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

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.

Death notices July 30, 2010

Obituary: Robert H. “Bob” Stanhurst (June 01, 1921 - July 22, 2010)

Read more...Robert H. “Bob”  Stanhurst 89, passed away July 22, 2010, at a local care facility in Brookings, Ore.

Bob was born June 1, 1921, in Brookings, to Charles and Faye (Jaggers) Stanhurst. He grew up and attended school here.  Following high school, Bob attended University of Oregon and Northwestern University in Chicago.  After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Bob returned to Smith River, Calif., where he established Stanhurst Bulbs, Inc., a company he would operate for more than 60 years.  

Bob was a 50-year member of  the Brookings Elks Lodge 1934 and a member of the Sidney Croft Masonic Lodge 206 for more than 60 years. He married Merlyn Conners. They enjoyed annual cruises and seeing different parts of the world. A native of the Brookings-Harbor area, Bob was named Pioneer Citizen for the Memorial Day parade in 2004.

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