Passing of Boyd Newby

Retired RRU Battalion Chief 3114, Boyd Newby passed away peacefully this morning at approximately 5:08 am with family by his side.  

Battalion Chief Boyd Newby started his CAL FIRE career in the San Bernardino Ranger Unit during the summer of 1962 as a Seasonal Firefighter assigned to the San Bernardino Headquarters Station. During this time BC Newby was also assigned to the Summit Lookout. From 1964 to 1971 he served in the Orange Ranger Unit as a Firefighter and Fire Apparatus Engineer. Following his time with the Orange Ranger Unit, BC Newby promoted to HFEO at the Oak Glen Conservation Camp in the Riverside Ranger Unit from 1971 to 1972. From 1972 to 1974, BC Newby served as a Fire Captain at the Oak GlenConservation Camp. He transferred to the Ryan Air Attack Base and served as an ATGS from 1974 to 1977. In 1977 BC Newby transferred to Southern Operations Command Center as an OCC Captain and remained there until 1982. He transferred to the San Bernardino Ranger Unit in 1982 as a Fire Captain at the Owen’s Valley Conservation Camp until 1986. For his final assignment in 1986, he promoted to Battalion Chief 3114,Corona Battalion, in the Riverside Ranger Unit until his retirement in 1997. 

BC Newby also served the State of California as an Operations Section Chief for Incident Management Team 10 throughout his career. 

He was a steward of our land and actively worked to preserve and protect rare, threatened and endangered species while fulfilling the State’s Mission. 

Battalion Chief Boyd Newby was an invaluable resource and exemplary Firefighter for the State of California. Over the course of his 35-year career, Battalion Chief Boyd Newby’s enthusiaSsm and devotion to the Department and its resources inspired, influenced, and will forever remain in the hearts and minds of those that he worked with.

A Celebration of Life will be held on August 24, 2019 at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92504. Service will begin at 10:00 am.The family is requesting that work response uniform be worn and in lieu of flowers, please donate to the following organizations: Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps, & Bodie Foundation,  

Passing of William Shirey

December 7 1937  – August 8, 2019 

Passed away after a battle with Cancer.,  his family by his side . 
Started his Career in the San Diego Unit in the late 1950s after a stent in the army as a firefighter in Korea. William fininshed his career in TCU and AEU .

There are no plans at this time for services 

Condolences to:
Cheri Shirey 
P.O.Box 5294
Quartzsite AZ 85359

Passing of Dave Dituri

Dave, Ranger I,  passed away Friday August 2,2019.

Dave had been in the hospital and rest home since April after falling and breaking his Pelvis.  He had fallen again a few weeks ago and re-broke his Pelvis.

The family plans a private service sometime in the future.

Passing of Vernon Edgley

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of retired Battalion Chief Vern Edgley. Vern passed peacefully at 1:15 am Monday, July 15th at a hospice facility in Roseburg, Oregon. The family will announce a “Celebration of Life” at a later date.

Passing of William Smith

William (Bill) J. Smith passed away peacefully on June 17, 2019 at the age of 89. He was born in Santa Ana, CA. and his family moved to Forestville, CA. when he was three weeks old. On his maternal side, Bill was a fourth generation of the Ross family of Sebastopol and the Covey family of Forestville. He was a graduate of Analy High School, class of 1948. After high school, Bill worked on his father’s ranch in Forestville and later in Vacaville. He worked at a gas station prior to starting his career with the California Division of Forestry and retired as a Captain in 1991 after 32 years. While working for C.D.F. he served at many stations, the last, of which, was at Petaluma. Bill was also a volunteer in the police reserve for the Sebastopol Police Department. After retirement, he worked as a Parking Lot Attendant for 19 years, at what was then Great Western Bank. He was a great storyteller and enjoyed music. He was a long-time member of the Redwood Chordsmen. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Smith, his sons Rick (Candee) Smith, Bill Jr. (Anne) Smith, daughter Robin (Brian) Murch, stepchildren, Dan (Ingrid) Farrington, Candee (Rick) Smith, Melony (Jim) LaNier, Bruce Robbins, Laura (Dick) Grady, Penny (John) Stewart, Janet (Fred) Stanley, Gail (Tim) Ehlert, Linda Lott and Cheryl (Tyrone) Long, who was like a daughter. Twenty-nine grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren and his brother Charles (Siegrid) Smith. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Matthew Smith and mother, Irma Covey Smith, second wife, Alfreda Smith, step-daughter Gloria Santos and sister, Carol Durfee. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Westview Christian Church, 3950 Doubles Drive, Santa Rosa.

Passing of Donald Woods

Age 83, passed away at home surrounded by family. He served in the Navy, retired from California Depart- ment of Forestry (Fire Captain) and owned his own trucking company. He loved to travel in his 5th wheel with his wife Lenora, loved fishing, NASCAR and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Lenora Woods; 2 sisters, Judy and Sandy; sons, Donald Jr., Dean, and Duane; daughter, Denise; step-children, Richard, Dave and Lisa; 25 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Services will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Evans-Brown Mortuary, Sun City with Graveside Services to follow at Riverside National Cemetery. EVANS BROWN MORTUARY (951) 679-1114

Passing of Ralph Geissler

It is with a heavy heart that we need to communicate to his friends that our father, Ralph Geissler, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on the evening of Father’s Day at his home in Las Vegas.

