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Matthew "Matt" Michael La Grande

Matthew "Matt" Michael La Grande passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at Valley West Care Center in Williams, at age 87. He was born on Jan. 31, 1916, in Williams. He was a lifelong Colusa County resident.

Matt was raised on a ranch in Williams and ranched his entire life. He loved the land and the water resources which included keeping track of rainfall. The livestock business was a big part of his life, raising sheep and some cattle. He also farmed rice and other crops. His family and his Catholic faith was also very important to him.

Some of his favorite pasttimes include hunting and golf. He was a member of the Arbuckle Golf Club and the Church of the Annunciation of Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy La Grande of Williams; daughters, Penny Lux of Yuba City, and Nancy Smith of El Dorado Hills; sons, Ron La Grande of Williams and Mike La Grande of Williams; sister, Georgia Traynham of Woodland; brothers, Steve La Grande of Williams, Joe La Grande of Williams, Vic La Grande of Williams, and Harold La Grande of Williams; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Alma Stevens and Lucille Allard; and one brother, Ernest La Grande.

Visitations will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 with a Rosary to begin at 7 p.m. at McNary-Moore Chapel, 107 5th St., Colusa. Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Church of the Annunciation - Williams Catholic Church. Private family burial will be at the Sutter Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in his behalf to the Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California, P.O. Box 1824, Sacramento, 95812; or to the charity of donor's choice.

Services are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, February 15, 2003.)


Robert C. Label & Dorothy L. Laben

Robert C. and Dorothy L. Laben died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005, after they became stranded on a remote Yolo County road. They were 84 and 91, respectively.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Davis Community Church. People who attend the service are invited to bring a nonperishable food item to benefit to the Food Bank of Yolo County.

Mr. Laben was born Nov. 16, 1920, in Darien Center, N.Y., to Victor and Ruth (Cochrane) Labenski. Mrs. Laben was born on March 7, 1914, in Yonkers, N.Y., to John and Edna (Klein) Lobb. The Labens married in New York in 1946.

Mr. Laben served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after being wounded in Cherbourg, France. He then went on to attend Cornell University where he and Dorothy met.

In 1950, Mr. Laben joined the faculty at UC Davis. During the 1960s, he researched the environmental impact of DDT on the dairy industry and the food supply, hoping to reduce the pesticide's presence in milk. Throughout his career, he was extremely dedicated and possessed a valuable gift of counseling young students. He served as a master adviser for 15 years and his work was recognized with an undergraduate student adviser award in 1973. In 1986, following a 36-year career as a professor of animal science, he retired from UC Davis and remained a professor emeritus. He also funded an undergraduate scholarship and educational enhancement fund.

Mrs. Laben graduated from Wellesley College and Connecticut College for Women. After she and Robert married, she taught chemistry at Oklahoma A&M University while her husband pursued a master's degree in animal breeding. Together they reared four children. Over the past three decades, she dedicated her time and energy in serving in various organizations, particularly the Food Bank of Yolo County and the League of Women Voters.

The Labens loved spending time together; they could be seen regularly attending the Farmers Market in Davis or enjoying a wonderful meal together at the Buckhorn in Winters. Their life together was filled with joy and service and their teaching and example will remain in the hearts of those whose lives they touched.

They are survived by their four children, Robert Laben and wife Lola of Chandler, Ariz.; John Laben and wife Becky of Williamsburg, Va.; Elizabeth Cunningham and husband Mark of Bakersfield; and Catherine Baldwin and husband Steve of Bend, Ore.; six grandchildren; Dorothy's brother John Lobb and wife June of McPherson, Kansas; Robert's brother Glenn Laben and wife Celia of Darien Center, N.Y.; and sisters Laura Ondrejka and husband Steve of Alden, N.Y.; and Jean Gammack and husband Lloyd of Darien Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Food Bank of Yolo County, 1244 Fortna Ave., Woodland, CA 95776; the Robert C. and Dorothy L. Laben Scholarship Fund, UC Davis Animal Science Department, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616-8521, or to a charitable organization of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel. A virtual guestbook may be signed at

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, August 11, 2005.)


Gertrude Alice Pierce LaGrone

Gertrude Alice Pierce LaGrone died April 25, 2003, at the Courtyard Healthcare Center in Davis after a lengthy illness brought on by complications from congestive heart failure. She was 93.

She was born to American parents in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on Sept. 6, 1909. In 1911, her family returned to the United States, settling on a small farm near Chico. After graduating from Chico High School in 1926, she worked as a secretary in San Francisco. There she met Frank LaGrone, then a student at UC Berkeley, and they married in 1928.

Before moving to Davis in 1954, Gert LaGrone and her family spent most of the years that followed in the Bay Area.

Once here she took employment with the city of Davis, working as secretary to three successive city managers.

She was, for several years, the city's only full-time female employee outside of its finance department. In addition to serving the city manager, she performed all of the clerical duties for the Public Works, Planning and Building, Parks and Recreation, Police and Fire departments. She also took minutes for Planning Commission meetings, registered voters, even issued bicycle licenses.

Following her retirement in 1967, she and her husband enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading and spending time with their grandchildren. She also liked playing bridge with friends and following sports, especially baseball.

She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Davis and Charles, her daughter Ann in 1989 and her husband Frank in 1990. Survivors include sisters Pat Bartell of Davis and Helen Harrington of Chico, son David and daughter-in-law Lynne of Orland, son Kenneth of Davis, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

At her request, no services will be held.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, April 29, 2003.)


Harry Hyde Laidlaw, Jr.

Harry Hyde Laidlaw, Jr., UC Davis professor emeritus and a Davis resident for 56 years, died Sept. 19, 2003, at his residence in the University Retirement Community. He was 96.

He was born April 12, 1907, in Houston. His keen interest in bee breeding started in childhood and he spent his late boyhood and teen years in Virginia, Florida and Louisiana working as a beekeeper with his grandfather, Charles Quinn. Together they experimented with mating queen bees and control breeding.

