Obituaries for Nov. 11, 2013

Written by Union Democrat staff November 11, 2013 03:00 pm

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Calhoun

June 28, 1937 — Nov. 5, 2013

Jamestown resident Gerald “Jerry” Calhoun died Tuesday in Fremont. He was 76. 

Mr. Calhoun was born in Illinois, the son of Dorothy and Raymond Calhoun.

He was a food broker for 35 years and owned his own company, Calhoun and Howell, in Los Angeles. 

He settled in Tuolumne County 25 years ago.

He enjoyed fishing and golfing and was a founding member of Mountain Springs Golf Course.  

Mr. Calhoun was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Karyn Calhoun, of Jamestown; sister, Pauline Mangold, of Lipstick, Ohio; his children and their spouses, Greg and Mary Calhoun, of Fremont, Kelli and Jim McCarthy, of San Francisco; and Rob Calhoun and Jessica Bradley, of Hayward.

A private family prayer hour has been held. 

Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels in Fremont is handling arrangements.

Richard ‘Rich’  Peter Juarez

May 2, 1939 — Nov. 1, 2013

Columbia resident Richard “Rich” Peter Juarez died Nov. 1 at his home. He was 74.

Mr. Juarez was born in Merced and raised in Livingston, the son of Pedro and Connie Juarez.

He was an athlete and participated in football, baseball, basketball and track.

He was named Northern California Athlete of the Year in 1958.

Mr. Juarez received scholarship offers from 18 colleges and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco 49ers.  

His athletic career was ended, however, due to a knee injury in football during his freshman year at University of California, Berkeley.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Fresno State University and a master’s degree in education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  

He married Sharon Nye in 1962.

Mr. Juarez spent most of his career as a physical education teacher and varsity baseball coach at Merced High School. During 22 seasons, he led the MHS Bears to 10 Central California Championships and one Sac-Joaquin Section Championship, which also earned him the title of Central California Conference Coach of the Year each of those seasons. The 1978 team broke school and state records with a 29-1 season. 

In 1968, he was inducted as the youngest member of the Merced County Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments in high school. 

Mr. Juarez was honored as the first inductee to the Merced Bears Baseball Hall of Fame in March.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling as part of their involvement in the Amway business. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  

He moved to Sonora in 2005 to be closer to family.

Mr. Juarez was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Kim Juarez, who died of leukemia at 14.

He is survived by his wife 51 years, Sharon Juarez, of Columbia; his children, Richard Juarez Jr., of Sonora, Kathy Juarez, of Columbia; and Liz Dickson, of Columbia; and five grandchildren, Katie, Karlee, Mikiah, Delaney and Matthias.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Kim Juarez Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Merced School Employees Federal Credit Union, member No. 14967001, P.O. Box 1349, Merced, CA 95341. 

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose St., Sonora. A Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sonora, followed by a reception at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Ray Eugene  Markham Jr.

June 29, 1925 — Nov. 2, 2013

Burson resident Ray Eugene Markham Jr. died Nov. 2 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital. He was 88.

Mr. Markham was born in Oklahoma, the son of Ray and Lola Markham.

He worked as a pressman primarily for the Modesto Bee and also for the Stockton Record  for 48 years before retiring.

He settled in Burson 17 years ago.

Mr. Markham enjoyed woodworking, including building cabinets and houses. He also cared for animals. 

Mr. Markham was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Markham.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Coty Markham, of Burson; daughter, Karen Sousa, of Atherton; stepdaughter, Jamie Keller, of Stockton; four grandchildren; and ex-wife, Roberta Markham, of Lathrop.

No services are planned.

Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.