Maurice L. Athey
Maurice Lee Athey died on April 2, 2003, in Sierra Health Care at the age of 89.
Born on Feb. 26, 1914, in Park Falls, Wis., he lost his father to death when he was only 17. Prior to his death, his father told him he would need to be the man of the family and care for his brother, John and mother, Florence. He immediately dropped out of school and began working full time to support the family, and was faithful to his father's charge throughout his life, caring for both his mother and grandmother for many years.
He worked in the lumber industry, first in Wisconsin and then in Klamath Falls, Ore. A gentle man, he could tell hair-raising stories about his life as a lumberjack and about the characters he met in his work. He was an avid woodworker and gathered an extensive woodworking shop at the homes on the Community Church's property in which he lived during his years in Davis.
He met former DCC Pastor Dewey Proett when Proett was a pastor in Klamath Falls. Proett invited him to move to Davis with his mother, and he began working for the church in 1962. He provided groundskeeping services for the church for more than 40 years. He became a member of the congregation shortly afterward and considered it his extended family.
He was a regular participant at the Davis Senior Center and never missed an opportunity to sing. Many will remember seeing him walk his faithful companion, Chihuahua "Little Bit," around the church block and for dying his beard green every St. Patrick's Day.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, John and Elaine Athey, as well as nieces and nephews, and his family at Davis Community Church.
A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Davis Community Church, 412 C St.
Michael Lee Sullivan, 50, formerly of Dixon, died March 27, 2003. He was born in Woodland on June 21, 1952, and moved to Arkansas in 1993.
Sullivan was a longtime Dixon resident and was well known in the area for his many years in the grocery business. He worked at Albertsons in Davis for 15 years, as well as at Food-4-Less and Jumbo Markets.
He was preceded in death by his younger brother and best friend Tom Sullivan. He is loved and remembered by his wife, MaryAnne Sullivan of North Little Rock, Ark.; parents, Joy and Dorene Sullivan; sister, Teri Robinson and her husband Ron; son, Jeff Sullivan and his wife Courtney; daughter, Courtney Hennigan and her husband Dave; and grandson Jacob Sullivan, all of Dixon; and many other relatives and good friends.
A celebration of his life will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 180 W. B St. in Dixon. A memorial service was held April 1 in North Little Rock for the many friends and co-workers he left behind in Arkansas.
Margaret A. (Fenner) Steubing
Margaret Anne (Fenner) Steubing died on April 3, 2003, in Carmichael, just two days after her 42nd wedding anniversary to her best friend and husband Bud Steubing.
Born in Toronto, Canada, on Feb. 16, 1940, she was 63 years old.
Her greatest gift was her compassion for her family and for everyone she met. She had the uncanny ability to make people feel unique. When she was with you, you were the most important person in the world. She had a real affinity for children. She firmly believed that youths should have a safe place to stay. Based on this belief, she never locked her front door and over time, many youths, mostly teenagers, would walk to the Steubing house for lunch, or just come over to talk to her about their problems.
This therapist role carried over to her work as founder and owner of Davis Time for Travel. Many of her clients would just come in to talk. As one client told her, "You know more about my family than I do!"
Life was her adventure. An avid traveler, she spent time exploring Europe and Asia, and loved spontaneous trips with her family and friends to catch something exciting happening near her own back yard. She loved to read, enjoyed the theater, voraciously followed politics and humanitarian issues, and supported local artists, art organizations, children's charities, and other local causes.
Most of all, her passion and love was for her husband and children. Family gatherings, hanging out and talking with her kids, and trips to their summer home at Six-Mile Lake in Canada were priceless and highly treasured moments to her.
She began her career as the youngest manager for Mohawk Airlines while living with her husband in Rochester, N.Y. The family moved to Davis in 1966, and she worked for American Airlines. She was active in the Davis Parent Nursery School and various community groups such as STEAC.
She graduated with honors from UC Davis in 1981 with a degree in sociology. After graduation, she became a social worker and made it a practice to bring clients (usually children from broken homes) to the Steubing house for love and family life. On many occasions, they stayed for months and even years.
