Passing of Wallace “Tom” Reavis

Wallace “Tom” Reavis, born 5/3/40, passed away today 1/10/20 at home with his 4 kids by his side Jeff, Mark, Patrice and Deanna. He retired in 1996 as a Fire Captain B CDF from the Madera, Mariposa, Merced Ranger Unit, Mt. Bullion Youth Conservation Camp.

Please mail cards to:
Reavis Family
PO Box 1031
Mariposa CA. 95338

Funeral services are pending.

Passing of Thomas Barnes Jr.

Thomas Barnes suddenly passed away on January 5th, 2020 after experiencing a sudden heart attack.

Funeral plans are still being arranged. A viewing and memorial service have been scheduled for January 24th and 25th in Monroe, Washington. Any future updates regarding locations and times will be shared as soon as we know.

As you are all aware, Tom is a loving and devoted husband, stepfather, and grandfather to his wife Helene his daughters Therese, Nicole, and Ashley and his grandchildren Connor, Makenzi, Kennedy, and Jefferson.

Passing of Jim Childre

Jim Walker Childre
Feb 26, 1935 – Dec 13, 2019

Longtime Yreka resident Jim Walker Childre passed away on December 13, 2019 at Madrone Hospice in Yreka. He was 84 years old.

Jim was born on February 26, 1935 in Laurel, Mississippi to Rufus and Lora Childre. When Jim was three, the family moved to Gilchrist, Oregon, where he attended school. Jim entered the U.S. Army at the age of 18, became a paratrooper and attained the rank of Sergeant. In 1961, he started his career with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF, now CalFire.) He worked his way from Engineer up to Captain during his 45 year career, working throughout Northern California. He retired as an Air-Attack Captain. He enjoyed building large model airplanes, and was a member of the American Model Airplane Association.

Jim is survived by his wife and lifelong friend, Linda Childre; three children, Julie, Douglas and Jeff Childre; and numerous grandchildren. He was loved by many.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Passing of Eugene Smith

Eugene was born on July 28, 1922, in Perris, California to his parents, William and Mattie C. Smith. He had two older sisters and three older brothers. After his graduation he went to work full time for the California State Forestry Department as a Foreman Fireman. In August of 1940 he married Alberta Martin in Yuma, Arizona. He worked for the California State Forestry Department until 1966. He then worked for the Valley County Sheriff’s Office in Cascade, ID. In August of 1983, Alberta was told she was very ill. So Eugene signed off from the Sheriffs Office and they moved to Urbana, Missouri, where Alberta passed in 1985. After being with the Local Square Dance group, he became acquainted with Loretta Hargis, and they were married in April of 1991 in Oklahoma. After only a few years, Loretta passed away in June of 2005. 

Eugene is preceded in death by son, Raymond Smith.

Eugene is survived by his children; Robert Smith of San Diego, CA and Linda Zimmer of Pendleton, TX, and stepsons; Larry Hargis and wife Charlene of Bolivar, and Kermit Hargis and wife Veda of Bolivar, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Services for Eugene, at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at Butler Funeral Home, Bolivar, Missouri, with burial to follow at Hermitage Cemetery, in Hermitage, Missouri. 

Passing of Will Donaldson

Will Donaldson was a Fire Captain Specialist in the Riverside Unit. He retired in 1992 after 33 years of service.  His career started 1958 as a seasonal firefighter in Perris.  He was a survivor of the Decker Fire in 1959 in Lake Elsinore where six firefighters died. He promoted to Forest Fire Truck Driver in 1959 and served as Fire Crew Supervisor, Fire Captain in dispatch, Airco 61 and Fire Prevention/LE.  He was a POST certified Officer.  He could often be found playing Smokey Bear. 

Details for Will Donaldson services

Miller Jones Mortuary
1501 W Florida, Hemet

Memorial Services
Hemet Presbyterian Church
515 E. Kimball Av
Hemet, CA
1300 Hours

The family requested E26 and a Prevention Officer vehicle for a static display at the Mortuary and the Service if possible. 

Parking is limited due to construction.  Parking available across the street at the Hemet Elementary School

For on duty personnel attending, Long sleeve shirts w/tie is requested.  For Chief Officers, Class A is requested. 

