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.


Passing of John Machado

John David Machado, a Springville Resident, was born in Natural Dam, Arkansas on October 23, 1931 and was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Josephine Machado and his parents Joseph and Effie Machado.

John was the father of three children, John Joseph Machado, Kathleen Sylvia Machado Smaglik (Paul) and Stan Edward (Sandy) Machado, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren whom he was very proud of. John also left behind a Girlfriend, Juanita Baldo who we, the family, shall ever be grateful for.
John had a wonderful and full life which sustained him to the end, there was never a moment when he was not learning something new and exciting. He had a zest for life and adventure throughout his years and never stopped believing that hard work, dedication and education were the keys to a life well lived.
At the age of 19, John joined the United States Army where he became a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean conflict. He trained in both Fort Campbell, Kentucky as well as Camp Roberts, California and spent time stationed in Alaska. He obtained the rank of Sergeant of which he was very proud of. He was honorably discharged in 1954 having spent 4 years in service to his country.

After leaving the military he set out to receive a college education obtaining a degree in Geology, he worked the next few years working in the hard rock mining industry.

In 1959 John had met and fell in love with a beautiful woman who soon would become his wife, Sylvia Josephine Broux. They married in 1960 in Carson City, Nevada, with his parents and friends in attendance. A new life as a married man and eventually fatherhood sent him in a new direction while he strived to provide a solid base and career. At this time John discovered the California Division of Forestry and soon he was hired, this began the best of his life to become.

John’s career quickly took off as he went through the ranks quickly, it was not long before he was asked to open a Ranger District in Westwood, California. He obtained and retained until death certification as a California Peace Officer which helped further his career. He always said that this position was instrumental in his rise through the ranks. After a few years John promoted to State Forest Ranger II and found himself headed to a little town called Springville in 1972 to take the helm of Mountain Home Conservation Camp as the administrator.
12 years later John decided that once again it was time to move forward his career and experience and was soon appointed as a California Department of Forestry, Division Chief in Tulare County. As was his way, he dedicated himself to the position while he continued to excel in his goals. It is from this position that John retired after a 30-year career.

John was a former member of the JC’s, International Rotary and a Boy Scout leader for Troop 137 in Springville California. He helped many a young boy reach the level of Eagle Scout and gave these boys a true meaning of what it meant to become the best that he could be on his way to adulthood.

John sat as a Trustee on the Springville Union School Board from 1979 until 1988, dedicating 11 years of helping to provide the school with all that was necessary to assure the students succeeded by strong fiscal and education standards.

He was a member of the Springville lions club for over 30 years, earning both the distinction of a 25-year service metal and as well as perfect attendance awards in 1979-1980, I am sure that he continued that tradition of attendance throughout his membership. He obtained the distinguished position of District 4/A2 Zone Chairman.

John served on the Tulare County Grand Jury from 1991-1992 and was again asked to join recently however with his health failing he regretfully turned it down.

John was also a lifelong member of the 11th Airborne Association, the American Legion and a proud member of the NRA.

John was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who took his family along on many camping, gold prospecting and visits to significant historical sites throughout the country. He had many additional hobbies such as restoring classic Triumph sports cars.
John, Dad, we will miss you as we celebrate your life and remembrances of the man you were, the friend, the father and the volunteer who never stopped trying to improve the betterments of those who you came in touch with.

Services will be held at Myers Chapel in Porterville, California on the date of January 29, 2018 at 1:00 PM with graveside services held thereafter at Vandalia Cemetery where he will be interred with his wife, Sylvia Josephine Machado who passed in 1997. A reception will follow at the Women’s Club adjacent to the Chapel.

Cal Fire and Cal Fire Honor Guard, Tulare County Fire and the United States Army, American Legion will hold ceremonies in his honor.


Passing of George Matlock

George Jackson Matlock passed away February 5, 2018. He was born in Mariposa on July 28, 1934. George attended Mariposa schools, including Mariposa High School. George passed peacefully, surrounded by family. He is survived by Diane Jones Matlock, wife of 63 years; children, Teenie, Doug, David, Darcy, and Sarah; five grandchildren; one great grandchild; and brother, Roger. George’s ancestors immigrated to Mariposa during the Gold Rush and he had local indigenous ancestry. George worked for the Mariposa Public Utility District and California Division of Forestry. He was a volunteer fireman, member of the I.O.O.F., and attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. A veteran of the U.S. Army, George served as a military policeman in the 9th Inf. Div., “The Old Reliables”, at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. A good family man and friend, George will be dearly missed. An avid reader, he was very knowledgeable of history, aviation, and geology. As a young man he raced at Merced Speedway. George will be remembered for his love of family and community, kindness and generosity, and passion for cars. He will be laid to rest in the St. Joseph Catholic Church cemetery. Rest in peace beloved husband, father, and friend. ­­All are welcome to attend a celebration of life on February 24, 12PM, at the Masonic Hall in Mariposa. Donations maybe sent to the Ewing Wing, John C. Fremont Hospital, P.O. Box 216, Mariposa CA 95338.


