Ken D. Parker
Ken D. Parker, 68, died on Sept. 13, 2002, in San Antonio, Texas. He was 68 years old.
Born on April 30, 1934, in Fort Worth, Texas, he lived most of his adult life in Central California, where he was a carpenter by trade. He established two businesses -- Parker and Son Cabinets and We're Tops Countertops in Woodland.
For the past six years, he and his wife were full-time RVers who volunteered their time building churches through the Assemblies of God MAPS RV ministry. He was a member of Boerne Assembly of God church in Boerne, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; four children, Shirley Reyes, Larry Parker and Holly McNaughton of Woodland and David Parker of Minden, Nev.; two stepsons, Todd Rowan of San Jose and Michael Rowan of Sacramento; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his mother, Daisy Marie Parker of Ontario, Ore.; two brothers, Ruel Parker of Parma, Idaho, and Donel Parker of Weiser, Idaho; and two sisters, Gloria White of Emmett, Idaho, and Geri Burton of Sarasota, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Delton Parker, and brother, Garland Austin Parker.
A celebration of his life will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Boerne Assembly of God Church in Boerne, Texas. A viewing is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church.
Graveside services will be Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Boerne Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Boerne Assembly of God Building Fund, P.O. Box 1207, Boerne, TX 78006.
Gordon L. Huntington
A third-generation Californian born in Oakland on Dec. 18, 1919, Gordon Leland Huntington died peacefully in his Davis home on Sept. 14, 2002, surrounded by immediate family.
He is survived by Bridget Murray (Taylor), his wife of 53 years; his son, Charles of Canby, Ore.; his daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Popp, her husband Bill, and grandchildren William, Ryan and Bridgette Popp, of Diamondville, Wyo.; his brother, Donald Merrill and his wife Lela, of El Toro; his brother-in-law, Father Charles Taylor of Buffalo, Wyo.; and a multitude of other relatives and friends.
He loved life and contributed tirelessly to favorite projects for St. James Catholic Church in Davis, the Knights of Columbus, and professional soil science organizations. He will be remembered for his kind spirit and missed by those who knew him.
He had a long association with the University of California as a student, soil scientist, specialist, instructor/lecturer and ultimately in an emeritus position within the land, air and water resources department at UC Davis.
Huntington's association with the university began in 1938, lasted more than 60 years, and was interrupted only during a brief stint as a rancher and by his service as an ensign-lieutenant (F.G.) in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
His knowledge of California's diverse soils was valued by fellow scientists and was an inspiration to his students. A touring summer field course that he taught for many years was a high point in the academic experience of many soils science students who attended UC Davis during his tenure.
Following retirement, he continued to work with graduate students at UCD and played an important role in getting the San Joaquin soil series designated as California's state soil.
A rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St., and a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church, 200 W. 14th St. Interment, following the mass, will be at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road. Friends are also invited to a gathering at 1 p.m. Thursday at the International House, Davis, 10 College Park.
Remembrances may be made to the St. James Building Fund, the Jim Thayer Soil Science Endowment (through the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis), or a charity of choice.
Stephen M. Tauzer
Stephen M. Tauzer, 57, died unexpectedly Sept. 13, 2002, at his home in Bakersfield, where he was the assistant district attorney of Kern County. He was born in Woodland, where he graduated from Woodland High School before attending the University of San Francisco and the UC Davis School of Law.
After working for a time in the public defender's office, he joined the district attorney, where he was promoted to chief deputy district attorney in February 1986. He later became assistant district attorney in October 1988, serving as District Attorney Ed Jagels' second-in-command.
He was also in charge of the district attorney's Child Support Division until it was spun off into a separate county department last year. He was a member of the California District Attorneys Association's legislative committee.
Tauzer grew up on a farm in Woodland, the oldest of 14 children. In high school he loved journalism, writing and languages. He was editor of The Orange Peal and also wrote for the Woodland Daily Democrat. He also won several academic awards as well as a drama scholarship to USF.
In 1998, Tauzer suffered two massive heart attacks and was given a 1 percent chance of living. Friends and family were amazed that he not only survived but also returned to the office four months later.
Outside the office, Tauzer liked to ski, sail, play racquetball and spend time with his family. In the past 15 years, he arranged and enjoyed family trips to Indonesia and Ireland among other places. Just recently, he returned from a trip to Alaska with his mother.