In 1929, while working in Baton Rouge, his boss encouraged him to attend Louisiana State University. He had not completed elementary school, but was able to enroll as a special student. Required to pass a high school equivalency test for each class until he earned a diploma, he was motivated to become a regular student by his desire to join the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

In 1934, he completed a master's degree in entomology; in 1939, he earned a doctorate in genetics and entomology from the University of Wisconsin.

Two years later, Laidlaw was inducted into the U.S. Army, commissioned, and served as the Army entomologist for the First Service Command in Boston. While there, he met Ruth Collins. They were married in 1946 and made their first home in New York City, where he worked as a civilian entomologist for the Army.

In 1947, he joined the UCD department of entomology. Best known for developing artificial insemination technology for honey bees -- and recognized by peers worldwide as the "father of honey bee genetics" -- his contributions enabled selective breeding of honey bees and the fundamental study of insect genetics.

He authored numerous scientific publications and four books, and was the recipient of national and international awards for his research and his service to the university, agriculture and the beekeeping industry.

Laidlaw was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1955 and the Entomological Society of America in 1991. His contributions are noted in American Men of Science, Who's Who in The West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in Science. In 1997 he was honored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with its Award of Distinction.

In addition, he served as the first associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture in 1969. He retired from UCD in 1974, but remained active in outreach efforts on its behalf. From 1980 to 1985 he established a honey bee breeding program for the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture as part of a joint UC-Egypt agricultural development program. He continued to publish scientific papers and modify and refine his instruments for artificial insemination, and wrote two new books. Laidlaw published his last scientific paper at age 87 and his last book at 90.

In 2001, UCD's Bee Biology laboratory was renamed the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility.

He was active in many other organizations, including Davis Community Church, serving as an elder; the U.S. Army Reserve, heading UCD's ROTC unit and retiring as a lieutenant colonel; and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, acting as faculty fraternity adviser for the local chapter and as Western regional adviser. He was also a lifelong supporter of organizations promoting learning, including the AFS club and 4-H.

Laidlaw weaved his hobbies, travel and photography, into his professional life. He traveled with his family on many road trips across the United States and Canada, and with his wife in other countries, along the way connecting with bee researchers and breeders and documenting his trips and research with his camera.

He also loved sharing his home with others, welcoming beekeepers, scientists, students, fraternity brothers and Army buddies from around the world. In 1967, he gained a second daughter when the Laidlaws hosted a German exchange student.

Although his work accomplishments placed him among the world's great scientists, he humbly accepted recognition he received, encouraging and praising the achievements of others, his family said. He leaves "a legacy of friendship and love -- a life fully lived and talents well used," they said.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Davis; daughter, Barb, son-in-law, Joe, and granddaughter, Pam Murphy of Tracyton, Wash.; sister, Marian and her husband Elton Waters of Tarboro, N.C.; brother-in-law John Wilson of Houston; one niece, two nephews and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

His extended family includes German daughter Eva Effelsberg and her husband Winfried of Freiberg, Germany, and close friend and colleague, Robert Page and his wife Michelle of Davis.

A memorial service will be held at Davis Community Church on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m.. A reception will follow at the Laidlaw Honey Bee Research Facility at UCD.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility Fund. Checks should be made payable to Regents of the University of California and sent to Department of Entomology (attention: Department chair), UC Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis CA. 95616-8521.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, September 25, 2003.)


Ruth Collins Laidlaw

Ruth Collins Laidlaw died on June 27, 2005, at her residence in the University Retirement Community. A resident of Davis for 58 years, she was 89 years old.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at University Retirement Community, 1515 Shasta Drive. A reception will follow.

Born Nov. 12, 1915, in Melrose, Mass., to Ethyl and Arthur Collins, she graduated from Melrose High School at the top of her class in 1933. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College in 1937.

During World War II she worked as an economist for the United States Office of Price Administration. She met Harry H. Laidlaw when he was stationed in Boston with the Army, and they were married in 1946.

Their first home was in New York City, but in 1947, they moved to Davis. They raised one daughter, Barbara.

Ruth worked for the University of California for more than 20 years as an administrative assistant in the departments of agricultural engineering and water resources. She also worked as secretary at Davis Community Church.

She was a very active member of the Davis community, serving the church in all possible capacities and lending her organizational skills to every group that she could: Girl Scouts, 4-H and AFS. She was a member of the Davis Street Tree Commission for many years.

She had a lifelong passion for learning, and for encouraging others to pursue their education. Her membership in the PEO Sisterhood gave her a way to pursue this mission. She joined PEO in Melrose, Mass., and was a charter member of the Davis Chapter NM, in which she remained active for 68 years. PEO practices educational philanthropy through scholarships loans and grant programs.

The Laidlaws' main avocation was travel. They saw most of the United States by car and visited almost every continent of the world. They collected mementos and friends from every corner, but were always glad to return to Davis.

Ruth loved sharing her home with others. She considered their many friends as extensions of her family. People from around the world shared the hospitality of her table. In 1967, she gained a second daughter when the Laidlaws hosted an AFS exchange student from Germany.

"She leaves us all a legacy of graciousness and lifelong learning," her family says.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry in 2003.

She is survived by her daughter Barb, son-in-law Joe and granddaughter Pam Murphy of Tracyton, Wash.; brothers-in-law, Elton Waters of Tarboro, N.C., and John Wilson of Houston, Texas; and one niece, two nephews and numerous grand-nieces and -nephews.

In addition to her relatives, her extended family includes her German daughter Eva Effelsberg and her husband Winfried of Freiberg, Germany, and close friends Lydia Smith of Belfast, Maine, and Robert Page and his wife Michelle of Mesa, Ariz.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elizabeth McDonald Fund, PEO Sisterhood, and sent to Audrey West, 1201 Colgate Drive, Davis, CA 95616.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, June 30, 2005.)