In 1983, she founded Davis Time for Travel, a local travel agency now operated by daughter Heather Zamecnik in Davis. She retired in 1997.
She is survived by husband Bud Steubing of Woodland, children Heather Anne Zamecnik and her children Jacob Alan Zamecnik and Kayla Anne Zamecnik of Dixon, Bruce Steubing and his wife Debra Steubing of Carmichael, Susan Steubing of Carmichael, Michael Steubing of Woodland, and parents Margaret and Bruce Fenner of Toronto, and sister Barbara Hendricks of Toronto.
An open house celebration to honor her life will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Heather Zamecnik's residence, 1620 Miwok Court in Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the children's charity of the donor's choice.
Agnes C. Gander
Agnes Cecilia Gander of Davis died on April 2, 2002, in her Davis home. A former resident of San Francisco, she was 94.
She was born on Jan. 17, 1908, in San Francisco. She was a devoted homemaker and was a Davis resident for 21 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Joseph Gander.
She is survived by her children, Catherine L. Dunn of South San Francisco, James P. Gander of Salt Lake City, John Gander of San Diego and Therese Gander of Davis. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation and a recitation of the rosary took place Friday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St., Davis. The funeral mass took place Saturday at St. James Catholic Church, 200 W. 14th St., Davis.
Burial followed at the service at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma.
Remembrances may be made in her name to St. James Catholic Church.
Joseph C. Brown
Longtime Davis resident Joseph Crawford Brown died of a blood clot to the heart on April 4, 2002, in his Davis home. He was 50.
He was born on Feb. 21, 1952, in California. He graduated from Webb School in Claremont, and later attended UC Davis.
He was a musician who played the piano and sang. He had a large repertoire of music that he could play in a variety of styles, but his specialty was boogie-woogie style music. He also played piano at the Whole Earth Festival at UC Davis.
Additionally, he was always fascinated by ears, his brother Karl Brown said.
In addition to his music, he enjoyed programming his Texas Instruments computer and was a member of the Texas Instruments Computer Club. He worked as a gardener and maintenance person, and for the Hunt-Wesson cannery in Davis for many years.
He lived in Davis for 33 years, and resided on Haussler Drive for the past seven years. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in Davis.
He is survived by his brothers, Karl A. Brown of Tiburon and Frank R. Brown of New York.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St., Davis. A private burial will take place at the Davis Cemetery.
Davis resident Paul Levin died on April 8, 2003. Born on Nov. 14, 1927, he was 75 years old.
He is survived by his children, Mitchell Levin, Amy Fay and her husband John, and Lisa Rosell and her husband Robert; brother, Saul Levin and his wife Trudy; and grandchildren, Aaron, Jacob, Nathan, Joshua and Emily.
Graveside services will be Friday in Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Kellogg Cancer Care Center, 2650 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.
James F. Harrington
James Foster Harrington died of congestive heart failure at his home on April 12, 2002.
Born Nov. 24, 1916, in Newark, N.J., he was 85. He grew up in Caldwell, N.J., and Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Dartmouth College for one year, but received his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University in 1939. That year, he married Helen Myrtle Butcher.
Harrington earned his master's degree from Ohio State in vegetable crops in 1940, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1944. That year he became an assistant professor at Iowa State University.
In the fall of 1946, the family moved to Davis, where he was appointed assistant professor of vegetable crops at UC Davis. During his time at UCD, he traveled extensively around the world, teaching seed storage techniques to preserve viability and vigor of seeds. In all, he visited more than 100 countries.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and a grandson, Guy Harrington. He is survived by his three children and their spouses: daughter Sally and Leigh Holmes, son Gordon and Delia Harrington and son Mark Harrington and his wife Dixie Dursteler; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. Memorial contributions may be made to Yolo Hospice or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Robert V. Krivohlavek
Robert V. Krivohlavek died April 13, 2002, at Woodland Memorial Hospital. He was 80.
He was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Schuyler, Neb., to the late John F. and Ada V. (Wolfe) Krivohlavek.
