Obituaries for December 9, 2003


Patricia M. Brewer

Oct. 26, 1941 Dec. 3, 2003

Patricia M. Brewer of Groveland died Wednesday at a Turlock care home. She was 62.

She is survived by her husband, Edmund R. Brewer; a son, Mark A. Brewer; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Richard Fletcher; and four grandchildren, Christina, Daniell, Tiffany and Richard.

The Neptune Society of Northern California in Stockton is handling arrangements.

Donald 'Bruce' Lane

Feb. 6, 1935 Dec. 3, 2003

Donald ''Bruce" Lane of Sonora died Wednesday at his home. He was 68.

He was born in Oakland and lived in Sonora for two years. He worked as a self-employed carpenter for 48 years.

His family said he loved hunting and cars.

Mr. Lane is survived by his son, Gary Lane of Pleasanton; daughters, Terri Lane of San Diego and Laura Richardson of Anchorage, Alaska; her father, Glenn H. Lane of Brownsville; a brother, Glenn A. Lane of Oakland; a sister, Laurie Neff of Yuba City; and seven grandchildren.

Services were held.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Joe Boan

July 4, 1910 Nov. 27, 2003

Joe Boan of Sonora died Nov. 27 in Tuolumne. He was 93.

He was born on a farm near Eldon, Mo., and played guitar and sang well, his family said, by the time he was a teenager. He was playing professionally with dance bands in Kansas City, one of the big jazz centers of that era, and with his voice and looks became a local celebrity, his family said.

By 1930, he played and toured with Red Nichols and his Five Pennies band and worked with singer Dorothy Lamour and played with Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Fats Waller and many of the big names of jazz, his family said. They added that he became friends with Count Basie and the Andrew Sisters and later had his own radio show.

He headed for Hollywood in 1938, where he continued playing, singing and writing songs. His family said he wrote more than 100 songs before he lost his hearing as a young man.

He became a machinist in the defense industry when World War II began, and later worked for the AiResearch Corp. for 31 years, building equipment for the Apollo spacecraft that went to the moon and back. He also was a skilled photographer, his family said.

He retired to Columbia in 1985. On his 90th birthday in 2000, he was grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in Columbia.

Mr. Boan is survived by his godson, Joe Slagle of Glendora; a nephew, Gordon Corpus of Santa Cruz; and friends, Connie and Andy Mical of Twain Harte, Ann Slagle, Nancy James, Sandi Breeden, Don Montoya and many friends in the Columbia area.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia.

Donations can be made to Meals on Wheels, in care of Sierra Foothills Management, 540 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Sherman F. Bacon

Oct. 2, 1910 Dec. 4, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Sherman F. Bacon died Thursday at a Sonora care home. He was 93.

He was born in Oakland. He lived in Sonora for 20 years and worked as a self-employed machinist for 40 years.

Mr. Bacon is survived by a nephew, Robert Perrin of Texas.

No services are scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


McCOY Frances Louise McCoy, 92, of Sonora died this morning at a care home in Soulsbyville. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FRANCEK Alphonse Francek, 75, of Jamestown died this morning at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

TROUNCE Edna Trounce, 92, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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