Like his father, Ed Tauzer, who died in 1989, Steve will be remembered by all who knew him for his strong sense of ethics and his commitment to the causes in which he believed. He was generous with both his time and resources, would help anyone in need and constantly worked to better his community.
In May, he received the local Bar Association's prestigious Bench and Bar Award, which honors outstanding law-related community contributions. Award-givers said they also were highlighting Tauzer's "ability to maintain standards of civility, integrity and a sense of fair play."
He is survived by his mother, Mary Tauzer of Korbel, as well as six sisters, seven brothers and numerous nieces and nephews.
His sisters include Joan Tauzer, Patricia Tauzer Pavao and her husband Tom, and Trina Koushmaro and her husband Doron, all of Woodland; Terry Tauzer and her husband Rich Lewis of Bayside; Lisa Geer and her husband Tony of Mendocino; and Margaret Tauzer of Korbel.
His brothers include Rick Tauzer and his wife Yolanda, and Mark Tauzer and his wife Diane, of Woodland; Dave Tauzer and his wife Kathy Tomczuk of Arcata and British Columbia; Tom Tauzer and his wife Barbara of Gladstone, Mich.; Chris Tauzer and his wife Susan of Portland, Ore.; Paul Tauzer and his wife Leslie of Petoskey, Mich.; and James Tauzer and his wife Diane of Korbel.
A funeral will be held Saturday in Bakersfield. Doughty, Calhoun and O'Meara are handling the arrangements. A private memorial service will be held for the family in Korbel at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Tauzer's honor be made to the American Heart Association or other charity of the donor's choice.
Clyde J. Stormont
Clyde Junior Stormont, professor emeritus at UC Davis, died on Sept. 10, 2002, at Woodland Memorial Hospital.
Born in Wisconsin on June 25, 1916, to Clyde James Stormont and Lula Elizabeth Mathews, he was 86 years old.
A professor of genetics and serology, he started his pioneering work in animal blood groups in the late 1930s at the University of Wisconsin in the "Immunogenetics" laboratory. In July 1944, he received a commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve and fought in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
In 1950, he returned from a Fulbright Scholarship in New Zealand to join the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the UC Davis. He spent several sabbaticals doing research around the world and in particular at the San Diego Zoo. His scientific work and vision remain the foundation of individual identification, parentage analysis, cross breeding detection and gene mapping animals.
In 1982, after 32 years, he retired as a full professor at the prestigious step VIII. He retired to become chairman and director of laboratory services at Stormont Labs in Woodland. He remained active in research and development until April 2001 when macular degeneration and arthritis forced his retirement.
A world-renowned scientist, some of his many accomplishments include:
n Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Honoris Causa -- MVDr. H.C. Czech Republic, 1994;
n Louis Pasteur Medallion, Pasteur Institute, Paris, 1953;
n Lifetime membership in the Dairy Shrine Club, 1963;
n President, Davis Chapter of Society of Sigma Xi, 1972-73, secretary 1951-1953;
n Elected into the Bison Hall of Fame in 1994 by the National Buffalo Association for "Valuable Contribution to Bison Conservation and Breeding";
n Elected to honorary membership in the National Buffalo Association in 1975 and to honorary membership in the International Society for Animal Blood Group Research;
n Inducted into the Equine Research Hall of Fame, Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky, 1990;
n Ellen B. Scripps Fellowship, Zoological Society of San Diego, 1957, 1964-66;
n Received first Director's Award in 1979 from the Arabian Horse Registry of America Inc., for "Valuable Contribution to the Horse Industry Through the Development of Equine Blood Typing.
He is survived by Marguerite, his wife of 62 years; his brother Charles; his children, Bonnie, Michael, Robert, Charles and Janet; and his grandson, Clyde Jr.
A memorial scholarship will be established at a later date in his honor.
Services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.
Ann L. Sargent
Ann Louise Sargent died on Sept. 19, 2002, at Sutter Davis Hospital after she courageously fought lung cancer for 11 months. Born on March 18, 1940 in Oakland, she was 62.
She was raised in Redding. She later lived in Antioch and came to Davis to attend the university. She resided in Davis for the past 35 years. She worked at UC Davis for more than 20 years as a staff research associate. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed caring for her cats. She was described by her family as a devoted mother and a very generous, kind friend.
She is survived by her children Scott Sargent of Walnut Creek; Steve Sargent of Davis and Robin Sargent of Davis. She is also survived by her brother Arnold Sargent of Woodland and her sister Lynn Reynolds of Woodland.
Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road. Remembrances may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.
Anne B. Wilkinson
Anne B. Wilkinson died on Sept. 15, 2002, at The Turning Leaf Care Facility in Davis. Born on Nov. 15, 1917, she was 84 years old.
She was born in Missouri and moved to Pomona at a very young age. She attended school in Pomona and graduated from Pomona College. She married Dick Wilkinson in January 1941. In the early 1950s they moved to San Diego and then to Davis in 1983.
She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed knitting and needlework. She was active in the Social Service Auxilary and Children's Home Society, both in San Diego.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1995.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Hall and her husband Joe, and son, Steve Wilkinson and his wife Cathy, all of Davis; her son, Peter Wilkinson and his wife Cindy of Cameron Park; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth Vandermer, Jennifer Bennett and her husband Richard, Katie Geminder and her husband Michael, Scott Wilkinson and his wife Karen, and Mark, Jeffery, Meredith, Zachary, Thaddeus and Taylor Wilkinson; and two great-granddaughters, Lily and Lucy Bennett.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. at St James Catholic Church, 14th and B streets in Davis. Private interment will follow at a later date in the Pomona Catholic Cemetery in Pomona.
Memorial donations may be made to Yolo Hospice, Sisters of Social Service or the Children's Home Society of California.
Alexandria "Ali" Miller died in Sacramento on Sept. 23, 2002. She was born on March 28, 1971. A native of Davis and an accomplished artist, she was 31 years old. She was also a resident of Esparto.
She is the beloved daughter of Sharon and Randy Miller, the loving granddaughter of her Nana, Peggy Miller, the dear sister of Amy Carpenter and the devoted aunt of Kayla and Brook. She is also survived by her uncles and aunts: Don and Joyce Ballard, Tammy and Art Valles, Scott and Kim Miller and Mike Miller. She is further survived by her cousins, Andrea, Ashley, Karynne, Traci and Jamie.
Friends are invited to attend a funeral Friday at noon at the River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule St. in West Sacramento. Interment will be at Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road.
Remembrances may be made to The Center (Information for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse), P.O. Box 1783, West Sacramento, CA 95691.
Margaret M. Smith
Margaret M. Smith died in her Davis home on Sept. 14, 2002. Born on July 27, 1917, she was 85 years old.
She was a devoted wife for more than 46 years to the late Albert Albracht, a beloved mother to three children, Robert, Peter, and James and his wife Gail; and a cherished grandmother of three grandchildren, Emily, Daniel and Matthew.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1917 and was raised there as an only child by her late parents Mary (O'Brien) and Charles Albracht. She graduated from Villa Maria College for Women in Erie, Pa., where she studied physical education.
She married Albert of Rockville Centre, N.Y., at Our Lady of Refuge Roman Catholic Church of Brooklyn in 1946. Before moving several times to Valley Stream, N.Y.; Malverne, N.Y.; and Deerfield, Ill.; the couple settled into their long-term residence in Massapequa, N.Y., in 1962.
Following her husband's death in 1992, she moved to Davis to be near her son Peter.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother who was best known for her gentle and kind personality, strong family values and a deep faith in God.
Viewings were held on Sept. 20 at the Massapequa Funeral Home in Massapequa, N.Y.
A funeral Mass to celebrate her life was held at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Massapequa. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Catholic charities.
Fayne H. Lantz
Fayne Harrison Lantz died suddenly at Sutter Memorial Hospital on Sept. 22, 2002. He was born to John Charles Lantz and Glora Mae Cochran Lantz on Nov. 6, 1919, in Cochranton, Pa.
He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II decommissioning Navy vessels near San Diego.
After his honorable discharge from the service, he attended UCLA where he met actor Kirk Douglas, who was starring in the movie, "Young Man with a Horn."
He came to UC Davis as a student in 1950 and received B.S. and M.S. degrees there. He was an influential member of the avian science department at UCD, contributing to nutritional and medical research, including that for muscular dystrophy, until his retirement in 1985.
He was involved in many community services. He was a deacon and an elder as well as the treasurer at Davis Community Church for 20 years. He held several positions in the American Association of Retired Persons at the Davis Senior Center. He supported numerous wildlife and conservation causes and was a member of the Audubon Society.
He enjoyed fishing, traveling, bird watching and especially camping in Yosemite Park with his wife and children. He and his wife, Lillian, enjoyed square dancing from 1953 until his hip surgery precluded the activity in 1989.
