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Jean S. Clark

Aug. 6, 1919 - June 3, 2014

Jean S. Clark died peacefully on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in Sonora, Calif. She was born on Aug. 6, 1919, in Palo Alto, California, a member of a pioneer family. Her grandfather, Arley B. Show, was the first professor of history at Stanford University. He brought his wife and family to Palo Alto in the 1890s.

Her father, Stuart Bevier Show, was the regional forester for California for the U. S. Forest Service for many years. He also worked for the United Nations as chief silviculturist for five years after his retirement from the Forest Service.

She, as well as her parents, her sister and several aunts and uncles, graduated from Stanford University, as did her husband. She received her master of art degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and taught for 20 years in the Pasadena Unified School District.

She was a member of the California Retired Teachers Association, Gamma Phi Beta, 50+ Club, the Audubon Society, the Tuolumne County Historical Society and the Humane Society of Tuolumne County. She had been a longtime member of the Twain Harte Women's Club.

For several years, she was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and later served as a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America.

Jean Clark is survived by her sons, Robert K. and Jeffrey C. Clark; daughters-in-law Marsha and Chris Clark; granddaughters Jessica Chen and Larissa Poles, as well as great-granddaughters Adrienne and Bethany Chen. She is also survived by 13 nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lester Clark; and her oldest son, Charles Dennis Clark.

No public services are being held. Memorial donations should go to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County, 10040 Victoria Way, Jamestown, CA 95327.

Jerry H. Craft

May 1935 - June 2014

Jerry H. Craft, 79, of Turlock, Calif., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 2, 2014, at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto after falling at his home.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joanne; his children, Jeriann Hook of Sacramento, Calif., Jill (Bryan) Hunt of Turlock, Calif., and Jeff (Sonny) Craft of Turlock, Calif.; sisters, Jane (Hugh) Wilson of Monteview, Idaho, and Judy Hoot of Modesto, Calif.; brothers-in-law, Jim Connick of Galt, Calif., and Don (Carmel) Connick of Alta Loma, Calif.; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was born in Kenton, Tenn., and came to California at the age of 7 when his father was transferred with the military. Jerry joined the Air Force at age 17 and spent 10 years in service; later working at Tracy Defense for 10 years to complete his 20 years with the federal government. He also spent 20 years in sales with AAA Insurance Co. When he retired he moved to Sonora to be near his old camping areas which he loved. There he worked part-time at Walmart as a greeter so he could fulfill another love of being around people. His greatest passion was taking pictures. Jerry attended the New York School of Photography and worked nine years as a professional photographer. He was always anxious to show off his many photos.

Jerry led a very full life which he shared with his family. Playing with his great-grandchildren was another great love of his and always his first choice of activities.

Graveside services will be held from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at 32053 W. McCabe Road, Santa Nella, Calif. A reception celebrating his life will be held at this grandson's home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Veteran's Administration (designation of your choice) or the American Cancer Society. Memories can be shared or maps to the cemetery can be viewed at www.AllenMortuary.com.

Harold Edmond Danicourt

June 9, 1928 - May 26, 2014

Harold Edmond Danicourt was born in Carlotta, Calif., in 1928 to Edmond A. Danicourt and Mable C. Danicourt. He had one older sister, Hortense M. Danicourt-Figueroa.

At the age of 5 they moved to Tuolumne County. He attended Columbia grammar school in 1936 then went on to graduate from Sonora Union High in 1946. He met and started dating Betty Jo their senior year in high school and were married in 1947. They had three children and the Danicourt family grew from there.

He started working in the woods right out of school doing whatever needed to be done. He drove trucks, set straps, loaded logs and operated equipment of various types. In 1957 he went to work for Hetch Hetchy Water & Power in Moccasin as a mechanic.

After retiring in 1988, he went back to what he loved to do, which was driving trucks, and in his spare time he would haul in cattle for several ranchers and horses for Kennedy Meadows and Aspen Meadows.

Harold's favorite things to do was driving trucks and snowmobiling. He belonged to the Sonora Pass Snow Goers. He also enjoyed boating when they had a houseboat for awhile. Horseback riding and packing into the Emigrant wilderness were also some favorite things of his to do. He loved spending time at the cabin and being with family. He enjoyed helping other people and lending a hand whenever he could.

Harold worked hard and played hard. To sum it up, he just loved life. He will be missed very much by his friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edmond A. Danicourt and Mable C. Danicourt; and his sister, Hortense M. Danicourt-Figueroa.

Harold is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Jo Danicourt; his sons, Chris and wife Kathie Danicourt, of Sonora, and Edmond and his wife Penny, of Sonora; his daughter, Cathy and her husband Bruce Teie, of Placerville; his nine grandchildren, George, Dani, Jeff, Jon, Joie, Victoria, Kenny, Veronica and Miranda; his 11 great-grandchildren, two nephews, one brother-in-law and four cousins.

No services will be held per his request. The family asks that donations be made to: Hospice of the Sierra SRMC Foundation, 1000 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

Stuart Edward Holt

Stuart Edward Holt passed away unexpectedly at his home in Mead, Colo., on June 2, 2014.