Marjorie June LaMaoureaux

Marjorie June LaMaoureaux died in Woodland Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003 at age 74.

Born May 23, 1929, in Aberdeen, S.D., Mrs. LaMaoureaux had been a Yolo County resident for 40 years. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles of Woodland for 40 years.

Survivors include her husband, Russell LaMaoureaux; daughters, LaVonne LaMaoureaux of Woodland and Loree LaMaoureaux of Roseville; son, Danny LaMaoureaux of Woodland; grandchildren, Yvonne Sandoval of Victorville, Gianna Maldonado of Roseville and Tyler, Cody and Dylan LaMaoureaux, all of Woodland; five great-grandchildren and eight brothers and sister; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her son, Lyle LaMaoureaux in 1971; parents, Henry and Eva (Severson) Weifenbach; and five siblings.

The family requests memorials be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95616; and to American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland.

Services: A memorial service is schedule at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Calvary Baptist Church, Woodland. Burial will be held privately.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, November 19, 2003.)


Dorothy Helen Lambert

Dorothy Helen Lambert passed away peacefully on Sept. 25 at age 82. She was born July 4, 1922 in Chicago to Rev. F. Carl and Florence Schmidt.

A graduate of Reno High School and College of the Pacific, Dorothy majored in music and music theory. After graduation, she taught music, orchestra, and band in several cities in California including Angels Camp and North Fork. In the early 1950s, she was the superintendent of music for Yolo County, providing the music program to the schools in the various rural areas. She loved photography and did freelance work for valley newspapers.

Dorothy married Daniel P. Lambert in 1954 and settled in Southern California but returned to Yolo County in 1963, accepting a job as a fifth grade teacher at North Davis Elementary School. She later taught third grade and retired in 1982 after teaching a total of 29 years.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s Dorothy was an avid tennis player in Woodland. She was also an enthusiastic gardener. She loved her roses and her family looked forward to her annual tomato crop. At one time, she had an indoor garden of more than 1,000 African violet plants, many of which won awards in area competitions.

Upon her retirement, Dorothy spent a number of years researching her family history. She and a cousin worked together tracing the family tree to the early 1600s and jointly published the history. She also volunteered for a number of years at the family history center at the local LDS church.

Dorothy, aka "Grammy," is cherished and missed by her children: Arline Lisinski, and her husband John Jr., step-grandson John III; Donald, and his wife Victoria, and grandchildren Ave, Nick, Elizabeth and Margaret, all of Woodland; and Ed, and his wife Melenie, and grandchildren Rebeka and Adam, of Centennial, Colo. She is also survived by her sisters; Mary Slater of San Andreas and Phyllis Reed of Fresno, cousin Marvin Traeger of Fairbury, Neb. and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her former husband Daniel P. Lambert.

A memorial service is set Oct. 2, 2004 at 11 a.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ in Woodland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to local school music programs or charity of donor's choice.

McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, September 30, 2004.)


Ida Cristina Lammers

Ida Cristina Lammers died in Fort Bragg, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at age 85.

Born May 18, 1916, in Woodland, Mrs. Lammers was a 1935 Woodland High School graduate. She was raised on the family farm near the Yolo area until her marriage to Norbert (Bert) Lammers in 1937. The couple operated a farm in the Willow Oak area west of Woodland from 1947 to 1974. During that time, she became active as an exhibitor at the Yolo County Fair with the flowers and vegetables grown on the farm. She became one of the major exhibitors in floriculture and agriculture at the County Fair for a number of years. She and her husband retired from farming in 1974 and moved to the Mendocino Coast. She was known as "the plant lady" for the many plants she propagated and distributed.

Mrs. Lammers is survived by her daughter, Joan Howard of Sacramento; son, Don Lammers and wife Marilyn of Woodland; sisters, Ella Hulsman of Esparto and Leah Adams and husband Don of Kellsyville; grandchildren, Michelle Cannan, and John Lammers and wife Julie; and great-grandchildren, Lindsey Cannan, Nicholas Cannan, Jacob Cannan, and Rebecca Lammers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert (Bert) Lammers; mother, Lydia Nuss; father, Edward Nuss; and brother, Johnnie Nuss.

A memorial to be announced.

The family requests memorials be directed to diabetic-related charities.

Chapel by the Sea of Fort Bragg is assisting the family with arrangements.

Woodland (Obituary from the "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, March 13, 2002.)


Elisa Rubio Landín

Elisa Rubio Landín died in Woodland Wednesday, Oct. 6 at age 79.

Mrs. Landín was born April 9, 1925 in Tamazula Jalisco, Mexico and had been a Yolo County resident for 20 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland.

Survivors include Mrs. Landín's children Maria Luisa Landín, Rosa A. Landín, Francisco Javier Landín Sr. and his wife Obdulia, Ignacio Landín and his wife Rosa Maria, Aarón Landín, Sagrario Landín, Jose Gustavo Landín, Moises Landín and his partner Graciela, Maria del Carmen Landín and her husband Ignacio and Veronica Landín and her husband Angel; her grandchildren, Francisco Javier Jr., Elizabeth, Isabel, Patricia, Susana Alejandra, Alejandra, Ernesto, Omar, Ivette, Josesito, Manelisa, Andrea, Elisita and Adán and great-grandchildren Adair and Alondra. She was preceded in death by her husband Jose Landín Garcia and her daughter Carmelita Landín.

Remembrances in Mrs. Landín's name may be directed to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Sacramento Valley Affiliate, 2443 Fair Oaks Blvd., P.M.B. 223, Sacramento, 95825.

Services: A vigil is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland. Interment will follow the service at St. Joseph's Cemetery. McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, October 09, 2004.)


Metta Louise Reiley Ross Little Landes

Metta Louise Reiley Ross Little Landes, 77, of Beardstown, Ill., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, in Rushville, Ill.

