Life Tributes for the week of 3/12/19

Randall “Randy” Glenn Nelson

Randy passed away at Rogue Valley Hospital in Medford, Oregon, on Feb. 2, 2019, following numerous health problems. Randy was born Dec. 28, 1966, the second child of Don Nelson and Shirley Johnson Nelson. He joined his sister Debbie at home.

He is survived by his son Casey Nelson, mother Shirley Nelson Haney, sister Debbie Ceaglio (Nick), nieces Melanie Pearson Anderson, Jenna Mason Kister (Jake), nephew Kevin Pearson and great-nephews Daryn (Melanie), Jayden (Jenna) Layton and Leland (Kevin), also aunt Merrilyn Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his father Don Nelson, grandparents Lois and Delbert Nelson and Elane and Glenn Johnson.

Randy was born in Ukiah, but lived in Covelo for the first five years and then numerous places until his family moved to Westwood, where he graduated from Westwood High School. He considered Westwood his hometown. He loved it there. He played baseball and football throughout his school years. He loved motorcycle riding, skiing at Coppervale and Mt. Lassen Park, and fishing and camping in and around the area.

He worked for the Forest Service for eight years, fighting fires, was on the Hot Shot crew and worked for the Eagle Lake Ranger District.

He married and had his son Casey, who was the highlight of his life. Not a day went by where they didn’t tell each other “I love you.”

He moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, to be closer to his son Casey and his mother in Smith River, California. They did a lot of hanging out — bowling, camping and just visiting. It was a great time for everyone. We enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed so much in our lives.

Interment will be at the Westwood Cemetery for family and friends at a later date.


David’s Life Adventure

David Meserve’s life adventure started on March 29, 1947 in Biddeford, Maine; the only child of Clarence and Louise Meserve.

He is survived by his wife Margie; daughters, Kristin Villalobos and her husband TJ; Cheryl Dunlop and her husband Robert; and four grandchildren, Courtney, Elijah, Alison, and Lila. At the age of 5 he started his California adventure when his family moved from Maine and settled in Temple City in Southern California.

After graduating high school, he attended California State Polytechnic University Pomona where he met Margie and the adventure continued. After college, they married on Sept. 6, 1969. He went to work for San Bernardino Regional Parks as a Park Superintendent working and living in Needles, San Bernardino, and Apple Valley.

In 1984 he became Director of Barstow Parks and Recreation. While in Barstow, Dave became active in community service. He served on the Chamber of Commerce Board and then as president.
He was also active in the Barstow Rotary Club. He became an active member of the United Methodist Church and the Emmaus Community.

In 1999 his life’s adventure brought him to Susanville as the manager of the Eagle Lake Marina where he worked for 10 years before he retired. Dave was also active in the Susanville Community. He belonged to the Susanville Rotary Club noon club, worked on Project Eagle Lake Trout, served on the Grand Jury 2011-12, served on the Lassen County RAC Committee, was currently serving on the Lassen County Fish and Game Commission and the Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority for the new pool.

The guides for his life adventure were family, friends and faith. With his family he enjoyed camping and fishing trips. This started when he was little taking weekend and family vacations in their travel trailer.  He and this dad enjoyed fishing trips together and had several great adventures. David continued these camping and fishing adventures with Margie and his girls, visiting many state and national parks. He loved his girls and his grandchildren and had many grand adventures.

Dave was also able to reconnect with several cousins back east through Facebook.

David’s friends were also an important part of his life. He still had a close friendship with his boyhood friend from “down the street” and several from high school and college, and several from Regional Parks and Barstow Parks and Recreation District.

He also shared his interest and love of cars with his car club friends going to car shows with his 62 Pontiac and sharing weekly dinners. He also enjoyed his weekly Christian men’s group which also was a source of strength.

Dave’s other guide was his faith. He discovered his love for God while attending the Barstow United Methodist Church and through the Emmaus Community. His faith was also a journey that grew and matured.

He was an active member of the Susanville United Methodist Church serving on several committees and was also a lay speaker. He felt close to God and drawn to be in service. David passed away in Reno, Nevada on Feb. 23, 2019. And a new adventure begins.

In place of flowers, donations can be made to the Susanville United Methodist Church, 60 S. Lassen St. Susanville, CA 96130.