The passing of Sunnie Fronek Jr.

George L. Fronek Jr, known to his friends as Sunnie, age 72, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in his home surrounded by family.

Sunnie was born November 9, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. His family moved to California when he was 3 years old where he resided until he moved to Lake Havasu in 1996. On July 31, 1976, Sunnie married his wife, Kim Simpson, in Apple Valley, California.

Sunnie had a life long career with Cal Fire beginning as a seasonal firefighter and promoting to Deputy Unit Chief of San Bernardino Ranger Unit. Sunnie is a 22-year veteran of the California National Guard retiring as a Master Sgt in 1988. Sunnie held multiple positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints including serving as Bishop of the Acoma Ward. Sunnie also served the community as the school board President for Desert Technology High School.

Sunnie is preceded in death by his parents George and Helen Fronek and son, Kirtley Fronek. He is survived by his wife Kim Fronek, his daughters Senice Sommer (Tim Witt), Krista Fronek, Holly Larison (Shawn), his son Brice Fronek (Shannon), his grandsons Brandon Craig, Ryan Dodds (Madison), Brian Fronek, Tyler Ishman, Dillon Ishman, David (Fronek) Powell, Great Grandsons Grayson Craig and Sutton Dodds, and his siblings Roger Fronek (Susie), Sandy Williams, and Janet Fronek.

A walk-thru viewing will be held at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona on Saturday, 28, 2020 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Passing of David Allen McKay

David A. McKay, 83, died, March 11, 2020. He joins his wife Vicki McKay and leaves his daughter, Lisa (Matt) Clawson; his stepson, Rick (Tilda) Richardson; three grandchildren, Saxon, Hutton & Taylor; his brother Howard & family, Sammy, Kim, Melanie & Dennis; and his stepsister, Andrea (Ron Dixon) & late stepbrother, Billy (Cathy) McKay.
Born and raised in San Diego CA, the son of Howard and Erma McKay. After serving with the US Army as an Artillery Surveyor in Germany from 1960 to 1962, David returned to CDF/CAL FIRE, where he had started his career in 1954, as a lifelong firefighter in the San Diego Unit. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in Sonoma County in 1977, where he remained & retired in 1989. He was also a member of the CDF 25 Year Club.
Dave loved movies and travel, golf, biking, boogie boarding (before there was such a thing), snowmobiling, crabbing, and gardening. He was a die-hard Chargers and Padres fan. David was a restless retiree, and worked at the Bennett Valley Golf Course, Blood Bank of the Redwoods and was a Retired Annuitant for CDF/CAL FIRE. He volunteered at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Salvation Army and Council on Aging.
Donations made in lieu of flowers will be used to honor David’s favorite causes: American Heart Association, Disabled American Veterans, Kenwood Fireman’s Association and the Historical Society & Museum of the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection.

Passing of Sam Davis

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved and well-respected State Retiree Director, Sam Davis. Sam was an advocate for our retirees and served members of CAL FIRE Local 2881 for many years. Please keep his family, friends and fire family in your prayers. Information on services will be forthcoming.

Passing of Steve Stein

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 Steve Stein passed away January 24, 2020. He retired after 35 years with CDF. He started in 1956 in San Diego, became a FFTD, Captain/Foreman and Assistant Ranger in Riverside. Left to Tuolumne/Calaveras in 1969 after Job Corp shut down at Oak Glenn. He spent most of his career in Madera-Mariposa as a SFRII.

The memorial service is Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00 am. It will be held at the Catheys valley Baptist church, 4565 Cornetts entrance road, Catheys valley, Calif. There will be a pot luck lunch following the first service. 

Passing of James McClure

James McClure passed away January 25, 2020 per Richard McClure, son of James, FC from South Ops OCC Ret. Jame’s wife, Marie McClure would like to pass along the information of his passing to those who may have worked with him or remember him.

Funeral Details:

Church on the Hill

5500 Alessandro Blvd., CA 92506

February 8th, 2020

Service begins @ 11:00 am

Family requests casual dress unless you are on duty, work uniform is acceptable.

Passing of Maurice Bedoka Jr.

Maurice Marcus Bedoka Jr., 76 years, passed away on the December 30, 2019 in Santa Rosa, CA.

Maurice was born on the May 7, 1943 in Anadarko, OK to the late Pearl and Maurice Bedoka. He was the youngest of seven children. He was preceded in death by brothers Louis (Buddy) Bedoka, Franklyn (Buck) Bedoka and sisters Ann Donaghey and Marcie McGlothin. Maurice is survived by his sisters Joyce Smith and Guyneth Cardwell.

