Union Democrat staff

Robert Lee 'Bob' Cochran

Feb. 5, 1925 - Dec. 15, 2012

Sonora Hills resident Robert Lee "Bob" Cochran died Dec. 15 at his home. He was 87.

Mr. Cochran was born in Oakland to Isabelle and Leland Cochran.

He was raised by his grandmother, who ran the Overland Hotel at First and Broadway streets in Oakland.

As a 5-year-old, he sold day-old nickel papers on the streets of Oakland for 10 cents, his family said.

He attended Fremont High School, but joined the U.S. Navy before graduation. He was later granted his high school diploma while in the service. He worked in the engine room on a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Cochran returned to Oakland after the war, and worked for several years with Millers Electronics selling television parts in the Bay Area.

He owned the Players Bar and Lounge in Dublin for four years beginning in 1968.

He bought a summer cabin in Twain Harte in 1970 and settled in the area in 1972.

Mr. Cochran tended bar for Larry Jagger at the Sonora Inn from 1973. He served many of the television actors from "Little House on the Prairie" and "Bonanza."

He later tended bar for Jack and Mary Eddy at the Twain Harte Lodge and also sold real estate for Baunhausser and Associates in Twain Harte.

He married Carol (Layton) McDonald on Nov. 17, 1977. They traveled in an RV throughout the U.S. following many Dixieland jazz bands and music festivals. They also took jazz cruises to Europe, Australia and along the Mississippi River.

Mr. Cochran is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carol Cochran, of Sonora Hills; his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Mike Zicari, of Clements; his stepchildren and their spouses, Kyle McDonald, of Twain Harte, and Ken and Terri McDonald, of Seminole, Ala., and Jody and Gary Federigi, of Soulsbyville; four grandchildren and their spouses, Carlo and Angela Zicari, Cori and Ken Lewis, ands Chase Zicari, all of Lodi, and Calli and Jeromy Koyama, of Clements; six step-grandchildren, Cullen Maxim, of Sonora, Logan Maxim, of Long Barn, Nathan Maxim, serving in Afghanistan, and his wife, Candice, of Clarksville, Tenn., Rebekah McDonald Maxim, of Knoxville, Tenn., William Allenbaugh, of Soulsbyville, Annie Allenbaugh, of Seaside; and seven great-grandchildren.

Donations in his memory can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora CA 95370.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Neptune Society of Central California handled the arrangements.

John Hershal Holt

Dec. 12, 1919 - Dec. 18, 2012

John Hershal Holt died Dec. 18 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. He was 93.

Mr. Holt was born in Parma, Mo., the son of John and Fleeter Holt.

He worked in the automotive business.

He is survived by three children, William Holt, of Shingletown, Douglas Holt, of Oakdale, and Michael Holt, of Sonora; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Lucile Lopez, of Washington, James Holt, of Billings, Mont., Bob Holt, of Diamond Springs, and Juanita Hall, of Oklahoma.

A burial service was held Friday at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Joy Mariko(Furulie) Mata

Feb. 11, 1988 - Jan. 3, 2013

Sonora resident Joy Mariko (Furulie) Mata died Thursday in an auto accident near Oakdale. She was 24.

Ms. Mata was born in Los Gatos to June Carrigan and Myke Furulie. Her family settled in Sonora when she was 5 years old. She was involved in sports while growing up.

She graduated from Sonora High School in 2006 and moved to Hawaii shortly after. There, she married Chad Mata and had a child, Makayla Uilani Mariko Mata.

Ms. Mata returned to Sonora nearly five years ago.

She worked as a phlebotomist in Hawaii and also at Sonora Regional Medical Center for several years. She left her career in phlebotomy to attend culinary school in Modesto. She graduated on Dec. 23, 2012.

