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

Obituaries

  Laraine Ann Williams died Thursday, June 22, 2017. She was 74.    Born Laraine Ann Moeller,  she grew up in Spokane, Wash. She later lived in the Bakersfield area, Elk, Wash., and, most recently, in Three Rivers.    Laraine was a loving wife and mother to her husband Paul and her three sons, Robert, Teddy, and Tim. Four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive her.    No services...
  Pamela Jean Clark of Fresno, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Sunday, May 21, 2017. She was 64.   Pam was born April 30, 1953, in Montebello, Calif., where she was raised and attended school.  Pam lived in several places around California before ultimately settling in Fresno.   Pam worked for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks from the mid 1980s to the mid ‘90s.  Her first...
  Charles U. Cottonwood of Three Rivers died Wednesday, June 14, in Visalia. He was 88.   Charles was born June 16, 1928, in Beatty, Nev. He was a retired electrician.   Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Cottonwood, in 2015.    Private family services will be held in August in Beatty, Nev. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com.
  Marvin Gene Lobdell died Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Quail Park Enhanced Assisted Living in Visalia. He was 94.   A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m.,  at Quail Park, 4520 W. Cypress, Visalia. A private burial will be held at Woodlake Cemetery beside his wife, Helen.    On April 16, 1923, Gene was born at home in Blanchard, Okla., to Cecil W. and Wilma McCary Lobdell. Gene...
  Dennis John Asberry, a lifelong San Joaquin Valley resident, died Friday, May 26, 2017, in Hanford, Calif. He was 73.    Dennis was born Oct 20, 1943. He graduated from Mt. Whitney High School and College of the Sequoias in Visalia.    A memorial service for friends, colleagues, and family will be held at a private residence in Visalia on Thursday, July 27. For details email Vichoward@outlook....
Gary Tomlin, pointing out the peaks of the Great Western Divide to his nephew, Forest, at Bearpaw High Sierra Camp in Sequoia National Park, ca. 2000.
  Gary Scot Tomlin, a former resident of Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park, died Friday, May 12, 2017. He was 54.   Gary was born June 1, 1962. He was raised and educated in Virginia.   By the time he was 18, his wanderlust had taken hold and Gary headed to the West Coast. Eventually he settled in California.   Gary worked in Sequoia National Park in visitor services for the various...
Jean Blair, during the April 2016 Woodlake High Foundation Dinner, which paid tribute to WHS’s oldest living graduates. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Clara Jean Blair of Bakersfield died Tuesday, May 16, 2017. She was 94.   Jean was born January 8, 1923, in Elderwood, Calif., to Abe and Bertha Dinkins. She was raised on the family farm in Elderwood and graduated from Woodlake High School in 1940.   Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Abe and Bertha; her husbands, Charles and Norman; and her older sister, Wilma Hengst of Elderwood.   ...
  Juanita Elaine Tolle of Pismo Beach died Monday, May 22, 2017. She was 86.   Juanita was born December 30, 1931, in California’s Central Valley during the Great Depression. She spent her childhood on her grandfather’s (James Pierce)  ranch in Three Rivers, the historic Pierce Ranch, and always had fond memories of that experience. She was especially close with her grandmother, Julia Pierce, who...
  Herman Lewis “Tex” Childers died Thursday, April 27, 2017, at his Simi Valley, Calif., home after a prolonged illness. He was 83.    Tex was born August 8, 1933, in Tamms, Ill., to Stephen and Effie Mae Childers. He was the youngest son of 15 children.    Tex was raised working with his father, a mechanic, on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. His mother was of Cherokee descent; she died when...
  Steven James Wait died peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 1:10 p.m. at Kaweah Delta Hospital-Oncology floor. He was 65.    A service will be held at Three Rivers Arts Center on Saturday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m.   Steve was born March 13, 1952, in Aida, Okla. He was raised in Avenal, Calif., and graduated from Avenal High School in 1970.    Steve attended college in Fresno and majored in...

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