Friday, August 12, 2022

Vaden Earl Jantz Jr. : 1950-2022

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 5:11 AM

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Vaden Earl Jantz Jr. was born in Arcata on August 11, 1950, where he enjoyed a happy childhood with his three brothers and sister. But even as a child Vaden wanted to work! He realized his ambitions at age 10, milking cows at the Arcata Creamline Dairy across the street from his home on the corner of Zehndner and O St. In high school he helped in the kitchen of the Big 4 restaurant, a popular establishment at the time, and remembered fondly his cowboy experiences bucking hay and wrangling cattle in the hills around Humboldt County.

Sitting still at college didn't suit him, so he went to work for the city of Arcata as an equipment operator, where for 17 years he assisted in numerous water, wastewater and street projects. He was very proud of helping to create the now famous Arcata Marsh and upon his retirement from that job in 1987 was described by the members of the City Council as a "competent, loyal and dependable employee."

Vaden also served his local community for 33 years as a volunteer and career firefighter for the Arcata Volunteer Fire Department. He was named Volunteer Fireman of the Year in 1975, where, according to an article in the Union newspaper, the selection was made on the basis of "attendance at fire calls and drills, enthusiasm and popularity."

After his retirement from the fire district in 2010, his help was eagerly sought by various civic and nonprofit groups, including the town of Manila and the Friends of the Dunes. Vaden enjoyed visiting family, fishing at Lewiston lake and far-flung travels with his wife Linda, but was a worker at heart. So he once again offered his help to the city, where his expertise and congenial spirit were happily welcomed by the small Environmental Services staff with whom he spent his last working years as a heavy equipment operator, maintaining the wetlands and the community forest.

Vaden died peacefully at his home in Arcata on June 19. Friends are invited to a celebration of his life at the Blue Lake Fire Department on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 2-5 p.m.
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Monday, July 18, 2022

Steven Mark Perkins: 1962-2022

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2022 at 2:31 PM

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Steven Mark Perkins, beloved son, brother, father and friend, died peacefully on July 8, 2022 after a short painful battle with an aggressive form of lung cancer at the age of 60.

Steve was born on May 5, 1962 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka, California and spent most of his grade school years in the Eureka City Schools district.  Steve began his love of music at an early age starting with piano at age 5, trumpet at age 10, and getting involved with playing the electric bass in his early teens.     

Steve moved to Chicago in 1979 to finish high school where he continued his music education playing bass in the high school jazz band at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Illinois.     

Steve moved to the Los Angeles area not long after graduation in 1980  and worked as a foreman for Sanders Hydroseeding Company out of Santa Ana for several years.  He also continued to master playing the bass with several bands on the LA rock circuit in his free time.     

Steve decided to leave Los Angeles immediately in 1992 as a result of the LA riots violence.  His hydroseeding company sent Steve and his crew into South Central Los Angeles to help the clean-up efforts in the immediate days following the riots.  However, the level of danger driving into the war zone in South Central LA on a daily basis proved to be too overwhelming. 

So Steve packed up his belongings and flew back up to Humboldt County within a matter of 48 hours to find safety, peace and quiet.  Steve lived the rest of his years in Humboldt enjoying his friends and family, working various jobs, fishing the Pacific Ocean and Six Rivers, and enjoyed playing bass in several bands with his dear friends until his death.    

Steve was the kind of guy who loved his family and friends and playing music with everything he had and did everything he could to take care of everyone he loved.  Steve called his mom and sister who live in the Los Angeles area almost every night wishing them a good sleep and peaceful dreams and never forgot to tell them that he loved them always.  He told his friends the same that he loved them.  That’s what really made Steve special … his truly kind, loving, beautiful soul on earth.     

Steve is preceded in death by his dad, Thomas E. Perkins.  Steve is survived by his mom Alvina “Lee” Perkins and his sister Dr. Andrea Perkins of Los Angeles and daughter Samantha Perkins.  Steve is also survived by his dear family in Humboldt County including his best friend Ronette Sanders, Terri Cole, Kaileb and Julia Sanders, Anaiya Rau, Jacob Arts, Kaiden, Noah and sweet Jackson.   

