Milton Earl Bleyhl
Lynne Vance Crawford
Donald. T Garate
Helen Sophie Murdock
James (Seamus) Spataro
Ralph L. Curtis
Milton Earl Bleyhl
Milton Earl Bleyhl passed away in his home on Oct. 6, 2010, from lung cancer. He was 94 years old.
He was born Jan. 29, 1916 in Madison, Minn. He was the oldest of three children. When his father Arthur was killed in a car accident in 1929, Milton left school at the age of 13 to help his mother Mary on the family farm.
In 1934 he worked for the CCC in Northern Minnesota. He joined the Navy in 1936 and received honorary discharge in 1940. After a year, he rejoined Navy Reserve for two years and requested a return to active duty. During reserve duty, he was assigned to the USS San Francisco, a heavy cruiser, in 1943. The USS San Francisco participated in 17 campaigns or operations in the pacific during WWII. Milton served in the latter 11 campaigns with the rank of Gunners Mate Chief. He also served in the Korean War. He retired in 1957 after 20 years of military service.
In 1957 he was hired at Honeywell Minneapolis, Minn., in Irwindale, Calif., as security guard and was quickly promoted to chief security guard until his retirement in 1977.
Milton and his wife Harriet moved from Southern California to Milford, Calif., in 1991. His wife Harriet, of 54 years passed away in 1995.
During his time in CCC he developed a life-long interest in boxing. He brought this interest into his naval service. In his first four years he was classified as middleweight. He won seven bouts and lost one. He won a medal for his company. While stationed at Rough and Ready Island in Stockton, he managed the Base Boxing Team.
During his retirement from Honeywell, he participated in team-penning with his beloved horse, Pete. He continued with team-penning when at the age of 84, he moved to Milford.
Milton was a member of the Pacific Fleet Reserve association, VFW and the Janesville Masonic Lodge. He was a strong supporter of the Humane Society as he had many faithful canine friends over his long life.
Milton was self-taught in history, philosophy, literature and poetry. He was a patriot. He loved his family and took great pride and joy in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters Peggy M. Link, of Rocklin, Calif., Kathleen Stephens and son-in-law Ron, of Milford. He leaves behind five grandchildren, Heidi Hawkins and husband Jim, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Erica Hatcher and husband Trevor, of Elk Grove, Calif., Josef M. Link and wife Becky, of Redding, Calif., Jeff Cagle, of Milford, and Michelle Olson and husband Jared, of Susanville, Calif.
He also left 11 great-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren; his sister Loraine Roth, of Madison.
He was preceded in death by his brother Howard Bleyhl.
Graveside services will be held for the family and close friends at the Janesville Cemetery with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society for the pets on parole.
Lynne Vance Crawford
Lynne Vance Crawford passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev.
Lynne was born to Gordon and Muriel Vance on Dec. 22, 1941 in Ventura, Calif. Her family moved to Susanville in 1948 where she lived the remainder of her life.
She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on March 26, 1950 and she treasured her relationship with her God Jehovah. Lynne had complete faith in his promise in John 5:28,29 that there will be a resurrection of the dead to beautiful conditions on a paradise earth. She always felt privileged to share this hope with her family, friends and neighbors.
Lynne had so many beautiful qualities, but the one that best described her was kindness. She had a tremendous love for all living things, and would lovingly expend herself for anyone in need.
As everyone is aware she was very caring when it came to animals, too. Many were the cherished pets she so dearly loved and cared for.
On Jan. 21, 1978 she married the love of her life, Michael Crawford, and together they raised four children.
Lynne is survived by her dear husband of 32 years Michael Crawford, of Susanville; son Jeffrey Vance (Sarah), of Stead, Nev.; son Beau Crawford, of Susanville; daughter Katie Leyva (Eduardo), of Susanville; son Joel Crawford (Alissa), of Susanville; and brother Jeff Vance, of Sacramento. Lynne was also the much-loved “Memaw” to Katelynne, Briar, Alyssa, Hunter, Gordon, Luke, Michaela, Clairise, Joseph, Frank, Ivan and Theodora.
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and an unbelievable amount of friends.
To respect her wishes there will not be a memorial service.
On Oct. 5, 2010 Donna Pauline Pankoski Azevedo was called to our heavenly father.
Donna was born on May 6, 1927, in Santa Jose, Calif., to Harry and Marian Pankoski. She was the oldest of three children.
Donna met the one true love of her life, Gilbert R. Azevedo at the age of 16 and they married on July 14, 1947 at the St. Claire's Catholic Church, in Santa Clara, Calif.
Their first home was the family ranch in San Jose, Calif.; they relocated to the Azevedo Ranch in Doyle, California in the winter of 1957. In her later years she and Gilbert moved to Susanville, Calif. where they resided at the time of her passing.
Donna was active in the community, belonging to Native Daughters, Italian Catholics and Friends, Catholic Daughters and the Scared Heart Church. Donna for many years managed the community thrift store at the Sierra Army Depot and was active in the Lassen County Fair 4-H Program in the Long Valley area.
She loved her bowling and had many trips and adventures with her bowling friends. Donna took pride in judging the annual Apple Pie Contest at the Lassen County Fair, which she judged for many years.
