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JACK MILLER Jack "Jackie" Don Miller, 82, of Maxwell, Califor-nia, died November 15th, 2017 following an ex-tended battle with COPD. Jack Miller was born 1935 in Gustin, Texas. Graduated from Maxwell High School in 1954. Jack retired as a Technical Sergeant after 25 years with the U.S. Air Force in 1979. He was a currier during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Labrador, Philippines and various other places stateside. Jack and his wife Mary traveled to Ireland in 2006 and spent lots of time R.V.ing throughout the United States. Jack had a passion for volunteering and do-nated many hours to the Mormon Church. He also enjoyed woodworking and loved spending as much time as he could with his great-grand-children. He is survived by his wife, Mary Fiack-Miller of Willows, CA; sister, Jonell Tosi of Oregon; two sons, Keith Miller of Utah, and Wayne Miller of Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews; twelve grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerald Miller of Wheat-land, CA; Late wives Twila Miller of Elk Creek, CA and Deanna Miller of Utah. A memorial service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 810 N. Humboldt Ave, Willows, CA. On Saturday, Novem-ber 25th, 2017 at 11:00 am. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children or The American Lung Asso-ciation. To view obituary online and leave condolences for the family please go to NewtonBracewell.com .
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FAIRFAX, Walter Joseph III Walter Joseph Fairfax, III, beloved father and grandfather, treasured brother and uncle, passed from this life peacefully in Newport Beach, California on October 5, 2017, after an extended battle with cancer. He was 75 years old. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 22, 1942 to Walter and Elizabeth Fairfax. Raised in West Covina, California, Walt graduated from West Covina High School and attended Mt. San Antonio College, earning an associate's degree in business. He spent his early working years in finance, real estate and restaurant ownership and the last twenty years of his career as a small business owner in the aerospace industry, retiring in 2003. Walt enjoyed traveling and he loved sports, especially basketball. Throughout his life, Walt was an avid golfer, boater and fisherman. He spent a good portion of his retirement years living in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he enjoyed golfing with his friends and taking his boat out to sea. He was an active booster club member for the University of Hawaii Men's Basketball Program. He was a generous and loving father and grandfather who loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed attending his grandchildren's activities, events, and performances. He is survived by his daughter Deborah Glenn (John) of Rancho Cucamonga, his son Kevin Fairfax (Carrie) of Newport Beach and seven grandchildren: Andrea Glenn, Alexandra Kolowena (Mitchell), Alana Glenn, Kathryn Glenn, Christopher Glenn, Sophia Fairfax and Julianna Fairfax. He also leaves brothers David Fairfax, Ronald Fairfax (Pamela), Guerin Fairfax and a sister, Bernadette Fairfax as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on November 12th, at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar with a celebration of life harbor cruise following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walt's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the University of Hawaii Men's Basketball Program.
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Mary Margaret Ring Foster It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Margaret Ring Foster announces her passing at the age of 94. Mary was born in Washington, DC on Oct 3, 1923 to Daniel Sweeney Ring and Susan Charlotte Quinn Ring. She was the second of five children, the eldest daughter. Her elder brother, Daniel Lawrence preceded her in death, as did two sisters, Susan Vandoren and Kathleen Stand. Her surviving sister, Dorothy Lathem, six years her junior, shared the same birthday. Her father served on the Maritime Commission before and during the war, helping to ensure the shipbuilding that Britain and later the US would require in WW II. As his daughter, she was called on to launch one of these new ships, the SS Isaac Singer. She attended Woodrow Wilson High School and then George Washington University. She became a top-notch secretary, serving US admirals and important partners in Washington law firms. At the end of the war, she went to San Antonio, Texas to assist in the demobilization of US forces. In 1949, she married John Benedict Foster. The wedding took place in Saint Matthew's Cathedral, Washington. She gave birth to nine children, losing one son shortly after his birth. The Foster family moved to Orange County, California and continued to grow. Sadly the eldest of her children passed away this summer. Seven children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive her. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1292 W. Santa Cruz Street, San Pedro, Ca. at 10:00 AM Saturday November 25, 2017. She will be interred at Green Hills Cemetery, Ranch Palos Verdes, CA. