Passing of Billy (Gene) Hickman

Billy Eugene (Gene) Hickman (Retired Ranger 2 {Division Chief} was born on October 28, 1936 to parents Chester and Alzie (Ramsey) Hickman in McAlester, OK and left us to join family and friends in Heaven June 10, 2018. Eugene is survived by his wife Sydney Hickman, Son Greg, daughter Christina (Rick) Keller and honorary son Bobby Askins. Grandchildren Branden (Diana) Waters; Casey (Brandi) Hickman; Robby (Amber) DenUyl; a Celie Hickman. Great grandchildren Alexander DenUyl (9), Caleb Waters (8), C J (13) and Caylee (12) Pineda (Waters). Brother in-law Willie (Dollie) Case; Sister Geraldine Miller and many loved nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Alzie; brother, Don Hickman; sister’s Dorthy Tarbell, and LoRita Trammell. And many loved extended family and friends.

Eugene was the fourth of the 5 Hickman children who were packed up by their parents and traveled from Pittsburg County for better farm land in California settling in Visalia on a small plot of land. Eugene graduated from Redwood High School. He met his soon to be wife, Sydney Case, at Mearle’s Drive In. Gene worked alongside his father, Chester at Rainbow Bakery on the Oval. Eugene joined the United States Army and was stationed in Hawaii. Upon his retirement from the Army, Gene began his career as a Seasonal Firefighterand was appointed as a Fire Apparatus Engineer in the Tulare Unit in 1959. He was promoted to Fire Captain, and was assigned to the Westside Fire District of Fresno County. In 1964 through 1967, Gene worked at the Mountain Home Conservation Camp as a Fire Crew Supervisor, and during the declared fire season he was assigned as Relief Air Coordinator working out of the Porterville Air Attack Base. In May of 1967, Gene was assigned as a Fire Prevention Officer working out of Visalia Headquarters. Hickman was later promoted to Ranger 1 (Battalion Chief) working in the Dinuba Battalion. Gene was then appointed as a Ranger 2(Division Chief) working in the Valley Division and responsible for the day to day operation of the Tulare County Contract. In 1988, in preparation for his retirement he transferred back to Mountain’s he loved, at Mountain Home Conservation Camp as the Division Chief. Then retired in December 1991. In retirement Gene camped with friends and family, fishing and hunting. Gene loved living on his 5 acre farm growing walnut trees and raising cattle, swine, sheep, goats, chickens and various game birds. He and Sydney enjoyed towing the kids and their horses to the Rodeos, Roping’s and the Visalia Rockettes practices and State Show in Santa Rosa. After they became empty nester’s Gene reluctantly sold the place and followed Sydney to Cambria. Gene took a job at The State Park of Hearst Castle and after several years returning to Visalia settling into a fixer upper on Visalia Road to again raise a few livestock and work for Badger Hill Estates Security Gate. Gene finally retired again and moved in town to Walnut Park where he gained many new friends who will miss him greatly.

Please join us to Celebrate Gene, dad, Papa (Goat), Uncle, friend and Chief at his service: June 6, 2018 at 9:00 am, Salser and Dillard Funeral Home, 127 E. Caldwell Ave, Visalia, CA 93277.

Reception following service at: The Veterans Memorial Building, 609 W. Center Ave, Visalia, CA 93291.


Passing of Blaine Moore

Blaine Moore, retired Sonoma Ranger Unit Battalion Chief, passed away May 7th.

Blaine retired in 1993 and was the long time BC in charge of the Sonoma Air Attack Base. He was a statewide legend in the CDF air operations program.

No services are planned at his request; however, condolences may be sent to his wife Merrill at 460 Pheasant Lane, Santa Rosa, 95403.

