Union Democrat staff

Jack P. Linford

July 3, 1929 - Sept. 30, 2011

Jamestown resident Jack Linford died Sept. 30 at his home. He was 82.

Born in San Francisco to Percy and Frances Linford, the family later moved to St. Charles, Idaho, where he attended grammar school. The family eventually moved to Modesto.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer first class from 1948 to 1952.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he began working for Bank of America, where he met Dixie Lee Wilson, who would later become his first wife.

He went on to attend San Jose State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in accounting. After an apprenticeship of four years he opened his own firm in Modesto, which he ran for more than 40 years before retiring in Jamestown with his second wife, Jacqueline Fenderson Linford.

He was a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

He enjoyed his career, boating, fishing, walking at Sugar Pine Resort, reading the Bible and watching movies.

Mr. Linford is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Linford, of Jamestown; son, Jack Perry Linford, of Modesto; stepchildren and their spouses, James and Esther Collins, and Bill and Rachel Collins, all of Alameda, and Heather Fenderson, of Jamestown; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Mike Hammer, of Fresno; five step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dixie Lee Linford; mother and father-in-law; and nine aunts and uncles.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Lakewood Memorial Park, 900 Sante Fe Ave., Hughson.

Donations can be made to the Tuolumne County Humane Society, 10040 Victoria Way, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown, CA 95327, or Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Lakewood Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Hughson is handling arrangements.

Daniel 'Skinny' Henry Picard

March 3, 1955 - Sept. 23, 2011

Tuolumne resident Daniel "Skinny" Henry Picard died Sept. 23 at his home. He was 56.

Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Henry Antonie and Dorothy Eleanor Picard, he served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972.

He was the facilities assistant manager at Black Oak Casino for about 10 years and lived in Tuolumne for more than 30 years.

He enjoyed building gyroplanes, woodsplitters and cranes, riding motorcycles and ATVing, RVing and camping. He especially enjoyed flying and had his private pilot's license.

Mr. Picard is survived by his wife of 20 years, Beverly Picard, of Tuolumne; and son, Neil Yarbrough, of Dixon.

A celebration of life is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Casual attire is requested.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Clayton Ratliff

April 24, 1935 - Sept. 24, 2011

Former Tuolumne County resident Clayton Ratliff died Sept. 24 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. He was 76.

Born in San Luis Obispo to Wilma and Berry Ratliff, he grew up in Tuolumne County.

He worked as a landscaper and laborer for 40 years in Santa Paula.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending the Country Cowboy Church.

Mr. Ratliff is survived by his siblings, Clyde Ratliff, of Jamestown, Ruth Dekker, of Modesto, and Betty Garcia, of Napa.

A private family service is scheduled.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Janice Rice

Sept. 16, 1923 - Sept. 25, 2011

Arnold resident Janice Juanita Rice died Sept. 25 at the Vienna Convalescent Home in Lodi. She was 88.

Born in the Bay Area to Henry and Betty Enos, she and her husband moved to Arnold in 1967.

She worked for American Forest Products as a bookkeeper and secretary for many years.

She was active in the Arnold Rotary Club, Little League and other community organizations.

She enjoyed baking and feeding the birds and squirrels around her home.

Mrs. Rice is survived by her nieces and their husbands; Sharon and Jack Prestigiovanni, of Galt, Debra and David Hodgson, of Fremont, and Peggy and Paul Strothers, of Placerville; nephew, Robert Enos, of Clearlake; seven great-nieces and nephews; and 14 great-great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Rice.

A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys, to be followed by a celebration of life from noon to 5 p.m. at Independence Hall in Arnold.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Donald Fletcher

March 30, 1931 - Sept. 23, 2011

Former Copperopolis resident Donald Nelson Fletcher died Sept. 23 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Modesto. He was 80.

Born in Oklahoma City, Okla., to John and Vonna Fletcher, he grew up in Edmond, Okla.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 and later served in the U.S. National Guard.

After his military service, he worked as a heavy equipment driver for the City of Hayward, where he was a street sweeper for 32 years.

In 1971 he married Georgetta McLean in Reno, Nev.

The family owned a vacation home in Copperopolis where the family stayed almost every summer.

He and his wife lived in Escalon for almost 11 years.

He enjoyed camping, especially at Lake Beardsley, fishing, bowling and horseshoes.

Mr. Fletcher is survived by his wife of 40 years, Georgetta Fletcher, of Escalon; children, Charlotte Scott and Yvonne Hinrich, both of Escalon, and Doyle Griffiths, of Redmond, Ore.; sister, Rosalie Bates, of San Jose; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Felton and Leslie Fletcher, Lois Thomas, and Faye Penny.

A memorial service is scheduled for a later date.

Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, or a charity of choice.

Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling arrangements.


Latham - Lynnette Mavis Latham, of Angels Camp, died Sept. 20 at 75. A celebration of life is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Centerville Community Center, 3355 Country Drive, Fremont. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

MORRISON - Mary Pauline Morrison, 77, of Murphys, died Sept. 3 at the Mark Twain Convalescent Home in San Andreas. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel, which is handling arrangements.