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Janet Margaret MacKinnon Janet Margaret MacKinnon passed away peacefully on October 17, 2017, at 2:35 p.m. in her home of 54 years. Janet was born on March 10, 1921, to Elsworth Livingstone (Jack) & Margaret (Meg) Mundy in Orange, New Jersey. During WWII she married John Donald MacKinnon, Jr. in an evening Mass at St Bernard's Parish in West Newton, Massachusetts. They were married for almost 74 years. The love of her life, Don, survives her. Also surviving are all four children and their spouses: John (Mary) MacKinnon, Douglas MacKinnon, Christine MacKinnon (Chris) Payne, Lauren MacKinnon (Walter) De La Torre, her six grandchildren and her seven great grandchildren, her beloved sister-in-law, Eleanor MacKinnon Hochanadel, and her wonderful nieces and nephews. Janet's parents and sister, Lenore Horton, as well as her brother-in-law, Neil MacKinnon, preceded her in death. Janet and Don met at Newton High School in Newton, Massachusetts. They dated during Don's senior year and for his four years at Harvard University. During that time, Janet attended and graduated from Mount Ida College. They loved to dance together, a lost art for many. They could pick up anywhere and would join together to do "their steps" when the music started to play. Janet always told the children that she taught Don how to dance. He was her perfect partner, groomed just for her. Theirs was a love story for the ages. They went through a lot but their faith kept them safe, sane and happy. A journey many miss. The whole family moved from Dedham, Massachusetts to Torrance, California, on December 22, 1962. It was the beginning of a new and wonderful life in Southern California. Janet loved boxer dogs, listening to bossa nova music, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. She also enjoyed roses, gardening and fine jewelry. Once her children were grown, she worked at Torrance Unified School District schools part time and then found her niche and true self while working at Morgan's Jewelers. Morgan's became part of her family. Janet was a 28-year breast cancer survivor. After her diagnosis, she left Morgan's Jewelers and started her next phase of life at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She and Don volunteered there for more than 20 years and retired in their early 90s. All the while, Janet remained involved in various ministries at their parish, St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church. Janet loved and appreciated her family, life, people, music, purebred dogs, beautiful things, good neighbors and God. Her greatest legacy is the lasting love she and Don shared. She adored her high school sweetheart. She leaves the wonderful legacy of four children and their spouses, her grandchildren and their spouses: Shawn (Brad) Johnson, Bryn-Ane (Elon Schoenholz) MacKinnon, Ian (Kris Habereder) MacKinnon, Brett (Becky) Egan, Jackson DeLaTorre and Clare DeLaTorre; and her seven great grandchildren: Nusia and Ivan Schoenholz; Cole and Cade Johnson; and Jake, Tory and Reese Egan. A celebration of Janet's life will begin with a Memorial Mass at St. Lawrence Martyr Church at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 28, 2017, with a reception to follow in the parish hall. The address is 1940 S. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, California 90277. We invite you to join us as we celebrate Janet's life. She would love it if you wore bright, colorful clothing. Red was her favorite color. A special thanks to the staff at TMMC and Torrance Memorial Hospice. They made Janet's passing peaceful. In lieu of flowers, donations to Torrance Memorial Hospice, 23326 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 100B, Torrance, California 90505, Attn: Amanda Stewart or your favorite charity would be appreciated. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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ROBERT ROACH Robert Russell Roach passed away peacefully on November 14th, 2017 at the age of 78 at his home in Chico. He was born June 24th, 1939 in Palo Alto. California to Russell and Alpha (Logan) Roach. Bob is survived by his wife Suzanne (Suzy) of 56 years; son Phillip and wife Zo‰ of Tacoma, Washington: son John and wife Nancy of Queens, New York; and brother Donald Roach and wife Kathy of Duluth, Minnesota, as well as Aunt Barbara Carr of El Cerrito, California. His grandchildren include Dante. Clementine, and Finnegan. Bob graduated from the Menlo School of Business in 1962 and then entered the US Air Force, where he exited as a captain eight years later. His tours of Duty included Vandenberg AFB; Saigon, Vietnam: Hickam AFB, Honolulu. and the Department of ROTC at San Francisco State University, where he received his MBA. He joked that he joined the Air Force to see the world and couldn't get east of Reno! Bob and Suzy moved to Chico in 1976 where they raised their two sons. They established PIP Printing in 1977 and ran their business together for 32 years. During that time Bob served as Chair of the national PIP Printing Advisory Board. Bob was a passionate duck hunter. Had he met a mallard first, he would have married it instead of Suzy! He was a dedicated fisherman. One of the high points in his life was fishing in Alaska with his dad and Walton Powell. He was a knowledgeable wine collector and an avid gardener (He loved his Craftsman tractor!). He was an informed art collector, which influ-enced his sons who are professional artists. Bob's affiliations in-cluded the Chico Rotary Club, where he was a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Award and organized the Rotary Wine Tours for 10 years. He also served as chairman of The Advisory Board of the North State National Bank. Other interests included Ducks Unlim-ited, the California waterfowl Association, and the Janet Turner print Museum where he served on their board. He loved ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas! Bob and Suzy were quite social, hosting numerous parties and fundraising events at their home and garden in Chico. His legacy includes nephews Stephen, Michael, Theo, Nathan, Brian and niece Annie. Per Bob's request, in lieu of a service, a celebration of his life will be delayed until the summer. Rather than flowers, contributions would be appreciated to Ducks Unlimited, 1 Waterfowl Way, Memphis, Tennessee, 38120, the California Waterfowl Association, 1346 Blue Oaks Boulevard, Roseville, California, 95678 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka. Kansas 66675. Per Suzy's request, raise a glass and toast her beloved husband!
