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El Campo High School - Class of '69
Class Of 1969

Welcome to the El Campo High Class Of 1969 web site. I hope this site gives everyone a chance to connect with someone with whom they have lost contact.

** NEW ** We are also on Facebook.  Once registered on you can connect to Facebook by selecting "Class Connection" under Member Functions.


Sandy Mader, wife of classmate Charles Mader, passed away January 30, 2020.  Condolences to Charles and the Family of Sandy.  Correspondence may be sent to Charles and the Family at 15109 Aquarius, Corpus Christi, TX.   78418-6904.

link to obituary is:  


September 09, 1952 - January 30, 2020


On January 30, 2020 the world lost a memorable, dynamic, and special individual who touched many lives.  Sandy Mader passed away in her home due to a terminal cancer illness.  She handled this illness with the same energy that she lived life, full-out and with a fearless commitment to be present for her family, friends and clients. Sandy exuded an immeasurable strength, determination, brilliance and courage in every endeavor she tackled. She leaves not only her family and friends but hundreds of individuals who learned to communicate and participate in life due to her determination as their Speech Therapist/Mentor.

Sandy was born on August 9, 1952 in Arkansas to Howard and Dixie Harmon. Her childhood years were spent in Hornersville, Elsberry, and Herculaneum, Missouri.  She graduated from the University of Missouri, with a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology.  Sandy has always credited her brother Eric, who was diagnosed with Autism, as her motivation for her life-long career. She was an early champion, supporter, and expert in the field of communication for individuals with Autism. Sandy moved to Corpus Christi in 1975, where she was employed as a speech pathologist for Corpus Christi Independent School District. In 1982 Sandy developed the first Speech Therapy Department at Ada Wilson Rehabilitation Hospital also serving Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Her dynamic life, expertise and energy grew the Speech Therapy Department to include service to the NICU and expertise in Feeding Therapy. In 1992 Sandy founded Pediatric Therapy Associates with her Physical and Occupational therapy business partners and managed her Speech therapy practice until recently. Sandy presented scores of seminars and workshops on Feeding Therapy, Communication with Autism and Oral Motor Development to professional colleagues and parents.

While her legacy is her service to infants/children and youth of the Coastal Bend, Sandy also loved life, particularly a beautiful sunset. With her husband of 28 adventurous years, she was an avid boater, fisherwoman and gardener. She cherished and adored her grandchildren and family and was well known for her incredible memory, story-telling, love of bling and laughter. 

Sandy is survived by her husband, Charlie Mader and daughters Carey (Gary) Gaukler, Mandy (Richard) Pryor, and grandchildren, Anna Gaukler and Samantha and Benjamin Pryor, her sister Lisa Minnihan, nephew Shaun Minnihan, brother Eric Harmon, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held February 15 at 6906 Sir Gawain from 2-5:00. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice or Kiwanis Club of Padre Island. Condolences may be offered online at .

Jimmy Bard, brother of Classmate Timmy Bard, passed away January 24.  A obituary to paste & copy wasn't available so I transcribed this from the EC Leader-News.  Sorry for any typos.


Jimmy Hilton Bard, 65, of El Campo, passed away suddenly on January 24, 2020 due to complications from flu and pneumonia.  He was born in El Campo on August 25, 1954 to Thornton Warren Luther Bard and Leaner Estelle Wilson Brad.

He was a 1972 graduate of El Campo High School and was working on his AA degree in drafting at Wharton County Junior College.  Upon graduating he worked in Houston doing computer work involving coding.   Jimmy had an inherited love of mechanic work, which he learned from his father Thornton, and then passed along to his son J.T.  So, when a job opened up in El Campo with Halliburton, he moved home to take it, and there he worked as a mechanic, truck driver, and later as a dispatcher for around 15 years.  He was very proud of receiving the "Three Million Mile Safe Driving" award from Halliburton.  Jimmy also raised and sold livestock on the 60-acre ranch where he raised his family.  Then, around 1987 he purchased the Quonset hut building on East Jackson St. in El Campo and ran his own mechanic shop/flea market names Jackson Street Motors where he sold cars, worked as a mechanic and restored classic cars, especially Ford Mustangs which were his favorite.  Until the day he went in to the hospital, he was still working on his old Ford truck.

Jimmy loved his children dearly, and as a single parenthe always worked hard.  He enjoyed spending time with his wife, Mary Ann, and brother Tim, as well as his beloved cat, Smokey.  He was always a caring and kind person and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Jimmy is survied by his wife, Mary Ann Vineyard; daughter Crystal Bacak and husband Brad; son Jackson Thornton Bard, all of El Campo; brothers,  Timothy Bard of El Campo and Douglas Bard and wife Mary of Donna; grandchildren, Amber Thurmond, Zane Thurmond, Brooke Bacak, Brett Bacak, Makayla Bard, Paige Bard and great-granddaughgter, Bristol Hranicky, all of El Campo; and nephew, Steven Bard and wife Alma of Wichita Falls.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Thornton Bard and mother, Estelle Wilson Bard.

A celebration of life ceremony/memorial service will begin at 10 AM on Saturday February 8 at First Luthern Church, 304 Oscar St. in El Campo with Pastor Grier officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jimmy can be made to First Lutheran Church.

The Class of 69 gave two $500 scholarships for the end of the 2018-2019 class year.  These were awarded to:

  • Jose Martinez
  • Keiondra Caesar 

I will try to get more information included for these reipients such as parents and intended schools and studies. 

A luncheon was held January 23, 2019 at El Campo Seafood & Grill. Click on "Class Photos" on left hand panel.   You can then view photos of the luncheon or other event photos posted.

Hello All - The photos from the reunion held September 23, 2017 are now available to view.  Go to "Class Photos" in the left hand panel.  When you click n that link a new page will open with different galleries to view.  Click the gallery you wish to view.  Click on the first photo and a slide show will open with the photo changing every 12 seconds.  If anyone has additional photos to share send them to me at and I can add them to the gallery.  Be sure and send them "full size".  Thanks.

Chris Wendel