A Celebration of Life Service for Steve will be held at Lutheran Church of Arcata located at 151 E. 16th St., Arcata, California on July 19, 2022 at 7 p.m. with a reception to follow.  
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Jack Bryan Ludwick: 1964-2022

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2022 at 11:00 AM

Jack Bryan Ludwick, Dec. 28, 1964, to June 22, 2022.
  • Jack Bryan Ludwick, Dec. 28, 1964, to June 22, 2022.
Jack Bryan Ludwick (Jack Wright) passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2022, suddenly, and of natural causes, while restoring his home in Gladstone, Oregon. Jack was born December 28, 1964, in Eureka, California, to Vernon Ludwick and Sylvia Riewerts. He was a graduate of Eureka Senior High School, Class of 1983.

As a youth, Jack was a competitive bike racer, achieving the number one ranking in the Northern California region. He channeled this passion into customizing bikes for all the neighborhood residents, which ended up with a job at Auker’s Bows and Bikes in Old Town, Eureka. His passion soon turned from customizing bikes to customizing classic cars, wherein he made his profession, specializing in the restoration of early model fiberglass body Corvettes. He was the sole owner of Body Craft Body Shop. His work received numerous awards in car shows throughout the nation.

Jack was also a passionate music lover, playing electric bass in local Humboldt County bands and amassing an impressive collection of vinyl records, subsidized by his DJ business Sight & Sound, started while still in high school, which incorporated professional lighting effects along with hi-fi sound. Jack was an avid diver and enjoyed family trips in the pursuit of abalone, as well as, trips to our mountains and lakes, skiing and wakeboarding.

Jack was preceded in death by his father Vernon, a renowned classical guitarist and composer, and his step-father Robert Lee Wright, a beloved educator. He is survived by his mother Sylvia Riewerts, of Milwaukie, Oregon, and his brother James Wright of Eureka, California, amongst numerous other loved ones. 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Mary Frances Cooper Frost: 1954-2022

Posted By on Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 10:21 AM

Mary Frances Cooper, Nov. 16, 1954, to July 6, 2022.
  • Mary Frances Cooper, Nov. 16, 1954, to July 6, 2022.

Our beloved Mary Frances Cooper Frost passed away on July 6, 2022, at her home in McKinleyville, California. Mary was a life-long resident of Humboldt County; born in Eureka, California, to Bronte and Clara Cooper. She was the middle sibling of five. Her dad worked in the timber industry and her mom was a teacher. Mary attended Arcata High School, graduating class of 1973.

Mary did so many different kinds of work over the course of her life that only Mary knew all that she had done. She had a profound mix of professional jobs that included a Montessori school teacher and dental hygienist. She took great pride in volunteering for numerous organizations in her community.

Mary was a wonderful and loving mother to her children, Clint and Jordan. Mary did the best she could to provide as a single mom. Their needs, wants and dreams always came first. She celebrated their athleticism and playful spirits. She always made sure they went out camping, swimming, hiking and getting together with friends and family often.

Mary is described by her friends as a solar-powered, living-dancing-hula hooping spirit leaving behind sparkling glitter of kindness everywhere she went. She was put together with the best top hats, spunky skirts, painted toenails and a camera to match. Mary didn’t fit in a box and nor would she ever want to. Mary didn’t choose her people; people chose her. And to those people, she came bearing sentimental gifts, each token and trinket shared with happiness for them to cherish as she cherished those she loved. From her blackberry jams to Halloween popcorn balls, she always had treats for everyone. Mary was always on her bicycle wheeling towards the next best gig, picking up trash and aluminum cans in her path. You could find her late-night hooping under the stars at both festivals and small intimate social gatherings. She was the life and light of the party; she brought the party. Her little red house was an adored and adorned home, it was her solace. The smells of baking lingered with the laughter of her granddaughter and friends. The sounds of Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real rang her bunny ears and shook her bunny tail. Mary had some very special, treasured life-long friends; she knows you will recognize without name those whom she held dear. She resides now in peace and comfort with her mother for whom she cared and tended until the end, and with her youngest son who flew from this earth too soon.  

Our beloved Mary, Humboldt Pie, Grandma Mary, Aunt Mary, Mama Mary, our friend, our neighbor, our house cleaner, our baker, our manicurist, our gardener, and our very own hometown legacy. Safe travels on your next big adventure.

Mary is preceded in death by her brother Harlan Cooper (Ranae), father Bronte L. Cooper, mother Clara Cooper and her son Jordan Frost (Bre). 

She is survived by her son Clint Frost (Tarin), grandchildren Hailie and Eli Frost and Savannah Beeman. Step children Crystal and Jason Frost. Her sisters Linda Gaston and Beverly Kirk and brother Bronte A. Cooper. Nieces Marcy, Libby, Sara and Sammi and nephews, Todd, Mason, Sean, Patrick and Christopher. And of course, countless extended family, friends and neighbors that she would have been lost without.

