Thomas Robert Smith

Thomas Robert Smith

Thomas Robert Smith passed away unexpectedly on June 26, days after celebrating his 83rd birthday. Tom was born in Oxnard , California on June 19, 1927 and grew up in Fillmore. He attended Fillmore High School , where he played football and basketball. As a child, he was stricken with an illness that damaged his hearing..
After graduating from high school in 1945, Tom moved to Ventura , where he lived for the rest of his life. He worked for the Shell Oil Company for 36 years, and retired in 1981.
Tom was a life-long football fan and attended the first Super Bowl in 1967. He was an avid reader of two daily newspapers and every book about World War II. He joined the Marines after graduating, but was discharged after three days because of his hearing. Tom enjoyed traveling. He visited Europe, Mexico and the Pacific islands, including the Republic of Kiribati , where he toured WWII battle sites.
Tom had a sharp mind and a soft heart. He loved animals—cats in particular. He wrote amusing, literate letters filled with wit and stories. Tom was generous, honest, and an intelligent, thoughtful person.
Tom was the son of Thomas E. Smith and Adele (Della) Smith, and the sister of Emma Marie Ditello. All predeceased him. Surviving are his niece Sherida Bush (and husband Tim Platt) and nephew Byron Bush, Cousin Sally Chizek, many extended family members and his beloved cat, Puddy. He will be deeply missed.
The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), The Humane Society of the United States , or the animal welfare organization of your choice.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on October 2nd at 5:30 at Familia Diaz Restaurant in Santa Paula . All who knew Tom are welcome. For more information, please contact his niece Sherida : or (925) 372-5479.

Francis (Frank) H. Dray

Francis (Frank) H. Dray

Francis (Frank) H. Dray, born December 19th, 1920 at Eltham, London, England, died peacefully at home with family present on August 20th, 2010.
Frank served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during World War II. His unit was shipped to France on D-Day 4; and he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Norwegian Government for contributing to the Liberation of Norway.
Frank married Kathleen July 9th, 1943. In 1970 they came to California to be with their daughter and her family. Moving to Fillmore after Frank retired in 1989.
Always an Englishman Frank and Kathleen would return to England often. He was a man of high morals and integrity, always ready to help a neighbor or friend. An energetic person Frank enjoyed playing the accordion and camping. He was known for his witty sense of humor.
Frank is survived by his wife of 67 years, his daughter Susan Banks, grandchildren Dray, Taurie and Davin, and great grandson Sabian Banks Howard.

Larry N. Alvarado

Larry N. Alvarado

Larry N. Alvarado (1948 - 2010)
January 12, 1948 - September 2, 2010
Larry N. Alvarado, 62, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. He was born on Jan. 12, 1948, in Santa Paula, CA, to Nicolas and Dominga (Sanchez) Alvarado. Larry graduated from Fillmore High School in 1966 and later received his Associate Degree. Larry served in the U.S. Army from April 9, 1968, until he was Honorably discharged from active duty on April 8, 1970. He continued serving in the U.S. Army Reserves until April 8, 1974. After returning from serving his country Larry worked for General Motors in Van Nuys before transferring to GMAD in Janesville, WI, where he worked for 18 years. Larry was a supervisor at GMAD, retiring in 2006 after 37 years of employment. Larry enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, outdoor BBQ's and working outside in his yard.
He is survived by his wife, Armida of Janesville; five children: Mark (Lisa) Alvarado, Jon (Itza) Alvarado, Nicole (Drew) Alvarado-Morton, Hugo Cardenas, and Michael Alvarado; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his mother, Dominga Alvarado; sisters Antonia, Cecilia, Mary Lou and Becki as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Nicolas Alvarado and his brother Ruben Sanchez.
Friends are welcome to attend the memorial services which will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at Our Lady of the Assumption church in Ventura.

Donald Larry Berrington, Sr.

Donald Larry Berrington, Sr.

