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Benjamin Maurice 'Ben' McThorn

June 6, 1931 - Oct. 4, 2012

Sonora resident Benjamin Maurice "Ben" McThorn died Oct. 4 at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. He was 81.

Mr. McThorn was born in Oakland, one of six children to Benjamin and Mary McThorn.

He served as a Marine corporal during the Korean War.

He married Sharon Wood in 1957, they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in April.

Mr. McThorn was an officer with the California Highway Patrol for nearly 30 years, mostly in Tuolumne County. He was transferred from the Bay Area patrol to Sonora in 1967.

He was involved with youth sports in the county and coached Colt League baseball. He was an officer with the boosters club and coordinated charity softball games between Tuolumne County law enforcement and the cast and crew of "The Little House on the Prairie" during the late 1970s to raise money for the Special Olympics. The games included Michael Landon, Victor French and Melissa Gilbert.

He retired in 1986 and took up photography. He enjoyed taking wildlife photos.

Mr. McThorn is survived by his wife, Sharon McThorn, of Sonora; his sons and their spouses, Dave and Elizabeth McThorn, of Turlock, and Brian and Lynee McThorn, of Valley Springs; and his grandsons, Matthew McThorn, of Turlock, and Connor McThorn, of Valley Springs.

No services are planned.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Taylor Dustin

April 26, 1998 - Oct. 23, 2012

Angels Camp resident Taylor Dustin died Oct. 23 of exposure after he went missing during a hunting excursion in the Hermit Valley area of Alpine County. He was 14.

Taylor was born in Modesto, and lived there most of his life. His family moved to Angels Camp a month ago.

He attended Mark Twain Elementary School for two weeks prior to his death.

Taylor enjoyed baseball, reading and was an advocate for recycling.

He is survived by his parents, Stephanie and Nathan Norris, of Angels Camp, and Danny Dustin, of Idaho; his siblings, Reagan and Bailie Norris, of Angels Camp; his grandparents, Dolly and Wayne Shover, of West Sacramento, Dan Smith, of New York, Jim and Jackie Cole, of Hughson, and Brent Dustin, of Idaho; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bret Harte High School performance theater, 323 S. Main St., Angels Camp. A celebration of life potluck will follow the service.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Amy (Bower) Wayne

July 6, 1985 - Oct. 26, 2012

Sonora resident Amy (Bower) Wayne died Friday after being struck by a vehicle at Jamestown and Mount Brow roads in Sonora. She was 27.

Mrs. Wayne, a lifelong Tuolumne County resident, was born in Sonora to Philip Bower and Stacy Weaver.

She graduated from Sonora High School in 2003.

She married her high school boyfriend, Travis Wayne, in 2005.

She worked as a self-employed house cleaner for the past five years.

Mrs. Wayne was a member of Creekside Community Church.

She enjoyed running, biking, singing, dancing, wake boarding and dressing up for formal occasions. She was also a fan of San Francisco Giants baseball.

Mrs. Wayne is survived by her husband of seven years, Travis Wayne, of Sonora; her daughter, Adalee Wayne, of Sonora; her mother and stepfather, Stacy and Randy Weaver, of Port Angeles; her father and stepmother, Philip and Emily Bower, of Aurora, Colo.; and her brothers, Matthew Bower and his wife, Chelsea, of Sonora, Andrew, Ryan and Nathan Bower, all of Rocklin, Jason Weaver and his wife, Stephanie, of Merced, Brandon Weaver, of Rohnert Park; and her sister, Jennifer Walker and her husband, Bradley, of Soulsbyville.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Calvary Chapel, 19889 Soulsbyville Road, Soulsbyville.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


ANDERSON - Raymond Anderson, 84, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.