Donna is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gilbert R. Azevedo, her daughter Renelle English (Michael), her sons, Terry Azevedo (Cindy) and Randy Azevedo (Glenda). Her grandchildren, Brian English, Kevin English, Rob Azevedo (Dawn), Garth Azevedo (Amanda), Austin Azevedo (Yvette), Christina Tipton, Kimber Azevedo, Kellie Del Carlo (Johnny) and nine great grandchildren. Daughter Chrissie (Ferris) Mezger and her children, Justin Domenici, Jessica Faust, Jessica Clack, Lance Mezger and 10 great grandchildren and her sister Edith Machadeo, of Morgan Hill, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Marian Pankoski, her brother Harry Pankoski, granddaughter Wendy Azevedo and great grandsons Isaiah and Tyler Olivas.
Donna was a kind-hearted lady with a big smile and a remarkable sense of humor. Donna was “unique,” a true lady and completely devoted to her family and her faith. She brightened every room she entered with her smile, her twinkling blue eyes and her laughter. She taught us the value of family, faith and devotion, she will be remembered fondly and loved always by her family and friends.
A celebration of Donna’s life will be held at the Sacred Hearth Church.
Donald. T Garate
Donald T. Garate died Sept. 21, 2010 following a battle with brain cancer. He was born Nov. 6, 1950 to Thomas and Faye Garate of Ravendale, Calif.
He attended Ravendale Elementary and graduated from Lassen High School in 1968. He was involved in 4-H and FFA and was high school student body president. He graduated from UNR with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
Don worked as a cattle rancher on the Madeline Plains for the first half of his life. He spent the last half of his life as an interpreter and historian for the National Park Service, most recently at Tumacacori National Historical Park in Arizona. He was known to many there as Captain Juan Bautista de Anza whom he portrayed in living history programs at historical sites and events in the U.S. and Mexico. He wrote and published 24 historical books, including two on the history of the Madeline Plains. He also wrote six unpublished works and numerous historical articles.
Don is survived by his wife of 39 years, Alice Nord Garate; his sons, Gene and Benjamin; daughters Miren Mattson, Nerea Estep, Misty Barnet, and Maite Garate and 15 grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Faye Garate, of Susanville; brother Jon of St. Helena, Calif. and sisters, Linda Phillips, of Susanville, and Leanna Daugherty, of Chester, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Garate and his 3-year-old granddaughter, Liliana Garate.
Helen Sophie Murdock
Helen Sophie Murdock died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at Twin Oaks Rehab Center in Chico, Calif., age 102.
Helen was born on Jan. 21, 1908 in Bloomfield, Calif. to Peter Woldemar and Louisa Petersen, both from Denmark. Helen lived in Petaluma, Calif. where she graduated from high school.
She clerked for the railroad there. She moved to San Rafael, Calif. where she met her husband, William John (Jack) Murdock. They were married 65 years when he passed. She lived in Redding, Walnut Creek, and Denny, CA. After living in Denny 15 yrs., she moved to Susanville, CA in 1979, where she lived until she was 95.
Helen leaves daughter Joan Murdock, and Grandsons John and James Stewart, along with nieces, Bette Roth, Louvina Reeser, Jeanine Beaubier, and nephews, Elmer Hannan and Lee Hannan, She was preceded in death by her siblings, Freda Hannan, Myrtle Holmes, and Mabel Adams, and one nephew Myron (Sonny) Holmes. She was a member of the Danish Lodge in Petaluma.
She gardened, played the piano and organ. She worked as a hospital night receptionist in Sacramento 1958 to 1962. Helen and Jack built a cabin up a trail in the Trinity Mountains where they vacationed in the summer. Eventually they moved to Denny, the community near the cabin. Every year she planted a large vegetable garden, and harvested fruit from several trees.
Helen always was a gentle, private person. When she moved to Susanville, she had her favorite things to do. She always loved dogs and cats, and they were part of her family. Those who knew her well, loved her and she will be missed. She was cremated; burial to be in the Denny Cemetery next Spring; plans for a memorial pending.
James (Seamus) Spataro
James (Seamus) Spataro, of Susanville, Calif., passed on Sept. 27, 2010 at 51 years of age.
Jim was originally from Long Island, N.Y. He was an exemplary U.S. Army Veteran and he retired as a Sergeant. from the California Department of Corrections. He was much-loved by his parents Louis and Helen Spataro and by his brothers Louis, Matthew and Paul.
Jim was the beloved husband of the late Daphne, father to stepchildren Robert Houston (Anya), Rodney (deceased) Ned and Leah and grandfather to his grandchildren.
He also leaves behind his much-loved fiancée Carmen Martinez.
Jim loved cars, his guitar, soccer, children, and the mountains around Susanville and clever quips.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at the Assembly of God Church, 473-465 N. Richmond Road, Susanville. Everyone is welcome.
No flowers please. Contributions can be made to Boys Town.
Ralph L. Curtis
Ralph L. Curtis was born in Redlands on Aug. 29, 1925 to Willard and Audra Curtis and Died in Reno, Nev. on Sept. 23, 2010.
Ralph Curtis is survived by three sons, William, Terry and Wayne; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary.
The private memorial service was held Oct. 4, 2010. Memorial gifts can be made to the Susanville Seventh-day Adventist Church windows fund.
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