Don Berrington passed away unexpectedly at the age of 66 on September 2, 2010 at the family ranch home in Fillmore.
He was born on December 9, 1943 on the family ranch in Fillmore, and was a resident of Ventura County for his entire life, with the exception of when the family lived in Wilton, California between 1976 and 1982. The Berrington family has been ranching in Fillmore for over 100 years.
Don worked as a self-employed pipeline welder until 1992 and then worked on the family ranch until the time of his death.
He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and being in the orchard. His hobbies included World War II and western history, old tractors and his Model A truck.
He is survived by his children: Mike Berrington and wife Stephanie of Spanish Springs, NV, Jeff Berrington and wife Denise of Fillmore, Melissa (Berrington) Bowen and husband Mark of Fillmore, and Don, Jr. Berrington and wife Shana of Idaho Falls, ID; his mother Ethel (Everson) Berrington of Fillmore; his brother Robert Berrington and wife Cheryl of Fillmore; and his grandchildren: Cameron, Niki, Zane, Breanna, Bethany, Gavin, Erin, Noah, Kiera-Ashley and Joel, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Suzanne (Orm) Berrington and his father, Albert Berrington.
Internment will be Bardsdale Cemetery on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. At Don’s request, graveside services were performed.
Memorial donations may be made to charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore.

Sandy Everhart

Sandy Everhart

Sandy Everhart entered into eternal life on August 30, 2010, peacefully at her home in Santa Paula.
She was born October 19, 1942 in Elmhurst, Illinois, and moved to California in 1959 with her family.
Sandy moved to Ventura County in the early 1970’s, where she able to fulfill her dream of living in the county and having horses. She passed her love of horses on to her daughter, Stacy. Sandy took pride in her garden and was happiest when spending time with her family and friends.
Throughout the years she was a member of SCSA, Fillmore Women’s Service Club and the Santa Paula Lions Club.
Sandy worked for the Santa Paula School District for 30 years. After retirement she wanted to do the Lords work and became employed at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Paula, were she was the office manager, faithful deacon and a bright light to whoever crossed her path. She will be remembered for her smiling face and helping hand to those she met.
Sandy was strong in her faith, always had a positive outlook and enjoyed living her life to the fullest.
She is survived by her daughter, Stacy (Everhart) Patterson of Sacramento; brother Burt Edwards and wife Irene of Whittier; sisters Laurie Wirtjes and her husband Kenny of Covina, Connie Griffiths and her husband Cliff of Santa Paula and Robin Kittle and her husband Craig of Bakersfield; as well as numerous nieces and nephews who she loved and adored very much.
A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held Saturday September 11, 2010, 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 121 Davis St, Santa Paula.
Memorial donations may be made in honor of Sandy to the Deacons Fund at the First Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura.
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Elizabeth (Betty) Lee Logan

Elizabeth (Betty) Lee Logan of Annapolis died July 16 at John Hopkins Hospital.
Betty was born on September 15, 1922, in Chehalis, Washington, to Maude and Edwin Furbush.
She graduated from Fillmore High School (Class of 1940) and attended University California, Berkeley for several years until the advent of WWII when she left to work in support of the war.
She was a Navy wife who took great pride in meeting any challenge that crossed her path. During her husband's post-Navy career with the U. S. Agency for International Development, she relished being a diplomat's wife and experiencing the adventures of living in foreign countries. She made life-long friends in France, the Philippines, and Indonesia, to name a few.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Logan, whom she married in 1947 and her grandson, John Wesley Logan, III.
Surviving are her children, Tracey Lee Logan of St. Mary's County, MD, John Wesley Logan, Jr. of Wilton, CT and Michelle Logan Mazanec of Arnold, MD and two grandchildren, Logan and Warren Mazanec, Jr.
A memorial Service was held on July 26 in St. Andrew's Chapel, USNA, Annapolis.

FHS Alumni Obituary courtesy Conway Spitler

Martha Jane Fanning

Martha Jane Fanning

Martha Jane Fanning went to the Lord on July 10,2010 in Woodward, Oklahoma with family members at her side. Martha was born to Bert and Claudia Hubbell on April 19,1922 in Parsons, Kansas. She married Jess Fanning on June 5,1939.
Before moving to Woodward 10 years ago, Martha lived in Fillmore for almost 50 years. She attended the Assembly of God Church faithfully. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and attending to her garden.
Martha is survived by her 5 children, daughters - Glenda (Dewey) Holdeman of Fort Supply, Okla., Donna (Burl) Womack of Woodward, Jessie Dittmer of Woodward, Judy (Dennis) Mackey of Ridgecrest, Cal., and son Mike (Brenda) of Piru, Ca. 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jess, her brother Jack Hubbell, her sisters Lola Davis, Cleota Trammel and Wilberta Fletcher. Also by her granddaughter Susan Baxter and great granddaughter Jessie Baxter.
Visitation will be at the Skillon-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore on Friday July 16,2010 between 10:00am-12:00pm followed by graveside services at 2:00 pm at the Barsdale Cemetary with Brother Guinn officiating.
Following the service everyone is welcomed to join the family at Mike's house, 4311 Center St, Piru, to share their memories of Martha.

