Passing of James Fox

James Fraiser Fox, of Orangevale, CA, passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  James was born in Modesto, CA on July 6, 1928 to the late Bertha (Sweet) and Everett Fox and was the beloved husband of Mervilyn (Dunning) Fox for sixty-three years.  Services will be Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:30 am at Fair Oaks Church located at 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA 95628.

Passing of George Pond

Retired Battalion Chief George Pond passed away February 5, 2019. Please pray for the repose of his soul and his family. No services are planned at this time. If anyone feels inclined to do something please donate to the museum or benevolent fund in his honor.

Passing of Jerry Weaver

Jerry Sylvester Weaver, 84, of Yuma, died Jan. 16, 2019, in Yuma.

Born Nov. 1, 1934, in Stillwater, Okla., he was a crew supervisor for California State Forestry and veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Sunset Vista Funeral Home is handling arrangements, including private cremation.

Passing of Joseph Russ IV

Joseph Russ IV passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 12, 2019. He was born July 25, 1936, to Joseph and Annette Russ III. Joe was the fourth generation of an early pioneering family that dates back to the 1850s with an expansive agricultural heritage. He was a passionate spokesperson for the California livestock and timber industries. Joe was in the last graduating class of the one-room Capetown Elementary School. He went on to Ferndale High School graduating in 1953 at the age of 16. He was elected the California State FFA President in 1954 and then attended UC Davis for two years before transferring to UC Berkeley where he graduated with a degree in business administration. He loved his years playing rugby for Cal. After graduating from Cal, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and was assigned to a helicopter squadron and was the Honorman of his platoon. Early in 1962, Joe, his brother Jack, and Phil Branstetter went to the California Ram Sale at Cal Expo. There, he was very fortunate to meet the love of his live and devoted partner Miss Karen Lane from Clements, California. Joe and Karen were married in 1963 at Mission San Carlos in Monterey. Joe and Karen began their lives together at the Bunker Hill Ranch where they ran sheep and cattle. He was chosen to be in Class I of the first Ag Leadership Program and forever recognized the need to advocate on behalf of landowners to protect private property rights. In addition to the Bunker Hill Ranch, Joe, his father, and brother Jack, shared many fond memories running various ranches in Humboldt County and later in Modoc and Shasta Counties. Joe was passionate about the need for producers to take an active and involved interest in both the political and regulatory environment. He served in a variety of positions locally as well as at the state and national level. Locally, this included twenty years of service on the Planning Commission, President of the Humboldt Del-Norte Cattleman’s Association, Farm Bureau, and Woolgrowers. At the state level, his service included President of the State Woolgrowers, Board member of the California State Board of Forestry, as well as the State Chamber of Commerce, and the California State Fair Association. He worked with numerous Governors over the years with the highlight being Chairman for Ronald Reagan’s Northern California gubernatorial campaign. In addition, he was chosen as a delegate to the Republican National Convention several times. He received numerous awards and recognition for his service to the agricultural industry as well as for stewardship of his own operations. This included being named California Livestock Man of the Year, following in the footsteps of both his father, Joseph Russ III, and his father-in-law, Kenny Lane. Locally, he was recognized with the Buckeye Stewardship Award and Humboldt CRP Lifetime Achievement Award. Joe was a founding member of the Stockmens Bank of Commerce, the Buckeye Association, and California Rangeland Trust. Joe was instrumental in the drafting and subsequent implementation of the Williamson Act which governs agricultural property tax rates in the State of California. Even with his accomplishments, Joe was most proud of his 55 years of marriage to his wife and partner, Karen, their three children, Renee Jackson, Kathy Christiansen, and Lane Russ, and their families. All three children have followed in his footsteps and are actively involved in production agriculture. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Russ III, his mother, Annette Russ, and his brother, Jack Russ. He is survived by his wife, Karen, his three children, Renee, Kathy and Lane, his eight grandchildren – Danielle Sayler, Jessica Jackson and Russ Jackson; Rachael, Rebecca and Regan Russ; and Garrett and Clara Christiansen – as well as his sister-in-law, Linda Russ, niece, Sarah Soloaga, nephew, Jay Russ, and their families. Joe especially enjoyed watching his grandkids compete in high school rodeo, basketball, baseball and soccer. Special thanks to Hospice of Humboldt and Dianna Jacobs for the amazing care and support. In lieu of flowers, any donations should be made to the California Rangeland Trust (916) 444-2096, the Pacific Legal Foundation (916) 419-7111, or any local Future Farmers of America Program. Services will be as follows: There will be a viewing from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm followed by a Rosary at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at the Chuch of the Assumption in Ferndale. On Wednesday January 23, 2019, at 1:00 pm there will be a Funeral Mass at the Church of the Assumption in Ferndale followed by a reception at the Ferndale Community Center from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Please sign the guestbook at

Passing of Alfred Harter

Alfred Forrest Harter, 82, of Bouse, Az., passed away on December 12, 2018.