She was born July 12, 1927 in Moline, Ill, the daughter of James Whitcomb and Vera Hollenback Reiley. She married Bert A. Ross II on Feb. 13, 1944 and he preceded her in death. She married Jerry V. Little in Woodland and he preceded her in death. She married Harold "Bud" Landes in 1977.

Surviving is her son Bert A. Ross III of Rushville, Ill.; her daughter Susan L. (husband Ed) Jones of Rushville, Ill.; four granddaughters Lana S. Parrish of Rushville, Ill., and Metta L. Brown, Jamesie Zuniga, and Sallie Ross all of Woodland; eight great-grandchildren; her ex-husband and life companion Harold "Bud" Landes of Beardstown, Ill.; her sister Jeanette Haig of Magnolia, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son James Reiley Ross; seven brothers Jerry, Jack, Jean, Jiles, James, Kenneth, and Orrin Reiley; and her sister Lorna Allene Becker.

Mrs. Landes was raised and attended school in North Hollywood. She was formerly employed at nursing homes in Illinois, and most recently she was a caregiver. She especially enjoyed tending her flower garden (even hoeing weeds), attending auctions and yard sales, and playing Canasta.

Funeral services for Metta Landes will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown, Ill. with burial in the Browning (Illinois) Cemetery.

Memorials have been suggested to the Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville IL. Condolences may be sent to the family at

(A photograph of Metta Landes is included with this obituary.)

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, August 18, 2004.)


Donna Marie Lane

Donna Lane passed away on May 25, 2004 at Sutter Davis Hospital. She was 40 years old. Born on April 3, 1964 in Long Beach, she was a resident of Winters since 1976.

Donna graduated from Greengate Center for Exceptional Children in 1985. She loved music, shoes, swimming and laughter. Anyone she ever met loved her and became more appreciative of life.

Donna is survived by her loving mother, Phyllis Clarke, of Winters; father Wesley Lane, of Cerritos; brothers David Lane, of Winters, Darrell Lane and Richard Clarke of Davis and Jason Lane, of Indiana; sisters Melissa and Jennifer Lane, of Indiana; nephews Caleb and Corey Lane of West Sacramento; Eli Lane, of Davis and nieces Megan and Hannah Lane, of Davis.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Phil and Judy Montgomery, late of Winters; stepfather Peter Clarke, and nephew Matthew Hayes.

A graveside service was held at the Winters Cemetery on Wednesday, June 2 at 2 p.m. All friends and acquaintances were invited to attend. A gathering too place afterwards at her mother's home at 20 East Baker Street in Winters.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, June 3, 2004.)


Kevin M. Lane

Kevin M. Lane of Davis died in an automobile accident on July 3, 2005, in Woodland. Born Sept. 4, 1975, he was 29.

"A friendly, loving, caring person, he never met a stranger," his family said. "He will never be forgotten."

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Ray Shaw, and son Joseph Owen Lyster.

He is survived by his mother, Debra Lane of West Sacramento; daughters Shawna Nicole Angle and Cheyenne Louise Lyster of Woodland; sister Erika R. Vasquez of Yuba City; grandparents Jerry and Ann Latimer of Woodland; aunts Vickie Lane, Leonaki Daniels-Morales and Connie Latimer; uncles Coy Daniels and Randy Latimer and fianc/e Cinthya Acevedo of Davis.

Visitation was July 8. Burial was at 11 a.m. on July 9 on Woodland.

Remembrances may be made to Yolo Federal Credit Union, account No. 57418.

Arrangements were under the direction of McNary's Chapel in Woodland.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, July 18, 2005.)


Frank Luman Lang

Frank Luman Lang, 89, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002 in Woodland. He was born Nov. 6, 1912, in Strawberry Point, Iowa, to Nicholas and Nellie (Fisher) Lang. Considered a gifted athlete, he was captain of the 1925 Iowa State Championship Basketball team.

Mr. Lang came to California in 1927 to work for his uncle on the Fisher-Rich ranch in the Elkhorn area along the Sacramento River. He married Ruth Davies in 1938 and together they built a walnut farming operation in Yolo County.

During more than half a century in agriculture, Mr. Lang made contributions to the development of the walnut industry in California, serving as director and chairman of the California Agriculture Council and as the California Agriculture Council's representative to the National Agriculture Council.

Locally, Mr. Lang represented Yolo County on the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito Board for 28 years, was president of Reclamation Districts 1600 and 537, and commissioner of the Elkhorn Rural Fire District for more than 50 years, and was a strong supporter of Future Farmers of America.

Mr. Long (sic) is survived by his wife, Ruth, children Karen Lang Borman and Kent Alan Lang, seven grandchildren and five great-grandsons. He is also survived by sisters Wanda Meyer and Betty Collins and numerous nieces and nephews in the Midwest and Washington state.

Mr. Lang was preceded in death by his sister Ione Block.

He continued his lifelong love of sports in his support of his grandchildrens' sports activities, rarely missing a game - even during the walnut harvest.

At his request there will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Frank L. Lang to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1329 Howe Ave., suite 110, Sacramento, 95825.

Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements. For further information contact 662-4658 or

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, August 14, 2002.)


William Harry Lange, Jr.

William Harry Lange, Jr., a third-generation Californian, died July 15, 2004, in Davis after a long illness.

He was born in San Francisco on Sept. 2, 1912. Raised in Oakland, where his father was a photo-engraver, he graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1929. During his boyhood, besides being a budding entomologist chasing blue butterflies, he became an Eagle Scout.

He pursued his bachelor's (1933), master's (1934), and Ph.D. in entomology at UC Berkeley (1941). He had the unusual distinction of receiving his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in one year. At that time, associates at the Berkeley Experiment Station were informed they would have one year to complete their Ph.D. or get fired. Harry immediately left Half Moon Bay, where he was working on the artichoke plume moth, and moved back to Berkeley.

