Fallen Heroes – More Discounted Raider Tickets Available!


The Raiders have allocated another block of 100 tickets for us to sell at non-profit discounted pricing for this event: $60/ea on the 1st level

Tickets will be in EITHER Sec. 135 or 149, but we will not have this info until 1 week prior to the game. Groups CAN be accommodated.

Tickets are on sale NOW, however. They will be emailed to you upon our receipt of them.



HALF-TIME Police vs. Fire Competition

ALSO…. the departments competing in the Half-Time Police vs. Fire Competition on the field have been selected!!!

Law Enforcement:

1. San Jose P.D., 2. Santa Cruz P.D., 3. CHP, 4. Galt P.D.


1. Oakland Fire, 2. San Jose Fire, 3. Cal Fire, 4. Davis Fire

This is a new event for the Raiders and will be fun to watch (and fun for participants)! Team ‘Coaches’ will include Retired Raiders Barry Sims and Steve Wisniewski!!

Come join in and enjoy Kinder’s BBQ at the Tailgate Event prior to the Game!

See Details on our website at:


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: www.gf./u/tc9v3p

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 www.boicefuneralhome.com 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.  

Passing of Edward Katri

Edward Kasmir Katri passed away on December 20, 2018 in Eureka, CA. Ed was born to Antone and Clelia Katri on July 16, 1937 in Eureka, CA. He lived in Humboldt County his whole life. His career consisted of farming, working in the woods, driving truck and operating heavy equipment. He served 2 years in the Army before his 30 years of state service with CalTrans and CDF. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary, and his two daughters, Kim and Cindy. He is also survived by his sister and brother, Kathy Machado (Rich) and Tom (Sandra), and many more relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother William. Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 2 PM to 7 PM at Goble’s Mortuary in Fortuna with a rosary to follow. Funeral services will be the following day, December 28, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fortuna at 10 AM. Internment will follow at St. Bernard’s Mausoleum in Eureka. A reception will be held at the Fortuna Fire Hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, please give to the .

Passing of Philip Brown

Philip C. Brown of Springville CA passed away peacefully on March 14,2019 at the age of 90. He was born on August 24,1928 in Milfay Oklahoma to Philip W. and Hazel T. Brown. Phil’s father passed away two months prior to his birth and his mother remarried to Leander J. Swartzlander. Phil’s family farmed and in 1942 they came to Los Angeles California and then relocating to the Cutler area. Phil did farm work and drove trucks until he landed a job at Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park and continued working there until he was drafted into the Army in 1951. Phil served with the 40th Infantry Division, 223rd Infantry Rgt in Korea as a Rifleman and Truck Driver. After receiving an Honorable discharge in October 1953 he went to work for the California Division of Forestry (CDF) in the Tulare Unit. It was at this same time he met Ophelia Elizabeth Arnold who quickly became the love of his life, the two were married and enjoyed an everlasting love until her passing in 2014. Phil continued working for CDF relocating his young family to Fort Bragg in 1957 and later Howard Forest in Willits California in 1959 as a Forest Fire Truck Driver and Firefighter Foreman. In 1961 he transferred to the CDF air program as an air attack Captain out of Ukiah Air Base returning to Howard Forest in 1963. In 1965 he promoted to Forestry Project Foreman at Mountain Home Camp near Springville where he would finish his career on December 2, 1985. It was at Mountain Home where he earned his reputation as an outstanding fireman and a leader, he was highly respected in the firefighting world and a mentor to many young firefighters and left a legacy that continues today. In 1988 Phil began another career as a Bus Driver for Special Operations hauling firefighters to fires all over the country. Together with his “sidekick” the late Ben Charley they traveled all over the country hauling fire crews to many different fires. As if this wasn’t enough Phil and Ophelia raised five boys and maintained a home that was always full of love. This love extended beyond the family, you were always welcome and you never left hungry. Phil believed in honesty and hard work and instilled these traits in his sons and many of their friends. Phil was an outstanding cook, a trade he learned from Ophelia and many Springville residents will attest to.

Phil had many affectionate nicknames he was known as,”Big Phil”, Pappy, Papa, Senior, or Great Papa. He was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and received his 65 year pin in December 2018. Every year faithfully, Phil would drive the old Army jeep in both the Springville Rodeo and Porterville Veterans Day parades flashing his infectious grin. He instituted the “Jackass Sheriff’ for Springville’s Jackass Mail Run. He could always be counted on to put the Flags up on Memorial Day, Flag Day, and any other day the flag needed to be flown. When Phil wasn’t busy volunteering in the community he loved so much, he could be found at the sawmill creating woodwork pieces as a hobby or spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Phil was an icon of the Springville community, known by most. He had a sense of humor like no other and a way of making everyone laugh. He had a zest for life and lived it to its fullest, he touched the hearts and lives of people until the day he left in peace. Phil will be greatly missed yet, his spirit will live on with everyone he knew. He is survived by his sisters Wanda Arnold of Dinuba and Linda Puig of Hanford. Brothers Jack Swartzlander of Hanford and Paul Swartzlander of Oregon. His sons Philip (Terren) Brown of Porterville, James (Nannette) Brown, Dennis (Deanna) Brown, Gary Brown of Springville and Mark Brown of Tehachapi. 12 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of life will be held Saturday April 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Springville Veterans Memorial Building in Springville CA. Cards are welcome, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Springville Veterans Post 9499, Springville Rodeo Association or a .

Passing of James Hart

James L. Hart was born in Madera Calif. June 15, 1940 to Donald B. Hart and Kathryn L. Hart, 3-years later his sister Diana Hart-Wyatt was born. He attended all his schooling in Fresno, Calif. In June 1959 He graduated from Roosevelt High, where he was an outstanding distance runner. He received the “Harry Coffee Award” in Track in his Senior year. He set or broke records in distance running as well as breaking the pull-up record.

In 1957 he went to work for Calif. Div. of Forestry, as a seasonal Firefighter. In 1960 he promoted to Fire Engineer, at East Fresno Sta. 8, then Fire Capt. In 1970. He Worked 44-years for what became Cal-Fire, assigned all of his career in Fresno with what became known as Fresno Co. Fire Prot. Dist. He spent 10-years as Capt. of Sta. 88 during the Paramedic program which was the busiest station in Cal-Fire during several of those years. In 2001 He retired at Clovis Sta. 85 Where he had promoted to Capt. in 1970. He retired April 19, 2001. After he retired he moved to Oregon after having open heart surgery. After moving to Oregon he joined the Civil Air Patrol where he was appointed Safety Officer for 2 ½ years.

On February 12, 2019, Jim Hart went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, having finished his life here to go wait for his Wife and Best Friend to join him. Jim Loved his wife so much the Lord extended his life here for many years. He was plagued with lung, heart and c-spine injuries for 15 yeas after his retirement. After 44-years with CDF/Cal Fire. His favorite saying was still “That was the best job anyone could ever have.”
He is survived by his wife Kathleen Smith-Hart and her 3 children. He also leaves his two daughters, Kathy Strawn and Darla Kitkowski, from his first wife who preceded him in death. He also leaves 9-grandchildren and 7-great grandchildren.