Union Democrat staff

Thomas Floyd Thompson

Aug. 4, 1945 - Dec. 12, 2011

Sonora resident Thomas Floyd Thompson died Dec. 12 at his home. He was 66.

Born in Oakland to Floyd and Ileta Thompson, he was raised in Sonora, where he attended Sonora Elementary School and graduated from Sonora High School.

He went on to earn his bachelor's degree in economics from Sacramento State University, and a teaching credential from California State University, Stanislaus.

He moved back to Sonora in 1969, where he taught at Soulsbyville Elementary for six years and Curtis Creek Elementary for 11 years, where he was also the school's wrestling coach and had a 105 win, six loss record.

He also served on the Sonora Elementary School Board of Trustees for seven years.

In 1986, he and his family moved to Hermosa Beach, where he became a real estate broker. In 1989, he married Leslie Hunter.

In 1995, his son, who was a firefighter, was killed when he was hit by a drunk driver, which inspired him to join the board of the Police and Fire Memorial Association. He also served on the vestry of the St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach.

In 2009, he and his wife moved back to Sonora.

He enjoyed sports, especially football, his favorite team being the San Francisco 49ers. He also enjoyed golf and fishing.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lesley Thompson, of Sonora; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Iris Thompson, of Lake Worth, Fla.; grandchildren, Matthew and Avery Thompson, both of Lake Worth, Fla.; and brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Mozelle Thompson, of Aurora, Ore.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Matthew Thompson.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 27 at Mountain Springs Golf Course in Sonora.

A memorial service is scheduled for Feb. 18 at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach.

Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or online at www.cancer.org.

The Neptune Society of the Central Valley in Modesto is handling arrangements.

Larry Paul


Dec. 2, 1937 - Dec. 8, 2011

Tuolumne resident Larry Paul Johnson died Dec. 8 at his Lodi home. He was 74.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Paul William and Mary Ellen Olivia Johnson, he was a printer and a member of the International Typographical Union, now known as the CWA-ITU, for more than 50 years.

He and his wife bought land in Tuolumne in 1967, where he later designed and built his own home, which he and his wife moved into full-time in 1991.

He played the harmonica, accordion and piano.

He enjoyed singing karaoke, especially Frank Sinatra's "My Way," working with his hands and fixing things, skiing at Dodge Ridge, and fishing and swimming in the Tuolumne River. He especially enjoyed driving his tractor around his property.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Johnson, of Tuolumne; children, Loree and husband Martin Rohe, of Loomis, Paul Johnson, of Tuolumne, Eric and wife Carissa Johnson, of Sacramento; and grandchildren, Jared and Shannon Rohe, of Loomis, Jasmin Johnson, of Tuolumne, Kaitlyn Richards, and Ronan, Marlaina and Colleen Johnson, all of Sacramento, and Jessica Avila, of Hayward.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Keith Warren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 7 at the Sierra Bible Church, in the Promiseland building.

Donations can be made to the Salvation Army, https://donate. salvationarmyusa.org, or to the food bank at the Sierra Bible Church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

All Faiths Cremation in Lodi is handling arrangements.

Dan Taylor

March 15, 1921 - Dec. 14, 2011

Sonora resident Dan Taylor died Wednesday at Oak Terrace Memory Care in Soulsbyville. He was 90.

Born in Red Lodge, Mont., to Emmett and Ollie Taylor, he and his family moved to Southern California in the early 1940s.

He worked for McDonnell Douglas, Northrop Aircraft, Northrop Electronics and Hughes Aircraft.

In 1978, he took an early retirement and moved to Sonora, where he became a charter member of the Sonora Mountain Lions Club and worked part-time for Wilson Electric.

He enjoyed traveling, woodworking and Sierra Repertory Theatre.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Louise Taylor, of Sonora; daughters, Christine and husband Dave Grieve, of Roseville, and Denise Gibbons, of Upland; stepchildren, Gail McKinney and husband Gregg Bright, of Andover, Minn., Richard Rehfus, of Columbia, and David Rehfus, of Sonora; six granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and a niece.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ollie Pervan; and a nephew.

A memorial service is scheduled for a later date.

Donations can be made to the Sierra Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 3030, Sonora, CA 95370, or the Sonora Mountain Lions Club, P.O. Box 173, Standard, CA 95373.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William F.

'Bill' Kling

June 22, 1920 - Dec. 12, 2011

Twain Harte resident William "Bill" F. Kling died Dec. 12 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 91.

Born in Mead, Neb., to Ruth Victoria Jeppson and John August Kling, he was the second of five children. In 1928, he and his family moved to Hilmar, where he grew up working on the family's farm. He enjoyed acting in his high school's theater productions and graduated when he was 16.

In 1941, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor's degree in accounting. While there he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi honor societies.

In 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, but because of a shoulder injury he remained stateside during World War II, serving at Fort Lewis in Washington, and the Dewitt General Hospital in Auburn.

After being discharged from the service in 1946, he earned his certified public accounting certification and worked briefly as an auditor for Arthur Anderson in San Francisco. He later worked for Buran Equipment Co.in Oakland, Clark Equipment Co. in Santa Clara, and Bay Area Kenworth, in Oakland, where he served as treasurer and controller.

In 1950 he married Nina Richmond. The couple had three daughters together.

In 1984, he and his wife retired and moved to their cabin in Twain Harte

He was a member of the Tuolumne County Humane Society, Sons in Retirement, Central Sierra Audubon Society, Sierra Club, American Radio Relay League, and the Tuolumne County Amateur Radio and Electronics Society.

He enjoyed playing golf, nature and exploring the back roads of Tuolumne County.

Mr. Kling is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nina Kling, of Twain Harte, daughters, Karen Kling and Andrea Matthews, both of Wilson, Wyo., and Janis Kling, of Scio, Ore.; grandsons, Phillip Kilbreath and wife Jessi Gudgel, of Troy Montana, and Andrew Kilbreath, of West Point; brothers and their wives, Ralph and Irene Kling, of Ramona, Roger and Ortha Kling, of Hilmar, and Dwayne and Rose Kling, of Reno, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Leon Kling.

No service is scheduled.

Donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


McDONALD - Gloria McDonald, 81, of Jamestown, died Friday at Kaiser Hospital in Modesto. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

TARANGO - Robert Tarango, 77, formerly of Tuolumne County, died Thursday at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Care Center in Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handing arrangements.