Thursday, June 23, 2022

Donald Scott Collins: 1935 - 2022

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2022 at 6:57 AM

Donald Scott Collins, was born in Monrovia, California on February 24, 1935 to Abraham Lincoln Collins and Sara (Sally) McIntire. Scott, as he was known to his family and friends, will always be remembered as one of the most generous, and forgiving men to those who really knew him. Those who also knew him will always chuckle when they think of his sense of humor, his laugh and his stubbornness.

Our dad loved to tell stories of his childhood growing up in Whittier, California, surrounded by avocado orchards and filled with family adventures with his three younger siblings, Mary (known to family as Marny because he couldn’t pronounce Mary at a young age), Karen, and Lee. Scott joined the Air Force at the age of 21. He had one short marriage which gave him his first daughter, Sherry, and ended during his first enlistment. Eventually the Air Force brought him to San Jose where, attending the Salvation Army church with a friend, he met his best friend and the woman he would be married to for the rest of his life, a young Dutch woman named Theodora Prins. Their time together in the Air Force brought them and their growing family to New York, New Mexico, and Michigan. For a time, Scott served in Okinawa and Thea and he sent each other letters every day for more than a year. He spent over 13 years in the Air Force in all and they enjoyed their life together on military bases as they had their first four children together, Kevin, David, Sheryl and Dorian.

In 1972, Scott’s father and brother-in-law, Bill Sauer, purchased a McDonald’s franchise in Eureka and offered Scott a position running the business and Scott and Thea moved to Eureka that year. Over the next 20 years, Scott ran the business as a generous and kind employer. They brought three more children into the world, Galen, Mark Aaron (who passed at birth) and Loren. Scott and Thea’s long commitment to their faith led them to be involved in a few local churches including the Salvation Army, Arcata First Baptist, Faith Center, Gospel Outreach and in their later years, Life Church. In many of these places they served as deacons, youth leaders and long term members.

Their faith and compassion often saw them giving to many out of their own need. Known for giving away cars, rooms in their home, endless amounts of food and a place for many to land on their feet. They are known for having more than 20 different people living in their home over the years beyond their own large family. Notably, two nephews, Frank and Billy Prins, lived with the family for more than 6 years. After McDonald’s sold and they found themselves with much less income, Scott provided for his family through working as a screenprinter, landscaper and managing thrift stores for the Salvation Army. They continued to give to others out of their own need with holidays often seeing 20-30 people in their home on Walnut Drive in Cutten. There was always enough food and enough room for anyone without a place to be.

Scott loved his family and loved to be surrounded by them for meals or even better, camping out by Willow Creek, Ruth, Mendocino or in the redwoods. Many of our fondest memories will be out in those spaces with so much camping equipment we could barely fit in the car and it felt more like home.He is survived by his wife of 57 years, his siblings, seven children, 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. In his final days, he mentioned excitement about seeing his grandson Elias and his son Mark Aaron again, both having preceded him in death.

A special thanks from our whole family is owed to Dorian and Nanci Collins as they moved here, prepared a place for Scott and Thea, and cared for them for the last four years. Scott often spoke of the times they were able to help people, and the many loving members of his family with pride and as the best investments of his lifetime. On May 6, 2022, at the age of 87, Scott felt this same love when he was surrounded by many of them, including his brother Lee and wife Susan. Scott spent his final day in a family home and his last strength and efforts were dedicated to making eye contact and expressing his love to family members and friends, including his pastor Bob Sirine. One of his final efforts was to reach for his brother's hand and hold it, hours before he passed in his sleep in the company of his eldest son, Kevin. Our family is grateful to Hospice, the PACE program, and Agape Home Care for their support in his final years. We are forever grateful to our dad, he taught us so much about love, generosity and what truly matters. Dad, you fought the good fight, you kept the faith, and you finished the race.

A memorial service for Scott will be held at the Elk’s Lodge in Eureka, on Sunday, July 24th, at 10:30 a.m.. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP through text to his son Loren at 707-502-8844.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Donna Elaine Feddersen: 1943-2021

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2022 at 1:35 PM

Donna Elaine Feddersen, July 4, 1943, to Aug. 12, 2021.
  • Donna Elaine Feddersen, July 4, 1943, to Aug. 12, 2021.
It is with deep sadness that we share the loss of our beautiful and amazing mother, Donna Elaine Feddersen. She passed away at home on Aug. 12, 2021, surrounded by her family, just two weeks after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Donna was born in Scotia, California. The youngest daughter of Vernon and Georgia Hackett. Mom was proud of the fact that her dad got to assist in her delivery. She grew up on the family ranch at Howe Creek in Ferndale.

She attended Price Creek School and later Ferndale High School. She met her future husband, Larry Feddersen, who she married shortly after graduating in 1961. They moved to Scotia where they raised their three girls. After divorcing she moved to Fortuna, where she remained for the rest of her life.

