-07-23
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Talley, Masako
Maci Mincks
B: 1989-07-31
D: 2017-07-23
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Mincks, Maci
Robin Sweigard
B: 1960-11-08
D: 2017-07-23
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Sweigard, Robin
Cathleen Shaklee
B: 1955-07-02
D: 2017-07-16
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Michael McNierney
B: 1946-12-05
D: 2017-07-15
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McNierney, Michael
Donna Martinez
D: 2017-07-15
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Martinez, Donna
Codie McCauley
B: 1985-01-21
D: 2017-07-13
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McCauley, Codie

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Condolence From: Scott B Peterson
Condolence: Gene Starkey Sensei taught integrity, patience, and self-discipline in a gentle way that enabled his students to learn the way of the sword. We called him “Sir” and meant it. He never pressured, always encouraged, and led the way, even as he aged. His passion for the martial arts centered on sharing his experience and creating opportunities for his students. He turned no one away; he assumed everyone could learn and be great if they practiced sincerely and stayed with him.

Gene produced dozens of videos of his students practicing sword work in the open spaces around Boulder. He loved filming our kata in open fields as sunlight filtered through the trees, and choreographed sparring drills for us to perform beside the roaring waters of Left Hand Canyon. Not only did he document our improvement over the years, he captured our performances with Taiko drummers and live demonstrations at the Boulder Creek festival, showing just how visible and popular his sword school was within the community.

Being one of the best teachers he did not boast; praise flowed from him generously and he kept his criticisms to himself. He knew we could never repay him so he went all out, presenting us gifts of engraved wooden swords with our names on them when we tested for higher belts. Gene was friendly and unassuming, fearlessly offering to teach everything he knew and expecting little but respect and loyalty in return. This is how I got to know him, and this is why I will never forget the lessons he so generously allowed me to learn in his presence.

Scott B Peterson
Thursday March 23, 2017
Condolence From: Carla Main
Condolence: I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Please accept my condolences and may my prayers help comfort you.
Wednesday March 22, 2017
Condolence From: Rob Chang
Condolence: Dear Gene,

We met in 2001 at a martial art tournament in Las Vegas. You had fascination with Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship. You soon began traveling to California to train in the ancient art of Samurai Swordsmanship. Your would achieve a the level of Master Teacher far faster then any student I previously worked with.

Additionally, you earned a Sandan black belt in Shotokan Karate, and Master level in Kubudo (the Japanese weapons art consisting of Sai, Tonfa, Nunchucka, Bo, and Kama).

We transcended the relationship of instructor/student. I am proud to call you my life long friend. You like me understood that as an instructor of the martial arts (we are simple caretakers of knowledge; responsible for shepherding others to black belt mastery)

On your favorite katana is inscripted in Japanese "I belong to the warrior, in who the old ways have joined the new." It is the truth of whom you are. And it stands as a statement of a life well lived.

God speed my friend, for we shell meet again soon.

Your friend,

Rob
Sunday March 19, 2017
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