He handed his dissertation in on Dec. 6, 1941, the eve of Pearl Harbor, and often remarked that he was lucky he had turned it in that day because he always wrote at night, and a complete blackout was imposed on the Berkeley campus for the next four years.

During the war years, he was stationed at Salinas, where he researched vegetable insect pests and worked part-time on Parthenium argentatum (guayule) in a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture war effort to produce natural rubber. In 1947, he was sent to Saipan to help restore coconut as a commercial crop in the Northern Mariana Islands by finding a parasite to control the coconut rhinoceros beetle. Because of his side interest in snails and slugs, he was also assigned to find a control for the giant African snail that turned the runways into a slippery mess.

He came to UC Davis in 1946 as a lecturer and retired as a full professor in 1983. An internationally known researcher, teacher, taxonomist and systematist, he was a specialist in aphids and aquatic Lepidoptera. He wrote more than 170 publications covering various facets of entomology and pest management.

He was most proud of his work with UC Davis geneticists V.M. Williamson and I. Kaloshian, "An aphid-resistance locus is tightly linked to the nematode-resistance gene, Mi, in tomato," which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 1995.

Lange was a tireless worker for agriculturists in the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Salinas valleys and saved the rice crop in California from the rice water weevil in 1961. He would mentor young entomologists, serving as the 4-H judge for insect collections for Yolo County and shepherding hundreds of students through their courses, many of whom returned to their countries of origin to share what they had learned.

During his career at UC Davis, he was chairman of the committee to build Briggs Hall, chairman of the library and research committee and a pioneer in the development of the master's degree in integrated pest management curriculum. He donated more than 1 million African insects to the Bohart Museum of Entomology as well as a life-time collection of entomological and related books and periodical sets to Shields Library.

He was a trumpet player in the Cal Band for five years and a member of the Berkeley and Oakland symphonies. He also played in the UC Davis Aggie Marching Band for five years as a faculty member to fill in instrumentation. For many years, he would play "The First Noel" on his trumpet on top of Deebo's for Davis' annual Christmas parade.

He received the Award of Distinction of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the C.W. Woodworth Award from the Pacific Branch, Entomological Society of America. The Lange metalmark butterfly, an endangered species whose only known habitat is the Antioch Dunes, was named for him by Dr. John A. Comstock of the L.A. County Museum of Natural History.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Ernst Lange.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen, of Davis and his three daughters from his first wife, Pauline Schulthess, of Kelseyville: Marilyn Larson and her husband George of Bakersfield, and her two children, Dean Foxx of Bakersfield, and Deanna Whalen and her husband Brian of Temecula; Diana Sawall and her husband Erwin of Cave Junction, Ore., and their three children, Curt, of Cave Junction, Erin and his wife Jane, of Medford, Ore., and Erica Fica and her husband Michael of Flower Mound, Texas; and Becky Adams of Carmichael and her three children, Laura Siebert and her husband Michael of Sacramento, Genny Schrader and her husband Jon of Elk Grove, and Mark Adams of Carmichael.

He is also survived by his brother, C. Dan Lange and his wife Thelma of San Mateo; his nephews, Chris and his wife Billie Ann of Visalia, and Andrew and his wife Jean Taylor of Napa; and his niece, Nancy Cutler and her husband Jay of San Francisco. He is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren, seven grand-nieces and nephews and one great-grand nephew.

Lange, who was a soft-spoken, self-effacing man who referred to himself as a "bugologist," had this to say about his career spanning six decades, "Although the Smithsonian Institution offered me my first job - to do taxonomic work on Lepidoptera (moths)-I chose to remain with the University of California, becoming a teacher and agricultural researcher by day and a biosystematist on aquatic Lepidoptera at night. I have never regretted this decision."

Private interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, with a memorial service to take place later this year.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, July 20, 2004.)


Thomas F. Laugenour

WOODLAND (Yolo County)- January 17, 1918- Thomas F. Laugenour, one of the oldest pioneers in the country, died here last night. Laugenour contracteda cold Saturday, which affected his heart and caused death.

Laugenour, who was a native of North Carolina, came to California in 1859. He was married in Sacramento in 1864 to Miss Belle Norton, a native of Monroe County, Missouri, who survives him.

Three children, Mrs. Douglas A. McGriff, Mrs. D. B. Wood and Charles Laugenour, all of Yolo County, are still living.

(The preceding obituary was contributed by Sandra Bordelon, transcribed from the "Sacramento Bee," January 17, 1918.)


Mardell LaNotte (1st of 2 obituaries)

Mardell LaNotte died in Woodland Monday, April 5, 2004, at age 76.

Born Nov. 21, 1927, in Grass Valley, Mrs. LaNotte lived in Colfax for the first 18 years of her life graduating from Placer Union High School and received her BA and teaching credential from Chico State College. She retired from teaching in 1988. She was a member of Shakespeare Club, California Retired Teachers Association, Woodland Democratic Club, American Association of University Women, Woodland Opera House, Woodland Care Car, and Yolo County Historical Society.

Survivors include her children, Bart Hardenbrook of Woodland, Andrea Bjerke and husband John and Bob Hardenbrook and wife Bridget of Rolling Hills Estates; and grandchildren, Brooke, Katy and Erica Bjerke and Skylar and Leah Hardenbrook. She was preceded in death by her husband Nick LaNotte.

The family requests memorials be directed to Woodland Opera House; The Endowment Fund of CRTA; or to Yolo Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2004, at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, April 08, 2004.)

