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 www.campbell-lewis.com 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.
most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Danny Lee Dan Castleman
November 21 1945 January 11 2020.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Miller Jones Mortuary
1501 W Florida, Hemet
Hemet Presbyterian Church
515 E. Kimball Av
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
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, https://cwfm.info/
Edward James Phillips of Porterville, CA was born on December 3, 1941 in Tulare CA. He passed away on December 9, 2019 at age 78, in Porterville, CA with his family by his side. Ed worked with the California Department of Forestry for 32 years, retired, then began a new adventure with his wife Claudia in ranching, and opening 3 businesses; Pizza factory, Cherry Tree Catering, and Dickeys Barbecue Pit, before retiring again. He is survived by his brothers Chuck Phillips (Randi), and Mike Jacobs (Yvonne), his children Monica Tinker (Dennis), Annette Schroen (Mark) and Weston Phillips (Kelly), along with 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Claudia Phillips, and his parents Clarence and Lillie Jacobs.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 21, 2019 at ll:00 am at Myers Funeral Home, followed by a celebration of life at The Porterville Fair Grounds.
Fred Benton passed away 12/21/19 in Siskiyou County, were he had been a resident for several years.
Fred Benton retiring on or about December 1992 from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as SFR 1 (Battalion Chief) Sierra-Cascade Region II ECC Chief. Fred spent many year working in that capacity and was instrumental in the combining the Region II and the North Zone facility at the Redding Airport to make it an Interagency Operation (USFS, DOI, CDF) as the old terms, known as I believe to be Radio Call 2 – Zone. Which is now the Northern GACC/North Ops. Fred was great with this position developing the relations with all the agencies involved. Fred was very involved in the improvements to the telecommunication of Region II and throughout the state. Fred was a private pilot and also had commercial, multi engine ratings flying the Departments aircraft and was very involved in the Departments aviation program. Flying the Region administrative aircraft a Cessna 337 Skymaster and the Grumman O-2, Fred also would assist in the Air Tactical Group (aka Air Attack) supervisor training that is still held in Redding.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Family during this time of loss.
Griffin Carter was born June 3, 1950 in San Francisco and grew up there. He
died of a massive heart attack early Thanksgiving morning, Nov 28,
2019. He is thought to have suffered only a few minutes if at all.
John graduated from
Washington High School in 1968. He took that summer off for a
surfing holiday and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in September 1968. Upon
leaving the military, he went to college at the College of the Redwoods then
finished up at UC Berkley. He started his firefighting at the College of
the Redwoods where he worked as a firefighter. He graduated UC Berkley with a
BS in Forestry in 1976. He entered the ranks of CDF in 1972, now called
CalFire as a seasonal forest firefighter where he rose to the rank of Deputy
Chief. In 1984 he was awarded the CSFA Award of Valor for risking
his life while off duty by pulling a man from a burning truck before the
gas tank exploded, completely engulfing the area in flames. This and other
heroic deeds were an everyday part of his life on and off the job.
John Carter was a fun & loving father and a loving and
supportive husband – his wife Molly’s hero, always ready to lend a
helping hand to friends, family and strangers. He is survived by his wife
Marlene (“Molly”), daughter Stacia, son Steve, grandson Colton Carter
Boyd, brother Jim, two brothers-in-law: Lyle (Dan) and Martin Hintz
and many nieces and nephews. John will be buried at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park –
8201 Greenback Ln, Fair Oaks at 11:00 a.m. Dec. 21, 2019. A memorial service
will be held at 12:00 at the VWF at 8990 Kruitof Way, Fair Oaks. The
family would be honored to have friends and family celebrate his life
with stories at the memorial. A light lunch will be served after the