Maurice worked for the State of California for over 25 years; 15 with the Department of Forestry. On July 4, 1970, he married his late wife Lydia Bedoka. The two of them raised three children, Brian, Ethan, and Devon.
In 1998, Maurice became a grandfather with the birth of Amanda and then again in 2002 with the birth of Sarah.

He retired from work due to health problems but continued to spend time with his family. After the death of his wife on March 12, 2019 he was deeply saddened. He missed her so much, she was his best friend. Maurice was a loving husband, father, brother, and uncle. He will be dearly missed and loved forever by his family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday February 8, 2020 at Daniels Chapel of the Roses at 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.

Passing of Clarence W. Shay

Aug. 9, 1934 – Jan. 21, 2020  

Shay was born on August 9, 1934 to Charles and Gladys(Helton) Shay in Wiley, Colorado. He grew up in Chowchilla, CA. Shay served in the United States Army for a brief time and worked for the State of California Department of Forestry his entire career. He retired as a Division Chief.

He is survived by his wife, Mila Rae Shay; his sons, Louis Shay (Terri Shay) and Adam Shay; his sisters, Velma Bump (Delmar Bump) and Shirley Shay, and brother, Alfred Shay. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gladys and his sister, Caroll Shay.

A Graveside Service will be held at Cherokee Memorial located on Hwy. 99 at Harney Lane, Lodi, California on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with reception at First Baptist of Stockton, 3535 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton, CA immediately following the service.

Passing Dan Castleman

Danny Lee “Dan” Castleman, 74, of Sweet Springs, MO, died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at his home. At Dan’s request cremation will take place and no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Sweet Springs Volunteer Fire Department in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at Dan was born November 21, 1945 in Tulsa, OK, and was the son of the late Richard Castleman and Martha Josephine Cooper Castleman. On August 4, 1992 he married Linda Fisher Hendrick. Dan lived in California for many years, working as a firefighter for the California Department of Forestry and retired from there after 32 years of service attaining the rank of Division Chief. Dan and Linda moved to Sweet Springs after his retirement and enjoyed spending time taking road trips antiquing. He was an avid baseball fan, having coached high school baseball in California and cheering on the Kansas City Royals. In addition to his wife, Linda; he is survived by one daughter, April Fernandez (Bob) of Hemet, CA; two step-sons, Jeramy Hendrick (Michelle) of Georgetown, TX and Jody Hendrick (Jessica) of Higginsville, MO; 10 grandchildren: Alexis Cornelius (Meika), Arika Loera-Flores (Cristian), Jessie-Rae Hendrick (Kolby), Ally Whittack, Bailey Hendrick, Madeline and Mason Villareal, Stephanie, Cindy and Ashlyn Fernandez; an “adopted” granddaughter, Madelynn Sonstegard; two great-grandsons, Lucas and Jackson Cornelius; as well as other extended family. Dan was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Kathy Duke.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Danny Lee Dan Castleman November 21 1945 January 11 2020.

Passing of Jack Haseley

Jack Haseley lived a fulfilling 91 years.  He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Mildred Haseley.  He is survived by Maybeth, his loving wife of 33 years, as well as his children: Marie, Melissa (Guy), Amy (Jack) and Sara (Emily).  He leaves behind five grandchildren; Christopher (Crystal), Megan (John), Emily, Zachary (Nicole) and Evan.  Six Great-grandchildren: Shelby, Brandon, Nathan, Elijah, Colby and Colton. 

Jack graduated from Grant Union High School in 1948.  He worked for California Department of Forestry as a lookout in Colfax.  He served in the Army during the Korean War and when he came home he worked as a ranger for the State of CA Beaches & Parks in Tahoe City.  He then worked for CDF and was a patrolman at Baker’s Ford, the Fire Patrol Prevention Specialist for El Dorado County, instructor at the Fire Academy in Sutter Creek, and eventually retired as Arson Investigator. 

Jack is well-known for his initiation of the Pioneer Volunteer Fire Department which consisted of merging several small departments and creating the largest volunteer fire department in CA., where he also served as Commissioner.  He was a board member of the Pioneer School District 1962-1973.  He loved serving his community and made many lifelong friends.

Jack was a member of the Smith Valley Community United Methodist Church in Smith, NV.  A Celebration of Life will be held at this location at a later date.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.