Jimmy Barnes did a really nice write up on the Associated Aerial Firefighters Facebook page


Passing of Retired FC Chuck Garton




Subject: Passing of Retired FC Chuck Garton

I am saddened to report the passing of Retired Fresno – Kings Fire Captain Chuck Garton at the age of 74. Captain Garton was born June 27, 1943, and passed away on April 28, 2018, with all his family with him. He spent 37 years working in both the Fresno – Kings, and Tulare Units of CAL FIRE. In FKU he worked in the ECC, Schedule A and Prevention and Retired from Miramonte Camp in 2000. Chuck was also an Army veteran and served in the 82nd Airborne.




The date for a Celebration of Life is 1:00, May 20th at Dunlap Community Club.



Cards can be mailed to:

Wendy Garton

48910 Dunlap Road

Miramonte, CA 93641


Additional information will be made available later.


Passing of Charles Garton

Charles Marion Garton, age 74, of Miramonte, California entered into rest on Friday April 27, 2018. Charles was born June 27, 1943 in Turlock, California.


He spent 37 years working in both the Fresno – Kings  and Tulare Units of CAL FIRE. In FKU he worked in the ECC, Schedule A and Prevention and Retired from Miramonte Camp in 2000. Chuck was also an Army veteran and served in the 82nd Airborne.


Charles is survived by his wife, Wendy Garton.


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


Passing of Joseph Clark

Joseph Lee Clark died March 31, 2018, in Paso Robles, California. Joe was the second of two children born to Harlan and Doris (Mayer) (Clark) Shaffer, August 29, 1949, in Redding, California. Joe was active in Boy Scouts. As an adult, he was a member of the Red Bluff Elks Lodge, the Lions Club of Lockwood, and the Knights of Columbus of Paso Robles. At the age of 16, Joe became a seasonal firefighter for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. After Red Bluff High School graduation in 1967, Joe attended Shasta Jr. College, and obtained the Degree of Associate in Arts in Machine Shop. Soon thereafter, as his draft number was 60, he marched into the U.S. Army Recruiter’s office and asked, “Got anything besides walking?” He served 17 months for the Army, stationed in Long Binh, Vietnam as a Flying Crew Chief in the 120th Assault Helicopter Company with the Razorbacks. Upon an Honorable Discharge, he worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Northern California. In 1973, when an opening became available at the California Department of Forestry, he was employed as a Fire Apparatus Engineer. In 1986, Joe made the rank of Fire Captain and was stationed at Gabilan Camp in Monterey County. For the last fourteen years of his service with CDF, he was stationed at San Luis Obispo’s Cuesta Conservation Camp, retiring in 2002. After his retirement, personnel of SLO Camp asked Joe to return. He worked as a Clerk from 2005-08 as a retired annuitant (as Joe always said, a “retired irritant”). To add to his working resume, he was employed part-time at Orchard Supply Hardware for 11 years. Joe’s love of family made him a rock solid individual all of us could depend on. Joe also provided security for local Templeton football games and drove the cheerleaders to all the away games, which gave him joy. Despite all the hard work he put in to life, from courage under fire in Vietnam to the blazing fires of mother nature’s wrath, he maintained the highest level of composure. Some of his most heroic acts did not come with a medal but left us with indelible memories. Once in a while Joe did what we call “tractor therapy;” move dirt and dig tree holes for community, family, and friends’ projects – his favorite, to plow the fields with a grandkid or two in his lap. Joseph is survived by his wife, Laura, of Paso Robles; mother, Doris Shaffer (Phillip, husband deceased), of Templeton; sons and spouses: Theodore of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Christopher and Jennifer of Atascadero, Benjamin and Lisa of Yucca Valley; daughter, Allison with companion, Nolan Gustafson, of Paso Robles; and two grandchildren: Jayce and Sienna. He was predeceased by his father, Harlan; and brother, Michael. A viewing will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, Monday, April 9, 2018, with a Vigil Service at 6:30 pm, at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, April 10th at St. Rose of Lima Church, both in Paso Robles. A reception will follow the service.


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.