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.

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,