Passing of James McBride

Beloved father, husband, and respected division Chief (ret) James McBride has responded to his final alarm.

We respectfully ask that all those who knew, worked, and loved our dad and husband make arrangements to attend the celebration of his life.

October 6th at 10 a.m.

St Thomas the Apostle Church

3774 Jackson St Riverside, CA 92503

If you are unable to attend and would like to send messages, please send them to

Please share your stories of Dad and wishes to the family. We are collecting messages to share with his grandkids as well.

If you wish to send flowers to the service, please contact 951-689-1131. Gifts in his memory should be directed towards the Knights of Columbus at St Thomas or the Cal Fire local 2881 Benevolent Foundation.


Passing of Everett Lebow

Everett James Lebow, 96, of Arroyo Grande, passed peacefully in his sleep on the morning of August 22, 2018, in Arroyo Grande after a brief, unexpected illness. He was born on May 18, 1922, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma to James M. Lebow and Lulu Mae Voreis. Everett was a World War II veteran, charter member of the Elks Lodge of Oceano #2504, and worked many years for the California Division of Forestry. Everett is survived by his partner of 36 years, Carolyn “Sally” Kingsbury; his sister; nephew; stepchildren; and grandchildren. He was a good man that will leave an empty space in the hearts of everyone that knew him. Graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, August 25, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elks Lodge of Oceano #2504.


Passing of Lew H. Smith

Lew Smith passed away on Sunday. He worked for CDF for 30+ years and loved the CDF family/community.

There will be a grave site service on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, at the Sanger Cemetery, followed by lunch and refreshments at his son’s house at 9544 N. Stanford Avenue in Clovis.

Passing of Retired HFEO Douglas White

Sonora – Douglas Wayne White, 70 of Sonora, CA passed away in his home on July 2, 2018.

Doug was born on August 23, 1947, in Visalia, CA to Winfred and Dorothy White. Upon graduating from Woodlake High School in 1965, he attended the College of the Sequoias before enlisting in the Army. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served 2 tours of duty from 1967-1969.

In 1970, Doug married the love of his life, Linda Wallen and went to work for the County of Tulare – Road Department for 6 years before joining the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection where he worked for 30 years as a Heavy Fire Equipment Operator and taught at the CDF academy, retiring in 2005. He was a member of the Sonora Elks, Sons in Retirement, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans Assistance, the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans.

Doug enjoyed reading, hunting, golfing and especially fishing at his favorite pond at the Johnson’s Ranch, courtesy of the Johnson Family, where he spent time with his children, grandchildren and many other friends and family along the way who called him “grandpa.”

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda and their sons Marc White (Shandy Watson and children), Aaron White (Hava White), sister Janet White-Johnson (Bruce Johnson), grandchildren Vincent White, Benjamin White and Brock White.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandson Cory Douglas White.

Doug was best known for his love of sharing stories about his life and engaging conversation about history and working for the fire department. He was a best friend, devoted father, and husband and loving grandpa, who touched the hearts of all who met him.

Pastor Tom Sharpe of St. Matthews Lutheran Church will be leading services on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 10 AM at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel, 127 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277. Interment service will immediately follow at Tulare Cemetery, 900 E. Kern Ave., Tulare, CA 93274.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Sonora Area Foundation, 362 S. Stewart St., Sonora, CA 95370, for the Cory D. White Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to graduating High School seniors. Condolences may be offered by logging onto


Published in Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta on July 7, 2018

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

Billy Eugene (Gene) Hickman (Retired Ranger 2 {Division Chief} was born on October 28, 1936 to parents Chester and Alzie (Ramsey) Hickman in McAlester, OK and left us to join family and friends in Heaven June 10, 2018. Eugene is survived by his wife Sydney Hickman, Son Greg, daughter Christina (Rick) Keller and honorary son Bobby Askins. Grandchildren Branden (Diana) Waters; Casey (Brandi) Hickman; Robby (Amber) DenUyl; a Celie Hickman. Great grandchildren Alexander DenUyl (9), Caleb Waters (8), C J (13) and Caylee (12) Pineda (Waters). Brother in-law Willie (Dollie) Case; Sister Geraldine Miller and many loved nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Alzie; brother, Don Hickman; sister’s Dorthy Tarbell, and LoRita Trammell. And many loved extended family and friends.

Eugene was the fourth of the 5 Hickman children who were packed up by their parents and traveled from Pittsburg County for better farm land in California settling in Visalia on a small plot of land. Eugene graduated from Redwood High School. He met his soon to be wife, Sydney Case, at Mearle’s Drive In. Gene worked alongside his father, Chester at Rainbow Bakery on the Oval. Eugene joined the United States Army and was stationed in Hawaii. Upon his retirement from the Army, Gene began his career as a Seasonal Firefighterand was appointed as a Fire Apparatus Engineer in the Tulare Unit in 1959. He was promoted to Fire Captain, and was assigned to the Westside Fire District of Fresno County. In 1964 through 1967, Gene worked at the Mountain Home Conservation Camp as a Fire Crew Supervisor, and during the declared fire season he was assigned as Relief Air Coordinator working out of the Porterville Air Attack Base. In May of 1967, Gene was assigned as a Fire Prevention Officer working out of Visalia Headquarters. Hickman was later promoted to Ranger 1 (Battalion Chief) working in the Dinuba Battalion. Gene was then appointed as a Ranger 2(Division Chief) working in the Valley Division and responsible for the day to day operation of the Tulare County Contract. In 1988, in preparation for his retirement he transferred back to Mountain’s he loved, at Mountain Home Conservation Camp as the Division Chief. Then retired in December 1991. In retirement Gene camped with friends and family, fishing and hunting. Gene loved living on his 5 acre farm growing walnut trees and raising cattle, swine, sheep, goats, chickens and various game birds. He and Sydney enjoyed towing the kids and their horses to the Rodeos, Roping’s and the Visalia Rockettes practices and State Show in Santa Rosa. After they became empty nester’s Gene reluctantly sold the place and followed Sydney to Cambria. Gene took a job at The State Park of Hearst Castle and after several years returning to Visalia settling into a fixer upper on Visalia Road to again raise a few livestock and work for Badger Hill Estates Security Gate. Gene finally retired again and moved in town to Walnut Park where he gained many new friends who will miss him greatly.

Please join us to Celebrate Gene, dad, Papa (Goat), Uncle, friend and Chief at his service: June 6, 2018 at 9:00 am, Salser and Dillard Funeral Home, 127 E. Caldwell Ave, Visalia, CA 93277.

Reception following service at: The Veterans Memorial Building, 609 W. Center Ave, Visalia, CA 93291.


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.