He was a Yolo County resident for the past 18 years, and was employed at Contadina Foods for 20 years, last working as a field department manager. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Anthony's of Padua in Fresno.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Geraldine P. Krivohlavek.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Vannucci Krivohlavek of Woodland; three children, William F. Krivohlavek of Fresno, Sharyl K. Orth and her husband Larry of Hanford, and Kathryn A. Krivohlavek of Fresno; and two stepchildren, Ronald Vannucci and his wife Susan and Thomas Vannucci, all of Woodland.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Robert Orth and his wife Jennifer of Kansas City, Kan., David Orth and his wife Jaime of Lemoore, Michael Orth of Hanford, Carrie Vannucci and Amanda Vannucci, both of Woodland; a great-grandchildren, Korbyn Orth of Lemoore; and his brother and sister, Thomas Krivohlavek and Shirley Kruger, both of Schuyler, Neb.
A funeral Mass was said this morning at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland. Interment will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Clovis Cemetery, 305 Villa Ave. in Clovis.
The family would prefer memorials to Benedictine Mission, 1123 Road I, Schuyler, NE 68661, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
William E. Ward
William E. "Bill" Ward died April 12, 2002, at Woodland Memorial Hospital. He was 81.
He was born in Vermillion, Kan., on Dec. 9, 1915, to the late Edwin L. and Leona M. (Hoover) Ward.
A 55-year resident of Woodland, he started his career as a parts manager at Abele Motors in 1947 in Woodland, and continued to work there when the company changed ownership to Century Buick and Pontiac. He retired in 1988 after 41 years of service.
He was a life member of the Woodland Elks Lodge No. 1299 and was an avid golfer and bowler.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Cora MacDougal.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Norma L. Ward of Woodland; two sons, Richard Ward and his wife Diane of Truckee and David Ward of Woodland; four grandchildren, Emiley Simpson and her husband Ron, Kathleen Santiago and her husband James and Jed Ward and his wife Shelley, all of Woodland, and Chris Ward and his wife Racheal of Fort Lewis, Wash.; and four step-grandchildren, Patrick Hague of Woodland, Karen Holmes and her husband Jason of Bellington, Mass., and Jenna and Brooke Simpson of Woodland.
Also surviving are his sister, Farrold Martin and her husband Woody of Sacramento, and numerous great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Monument Hill Memorial Park. The family suggests that memorial gifts be directed to the American Red Cross, 120 Court St., Woodland, CA 95695.
William F. Simmons
William F. "Bill" Simmons, 68, died April 15, 2002, at Woodland Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Born Oct. 30, 1933, in North English, Iowa, he was a retired master sergeant, having served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force as an in-flight refueling specialist. Later, he worked for the Davis, San Juan and Woodland school districts, retiring in 1995.
He graduated in 1951 from New London High School in New London, Iowa. He also attended many schools throughout his Air Force career.
He is survived by his wife, Adriana Salinas-Simmons; children, William David and his wife Izabelle Ponce-Simmons, Edward Franklin and Andrew Jay, all of Woodland; grandchildren, William Tyler of Sutherlin, Ore., and Valerie Adriana of Woodland; his sister, Monica Blanck and her husband Gary, and their children Tammy Blanck-Watts and Julie Blanck-Lindell, all of New London, Iowa.
His parents, Franck Simmons and Margaret Rhoades Simmons, and one granddaughter preceded him in death.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service in his honor on Saturday at 11 a.m. at McNary's Chapel in Woodland.
Dave M. Hinds
Dave Madison Hinds of Davis died on April 19, 2002, in Davis. He was 48.
He was born on April 17, 1954, in Concord. A researcher at UC Davis' veterinary labs for 20 years, he enjoyed camping, sailing and golf. His love of life will be missed by all who shared it with him.
He is survived by his mother, Bernice Hinds, of Concord; two brothers, Munn Hinds and his wife Pat of New Orleans and Mark Hinds and his wife Mary of Concord; and sister, Sheri Rose Hinds of Tacoma, Wash.
