Passing of Frank Callahan

The Tulare Unit has received information that Retired Fire Captain Frank Callahan passed away on August 19, 2020. Battalion Chief Pack is to meet with the family and will be providing further information later this week.

Passing of Barney Barnes

On the morning of August 1, 2020 retired Fire Captain Barney Barnes passed away, he was 87 years old. Barney started his career with CDF / CAL FIRE as a seasonal firefighter in 1962. He worked most of his career in the San Mateo Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Units. He retired as a Fire Captain in the Santa Clara Unit in 1988.I worked with Barney in the early eighties at Sunol Station. I remember him as being soft-spoken and friendly. He always had a smile on his face just like you see here. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the family does not plan to have a service at the present time. Barney is survived by his wife Shirley and his son Joel. Cards and letters can be sent to: Shirley Barnes PO Box 101Morgan Hill, CA 95038Contributions can also be made in Barney’s name to: Trinity Bible Church 16100 Caputo DriveMorgan Hill, CA 95037

Passing of Wayne Dunham

This information is authorized and provided by Retired SHU Deputy Chief Wayne Dunham’s family: We are very thankful and appreciative for the outpouring of condolences and well wishes we have received. A private family service is planned in the coming weeks in Cohasset, CA. We remain hopeful that a more public memorial service may be possible in the future. Respectfully,
Marc Romero.
(530) 917-4306
Email: ridesbike14@gmail.com

A. Wayne Dunham died unexpectedly but peacefully at home on August 8th in Redding at the age of 75. Wayne is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years Marjorie, his son Brian of Sacramento, his daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Brian Wyatt of Sacramento, his grandchildren Grace, Lilyanne, Sophia and Benjamin, nieces, nephews, and many friends he considered family. He is preceded in death by his sisters Darlene and Roberta. Wayne was born on April 10, 1945, in Santa Cruz to parents Frances and Ashley Wayne Dunham. He grew up near Chico in the community of Cohasset
and graduated from Chico Senior High in 1963. He began working as a seasonal firefighter for the California Department of Forestry (CDF) in 1962 and married his former grammar school classmate and the great love of his life in 1967. Over the years he touched many lives in the community and through CDF promotions that moved them to Oroville, Gridley, Chico, Weaverville, Ferndale, and Redding. Colleagues respected him as an excellent communicator and organizer of people, and he ultimately retired from CDF (now Cal-Fire) in 2000 as the Shasta-Trinity Unit Deputy Chief. It meant the world to Wayne as a small boy for his humble family to receive a donated bike. The gift inspired a life-long passion for serving his community. Wayne served in various chapters of Lions International for 46 years and as President of Redding’s Enterprise Lions Club more than once, receiving the chapter’s “Lion of the Year” award five times. Wayne served as President of the California Department of Forestry Employee Association in 1977 and throughout his lifetime with organizations like United Way, Habitat for Humanity, the Lions Club’s Giant American Flag and 9/11 ceremony, and as a mentor through YMCA. Wayne and Margie enjoyed 20 very happy retirement years, and they regularly fed his “pine tree fix” and love of the outdoors. In addition to RV’ing and working in his shop, he relished fishing with his grandkids and buddies and hunting with his friends. As part of his life of service, he even gave back to the outdoors, serving in the Redding Chapter of the California Deer Association in multiple leadership roles and as chapter chair. Wayne wasn’t just “one of the boys,” he was the very best of them, a gentleman that lifted everyone around him and inspired and encouraged people to think beyond themselves and to be their best individual self. Wayne loved people and generously gave his all to his family, friends, and community. They are grateful for his life and will cherish how he made all of us better people. As circumstances allow, the family looks forward to a celebration of life to honor his life and service.

Passing of Fred Evans

Retired TCU Battalion Chief Fred Evans passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020. Please keep Fred’s boys, Mike and Mitch in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

Passing of Carroll “CJ” Allen

CJ Allen, retired Fire Captain from SCU, passed away on July 15, 2020.