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, July 16, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Azalea Hall, 1620 Pickett Road, McKinleyville, California, 95519.
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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Patrick H.B. Porter: 1952-2022

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2022 at 11:45 AM

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Heaven welcomed a new angel on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Patrick H.B. Porter was born in Los Angeles on June 7, 1952, to a family of writers, artists, readers and theater people. He grew up in Echo Park in the Silverlake area, as an only child with a vivid imagination. He read, drew, created, wrote and was always busy.

In 1963, he attended the first Renaissance Pleasure Faire. The faire impressed Patrick - a lover of history, inspired him to return as a performer and director. He created props and handmade costumes. He created original plays and entertainments. He taught workshops there, and taught living history (in costume!) to the LA city schools. Patrick traveled with fair friends to San Francisco every winter to perform at the Great Dicken’s Christmas fair.

At Los Angeles City College Patrick met many friends with the same interests. He made puppets, proofread, and wrote resumes. His passion for history included the Italian renaissance, England’s Tudor, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras. He loved words and was a voracious reader. He would read backwards without thinking (Latin, French, some Spanish). For a while, he owned a small croissant/coffee shop in downtown LA. Settling in Ferndale in 1990, he wrote and published five books. He continued his passions for theater and teaching, as best as he was able.

Those who knew Patrick well found him to be a kind, gentle soul with a wonderful, and quirky sense of humor. Multi-faceted and talented, he was a true brilliant, renaissance man. He survived by his cat “Monkey” and a friendship with Ellie Green and family that lasted many decades. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Renown Medical Center in Reno Nevada, for the care they gave to Patrick.

A celebration of life will be held at the Ferndale Community Church on Sunday, July 17, at 11:45 a.m.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Melissa Marie Jensen: 1977-2022

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2022 at 9:59 AM

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Melissa Marie Jensen passed away on June 11th, 2022, at the age of 45 at her home. She was born in San Andreas, Calaveras County CA January 20th, 1977, but grew up in Sutter Creek, Amador County as a child and young teen.

She was a funny little girl and would keep us all laughing with her jokes. She had a habit of bringing home critters such as frogs, turtles, mice, and kittens. She wanted to save and love them all.

She moved from Amador County to Humboldt County in 1993 with her mother at the age of 16 and has been a Humboldt girl ever since. Melissa immediately fell in love with the Redwoods and the beautiful beaches and made many friends. Melissa loved adventure and snowboarding.

She was about 19 when she and her best friend Lorna decided to go work at Kirkwood Ski Resort west of Lake Tahoe. It's there she met her future husband Dave Frawley. She and Dave moved back to Humboldt together. They got jobs for a while but were restless and needed to explore again. They loved winter snow.

She and Dave moved briefly to Jackson Hole Wyoming to work at another ski resort for the season and explore Wyoming nature. She loved the beauty and was almost tempted to live there permanently but Humboldt called them back. Melissa and Dave then decided to explore the city and moved to San Francisco briefly to attend the city college.

She studied botany and environmental preservation. She had many funny and crazy tales of life in the city. She loved the city but again Humboldt called her back.

Melissa and Dave decided to settle down and got married on the top of Trinidad Head and had a beautiful boy named Aidan, who was born August of 2002.

Although their relationship didn't last, they always remained close friends and stayed in contact. They shared the love of their son together but apart. She loved and cared about nature and being kind to Mother Earth. She also cared and had a strong empathy for people and animals. Her heart was so full it was sometimes too much for her to bear.

She loved bike riding, roller skating, kayaking and vegetable gardening. There was so much she wanted to learn and do. She had dreams of traveling and so much more but her time was cut short.

Melissa stayed connected to her friends from Amador County as well as her friends here. We will all miss her beautiful smile and laughter and remember the kind and caring person she was.

She is survived by her son, Aidan Sean Frawley and her mother Sandra Jensen. May you rest in peace my sweet Melissa.

We would like to invite family and friends to a Celebration of Life for Melissa, Sunday July 24th at North of Fourth, 207 Third street, Eureka at 2 p.m. Light food be provided and musicians are welcome to share songs. 
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Robert McKee: 1929-2022

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2022 at 6:47 AM

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“Someone once asked, who are the three most important men in your life? And I said, I think it was Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, and my father, only in reverse order.”

Robert McKee, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and visionary community member died peacefully in San Francisco on January 21, 2022.

