Passing of Paul Rotondaro

Fire Captain, Paul Vincent Rotondaro, from the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU), was killed on duty early Wednesday, October 2nd, in a head-on collision while driving from Gustine Fire Station to Usona Fire Station.
Paul began his career as a Firefighter 1 with CAL FIRE at Ahwahnee Firestation in MMU in 2006. He promoted to a Firefighter II in Merced Division in MMU in 2011. In 2012 he promoted to LT Fire Apparatus Engineer (FAE) in MMU then transferred to the Riverside Unit as a permanent FAE in 2015. Paul promoted to an LT Fire Captain in MMU in 2016 and shortly after became a permanent Fire Captain where he was currently assigned.
Paul is survived by the love of his life, Jennifer, his daugher, Kiersten (13 years old) and his son Wyatt Dune (16 months old), his father, Vincent Rotondaro, his parents, Michael and Toni McMillin, his brothers, Kirk (Megan), Kyle (Garyn), and Chase (Kiah), his sister, Shannon Dunch (Jeffrey), his grandparents Tom and Catherine Shippey, his adorable goddaughter Emma Wortman, numerous loving uncles, aunts, cousins, and his family of firefighters.
Paul was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed camping, off-road everything, boating, sand, sand, and more sand, and many more outdoor activies. He loved to read and shared books with his Granddaddy.
He grew up in Merced, CA and is an alumni of Our Lady of Mercy School and Golden Valley High School. He served and trained his siblings as altar servers for St. Patrick’s parish.
In High School he was active in FFA. For small engines he placed 1st in the state on his judging team and played high school football as an offensive lineman for the G. V. Cougars. He then graduated from Merced JC with an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science. He was currently working on his bachelors degree. He was always motivated to improve his knowledge for himself and for his family.
Working for the fire department, Paul involved himself in many things. Paul actively was a part of the Type 1 Hazardous Materials team in Merced several years. He was on Cal Fire Incident Management Team 3 in the Finance Section. He was a member of the Merced County Type 2 Rescue team. He oversaw radio tech issues for all of Merced County Fire Department and he had worked as part of the Aircraft Fire Rescue team at Castle Airport.
A viewing for Captain Paul will be held at Ivers and Alcorn Funeral home on Wednesday, October 9th from 6:00- 9:00 PM.
The Mass for Paul will be held on Thursday, October 10 at 10:00 am. at St. Patrick’s Church, 671 E Yosemite Ave. Merced. Reception to follow

Passing of Wayne Parks

Wayne Parks, 74, Altus, passed away at his home. Cremation services have been provided by Kincannon Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The Parks family will host a memorial service at a later date.

Lloyd Wayne Parks was born February 13, 1945 in Lindsay, California, to Vernon and Amy (Loyd) Parks. He graduated from Exeter High School with the Class of 1963 and married Linda Mayfield on August 13th of the same year in Farmersville, California. Wayne attended the College of Sequoias for his forestry training. Lloyd served his country in the United States Navy. After his time in the military he was a firefighter for the Tulare County Fire, Exeter Fire and the California Division of Forestry from 1971 to 2006. Lloyd enjoyed camping, fishing, watching baseball, and beach clamming. Actually, Wayne just slept in the trailer while the rest of the family and friends went clamming on the beach – but he sure did like the fresh clam chowder! He loved his family and most especially his grandchildren.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Vernon Kenneth Parks. He is survived by his four children, Ken Parks and his wife, Dawn; Debbie Tyner and husband, Albert; Cindy Boyd and her husband Robbie; and Amy Parks; eight grandchildren, Brendon Tyner and wife, Sidney; Andrew Tyner; Reagan Tyner; Alyssa Lester and husband, Tristan; Cara Boyd; Jaxon Boyd; Austin Jurecka; and Benjamin Parks; and great grandson, Chisum Tyner.