He was diagnosed the week before with advanced lung cancer and had plans to start treatment soon. It was more advanced than his symptoms showed and was a surprise to everyone.

In his own words: “Well I finished my bucket list, but I’m not ready to die yet.”

We will be planning memorial services in Las Vegas, where he shared a home with his long time girlfriend Toto; in Twain Harte, where he raised us; and Kailua Kona, where he left his heart.

We know he loved to talk and was easily a friend to everyone. Please share your memories below or in a private message.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local public radio station or volunteer fire station.

We appreciate everyone’s support and condolences at this sad time.

Passing of James Acheson

James D. Acheson December 4, 1924 – May 21, 2019 SAN DIEGO James D. Acheson passed away peacefully May 21, 2019. He was born December 4, 1924 in Appleton, Wisconsin. At 17 he enlisted in the Navy serving in World War II, where he survived the sinking of the USS De Haven (DD-469). He returned home to marry his sweetheart, Patricia. Soon thereafter, James re-enlisted to serve his country in the Korean War. Afterward they moved to San Diego where James joined his brother Fred working for California Division of Forestry (Cal Fire). There they raised their six children. He worked 28 years with Cal Fire retiring as a Captain. After retirement he enjoyed traveling with Patricia visiting as many baseball parks as possible. He never wavered on his support of the Padres. He was a member of the Elks, American Legion, VFW and a charter member of the United Church of Christ in La Mesa. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage together before her passing in 2015. He is survived by five of his six children, Christine Wetmore (George), Blair, Laurie White, Jim, Julie Orenstein (Ed), Katherine (dec. 2016), seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a great man and will be missed more than words can say.Graveside service will be held on July 5, 2019, 11am, at Greenwood Memorial Park.

Passing of Stacy Hamilton

December 7, 1969 – June 8, 2019

The world has been sadly altered by the loss of Stacy Arthur Hamilton’s generous nature and kind heart. After succumbing to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Merced, California, Stacy died in the early hours on June 8, 2019.

Stacy was Born on December 7, 1969 in Redding, California to Monika and George Hamilton. He was a supportive and loving son who remained close with his parents throughout his life. A Sierra High School graduate, Stacy began his career in the United States Forest Service in 1993. Stacy worked hard and moved his way from serving with the On-Call Handcrew, to being detailed to the Redding Hotshots, to ultimately becoming the Heli Attack Captain out of Trimmer Station from 2000-2007. At this point Stacy moved to work for Cal Fire as a Fire Captain. He eventually was assigned to the Columbia Air Attack Base where, for the last nine years, he worked as an Air Tactical Group Supervisor.

Although Stacy committed his life to the heroic work of fighting fire, his greatest achievement continues to live on in his sons, Ian, 18, and Logan,15. The pride Stacy felt in his children surpassed the many accomplishments he attained in his life, and defined who Stacy was as a man.

In addition to being a devoted father, Stacy was best known for his love of skiing. Stacy shared this love with his wife, Katie. Stacy and Katie spent the first decade of their relationship skiing around the world, including several seasons in New Zealand, and an eventual wedding ceremony on a ski slope in Canada. Once he became a father, and they chose to return to Stacy’s home town to raise their children, it was inevitable that one of Stacy’s favorite things would become the annual ski trips he took with his wife, his sons, and his sons’ childhood friends. For many of these friends, Stacy would become a mentor, a role model, a father figure. These annual ski trips will be greatly missed by all, but will always be remembered for the impact Stacy made on the lives of those fortunate enough to have raced down the slopes by his side.

Stacy is survived by his parents, George and Monika Hamilton; his wife, Katie Hamilton; his children, Ian and Logan Hamilton; his brother and sister-in-law, Andy and Mary Kaiser; his sister-in-law Julie Orlando-Bagunu and her husband Moe Bagunu; numerous loving family members.

A gofundme account has been set up for the family to assist them through this difficult transition. It can be found by searching “Stacy Hamilton.” The link is:

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at Clovis Hills Community Church, 10590 North Willow Avenue, Clovis, CA 93619.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hamilton family.

Passing of Don Woods

    It is with sadness that I advise you that Don Woods, retired Fire Captain in prevention, retired in 1983, passed away last night at around 6:30 p.m. with family by his side.  

Don loved His CDF familly and so did his wife Lenora who also worked for CDF. Don helped to develop the weed abatement program for riverside county and he completely enjoyed serving the citizens of Riverside County.  

In August 2, 1970, Don was awarded the Medal of Valor for saving the life of a lady that was encircled by fire in Reche Canyon, He drove his pick-up through the flames and was able to get her to safety.  His 

citation and Medal of Valor was for an act of heroism far above and beyond the call of duty or service.  

His two favorite bosses in Riverside CDF were Dick Ernest and David Flake.  

He was a man who made a great impact working for CDF.   He will truly be missed.  

Service info will be shared as soon as it becomes available.  

Please keep the Woods family in your thoughts and prayers.