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April 17th, 2014

Maxine DeWeert

April 17, 2014

Maxine DeWeert
1924-2014

Maxine was born on Nov. 25, 1924 in Wynngate, Texas, and passed away peacefully on March 17, 2014 in Mentone after suffering from dementia for several years.
She raised her family in San Bernardino and worked for San Bernardino County until her retirement in 1982. She relocated to Bishop/Big Pine, and worked for Inyo County until retirement in 1989.
Maxine was an active member of the Sierra Singles Club until her diagnosis in 2004 when her family relocated her back to the Inland Empire.

Gordon Jay Spoor

April 17, 2014

Gordon Jay Spoor
1937-2014

Gordon Jay Spoor, 76, of Bishop, passed away April 5, 2014.
He was born to the late Garrett and Florence Spoor on Nov. 18, 1937, in Bishop. He graduated from Bishop High School in 1955 and joined the US Navy. During his time in the service he married Darlene Clement (also of Bishop) on Nov. 10, 1957 and they began their family.

James Melvin Duckey

April 17, 2014

James Melvin Duckey
1938-2014

James Melvin Duckey, a lifelong resident of the Owens Valley passed away April 1, 2014 at Renown Medical Center in Reno.

Kevin Russell Crosio

April 17, 2014

Kevin Russell Crosio
1955-2014

Kevin Russell Crosio, 58, a resident of Bishop for 11 years, born in Malden, Mass. on July 10, 1955, passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2014 at Northern Inyo Hospital with family and friends by his side.
Kevin was an avid fisherman and everyone who lived in the Eastern Sierra knew Kevin from his truck with the license plate “FISHMAS.” One time in San Felipe, Baja, Kevin and his sister Debbie caught so many sea bass that the boat almost sank.

Harold Wayne Churchill

April 17, 2014

Harold Wayne Churchill
1909-2014

April 10th

Mary Vasquez

April 10, 2014

Mary Vasquez
1945-2014

Mary Vasquez, longtime resident of Big Pine, passed away March 26, 2014. She was 68 years old. Mary worked at JC Penny’s for several years. 
She is survived by her father, Pete Hernandez; her sister, Gloria Brown; nephew, Matthew Brown; niece, Vanessa Brown; several cousins and countless friends.
Services will be held at Big Pine Cemetery Saturday, April 5 with a memorial service following at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 11 a.m. at 2935 N. Sierra Hwy., Bishop.

Robert Joseph Toth

April 10, 2014

Robert Joseph Toth
1932-2014

Robert Joseph Toth, 81, resident of Bishop for 51 years, born in Bridgeport, Conn. on Sept. 5, 1932, passed away on March 28, 2014 at his residence in Bishop.
Bob began his 32-year professional career with the Department of Fish and Game in 1960 as an associate fish pathologist and moved to Bishop shortly thereafter. He enjoyed all aspects of the Owens Valley and was an avid fly fisherman, hunter, trapper, bird watcher and golfer. He was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Betty Louise Tatum

April 10, 2014

Betty Louise Tatum
1922-2014

Betty Louise Tatum, age 91 and a resident of Bishop her whole life, passed away on March 29, 2014 at the Bishop Care Center.
Betty was a true Bishop native and always joked that she was born on Grove Street and would die on Elm Street. Her biggest joy in life was raising her three sons and later in life enjoyed following the accomplishments of her eight grandchildren, especially at their sporting events.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Don Tatum.

Arthur Lee Lillund

April 10, 2014

Arthur Lee Lillund
1937-2014

Arthur Lee Lillund, age 76, resident of Bishop for 41 years, born in Michigan on Aug. 2, 1937, passed away on March 29, 2014 at the Bishop Care Center.
“I was born, I lived, I died. Goodbye.” Arthur worked as a dispatcher for the California Highway Patrol for 35 years. He was a member of Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care, and the Manny Stein Club. Arthur had a love and hobby of collecting snakes.

Martha Dean Jackson Jeffs

April 10, 2014

Martha Dean Jackson Jeffs
1926-2014

Martha Dean Jackson Jeffs was born Sept. 2, 1926 in Los Angeles and passed away March 26, 2014 in Reno after a brief illness.
The youngest of five children, Martha was a popular and vivacious student at Fremont High School, where she met her true love, Ralph.
After they married at the age of 19, Ralph was ordained and they served the Episcopal churches in and around the San Joaquin Valley for many years, eventually moving back to L.A. where Ralph was a chaplain at USC and Martha graduated from college with a teaching degree.

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