Passing of John Ritchey

John Ritchey, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 13th at his home. His family surrounded him at the time of his passing. John was 90 years old.
John was born in Riverside CA. In 1944, at the age of 15, John went to work for CDF (now Cal Fire) as a Seasonal Firefighter at the San Jacinto Station. All of the young men were at war at that time so they were forced to hire older youth. John grew up in Riverside, attended High School and graduated in 1947. In 1950 John promoted to Fire Truck Driver in Monterey County. At the end of that summer he was drafted into the Army. He did his basic training at Fort Ord. He was sent to Korea in 1951. John saw active duty and was promoted to the rank of Sargent First Class. While waiting to be discharged from the Army, his friend Orville asked him if he wanted to go to Salinas to visit his relatives. He did, and that is where he met Orville’s cousin Dorothy. The beautiful brunet from Salinas caught his eye and Dorothy was smitten on the handsome GI in uniform. They hit it off immediately, and that began the courtship that led to marriage in 1953. John returned to school to get a degree in Forest Management from Susanville. After working as a trainee in Monterey, he was promoted to Forestry Technician at the Davis Nursery. After 2 years he was promoted to a Forester II and took over the Ben Lomond Nursery in 1963. He retired in 1984.
The State Nursery was the second love of his life. Dorothy being his first. He loved what he did even though he often worked 16hr days, 7 days a week to keep it all going. It is estimated that during his time at the nursery, he produced over 40 million seedlings for reforestation, Christmas Trees, and other land improvements. John and Dorothy were married for 65 years!
John is preceded in death by his father EB Ritchey, mother Marie Ritchey, sister Billy Ann Conde, and brother Ray Ritchey. He leaves behind his wife of 65 years Dorothy Ritchey of Santa Cruz, daughter and life partner Cathy White and Joseph Guido of Ben Lomond, Son and daughter-in-law John and Cathy Ritchey of Aptos, daughter and son-in-law Janice and Leroy Capote of Arboga California. Also 5 grandsons, Martin Capote, Chris White, Allan White (wife Candace), Robert Ritchey and Kyle Ritchey (wife Katie).
A Celebration of John’s Life will take place at the Mid-County Senior Center at 829 Bay Ave, Capitola at 1pm September 29th. John will be interned in a private service at California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Many special thanks to the angels that work at Hospice of Santa Cruz. Their support made it possible for John to stay at home until the end. This was always his wishes.
Please do not send flowers. Make contributions to Hospice of Santa Cruz at 940 Disc Dr. Scotts Valley, CA 95066.

Passing of Brock Whaley

Brock Jay Whaley, 26, Redding, passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Redding, CA.

Brock was born Dec. 11, 1992, in Redding and was a lifelong area resident. Brock attended Boulder Creek Elementary School, played varsity basketball at Foothill High School, and studied at Sacramento State, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In 2018, Brock graduated from the Shasta College Fire Academy and started his firefighting career at CAL FIRE in the Shasta Trinity Unit, assigned to Fawn Lodge Forest Fire Station #61.

With a smile as wide as he was tall, Brock was a man you were guaranteed to notice. He was an avid outdoorsman, an athlete, a public servant and a friend to nearly everyone who met him. He was most at home helping others; a principle that he lived daily in his work and his play.

He is survived by his father and sister, Brent and Shelby Whaley, and countless family, friends and members of the Redding community.

He is preceded in death by his mother Sheree Whaley.

Brockster – The world is not as bright now that you are gone, but we are all better for the time we had with you. We know you will continue to watch over us as fiercely as you did while you were here. We will keep you in our hearts and smile through our tears, because we know of no better way to honor your impact on our lives. From all your loving family, friends and members of the “kids” table: we thank you, we love you, we miss you, and we will never forget you.

A public Celebration of Life will be held at noon Sunday, Sept 29, 2019 at the David Marr Theatre, 2200 Eureka Way, Redding, CA 96001.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shasta Firefighters Burn and Benevolent Fund, PO Box 994027, Redding, CA 96099.

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.