Trent Alane White

Trent Alane White

February 11, 1993 10:58 p.m. – May 16, 2010 5:19 a.m.
Mother - Amy Enriques, Step Father – Ray Enriques, and Grandmother – Madge Morris.
His hobbies included skateboarding, filming, hanging out skating with friends, making skate videos, and loving on his cat Bella.
A valuable asset taken so suddenly!
Memorial service will be held at Fillmore’s Two Rivers Skate Park - Saturday May 22nd at 2:00 p.m.

Elisa Jimenez Alcocer

Elisa Jimenez Alcocer

Elisa Jimenez Alcocer of Piru, CA passed away on May 13, 2010 in the Santa Paula Hospital at the age of 84. Elisa was born in Los Angeles, CA to Elena & Augustin Jimenez on October 28, 1925. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Gonzalez Alcocer, brothers Ramon Jimenez and Augustin Jimenez, sisters Belia Casarez and Maria Elena Rosales, and grandson Felix Oseguera Jr.

Elisa is survived by her son, Joseph Alcocer and wife Josphine of Piru, CA; daughter, Olivia Magallon and husband Joe Magallon of Fillmore, CA; daughter, Sonia Oseguera and husband Felix Oseguera residing in Orcutt, CA.

She will be missed dearly by her grandchildren; Joseph Alcocer and wife Julia of Ventura, CA; Sunshine Gray and husband Jeremy of Moorpark, CA; Mike Alcocer of Piru; Joe Magallon and wife April of Bakersfield, CA; Crystal Magallon of Fillmore, CA; Johnny Magallon and wife Clarissa of Bakersfield, CA; Nicole Oseguera of Orcutt, CA; Nathan Oseguera of Orcutt, CA; Briana Oseguera of Orcutt, CA.. There are 18 great-grandchildren that have been blessed with a gift of having spent time with their great-grandma Elisa.

She also leaves her sister Carolina Perez and husband Gabriel Perez of Westminster, CA and brother Roberto Jimenez and wife Delia of Pomona, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elisa had been a resident of Piru for over 60 years. Elisa worked for the Piru Citrus Association and for different nurseries and ranches in the area. When her husband passed away in 1967 she stayed at home and dedicated her life to raising her family. Elisa was a good cook and used to make her own cheese and bread at home. She liked the outdoors and enjoyed trips to Lake Piru and to the beach. She had an appreciation for nature and liked gardening and taking walks. Elisa loved shopping and was always ready for an outing to any store. Elisa was happiest when family came to visit and gather in her home.

We will hold close to our hearts the memories that we each have of Elisa. We thank her for her unconditional love and for always making us feel welcomed in her home.

The Rosary Service will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at 7:30p.m. at San Salvador Mission Church in Piru. The Funeral Mass Service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 9:00a.m. also at San Salvador Mission Church, 4045 E. Center Street, Piru, CA. Burial will take place immediately thereafter at Piru Cemetery. A potluck reception will follow funeral services at the San Salvador Church hall for family and friends.

Bobby Joe Buckman

Bobby Joe Buckman, born January 7, 1957 went home to be in Heaven April 24, 2010. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and two brothers and two sisters who will be there with open arms to great him.
He is survived by his brother Don Buckman and wife Earleen, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was born and raised in Ventura County.
Although Bobby had a very hard life he was always there when anyone needed him. He will be missed and always loved by all. May he rest in peace.
Memorial services will be Saturday May 8th at 2:00 pm at Heritage Valley Christian Fellowship 241 N. Mill St. in Santa Paula. Pastor Chip Northup officiating. Please come and say goodbye to Bobby.

