Passing of Ray Hogland

It is with tremendous sadness that we report the passing of Ray Hogland this afternoon (June 15) in Sparks, Nevada, following a long fight against the effects of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Army; a retired heavy equipment operator with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; a past director of the California Firemen’s Muster Association; and a member of the CDF-Mendocino Muster Team; a member of That Dam Engine Company Muster Team; and a good friend to all whom he met. A celebration of life for Ray’s friends and family is tentatively planned in August, details to be announced later.

A private family funeral service is being scheduled.


Passing of Billy (Gene) Hickman

It is with great sorrow that the Tulare Unit advises you of the passing of Retired Division Chief Gene Hickman. Gene passed on June 10, 2018 at the age of 82.

Services will be held on July 6, 2018 at 9 am at

Salser and Dillard
127 E Caldwell Ave.
Visalia, CA 93277

Family requests that any flowers be sent to the funeral home just prior to the services.


Passing of Blaine Moore

Blaine Moore, retired Sonoma Ranger Unit Battalion Chief, passed away May 7th.

Blaine retired in 1993 and was the long time BC in charge of the Sonoma Air Attack Base. He was a statewide legend in the CDF air operations program.

No services are planned at his request; however, condolences may be sent to his wife Merrill at 460 Pheasant Lane, Santa Rosa, 95403.

Jimmy Barnes did a really nice write up on the Associated Aerial Firefighters Facebook page


Passing of Retired FC Chuck Garton




Subject: Passing of Retired FC Chuck Garton

I am saddened to report the passing of Retired Fresno – Kings Fire Captain Chuck Garton at the age of 74. Captain Garton was born June 27, 1943, and passed away on April 28, 2018, with all his family with him. He spent 37 years working in both the Fresno – Kings, and Tulare Units of CAL FIRE. In FKU he worked in the ECC, Schedule A and Prevention and Retired from Miramonte Camp in 2000. Chuck was also an Army veteran and served in the 82nd Airborne.




The date for a Celebration of Life is 1:00, May 20th at Dunlap Community Club.



Cards can be mailed to:

Wendy Garton

48910 Dunlap Road

Miramonte, CA 93641


Additional information will be made available later.


Passing of Charles Garton

Charles Marion Garton, age 74, of Miramonte, California entered into rest on Friday April 27, 2018. Charles was born June 27, 1943 in Turlock, California.


He spent 37 years working in both the Fresno – Kings  and Tulare Units of CAL FIRE. In FKU he worked in the ECC, Schedule A and Prevention and Retired from Miramonte Camp in 2000. Chuck was also an Army veteran and served in the 82nd Airborne.


Charles is survived by his wife, Wendy Garton.


Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Garton family.


Passing of Joseph Clark

Joseph Lee Clark died March 31, 2018, in Paso Robles, California. Joe was the second of two children born to Harlan and Doris (Mayer) (Clark) Shaffer, August 29, 1949, in Redding, California. Joe was active in Boy Scouts. As an adult, he was a member of the Red Bluff Elks Lodge, the Lions Club of Lockwood, and the Knights of Columbus of Paso Robles. At the age of 16, Joe became a seasonal firefighter for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. After Red Bluff High School graduation in 1967, Joe attended Shasta Jr. College, and obtained the Degree of Associate in Arts in Machine Shop. Soon thereafter, as his draft number was 60, he marched into the U.S. Army Recruiter’s office and asked, “Got anything besides walking?” He served 17 months for the Army, stationed in Long Binh, Vietnam as a Flying Crew Chief in the 120th Assault Helicopter Company with the Razorbacks. Upon an Honorable Discharge, he worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Northern California. In 1973, when an opening became available at the California Department of Forestry, he was employed as a Fire Apparatus Engineer. In 1986, Joe made the rank of Fire Captain and was stationed at Gabilan Camp in Monterey County. For the last fourteen years of his service with CDF, he was stationed at San Luis Obispo’s Cuesta Conservation Camp, retiring in 2002. After his retirement, personnel of SLO Camp asked Joe to return. He worked as a Clerk from 2005-08 as a retired annuitant (as Joe always said, a “retired irritant”). To add to his working resume, he was employed part-time at Orchard Supply Hardware for 11 years. Joe’s love of family made him a rock solid individual all of us could depend on. Joe also provided security for local Templeton football games and drove the cheerleaders to all the away games, which gave him joy. Despite all the hard work he put in to life, from courage under fire in Vietnam to the blazing fires of mother nature’s wrath, he maintained the highest level of composure. Some of his most heroic acts did not come with a medal but left us with indelible memories. Once in a while Joe did what we call “tractor therapy;” move dirt and dig tree holes for community, family, and friends’ projects – his favorite, to plow the fields with a grandkid or two in his lap. Joseph is survived by his wife, Laura, of Paso Robles; mother, Doris Shaffer (Phillip, husband deceased), of Templeton; sons and spouses: Theodore of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Christopher and Jennifer of Atascadero, Benjamin and Lisa of Yucca Valley; daughter, Allison with companion, Nolan Gustafson, of Paso Robles; and two grandchildren: Jayce and Sienna. He was predeceased by his father, Harlan; and brother, Michael. A viewing will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018, with a Vigil Service at 6:30 pm, at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, April 10th at St. Rose of Lima Church, both in Paso Robles. A reception will follow the service.


