Miscellaneous Butte County, California Obituaries - 2000

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David Vergara
Published 7/25/2000
When he was a teenager, David Mario Vergara was always coming home with a sick animal in his arms, said his father, Frank Vergara.
He loved animals — everything from owls to lizards — and would take care of them before turning them loose. He also raised homing pigeons.
Mr. Vergara, a Paradise resident, died Wednesday at Feather River Hospital.
He was 41.
For 19 years, he worked for Fleetwood Motor Homes in Chico as one of their lead workers.
He was born to Frank and Lois Vergara in San Francisco and graduated from Sunnyvale High School.
Mr. Vergara was an avid sports fan, especially of the 49ers and the Giants. He also collected baseball cards.
He fished in spots all over Paradise, and he frequently hiked a mile or more into roadless areas to get to the best fishing hole.
But the main focus of his life was his two children, his family said.
He is survived by a son, Mike, and a daughter, Crystal, both of Paradise; parents, Frank and Lois of Paradise; brother, Frank of Sunnyvale; sisters, Anna Getz of Sunnyvale and Theresa Walker of San Ramon.
A service was held yesterday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Inurnment will be at Paradise Cemetery, arranged by Rose Chapel Mortuary.

Eugene Clot 
Published 7/25/2000
Eugene Clot “lived to work,” his family said. After World War II, he got in on the building boom in the Bay Area. He worked 50 years as a self-employed ceramic tile contractor.
Mr. Clot, 74, died Friday in Feather River Hospital.
He moved to Paradise six years ago.
Sheri, his daughter, said Mr. Clot was very old-fashioned.
“He put family first,” she said. “He was the rock — the one to go to.”
She remembered his love of gardening and the hours he spent watering.
He enjoyed roses and especially cared for the trees in Paradise, said his wife, Bonnie Clot.
In his yard, he kept the trees trim and picked up the walnuts his six trees dropped.
Mr. Clot served aboard the U.S.S. Indiana, a battlewagon, in the Pacific during World War II.
Several years later, Bonnie worked as a waitress in a coffee shop he used to come in to. They dated two months before getting married in Mexico on Feb. 4, 1959. They renewed their vows in Reno, Nev., on June 9, 1996.
He enjoyed traveling to Reno, Nev., and Lake Tahoe to play slot machines.
He was born to Antonio and Palma Moreno in Redwood City.
Besides his wife, Bonnie, and daughter, Sheri, both of Paradise, Mr. Clot is survived by sons, Eugene Anthony Clot of Magalia, Timothy George Clot of Paradise and Joseph Alan Clot of Santa Clara; sister, Jan Vanni of Sunnyvale; grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Louviere; Vannessa, Angela and Sierra Clot; and many nieces and nephews.
A service will be held 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m.
He will be inurned privately.
Arrangements are being handled by Rose Chapel Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association at 8912 Volunteer Way, No. 110, Sacramento.

Dorothy Lockett 
Published 7/25/2000
A Paradise resident for seven years, Dorothy Lockett enjoyed gardening, especially caring for roses.
She died Thursday at her home.
She was 82.
Born to Lester and Myrtle Tythcott in Sioux City, Iowa, she graduated from Sioux City High School in 1936.
A resident of Burbank for 50 years, she was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church there.
She enjoyed sewing and loved her dog. Her husband, Daniel Lockett, died before her, and her son, Robert Muntifering, also predeceased her.
Mrs. Lockett is survived by sons, Bernard Muntifering of Magalia, Douglas Muntifering of Eugene, Ore., Gary Muntifering of Oxnard; step-son Daniel Lockett Jr. of Halfway, Ore.; stepdaughters, JoAnn Lockett of Boise, Idaho, and Diane Morrison of Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Her graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. today at Paradise Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Rose Chapel Mortuary.