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the California Wildland Firefighter Memorial,

Passing of Edward Phillips

Edward James Phillips of Porterville, CA was born on December 3, 1941 in Tulare CA. He passed away on December 9, 2019 at age 78, in Porterville, CA with his family by his side. Ed worked with the California Department of Forestry for 32 years, retired, then began a new adventure with his wife Claudia in ranching, and opening 3 businesses; Pizza factory, Cherry Tree Catering, and Dickeys Barbecue Pit, before retiring again. He is survived by his brothers Chuck Phillips (Randi), and Mike Jacobs (Yvonne), his children Monica Tinker (Dennis), Annette Schroen (Mark) and Weston Phillips (Kelly), along with 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Claudia Phillips, and his parents Clarence and Lillie Jacobs.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 21, 2019 at ll:00 am at Myers Funeral Home, followed by a celebration of life at The Porterville Fair Grounds.

Passing of Fred Benton

Fred Benton passed away 12/21/19  in Siskiyou County, were he had been a resident for several years.

Fred Benton retiring on or about December 1992 from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as SFR 1 (Battalion Chief) Sierra-Cascade Region II ECC Chief. Fred spent many year working in that capacity and was instrumental in the combining the Region II and the North Zone facility at the Redding Airport to make it an Interagency Operation (USFS, DOI, CDF) as the old terms, known as I believe to be Radio Call 2 – Zone.  Which is now the Northern GACC/North Ops. Fred was great with this position developing the relations with all the agencies involved. Fred was very involved in the improvements to the telecommunication of Region II and throughout the state. Fred was a private pilot and also had commercial, multi engine ratings flying the Departments aircraft and was very involved in the Departments aviation program. Flying the Region administrative aircraft a Cessna 337 Skymaster and the Grumman O-2, Fred also would assist in the Air Tactical Group (aka Air Attack) supervisor training that is still held in Redding.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Family during this time of loss.

Passing of John Carter

John Griffin Carter was born June 3, 1950 in San Francisco and grew up there. He died of a massive heart attack early Thanksgiving morning, Nov 28, 2019.  He is thought to have suffered only a few minutes if at all.

John graduated from Washington High School in 1968.  He took that summer off for a surfing holiday and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1968. Upon leaving the military, he went to college at the College of the Redwoods then finished up at UC Berkley.  He started his firefighting at the College of the Redwoods where he worked as a firefighter. He graduated UC Berkley with a BS in Forestry in 1976.  He entered the ranks of CDF in 1972, now called CalFire as a seasonal forest firefighter where he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief.  In 1984 he was awarded the CSFA Award of Valor for risking his life while off duty by pulling  a man from a burning truck before the gas tank exploded, completely engulfing the area in flames. This and other heroic deeds were an everyday part of his life on and off the job.

John Carter was a fun & loving father and a loving and supportive husband – his wife Molly’s hero, always ready to lend  a helping hand to friends, family and strangers. He  is survived by his wife Marlene (“Molly”), daughter Stacia, son Steve, grandson Colton Carter Boyd,  brother Jim, two brothers-in-law: Lyle (Dan) and Martin Hintz and many nieces and nephews. John will be buried at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park – 8201 Greenback Ln, Fair Oaks at 11:00 a.m. Dec. 21, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 at the VWF at 8990 Kruitof Way, Fair Oaks.  The family  would be honored to have friends and family celebrate his life with stories at the memorial.  A light lunch will be served after the service.    

