Robert 'Bob' Bassett, 61, career lawman

July 3, 1941 Oct. 23, 2002

Robert "Bob" Bassett, a Calaveras County sheriff's deputy, died Wednesday at his home in Rail Road Flat, after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.

Mr. Bassett was born in Phoenix and had lived in Rail Road Flat for the past seven years.

He graduated from La Habra High School in Southern California in 1957 and served in the Air Force from 1959 to 1963, where he was a fighter jet mechanic.

He was a veteran police officer with 37 years in law enforcement. He was with the Los Angeles Police Department from 1965 to 1995, the last 20 years assigned to the Air Support Division.

After he retired, he started working for the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department as a resident deputy and remained a member of the department for the past seven years. He was assigned to the resident post of the West Point substation and patrolled West Point, Rail Road Flat, Mountain Ranch and Mokelumne Hill.

Calaveras County Sheriff Dennis Downum said Mr. Bassett was the ideal deputy to work this assignment because of his experience and communication skills.

Downum said it took a short time to realize Mr. Bassett had a special gift in developing the trust and confidence of the people he served, and he would always go the extra mile to help somebody or address problems.

The sheriff's department has received many phone calls and letters from people who wanted to express their appreciation of Mr. Bassett, Downum said, adding that Mr. Bassett's death "is a great loss to our community."

Co-workers said he will always be remembered for his courage and sincere concern for people, even during difficult times.

He was a member of the West Point Rod and Gun Club, Calaveras Deputy Sheriff's Association, Airborne Law Enforcement and Toastmasters International and was part of the rural criminal prevention task force and Calaveras Search and Rescue.

Mr. Bassett is survived by his wife, Barbara Bassett of Rail Road Flat; four sons, Robert Bassett Jr. of Bakersfield, Steve Bassett of Chino, San Bernardino County, and Jonathan Bassett and Tyler Bassett, both of Bakersfield; a daughter, Antoinette Slezak of Chino; two brothers, James Bassett of Ventura and Steven Bassett of Las Vegas, Nev.; his mother, Gladys Bassett of Whittier, Los Angeles County; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Community Covenant Church, 261 Treat Ave., San Andreas. Burial will be at the Independence Cemetery in Rail Road Flat. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


Alise Adams

Aug. 9, 1982 Oct. 23, 2002

Courtney Alise Adams, 20, a former resident of Groveland, died Wednesday at a Modesto hospital after a battle with cancer.

Miss Adams was born in Modesto and lived in Groveland for 11 years before returning to Modesto to live two years ago.

She graduated from Tenaya School and was a 2000 graduate of Tioga High School, where she played flute, clarinet and saxophone in the band, was a member of the cheerleading squad and volleyball team. She was also a member of Foothills Community Church in Groveland.

Miss Adams attended Azusa Pacific College and California State University, Stanislaus, and was a retail clerk at Beardsley's Book and Bible Store in Modesto for four months. She was a member of The Carpenters House, a Modesto church, and liked spending time with her dog, Mo.

Miss Adams is survived by her parents, Chuck and Cherie Adams of Modesto; a brother, Chadwicke Adams of Modesto; grandparents, John Q. and Shirley Adams of Oakdale and Georgia Christine Hobbs of Oakdale; and her fianc, Brandon Troyer of Modesto.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Bethel Church, 2361 Scenic Drive, Modesto. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park. Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.


John Bixler

March 13, 1943 Oct. 17, 2002

Carlton John Bixler, 59, a former resident of Jamestown, died Oct. 17 at his home in Turlock.

Mr. Bixler was born in Astabula, Ohio, and grew up in Ohio and New York. He moved to Jamestown in 1988 and then to Turlock in 1989.

He was a custodian for Carrol Fowler School in Ceres and attended Keyes Assembly of God.

Mr. Bixler is survived by his wife, Wanda Bixler of Turlock; a son, Robert Bixler of Endicott, N.Y.; two daughters, Barbara Baker of Turlock and Corena Salyers of Merced; three stepsons, George Camire of Eureka, Art Camire of Susanville and Scott Camire of Turlock; two brothers, Doug Bixler of Sonora and Erle Carey, Jr. of Apache Junction, Ariz.; a sister, Alice Smith of Apache Junction; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Allen Mortuary in Turlock. Inurnment will be private at Turlock Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.


'Kathy' Orlans

Dec. 26, 1951 Oct. 17, 2002

Deborah "Kathy" Orlans, 50, daughter of Anna Fox of Sonora, died Oct. 17, at her home in Grants Pass, Ore.

Mrs. Orlans was born in Phoenix and lived in Grants Pass for the past 17 years.

She had been a laundry worker for a nursing home in Grants Pass for the past two years. Her family said she loved her family, cooking and cartoons.

In addition to her mother, Mrs. Orlans is survived by her husband, Ralph Orlans of Grants Pass; two sons, Leandro Orlans of Grants Pass and Robert Vera of Ohio; a brother, Warren Carter of Sonora; two sisters, Lizzie Barham of Cottonwood, Shasta County and Donna Barrientoes of Castro Valley; two granddaughters, Hanna Vera and Emily Vera, both of St. Clairsville, Ohio; and a grandson, Isaac Orlans of Grants Pass.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Heuton Memorial Chapel, and a funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the chapel. Burial will be private.


MUZZI A graveside service for Stephen Paul Muzzi, 89, of Sonora, who died Oct. 10, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Sonora.