He was born to parents Howard Edmond Harter and Elza Naomi Henry Harter, on November 4, 1936, in Snoqualmie Falls, WA.

Forrest graduated from Fort Bragg High School, in Fort Bragg, CA, in 1954. He entered the US Army in 1959 and served in the Army Security Agency. Forrest began work for the California Department of Forestry in 1961 as an equipment operator and eventually become a Crew Foreman. As Crew Foreman, he ran a firefighting crew from Eel River Conservation Camp (Redway, Ca) during his last 5 years. After retirement from CDF in 1981, Forrest went on to study Industrial Arts at Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA and graduated with Masters of Arts.

Forrest enjoyed woodworking, metalworking, tinkering and generally making stuff work. In his younger years, Forrest served as a Cub Scout leader and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 56, in Redway, CA, in the 1970s. Forrest could often be found camping, under a vehicle hood, fixing something at a friend’s home or after retirement, at Redwood Gun Club showing up the youngsters with his WW2 rifles. He also had a passion genealogy researching his family back to the 13th century.

Forrest and Georgeann “Jan” Mae Decker were married on August 7, 1966, in Reno, NV. Together they raised children: Aaron, Jann “Sissy” Naomi, and Howard Hall.

Forrest is survived by sons Aaron and Howard Hall (Dianna), grandchildren Larissa Harter and Elizabeth, Hunter and Colton Harter, sister Naomi Harter Demayo and lifelong friend Richard “Rick” Oney.

Forrest was preceded in death by his parents Howard Edmond & Elza, wife Jan, daughter Sissy, and sisters Lael Harter Weinand and Sharon Harter Galliani.

The family has entrusted Fry Chapel Mortuary of Blythe, CA with the arrangements. A graveside service is scheduled for December 22, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Red Bluff, CA.


Passing of Walter Watton

Walter H. Watton passed away on October 15, 2018 at his home in Yreka. He was 77 years old. Walt was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Richard and Esther Watton. He was one of seven children, survived by his only sister, Ramona Doran. Walt joined the U.S. Navy, which landed him in San Diego. While there, he met the love of his life Judith Stark, whom he married in 1965. He is the beloved father or three, Ramona, Richard, and Rhonda. He also has seven treasured grandchildren and two adored great grandchildren.

Walt was a hard working man that put in and retired after 25 years with the California Department of Forestry, where they nicknamed him as “Pappy.” He put in 42 years with the Elks Lodge, where he joined in El Cajon Lodge #1812 in 1976, demitted and transferred to Yreka Lodge #1980 in 1983. In 1999, Walt became an Honorary Life Member.

Walt Enjoyed traveling, chili cook–offs, and devoted his time to helping others. He loved his family above all else. He was understanding, non judgmental, and enjoyed life to the fullest. Walt lost his battle to cancer, and will be missed by many. there will be a memorial held at the Yreka Elks Lodge #1980 on Monday Oct. 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Bar opens at 1:00 p.m.

Online condolences may be made at Girdner Funeral Chapel is assisting the family.


Passing of Daniel McGath Jr.

Daniel Vernell McGath Jr, of Crescent City, CA passed away unexpectedly at Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital  in Nevada on November 3rd 2018 at age 75 with his family by his side.
Dan was born on November 19, 1942 in Bloomington Il to Daniel V Sr and Marian E McGath (Miller). He graduated from Rubidoux High School. On August 25, 1962 he married his lifelong partner and wife of 56 years, Linda Marie Rogers in Riverside CA. They welcomed two daughters into their home, Lisa and Cynthia and instilled in them the values of family, love and life skills.
He worked at several jobs, Gladding McBeam/InterPace, Rohr Aircraft, Sheet Metal Journeyman, Jurupa Community Services Dist. Then the job/career he loved and was well respected at and for, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection for 28 years. He retired as Fire Crew Captain from Alder Conservation Camp in June of 2000.
He loved his family and did everything he could to guide them and encourage them to do their best. He was strong but always loving and kind, wanted the best for them.
He built his home in Crescent City with the help of family and many, many friends, for which he was eternally grateful.
He loved his family and friends and was always willing to help/lend a hand when needed. He enjoyed camping with family and friends, going to Arizona to visit family and go gold prospecting (never found much but enjoyed the adventure/hunt). He was well respected and highly thought of by family, friends and community.
He is survived by his loving wife Linda, daughters Lisa McGath, Santa Rosa, CA; Cynthia DeSomber (Earl) Smith Valley, NV; grandchildren Justin Sturdevant, Portland OR; Jared McCasland, Eureka NV; Derrick DeSomber (Stevie) Crescent City CA; Nicole DeSomber, Crescent City CA; Ryland DeSomber, Reno NV. Great grandchildren Brantley and Ryder McCasland Eureka NV; Brooke and little Miss Hazel DeSomber (due in Feburary 2019. Brother Michael McGath (Vickie) McGath, Brother in law Jet Rogers (Melody) Wickenburg AZ. Numerous Nephews and Nieces. As well as all of the very close friends he has made through the years and was truly blessed by each and every one of you Preceded in death by his father and mother, Daniel Sr and Marian McGath and sister Patricia Ann McGath, sister in law Connie Stackhouse and brother in law De Rogers.
A Celebration of Life will be held on December 1st 2018 at Crescent City Fire Station 255 W. Washington Blvd, Crescent City, CA at 2:00 pm. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the CDF Firefighter Benevolent Fund, CAL FIRE Local 2881, Headquarters Office, 1731 J St, Suite 100, Sacramento CA 95811 or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Passing of Marvin Eaves Jr.

