David Lee Jones

July 13, 1943 - Sept. 21, 2004

David Lee Jones of Vallecito died Tuesday at his home. He was 61.

He was born in Bluefield, W.Va., and had lived in Vallecito for 16 years. He worked as an auto mechanic for 35 years, and for the last seven years of his career, he worked at Forty-Niner Subaru-Isuzu in Angels Camp.

He served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam.

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Lucy Jones of Vallecito; children, Mark Jones of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Tom Jones of Huntington Beach, Orange County, James Jones of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, Karyn Thelen of Upper Lake, Lake County, and Carolyn Matoba of Placerville; sisters, Linda Dunn of Woodstock, Va., Adele Rice of Ridgely, W.Va., and Robin Jenkins of Bealeton, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Vallecito Union Church, 3780 Church St., in Vallecito.

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

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Wilbor Waite

Aug. 13, 1923 - Sept. 17, 2004

Robert Wilbor Waite of Angels Camp died Friday at a Stockton medical center. He was 81.

He was born in Fox Lake, Ill., and had lived in Angels Camp for 15 years. He manufactured custom draperies and was an actor and minister. He served in the U.S. Army and performed in United Service Organization (USO) shows for the troops.

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses, San Andreas Congregation. His family said he died a faithful servant of Jehovah.

Mr. Waite is survived by his wife, Minnette Waite of Angels Camp; sons, John Lansing Waite of Carson City, Nev., Timothy Dean Waite of Murphys and Patrick Neal Waite of Oakley, Contra Costa County; a brother, Jim Waite of Minden, Nev.; a sister, Irene Waite of Isleton, Sacramento County; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Theador Waite, in 1971.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses, San Andreas Congregation.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Grace Brown

Nov. 23, 1993 - Sept. 20, 2004

Jennifer Grace Brown of Ponderosa Hills died Monday from injuries suffered in an accident near her home. She was 10.

She was born in Sonora.

Her family said she and her twin brother, Jeffrey, were always together, laughing and playing. She was a cheerful, happy girl, who was shy but enjoyed playing with friends, her family added.

She is survived by her parents, Mark and Betsy Brown; her brothers and sisters, Randy, 21, Darcy, 20, Heidi, 17, Chelsea, 14, Jeffrey, 10, Charity, 8, and Melody, 5; grandparents, Herb and Ursula Brown of Soulsbyville and Marge Bristol of Newbury Park, Ventura County; aunts and uncles, Wendy and Kenny Kappen of Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, Marc and Gaby Bristol of Duvall, Wash., and Lori and Mike Walker of Kent, Wash.; and cousins, Matthew, Rebecca, James and Peter Kappen, all of Thousand Oaks, Cedar Bristol of Japan and Beth Bristol of Seattle.

Visitation is scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. tonight at the Old Brethren Christian Church. A church service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the church. Burial is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Wood Colony Cemetery in Modesto.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Old Brethren Christian School, 19220 Cherokee Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Francis 'Fran' Merritt Boyce Jr.

June 17, 1915 - Sept. 21, 2004

Francis "Fran" Merritt Boyce Jr. of Sonora died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital. He was 89.

He was a native of California, born in Oakland and raised in San Francisco. He attended St. Mary's High School in Berkeley and graduated from St. Mary's College in Moraga, Contra Costa County. In his youth, he became an accomplished Eagle Scout. In 1942, he married Gershie Richardson, and they had 12 children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was a devout Catholic and was a founding father of Castro Valley's Our Lady of Grace Church and school.

He was a lifelong self-employed electronic engineer who was a pioneer in electronic vacuum tube technology. He followed whatever path his ingenuity took him on, and he never retired, his family said.

His wife died in 1984.

He later met and married Gloria Martinelli. In 1989, they moved to Sonora and became endeared members of St. Patrick's Parish and the Sonora Hills Community, his family added.

His second wife died in 2001.

He was a lifetime fan of all Bay Area sports teams, college and professional, his family added, and he rarely missed a game.

He loved a good party and, as a result, he became a master bartender who made the best Old Fashioned in town, his family added. He lived his life to the fullest right up to the moment he died, his family said.

Mr. Boyce is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Catherine Boyce and Gerald Boyce, all of Sonora, Raymond and LuAnn Boyce and Kevin Boyce, all of Castro Valley, James Boyce of Hayward, Brian Boyce of San Francisco and Dennis Boyce of Napa; daughters and sons-in-law, Francine and Roy Lewis of Hayward and Carol and George Pekkari, Marian Boyce, Theresa Swanson and Joanne and Michael Wilson, all of Castro Valley; stepchildren and spouses, Sharon Sheldon, Michael and Andrea Martinelli and Anthony and Ronnie Martinelli; 24 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora. A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

Donations can be made to St. Patrick's Parish Building Fund, 116 Bradford St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Allen Eaves

May 8, 2004 - Sept. 5, 2004

Donald Allen Eaves, grandson of Debbie Horn of Sonora, died unexpectedly Sept. 5 at his home in Alaska. He was nearly four months old.

He was born in Sonora.

His family said he was always a happy baby with beautiful sparkling blue eyes.

He is survived by his parents, Donald Eaves of the U.S. Army currently stationed in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and Natasha Eaves of Fairbanks, Alaska; grandparents, Neal and Wendy Nelson of Texas, Donald Allen Eaves of Texas and Steve Milner of Sonora; great-grandparents, Donald Glenn Eaves and Maggie Dunn, both of Kentucky, Edward Walger of Texas, Bob and Peggy Horn of Hemet, Riverside County, and Donald and Natasha Milner of Jamestown; and numerous aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Joseph and Dolores DiNardo, Edna Walger and Michael Horn.

A private family service is scheduled.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


DAVIDSON Lillian Agnes Davidson, 88, of Sonora died this morning at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.