Richard M. (Toolie) Palmer

Richard M. (Toolie) Palmer

Richard M. (Toolie) Palmer, age 94, went home to his Lord, Thursday, April 15, 2010.
Toolie was born on April 16, 1915 in Fillmore, Ca. to George and Tulip Palmer. He had one brother, Lawrence, who preceded him in death. While attending U.C. Santa Barbara, he met, fell in love with, and married Katherine Smith, his wife of 72 years.
Toolie loved sports and wanted to be a coach and educator. He attended Ventura College, University of San Francisco, and U.C. Santa Barbara. His first job after college was at the McKinley Home in Van Nuys where Toolie was a counselor and recreation director. Later, he was a physical education instructor, counselor, and coach for 32 years at Fillmore High School where he touched many students' lives. He was inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
In retirement, Toolie got interested in Australian Bark Pictures. He has sold and given away many pictures that hang in Fillmore homes as well as homes around the world. Toolie and his wife Katherine traveled extensively and loved learning about new places and people. Slide shows of their travels have been a cherished and entertaining family tradition for many years.
Toolie is survived by his loving wife, Katherine, his son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Lois Palmer of Australia, his daughter, Paula Suttle of Fillmore, his grandchildren; Randy Suttle and his wife Lisa, Matt Suttle and his wife Linda, Kym Suttle Peritore, Justin and husband Ross Temby, great-grandchildren; Brina, Arin, Tate, Lauren, Christian, Thomas, William, Elizabeth, and Madeline.
Toolie will be greatly missed by his family and all the friends and students who were touched by his life. A memorial celebrating his life will be held at Faith Community Church, 355 D Street, Fillmore, Ca. 805-524-5564 on Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m. When you've learned all you can learn, and taught all you can teach, you graduate. Happy Graduation, Toolie!

Laura Nadine Smith

Laura Nadine Smith

Laura Nadine Smith, lovingly known as "Honey", Mom, Nana and Nana Montana, went to be with her Lord and Savior. She passed suddenly in San Luis Obispo on Sunday, April 18, 2010. She most recently lived in Templeton, but had another residence in Lindsay California. Born and raised in Fort Scott Kansas, Nadine's family relocated to Orange County California during the Depression. There, at the age of 14, she met her first and only love, Raymond Smith. Just shy of graduating from high school, she and Ray eloped in Arizona. Their marriage and love for each was a legacy. Many friends and family members use their marriage as a model for their own. They would have celebrated their 68th anniversary Saturday, April 24, 2010. Her greatest joy was taking care of her husband and children. She was self-educated, always trying to increase her knowledge and learn new things. Most recently she was learning to use the computer on her new laptop. She was a vorocious reader and could keep up with anybody on any subject. She knew more about politics than most politicians....she always knew her facts. Her greatest gift was the capacity to make anyone entering her home feel loved and welcome. Outside the home, she loved traveling, watching her grandkids' and great-grandkids' sporting events, Like her dad, she loved to tell a joke and had an amazing sense of humor. Billy Graham, Barbara Bush and her mom were among her favorite heroes. Nadine had many life-long friends whom they still loved to visit and travel with. Nadine was preceded in death by her father, Tom, her mother, Katie, and brother, Dale. Her father built their church in Rainbow Valley, California and her brother was a pastor in Escondido, California. She leaves her four children Sharon (John) Ferguson of Fillmore, California; Brent (Linda) Smith of Arroyo Grande; Denise (Steve) Weeks of Templeton, California and Lori (Greg) Nunez of Fillmore, California. She was so very proud of her 11 grandkids, Craig (Laura) Ferguson, Staci (John) Rolff, Robert (Jen) Weeks, Ryan (Tara) Weeks, Ashlee (Garrett) Loughran, Brett Weeks, Danny (April Kozar) Nunez, Lindsay (Dave Behling) Nunez, Brock Nunez, Ian and Kimmy Smith. She also got to meet 15 great grandkids, Christopher, Lauren, Kiley, and Brad Rolff, Collin and Claire Ferguson, Katie, Addison and Ty Weeks, Parker and Hudson Loughran, Ryan, Bryce and Brooke Nunez, and Peyton Behling. She was also known as a second mom to countless others. A memorial service in her honor will take place at her beloved home on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:30 am. Please call 805 459-1582; 805 823-3513 or 805 340-6222 for details.

William “Clyde” Reames

William “Clyde” Reames

William “Clyde” Reames of Fillmore passed away on March 13, 2010 after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae, his Mother in law, Margaret Garrett and step-mother Peggy Reames. Anna Mae’s sons Robert (Joan) Vaughn and children Nicole and Eryk and Scott (Adriene) Vaughn and children Vanessa, Brittany, Kyle, Ariel and Tracy.
Sisters: Phyllis, Billie, Barbara, Wanda, Teka and Sharon. Brothers: Raymond and Bill, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother Beverly, His father H.U. “Blackie” Reames and his son John Reames.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 805/ 524-0744.

