Obituaries for March 24, 2004


Foothills musician Walker dies at 51

Jan. 3, 1953 March 19, 2004

Lonny Lee Walker of Sonora, known as the "Piano Man," died unexpectedly Friday at his home. He was 51.

He was born in Canada. He traveled throughout the United States on foot, played the piano and touched many people's lives along the way, his family said. He was well-known and talented, his family said.

Mr. Walker was drawn to the Columbia-Sonora area numerous times during his travels, but "came off the road" eight years ago and made it his home.

His family said he was a gentle, kind, caring and loving man who had strong faith in God. He was one of the brethren of E. Clampus Vitus Matuca Chapter No. 1849.

He played the keyboard for Endangered Species and formerly with The Charlie Cats, Lonny Lee Walker and Friends and many other bands.

He was writing a rock opera and was interested in astronomy, his wife added.

Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Sherry Freimark of Sonora; his brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Gaye Baker of Saskatoon, Saskatch-ewan, Canada; many friends and fans; and his cat, Nemo.

A memorial service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday at the gazebo in Columbia State Historic Park. A celebration of life will immediately follow at the St. Charles Saloon in Columbia.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

John F. Martin Jr.

May 14, 1933 March 19, 2004

John F. Martin Jr. of Valley Springs died Friday at his home. He was 70.

He was a native of Vacaville and grew up in Suisun Valley. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-62. In 1979, he moved to Lockeford, San Joaquin County, then to Oregon in 1988. He settled in Valley Springs in 1998. He operated Martin Cycle Sales and later Martin Trucking. He was a member of the American Motorcycle Association and the Old Timers Racing Club.

Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Sharon Martin of Valley Springs; son and daughter-in-law Mike and Michelle Martin of Acampo, San Joaquin County; daughters and son-in-law Joni and Robert Higgins of Fairfield and Toni Martin of Winters, Yolo County; and six grandchildren.

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mimi Foust

July 13, 1933 Feb. 10, 2004

Former Cedar Ridge resident Mimi Foust died Feb. 10 at a Palmetto, Fla., care home. She was 70.

She worked as a special education teacher for Hayward Unified School District for more than 34 years. She retired to Tuolumne County in 1993 and traveled between Ontario, Canada, Holmes Beach, Fla., and Cedar Ridge several times a year.

She is survived by her son, Todd of Big Pine Key, Fla.; her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Richard Wiersma of Port Huron, Mich.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for noon Sunday at Sunol Regional Park near Pleasanton. Call Lori Scott at 536-1345.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla., 34238.

Shannon Funeral Home in Bradenton, Fla., handled arrangements.

Daryl Joe Dunn

Jan. 16, 1927 March 19, 2004

Daryl Joe Dunn of Tuolumne died Friday at his home. He was 77.

He was born in Arkansas City, Kan., and had retired to Tuolumne County in 1989. He worked for Knudsen Dairy for 26 years and San Diego Transit for 16 years. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer from 1943-46.

His family said he was always involved with his children and coached Little League. He taught his sons to play golf and the etiquette of golf, and taught his daughter to love music, his family added.

His family said he loved his family, golf and the mountains.

Mr. Dunn is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rose Dunn of Tuolumne; sons and daughters-in-law Greg and Sally Dunn of Twain Harte, Marshall and Rebecca Dunn of Cedar Ridge, and Brian and Susan Dunn of San Diego; daughter and son-in-law Pam and Fred Vietri of San Diego; grandchildren Shariee Vietri and Alisa, Laurel and Colleen Dunn, all of San Diego; and great-grandchildren Jesse Vietri and Blake Gaddis, both of San Diego.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Elizabeth Proctor

March 4, 1916 March 21, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Eleanor Elizabeth Proctor died Sunday at a Soulsbyville care home. She was 88.

She was born in Angels Camp and had lived in Sonora since 1946. She graduated from Bret Harte High School in 1933. She worked at Bret Harte Sanatorium with the tuberculosis patients during World War II. She later moved to Sonora and worked as a nurse at Columbia Way Hospital for Marshall and Norma Proctor. She was a homemaker for many years. She became a licensed vocational nurse in the 1960s, and returned to work at the Sierra Hospital until her retirement in 1982.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Sonora Emblem Club.

She is survived by her son, Ron Proctor of Sonora; grandchildren Kris Proctor of Sonora and Elizabeth Newman of Jamestown; great-grandchildren Iain and Mattie Proctor of Sonora; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bob" Proctor, in 1998.

No services are scheduled at her request.

Donations can be made to any favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


William Taylor

June 16, 1929 March 21, 2004

George William Taylor of Angels Camp died Sunday at his home. He was 74.

He was born in West Plains, Mo., and had lived in Angels Camp for 13 years.

He owned and operated service stations in Santa Cruz County for 51 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Angels Camp.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Jeannette Taylor of Angels Camp; daughters and son-in-law Lynn Mott of Pensacola, Fla., Karen Taylor of Murphys and Kim and David Staton of Bear Valley; sisters and brother-in-law Wilma Willard and Helen and Dale Lonberger, all of O'Fallon, Mo., Lola James of Sunnyvale and Wanda Hernandez of Watsonville; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A private family service will be held at a later date in Elijah, Mo.

Donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


SPRUNER Donald Spruner, 79, of Twain Harte died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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