Union Democrat staff

Clyde 'Fred' Rowden

Nov. 23, 1944 - Nov. 9, 2012

Former Sonora resident Clyde "Fred" Rowden died Nov. 9 in San Francisco. He was 67.

Mr. Rowden was born Pasadena to Clyde and Maxine Rowden.

He worked in the banking industry for more than 40 years and was president, chief lending officer and chief executive officer of several banks throughout California during his career.

He was the president and CEO of Central California Bank - now Umpqua Bank - in Sonora for a number of years in the early 2000s.

Mr. Rowden was also the founding president and CEO of 1st Capital Bank in Monterey.

He was on the board of directors of the Western Independent Bankers and the California Independent Bankers associations.

He helped many local businesses, individuals and not-for-profit organizations during his career.

Mr. Rowden was a member of several civic organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey County Food Bank, California International Airshow, the Monterey Bay Blues Festival and the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse.

He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Corral de Tierra Country Club and Salinas Golf and Country Club.

Mr. Rowden is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kathleen Rowden, of Salinas; his children and their spouses, Aaron and Melanie Rowden, of San Diego, and Carrie and Diego Jara, of San Francisco; and grandson Charlie Rowden, of San Diego.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an account at 1st Capital Bank, all the proceeds of which will go to Mr. Rowden's charities of choice.

A memorial service was held Saturday.

Struve and Laporte Funeral Home in Salinas handled the arrangements.

Roland L. Williams

Feb. 21, 1935 - Nov. 14, 2012

Twain Harte resident Roland L. Williams died Wednesday at his home from complications of Lewy body dementia. He was 77.

Mr. Williams was born in Ely, Nev., the oldest of four children to Chet and Esther Williams.

He was a licensed land surveyor and opened an engineering and land surveying business with business partner John Engvall in Sonora in 1965.

Mr. Williams was a member of several organizations and past president of the Sonora Lions Club, California Land Surveyors Association and Sonora Radio Control Flyers.

He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying both full-size and radio controlled airplanes, riding motorcycles, water and snow skiing. He also enjoyed building radio controlled planes and woodworking.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his father and his siblings, Roy Williams and Coral Williams; and granddaughter, Denay Williams.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Diane Williams, of Twain Harte; his mother, Esther Holober and her husband, Harold, of St. Helena; his children and their spouses, Dennis and Jackie Williams, of Borrego, Deborah Williams Portelance and Leon Portelance, of Sonora, Jim and Aniko Kaufmann, of Pittsburg, Pa., and Christopher and Tessa Hatler, of Sonora; his grandchildren, Toby Townsend, of Sacramento, Hayley Portelance and Westley Portelance, both of Sonora, Bella, Ellie, Emmit and Everest Hatler, all of Sonora; and his brother Rod Williams and his wife, Cyndi, of Santa Maria.

Donations in his memory can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370 or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, www.lbda.org.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dambacher Mountain Memorial Cemetery in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


BROWN - James Brown, 84, of Sonora, died Nov. 8 at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System Home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.