Walter Shultz
Published 7/22/2000
At age 80, Walter Roger Shultz was such a fierce competitor on the racquetball court, Paul Harvey talked about him on his radio show. 
Mr. Shultz never went down easy, said his wife, Minnie. After Mr. Shultz retired, she knew her husband had to come to an outdoor community like Paradise.
“He wouldn’t be a very happy person without his hiking,” she thought.
Even in his 80s, Mr. Shultz and his wife backpacked in Yosemite. They almost made it to the top of Mount Shasta. And they returned year after year to the Windriver Range near Pinedale, Wyo.
Mr. Shultz, 93, died Tuesday at Feather River Hospital.
He built a career in hospitals, helping the sick from the operating room to the bedside, from Alaska to Illinois — ultimately becoming a hospital administrator.
His work began as a registered nurse in Chicago. In 1942, he managed a clinic in the Aleutian Islands.
From 1946 to 1948, he worked in Chicago as a nurse. 
In Sandwich, Ill., he administered a hospital for several years.
Later, he worked as an anesthetist in Denison, Iowa, for a year.
Then he returned to Alaska for a year’s work before being invited back to Denison as a hospital administrator from 1958 to 1982.
He was born to Ida and Seth Shultz in Edmund, N.D., and married Minnie Wiese on July 23, 1981, in Big Rapids, Mich.
In 1982, they settled in Paradise. Immediately, he studied books to learn the local history, his wife said.
He enjoyed taking pictures of flowers, nature and little children.
“We’ve got slides, slides, slides,” his wife said.
Mr. Shultz attended the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Along with his wife, Minnie, Mr. Shultz is survived by sons, George of San Mateo and Walter of Cool; daughters, Eleanor Jensen of Big Rapids, Mich., and Janice Walter of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He will be privately buried at Dickinson Cemetery in Dickinson, N.D.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Quiet Hour or Voice of Prophecy radio ministries in care of Newton-Bracewell Cremation & Funeral Service of Magalia at P.O. Box 120, Magalia.

Marilyn Myers
Published 7/22/2000
Marilyn Joyce Myers, a nurse at Feat-her River Hos-pital, will have a memorial bench placed on the hospital’s grounds in her name.
Joan Lotti, her supervisor, said Mrs. Myers was the consummate caregiver — she never wanted others to worry about her.
Even when she was having surgery recently, Mrs. Myers was more worried about Lotti having to work on a Sunday.
Myers died Monday at age 52. 
Patients enjoyed her care and attention, Lotti said.
“There is absolutely nothing negative about that girl,” Lotti said. The hospital’s staff is having a hard time dealing with her loss. Donations for the bench were gathered easily.
Previously, she worked at Cypress Acres Convalescent Hospital.
Mrs. Myers also enjoyed gardening and animals, especially her dogs. 
Mrs. Myers was born to Harry and Elsie Pride in Merced. She married Elwood L. Myers in Reno, Nev., on June 3, 1972.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her son, Steven of Paradise; daughter, Evette Hudson of Paradise, mother, Elsie Pride of Paradise; brothers, Gary Pride of Oregon, Donald Pride of Chico, Donald Good and James Good of Carson City, Nev., and Richard Good of Paradise; sisters, Betty Gallart, Norma Womack, Barbara Cannon, Martha Mitchell, Shirley Donahue and Margie Martish; and 12 grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Feather River Hospital’s Fireside Lounge Group Area.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.
Mrs. Myers will be privately interred.
Memorial contributions may be made to any charity one favors.

Edythe Herzberg
Published 7/22/2000
Edythe Frances Herz-berg, a resident of Pa-radise, died Sunday at her daughter’s prune ranch in Orland.
She was 74.
Mrs. Herzberg was born in Centeniary, Ind. For 31 years she was married to Richard Herzberg, who died on April 20 this year.
Making new friends and spending time with them and family was most important to her.
She is survived by her daughter, Sharron Ellis-Conte of Orland; sons, Shawn Ellis of Eckert, Colo., John Ellis of Evergreen, Colo., and Terry Ellis of Bend, Ore.; stepson, Randy Herzberg of San Leandro; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A private family service will be held. Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society of Northern California in Chico.Memorial contributions may be made to the Paradise Hospice or the Butte Home Health and Hospice.