He is also survived by nieces Rebecca, Christina, Lynda, Amanda, Jessica, Heidi and Gretchen Hinds, and Sarah Haag, Jessica Callahan and Heather Hope.
A funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakmont Memorial Park, 2099 Reliez Valley Road, in Lafayette. For further information, call (925) 935-3311.
Donations in his memory may be sent to the Salvation Army, 330 G St., Davis, CA 95616.
Hugh C. Black
Hugh Cleon Black, whose warm smile and Texas hospitality gladdened many hearts during his more than 40 years as a Davis resident, died April 30, 2003. He was 83.
Black will be best remembered for his 25-year tenure as a faculty member of the UC Davis department of education, for which he served as the first chairman from 1962 to 1967. Prior to moving to Davis in 1962, he was on the faculty at Rice University in Houston, Texas, for 13 years.
Born in Wellington, Texas, on Feb. 22, 1920, Black grew up in the Texas panhandle town of Childress. There he experienced life in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression. Years later, he would love sharing stories about coming of age during that turbulent time.
Hugh met his wife, Shirley, on a blind date in February 1944. They were married on July 2, 1944, in Joinerville, Texas. At the time of their wedding, he was serving in the U.S. Army and she was completing her studies at the Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas.
Black was the father of three daughters: Teresa Fitzgerald of Vacaville, Vicki Webster of Moab, Utah, and Sarah Benita Black of Santa Barbara. He adored his grandchildren -- Sharon Lewis, Will Fitzgerald, and Sally and Sam Webster -- and his great grandchild, Miranda Lewis.
Black earned his bachelor's degree at Rice University and both his master's degree and doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin. He was later a visiting professor at Texas, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Houston.
A member of many professional societies, he also served as president of both the Southwestern Philosophy of Education Society and the Far Western Philosophy of Education Society. He published numerous articles on theories in philosophy and education, and he co-edited the 1972 book "The Great Educators: Readings for Leaders in Education."
Black was also an avid fly fisherman and photographer. After retiring, he and his wife traveled extensively, including trips to Australia, Europe, Canada and Mexico.
His former students will remember Black as a deeply caring and compassionate teacher, his family says, one who tried to instill in them an appreciation for the world of ideals, ideas and responsible action. His legacy lies in the many teachers whose lives he touched and who, in turn, touch the lives of countless students today.
As a community member, his family says, Black epitomized the solid citizen Frank Capra immortalized in his films: He was active in local and national affairs on a wide spectrum of issues and upheld the values that are uniquely American.
His family says he exemplified Aristotle's definition of happiness: "the exercise of vital powers along lines of excellence, in a life affording the scope"; and that while Davis is diminished by the loss of this bright life, this advocate of the good in life, those who knew him will treasure his memory.
A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Black's life will be held Saturday. Donations in his memory may be made to Yolo Adult Day Health Care Center.
Thomas H. Richardson
Thomas Henry Richardson of Davis, a kind, thoughtful and generous man, died suddenly on April 26, 2003. Born Sept. 4, 1946, in Lodi to Charles and Alleen Richardson, he grew up in Isleton and graduated from Rio Vista High School, Cal State Chico and was a member of the Sig Ep fraternity.
He had a depth of knowledge and experience. He was actively involved with Cooperative Community Energy, served as a consultant in various management capacities, was a strong supporter of Boy Scouts of America, an inspired Sunday school teacher, a dynamic leader of Adventure Unlimited youth group, and an active father in support of his sons.
He was a skilled hot-air balloon pilot, served as mayor of Crestone, Colo., and was a dedicated member of the Christian Science Church in Davis.
He was the devoted husband of Laurie Q. Richardson, and the loving father of Christian and Ryan Richardson, whom he adored.
Other survivors include his sister, Rhoda Freitas, brother-in-law Leonard Freitas, nephews and niece Tom, Zack and Robyn Freitas of San Antonio; sister-in-law Dolores Richardson and nephews Greg and David Richardson of Northern California.
A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Veterans' Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Richardson Children's Education Fund, c/o First Northern Bank, 434 Second St., Davis, CA 95616, or Adventure Unlimited 5201 South Quebec St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.