William L. McClain breathed his last breath on January 24, 2020. He was 91. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Marilyn and daughter Shelley. He leaves behind his son Kevin McClain and his wife Wynetta of Arroyo Grande, sisters Lavina Griffin, Columbus, In., Ruthanne Sparks, Indianapolis, In. He has 3 granddaughters, Lauren, Meghan and Shelby and grandson Sean. He also had 6 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter.
He was a man of integrity and honor with an unshakable conviction. all animals approved him without reservation, especially cats and dogs. He was the son of Harry and Eva McClain, born in Indianapolis, In. in 1928. A quick learner, he graduated high school and started tech school. With World War 2 still raging he decided to enlist in the Navy at 17. His father wouldn't sign his enlistment papers , so he had his younger sister signed them instead.
After Basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center he was stationed at Pensacola, Fl., Alameda Naval Air Station, Moffett Filed, Corpus Christy, Tx., Fallon, Nv., Barbers Point, Hi., Iwakuni, Japan, San Diego, Ca., and Greeley, Co. During his 21 years of service he was at sea nearly 2 years on the aircraft carriers Yorktown, Midway and the Oriskany.
He retired from the Navy in 1967 and moved to Sutter Creek, Ca. and went to work for the state as a Youth Counselor for the Dept. of the Youth Authority. He worked at various institutions; Fricot Ranch School, Columbia, Ca., Los Guilicos School, Santa Rosa, Ca. and Ventura School, Ventura where he retired chief of security in 1985.
Once retired, he promptly sold his house in Ventura, put everything in storage and traveled for the next 5 years. He loved history, especially the Civil War era. He traveled to most major battle sites while visiting ship mates and squadron mates along the way. Fishing and golf always were put into his itinerary.
Looking for a better climate and a close military base he moved to Orcutt, Ca. He made many friends, played golf, gardened and played poker. Many of his close friends live at Merrill Gardens and Hummel Village in Orcutt.
A memorial will be held February 18, 2020, 2pm, Hummel Village. His military burial will be held in Palo Alto, Ca. at a later date.
Evelyn Mae Muscio, 92, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away February 11, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
John Hindmarsh of Nipomo, CA passed away in his sleep on Feb 4, 2020 in Grover Beach, CA at the care facility where he resided.
He was 86 years old.
John was born January 10, 1934 in Santa Barbara, CA. He grew up exploring the surrounding foothills which began a lifelong love affair with the outdoors. He attended Santa Barbara High, lettered in football and was proud to be a "Don". One of his first jobs as a young man was as a bellhop at the Mar Monte Hotel. He loved to say the tips were great and the people were colorful!
He met the love of his life at a beach party. The fact that she was engaged to someone else did not deter him! He turned on the charm and on June 23, 1957 he married Thelma Kaufman. They made their home in Santa Barbara and he took a job driving a Coors Beer truck to support his new wife. In 1960 they welcomed their first child, Linda Jean. John set his sights on learning the electrical trade and after successfully completing his training moved his family to Santa Maria where he was employed by his father-in-law at Electrical & Refrigeration, Inc. In 1962 they were living in their first home and before the end of the year welcomed their second daughter, Raelene. In 1974 he started his own electrical contracting company and was an integral part of the growing community for many years.
In 1989 he built his dream home in NIpomo, taking great pride in overseeing the entire endeavor. He and Thelma enjoyed making their home and yard a wonderful place. They enjoyed hosting friends and family for bbq get togethers as well as special occasions.
Over the years they were active members with the Ocean Waves Square Dancing Group and were quite a striking pair in their custom made outfits, which were hand tailored by Thelma, herself.
John's love of the outdoors was known by all. His favorite activity was hunting and fishing with his close friends, especially at their cabin in Colorado. Cousins Jeff Houston and Derrick Williams were like sons to him and always brought him joy.
In his later years, John told many wonderful tales of his outdoor adventures and activities, lighting up when he recalled specific events.
He was preceded in death by Thelma in 2001. He is survived by Linda and Raelene (husband Scott) and his grandchildren, Johnny (wife Stephanie) and Annastasia. Burial will take place at the Santa Barbara Cemetery with family in attendance. A Celebration Of Life will be scheduled at a later date to include friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society in John's name.
Many thanks to all of the doctors, caretakers and medical personnel who provided wonderful service and comfort over the years, especially Fred and Thelma Padua, who were with him during his last year and who were truly invaluable.
Gloria H. Evans, 94, died Tuesday, January 7, at Arroyo Grande Hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Evans was born June 12, 1925 in Van Nuys, CA. She was a graduate of Cal Berkeley and a member of The AAUW as well as the CA Retired Teachers Association.