“This morning, I received the somber news of the passing of retired Fire Captain Carol J. Allen, (CJ). At this point in time, there are no pending services plans due to COVID-19. Captain Allen was a friend and mentor to many of our seasoned employees, and his advice, personality, and commitment to Santa Clara will be greatly missed. Please keep CJ’s family in your thoughts. Godspeed CJ.”
-Paul Dellanini, Fire Captain, Morgan Hill Fire Department

Passing of Wendell R. Willingham

Wendell Ross Willingham was born on October 24, 1950, in Oklahoma and left us on Friday, July 10, 2020, in the presence of family and friends at his home in Pacific Grove. Following a difficult first few years of life, Wendell was blessed to find his way into the home of Paul and Zelma Willingham in the mid-1950s. Wendell’s union with Paul and Zelma set the stage for a wonderful life. He grew up in the Modesto area and, as a sophomore in high school, moved to Hughson, CA. During his teenage years, Wendell worked with Paul in his road grading operation. In the late 1960s, Wendell met Linda Collins, a co-worker at a Blue Chip Stamp store in Modesto. Linda turned out to be the true love of his life and they married in 1974. Within a few years, Wendell and Linda moved to Turlock, where they spent more than 30 years. During this time, Wendell served as a firefighter for CDF Merced County, stationed in Hilmar and then Ballico. He even spent a few years as a licensed real estate agent. Following retirement, Wendell and Linda followed a dream and moved to Pacific Grove in 2010, a place that had always been a mini paradise for them. While Linda volunteered at the Point Pinos Lighthouse, Wendell toiled away, making improvements to their home just up the street. Unfortunately, their time spent living this dream together didn’t last long, with Linda passing away in 2012. While Wendell never got past Linda’s passing, he did the best he could to enjoy the life that remained. He continued to take part in annual trips with a group of buddies from back home; completed a solo drive of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica; and made several good friends with neighbors and people he met at his favorite hang-out, The Sandbar and Grill in Monterey. Wendell always kept in contact with family and friends by telephone and many of us looked forward to talking with him and hearing the newest funny story about his daily exploits. Wendell had an uncanny sense of humor and was always the life of the party, even when there was no party going on. While Wendell and Linda had no children of their own, they virtually adopted various nephews and nieces over the years. They cared for, taught, and provided for them, just as if they were their own children. However, it was clear to everyone that their true children were the many faithful dogs they had through the years!

Wendell was preceded in death by Paul and Zelma Willingham and his wife, Linda. He leaves behind his brother, Gale Willingham of Shingle Springs and sister Pat Maisetti of Patterson, CA. He was also fortunate enough to get to know some of his living biological siblings, including Joan West in Tennessee and Linda Morphew in Texas. He’ll also be greatly missed by his sisters and brothers-in-law, many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends and acquaintances he collected (and made laugh) throughout his life. Funeral services are pending and will be announced at a later date. Remembrances can be made in Wendell’s name to the Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) in Pacific Grove at www.animalfriendsrescue.org or PO Box 51083, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Passing of Deborah Paige Madrid

Paige Madrid passed away on June 26, 2020. She was a Firefighter I in BTU. She also worked in FKU.

We will be laying Paige to rest on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 11:00 am.

Paige’s services will be held in Happy Camp, CA, at the community park (216 Park Way) at the same time there will be a viewing. Happy Camp holds some of our fondest memories and it has always been her favorite place on this earth.

CAL FIRE will be doing a proper procession from Girdner Funeral Chapel in Yreka, CA for Paige, as her career was her passion in this life. I will update meeting times, we are estimating 9am at Girdner Funeral Chapel if you wish to follow behind processions in honor of Paige.

Paige was very loved and we would like to send her off in the most beautiful, peaceful way possible. We feel confident that this is what she would have wanted.

Passing of Jason O’Brien

Jason O’Brien, MVU
Fire Captain
June 29, 2020

It is with incredible sadness that I must inform you that this afternoon Fire Captain Jason O’Brien passed away at Loma Linda Medical Center in Murrietta with his family by his side after a courageous battle against cancer.

Division Chief Geoff Pemberton and Local 2881 Representative Jared Covert are at the hospital providing support to the O’Brien Family during this difficult time.

More information will be provided in the coming days. Please keep Fire Captain O’Brien, his family and our Rainbow Camp Personnel in your thoughts.