Donna worked as a pharmacy tech for Larks Drugs in Rio Dell and later at Cloney’s Pharmacy in Eureka, where she retired in 2011.

She was busier in her retirement than when she worked. She spent most of her time gardening, which was her passion, and often said it was, “Some of the best therapy.” Her yard was a true reflection of her personality. She was constantly in motion…walking, tidying up around her home, or in her garden. She volunteered at the Fortuna Senior Center, was a member of the Swiss Club, and was an active member of the Fortuna Garden Club.

Donna loved spending time with her family; attending their sporting events, birthdays, and special occasions every chance she could and was the happiest when all the family was together. She was always a phone call away to listen and talk. Donna loved a glass of wine or margarita with friends and family. She loved visiting beautiful gardens and several years ago fulfilled a wish of hers to travel to London for the Chelsea Flower Show.

Donna’s greatest joys were her three daughters and their families. She was a great mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. A loyal friend through thick and thin. Friends described her as kind, sweet, hilarious, and no-nonsense. She was the heart of our family.

Donna is survived by her daughters: Tammy (Keith) Miller of Rio Dell, California, Lorie (Johnny) Gomes of Rohnert Park, California, and Julie (Darren) Loudon of Antelope, California. Grandchildren: Kristen (Jon-Paul) Nordstrom, Brett Miller, Emily Loudon, Johnny Gomes, Mikaela Loudon, and Tayler Gomes. Great-grandchildren: Xenoclea Vaughn-Miller, Gage Nordstrom, and bonus great-grandson, Ryan Vaughn. And her loving companion, Loren Fisher. She was preceded in death by her parents Vernon and Georgia Hackett and sisters Coralee Griffin and Emilee Ann Hackett. She will be forever in our hearts and missed by so many.

A celebration of her life will be held on July 2, 2022, from 1-3 p.m. at the Fortuna Fire Hall.
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Monday, June 20, 2022

Timothy Norman Jarrells: 1971-2022

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2022 at 11:20 AM

Timothy Norman Jarrell, March 17, 1971, to June 11, 2022.
  • Timothy Norman Jarrell, March 17, 1971, to June 11, 2022.
Tim Jarrells passed away at the home he shared with his partner, Cher Southard, in Westhaven, California, on June 11, 2022. Born Timothy Norman Jarrells on March 17, 1971, to parents Norman and Mary Jarrells, Tim grew up in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and Hamilton, Ohio, before moving to California. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in wildlife management, and while he loved wildlife and being outdoors, he made a long and successful career working as a sound engineer, which was a job – and a community – he loved. Tim worked for a few years in Hawaii, but almost all of his career in sound was spent working in Humboldt County, a place where he established deep and lasting roots. Tim also loved music, diving, sailing, college football and, above all else, his family. Everyone who knew Tim knew him for his geniality, sense of humor, fearlessness (especially underwater) and generosity. He will be immeasurably missed by his loving parents, Mary and Norm, and partner, Cher, and by his brothers, Tony, Paul, and David, Tony’s family (Gretchen, Isabelle, Owen, and Gabe), Paul’s family (Beverlee and Brittani), and many other family members and friends.

Arrangements for cremation are being handled by Paul’s Chapel in Arcata, California.

There will be a celebration of Tim’s life at Humboldt Brews, 856 10th St., Arcata, on Tuesday, June 21, from 4-8 p.m.
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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Dennis Carl Andersen: 1946-2021

Posted By on Sat, Jun 4, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Dennis Carl Anderson Sr. 1946-2021
  • Dennis Carl Anderson Sr. 1946-2021
Dennis Carl Andersen Sr., 74, a local native of Ferndale, California, residing in Marion, Oregon, passed away on Aug. 13, 2021.

Dennis loved the outdoors. Whether it was hunting, fishing, or just crackin' a cold one. He had a passion for refurbishing old cars, he loved poker and social nights with his friends, and most of all he loved his family. Some of his most cherished moments came from family reunions. He was stubborn, bullheaded, ornery and sometimes just downright mean, but he had a heart of gold for his closest friends and family.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father Orville Andersen, his mother Lucille Rocha, and his brother Donny Rocha. He left behind his two sons Dennis Andersen Jr. and Jeffrey Andersen, his daughter Dena Andersen, his two step-daughters Amber Barker and Lisa Merrick and his two brothers Bob Andersen and Gene Rocha. He also left behind ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many cousins and great friends.

A celebration of life will be held in his honor at Sequoia Park in Eureka, California, on Saturday, June 25th, 2022 from noon-3 p.m.
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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Barbara Rose Stephens: 1933-2022

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2022 at 1:55 PM

Barbara Rose Stephens passed away on May 21, 2022 at Frye’s Care Home in Eureka. Her husband, Ron, of 66 years, was at her side.