Lois Matlock
Published 7/20/2000
Robert Matlock remembers the day he met his future wife, Lois, in high school.
He was walking down the hall when he saw a beautiful girl coming the other way.
“Boy, I wish I could go out with a girl like that,” he thought. But they didn’t meet until they were attending Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
That was a couple of years later, when Mr. Matlock went to the house of a woman he was dating to see if she knew someone who could be a date for his friend.
Maybe my sister, she said, and she called to a woman baking lemon pies in the kitchen. Out stepped Lois.
“Here came that girl … covered in flour,” Mr. Matlock recalled.
He devised a plan quickly. 
I want to make sure my friend has a good time, he told the woman he was dating.
He asked her, how about you go out with my friend, and I’ll take your sister? 
But it was awhile later after that date that the future Mr. and Mrs. Matlock’s fate was sealed.
One day on campus, he saw her studying on the steps in front of chemistry class and talked to her.
“From then on, we were inseparable,” he said.
They married April 10, 1936, in Caldwell, Kan., and celebrated their 64th anniversary this year.
Mrs. Matlock, 83, a resident of Paradise since 1977, died Monday in Enloe Medical Center.
She was born to Louis and Effie Wickline in Enid, Okla.
After her children were old enough to attend school, Mrs. Matlock returned to school at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before it was time to graduate, doctors discovered she had cancer.
“The doctors took me aside and said, ‘She has six months to live — no more,’” Mr. Matlock said.
But she graduated on the dean’s honor roll.
Seven operations later, Mrs. Matlock beat the cancer. She went on to teach at schools in Southern California for about 10 years, including five years in Newhall. She also was a substitute teacher in Paradise for a couple of years.
Mrs. Matlock enjoyed traveling with her husband, Robert, in their trailer all over the United States and staying in elder hostels.
She also enjoyed the warm beaches of Hawaii, where they bought a condominium and visited a daughter.
She played tennis despite a disability in her left leg.
“She beat me once in awhile, and I’m not bad,” Mr. Matlock said.
Mrs. Matlock volunteered at Feather River Hospital for five years and was a member of American Association of University Women of Paradise.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Roberta Clark of Roseville and Chris Chang of Honolulu; brothers, Louis Wickline of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Alvin Wickline of Fresno; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from noon to 7 p.m., handled by Rose Chapel Mortuary. The graveside service will be 10 a.m. tomorrow at Paradise Cemetery.

Kenneth Scott 
Published 7/20/2000
Kenneth W. Scott, the man killed July 12 in the semitruck roll-over at Lookout Point, had been a long haul truck driver for four months.
Mr. Scott, 42, lived in La Pine, Ore.
While riding the highways, Mr. Scott brought his two beloved dachshunds, Smoke ’Em and Prince, that also died in the crash.
He referred to the dogs as his “babies.”
Mr. Scott had never married.
He worked for Joe Miller Trucking in Eugene, Ore., and had been licensed for a year. He was born in Sacramento to Marion and Pearl Scott, who survive him. 
Also surviving Mr. Scott are son, Ryan of Sacramento; parents, Marion and Pearl of Sacramento; brothers, Roy Lee of Hawaii and Allen Lee of Ft. Riley, Kan.; sisters, Debbie Irene Norwood and Cherlyn Enice Scott of Sacramento; companion, Ajay “Jay” of Washington; maternal grandmother, Irene Privett of Lake Charles, La.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A service was held yesterday at a family residence in Sacramento. Mr. Scott will be interred at Sunset Lawn in Sacramento.

