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.


Passing of James McBride

Beloved father, husband, and respected division Chief (ret) James McBride has responded to his final alarm.

We respectfully ask that all those who knew, worked, and loved our dad and husband make arrangements to attend the celebration of his life.

October 6th at 10 a.m.

St Thomas the Apostle Church

3774 Jackson St Riverside, CA 92503

If you are unable to attend and would like to send messages, please send them to

Please share your stories of Dad and wishes to the family. We are collecting messages to share with his grandkids as well.

If you wish to send flowers to the service, please contact 951-689-1131. Gifts in his memory should be directed towards the Knights of Columbus at St Thomas or the Cal Fire local 2881 Benevolent Foundation.


Passing of Everett Lebow

Everett James Lebow, 96, of Arroyo Grande, passed peacefully in his sleep on the morning of August 22, 2018, in Arroyo Grande after a brief, unexpected illness. He was born on May 18, 1922, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma to James M. Lebow and Lulu Mae Voreis. Everett was a World War II veteran, charter member of the Elks Lodge of Oceano #2504, and worked many years for the California Division of Forestry. Everett is survived by his partner of 36 years, Carolyn “Sally” Kingsbury; his sister; nephew; stepchildren; and grandchildren. He was a good man that will leave an empty space in the hearts of everyone that knew him. Graveside services will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, August 25, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elks Lodge of Oceano #2504.


Passing of Lew H. Smith

Lew Smith passed away on Sunday. He worked for CDF for 30+ years and loved the CDF family/community.

There will be a grave site service on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018, at the Sanger Cemetery, followed by lunch and refreshments at his son’s house at 9544 N. Stanford Avenue in Clovis.

Passing of Retired HFEO Douglas White

Sonora – Douglas Wayne White, 70 of Sonora, CA passed away in his home on July 2, 2018.

Doug was born on August 23, 1947, in Visalia, CA to Winfred and Dorothy White. Upon graduating from Woodlake High School in 1965, he attended the College of the Sequoias before enlisting in the Army. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served 2 tours of duty from 1967-1969.

In 1970, Doug married the love of his life, Linda Wallen and went to work for the County of Tulare – Road Department for 6 years before joining the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection where he worked for 30 years as a Heavy Fire Equipment Operator and taught at the CDF academy, retiring in 2005. He was a member of the Sonora Elks, Sons in Retirement, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans Assistance, the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans.

Doug enjoyed reading, hunting, golfing and especially fishing at his favorite pond at the Johnson’s Ranch, courtesy of the Johnson Family, where he spent time with his children, grandchildren and many other friends and family along the way who called him “grandpa.”

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda and their sons Marc White (Shandy Watson and children), Aaron White (Hava White), sister Janet White-Johnson (Bruce Johnson), grandchildren Vincent White, Benjamin White and Brock White.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandson Cory Douglas White.

Doug was best known for his love of sharing stories about his life and engaging conversation about history and working for the fire department. He was a best friend, devoted father, and husband and loving grandpa, who touched the hearts of all who met him.

Pastor Tom Sharpe of St. Matthews Lutheran Church will be leading services on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 10 AM at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel, 127 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277. Interment service will immediately follow at Tulare Cemetery, 900 E. Kern Ave., Tulare, CA 93274.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Sonora Area Foundation, 362 S. Stewart St., Sonora, CA 95370, for the Cory D. White Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to graduating High School seniors. Condolences may be offered by logging onto


Published in Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta on July 7, 2018

Passing of Ray Hogland

It is with tremendous sadness that we report the passing of Ray Hogland this afternoon (June 15) in Sparks, Nevada, following a long fight against the effects of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Army; a retired heavy equipment operator with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; a past director of the California Firemen’s Muster Association; and a member of the CDF-Mendocino Muster Team; a member of That Dam Engine Company Muster Team; and a good friend to all whom he met. A celebration of life for Ray’s friends and family is tentatively planned in August, details to be announced later.

A private family funeral service is being scheduled.


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.