Passing of William (Gary) Todd

Elizabeth Jean Todd (Jeannie) was called to heaven on September 21, 2017. William Gary Todd (Gary) joined his love of 45 years on February 8, 2018. Both passed away at home in Redding, CA with family at their sides. They are survived by their eight children: Skip Woodruff, Mary Kay Cox, Kathleen Purvis, Sheryl Beverett, Tina King, Daniel Todd, Cam Todd and Teri Martin; fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Jeannie’s spirit and her beauty were surpassed only by her incredible love for Gary and her family.

Gary Todd served as a communications specialist in the US Navy and joined the California Division of Forestry as a firefighter on July 4, 1950. He was the Asst. Chief (1963) and Chief (1967) of the Lake-Napa Ranger Unit. It was while in St. Helena that he met Jeannie. He served as PTA President and basketball coach for St. Helena Parochial School in the late 60’s. He thoroughly enjoyed working the land on the family Christmas tree farm. Gary was an incredibly devoted man—to family, friends, the fire service, and to the men and who proudly called him Chief.

Per their request, there will be no service. Their spirit will forever be in St Helena as the place they met, fell in love, and blended a family that could not have loved them more.


Passing of Rt. FC David Falleri

DAVID FRANCIS FALLERI passed away on January 28, 2018 in Santa Rosa at the age of 78 years. Devoted father of Lisa Harrison (Ryan) of Santa Rosa. Survived by many family members near and far.

Dave was born in Willits, but reared and educated in Santa Rosa and Booneville, graduating from Anderson Valley High School in 1958. He served in the US Army, and following his discharge from the military, Dave began his career with the CA Dept. of Forestry and rose to the rank of Captain. Over the years, he worked in Ukiah, Santa Rosa and Booneville before retiring out of the Hopland Station in 1990 and moved to Lake County. He was a member of SIRS #174 and CDF 25 Year Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing. He and a group of friends took annual fishing trips, from Costa Rica to Alaska. If Dave wasn’t fishing, he was participating in car shows, often entering his 1958 Mercedes and later his 1979 Cadillac. A great cook, he loved to entertain guests. Above all, Dave loved his Family and Friends. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.


Passing of Anthony R. McGarva

Anthony Richard McGarva, 80, of Galt died Jan. 13, 2018 of natural causes at his home. He was born July 20, 1937 in Red Bluff and lived in Oregon for 30 years before coming to Galt 50 years ago.

Anthony was an army veteran and a retired FCB (Alder Camp-HUU)with Cal Fire, and he enjoyed reading.

Surviving him are sisters Pat Dickhoff and Kathleen McKenzie; sons Richard Knowles and Lonnie Knowles; daughter Judy Knowles, and a number of grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his wife Dorothy, and parents Anthony and Dorothy McGarva.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the historical society building on C Street in Galt.


Passing of William R. (Bill) Clayton

Bill Clayton, a wildland firefighting expert who saved countless lives and entire towns during a career that spanned 50 years, died Sunday at the age of 77 of natural causes at his home in Carlsbad.

“He was a legend in the fire service,” said lifelong friend and recently retired Cal Fire Battalion Chief Ray Chaney.

“You’d be driving up to this giant atomic bomb-looking column of smoke, be a little nervous or have that sense of apprehension, and then you’d hear Bill’s voice on the radio: ‘Monte Vista division thirty-three zero seven responding’ in his gruff, low-tone voice,” Chaney said.

“And you got this sense of calm because you knew you had a man of his caliber that was going to be there to support you no matter what circumstance you were going to be involved with.”

Clayton was the most decorated firefighter in the history of what is now known as Cal Fire. He fought the 1970 Laguna fire and the 2003 Cedar fire during his time with both the U.S Forest Service and then the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, as well as thousands of others in between. He was a multiple winner of the Medal of Valor, the highest award given to firefighters in the state.

City of San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessy remembered Clayton’s sense of humor and talent for telling stories and sharing lessons learned. He said Clayton was “a true icon” whose historical knowledge of wildland fire in San Diego County was unprecedented.

A friend since 1978, Fennessy said his friend was a “great teacher and a great leader and mentor.”

