Union Democrat staff

Terence John Shannon

March 6, 1943 - Nov. 24, 2013

Copperopolis resident Terence John Shannon died Nov. 24 at Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas. He was 70.

Mr. Shannon was born at Mary's Help Hospital in San Francisco, the son of Ethel Catherine (Magee) and John Willis Shannon.

He attended St. Michael's Grammar School and St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park and graduated from Riordan High School in San Francisco. He graduated from City College of San Francisco and earned a bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University in 1969. He earned a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law in 1972.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1960s and was stationed in San Diego.

Mr. Shannon worked as a playground director as well as a taxi cab driver in San Francisco while attending college and law school. After graduation, he worked for George Davis and the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.

He opened his own practice in San Mateo in the 1970s. He then moved to Foster City where he practiced law for more than 40 years. He retired earlier this year and settled in Copperopolis.

Mr. Shannon was a member of Rotary International and the Foster City Rotary Club, where he served as president.

He attended Lake Tulloch Bible Church in Copperopolis.

He was a fan of San Francisco 49ers and Cal Bears football. He was also a member of the Whalers Cove and Foster City Yacht clubs. He enjoyed boating with his wife on weekends.

He was a member of the Irish Terriers Club of Northern California and had five terriers, Maeve, Culchuian, Molly, Patrick Henry and Penelope.

Mr. Shannon volunteered with the Foster City CERT program and with the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Shannon was preceded in death by his parents; his son, John Shannon; sister, Constance Shannon; and a niece.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen Shannon, of Copperopolis; his son, Robert Shannon, of Novato; his daughter, Lisa Kelley and her husband, Michael, of San Francisco; stepdaughter, Aleesa Daley, of Hermosa Beach; siblings, Gerald Shannon, of Novato, Kathleen Keighran, of Foster City, Patricia Canzian, of San Mateo, and June Cool, of Lincoln; grandchildren, Jessica and Jason Shannon, of San Diego, and Juliet and Adeline Kelley, of San Francisco; four nephews; four nieces; and first wife, Karen Shannon, of Foster City.

A private family service will be held in Copperopolis and celebration of life will be held in Foster City in January.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Mae 'Dot' (Lane) Higuera

Nov. 6, 1927 - Dec. 8, 2013

Tuolumne resident Dorothy Mae "Dot" (Lane) Higuera died Sunday at her home. She was 86.

Mrs. Higuera was born in Tuolumne, the daughter of Oliver and Elsie Lane.

During the Great Depression, her family moved to Graeagle, in Plumas County. They returned to Tuolumne County in 1939 and moved to the Mono Vista area.

She had three children with her first husband. They later divorced.

She married Donald Higuera at the First Presbyterian Church of the 49ers in Columbia in 1956. They settled in Tuolumne in 1958.

Mrs. Higuera was a member of the Summerville Elementary School District Board of Trustees and a founding member of the Tuolumne Baptist Church.

She was an amateur historian and was particularly interested in the development of Tuolumne. She was also a docent at the Tuolumne Memorial Museum for several years.

She and her husband traveled throughout Canada and the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Higuera was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Donald Higuera, of Tuolumne; her children and their spouses, Robin Schott, of Soulsbyville, Michael Higuera, of Tuolumne, Tamara Bettanini, of Tuolumne, Paulette and Frank Wortham, of Chowchilla, and Raymond and Roxanna Hilliard, of Lodi; grandchildren, Michael Schott, Timothy Schott, Scott Thomson, Cory Wortham, Tony Bettanini, Steve Bettanini and Jennifer Burke; nine great-grandchildren; brother, George Lane, of Sacramento; and many nieces and nephews.

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

A private graveside service will be held at Carters Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mark David Mancbach

Dec. 30, 1964 – Dec. 8, 2013

Sonora resident Mark David Mancbach died after a brief illness Sunday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 48.

Mr. Mancbach was born in Fort Stewart, Ga., the son of Noel and Sherry Mancbach.

His family moved to Tuolumne County in 1979 because of his father's work with the U.S. Forest Service.

He graduated from Curtis Creek Elementary School and Sonora High School in 1983.

He worked as a cab driver for the 49er Cab company for the past four years.

Mr. Mancbach enjoyed fishing, hiking and the outdoors.

He is survived by his parents, Noel and Sherry Mancbach, of Sonora; his daughter, Hattie Mancbach, of Sonora; sister, Katherine Mancbach, of Sonora; nephew, Nicholas Marques, of Sonora; and former wife, Joelle Parker, of Sonora.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


SOUTHORN - A celebration of life for Charles Wayne Southorn, 70, of Sonora, who died Nov. 27 at his home, will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Soulsbyville United Methodist Church, 19982 Community Drive. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.