Gloria married Richard Hugh Evans on December 19, 1948 after meeting on a blind date 9 months earlier - "It must have been those blue eyes." Gloria is survived by children, Cynthia L. Evans of Santa Maria; Melissa Evans Nagel (husband Chuck), of Santa Maria; Mark H. Evans (wife Colette) of Santa Maria; Richard Craig Evans (wife Charity) of Omaha, NE; ten grandchildren, Dana Nagel, Jenny Nagel, Claire Nagel, Trent Evans, Kyle Nagel, Sam Evans, Patrick Nagel, Maggie Evans, Georgia Nagel, Levi Evans; and three great grandchildren. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, Robert L. And Glenora Hanley; brother, Bobby Hanley; sisters, Marie Garrison, Barbara Limbaugh; and husband R.H. Evans.
Mom was a strong survivor with a positive attitude, rising above a number of childhood obstacles to become a well-respected teacher of the Deaf and Hard Of Hearing in the Orcutt School District. She had the heart and ability to reach and teach students previously thought unteachable.
Special thanks to the staff of Arroyo Grande's Acute Rehab and Comfort Care Depts. for their understanding, care and compassion during Gloria's stay during this most difficult time.
Her ashes will be interred in her mother's plot at the Santa Maria Cemetery at a later date. Any services held in her honor will take place at a later date as well. Gloria shared friendships with many people in the community in her lifetime. She will definitely be missed. In lieu of flowers, please honor her with a donation to the Retired Teachers Association Education Foundation.
Gloria was the eternal optimist. When life situations were tough, she would stop and say "It won't matter a hundred years from now" and keep on keeping on. Gloria was a strong and positive woman and she was a blessing to us all. We found this in Gloria's words to live by. "I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again".
George C. Shovic, 68, resident of Guadalupe, CA passed away January 13, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Laura M. Marmolejo, 60, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away February 12, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Kim Sheree Drake, 64, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away February 12, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Shirley Quinn Causby, 84, formerly of Bessemer City, North Carolina, longtime resident of Vandenberg Village and member of Beta Sigma Phi, passed away at Marian Medical Center on February 3, 2020, as a result of injuries from a fall in her home. Shirley is survived by her husband Jimmy of 64 years, and children Bev, Karen, Jill, Mark and Richard. In addition, she is survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Shirley spent a large part of her adult life volunteering in many capacities. She loved meeting and chatting with anybody and everybody. She was a big-time sports fan, especially of NBA basketball. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all.
Louise Johanna Walsh, 97, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away February 7, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Darryl R. Pruitt, 73, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away January 20, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Thomas (Tom) Hill Prevost, Sr. passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday, January 30th, 2020.
Tom was born in Hazelwood, North Carolina on June 26th,1942 to Bill and Pat Prevost. He grew up in Waynesville, North Carolina with his siblings Bill Jr, Ross and Susan. He graduated from Waynesville High School in 1961. After high school, he and his best friend Charles Hendrix joined the Navy. Tom served his country from 1961-1965 on the USS English and the USS Sierra until he was honorably discharged.
He married his first wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Benner, in 1968. He had a passion and aptitude for cooking, so he attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. He worked at several notable restaurants including the Maggie Valley Golf Resort in North Carolina, and The Rainbow Room and Essex House in New York City.
He and Betsy worked their way across the country, settling in St. George, Utah to create their family. They had three children, Thomas Hill born in 74, Sterling Leeden born in 79 and Margaret (Meg) Emily born in 1982. He was the proud owner and Executive Chef of the Mushroom Farm from 1977-1984.
Tom moved to California in 1984. He met Cecile at their church in Sunland, CA. The two were married September 12th, 1987. He and Cecile retired to Santa Maria in 2000. Having never lost his passion for cooking, Tom volunteered to prepare special dinners for church members at Santa Maria Foursquare and joined with the Central Coast Rescue Mission to bring hot meals to the homeless in the park. In addition to cooking, he enjoyed traveling, fishing, golfing and playing Hearts.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, his brother-in-law, Ron Clarke, and his son Sterling. He leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Cecile, his sister Susan Clarke, his daughter Meg, his son Thom and wife Marci, and their three children Samantha, Aaron and Noah.
There will be a Celebration of Life at the Santa Maria Foursquare Church on February 27th, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. Wear bright clothes and a smile to join his wife in celebrating Tom's life.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you contribute to your favorite charity in memory of Tom.
Sharon Johnson age 77, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2020. Sharon was born October 7, 1942 in Los Angeles, California and remained a resident of Santa Maria with her husband since 1966.
