Passing of Casey Craig

Casey Craig, MMU
Fire Captain
August 29, 2019

We are deeply saddened to report that overnight Fire Captain Casey Craig, from the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit, passed away while off duty. Casey started with CAL FIRE in 1994 as a Fire Fighter I in the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit. He worked his way through the ranks and spent most of his career in Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. Please join us in keeping Casey and his loved ones in your thoughts.

Passing of Mike Stonum

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mike Stonum passed away peacefully in his Lodi home at 6:45 PM tonight, August 30, 2019, after a hard fought and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. When Memorial arrangements are made I will send out the information as soon as possible.

On a personal note I had known and worked with Mike for over thirty years. He was always a positive, and good natured person that was never hesitant to take on a challenge. He kept that positive attitude and resolve right to the end, and I am truly inspired by the dignity and courage he displayed under such extreme adversity.

Please send your condolences to:

The Stonum Family
118 North Avena Avenue
Lodi, CA 95240

Steve Barrett
CALFIRE Firefighters Family Liaison

Passing of Boyd Newby

Retired RRU Battalion Chief 3114, Boyd Newby passed away peacefully this morning at approximately 5:08 am with family by his side.  

Battalion Chief Boyd Newby started his CAL FIRE career in the San Bernardino Ranger Unit during the summer of 1962 as a Seasonal Firefighter assigned to the San Bernardino Headquarters Station. During this time BC Newby was also assigned to the Summit Lookout. From 1964 to 1971 he served in the Orange Ranger Unit as a Firefighter and Fire Apparatus Engineer. Following his time with the Orange Ranger Unit, BC Newby promoted to HFEO at the Oak Glen Conservation Camp in the Riverside Ranger Unit from 1971 to 1972. From 1972 to 1974, BC Newby served as a Fire Captain at the Oak GlenConservation Camp. He transferred to the Ryan Air Attack Base and served as an ATGS from 1974 to 1977. In 1977 BC Newby transferred to Southern Operations Command Center as an OCC Captain and remained there until 1982. He transferred to the San Bernardino Ranger Unit in 1982 as a Fire Captain at the Owen’s Valley Conservation Camp until 1986. For his final assignment in 1986, he promoted to Battalion Chief 3114,Corona Battalion, in the Riverside Ranger Unit until his retirement in 1997. 

BC Newby also served the State of California as an Operations Section Chief for Incident Management Team 10 throughout his career. 

He was a steward of our land and actively worked to preserve and protect rare, threatened and endangered species while fulfilling the State’s Mission. 

Battalion Chief Boyd Newby was an invaluable resource and exemplary Firefighter for the State of California. Over the course of his 35-year career, Battalion Chief Boyd Newby’s enthusiaSsm and devotion to the Department and its resources inspired, influenced, and will forever remain in the hearts and minds of those that he worked with.

A Celebration of Life will be held on August 24, 2019 at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92504. Service will begin at 10:00 am.The family is requesting that work response uniform be worn and in lieu of flowers, please donate to the following organizations: Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps, & Bodie Foundation,  

Passing of William Shirey

December 7 1937  – August 8, 2019 

Passed away after a battle with Cancer.,  his family by his side . 
Started his Career in the San Diego Unit in the late 1950s after a stent in the army as a firefighter in Korea. William fininshed his career in TCU and AEU .

There are no plans at this time for services 

Condolences to:
Cheri Shirey 
P.O.Box 5294
Quartzsite AZ 85359

Passing of Dave Dituri

Dave, Ranger I,  passed away Friday August 2,2019.

Dave had been in the hospital and rest home since April after falling and breaking his Pelvis.  He had fallen again a few weeks ago and re-broke his Pelvis.

The family plans a private service sometime in the future.

Passing of Vernon Edgley

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of retired Battalion Chief Vern Edgley. Vern passed peacefully at 1:15 am Monday, July 15th at a hospice facility in Roseburg, Oregon. The family will announce a “Celebration of Life” at a later date.

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.