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Obituary: Harold L. Martin (Oct. 13, 1930 – May 17, 2013)

Harold L. Martin
Harold L. Martin was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Orofino, Idaho, to parents Harold E. and Bertha P. Martin. He has gone home to be with the Lord after a long battle with cancer on May 17, 2013, at the V.A. Medical Center Hospice care unit, in Vancouver, Wash.

He joined the Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War. He used his GI bill in 1953 to attend the University of Idaho, graduating with an M.A. Degree in Education and Administration in 1957. Harold married Patricia Robinson in 1954, and they celebrated 58 years together. They moved to California in 1957, to teach at Bar O Boys Ranch for 13 years. Harold later transferred to Crescent Elk Middle School to teach 7th and 8th grade science and math for 20 years. He never met a stranger and made everyone feel special.

Harold enjoyed gold dredging in the Smith River, riding motorcycles, dancing, jazz, summer travels, camping, field trips to Modoc, Calif., with 80 students to reenact the story of the Modoc Indians. He loved teaching, and volunteering for the community, Gasquet Boy Scouts, Gasquet Volunteer Fire Department, Gasquet Bible Church and  Gasquet Raft Races.

Harold was  also active in the Gasquet American Legion Post 548, VFW Post 1381, NRA, and the Korean War Veterans Association. In 2010, all veterans were invited to visit South Korea, by the Korean government, for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Harold really enjoyed the trip.

Surviving him are sister Myrna Trail, of Kennewick, Wash.; wife, Patricia Martin; son Steve and wife Damita of Crescent City; daughters Connie Martin, Big Island of Hawaii (Kona), Hawaii; Charlene Martin and husband Bruce Musterman of Reno, Nev.; grandchildren Jennifer and Derrick; great-grandchildren Kaylynn and Nevaeh.

Preceding him in death was sister Janice Larson, Lewiston, Idaho.


Obituary: Holly Mae Gibbens (Dec. 4, 1980 – May 20, 2013)

Holly Mae Gibbens
Holly Mae Gibbens attended Redwood Elementary School and graduated from Sunset High School. Holly Mae loved to have a good time. With her bubbly personality and tender heart, she touched the lives of many people. Her bright smile and infectious laugh would light up a room. Holly Mae was quite the jokester and an accomplished prankster. She had the last laugh many a time. 

She was loyal and protective and will be remembered for her fierce love for her family, friends, and dog Marley. Her greatest treasures in life were her girls, Venessa and Miranda, who overflowed her heart with joy and pride. Family and friends are invited to join together in a Celebration of Holly Mae’s Life on Sunday, June 2, 2013, from 2-5 p.m. at Howonquet Hall Community Center, 101 Indian Court, Smith River.


Death Notice: Harold Lloyd Martin

Harold Lloyd Martin, 82, died May 17, in Vancouver, Wash. He was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Orofino, Idaho, and was a  56-year resident of Del Norte County.

Funeral services will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at the Del Norte County Veteran’s Cemetery. Sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Death Notice: Mary Ellen Brown

Mary Ellen Brown, 92, died May 16, 2013, in Brookings, Ore. She was born Aug. 18, 2013, in Lincoln Valley, N.D., and was a 59-year resident of Del Norte County.

Celebration of life services will be held at the Crescent City United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Christopher Thomas Peepe (Dec. 10, 1948 – May 15, 2013)

Christopher Thomas Peepe
Christopher Thomas Peepe was born on Dec. 10, 1948, in Crescent City, and passed away on May 15, 2013, in Crescent City. He was 64 years old.

Chris attended local schools and graduated from Del Norte High School in June 1967. He played football throughout high school and received the best defensive player award his Junior year. He attended College of the Redwoods, where he continued his play of football. With other local players from Del Norte and surrounding schools, they were able to take College of the Redwoods to the State Championship and win.

While attending Fresno State University, Chris was drafted into the U.S. Army in September 1970. He served in the Vietnam War where he received the Bronze Star for his exemplary service in May 1971.