Ms. Mata is survived by her 6-year-old daughter, Makayla Uilani Mariko Mata, of Kona, Hawaii; her mother and stepfather, June and Bob Carrigan, of Sonora; her father, Myke Furulie; a brother, Ronald Myke Furulie, of Sonora; her grandparents, Jack and Joyce Furulie, of Southern California; her uncles, Paul, Lee, Shin, Ronnie and Takeda "Ted" Furulie; her former stepfather, Bob Conyers, of Sonora; and two former husbands, Chad Mata and Ernie Mittry.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose St., Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Faye E. Mathews

Aug. 28, 1919 - Dec. 14, 2012

Sonora resident Faye E. Mathews died Dec. 14 at Oak Terrace Memory Care in Soulsbyville. She 93.

Mrs. Mathews, a native of Tustin, Orange County, settled in Tuolumne County more than 50 years ago with her husband, Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Mathews.

She was a member of the Twain Harte Golf Club and volunteered with Sonora Community Hospital and Sonora Regional Medical Center for more than 40 years.

She was active at the Twain Harte Fitness Center and enjoyed running until she was 73 years old. She also enjoyed fishing with her husband and traveling to various lakes in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains.

Mrs. Mathews was an accomplished artist, and her family said they enjoy the many oil paintings she completed throughout her life.

She lived in Sonora Hills for 15 years until being cared for by her daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Don Moncrieff, of Twain Harte.

Mrs. Mathews was preceded in death by her husband, Woody Mathews, in 1985; and her daughter, Marsha Mathews, in August 2012.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Don Moncrieff, of Twain Harte; her brothers, Jay Holford, of Vero Beach, Fla., Bob Holford, of Tustin, and Don Holford, of Tustin; her grandchildren and their spouses, Kelli and Rick Fraguero, of Sonora, Tod and Robbin Coane, of Lawrenceburg, Ky., James and Cindy Morante, of Davis, Scott Moncrieff, of Palo Alto, and Colleen Permenter, of Redwood City; and eight great-grandchildren.

Donations in her memory can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

A celebration of life has been held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Rollin Mitchell

Jan. 18, 1935 - Dec. 29, 2012

Columbia resident Rollin Mitchell died Dec. 29 at Hy-Lond Convalescent Hospital in Modesto. He was 77.

Mr. Mitchell was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and married Florence Benhaim on May 22, 1964, in San Pedro.

He graduated from the University of Southern California with a master's degree in aerospace engineering in 1968. Actor John Wayne gave the commencement address during his graduation ceremony.

He worked for Northrop Nortronics for several years before he began a 23-year career with IBM. He worked for many years for IBM's federal systems division in Thousand Oaks, where the couple raised their children, David, Melody and Mary Beth. He later worked for the Boulder, Colo., division of IBM until his retirement in January 1988.

During his career, he worked on the Apollo missions and received a plaque of recognition for his work on Apollo 13.

Mr. Mitchell settled in Sonora in 1990.

He was a member of the Sonora Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from August 1990 until March 1999.

After, he joined the First Ward of the Mormon Church in Oakdale while living in a nursing home there.

Mr. Mitchell enjoyed gardening, building models of World War II aircrafts, and other games and activities. He also led his son's Boy Scouts of America troop while living in Thousand Oaks.

He enjoyed horse shows, walking, jogging and chair exercises.

Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his brother, Dale Mitchell, in the early 1990s.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Florence Mitchell, of Columbia; his children, David Mitchell, of Modesto, Melody Mitchell, of Simi Valley, and Mary Beth Benicki and her husband, Craig, of Tuolumne; his brother, Jim Taylor, of Utah; his sister, Helen Ericksen, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and his granddaughter, Grace Benicki, of Tuolumne.

A memorial service was held Friday afternoon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 19481 Hillsdale Drive in East Sonora. A graveside service followed at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


McCOY - Stanley McCoy, 80, of Copperopolis, died Saturday at Avalon Care Center of Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Reibin - John R. Reibin, 77, of Sonora, died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.