Barbara was born in 1933 in Osage County, Oklahoma, the youngest of 9 siblings to Clarence and Rose Woods. Barbara came to Eureka in the midst of the “Dust Bowl” in August of 1938 as a small child. Being a child during that time was a rough start for a newly minted Californian, but it gave Mom a strong will and determination that stayed with her for the rest of her life.

Barbara graduated from Eureka High in 1950 and proceeded to graduate from Humboldt College in 1955 with a degree in education and teaching. Barbara enjoyed a lifelong career in the Eureka City schools, teaching at the elementary and junior high levels.

Barbara met the love of her life in 1955, Ron Stephens, who was another fellow teacher in Eureka. They were married in 1956 and spent their entire married life in Eureka. During their summer breaks from teaching, they enjoyed traveling and later, their summer home in Willow Creek.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Ron of 66 years, daughter, Lynn Jacobsen, grandsons Anthony and Nick Pasquale, nieces, Pat Divinnie, Debbie Takamoto, Connie Titterington, Sandy Pon and nephews Gary and Roger Woods.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Rose and Clarence Woods, and siblings Grace Strickland, Bunny Divinnie, Ruth Lanning, Bruce, Glen, Don and Bernie Woods.

The family extends special thanks to Frye’s Care Home who were so helpful in the final year of her life.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Ocean View Cemetery with Jeff Ragan officiating.
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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Julie Davy: 1959-2022

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Julie Mae Davy, May 17, 1959, to April 29, 2022
  • Julie Mae Davy, May 17, 1959, to April 29, 2022
Julie Mae was born in San Diego, California, on May 17, 1959, the fifth child of Helenmae Wilhite and Ralph Lane. Her first three years were spent on Cartwright Street, where her dad served up his famous homemade ice cream to a constant stream of visiting family and friends.

In 1962, Julie’s family of eight moved to Alabama for the year. Time was spent with Grandma and Grandpa Lane eating watermelon and collecting chicken eggs; with Aunt Jeanette and her family digging up clams in Mobile Bay; and with Great Granny Baldwin at her house in the woods.

Returning to California, the growing family of 10 moved to Oasis, where Ralph and Helen took over the Wilhite family citrus ranch. Here Julie blossomed. She was a spirited outdoor soul who loved any and all animals, including her horse Rocket, Rocket’s foal Little Bit, chickens, goats, pigs, dogs and a lamb named Stanley that she raised as a member of Future Farmers of America in high school.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Robert Francis Carmesin: 1947-2022

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2022 at 10:37 AM

Robert Francis Carmesin, April 13, 1947, to May 16, 2022
  • Robert Francis Carmesin, April 13, 1947, to May 16, 2022

Robert Francis Carmesin, AKA Carm/Buddy went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. He fought a valiant battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s, a progressive neuromuscular disease. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Mckinleyville, California, and gave love to each and every person as he said farewell in the weeks prior.

He was born April 13, 1947, in Los Angeles, California, and moved with his parents to McKinleyville in 1952 where he began life as the son of a chicken rancher. He deeply loved his mom, dad and family and helped to build their ranch known as the “Carmesin Compound.” He was preceded in death by his parents John and Lois Carmesin, his first wife Christine Grace-Carmesin, second wife Catherine Blake-Carmesin.

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Samuel Aren Portillo: 1988-2022

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2022 at 10:31 AM

Samuel Aren Portillo, Dec. 1, 1988, to May 11, 2022
  • Samuel Aren Portillo, Dec. 1, 1988, to May 11, 2022
Sam passed away unexpectedly on May 11 and was the beloved son of Albert and Gina Portillo, brother to Thomas Portillo and Kenneth Portillo. He attended elementary school in Eureka and high school at South Fork High in Miranda, CA. Sam was a proud member of the Tolowa Tribe from Elk Valley, Crescent City, CA.

He was a wonderful, beloved son, brother, cousin, grandson, nephew and friend. He will forever be in so many hearts for all the love and compassion he spread everywhere he went. Sam was a talented musician and held a special love for music. Sam took great pride in being the stepfather of Robert and Allivia Clements.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Alberta Delene Johnson: 1933-2022

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2022 at 6:25 AM

Alberta Delene Johnson February 8, 1933 to May 14, 2022, Alberta was born on February 8, 1933, in Spearville, Kansas to mother Lucinda Mathilda (Helfrich) Schultz and father Albert Harry Johnson.

Alberta graduated from Ford High School in Ford, Kansas, on May 24,1950, and entered St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in Dodge City, Kansas, with a full scholarship. Alberta graduated in August 1953 and passed her RN Boards in September 1953. Alberta married the love of her life, Carl Preston Johnson, on August 12, 1953, at St. John Catholic Church in Spearville, Kansas.