On June 23, 1973, Chris married another local, Suzanne Scarlett. Early on in his marriage, he was able to finish his college education at Humboldt State University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business on March 19, 1976.

Chris worked for his father at McNamara and Peepe Lumber Company since he was 15 years old until its closing in the early 1980s. He then became manager of McNamara and Peepe Builders Supply until its closing in the 1990s. Chris partnered with Jim Rawlings to open up Crescent Cabinets and worked there until his retirement in November 2011.


Obituary: Dale Arnold Miller (Aug. 3, 1921 – April 25, 2013)

Dale Arnold Miller
Dale Arnold Miller was born in Towner, N.D., to Oscar and Garnett Edwards-Miller. Dale’s family moved to California when he was a young child and settled in Danville and Walnut Creek, where he milked cows every morning before school.

The sea and its bounty called Dale early in his adult life, and he fished the waters off San Francisco and chased tuna in Mexico but mostly loved the waters and beautiful redwoods in Crescent City. Dale moved his family in 1957 to Crescent City, where he lived out his life.

Dale always said he had two birth dates, when he was born in 1921 and when he was born again at the Foursquare Church in 1959. He remained an active member of the church until his passing.  One of the highlights in Dale’s life was bringing his boat, the Arney P, through the Panama Canal in 1969, rescuing another boat and crew during a hurricane. The other pride of his fishing career was building the boat  Maranatha.

Dale loved to garden and see sprouts poke their heads up towards the sun. In his quiet way he took care of the Foursquare Church grounds with his wife, Florence, until he was unable. There are many stories that could be told about the life and deeds that Dale has accomplished, however, he was a shy man who was embarrassed by attention and requested that no public services be held in his passing.

Dale was preceded in death by parents, his wife of 60 years, Rita Miller; son Larry Miller; brothers Robert and Blaine Miller.


Death Notice: Del Palmer Skeen

Del Palmer Skeen, 85, passed away May 13, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Oct. 20, 1927, in Portland, Ore.

Private services will be held. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Melanie Anne O’Neill (Guthrie) (Dec. 21, 1949 – May 12, 2013)

Melanie Anne O’Neill
Melanie Anne O’Neill was born in San Francisco on December 21, 1949, and passed away in Gasquet, Calif., on May 12, 2013.

Melanie’s parents were William Guthrie, a San Francisco Police Department Homicide Inspector, and Maxine Busch Guthrie, a Registered Nurse and U.S. Army veteran who served on hospital ships during the Second World War.

Melanie attended Mercy High School, which she graduated from in 1968. These roots and experiences provided Melanie with the formative guidelines from which she grew into the inquisitive, independent, tough, stubborn, compassionate and caring individual that her many relatives, friends and acquaintances all admired and respected. She soon entered the working world and her various job experiences gave her the confidence to fulfill her desire to own and operate her own business, which she accomplished with the purchase of the Cotati Saloon in Sonoma County, which she owned for several successful years. Melanie sold that business and relocated to Crescent City with her husband Barry in early 1990. After a short hiatus to explore and experience the redwood coast and the majestic forests, she returned to school to fulfill her desire to become a nurse. Melanie worked for several local family practice doctors before finishing her career as a nurse at Pelican Bay State Prison.


Death Notice: Riccardo (“Rocky”) Valley

Riccardo (“Rocky”) Valley,  61, died May 10, 2013, in Medford, Ore. He was born Dec. 12, 1951, in Shelton, Wash., and lived in Crescent City from 1957 to 1998.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford.


Obituary: Joao M. Marques (May 9, 1932 – May 11, 2013)

Joao M. Marques
Joao M. Marques, 81, passed away on May 11, 2013, in Crescent City.  He was born on May 9, 1932, in the Azores, Portugal.

Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary on Tuesday, May 14 from noon until 7 p.m. with the Rosary starting at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial Services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Please sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

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