Lawrence Harness
Published 7/20/2000
Lawrence M. Harness, a Paradise resident who enjoyed fishing, hunting and gold panning, will have his ashes scattered at sea after a private family service in Fort Bragg.
Mr. Harness died July 12 at age 50.
He moved to Paradise two years ago from Oroville, where he was the production coordinator supervisor for RCBS, an ammunition reloading plant. He worked there 25 years.
He was born to Lawrence and Lydia Harness in Salem, Ore.
He is survived by his wife, Sue of Paradise; sons, Michael of Oroville and Christopher of Paradise; mother, Lydia of Oroville; brothers, Joseph and Robert of Oroville, and Paul of Sweetwater, Texas; and sisters Joan Harness and Vivian Perconti of Oroville.

Mary Underhill
Published 7/18/2000
Mary Anna Underhill, a teacher and a member of the Paradise Genealogical Society, died Friday at age 85.
Since 1958, she taught second and third grade in Los Angeles until her retirement in 1973, when she moved to Paradise.
She was born to Anna Bee Frost and George Frost II in Mason City, Iowa. She lived in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition in 1938, she went to work for Cook County Hospital in Chicago and John Hopkins University in Boston.
Then she moved to the San Fernando Valley.
On April 5, 1947, she married Jay Hoyt Underhill, who died Sept. 14, 1998.
Besides genealogy, Mrs. Underhill enjoyed reading, writing, crocheting, sewing and officiating at organizations she joined.
She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter W, The American Association of University Women, the California Retired Teachers Association, The Underhill Society of America and The Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by her sons, John Jay of Paradise and Larry of Los Angeles.
A memorial service will be held at Craig Memorial Church at 2 p.m. Sunday. 
Arrangements will be handled by Rose Chapel Mortuary. Contributions may be made to the Craig Memorial Church, Friends of the Paradise Library, The Paradise Genealogical Society or The National Parkinson Foundation.

Lawrence Harness
Published 7/18/2000
Lawrence M. Harness, a Paradise resident who enjoyed fishing, hunting and gold panning, will have his ashes scattered at sea after a private family service in Fort Bragg.
Mr. Harness died July 12 at age 50.
He moved to Paradise two years ago from Oroville, where he was the production coordinator supervisor for RCBS, an ammunition reloading plant. He worked there 25 years.
He was born to Lawrence and Lydia Harness in Salem, Ore.
He is survived by his wife, Sue of Paradise; sons, Michael of Oroville and Christopher of Paradise; mother, Lydia of Oroville; brothers, Joseph and Robert of Oroville, and Paul of Sweetwater, Texas.

Ralph Anderson
Published 7/18/2000
A self-employed general building and hardwood floor contractor for 70 years, Ralph H. Anderson, 92, died Tuesday at Feather River Hospital.
The Paradise resident was born to Harry and Ora Anderson in Laton.
He is survived by his son, Gary Wayne Anderson of Paradise. No service is planned. A private inurnment will be arranged by Chapel of the Pines.
 

J. Wheeler Wetz
Published 7/15/2000
J. Wheeler Wetz met his wife, Kathryn, while taking the same bookkeeping class in night school.
“I guess it was pretty much love at first sight,” Mrs. Wetz said.
They celebrated their 62nd anniversary on Monday.
On Wednesday, Mr. Wetz died in his Paradise home.
He was 81.
Their secret to long marriage was doing everything together, Mrs. Wetz said.
They traveled frequently, going to Hawaii, Mexico and Canada.
Mr. Wetz was born in Bracken, Texas. He graduated from Draughons Business College in 1937. A year later, he married Kathryn in San Antonio, Texas, on July 10.
He was a sales representative for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. He worked out of San Antonio and Wichita Falls, Texas, and out of Los Angeles. During World War II, he escorted U.S. troop transports. He retired in 1982.
In 1989, the couple moved to Paradise from Glendora.
Mr. Wetz enjoyed working with stained glass. In the door of his home, he created a picture of the river walk in San Antonio. He also made chairs and tables and painted oil on velvet. In one picture, he painted a lion. Its eyes follow the viewer around the room. He made pictures out of dyed rice as well, creating an owl and sailing boat.
Mr. Wetz was a member of many local organizations, including Our Savior Lutheran Church in Paradise; S.I.R.S. #52 in Paradise, where he was dine-out chairman; the Paradise Senior Citizens Association; the Elks Lodge; the Railroad Club; and the Paradise Collectors Club.
He also worked 19 years with the election board. In Texas, he led Boy Scout trips.
Besides his wife, Mr. Wetz is survived by a son, John E. Wetz of Durham; daughter, Kathy Koch of Magalia; daughter-in-law, Troyce; one grandchild; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and special friends, David McDonald of Magalia and Betty Driver of Paradise.
A service, handled by Rose Chapel Mortuary, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. Visitation will be tomorrow from 1 to 5 p.m. at Rose Chapel. He will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Ridge Hospice.

