Dale Cramton

Dale Cramton obit

November 15, 1953 – October 24, 1991

Dale Allen Cramton grew up in Jackson and graduated from Parkside High School.  As a first-year college student, he was founder of the Gay Liberation Front at Central Michigan University in September 1971.  Cramton later moved to Los Angeles where he made a life for himself as an artist.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 37.

Jackson Citizen-Patriot, October 26, 1991

Terry Romatz

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December 5, 1949 – October 27, 2004

Born in Mount Clemens, Terrance Jacob “Terry” Romatz of Fraser graduated with the class of 1968 from Fraser High School.  He later worked at Sears and was self-employed cleaning houses.  Romatz was also a longtime Metra magazine employee who organized the Metra Picnic and delivered the publication at bar throughout Metro Detroit.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 54.

OutPost, November 10, 2004

Between The Lines, November 11, 2004

Faulmann & Walsh Golden Rule Funeral Home

Allen Wallace

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September 20. 1953 – December 12, 1992

Detroit native Allen Wallace majored in art history at Wayne State University and led protests in the 1970s to save the MacKenzie House, an effort that gave birth to Preservation Wayne.  Wallace later worked with the Martha Graham Center in New York and as a publicity agent in Los Angeles, where he resided with his companion Michael Lombardo.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 39.

Detroit Free Press, December 17, 1992

WSU Alumni News, Winter 1993

Jim Martin

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April 5, 1944 – December 10, 1985

Born in Elmhurst, Illinois, James Martin earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois before earning his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1969.  After a year clerking for a federal appeals judge, Martin joined the UM Law School and had a distinguished 15-year career there while living a discreet gay life in Ann Arbor.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.

Ann Arbor News, December 22, 1985

Eric Jordan

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June 20, 1965 – June 18, 1995

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Eric Leroy Jordan moved to Detroit following high school and became active in Men of Color, Full Truth Fellowship Church, and the James Baldwin/Pat Parker Society.  From 1993 to 1995, Jordan was employed as a case worker for the AIDS Consortium of Southeastern Michigan.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 29, two days shy of his 30th birthday.

Between The Lines, July 1995

David Betley

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February 25, 1951 – October 7, 1996

Redford resident David Ross Betley grew up in Beverly Hills and graduated in 1969 from Groves High School in Birmingham.  Betley was employed as an assistant manager with Budget Rent-A-Car and, together with his companion Brian Carmody, belonged to the Motor City Organ Society.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45.

Cruise, October 16, 1996

Danny Lightcap

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April 3, 1962 – October 19, 1989

Daniel Patrick “Danny” Lightcap was born in Pontiac and was active in the drama club at Pontiac Northern High School, where he graduated with the class of 1980.  Lightcap worked a waiter at the Woodward Lounge in Detroit and at the time of his passing was pursuing a B.A. in creative writing at Wayne State.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Cruise, October 25, 1989

Sandino Ciccarelli

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March 18, 1943 – August 16, 1990

Born in Dearborn and a graduate of Fordson High School, Sandino “Sandy” Ciccarelli established Sandino’s Flowers in Redford with business partner Ron Huddleston in the mid-1960s.  Together with Keith Foster, Ciccarelli opened the Timesquare dance club in downtown Detroit in 1989.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 47.

Cruise. August 22, 1990

Ten Percent, September 1990

Stephen Korzetz

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July 15, 1968 – February 4, 1996

AIDS activist Steven Martin Korzetz graduated from Anderson High School in Southgate.  He went on to earn a Bachelor’s in business from Wayne State University and later worked in the hotel industry in Dearborn.  Given six months to live in 1992, Korzetz left his job and traveled to more than 40 countries.  He became involved in Wellness Networks as well.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 27.

Detroit Free Press, February 7, 1995

Stephen Korzetz Papers at the Bentley Historical Library

William Thompson

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March 27, 1938 – September 21, 1994

Native Detroiter William John Thompson served in the Army, earned a Master’s from Wayne State, taught public school, and worked in advertising.  He was active in multiple organizations, including ASP, MOHR, Dignity, BWMT, and MAPP.  Thompson was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Detroit area Pride Banquet in 1993.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 56.

Between The Lines, November 1994

Cruise, November 9, 1994