Mr. Marvin “Deacon” Lee Eaves, Jr. was born on September 21, 1946 in San Bernardino, California, to the late Mary Elizabeth Gowen Eaves and the late Marvin Lee Eaves, Sr.  Marvin passed away at age 72 on October 26, 2018, in Whitefish, Montana surrounded by his loving family.  Marvin served in the United States Navy from February 1965 until being medically discharged in August 1969. Marvin was Proud to serve on the U.S.S Ticonderoga CVA-14 during the Vietnam War.  Marvin started his fire service career in the summer of 1968 and retired as an Assistant Chief for CAL FIRE in 2002.  Post-retirement, Marvin was a member of Ferndale Fire Department from 2002 until 2013. Marvin worked as their Assistant Fire Chief from 2005-2008, Fire Chief 2008-2010, Assistant Chief Fire Marshall 2010-2013, and Fire District Chairman from 2010-2013. Marvin was a loving husband to Connie Sue Eaves and was married for 49 years. Marvin is survived by his three Children and seven Grandchildren.  Marvin loved Montana and enjoyed being in the outdoors.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter.  He also enjoyed traveling in his motorhome and spending time with his family at his Montana home. He loved and cherished his Church, and was the head usher at Cornerstone Community Church in Kalispell MT.  Marvin touched may people’s lives throughout his life and will be missed not only by his family but by everyone who has been a part of his life journey.  He will always be Connie’s “forever.”

Donations m can be made in Marvin’s name to American Cancer Society Montana Chapter

Darlington Cremation and Burial Service is caring for Marvin and his family.


Passing of Michael Daly

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Michael (Mike) A. Daly, loving father, grandfather, son and brother, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 50.

Mike was born on February 29, 1968 in Watsonville, CA to Denis and Margaret Daly. He grew up in Watsonville attending local schools and graduating from Watsonville High in 1986. Mike went on to become a Firefighter starting as a volunteer at Salsipuedes Fire District in 1987 and then began his career with CAL Fire in 1989 in the San Mateo/Santa Cruz Unit. Mike worked for the next 19 years as a Fire Fighter and Fire Apparatus Engineer in different locations throughout the State before facing a career ending injury in 2008. Mike raised a beautiful daughter Sierra who was his pride and joy and took her to all the places he worked. On January 5, 2018, Sierra gave Mike his first grandchild named Sophia Mae. Mike was a proud grandpa (papa) watching Sophia grow and play was the highlight of his day. Mike loved his girls more than words can describe.

Mike had a passion for firefighting, but he also had a passion for sports and the outdoors. He loved baseball playing all the way through high school and NASCAR racing. He enjoyed trips out to many race tracks throughout California along with different states. He enjoyed fishing and duck hunting with his father Denis, and most recently over the last few years going fishing with his son-in-law Michael. He was a real one of a kind man, he always welcomed everyone with open arms. He made sure everyone around him was always happy and having a good time and wherever you were going he always made sure you were getting there safe and sound.

He is survived by his Mother and Father Margert and Denis Daly, his beloved Daughter Sierra and Son in law Michael, Granddaughter Sophia Mae. his brother Denis, and a nephew Clay.

A viewing will be held on Thursday October 11, 2018 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at Ave Maria Memorial Chapel in Watsonville. A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Valley Catholic Church in Watsonville at 10:00 am with the final blessing to follow at Pajaro Valley Memorial Park in Watsonville.