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Vincent Nicolas Marques

Dec. 11, 1969 - May 12, 2014

Vincent, a long time resident of Sonora, Calif., went peacefully on his journey at his home at the age of 44.

He was the only son of the late Ronald Vincent Marques and Elizabeth E. "Vikki" Marques Morehead, of Sonora.

Vincent attended Curtis Creek Elementary School in his early years and graduated in 1988 from Sonora High School, where he played football. He attended college in San Diego and studied psychology. He officiated baseball and football most of his life.

Vincent went on to successfully operate his own business, Always Available Hauling, from 2004 until his illness.

His all-time favorite occupation was loving and raising his son. He and Nicolas spent much of their time jet skiing, camping, boating, fishing and they loved quad riding. Vincent loved being a coach on Nicolas's team. He was a die hard San Francisco 49er football and Giants baseball fan.

Vincent loved to barbecue and play cribbage with Nicolas and his father-in-law and good friend, Noel Mansbach. He loved going to Disneyland with Nicolas and his friends.

In conversation with Nicolas, I asked him what he missed most about his Daddy and he simply replied with sad eyes, "Everything."

On behalf of Vincent, I would like to thank every individual who made Vincent's "Celebration of Life" a success. I am especially grateful to: Roger Hughes, the Brewster family, the Serpa family, the Foster family, the Marques family, Jeff Scott, Darin Neal, Lu Carpenter, Amber Garduno, Black Oak Casino, Perko's, Jeb's, Peppery, Bears Team, Grocery Outlet and the Mansbach family.

I should not be writing this. You were too young to die. I cry and miss you everyday. I get up every morning, breathe and think of you. You are in my heart forever. Love, Mom.

Diane Leaders Lloyd

Sept. 1, 1943 - July 5, 2014

Diane Jean Lloyd, of Groveland, Calif., died at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, S.D., the afternoon of July 5, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Survivors include her husband; father and his wife Maxine; sisters, Laura and husband Bob Kogel, Jackie and husband Jeff Thomas; brother, Alan Leaders and wife Pam. She also leaves behind John's two sons, John R. Lloyd III and Peter Shane Lloyd, through whom she has enjoyed seven loving grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She also has many nieces and nephews and countless friends.

A celebration of life service will be held later in July in Sioux Falls and this fall in Groveland, California. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Humane Society would be in keeping with Diane's love for animals. www.heritagesfsd.com.

Gene Sharon

Dec. 26, 1941 - June 30, 2014

Gene Sharon, 72, of Twain Harte, passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends on Monday, June 30, 2014.

Gene was born in Dayton, Ky. He attended a Southern Baptist church growing up and was raised on a dairy farm.

Gene served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and then married his wife of 48 years, Frankie, in 1966. They have three beautiful children, Debbie Fiser, Dan Sharon and Gena Sharon. They also have six grandchildren - Josh, Ashton, Anna, Luke, Nathen, Daniel - and a grandson-in-law, Matt.

Gene loved splitting wood with his buddies, camping, especially at Mount Knight and taking rides over Sonora Pass with his wife. He also enjoyed country music and watching sports and Fox news on the television. Gene was proud to be a Christian and a member of the NRA.

He is survived by his wife, Frankie Sharon; his children and grandchildren and his mother-in-law, Lura Stephens.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Allen Sharon.

Services were held on Monday, June 7, 2014. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Death notices

Death Notices in The Union Democrat are published free of charge. They include the name, age and town of residence of the deceased, the date of death; service information; and memorial contribution information. The deadline is noon the day before publication.


CASTLE - A funeral service for Loyal "Bud" Castle, 88, of Sonora, who died July 1 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora, will be held Aug. 16 at Bud Castle Gym at Sonora High School. A reception will follow at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Service time will be announced at a later date. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

COSTA - Dennis Costa, 72, of Sonora, died Tuesday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

FRANZ - Geanne Franz, 82, of Sonora, died Wednesday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

McKEE - A celebration of life for Eva McKee, 93, of Sonora, who died July 1 in Sonora, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca. Interment will be at Cherokee Memorial Park, Highway 99 and East Harney Lane, Lodi.

STUART - A memorial service for long-time Groveland resident Faith Vivian Stuart, 97, of Sonora, who died Friday at Oak Terrace Memory Care Center in Soulsbyville, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rost St., Sonora. Burial will follow at Divide Cemetery in Groveland. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.