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Richard Croson Richard Croson, 73, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 14,, 2017 at the Menifee Medical Center in California. He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Janice (Bingham) Croson; his son, Anthony Croson and his companion Chen Lin; his daughter, Erinn Austin and her husband, Chris Austin; his grandchildren, Jackson, Harlow & Hudson; two brothers, Fred and Tom Croson; a sister, Andrea Armitage; and many close friends and family members. Born and raised in Long Beach, the son of Maurice and Ruth Croson, he was a lifelong resident of Southern California. In his early years, Rich played football and baseball, and graduated from Jordan High School in 1962. He began his college years playing football at LBCC. Rich was always very proud of being part of the 1962 Long Beach City College Junior National Championship Team. While at LBCC, he was scouted and given a scholarship to play for Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona. Being in Arizona fostered a love for the outdoors and nature, which continued throughout Rich's life. After an injury, Rich returned to California and attended Long Beach State. There he became a two-term president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and earned a degree in Physical Education. After graduation, Rich's love for football led him to coach football at Pione er High School, in Whittier. Rich went on to coach many teams throughout the years. While working, Rich met his wife, Janice. They were married in 1973, in Pismo Beach, California. They went on to have two children, Erinn and Anthony. Richard loved to work. He was a self-declared "work horse." He was always very proud of the things he built. This led him to a career in construction in his mid-life. He not only took pride in his work, but valued the friends he made during his time in business. Over the years, he had many jobs and various titles, but it was in the last decade that he found his true calling as a Construction Project Manager for Timberline Construction. Rich had a passion for nature, reading, hunting, sailing, skiing, and golfing. Each of these represented a period of his life. Above all else, he was a devoted family man. Nothing made him happier than his grandchildren. His memory will live on in the hearts of all those who knew him. A memorial service will be held, today, November 21st, at Parkers Lighthouse in Long Beach, 12pm - 3pm. A wake will follow at Joe Jost's. Please sign the guestbook, www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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DAVID MINASIAN It is with sadness that the family of David Hankins Minasian an-nounces his passing on November 8, 2017 at the age of 98 in San Antonio, Texas. He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Elaine, who passed January 23, 2012, his brother, Jack, his sister Margaret, and his parents. He was born in Colusa, California February 14, 1919 to Haig and Edna Minasian, graduated from high school in Pittsburg, California and graduated from Univer-sity of the Pacific, the California Maritime Acad-emy and Hastings School of Law. He served 6 years as a navigational officer in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He was a long time partner in the family law firm in Oroville, California be-fore retiring at age 70 in 1990 after participating in the development of multiple hydroelectric projects in the state. After retirement, he enjoyed golf, bridge, gardening, travel and dance with his wife Elaine. They were gra-cious hosts who enjoyed creating special dinners for friends and frequent-ly had guests in their homes. David and Elaine were long time members of the First Congregational Church in Oroville and recently attended St. John's Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas. David is survived by his son, David Mark, of Waialua, Hawaii, daugh-ter, Michele (Maury) of San Antonio, Texas, two grandchildren, Benjamin (Gwynn) Deaver and their children Riley and Greyson of San Antonio and Dr. Pamela Ketwaroo (Avin) and their children Rohan and Raya of Houston, Texas. Also, his legacy includes his nephew Paul Minasian (Susan), Malcolm Minasian and Regina Minasian (Ken) and several grandnieces and grandnephews David will be missed by all. His priority was al-ways family. A memorial service will be held in San Antonio, Texas with inurnment in the colum-barium at St. John's Lutheran Church. Special thanks are extended to River City Hospice, and especially to Dr. John Galan, Randall and Roseann his caregivers. In lieu of flowers, donations to River City Hospice may be made in David's memory. Their address is: 4211 Gardendale #102, San Antonio, Tx 78229.
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