He was born in Eureka on January 15, 1929, and spent his early childhood at the family homestead in Whitethorn. After the untimely deaths of his parents, Vernon Calvin McKee and Rebecca Snavely, he moved to Eureka to live with his paternal grandmother, Nettie Cookson. His grandmother lived on a Civil War pension, and she also rented out rooms to men who worked at the lumber and woolen mills. As a small boy, Bob began adding to their income by collecting and selling scrap metal and newspapers, beginning his appreciation for work that lasted throughout his life. In his own words, “Eureka was a wonderful place to grow up — so many things to see and do.” He loved to go out early in the morning to watch the street lights turn off, the town waking up and folks showing up for all different kinds of jobs.

In high school, Bob became fascinated with automobiles and ended up buying, rebuilding and trading all sorts of cars, motorbikes and even an airplane, an interest that never left him. He joined the Navy the day he turned 17 and worked on a destroyer tender docked in Tsingtao on the Yellow Sea in China. After the Navy, he worked in a lumber mill, drove a laundry truck, got a job at Humboldt Land and Title and also started taking classes at Humboldt State University on the GI bill.

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He married Barbara Andrews in 1952. Their daughter Rebecca was born in 1953 and their son Rob in 1955. Bob worked as a timber cruiser and in his father-in-law’s grocery store while continuing to go to school part-time and building his first house, a duplex in Cutten. He loved becoming a father and said, “It was just a wonderful feeling.” Barbara and Bob realized that they had very different goals and desires in their life and ended up separating. Barbara moved to Berkeley with the kids, and Bob moved to San Francisco to be near the kids and do carpentry work. While in San Francisco, he became part of a circle of friends (some from Humboldt) who were poets, writers, teachers, and students of Buddhism. He and Valery White, who had separated from her first husband, Locke McCorkle, started spending time together, fell in love and made the decision to move back to the Mckee Family homestead in Whitethorn and start a life together. They arrived on July 1, 1957 with Val’s three kids and all of their worldly possessions. Their daughter Lela was born in 1958, a little sister for Rebecca, Sita, Tasha, Rob, and Sean. During summers and holidays, the six kids explored the forest, built forts and played in the Mattole River.

Bob got a job teaching and taught at Whitethorn, Ettersburg and Redway elementary schools. Following his teaching career, he returned to his love of design and building. His interest in buying land and developing home sites was spurred by the migration of young people wanting to escape urban life and rigid societal expectations and “move back to the land.” In order to get the building materials Bob needed for his projects, he started Whitethorn Construction. He always said you need to do more than one kind of work to make a living here, and he did that through land sales, selling building supplies and as a designer-builder.

Bob loved work and saw no difference between a work day and a day off. He worked seven days a week until he was 90. He loved people and community and helped many create homes here as well as community gathering places and open space. He and his wife Valery were married for 60 years, sharing a love for the beauty of nature, poetry and art. They collaborated on a number of creative projects.

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Bob finally slowed down in the last few years of his life, spending time with friends and family, playing Texas Hold’em with his buddies, reading the Tao Te Ching, writing haikus and sitting on his deck in the sun overlooking the valley below. In his final year, he collaborated with Ray Rafael recording the story of his life. This veritable “life review” was a very satisfying enterprise for Bob and all who participated. This more reflective period was a gift to all who knew him. As his friends at Redwoods Monastery described him, “Bob had, in the last months of his life, a tenderness, an awe, an awareness that was striking.”

Bob was preceded in death by his sisters, Joyce Callahan and Jean Ridgeway, his wife Valery, his son, Sean McKee and his son-in-law, Ron Macaruso. He is survived by his children, Rebecca McKee, Sita Formosa (David), Tasha ( Jim Groeling), Rob McKee (Maryellen), Lela McKee Friel (Jimmy), his nephews Vern Callahan (Kristen), Aaron White (Shawn), Conrad White (Carlea), his nieces, Debbie Mason, Kathy Rose (Pete Gray), Cindy Lewis (Bobby), Kirsten White (Lee Robbino), Valery White (Malcolm Shuttles), and eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

 The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers, medical staff, mentors and friends near and far who gave much love, support and the gift of cards and flowers to Bob and his family. Our gratitude is overflowing!

A community celebration of Bob’s life will be held Sunday, September 18th, at Whitethorn Construction from  3.p.m to 8:30 p.m. I Like It Here, the oral history written by Bob and Ray, will be available at the celebration.

Donations in Bob’s name may be made to Heart of the Redwoods Community Hospice, Redwoods Monastery, or Sanctuary Forest.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Donald Scott Collins: 1935 - 2022

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

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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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