Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Obituaries

The aftermath of a house fire in Lemon Cove that occurred early Tuesday morning.
  Three fires since last Friday have added to one of the busiest seasons on record in California. Further complicating staffing and resources available to local firefighters is the number of catastrophic wildfires burning elsewhere in California, currently in the Southland. However, the call for assistance in other parts of California and in the wildland areas of Tulare County has been nearly...
  William Lee Tidwell, a former resident of Three Rivers,  died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in Visalia. He was 91.    Bill was born January 14, 1926. He attended the University of South Carolina, where he joined the Navy ROTC.    He was called to active duty as a sophomore, then returned in 1945 to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He graduated at the age of 19, then was commissioned...
  Gabriel Owen Treece of Three Rivers died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. He was 19.   A celebration of life service was held Friday, Nov. 10, at Lions Arena in Three Rivers.
  Dr. Aranga “Randy” Firstman passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. She was 72.     A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m., at the Center for Spiritual Living at 117 S. Locust St. in Visalia (there is a parking garage behind the Center, off Acequia Street).    Aranga was born November 4, 1944, in Glendale, Calif., to Ralph Walton Anderson and Graceann...
  William Edward Gillis passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at his home in Lemon Cove, surrounded by family and friends. He was 81.   Bill was born June 7, 1936, in Sanger to Robert and Blanch Gillis. He attended Sanger High School.    On Sept. 16, 1956, he married his sweetheart, Velma Stone, of Reedley, in Reno, Nev.    Bill worked for four years with the U.S. Forest Service as a...
  Flight Class: 67-1 Callsign: DUSTOFF 15 RVN: 67-68, 68-69 45th Med Company     Gary Alan Potter, a longtime resident of Three Rivers, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia following a battle with lung cancer. He was 70.    Gary was born in Faulkton, S.D., on August 19, 1947, to Claire and Gwen Potter. At a young age, Gary moved with his family to Porterville.   He...
  Darla May Castro left this earth on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in the loving embrace of her family. Darla had just turned 80 years old in July.    Darla was pretty happy about reaching that milestone and called herself an “oxygenarian” since her breathing had recently become more difficult. Darla’s absence in the Castro family and the community of Three Rivers — her home for 53 years — will be...
  Michael Lawrence Barrios, 69, of Three Rivers died Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Visalia. He was 69.   A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, Aug. 13, noon, at the Three Rivers Memorial Building.    Mike was born August 11, 1947, in Glendale Calif., the youngest child of Joe and Thelma Barrios. Soon after graduating high school in San Fernando, Mike served from 1965 to 1969 in the...
  Hilda May “Jackie” Maplesden, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. She was 91.   A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, 11:30 a.m., at Grace Community Church, 424 N. Lovers Lane, Visalia. A lunch reception will follow in the church’s Student Center, where Jackie’s artwork will be displayed.   Jackie was born May 2, 1926, in Brooklyn, NY, to...
  Howard Ross Hill of Three Rivers died after a brief illness on Monday, July 10, 2017. He was 86.   A celebration of Howard’s life will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m., at the Three Rivers Memorial Building.   Howard was born February 22, 1931, in Glendale, Calif., to Ralph and Frances Hill. He was one of four boys raised on the family’s dairy in Southern California. In 1948, the family...

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