Stuart was a retired U.S. Army major and sheriff's deputy with Boulder County. Stuart joined the United States Army in 1982 after graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a business administration degree. In May 1995, Stuart began his career as a jail deputy with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. He attended POST certification training and became a patrol deputy in January 1998.

For many years Deputy Holt worked in the mountain communities of Boulder County. During his law enforcement career, Stuart received numerous compliments from citizens, staff and other law enforcement agencies. He was a man of few words, preferring his actions communicated his character. Stuart was always quick to help and to do what was right.

In 1997, 2010 and 2013 Stuart was honored with the Lifesaving Medal for intervening in a life-threatening situation. He also received a Sheriff's Commendation in 2007 as well as a Letter of Commendation from the CU Police Department for his quick action in an armed assault that occurred on the CU Boulder Campus.

Deputy Holt's timely intervention and engagement prevented other attacks and more tragic events. In 2011, he also received the Meritorious Service Award. He was a deputy that carried out his duty to the best of his ability in a compassionate and respectful manner. Overall, Stuart dedicated 18 years to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

Stuart enjoyed the Colorado lifestyle, golfing, skiing and racquetball. He was a member of Faith Community Lutheran Church. He was a loving father and husband, a true friend and a dedicated public servant who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his mother Patricia Holt, of Sonora, Calif.; his wife Shirley Holt, of Mead, Colo., and his daughter Samantha Holt, of Los Angeles, Calif. He is further survived by his brother Steven and his wife Julie Holt, of Sonora, Calif., and his sister Holly and her husband Paul Charpentier, of Kingsburg, Calif.

His father preceded him in death in 2013.

Cremation has been entrusted to Howe Mortuary and Cremation Services. A Celebration of Stuart's life has been held in Longmont, Colo.

The Holt family respectfully request memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to the Wounded Warrior Project care of Howe Mortuary of Longmont, 439 Coffman St., Longmont, CO 80501.

Visit www.howemortuary.com to share condolences with the family.

Carmen Ruth Pierini

Sept. 4, 1937 - June 3, 2014

Carmen Ruth Pierini, 76, of Sonora, quietly left this earth to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Carmen was born on Sept. 4, 1937, in Long Beach, Calif., to Lorraine Victoria Anderson and Fredrick Mershon, both deceased.

Throughout her 76 years, Carmen accomplished many wonderful things, inspiring anyone nearby with her outgoing and compassionate optimism. She served many employers well as an executive secretary, and organized fundraising and evangelical events while serving and leading the women's ministries program at Sierra Bible Church.

She was an amazing seamstress, having donated several of her beautiful quilts for auction to help raise funds for missionaries and forwarding the Gospel. She put her hobbies to great use, knitting and donating many hats and scarves to help those experiencing homelessness, and most recently signed up to make prayer shawls for those suffering with chronic illness.

She loved to swim, and taught World and U.S. history to three of her grandchildren being home schooled over the last few years.

Carmen loved to share the love of Jesus with everyone she met, even to her last breath sharing the Gospel with the nurses caring for her - "My Angels" as she called them. She was convinced of the saving power and grace of Jesus.

Carmen is survived by her three daughters, Denise Lorraine Healy, of Sonora, Calif., Lisa Anne Wray, of Port Orchard, Wash., and Jennifer Josephine Henderson of Ione, Calif.; a younger brother, John "Skip" Anderson of Mi-Wuk Village, Calif., and his wife; three sons-in-law whom she loved as sons, eight flourishing and much adored grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Knowing confidently that she is standing in the presence of her Lord and Savior, in the company of her mother and loving husband, Peter Vincent Pierini - a celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, in the worship center at Sierra Bible Church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, Sonora.

Because she was well acquainted with the difficult struggles of being a single mother, even taking into her home four young women in need of help, she loved and supported the ministry of Shepherd's Gate, a Christ centered refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence, addiction and homelessness. She would be so pleased to have donations made in her memory at, www.shepgate.org/donate.

"Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." Proverbs 31:29 (ESV)

William 'Bill' Lee Ruth

Sept. 18, 1926 - June 2, 2014

William "Bill" Lee Ruth, a longtime resident of Cedar Ridge, passed away on June 2, 2014, at Avalon Care Home. He was 87 years old.

Bill was born in Lockesburg, Ark., on Sept. 18, 1926. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.

In 1949, he married Bobbie Ruth McInturff in Sedro Woolley, Washington. Bill graduated from Biola College in 1953 and began his first job as a youth pastor for EUB Church in Palms, Calif. He then worked in the Youth Department for Village Church in Burbank, Calif., for many years. Bill was a Scoutmaster for 22 years for Troop 230 in Burbank and hiked hundreds of miles in the Sierra Nevada with the troop.

Later he became a contractor and started Custom Carpentry in Beverly Hills. In 1979, Bill and Bobbie moved to Sonora, where he built many log homes after he retired to the area.

He was a member of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church.

Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bobbie Ruth; his daughter, Sherry Wagner, of Chula Vista, Calif.; grandchildren, David Wagner, of Nashville, Tenn., Major Ben Wagner, of Washington, D.C., and Sarah Kostelyk. of Chula Vista, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Lane, and brother, Lee Roy Ruth.

A private family service will be held. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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POAG - Betty Poag, 86, of Jamestown, died Tuesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.