Audrey was born July 29, 1929, in Southern California to Marion (Spike) and Madge Whittet. She passed away in Casa Grande, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2010, surrounded by her family. Her youth was spent in Buena Park, Calif., and she moved with her family to Eureka in 1944. She graduated from Eureka High School in 1948.
Audrey married Larry Torgersen in 1949, and together they had five children, two daughters and three sons. In 1956 they moved from Eureka to Crescent City, where they owned and operated Larry Torgersen Ford until 1987.
Audrey was a talented painter and an energetic and eclectic gardener. She had a beautiful singing voice and tried her hand at golf, the guitar and anything else that offered a challenge. She was a regular at craft fairs with her doll clothes and tole painting, and she crocheted everything from snowflakes to Tabasco cozies.
|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.