Sharon's talents, energy and spirit was well known by all of those who she touched. She will continue to be remembered as a great wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who was always available to help, and go the extra mile for those close to her. She brought her spirit and passion for life to everyone she encountered and was artistic and creative in so many ways.
She loved to paint, craft, and scrapbook, and adored time with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. A consummate entertainer, Sharon would light up any room, loved gatherings with family and friends of any kind - small or large.
Sharon was preceded by the passing of her parents, Ann and Arthur Benjamin. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Rocky Johnson. The fondest memories of her will continue to be shared by her brother and sister-in-law Howard and Sandy Benjamin; her children, Nicole and Shawn; her son-in-law, Billy; her daughter-in-law, Taniesah and her grandchildren, Kelsey, Aidan and Ethan.
We will always remember her zest for life, her constant fighting spirit, and her undeniable conviction to be a trailblazer who loved to meet, talk and learn from everyone.
A small private service will be held February 15, with family. A Celebration of Life will follow, however space is limited, if you would like to attend please email email@example.com.
Elena Ann “Jackie” Hertler entered into the presence of our Lord with family by her side on February 8, 2020, she was 72. A Celebration of life will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 pm. Private inurnment will take place the day before at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Jackie was born on July 19, 1947 in New Jersey to Adolfo “Jack” Garcia and Mildred Staley Garcia. When Jackie and her brother David were children the family moved to the Central Coast living in Nipomo and Santa Maria. Jackie graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 1965 and attended nursing school in San Diego, CA.
After graduating nursing school, Jackie returned to Santa Maria where she met Michael Hertler of Nipomo and they married. Michael and Jackie had two daughters, Jennifer Margaret Hertler and Lesley Michelle Hertler. She was a devoted daughter, wife and mother. For a few years, Jackie and her husband owned The Firing Line gun shop in Santa Maria. She later found her true calling as a home day care provider. She cared for many children over 21 years until her health declined. One of her greatest joys in life was being able to love and nurture these children every day as they came through her door. She loved each one as if they were her own. Her greatest love was for her granddaughter where Jackie found hope and purpose through time spent with her “Only Sunshine”.
Jackie was preceded in death by her father Adolfo “Jack” Garcia, her mother Mildred Staley Garcia, and her brother David Garcia of Santa Maria. She is survived by her loving daughters, Jennifer Vasquez (Danny) of San Angelo, TX, and Lesley Michelle Tabisola (Michael) of Santa Maria, CA, her granddaughter Megan Tabisola, her sister-in-law Joan Garcia Daniel (Dennis) of Santa Maria, CA, Nephews Russell Garcia (Liz), Ryan Garcia (Monica) and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family friends and the day care families she loved so much.
The family would especially like to thank Joan & Dennis Daniel, Greg & Vicki Amaral and Dennis & Linda Bornhoft, for their love & support over the many years as Jackie's health declined. We would also like to thank Christina Borunda for her care of Mom near the end of her life.
Bertie Lavern Bates, 56, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away February 4, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Elena A. "Jackie" Hertler, 72, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away February 8, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Jean Nauman, 87 years old, formerly of Lompoc, California, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2020 at her current home in Sun City, California.
Jean was born June 29, 1932 to Nick and Mary Yenko in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1950. In 1953, Jean graduated from the Holy Cross Hospital School of Nursing in Salt Lake City, Utah. She continued her nursing career in Palo Alto, California as a Registered Nurse. Jean married her pen pal sweetheart Keith “Rex” Nauman on August 5, 1956 and they enjoyed 56 wonderful years together until his passing in 2012.
Jean lived in Lompoc from 1960 to 2017 and was a faithful parishioner of Queen of Angels Church for over 50 years, helping out whenever she was called upon. She had many special friendships with members of her parish and participated in many functions of the Knights of Columbus as a member's wife. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles and jumbles. She was a beloved member of the Mission Hills residential community where she helped many friends and neighbors over the years she resided there.
Jean is survived by her son Greg Nauman (Tina), daughters Valerie Elliott (Mike), Shauna Nauman, and Sharon Nauman (Ken Blewis), grandchildren Joseph Elliott (Nichole), Keithlyn Arceo (Luis), Erika Nauman (Siarhei Vishniakou), step-grandchildren Stephanie and Calvin Vo (Teresa), 5 great-grandchildren, and her brothers Nick (Emma Lou) and Jerry Yenko. She was preceded in death by her husband Rex Nauman, infant son Kevin Nauman and her brother David Yenko.
A memorial mass will be held at Queen of Angels Catholic Church on Monday, February 17 at 11:00a.m. A private inurnment will be held later in the day at the Lompoc Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any Catholic Charities or