Richard "Dick" Lee Schuck

Richard "Dick" Lee Schuck

Richard Lee Schuck "Dick" born October 19, 1926 in Hazard, Kentucky, passed away at age 83 on March 8, 2010 quietly in his sleep at home in Fillmore, California. Dick struggled with emphysema for 15 years. He masked his pain with a smile and a joke.
Dick was a member of VFW of Santa Paula, he was a lifelong Mason and member of the 82nd Airborne in World War 2.
Dick was an adventurer and a traveler. His work took him to Iran for many years where he lived and worked for Aramco Oil.
For the last 14 years of his life he lived in the El Dorado senior community with his wife of 16 years Marion. On any given day you would see him walking his dog "Hey you" or working on his backyard making a waterfall. He loved to visit with his friends and neighbors. He really loved to brag about his children. Every holiday he would take them around to show them off.
It is difficult to capture Dick's personality in words. Every memory his loved ones have of him is with a big smile on his face and cracking a joke.
His optimistic attitude, his love of life, his great stories and his ability to befriend all those around him made him someone we will never forget.
He is survived by his wife Marion and his five children Henry, Sheva, Debra, Kimberly, Pamela and his grandchildren Shelby, Amanda and Mitchel.
All Dick’s friends are welcome to attend his memorial which will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 11am at the Fillmore Senior Center.

Evelyn Cecelia Hardison

Evelyn Cecelia Hardison

Evelyn Cecelia Hardison Richardson Davis, of Fillmore, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2010.
She was born to Elvira and Clifford Hardison, on December 10, 1921, and was raised on the family citrus ranch and Sanitary Dairy, west of Fillmore.

She attended Fillmore schools and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1939. She loved music and she and her sister Betty Jean performed in an accordion band.

Evelyn worked at several of the local citrus packing houses for over 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Russell Hardison, sisters Dorothy Nickerson and Betty Jean Burritt and son Clifford. She is survived by daughters Judy Kelley, Nancy Waldthausen, son Dick Richardson and wife, Martha, grandchildren, Robert and wife Sandra Kelley, Ron Kelley, Becky and husband Rick Hunt, Ana and husband Salvadore, Sonya and husband Kevin, Clifford Waldthausen, Amy Berger and husband Robert, and Mike Richardson and wife Heather, and 14 great-grandchildren and her nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery on Wednesday, March 10 at 10 am.

Any memorial donations may be made to the Fillmore Historical Museum.

The family would like to thank the staff of Tracy Villa for their kindness and care during Evelyn’s time there.

Teresa Munoz

Teresa Munoz

Teresa Munoz, age 50, passed away on Feb. 6, 2010 in Reno, NV.

Teresa is survived by her parents John and Lydia Munoz. Her children Danielle Murdock, husband Brian and Wesley Smith, wife Katie. Brothers and sisters John Munoz, wife Janie; Martin Munoz, wife Betty; Martha Vargas, husband Herman; Marie Griffin, husband Ken; Kathy Meza, husband Ramon; Peter Munoz, wife Debbie. Grandchildren Ainsley and Tiarah Murdock and Wesley Smith Jr. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Teresa was born Sept. 14, 1949 in Ventura, CA. She was a loving daughter, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She will always be remembered by her ability to enjoy life to its fullest and will continue to be an inspiration those that knew her.

A graveside service to be held Friday, March 5, 2010 at the Bardsdale Cemetary at 10:30 a.m.

Valentine (Big Val) Pillado Sr.

Valentine (Big Val) Pillado Sr.

Valentine (Big Val) Pillado Sr. age 55 born Jan. 4, 1955, went home with our lord on Saturday Feb. 13th, 2010. Following a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family and friends at the time of his death and died peacefully at home.
Val loved being around his family especially his grand children. He loved camping in Yosemite, fishing at Convict Lake, listening to Oldies music, going to family bar-b-ques, watching Sci-fi channel, football, baseball, basketball. Val was also an avid deer hunter. He enjoyed sitting on the front porch talking to friends and neighbors. Val always had a way to make people laugh. He will be missed by anyone who was fortunate to have met him. Val was a devoted catholic and always prayed the Rosary.
Val was employed by the City of Simi Valley as a Landscape Maintenance worker for 15 years until he suffered a back injury and became disabled.
Val was one of eight children was preceded to death by sisters Viola, Elizabeth, Brother Michael and mother Katy Pillado. He is survived by his loving wife Becky. They had been married 38 years and were High School Sweet hearts; his sons Val Jr, Timmy and daughter Michele; grandchildren, Val Jr II, Aiyanna, Brittany, Ashley, Raeleen, little Timmy II, Dominick. Sisters Blanca Lopez, Rosie Velasquez, Brothers Manuel Jr. & David Pillado, Father Manuel Pillado Sr. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Val will be loved and missed forever.
Rosary will be recited at 7:30pm at San Salvador Church in Piru, Ca. on Thursday, February 18, 2010. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9am at San Salvador Church in Piru on Friday, February 19, 2010. Burial will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated, Garcia Mortuary, 629 South “A” Street, Oxnard, California. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.