Mardell LaNotte (2nd of 2 obitutaries)

Mardell LaNotte, 30 year resident of Woodland, passed away at home on Monday, April 5. She was born on Nov. 21, 1927 in Grass Valley, Ca. and lived in Colfax, Ca. for the first 18 years of her life, graduating from Placer Union High School and receiving her BA and Teaching Credential from Chico State College. While in Chico, she married fellow student Robert Hardenbrook and taught at Hooker Oak School for two years. When Robert graduated, they moved to Fortuna, in Humbolt County, where he taught at the high school and she taught at Fortuna Elementary. From there, they moved to Carpenteria, Santa Barbara, Riverside, then Davis where Robert was Superintendent of Schools, and she taught at Whitehead Elementary in Woodland. She remained there until her retirement. The Hardenbrooks were divorced after 26 years and three years later, Mardell married Nick LaNotte who was killed in 1987 in a scuba diving accident. Retiring from teaching in 1988, Mardell spent many hours volunteering, traveling, and enjoying her hobbies which included: reading, writing and the arts. Among her special interests were Shakespeare Club, California Retired Teachers (CRTA), Woodland Democratic Club, American Association of University Women, Woodland Opera House, Woodland Care Car, and Yolo County Historical Society.

Surviving Mardell are her three children: Bart Hardenbrook of Woodland, Andrea Bjerke of Davis and her husband John, and Bob Hardenbrook of Rolling Hills Estates, and his wife Bridget. Also surviving are her five grandchildren: Brooke, Katy and Erica Bjerke, and Skylar and Leah Hardenbrook.

Friends are invited to a celebration of her life on Monday, April 19, 2004 at 10 a.m. at McNary's Chapel in Woodland.

Interment will be private at the Colfax Cemetery at a later date. Remembrances may be made to The Woodland Opera House, The Endowment Fund of the CRTA, or to the Hospice of Yolo County.

(A photograph of Mardell LaNotte is included with this obituary.)

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, April 10, 2004.)


Robert E. LaNoue

Robert E. LaNoue, a 16-year resident of Davis, died Dec. 17, 2000, at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Born May 19, 1926, in Los Angeles, he was 74 years old.

LaNoue was raised in Sacramento and graduated from McClatchy High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After high school, he graduated from Stanford University and later received his law degree from the University of San Francisco.

He worked for 30 years for the California Department of Corporations in the Office of Policy. He retired after a distinguished career as an assistant commissioner. He was a member of the Sacramento Yacht Club, the Sierra Club and was a supporter of KVIE, Channel 6.

He was preceded in death by a son, David C. LaNoue, and a grandchild, Lindsay D. Walker.

He is survived by his former wife and good friend, Betsy LaNoue of Davis; his children, Robin M. Walker and her companion Eric Cole of Davis, and Kathy L. Manger of Brodhead, Wis.; his grandchildren, Jennifer L. Walker of Davis, Stefanie M. Walker of Davis, Tiffany R. Manger of Ashland, Ore., Crystal K. Manger of Sacramento, David H. Manger of Brodhead, Wis., Kristy Cole of Santa Rosa and Erika Cole of Santa Rosa.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St. in Davis. Burial will be private at St. Mary's Cemetery in Sacramento.

Remembrances may be made in his name to KVIE, Channel 6, P.O. Box 6, Sacramento, CA 95812.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, December 19, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)


Barbara Helen Lantz

Barbara Helen Lantz of Esparto died at Sutter Davis Hospital Sunday, March 13 at age 72.

Mrs. Lantz was born Oct. 18, 1932 in San Diego to the late Harry and Dorothy Ray. She had been a Yolo County resident for 50 years. She had been a homemaker all of her adult life.

Survivors include Mrs. Lantz's husband, Fred Lantz of Esparto; her daughters, Evelyn Mihal and her husband George, Althea Frankel and her husband Meril all of Sacramento, Roxie Millhollin and her husband Leland of Esparto and Dorothy Hancock and her husband John of Woodland; her sons, Joey Lazaro of Reno, Nev., Jerry Lazaro and his wife Kelly of Woodland and Timothy Lantz of Sun Valley, Nev.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, James Lazaro.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Lantz's name be directed to the Esparto Fire Department. Services: Private services were held at the Capay Cemetery Thursday, March 17. McNary's Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, March 19, 2005.)


Barbara J. Lantz

Barbara Jean Lantz died Dec. 26, 2000, at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. Born Nov. 26, 1959, in Sacramento, she was 41.

She graduated from Davis High School, attended Sacramento City College, and joined the California Conservation Corps. After several moves, she settled in Bishop, where she worked for the U.S. Forest Service.

She was an accomplished trumpet player and won several awards in the Golden Empire competitions in Northern California. She also loved cats and all living things.

Diagnosed with diabetes at age 2, she eventually took disability retirement, but had a strong faith in God that someday she would be cured. Since she was born on Thanksgiving Day, and having been wished for by her loving parents, she knew she was in this world for a special purpose, perhaps to show others that she could be cheerful despite her suffering, her family members said.

She is survived by her parents, Fayne and Lillian Lantz; sisters, Marjorie Vendrasco of Bakersfield and Marilyn Maple of British Columbia, Canada; and brother, Keith Lantz of Texarkana, Ark. She is also survived by four nieces and nephews and six grand-nieces and -nephews.

A memorial service is pending. Donations in her memory may be made to Transplant Patient Research, UC Davis, 2221 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.

For more information, contact Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St. in Bakersfield, or call (661) 873-8200.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, December 29, 2000.)


Fayne H. Lantz

Fayne Harrison Lantz died suddenly at Sutter Memorial Hospital on Sept. 22, 2002. He was born to John Charles Lantz and Glora Mae Cochran Lantz on Nov. 6, 1919, in Cochranton, Pa.

He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II decommissioning Navy vessels near San Diego.

After his honorable discharge from the service, he attended UCLA where he met actor Kirk Douglas, who was starring in the movie, "Young Man with a Horn."

He came to UC Davis as a student in 1950 and received B.S. and M.S. degrees there. He was an influential member of the avian science department at UCD, contributing to nutritional and medical research, including that for muscular dystrophy, until his retirement in 1985.

He was involved in many community services. He was a deacon and an elder as well as the treasurer at Davis Community Church for 20 years. He held several positions in the American Association of Retired Persons at the Davis Senior Center. He supported numerous wildlife and conservation causes and was a member of the Audubon Society.

