Archive - Obituary
April 17th, 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
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
James Melvin Duckey, a lifelong resident of the Owens Valley passed away April 1, 2014 at Renown Medical Center in Reno.
Kevin Russell Crosio
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 â€śFISHMAS.â€ť One time in San Felipe, Baja, Kevin and his sister Debbie caught so many sea bass that the boat almost sank.
Harold Wayne Churchill
Mary Vasquez, longtime resident of Big Pine, passed away March 26, 2014. She was 68 years old.Â Mary worked at JC Pennyâ€™s for several years.Â
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 Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses at 11 a.m. at 2935 N. Sierra Hwy., Bishop.
Robert Joseph Toth
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
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
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.
â€śI was born, I lived, I died. Goodbye.â€ť 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
Martha DeanÂ Jackson JeffsÂ 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 wasÂ a popular and vivacious student at Fremont High School, where she met her trueÂ love, Ralph.
After they married at the age of 19,Â Ralph was ordained and they servedÂ the Episcopal churches in and around the San Joaquin Valley for many years,Â eventually moving back to L.A. where Ralph was aÂ chaplain at USC and Martha graduated from college with a teaching degree.