Fredrick Alan Krone

Fredrick Alan Krone

Fredrick Alan Krone, age 79 of Fillmore, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.

Fred is survived by his children, Robert , Kathryn and Christine; his sister, Georgette, and granddaughters, Brittany and Hannah.

Fred was a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to: Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation, P.O. Box 348, Santa Paula, CA 93061. Indicate on memo line: In honor of Fredrick A. Krone to Santa Paula Hospital.

Allan R. Coates, Jr.

Allan R. Coates, Jr.

The first mayor of Carpinteria and retired U.S. Army colonel, Allan R. Coates, Jr., died Feb. 9, 2010 in San Diego County after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 79. A former teacher, high school counselor, coach and city manager, Coates was a dedicated public servant in Carpinteria and Fillmore.

Allan was born in Oakland and raised in Porterville. He moved to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB and enlisted with Santa Barbara’s 981st Field Artillery Battalion in the 40th Infantry Division of the California Army National Guard. He was called to active duty in the Korean War from 1950 – 52. Coates continued his military service with the National Guard and U.S. Army reserve for 41 years, attaining the rank of colonel. He retired from the service in 1991 and later became quartermaster of the VFW post in Fillmore.

Coates held a political science degree from UCSB and master’s in education from USC. He was a teacher and coach in the Fillmore High School District in 1960-61, moving to the Carpinteria Unified School District in 1962. While teaching government and coaching basketball, Coates became involved in the movement to incorporate Carpinteria. In 1965, he was elected to the first city council and was appointed mayor. He remained on the council for seven years and was named Carpinteria Man of the Year in 1967.

Following a yearlong tour of active duty at the Army’s Command and General Staff College in Kansas, Coates became city manager of Carpinteria. He held that position for 18 years before moving to Fillmore to become assistant city manager and finance director. He retired from full-time city service in 1996, receiving numerous commendations for his work, including a resolution from the California Legislature.

Survivors include his daughter, Rebecca Coates Nee, and granddaughter, Nikki, of San Diego; sisters and brothers-in-law Barbara and Dan Lublin of Visalia and Nadine and Francis Muller of Nicasio; a niece and numerous nephews and cousins.

A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m., Feb. 19 at Carpinteria Cemetery, followed by a reception. Donations in Allan’s memory may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Carpinteria, or a local hospice.
A memorial Web site with a guest book has been created at

Eva Hoffmann Noel

Eva H. Noel completed her journey on earth moving to her heavenly home on January 27, 2010. Eva Kate Hoffmann was born February 22, 1912 in Los Angeles, CA. She was the youngest of her siblings consisting of 2 brothers and 1 sister.
After completing High School, Eva's course through life led her to join the Army WAAC in 1942 where she served honorably until her discharge in 1943. It was at that time she moved to Fillmore. On August 16, 1946 she married Orpheus Isaiah Noel in Fillmore. To that union three children were born - Nancy, Wesley and Lowell. She selflessly devoted and dedicated her life to her family.
She is survived by her daughter Nancy L. Noel of Fillmore, CA, sons Wesley O. Noel ofBozeman, MT and Lowell V. Noel of Denver, CO. Mom has now joined all her family that predeceased her - including her mother who gave her life in child birth with Eva.
The family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to those who provided untold assistance to Mom in her last days: Dr. Bundy and staff, attending physicians and health care professionals of Santa Paula Hospital, volunteers and public servants of the community of Fillmore, the Bob Thompson family and most of all to Marietta and Larry Spencer for the years of faithful care, compassion and unending love for Eva.
A family memorial service will be held at the Bardsdale Cemetery on Tuesday February 2, 2010.