He enjoyed fishing, traveling, bird watching and especially camping in Yosemite Park with his wife and children. He and his wife, Lillian, enjoyed square dancing from 1953 until his hip surgery precluded the activity in 1989.

He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Barbara Lantz, in December of 2000 and a newborn sister in 1921.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lillian A. Lantz of Davis; two daughters, Marilyn Maple of Pink Mountain, British Columbia, and Marjorie Vendrasco and her husband Michael of Bakersfield; a son, Keith Lantz of Texarkana, Ark.; three granddaughters, Kathleen Salustro and her husband Silvio of Pink Mountain, British Columbia, Laura Richter and her husband Jim of Ft. Nelson, British Columbia, and Melanie Guttner and her husband Andreas of Pink Mountain, British Columbia; and a grandson, Dr. Michael J. Vendrasco of Los Angeles.

He also has six great-grandchildren: Rachael and Gabriela Salustro, Brandon and Skyla Richter and Sonja and Christopher Guttner.

He is further survived by two brothers, Rex Lantz and his wife Shirley and Doyle Lantz and his wife Inez, all of Meadville, Pa.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He truly blessed every life he touched with his selfless, loving and compassionate heart. His focus in life was always on others. He is a gentle soul who will be missed.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Davis Community Church, 412 C St.

Remembrances may be sent to the Davis Community Church or to the Davis Senior Center at 646 A St., Davis, CA 95616.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, September 27, 2002.)


Cammie Lee Lantz

Cammie Lee Lantz died at Alderson Convalescent Hospital, Woodland Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004 at age 95.

Mr. Lantz was born June 6, 1909 in Tulsa, Okla. and had been a Yolo County resident for 65 years. He worked with the Conservation Corps and during World War II worked in the Fairfax shipyards as a welder. After the war, he worked as a farmhand. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include Mr. Lantz's son, Fred Lantz and his wife Barbara of Esparto and seven stepgrandchildren, his sisters Marian Nave of Colorado and Clara Moore of Vacaville, and sister-in-law Leona Lantz of Grainsville, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his wife Neva Ruby Lantz.

The family requests memorials in Mr. Lantz's name be directed to Esparto Fire House, P.O. Box 110, Esparto, 95627 or to the charity of donor's choice.

Services: A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at Capay Cemetery in Esparto with inurnment to follow. After the service a celebration of Mr. Lantz's life will be at the Esparto Community Service Hall, 27228 State Highway 16, Esparto. McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," September 17, 2004.)


Cynthia Jane Alexander LaPorta

Cynthia Jane Alexander LaPorta died Dec. 7, 2002. She was 41 years old.

Ms. LaPorta was born in Sacramento. She had been a resident of Woodland from 1964 to 1976.

She is survived by her two children Matthew Alexander LaPorta and Jessica Diane LaPorta; her mother Leslie Alexander, father Alex "Babe" Alexander, sisters Susan and Laura, as well as by numerous nephews and nieces.

Services: A memorial Mass was held Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Burien, Seattle, Wash.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, February 27, 2003.)


Angelina Valenzuela Lara

Angelina Valenzuela Lara died at Alderson Convalescent Hospital in Woodland Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004 at age 78.

Mrs. Lara was born May 6, 1926 in Sacramento to Alberto Valenzuela Sr. and Librada Rodriguez and had been a Yolo County resident for 65 years. She worked as a homemaker her entire life.

Survivors include Mrs. Lara's daughter, Anna Galvan and her husband Juan of Woodland, sons Michael J. Lemus and his wife Arleen of El Monte, Tommy Lara and his wife Debbie of Reno, Nev. and George Lara of Woodland. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Arvicio Thomas Lara, daughter Lydia Lobato and son-in-law Carlos Lobato.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Lara's name be directed to the Diabetes Association Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2680, N. Canton, Ohio, 44720.

Services: Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. A Rosary will be recited after the visitation at 6 p.m. with Father John Boll officiating. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon, Friday, Sept. 17 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland, with interment to follow at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," September 17, 2004.)


Rose "Rosa" Lara

Rose "Rosa" Lara died on Jan. 16, 2005, at her Knights Landing home. She was 87.

Visitation is from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Evergreen Funeral Chapel, 327 College St. in Woodland. A vigil service begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 513 Locust St. in Knights Landing. A Mass of Christian burial begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Interment will be at the Knights Landing Cemetery, Road 102 in Knights Landing.

Born July 27, 1917, in Yuma, Ariz., to Juan and Hilaria (Ramirez) Meraz, she moved with her family to Knights Landing when she was 6. She was a Yolo County resident for the past 81 years. A homemaker since the age of 18, she was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church for 81 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Lara, in 1955; son, John Lara, in 1969; her sisters, Rita Cital in 1981 and Mary Cruz in 1984; brothers, Refugio Ramirez in 1960 and Clemente Ramirez in 2002; and her grandson, Albert Lara Jr., in 1967.

She is survived by her daughters, Angie Lara of Knights Landing, Rose Tayofa of Sacramento, Esther Lara of Woodland and Patricia Vigil of San Francisco; her son, Albert Lara of Sacramento; and her sister, Sartunina Cabrera of Palermo.

She is further survived by16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Paul's Catholic Church.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, January 19, 2005.)


Thomas H. Larkin

Thomas Heuser Larkin died Feb. 27, 2000, at his Woodland home. Born July 6, 1932, to the late Mendell H. and Jeanie Olsen Larkin, he was 77.

Larkin was a resident of Yolo County for 26 years. He graduated from McClatchy High School in Sacramento in 1950 and UC Berkeley in 1954. He was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity.

While serving in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, he was stationed in Germany.

Larkin was employed by Macy's in Sacramento for 20 years and worked at Yolo County Pool Supply and Servisoft in Woodland for the past six years.

