|With his family by his side, Karl Merle Knutsen passed away August 7, 2010, at the age of 91.
Karl Merle Knutsen
Born in Harrison, Idaho, on July 17, 1919, he spent the early part of his life on a houseboat and on a ranch on the shore of Coeur d’Alene Lake, Idaho. Water played an important role throughout his life. The family moved to Noti, Ore., and then, at the age of 7, moved to the banks of the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Ore. There, Karl, his brother Earl, and his cousin Hazel spent much of their time swimming and fishing. Learning from his father, he built his first boat at age 11and continued building boats through his late 80’s. Over the years hundreds of Knutsen Craft boats were found on the lakes and rivers of Oregon, California, Washington and Idaho. Many are still in use today. While still a teenager, he and his dad sold the first of hundreds of boats to Diamond Lake Resort. Camping and fishing at Diamond Lake, Ore., is a tradition that continues to be enjoyed by his family, including his great-grandsons. In later years, Karl devoted his time to making miniature scale replicas of his boats as gifts for friends and family.
Toni Lee Brixey, 55, of Crescent City, died peacefully at her home Tuesday, Aug. 10th.
She was born July 31, 1955, in Crescent City. Toni graduated from Del Norte High School in 1973. Her enthusiasm for learning motivated her to achieve RN, BSN and MHA degrees.
Toni was a life-long resident of Del Norte County and a 30-year employee of Sutter Coast Hospital. She was passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and her effervescent zeal touched the hearts of all who knew her.
|Jack Gene McMurtry passed away on August 5, 2010, from complications of pulmonary fibrosis which he had valiantly fought for the last two years.
Jack Gene McMurtry
Jack was born on June 16, 1935, in Kenesaw, Neb., to Lon and Hazel McMurtry. He spent his childhood years in Idaho and Oregon and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Jack joined the Postal Service in 1961 in Portland, Ore., serving in many capacities before transferring to Crescent City in 1974 as Superintendent of Mails. He retired from the Postal Service in 1990 as Postmaster of Gasquet.
With her family by her side, Jean Carol Mertz, 65, formerly of Crescent City, passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2010. She was born in March of 1945 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Cliff and Helen Mack.
Jean attended college at the University of Cincinnati, where she received her undergraduate degree in teaching. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree from Ohio State in Social Services.
On July 30, 1976, she married Martin Mertz and together they raised two children, Marty and Pam. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Jean retired from Pelican Bay State Prison in May 2005 and moved to Canyon Creek, Mont. While she enjoyed traveling around the country, her most treasured place was at home with her family and pets.