He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Barbara Lantz, in December of 2000 and a newborn sister in 1921.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lillian A. Lantz of Davis; two daughters, Marilyn Maple of Pink Mountain, British Columbia, and Marjorie Vendrasco and her husband Michael of Bakersfield; a son, Keith Lantz of Texarkana, Ark.; three granddaughters, Kathleen Salustro and her husband Silvio of Pink Mountain, British Columbia, Laura Richter and her husband Jim of Ft. Nelson, British Columbia, and Melanie Guttner and her husband Andreas of Pink Mountain, British Columbia; and a grandson, Dr. Michael J. Vendrasco of Los Angeles.
He also has six great-grandchildren: Rachael and Gabriela Salustro, Brandon and Skyla Richter and Sonja and Christopher Guttner.
He is further survived by two brothers, Rex Lantz and his wife Shirley and Doyle Lantz and his wife Inez, all of Meadville, Pa.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He truly blessed every life he touched with his selfless, loving and compassionate heart. His focus in life was always on others. He is a gentle soul who will be missed.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Davis Community Church, 412 C St.
Remembrances may be sent to the Davis Community Church or to the Davis Senior Center at 646 A St., Davis, CA 95616.
Leonard A. 'Red' Moldenhauer
Leonard Alex "Red" Moldenhauer died on Sept. 25, 2002, at Kaiser Hospital in South Sacramento due to complications with diabetes. A 38-year resident of Davis, he was 72 years old.
He was born in Norfolk, Neb., on March 19, 1930, to Alex E. and Elise (Villnow) Moldenhauer; both were descendants of Norfolk pioneer families. He attended District 21 School in Stanton County, Neb., St. Paul's Lutheran School, Norfolk High School and Norfolk Junior College.
While enrolled at the University of Minnesota, he played football when Bernie Bierman still coached. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army.
In 1956, he moved to California and began working for the State Water Resources Board. He subsequently worked for the State Reclamation Board and than as a basin planner for the Central Valley Regional Quality Control Board. Following his retirement from 18 years of state employment, he established Moldenhauer and Bennett Engineering Co., which later became Moldenhauer Engineering Co.
He loved his church and took leadership roles in congregations wherever he lived. In 1961, he organized a Sacramento area Lutheran singles group and there met Joanne Gatz, a teacher at Davis High School. They married in 1962. He particularly enjoyed many activities of the Lutheran Layman's League. He served as president of the Davis group, as membership chairman and as president of the California-Nevada District, and as representative for Region 14 on the Board of Governors of the International Lutheran Layman's League.
Concern and empathy for young people characterized him. He and Joanne were youth counselors at Davis Lutheran Church. With his own hands, he built much of Tahoe-Tallac Lutheran Camp. He was instrumental in focusing the attention of the International Lutheran Layman's League on involving more young participants. Many of his employees were students or recent graduates. His affability and his sense of humor drew people to him, especially his nieces, nephews and children of friends and neighbors. They often described him as a big teaser.
In addition to his wife, Joanne, his survivors include his sister, Ardith Wacker of Norfolk, Neb.; his brother-in-law, Edwin Gatz of Pasadena; his sister-in-law, Carole Gatz of Portland, Ore.; four nieces, two nephews and their families.
Friends are invited to a graveside service at the Davis Cemetery at 3 p.m. Friday. A memorial service will take place at Davis Lutheran Church, Eighth and B streets, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Lutheran Hour Ministries of the International Lutheran Laymen's League, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141-8557.
Dorothy E. Williams
Dorothy Elaine Williams died on Sept. 25, 2002, in the Sierra Healthcare facility at the age of 75. She was born on Aug. 20, 1927, in Sterling, Colo., to the late Thomas and Octavia Tramel.
She has been a resident of Yolo County for three years. She moved from West Covina where she had been a resident for 43 years.
She was a member of the West Covina First Baptist Church and the West Covina Garden Club.
She was affiliated with the Women's Auxiliary of California State University, Los Angeles. She was an avid ceramist and loved to garden.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank Williams, in 1986.
She is survived by her daughter, Vicky Fox, her husband Leland and their son Gregory Williams, all of Woodland. Her grandson, Andrew Horner, and great-granddaughter, Andrea Horner of Sweden, also survive her. She is further survived by her sisters, Helen Henshey of Pennsylvania and Virginia Payne of Florida.
A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The family suggests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.