He remembered when President George W. Bush came to San Diego following the 2003 firestorms to inspect the devastation by helicopter with Clayton by his side. Later that day, Bush invited Clayton to tour Air Force One.

“He and George really hit it off,” Fennessy said. “And you can see that. That’s the way Bill was with everybody.”

Clayton originally retired after 40 years of service in 1998, but found the quiet life unacceptable.

“I think he missed it,” said Chaney, who was Clayton’s godson. “I think he missed the family. I think he missed the camaraderie. I think he missed the action. I think he missed that sense of purpose.”

He soon returned to active duty as a division chief and in 2003 was one of the incident commanders for both the Paradise fire in Valley Center and then the Cedar fire a couple days later.

On the morning of Oct. 26, 2003, Clayton had already forced his way through the Paradise fire to find one woman burned to death near her car and a 16-year-old girl severely injured by flames that trapped her in her automobile.

Then Clayton received an urgent call from the dispatch center that 50 to 60 people — later determined to be closer to 200 — were trapped in the Valley View Casino in Valley Center and that flames were reaching the building. Clayton drove to the casino, speeding through several firefronts and dodging arcing power lines whipping in the wind. On the way, he and another firefighter rescued a man about to be overtaken by the blaze.

When Clayton got to the casino, flames were lapping at the building’s rear and a 10,000-gallon propane tank was about to explode. In acrid, blinding smoke, Clayton ran to several fire engines he had ordered to the casino and gave instructions for the fire attack.

When he went inside the casino, “he found an almost surreal scene,” according to Medal of Valor nomination papers.

About 200 elderly patrons were panicking. An injured horse running wild inside had kicked a badly burned patron to the ground. Clayton managed to scare away the horse and then turned to the frightened crowd, assuring them they would live if they followed his instructions. All survived.

Two days later, he was one of two incident commanders of the Cedar fire, the worst wildland blaze the county had ever experienced. Many homes were lost but he was able to lead a firefight that saved downtown Julian. He was also there when a Northern California firefighter, Steven Rucker, was killed while protecting a home in Wynola, just west of Julian.

He recalled during a 2006 interview finding Rucker, slamming his helmet on the ground and pouring water from his canteen on him.

“Even though he was dead, I didn’t want his body to desecrate anymore,” he said.

He suffered heavy smoke inhalation during the casino ordeal and contracted pneumonia while working the Cedar fire.

Clayton retired again from Cal Fire in 2006. He then became the Sycuan Fire Department’s chief for several years and then, almost right up to his death, has kept busy doing consultation work.

“He’s taught fire instruction all over the globe from Portugal to South America to Australia to all over the United States,” Chaney said. “He was a subject matter expert as a wildland firefighter.”

One of Clayton’s proudest moments came in 1997 when he and others drove through a wall of 50-foot flames and saved a teen-age boy, his mother and grandfather, just before fire overtook their Lake Wohlford area home. He won his first Medal of Valor for the rescue.

“I wish my father had been able to see me get the governor’s Medal of Valor,” he said during a 1998 interview. His dad, a former chief of Camp Pendleton’s fire department, had died the year before.

“He was one of the few gentlemen and he really believed in honor and chivalry and being a man’s man,” Chaney said. “He lived life to the fullest. Anybody in his shoes would feel great satisfaction in a life well lived.”

Clayton is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Rock Church in Point Loma, 2277 Rosecrans St.


Passing of Gary “Buzz” Buzzini

Chief Gary “Buzz” Buzzini passed away November 15, 2017. Gary was born on July 4th 1942 in Gilroy, California.

Gary began his career with CDF in the summer of 1960. Gary would leave CDF for a short time to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington State where he would earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Washington. In 1966 Gary returned permanently to CDF. Highlights of this 30+ year career would include assignments in Lake Napa Unit as an FAE, FC & BC, Mendocino Unit as a BC, Butte Unit as a DC, Shasta Unit as the Unit Chief, Northern Region II as the Region Chief before returning to the Sonoma Lake Napa to retire in 1997 as the Unit Chief.

Gary loved the outdoors, depending on the season you would be hard pressed to find him at home as he was either; hunting, fishing, skiing, bike riding or simply enjoying an extended hike.

Gary’s true love was spending time with his wife Linda, traveling both here and abroad.

The Ol’ Ranger (as was his favorite self-reference), is survived by his wife Linda, son, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be planned for Spring of 2018, more details to follow.


The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Yosemite Conservancy.

Donating can be done online at  Conservancy staff is also available to answer your questions.  Call 415-434-1782 or email at

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