Covina High School Class of 1968


Richard Eide

Every ten years I get this chance to sit and reflect upon what has happened in my life. Strange what a class reunion will do for you. Over the last ten years, I have finished my degree at Cal State Fullerton (just a 17 year gap between my Junior and Senior year). It was great being old enough to tell the instructors that they were not quite on the mark (more than one professor got the old "That's Bull" from the oldest student in the class). My wife of 29 years, Bonnie, completed the RN program at Mt. SAC and then finished up at CSUF getting a B.S. in nursing. She works at Queen of the Valley in West Covina as a Neonatal intensive care nurse. Unfortunately, we have parted ways, divorcing in 2004 after 29 years of marriage. Our five offspring have spread their wings. The oldest, Ryan, is married and living in Augusta, Georgia, with two beautiful daughters and a wonderful wife. He completed 8 years in the Marines performing in the Commandants own Drum and Bugle Corp. Our youngest is living with me and completing his senior year at Diamond Bar High School.

So, what have I been doing? Well, I'm still working at Hughes/Raytheon as a Product Assurance Manager. I have been fortunate to work on some spectacular projects which have taken me to Iceland, Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and even Hawaii. Because of my business travel, I was able to use my frequent flyer miles to take the whole family to Hawaii, twice.

I've been very active in my church, traveling to Mexico to support an orphanage and other missionary work. I draw great joy from the friendship, fellowship, and blessings that I receive through my beliefs.

The most recent event in my life was finding out that my youngest son wanted to be a motor head. We took on a project together (his ideas, my wallet) and have fixed up a 1973 Chevy Nova Super Sport. This car was sold by Clippinger Chevrolet in 1973 (I have the original window sticker) and has never left the valley. We are about 90% done and have taken it to a couple of car shows.

I still live in Diamond Bar and will probably stay here until I retire. Then, I plan to find a quieter, less crowded environment to get wild and crazy as a senior citizen.