Passing of Warren Powers

Retired HFEO from LNU Healdsburg Station, Warren Powers passed away Sunday.


Cards may be sent to



MCARTHUR CA 96056-8655


In Lieu Of Flowers Donations May Be Made In Warren name to

The CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation


1731 J Street Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95811
P: (916) 609-8700


The Celebration of Life will follow at Sebastopol Fire Dept. which googled as 7425 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472.

CAL FIRE employees are requested to be in either dress or work uniforms.


Passing of Jim Wilson

Retired Butte Unit Fire Captain Jim Wilson passed away on Tuesday February 27, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinsons Disease.  He gave 30 years to the Department.  Service will be held next Saturday, March 10th at 11am at Newton-Bracewell (next to Chico Jr. High & Wells Fargo).  All are welcome to attend as we remember and celebrate his life.  

Please keep Jim’s family in your thoughts.


Passing of Arlen Cartwright

Arlen Bradley Cartwright passed away on February 20, 2018 in his home after a lengthy struggle with cancer, his wife by his side. He was 80.

A Celebration of Life is being planned and will be announced soon.

Arlen was born April 6, 1937 in Grass Valley at his aunt’s home, the first son born to Floyd & Nellie Cartwright. He was raised in Grass Valley and after graduating with the NUHS Class of 1955, he was drafted into the US Army where he served for 2 years before coming home to marry his sweetheart, Ida Mae Temple of Auburn, on August 29, 1959.

His CDF career began in 1959 and for an extended period during his 34 employment he was the youngest CDF Division Chief. As Operations Officer in the Butte Unit, for a seven-year period, he was responsible for overseeing all fire prevention, fire control and fire law enforcement. As Chief of the Administrative Division, for nine years, he was responsible for effective management support, budgeting, public relations, safety, training, personnel transactions and Affirmative Action Program. He was also a Superintendent for four years of a 120 person Conservation Camp in Tehama County, and a member of the statewide CDF Arson Investigation Unit as well as Incident Commander of several large fires. He retired in 1990.

His passions were fishing, camping, photography, extensive travel, visiting 75 countries and all of the USA, comprehensive genealogy, grandchildren and great grandchildren and being among his friends.

He was a past president and board member of the statewide 1200 member CDF 25 year club; also a President of the CDF Wagon Train, as well as a past President and a 20 year member of the Grass Valley Rifle Rod & Gun Club. He was also a 37 year member of the Native Sons of the Golden West. Arlen was inducted into the Nevada County Softball Association Hall Of Fame “FASTPITCH”.

Arlen will be missed by his many friends; as well as his classmates of the Class of 1955, GV Rifle Rod & Gun Club, NSGW and CDF Family.

He survived by his loving wife of 58 years Ida; son Alan (Suzi) Cartwright; granddaughters Ashton (David) Southworth; Alyssa Cartwright; great grandchildren Ava and Lucas Southworth, Vicky and Jim Richardson; brothers Wayne (Edie) Cartwright, Larry (Nancy) Cartwright, as well as nieces, nephews and several cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Nellie Cartwright; brother Eugene and his wife Arlene, as well as their son Bill Cartwright.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough & Ready Hwy, Grass Valley, CA 95945 or SNMH Cancer/Infusion Center P. O. Box 1810, Grass Valley, CA 95945.