Carl and Alberta became the proud and loving parents of Gregory, Albert, Mark, Delene, Charles, Steven, Aaron, Matthew, and Richard. Carl and Alberta moved their new family from Kansas to California in 1967, and eventually settled in the Loleta/Fortuna area. Alberta continued her career as a Registered Nurse in the Humboldt County area at St Joseph’s Hospital, Redwood Memorial Hospital, Mad River Hospital, Granada and Seaview Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Redwood Coast Region Professional Standards Review Organization (PSRO).

Alberta is survived by her daughter Delene Baty (Steven) of San Antonia, Texas, sons Charles Johnson (Allison) of Beaverton Oregon, Steven Johnson (Eileen) of Sacramento, CA, Aaron Johnson of Loleta, California, Matthew Johnson (Jennifer) of Woodinville, Washington, and Richard Johnson (Joyce) of Carmichael, California, and grandchildren Stephanie and Colleen Johnson, Callan, Makenna, and Cameron Wenger-Johnson, Brian and James Johnson, and Patrick and Natalie Baty. Nieces and nephews include Nancy Klenke, Duane Boyd, Cliff Boyd, Lance Boyd, Rodney Johnson, Donny Thorn, Linda Thorn, Jeanine Thorn, Karla Robson, Bill Collet, and sister-in-law Ilda Fay Janzen.

Alberta is preceded in death by her loving husband Carl, her infant sons Gregory, Albert, and Mark, sisters Erma Jean (Schultz) Boyd and Linda (Schultz) Niemeyer, and her parents Albert and Lucinda.

A Rosary will be held at Goble's Fortuna Mortuary on Sunday May 22, 2022, from 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m. for visitation.The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday May 23, at 10 a.m. at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Fortuna, with internment and Final Blessing immediately to follow at St Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Loleta. Reception to follow at the River Lodge Conference Center-Coho Room, Fortuna, from noon-2 p.m.

Alberta’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Donald Baird, Jan Borges, Janet Anderson, Celeste Heinrich, Cindy August, Katie Todd, Maria Riddle, and Hospice of Humboldt for providing such excellent care.
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Sunday, May 15, 2022

David Spreen: 1951-2021

Posted By on Sun, May 15, 2022 at 7:02 AM

David Spreen, 1951-2021
  • David Spreen, 1951-2021
On Nov. 23, 2021 David Spreen passed away peacefully at home. Dave was a master mathematician and Nov. 23 is Fibonacci day, so it is a fitting day for his passing.

David Spreen was born in Trona, California, to highly educated and well-respected father and a charismatic mother in 1951. He was the youngest of three brothers. Dave, Jeff and Steve were the three amigos and had many adventures together. We all heard the story about creating a buzz around town when they left cards with a mysterious printer press symbol on them, secretly, at the local shops. The symbol stood for the boy’s Winged V Motorcycle Club, which had found the printer press in an old abandon building. The boys also had fun experimenting with the chemicals their father, who was a chemical engineer, had brought home for them. One of Dave’s earliest memories was his mother waking him to see the light of atomic bomb testing in Death Valley, approximately 60 miles northeast of Trona. Growing up the family moved around and they lived in New York, Tennessee, and Nevada before coming back to California to Laguna Beach in 1963.

Dave met the love of his life, Kathy, in Laguna Beach in the 1971. They made their way to Blue Lake, Humboldt County, in 1972 and were married in 1976. In 1974 Dave and Kathy found everything they dreamed of in a property in Kneeland where they built their dream life with their two daughters, Karla and Kelly, in the mountains. He was a kind, gentle and supportive dad and husband. He always encouraged his daughters to reach for the stars and pursue education. Dave took his family on trips every summer, which created family memories to last a lifetime. He was most proud of the family trip to China where he was able to share his experiences working there in the international flooring trade business. He also always spoke fondly of his trip to the Middle East with his great friend Scott in the summer of love, 1969, and his trips to Mexico with his friends.

Dave loved the outdoors and helping others. He was always educating himself and getting involved with organizations that were in line with his passions. He was actively a part of the Save Richardson Grove Group and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities Group (CPRT). He also worked with the Blackberry Bramble Group to bring internet to Humboldt County in the early 1990s, served on the Freshwater Elementary School Board and helped to create the Charter Middle School, and offered his educated opinion on city and county initiatives. One of Dave’s proudest accomplishments was protecting the community from asbestos exposure by preventing the Barn 2 Quarry from mining asbestos containing rock, which would have been used to rock local roads.

His spirit and legacy will live on in the many values he instilled in his daughters that will be passed down through the generations; the pursuit of life long education, discovery of self and universe, and keeping family close.

Dave is survived by wife of 45 years Kathy Spreen, and daughters Karla Knapek and Kelly Wehausen. Dave is preceded in death by his mother and father, Ruth and Edward Spreen as well as his two brothers, Steve Spreen and Jeff Spreen.
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