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James William 'Jimi Keys' Novak

Sept. 6, 1952 - Jan. 4, 2012

Groveland resident James William "Jimi Keys" Novak died Wednesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 59.

Born in Fairmont, W. Va., to Paul Saunders and Dolores Jean Nicholson, the family moved to Chicago in 1958. He played keyboard and blues in many popular music clubs on the south side of Chicago.

He began traveling as a musician when he was 17, which he did for 13 years before moving to the Puget Sound area in Washington, where he played with several bands. He later moved to Mendocino County, where he formed a band with Steely Dan's former drummer, Jimmy Hodder.

In the mid-1970s, he moved to Maui, Hawaii, where he played music at the Blue Max Club and with Jimmy Buffett in Lahaina.

In 1980, he moved back to Marin County where he met Becky Stofle, who he married in 1984. He later joined a Marin County band, Vicki Lee and the Convertibles, who performed in Reno and throughout California.

He and his family returned to Maui, in 1992, where he worked for the Tahahti entertainment production company, playing for hotel conventions throughout the state. The family moved back to California in 1995.

In 1997, he joined Michael Sea and the Island Fever Band, which was the opening band for Jimmy Buffett's concert series at the Shoreline Amphitheater in 2002.

He also completed two multimedia certificates at Diablo Valley and Silicon Valley colleges, and found the Multimedia Web Design Co. in 1998.

In 2006, he and his family moved to Groveland, where he performed at the Groveland Hotel, and the Pine Mountain Lake and Saddle Creek country clubs.

He was a member and music director at several churches in Hawaii and California during the 1980s and '90s.

Mr. Novak is survived by his wife of 27 years, Becky Novak, of Groveland; daughter, Jessica Novak, of Groveland; grandchildren, Alexis and Ava Novak, both of Groveland; and sisters, Susan Smith, of Rockville, Md., and Paula Stubbs, of Antioch, Ill.

A private family memorial service is scheduled.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Steven Moreno

Feb. 22, 1986 - Dec. 30, 2011

Sonora resident Todd Steven Moreno died Dec. 30 at his home from natural causes. He was 25.

Born in Palo Alto to Steve and Kristina Moreno, he graduated from Sonora High School in 2004.

He worked as a mechanic and alarm technician for his father's security business, and at Orchard Hardware Supply in Sonora for three years.

He enjoyed snowboarding and skateboarding, bike riding, and working on custom cars and hot rods.

He suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a nerve condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mr. Moreno is survived by his parents, Steve and Kristina Moreno, of Sonora; siblings, Samantha, Marc and Hailey Moreno, all of Sonora; and grandparents, Josie Moreno, and Paul Olkowski and Julie Harris, all of Sonora; and an aunt.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ferman Moreno, and an aunt.

No service is scheduled.

Donations can be made to the ALS Association's Greater Sacramento Chapter, 2717 Cottage Way, Suite 17, Sacramento, CA 95825.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Harold Philip Goodwin Jr.

Feb. 8, 1948 - Dec. 30, 2011

Soulsbyville resident Harold "Hal" Philip Goodwin Jr. died Dec. 30 at Sonora Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Tuolumne. He was 63.

Born in San Mateo to Harold and Helen Goodwin, he was the oldest of six children.

He graduated from San Carlos High School in 1966 and went on to work as a truck driver and teamster for Local 287 in San Jose. He worked for Emery World Wide until his retirement in 2002.

He and his wife, Susan, moved to Twain Harte in 2002, where he volunteered for Meals on Wheels and enjoyed visiting with those who received meals.

The couple later moved to Soulsbyville.

He enjoyed music, especially bluegrass, the Beatles and Rolling Stones, cooking and barbecuing, often entering contests, restoring classic automobiles and camping with his wife and three dogs.

Mr Goodwin is survived by his wife of 16 years, Susan Goodwin, of Soulsbyville; children, Mary King, of Seattle, Wash., and Philip Goodwin, of Sacramento; grandchildren, Jordana and Elijah King, both of Seattle; siblings and their spouses, Steve and Sherry Goodwin, of Brisbane, Theresa and Al Gotelli, of Redwood City, Jeanette Goodwin, of Montana, and Patricia Goodwin, of Reno, Nev.; sister-in-law, Bonnie Goodwin, of Belmont; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Goodwin.

A private memorial service will be held in the Bay Area at a later date.

Donations can be made to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, 10040 Victoria Way, Jamestown, CA 95327.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Peter F. Gill

Dec. 27, 1937 - Dec. 29, 2011

Mountain Ranch resident Peter F. Gill died Dec. 29 at his home. He was 74.

Born on the Azores Islands, Portugal, to Albertina F. Cetano and Manuel V. Gill, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1966.

He was a sheet metal worker for several years in the Bay Area before moving to Mountain Ranch in 1982, where he lived for 30 years.

He enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening.

Mr. Gill is survived by his son, Kavin Gill, of Kuna, Idaho; stepdaughter, Michele Sanchez, Fremont; sisters, Dina Pinheiro, of Florida, and Fatima and Lucia Gill, both of Boston, Mass.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five nephews and two nieces.

A memorial Mass has already been held.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.