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Robert L. McIntyre passed away Jan. 14, 2020, in Eagle Point, Ore. He is survived by wife Marcia; sons, Patrick L. and Michael L.; brothers, Donald Leu and John McIntyre; granddaughter Amanda Ensworth Himes and great-grandson Kieran. He is predeceased by his sister, Paulanne McIntyre.

Bob was born in Omaha, Neb., to Sally and Paul McIntyre. He attended North High School where he excelled in track and football and was recognized as an All-American lineman. Bob received a scholarship to the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) and played on the freshman team for one year before joining International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 22 as a journeyman electrician.

Later Bob co-founded the Li’l Vikes Athletic Association where he loved coaching kids. His greatest memories were playing and coaching football.

Bob joined the Kiewit Companies as an electrical superintendent and eventually started his own company in Alameda called Pacific Coast Electric. He retired in 2001 in Alameda where he was involved in the boating community and the Aeolian Yacht Club. Bob’s wife Marcia worked as a Realtor at Harbor Bay Realty for 20 years.

In 2005 Bob and Marcia moved to Eagle Point where they enjoyed retirement in the community surrounded by mountains and lakes.

Steven Sylvester Sparrow was born in Oakland to Frazier Sparrow, Sr. and Mary Agnes English Sparrow. Steven was the youngest child and the apple of his mother’s eye. He was affectionately called Stevie by family and friends. He professed his faith in Christ, uniting with the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Alameda under the late Dr. Herbert Guice, Pastor, and was baptized at an early age.

He attended Encinal High School and graduated in 1978. After graduating, Stevie began working at Encinal as a custodian. Stevie had a take-charge attitude, the other custodians thought Stevie was their supervisor. He had a special chair at the head of the table, keys and radio; always giving them orders on what their assignment was for the day.

He was the “Unofficial Head Coach” for several sports teams. In his role as Unofficial Head Coach he would have a meeting with the football coaches, giving them encouragement and input before each game. They considered Stevie the No. 1 Jet! He truly loved Encinal and gifted Encinal shirts to family members who graduated, so they, too, could represent his school.  
Stevie was a member of the Encinal High Boosters that met for breakfast the first Tuesday of every month. The club was for former athletes and donors; however, Stevie was right there playing a major part.

Stevie was known throughout Alameda and was affectionately called “The Mayor of Alameda.”  Stevie met no strangers and had photographic memory when it came to the telephone numbers of family and friends. He had many titles, because he was so important to many people. His family title was “Town Cryer;” Stevie made sure he stayed in contact with each family member and was the first to provide them with family updates.

Stevie loved camping, fishing, wrestling, eating and just hanging out in Alameda. He really had a special love for sports and would call family and friends to let them know the game was on; even if the person didn’t like the sport.

He was preceded in death by his father (Frazier Sparrow, Sr.) and brother (Frazier Sparrow, Jr.).

On Jan. 10, 2020, Stevie departed this life surrounded by loved ones. He will always be remembered for his unconditional love for his family, friends and Encinal High School.  Stevie leaves to cherish his precious memory his loving mother, Mary Agnes Sparrow; sister, Pamela A. Sparrow Lewis; nieces, Glennisha S. White, Glennielle S. White, Vernicia T. Anderson; nephew, Kenneth G. Aubrey; and a host of other family and friends.

A public viewing and funeral service were held at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland earlier this week.

Former Alamedan and prolific author Donne Karstens transitioned suddenly on Jan. 3, at his home in Mountain View, Hawaii.

Writing almost non-stop since November 2015, Karstens penned  more than 40 books and short stories in the spirituality and gay romance genres under the pseudonyms J.T. Evergreen and Frederick Karstens.

Prior to writing, he was an accomplished artist, weaver, photographer, baker and renowned teacher of Infinite Way mysticism.

Karstens was born in Arlington, Ill., on May 1, 1939. After serving  in the U.S. Navy, he lived all over the  country, including  stints in Alameda and San Francisco, where he worked as a graphic artist and data processor.

He was a true genius with a mischievous sense of humor and a keen moral code honed from his deep understanding of eastern and Christian mysticism. He proudly called his spiritual belief system “No BS spirituality,” where there is no room for God and the ego.

Karstens leaves hundreds of readers and friends worldwide, including supporters of presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. His entire body of work is available on Amazon and Smashword.
He adored the Alameda Sun. Please subscribe in his memory.

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