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Obituary: Linford E. Mallett (Oct. 27, 1922 – Dec. 10, 2013)

Linford E. Mallett
Linford E. Mallett, born Oct. 27, 1922, passed away on Dec. 10, 2013. Lin was born in Portland, Ore., growing up in the nearby city of Gresham. As a young boy he enjoyed living on a farm with his parents and younger brother. In high school he played tuba and was on the wrestling and tennis teams. 

He first attended Willamette University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving as an Ensign in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre during World War II. He attended Oregon College of Education, St. Mary’s College, Columbia University, and earned his masters at Stanford University. His first teaching assignment was in Taft, Ore.

Obituary: Richard R. Olive

Richard R. Olive
Richard R. Olive, 89, died Dec. 7, 2013. Born in Santa Maria, he was a lifelong California resident. He worked in a number of industries, eventually retiring after decades of civilian service with the United States Air Force. Richard was especially proud of his Portuguese heritage and met his wife of 54 years on a vacation to the Azores Islands.

In his younger days he enjoyed camping, fishing and abalone hunting on the north coast. He and his brother Robert built a number of boats and enjoyed cruising the Sacramento Delta in their creations. Richard was an avid reader and enjoyed a good story. He instilled the love of literature and learning in his children and grandchildren.

Obituary: Richard Brandt Hiller (March 25, 1927 – Dec. 8, 2013)

Richard Brandt Hiller was born and lived his whole life in Crescent City. He drove his own logging and dump trucks for 55 years. Here R.B. raised his family: son Robert Hiller and daughters Vickie, Dixie and Jennifer.

Obituary: Russell E. McCullough (March 14, 1969 – Dec. 2, 2013)

Russell E. McCullough
Russell E. McCullough, 44, of Brookings, passed away suddenly Dec. 2, 2013, in Crescent City, Calif., of natural causes. 

He was born March 14, 1969, in Denver, Colo., to Arba and Christina (Buckmaster) McCullough.  

At an early age, he moved to Brookings, where he attended local schools.

In 1989, Russell moved to Florida. After surviving Hurricane Andrew, he decided it was time to move back to the West Coast.  He moved to Eagle Point, where he lived until returning to Brookings in 2007.  

Obituary: Mary L. James

Mary L. James
Mary L. James died Dec. 4, 2013.

Born in Atlantic City, N.J., she moved during childhood several times on the East Coast. As a young girl, Mary was a proud member of the Order Of The Rainbow. Eventually, Mary and her family found their way to California, where she met her one true love and husband of over 50 years, Don James. Together their lives took them to Washington and eventually to Northern California.

Death Notice: Mary Lynn James

Mary Lynn James, 66, died Dec. 4, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born Nov. 11, 1947, in Atlantic City, N.J., and was a 24-year resident of Del Norte County.

Death Notice: Richard Rapheal Olive

Richard Rapheal Olive, 89, born Jan. 10, 1924, in Santa Maria, Calif., died Dec. 7, 2013, in Crescent City. He was a seven-year resident of Del Norte County.

Obituary: Chester Bighead (April 20, 1954 – Dec. 2, 2013)

Read more...Chester Bighead, born April 20, 1954, in Arcata, Calif., left this world on Dec. 2, 2013, in Eureka, Calif. He was an explorer, an outdoorsy playboy who had many talents, like playing his famous air guitar and kung fu kicks.

Chet is survived by his only son, Chester Johnnie Bighead Jr.; grandchildren Chester Johnnie Bighead 3rd and Jazmyn Jayde-Deichay Bighead; sisters Charelen, Karen, Nora, Sandy and Lillie; brothers Raymond and Samuel. He also has numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by everyone.

Obituary: Kat K. Conger

Kat K. Conger
Kat K. Conger passed away Dec. 1, 2013, at the age of 65 after a nearly 40-year battle with MS. Those close to her will remember her incredible strength and good humor despite the crippling disease.

Kat was born in Palo Alto, Calif. She and her husband-to-be, Dennis, attended the same high school in San Jose, graduating in the mid-60s. Before the MS limited her physical ability, Kat enjoyed hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing and beachcombing. She also loved music and reading, and she loved her cats. She was always learning, both formally and through her interaction with people. It was said of her, she never met anyone who was not a friend.

Death Notice: Kenneth Leroy Hinkley

Kenneth Leroy Hinkley, 69, died Nov. 20, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Jan. 2, 1944, in Los Angeles.

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