Union Democrat staff

Steven McKinley Frost

Dec. 20, 1951 – Aug. 2, 2012

Sonora resident Steven McKinley Frost died Aug. 2 at his home of a brain tumor. He was 60 years old.

Mr. Frost was born in Roseburg, Ore., and later moved to Tuolumne County where he spent most his life.

He graduated from Sonora High School and attended Stanislaus State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in physics with a minor in computer science.

Mr. Frost continued his education throughout much of his adult life at Columbia College, where he was also employed for 30 years. He retired in 2011.

Earlier in his life, he was a volunteer mathematics tutor at Columbia Elementary School. He later taught metal sculpture with his father, McKinley Frost, at Columbia College as an adjunct instructor.

He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and the ocean. He lived in Hawaii for a short time and his family said the small coastal town of Gualala was one of his favorite places to visit. He often spoke of the many trips he took to Baja California, Mexico, with family.

He enjoyed the arts, including photography, metal sculpture and architecture. He especially enjoyed music, primarily jazz, blues and rock and roll. He played bass guitar and keyboard and enjoyed playing with friends.

Mr. Frost was preceded in death by his mother, Eunice Bernice "Bea" Frost.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Debra Frost, of Sonora; his father, McKinley "Mack" Frost, of Jamestown; his stepdaughter Dana Campbell and her husband, Robert Rasmussen, of Concord; his stepmother Joyce Frost; his sister Debbie Nies; and one niece and one nephew.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ronald 'Ron' Schoon

Aug. 15, 1941 - July 28, 2012

Sonora resident Ronald "Ron" Schoon died July 28 at sea on an Alaskan cruise ship. He was 70.

Mr. Schoon was born in Gary, Ind., but was raised in Ripon. He lived in Tuolumne County for the past 32 years.

He worked in auto repair in the 1960s and opened Schoon's Draperies in Ripon in 1971. He moved to Cold Springs in 1980 while building a cabin in Twain Harte that was completed in 1981. During this time, he opened R & B Draperies and Interiors with his wife, Bea.

They moved to Sonora in 1986 and founded Meadow View Manor residential care home in 1995. The facility initially housed six residents but later grew to accommodate 20. He worked as the administrator of the family business for 17 years.

Schoon was a member of the Christian Heights Assembly of God Church and enjoyed taking cruises and traveling in recreational vehicles.

Mr. Schoon was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Schoon, and mother, Elsie Schoon, in 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bea Schoon; his children and their spouses, Cheryl and Gary Dupuich, Rob and Randee Schoon, and Kevin and Heather Schoon; and grandchildren, Curtis Schoon, Jessica Schoon, Nick Bryant, Megan Bryant, Mikayla Schoon, and Bryan Dupuich, all of Sonora.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christian Heights Assembly of God, 13711 Joshua Way, Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

William Paul 'Bill' Votaw

May 25, 1927 - Aug. 2, 2012

Arnold resident William Paul "Bill" Votaw died Aug. 2 at home. He was 85.

Mr. Votaw was born in San Francisco to Ernie and Lydia (Carpenter) Votaw. He was a fourth generation San Francisco native.

He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose and the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.

In 1961, he married Martha Reeves, in Tulsa, Okla. They settled in Marin County and retired to Arnold in 1995.

His first job was with the Arrow Shirt Co. He later joined the family business, Pebble Beach Sportswear. He continued with various companies as a sales representative until his retirement from North American Philips in 1995.

Mr. Votaw enjoyed sailing and was a member of the San Francisco Yacht Club. He won the season championship on his boat the Ah-Wahine, a Rhodes 33 sailboat, in 1962.

He served for two years as a Scoutmaster with the Boys Scouts of America. After moving to Arnold, he served as "Big Sir" of the Sons in Retirement, governor of the Loyal Order of the Moose, president of Our Lady of the Sierra Men's Club and was a member of the International Association of Lions. He was a member of Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church in Arnold.

Mr. Votaw was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Margaret Votaw Haran, and her husband, Greg.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha Votaw, of Arnold; his daughter, Kelly Votaw Pokojski and her husband, William; his son Jeffrey Paul Votaw and his wife, Tamara; sisters, Suzi Votaw and Nancy Manasco, of San Jose; and grandchildren, William Pokojski, Kristen Votaw and Walker Votaw.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Murphys.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Robert Gill Jr.

Sept. 14, 1924 - Aug. 5, 2012

Murphys resident Robert Gill Jr. died Saturday at his home. He was 87.

Mr. Gill was born in Palms to Elsie (Chalmers) and Robert Gill Sr., both originally of Aberdeen, Scotland.

He was raised in Palms and Venice in Los Angeles County.

Her served as a communications chief in the U.S. Army in Central Europe during World War II. After he was honorably discharged in 1946, he worked as a service mechanic for the Southern California Gas Company for 35 years, before retiring to Murphys.

He enjoyed fixing things and in his retirement, enjoyed working on cars, radios and televisions. He enjoyed animals and in his later years would often sit in his garage with his cat in his lap watching neighbors go by.

Mr. Gill was preceded in death by his parents; and his three sisters, Elsie, Blanche, and Catherine.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Waldtraut "Wally" Gill, of Murphys; daughters, Anneliese Gill and her husband, Brock Kolby, of Murphys and Katherine Gill, of Palo Alto; and his grandson, Jimmy Kolby, of Murphys.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calaveras Humane Society or Hospice of the Sierra.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Angels Memorial Chapel, 1071 S. Main Street, Angels Camp. Followed by an internment at Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys, A reception will follow at the Gill residence on Rocky Hill Road.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


ARNOLD - Jerry Arnold, 63, of Sonora, died Monday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.