Union Democrat staff

Barbara Jane (Miner) Bradley

March 25, 1936 - Dec. 17, 2013

Sonora resident Barbara Jane (Miner) Bradley died Dec. 17 at Avalon Care Center after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. She was 77.

Mrs. Bradley was born in Santa Clara, the daughter of Ralph and Frances Miner.

Her family moved to Twain Harte in 1942. She attended Twain Harte Elementary and Sonora High schools. She graduated from Pasadena City College and also studied geology at Columbia College.

She married Dr. Gerald Coke on Sept. 4, 1955. He died in 1993.

She married David E. Bradley on July 15, 2002.

Mrs. Bradley was the fifth person to receive a specialized surgical implant to treat Parkinson's disease in 2005.

She was a member of the Sonora Elementary School board in the late 1960s and '70s and was a major participant in the "Save the Dome" project, which was successful in saving the historic Sonora dome on Barretta Street.

She was a member of the Sierra Quilt Guild and several other quilting guilds. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society and an ombudsman with the Area 12 Agency on Aging.

She was also a member of Sierra Bible Church for several years.

Mrs. Bradley was preceded in death by her parents and first husband.

She is survived by her husband of 12 years, David E. Bradley, of Sonora; her children, Linda O'Kane, of Oakdale, and Douglas Coke, of Sugar Pine; siblings, Greg Miner, of Oregon, and William Miner, of Rescue, El Dorado County; grandchildren, Jason Vassar, Janet Jeske, Jon Kuffler, David Kuffler, Nathan Coke, Phillip Coke and Robert Coke; and nine great-grandchildren.

Donations in her memory can be made to American Parkinson's Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sierra Bible Church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

John 'Johnny' W. Barlow Conner III

March 28, 1981 - Jan. 1, 2014

Sonora resident John "Johnny" W. Barlow Conner III died Jan. 1 at his home after a sudden illness. He was 32.

Mr. Conner was born in San Jose, the son of Tina Conner.

His family moved to Tuolumne County when he was 12.

He attended Curtis Creek Elementary and Summerville High schools.

Mr. Conner started working on cars with his stepfather, Victor Conner, when he was a child, which led to his career as a mechanic.

He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He enjoyed watching car racing and listening to music. He also enjoyed helping others, his family said.

He was a member of E Clampus Vitus.

Mr. Conner was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Schearing and Roy and Helen Carlson, an uncle and a great-uncle.

He is survived by his parents, Victor and Tina Conner, of Sonora; his five children, Taven, Katelynn, John, Georgena and Ashleigh; his siblings, Rosemary Schearing, of Dos Palos, Matt Conner, of Arizona, Jesse Conner, of Sacramento, and adopted brother, Jerry "Eddie" Jones, of Sonora; ex-wife, Bobbie Goen; nieces with whom he was especially close, Mistyrose Schearing, of Sacramento, Monica and Kianna Satchell, of Dos Palos, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church, 40. N. Forest Road, Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

George Fujita

Feb. 21, 1927 - Dec. 30, 2013

Twain Harte resident George Fujita died Dec. 30 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. He was 86.

Mr. Fujita was born in Newcastle, Placer County, the son of Kotome (Abe) and Yaichi Fujita.

He worked as a shop foreman for Greyhound in the San Francisco Bay Area for 37 years.

He and his wife settled in Twain Harte 10 years ago.

Mr. Fujita was a bonsai sensei who taught the art of bonsai at Modesto and Columbia junior colleges and was a member of the Modesto Bonsai Club.

He was also a member of the First Methodist Church of Loomis.

He enjoyed reading, baseball and basketball.

Mr. Fujita was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Damin-Fujita, of Twain Harte; his children and their spouses, Greg and Michelle Fujita, of Alameda, Neal Fujita and Tammy Medress-Fujita, of Oakland, Lisa and Dale Binkley, of Castro Valley, Yvette and Brian Simi, of Elk Grove, Deirdre and Brian Blocher, of Oakdale, and Chris Damin, of Valley Springs; brother, Frank Fujita, of Loomis; sister, Amy and Yosh Kawahara, of Sacramento; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Loomis, 6414 Brace Road.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Sandra 'Sandy' Sue (Thompson) Taylor

Aug. 14, 1945 - Jan. 1, 2014

Twain Harte resident Sandra "Sandy" Sue (Thompson) Taylor died Jan. 1 at Stanford Medical Center. She was 68.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Charles S. Thompson Jr. and Nadyne G. Thompson.

She met Grant D. Taylor in 1959 and married in 1967 in Bloomingdale, N.J.

She attended Iowa State University.

She worked as a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1977 to 2001.

During her career, she worked with National Atmospheric Advisor and Release Center, which maps the probable spread of hazardous materials released into the atmosphere. Her work specifically focused on the Chernobyl disaster.

Mrs. Taylor was involved with the Russian Nuclear Materials and Accountancy System in Moscow. She was on a team of computer programmers responsible for creating a program that would account for all the nuclear materials in Russia.

She and her husband settled in Twain Harte 14 years ago; where they joined Twain Harte Bible Church.

She enjoyed helping and serving others both in her professional and personal life and, along with her husband and several church members, served as an informal guardian to Shawna H. Dixon, of Twain Harte.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her father in 1983; her mother in 2009; and her brother, Charles S. Thompson III, in 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Grant D. Taylor, of Twain Harte; her children, Janine M. Taylor, of Livermore, and Kristin L. Taylor, of Jamestown; and sister, Diane Lagesse.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Twain Harte Bible Church, 23191 Mark Twain Drive.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


FRANKLIN - Thomas Edwin Franklin, 95, of Sonora, died Jan.7 at his home. He was born Aug. 24, 1918 in Kentucky. Oak Hill Funeral Home in San Jose is handling arrangements.

SMITH - Georgina Smith, 66, of Sonora, died Monday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.