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Susie Bateman-Arvin Good Guys

 


susiesdaughter

Mar 24, 2012, 2:04 PM
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My name is Amy Eppley and I am the youngest of 2 daughters of Susie Bateman. It is my sad duty to inform all of her skydiving friends that on January 3, 2012, she left us after a short illness. I feel I already know all of you, between her stories and all of her photos that I have made into a scrapbook to keep her legacy alive. This era of her life was one of her happiest times, thank you all for having such an impact on her life.
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skr  (D 981)

Mar 25, 2012, 1:50 PM
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Thanks Amy.

The first memory that popped into mind
was the almost comical effect she had on
the guys at the dropzone. There were very
few women jumping then.

The guys would be out there doing our best
to be wild and crazy and adventurous, with
more than a dash of uncouth, and when she
would show up you could almost see people
sort of mentally taking a shower and combing
their hair and standing up straighter :-) :-)


And I remember the Fairchild jumps when
Lyle was wanting pictures of people climbing
all over it for the magazine.

People were up on top, and hanging from the
steps underneath and up on the wheels right
behind the prop, and there was Suzie, standing
in the door with a great big smile.


She was a good influence, added a lot of class
to the scene.

Skr


chuckakers  (D 10855)

Mar 26, 2012, 7:55 PM
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My name is Amy Eppley and I am the youngest of 2 daughters of Susie Bateman. It is my sad duty to inform all of her skydiving friends that on January 3, 2012, she left us after a short illness. I feel I already know all of you, between her stories and all of her photos that I have made into a scrapbook to keep her legacy alive. This era of her life was one of her happiest times, thank you all for having such an impact on her life.
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Thank you for sharing your mom with us. The Arvin Good Guys were a very important part of skydiving's history. The cutting edge stuff they were doing paved the way to the modern-day freefall formation work of today.

I'm glad Susie passed along her joy of skydiving to her family. If you ever get an itch, I'm sure there are a lot of skydivers that would love to see that scrapbook or digital scans of it. The folks at the National Skydiving Museum would probably also be interested in seeing some things from it for possible admission to their collection.


ArvinAlP64

Mar 27, 2012, 4:08 PM
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Hi Amy,

I'm so sorry for your loss.

It's difficult each time another good Arvin jumper leaves us. I'll always remember Susie as a bright light that transformed that dusty desert DZ into a special place.

Al Paradowski SCR2


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Apr 14, 2012, 2:13 PM
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http://i397.photobucket.com/...tagg_good_guys_3.jpg

Sparky


richravizza  (A 57101)

Apr 14, 2012, 6:03 PM
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I noticed on on Skydive Taft website
gumpy old farts reunion,on May 26th.


ArvinAlP64

Apr 15, 2012, 8:47 PM
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Thanks for the picture Sparky.

As you know, Tony Lemus took that 1965 shot in Arvin's Pioneer Club. Susie certainly elevated the place to a "Five Star" establishment that evening. She was such a warm and unassuming person. A great loss.

Brian Williams, SCR 008, stands at her right and Bill Newell, SCR 003, is seated at her left. Also looking on are Bob Rhinehart (sitting) and Al Smith. Incidentally, Brian is wearing the pink jumpsuit he used while stunt-doubling Annette Funicello during Bob Buquor's filming of "Beach Blanket Bingo."

Al Paradowski SCR2


susiesdaughter

Jul 12, 2012, 12:19 PM
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Thank you for your reply regarding my mom. I have so many pictures of her skydiving days that I am sure that there are some you have never seen. I filled up one entire scrapbook of nothing but her skydiving pics and modeling pics, luckily she kept everything. As soon as I am able to, I will scan the pics to this forum.
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susiesdaughter

Jul 12, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Thank you so much for your reply, our mom was to say the least, one of a kind. I miss her more than words can say. I was wondering if you recall her parachute malfunction that occured at Lake Elsinore? When she fractured her pelvic bone is 3 spots. I have the newspaper article on that as well.


skr  (D 981)

Jul 12, 2012, 5:56 PM
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> our mom was to say the least, one of a kind.

Most of the people she jumped with were
unique and colorful characters, but yes, she
stood out even in that crowd, and not just
because we were nearly all guys and she
was a really pretty girl :-) :-)

I wasn't there for her malfunction, but now
that you mention it I remember it happening.

I remember her being on the Fairchild jumps
at Oceanside.

I was jumping at Oceanside, Elsinore, Taft,
Arvin, Lancaster and California City, and ran
into her at several places, but I imagine that
I noticed her much more than she noticed me.

People are fading fast. It's good that you have
so many memories of her.

Skr


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Jul 12, 2012, 6:04 PM
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People are fading fast.

So true....so sad.

Sparky



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