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Obituary: Karl Merle Knutsen (Jul. 17, 1919 – Aug. 07, 2010)

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Karl Merle Knutsen
With his family by his side, Karl Merle Knutsen passed away August 7, 2010, at the age of 91.

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.


Obituary: Toni Lee Brixey (Jul. 31 1955 – Aug. 10, 2010)

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. 


Obituary: Jack Gene McMurtry (Jun. 16, 1935 - Aug. 05, 2010)

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Jack Gene McMurtry
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 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.


Death Notices published Aug. 11, 2010



Death notices Aug. 7, 2010


Obituary: Jean Carol Mertz (Mar. 07 1945 - July 07, 2010)

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. 


Death Notice published Aug. 4, 2010


Obituary: Mervyn D. McGuire (June 06, 1924 - July 31, 2010)

Mervyn D. McGuire passed on July 31, 2010, from lung cancer.

Born June 6, 1924, to Alva McGuire and Edna Charter-McGuire, and raised in Van Nuys, Calif., until he moved to Idaho to attend Ag College. In 1943 he was drafted by the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served as a staff sergeant working as a mechanic on A-20 airplanes. In 1949 Mervyn ran off to Las Vegas to elope with the love of his life, Margot, followed by a reception at the home of the bride’s parents, Dr. William Eichner and wife Peg, in Studio City, Calif. Mervyn and Margot began their lives together in Van Nuys and relocated to Crescent City in 1952 where they raised their family.

In 1961 he established his business, Sea-a-Rama, in which he created numerous novelty and souvenir items, including specialty engraved worry stones. Mervyn became actively involved in Alcoholics Anonymous in 1963; he also served as the President of Del Norte Alcoholic Remotivation. He would often hire recovering alcoholics to work in his business.


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