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OBITUARIES - March 2021
March 1, 2021
Vern Enriquez, 73, of Clovis, Calif., died on Feb. 15.
Enriquez was a long-time member of SSUSA, managing NOR-CAL STIXX 70s, we well as the 65s, 60s, and 55s teams.
Enriquez led his NOR-CAL STIXX 70s Major team to the exclusive Triple Grand Slam title in 2019 - winning the Western National Championships, the U.S. National Championship Game and the World Championships.
“It's a sad day,” said George Garcia, who played on the NOR-CAL STIXX 70s team in 2019 and 2018. “I played for Vern the last two years and the most fun I had playing softball was under him. Vern was a very good manager, as well as a very good friend. My wife and I talked about Vern often. He was just a good and kind human being. He was like family and will be missed.”
“I am so grateful to have known Vern,” said Johnny Melvin, a long-time member of NOR-CAL STIXX, playing on the 60s, 65, and 70s teams. “I am heartbroken to hear of his loss. And my sincere condolences to the Enriquez‘s family. Vern was not only a good coach, but a kind and generous man. Thank you for all of our softball memories. Rest in peace old friend.”
John C. Miller
John Miller, 72, of Huntington Beach, CA, died on Feb. 27 from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
In SSUSA, Miller was a member of Mustangs (formerly OC-Mustangs) for over two decades, playing on the 50s, 55s, 60s, 65s, and 70s teams.
Miller last played in the 2019 SSUSA Winter World Championships (2020 roster event).
A throat cancer survivor, Miller received overwhelming love and support from many in the Senior Softball community, and was able to recover and return to play more years of the game he loved.
“John was a Mustang for life,” said Ernie Stucki, manager of the Mustangs. “He and I played together for 20 years on a friends and family team in our youth. John started playing with the Mustangs in 2000 and was our all-time Home Run King. He was also the first to always include all the members of the Mustangs Family in conversations by calling them Muck Chicks and Muck Dogs. He was always the most supportive of anyone in need and always reached out to help. He was a Vietnam Veteran and had a special place in his heart for other Vets and Vietnam Veterans Radio. I witnessed him handing a homeless Vet $100 when $5 would have made that man's day.”
“John was also a highly respected business man in auto refrigeration,” continued Stucki. “The Air Shop in Santa Ana was always full of custom hot rods, movie cars, and other specialty cars from around the country. He leaves a large legacy and very big shoes to fill as well as a giant hole in our hearts. Rest in Peace my Brother.”
On Jan. 10, the Mustang Family gathered at Miller’s house for a "walk by” visit. Miller was able to come outside and greet many loved ones. Those who couldn't attend sent photos, which were added to the poster showing their love for John (see photo below).