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Robert Howell Watts

June 8, 1941 - July 13, 2014

Robert Howell Watts - humorous curmudgeon, scrappy political debater, beloved by family and lifelong friends - passed away Sunday, July 13, surrounded by his children and life partner after battling several health related issues.

Bob enjoyed a wonderful childhood on the family turkey ranch out on Highway 49, where he also resided at the time of his death.

He was born in Oakland, June 8, 1941, attended Tuttletown Elementary and Columbia Elementary schools, and graduated from Sonora High School, where he served as student body president his senior year.

He coached Pony League baseball in Sonora as a young man and graduated from San Jose State in 1967 with a degree in business.

In later years, he enjoyed expanding the family owned business, Sonora U-Save Liquors on West Stockton Road, into a full service delicatessen and "pub" and hosting the annual U-Save Liquor Tennis Tournaments as well as sponsoring and playing on its slowpitch "A" division softball team, winning nine years in a row. He was a certified scuba diver, and avid fisherman who often traveled to Mexico for deep sea fishing expeditions with his dad.

Predeceased by parents Berl "Paul" Watts and Wilda Watts of Sonora, he is survived by his life partner "Snow", sister, Joan Foster, of Lincoln, three children and numerous grandkids and in-laws: daughter, Shiree Segerstrom-Zian, son-in-law David Zian, of Sonora, and grandson Christian Segerstrom, of San Francisco, daughter Michelle Watts, son-in-law Charlie Killian, and granddaughters, Ruby and Matilda Killian of Walnut Creek, and son Robert Watts, daughter-in-law Miyuki Noma, and grandsons Colter and Emmett Watts of San Francisco. He is also predeceased by son-in-law James Segerstrom.

Memorial service to be held at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

Glenn Allan Ellis

April 21, 1958 - July 26, 2014

Glenn Allan Ellis, a lifelong resident of Tuolumne County, passed away on July 26, 2014. He was 56 years old.

Glenn was born on April 21, 1958. He worked in tree service and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, barbecuing and pig roasting. He also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hap and Irene James and James and Mary Etta Ellis.

Glenn is survived by his parents, Tom and MaryAnn Ellis; children, Jamie Galvez, of Tuolumne, Chrissy and Anthony Harner, of Sonora, and Jennifer Ellis, of Tuolumne; grandchildren, Gage, Braydon and Madison Galvez, of Tuolumne, and Landon, Logan and Paityn Harner, of Sonora; siblings, Roxanna and Robert Walker, of Tuolumne, and John Ellis, of Tuolumne; partner Carol Miles and her children, Mellissa Austin, of Jamestown, William Miles, of Jamestown, Michelle Foster, of Texas, and Mindy Miles, of Cedar Ridge; nieces, nephew and their spouses, Bobbie and Grant Miller, of Tuolumne, Kellene and Brent Berry, of Tuolumne, Lindsey Ellis, of Sonora, and Cory Walker, of Elk Grove; and many close cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Walker residence, 18605 Maple Ave., Tuolumne.

Richard Tresidder

Jan. 12, 1930 - July 8, 2014

Richard Tresidder passed away July 8, 2014, at home from lung cancer.

He was born in the old Mariposa Hospital on Jan. 12, 1930, to Martin and Lillian Tresidder. He graduated from Mariposa High School in 1948, entered the U.S. Navy shortly after and spent 4 years during the Korean conflict. He was discharged in June 1952 and married his wife, Shirley in 1955.

Richard worked for the State Forestry in the summers during high school before starting his 30-year career for the City and County of San Francisco as a surveyor on the Cherry Valley Dam Project during the 1950s.

His family moved to Ahwahnee in 1965, and he commuted weekly to work in Moccasin until retiring in 1986. He lived in the Moccasin Bunkhouse for over 20 years, longer than any other employee, and it was affectionately called "Cedro's Heartbreak Hotel" in honor of him. He had many friends and co-workers working for Hetch Hetchy Water and Power.

Richard was preceded in death by his son, Mark, his two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his brother, Martin Tresidder and his wife, Janet of Mariposa; sister, Mary Smalley and her husband, James, of Mariposa; daughter, Diana Williams and son, Bruce Tresidder; grandchildren, Dar Williams and Vickie Morgan, Chenise Williams Perry and her husband, Robbie and Shayla Tresidder; great-grandchildren, Dalila and Chloe Williams and Brylie Vaughn and many nieces and nephews.

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PROUD - Dolores Emily Proud, 90, of Sonora, died Friday at Avalon Care Center. Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.