Leslie Bassi
Published 7/15/2000
Leslie Albert Bassi, a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Para-dise Alliance Church, died Monday at age 71.
Mr. Bassi was a resident of Yankee Hill. 
He was born to John and May Bassi in Berkeley. He served in the U.S. Army. 
He worked 22 years as a butcher and enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling.
He was a member of the Butchers Union in Oakland.
On June 1, 1987, he married Judith Ann Warner in Reno, Nev.
Besides his wife, he is survived by son, Anthony of San Leandro, Michael of Pinole and Eric of Pinole; stepson, James Mumma of Dayton, Ohio; step-daughter, Mara Lee Terrian of Cincinnati, Ohio; and 12 grandchildren.
A graveside service was held yesterday in the Paradise Cemetery. He was cremated at the Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to any favorite charity.

Richard Steffen Sr.
Published 7/15/2000
Richard R. Steffen Sr., an auto racing enthusiast, got to work in pit crews for stock and sprint car teams.
Mr. Steffen, 85, died Wednesday in his Paradise home.
A self-employed carpenter for 40 years, he enjoyed watching all sports, especially football and baseball.
He was born to Rutherford and Martha Steffen in Kerman. He moved to Paradise in 1985.
He is predeceased by his wife, Mabel Steffen, in 1992.
He is survived by sons, Dutch of Paradise, Leon of Pleasanton; daughter Christine Collins of Roswell, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The service will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.
Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice and Homecare.

Violet Davis
Published 7/15/2000
Violet May Davis, 98, a Paradise resident known for her lemon meringue pie and upside-down berry cobbler, died Thursday.
A resident of Paradise since her husband’s retirement in 1970, Mrs. Davis enjoyed knitting, playing Bunco and cooking.
She was born to Ernest and Bessie Wilcox Crooker in Manton.
She married David Flood in 1923. They moved to the Pit 1 Powerhouse, a PG&E community near Burney in 1939. Mr. Flood died in 1950.
In 1951, she married James Davis and moved to Storrie. Mr. Davis died in 1994.
She is survived by son, Daryl Flood of Arroyo Grande; daughter, Lyla Mae Bower of Paradise; brother Albert Crooker of Daly City; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at a later date. Mrs. Davis will be buried at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico, handled by Brusie Funeral Home.

Danny Crafton
Published 7/15/2000
Danny Crafton, a resident of Paradise who enjoyed fishing with his son, died July 8 in Chico with family and friends at his side.
He was 53.
Mr. Crafton was born to Naomi and William Crafton in Sebastopol.
On May 8, 1984, he married Sharon “Shar” Ivey, who predeceased him two weeks ago.
Mr. Crafton was a carpenter for many years. He attended Calvary Chapel Church.
He is survived by sons, Jon-Michael of Paradise, Kent of Anchorage, Ala., and Danny Crafton-Lewis of Florence, Ore.; brother, Joe of Paradise; and sister, Virginia Eldridge of Paradise.
A memorial service will be held Friday at the Magalia Calvary Chapel Church at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Danny Crafton Memorial Fund in care of Newton-Bracewell Cremation & Funeral Service of Magalia.


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