Obituaries for the week of 2/27/18

Evelyn Marie Hultz

Evelyn Marie Hultz. 91, of Susanville, California passed on Feb. 19, 2018 at Banner Lassen Hospital after a short illness. Both her daughter, Bonnie and son, Danny and his wife, Angeles were at her bedside. Evelyn was born in Weed, California on Oct. 8, 1926.
During her early life, the family moved from Weed to St. Helena where she attended Catholic school until eighth grade. Later, the family moved between Petaluma, California and Napa.

Evelyn met her husband (Arthur) during WWII while she was distributing blue prints to various areas of the U.S. Naval Shipyard, (Mare Island) in Vallejo, California. She entered the hospital clinic where he was assigned as a Naval Corpsman because she wanted to get her cut finger attended to. After discharge from the Navy, and short courtship, they were married on May 12, 1946 in Petaluma and settled in Napa, California.

In May of 1948, their daughter Bonnie Marie was born and on Aug. 5, 1949 Danny Ray was born.

In 1972, Ray obtained a position at the California Correctional Center in Susanville as an MTA where he worked until retiring in 1986. Ray and Evelyn did extensive traveling to Yellowstone, California where they met many friends and relatives to do an entire month of camping. Evelyn always managed to ensure that Bonnie and Danny had a vacation.

In their early years, they would go to the California coast for weekends. As they grew older, they expanded their vacations to various National and State Parks throughout the west. Every year whether it was at Medicine Lake, the coast or Yellowstone, it was August and vacation time.

As Evelyn grew older, and Bonnie and Danny moved out to pursue their own lives, the vacations did not stop, but became ever expanding, they drove to Alaska, trips to Hawaii, weeks at Glacier National Park, hiking, horseback riding and fishing. Evelyn and Ray would meet up with their children during vacations until Ray’s death. After Ray’s death, Evelyn continued to take occasional vacations with her children.

Evelyn was predeceased by her brother, Tommy. Evelyn has three living sisters Virginia, Merle Anne and Beverly. Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Bonnie and son, Danny. She has three grandchildren, Anne Marie, Andria and Matthew and 10 great grandchildren.
Viewing will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary and the rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2018 and a funeral at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with a reception afterwards.

Douglas James Lindstrom

Douglas James Lindstrom passed from this life on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada at the age of 73.
Born March 23, 1944 in San Diego, California to Robert Lindstrom and Eileen Shearer (née Knowland).

Doug grew up roaming the hills of Lakeside, hunting, fishing, riding horses and cultivating his love of the outdoors. As a teenager, his stepfather, William K. Shearer, took Doug under his wing and gave him a job at his newspaper office where Doug quickly realized office work was not for him.

Doug graduated from El Capitan Continuation School and married his high school sweetheart, Diana Lee Hanger.

Doug also completed a vocational program in carpentry and worked for Walter and Sons Cabinetry. But it was while working for San Diego Gas and Electric digging ditches that two defining moments in his life occurred.

He set his goal to become a power lineman, but more importantly, he met and was taught the gospel by his beloved friend Frank Cantrell. This changed his life forever. He was no longer one of the rebellious Lakeside boys, but became part of a church family that encouraged and developed a love for all people.

It was the church that recognized Doug’s gift of public speaking. He had never sung a song in public, given a speech or taught a class until he became a Christian. It was through his church associations that he was introduced to Lassen County on a recommendation from Wayne Timmons, the Church of Christ preacher in El Cajon whose in-laws were long time Lassen County residents, Ed and Helen Grant.

It was while on vacation with the Cantrell and Morris families to Eagle Lake that Doug decided that Lassen County was where he wanted to live.

In 1972, Doug and Diana moved with their four daughters to Susanville, California. Here, Doug worked for C.P. National, LMUD and Plumas Sierra Rural Electric for nearly 30 years.

Doug had a degenerative disc disease and was told by his doctor that he needed to quit working. This was unacceptable to Douglas. His lifelong motto was “If a man won’t work, neither should he eat!” and Doug loved to do both activities with a passion.

Shortly after the doctor’s diagnosis, he was offered a job with Ruralite Safety Training, which fit his gifts like a glove.

After four years he started his own company, Evergreen Job and Safety Training. He taught at power companies from Californa, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. His ability to make personal connections, his humor and his gift for storytelling earned him a reputation as an engaging master trainer who truly cared about “his guys.” He would often come home after a training sessions and say “I had them doing back flips!”

Throughout the years, Doug also maintained side businesses wood cutting, mowing lawns and Thunderbolt Electric with the “Big Dog” logo. At any time a “trouble call” could come in, and Doug would be off to help another member of the community.
He could also be found at many of the sporting events at Lassen High School and the college. He would often show up to watch practice and give his two cents worth of advice and encouragement to the players and coaches.

Doug was a deeply committed Christian. He attended the Church of Christ in Susanville where he enjoyed leading the congregation in song and prayer.

He served as a deacon and also a guest preacher in Susanville and Chester. He also taught the gospel to inmates at the prisons with his dear friend, Huel Morphis. Doug put the words of Christ into action as he made daily rounds to visit the sick, elderly, widows and homeless, as well as helping his neighbors. He could be found mowing lawns, delivering wood, doing home repairs, and even hanging Christmas lights with his bucket truck for his neighbors.

Everyone who knew Doug enjoyed his humor and appreciated his ability to fix just about anything. Doug will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Diana Lindstrom and his four daughters: Denise Lindstrom (Pete Butler), Dorinda Shaffer (Mark); Dena Chavez (Ricardo), and Danette Jones (Gabe); his brother, David Lindstrom; and sister, Dianne Lindstrom; and his little sister, Nancy Chiasson, (née Shearer); his grandchildren include Daytona (Joe) Zavala, Haylee, Nolan and Carissa Shaffer, Diana and Daisy Chavez, Daniel and Dharma Jones, Dylan and Eva Butler; and step grandchildren, Micheal and Diego Chavez; as well as numerous nieces and nephews that includes Shawn (Trenna) Hersrud, Stephanie (Brandon) Harness, Cherie (Rusty) Letner, Kelly (Russ)Owens, Adair (Myron) Mckinney, Troy, Peter, and Jennifer Lindstrom, Monica Rios and Deanna Eve Lindstrom and David Michael Pearson.

A memorial service will be held for Douglas on March 10, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Assembly of God church building at 473-465 Richmond Rd N. in Susanville. A potluck (hors d’oeuvres and desserts) will follow the services.