Passing of George Williams

George Andrew Williams, 81, long-time resident of Fort Bragg, California, passed away on Sept. 9, 2019, at his home surrounded by family after an arduous battle with lung disease.
George was born in Williams, California, on Nov. 13, 1937, to Robert and Dorothy (Pearson) Williams. His family moved to Woodland, California, in 1945, where he attended Dingle Elementary School and Woodland High School. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1955.
He then worked a short time for his father prior to enlisting in the Navy. George served on the USS Lexington (CV-16) aircraft carrier until 1958. His favorite memory was of the time he and his brother, Robert (Bob), who was in the Army, were going to have leave around the same time (although George wasn’t sure what day Bobby would be in) in Okinawa, Japan. Dad was told to sit by a certain entrance and eventually the Army guys would walk through the gate. George sat there for a day and a half until his brother walked in. They were able to spend their time together in Japan touring.
After his service, George returned to Cohassett and worked for his father’s sheep business. In 1960, George began his life-long career with the California Division of Forestry. He started out as a firefighter in Oroville, California, and attended night school at Butte College, taking fire and police sciences. He then advanced to equipment operator, which was one of his favorite positions as he “loved the challenge and enjoyed working with big equipment.”
In May of 1962, he married the love of his life, best friend and life partner of 57 years, Margaret (Peggy) Waters. Together they raised two daughters, Marcie and Kathy.
In 1973, George and his family moved to Yreka, California, where he was promoted to the position of fire prevention officer (FPO-1) with Siskiyou Ranger Unit. He also began working towards his bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University via satellite classes at that time. As FPO-1, George was responsible for fire prevention education, law enforcement and investigation related to arson, and interacting with public and civic service organizations and local schools surrounding fire prevention education. He was known for his consistent work ethic and his unrelenting pursuit of arsonists. Dick Miralles was quoted to say, “George was one of the best fire prevention officers I’ve worked with.”
His legacy in Yreka, related to his work, is the CDF Gazebo in the center of the Siskiyou County Golden Fairgrounds. The gazebo provided live broadcasting by the local radio station during the fair and an educational platform for CDF and USFS, including Smokey Bear visits and children’s programs. The gazebo also provided a shaded sitting area for those warm fair days.
In 1978, George transferred to the Mendocino Ranger Unit in Fort Bragg, California, and was promoted to division chief at the end of his career, retiring in 1991.
George was a member of Lions Club International, ToastMasters International, Little River Golf Course Men’s Club and the CDF Wagon Train. He volunteered as the Yreka High School Ski Club bus driver, driving kids to and from Mt. Ashland on the weekends for four seasons.
George loved the outdoors and many of his memories were of hunting with his family and friends (so many stories): deep sea fishing in Crescent City; family ski trips to Tahoe and Bend; and golfing in Hawaii, Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Oregon and Pebble Beach, where he met Arnold Palmer and got his autograph.
George adored his grandchildren and great-grand-children and his playful personality always came out when they were with him. He was a mentor, a friend, and a supportive and encouraging husband, father and grandfather.
He will be deeply missed but will remain in our hearts until we meet again.
George is survived by his wife, Peggy; daughters, Marcie Frank, Kathy (Tom) Keehn; sister, Nancy; grandchildren, Justin and Jorden Miller, Kendle Frank, Candace Jones (Kurtis Ford), Kahla (Derick) Wallace; great-grandchildren, Avery Wallace, Khloe ,Jasper, James and Madeline Ford; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert; mother, Dorothy; and brother, Robert.
Heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful care given by Dr. Kreger and all his nurses who visited him and supported the family from Mendocino Coast District Hospital Hospice and Home Health, with a special thank you to Terri and Hannah.
Per George’s wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to hospice through Mendocino Coast Home Health at 700 River Drive, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.

Passing of Robert Thomas

Robert “Bob” F. Thomas, age 87, a resident of Siren passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

Bob was born on May 19, 1932 in San Francisco, California to parents, Emanuel and Rose Thomas.

Bob was raised on a cattle ranch.  As a boy, he went to a one room school up until the eighth grade.  He then attended school in Mill Valley where he graduated.

He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on October 7, 1954. 

Bob met the love of his life, June Yourchuck in 1951 and were later married after returning from the service in 1954.

After the service, he started his career at the Marin County Fire Department where he spent 10 years.  He then took a position at the California State Division of Forestry where he worked for 50 years before retiring in 1983. 

After retiring, he served as the Wisconsin American Legion Commander in 2001-2002.  He was a helpful man and was known to help Ronnie Proffit out at the lumber yard.

In his free time he enjoyed hunting and deep sea fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Walter Thomas and Charlie Thomas.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 65 years, June; brother, Edward Thomas; along with other relatives and many good friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10:30 AM (visitation 9:30-10:30 AM) at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Webster with Father Randall Knauf as Celebrant.  Pallbearers were Joseph Yourchuck, Ron Proffit, Don Anderson, Jim Chapin, Marvin Merle and Ernie Lyga.  Military honors will be rendered following Mass. Bob will later be interred at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.