He was a 24-year member of Woodland BPOE #1299. He also served as exalted ruler from 1991-92, was named Woodland Lodge Elk of the Year for 1982-83, was active at the district level, and was secretary of the Woodland Lodge at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, D'Nell Larkin of Woodland; children, Katherine and David Larkin, both of Woodland; and granddaughters, Mistie, Celina and Jeanie Larkin all of Woodland.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Woodland Elks Lodge, 500 Bush St. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Major Project through the Woodland Lodge or the Yolo Hospice.

McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," the week of Feb. 27, 2000.)


Hazel Marie Larock

Hazel Marie Larock died peacefully in her sleep before dawn in Woodland on March 3, 2005. She was 92 years old.

She was the fourth of five children born to Martha Baust Lambert and her husband William Edward Lambert. Her father was born in Twickenham, London, England, and immigrated to San Francisco with his family as a boy.

Years later, he met his San Francisco-born wife-to-be after his sister's piano lesson. The San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 caused the couple to relocate to Berkeley, where Hazel was born May 31, 1912. She attended Garfield School and Berkeley High School. Upon graduation in 1930 she worked as a secretary at Garfield School and as secretary to the Berkeley Board of Education.

Through mutual friends, she met Ralph Wyant Larock, and they married in a ceremony in her parents' Berkeley home on Jan. 9, 1937. Her matron of honor was her sister Florence, and the best man was Ted Blake, a close friend of the groom. They took up residence in homes in Kensington, just north of Berkeley, living first on Oak View Avenue and then on Avon Road, between 1937 and 1996.

They had two sons, Bruce and Richard, in 1940 and 1944. One of the annual family highlights was a week's vacation at the Berkeley city camp on the Tuolumne River above Groveland. Each year the family would reserve the tent house called #57 Ladybug Lane and enjoy a variety of recreations in the camp and along the river, including nightly campfires.

After her father died in 1953, she became a confidante, caregiver and grocery shopper with and for her mother for more than 25 years.

In 1996, she and her husband moved to The Californian retirement residence in Woodland to live closer to family.

Her hobbies were gardening, knitting, sewing and crocheting. Her family says she also enjoyed celebrations with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Larock; her three brothers, Edward, Robert and William Lambert; and her sister, Florence Porter.

She is survived by two sons, Bruce Larock and his wife Susan of Davis and Richard Larock of Ames, Iowa.

She is further survived by her granddaughters, Lynne Marie Larock and her husband Scott Lindhurst of Granite Bay, and Jean Ellen Larock of Davis; great-grandson Henry Lindhurst; and two nieces, four nephews and their families.

Her wish was for no services. Final arrangements were made by the UC Davis School of Medicine. The family wishes to express its appreciation to the devoted caregivers at The Californian who made her last years more comfortable.

Remembrances may be given to the donor's favorite church or charity, or to the Arboretum at UC Davis.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, March 9, 2005.)


Jens Rolighed Larsen

Jens Rolighed Larsen, 63, of Vacaville, passed away on Jan. 12, 2004, in his home, following a 19-month battle with brain cancer.

Born Feb. 19, 1940, in Denmark, he resided in Vacaville. He was self-employed as the owner of Jens Masonry Supply from 1967 to the 1980s and Danco Properties, which focused on commercial real estate development, until he passed away.

Mr. Larsen was voted Businessman of the Year in 1998 by Antelope Highlands Chamber of Commerce. He served in the Danish Navy before coming to California. He became an American citizen in 1990. He loved golf and was a member of the Bodega Bay Men's Club.

Mr. Larsen is survived by his wife of 38 years, Joan (Ichtertz), of Vacaville; daughter and son-in-law, Lanisa and Jeff Howerton of Vacaville; son and doughtier-in-law, Michael and Kimberly Larsen of Vacaville; sister and brother-in-law Anne Grethe Muller and Kristian Muller of Denmark; brother Soren Larsen and his wife Inga Larsen of Denmark; sister-in-law Judith Larsen of California; mother-in-law Myrtle Ichtertz, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Gaylene and Harold Anderson, all of Winters; grandchildren Kylie, Alexis and Makaila and one expected in February, and many cousins, nieces and nephews in Denmark and California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Laurits and Maren, of Denmark; Karl and Hanne of Denmark and Albert, of California.

No formal services were held. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's preference, Kaiser Hospice or Brain Cancer Research.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, January 22, 2004.)


John Byron Larsen

John Byron Larsen died in Colusa, Friday, Nov. 26 at age 93.

Mr. Larsen was born July 31, 1911 in Lewiston, Utah, to John Christian and Harriet Comish Larsen. He attended Utah State College for four years. He worked for Spreckles Sugar Company for 40 years as a ranch supervisor, fieldman, agricultural superintendent and agricultural district manager. He retired to Colusa with his wife in 1982. He was active in the Rotary Club, the Elks Club, King City Golf Club and the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Salinas Valley Farm Bureau and Salinas Rodeo Planning Committee. He was a lifetime credential member of the King City Fair Board and served as President of the King City School Board.

Survivors include Mr. Larsen's daughter, Louise Woodring and her husband Robert of Colusa; his grandchildren, Todd Woodring of Orange County, Darsel Forney and Chad Woodring of Colusa; his great-grandchildren, Rikki, Jada and Madison Forney, Braden and Lilly Larsen Woodring, Aiden Byron and Ariana Woodring, and Kiyan and Zayan Noyes and his niece, Suzanne Alziebler of Santa Clarita. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Frances Castro Larsen and his sisters, Angela Johnson and Barbara Hardwick.

Services: Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the McNary-Moore Chapel in Colusa. A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, 1150 Fifth St., Colusa. Burial will follow the church services at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Colusa. Funeral Services are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, November 30, 2004.)


Elizabeth A. Larson

Elizabeth Arlene Larson died April 30, 2000. Born April 26, 1926, she was 74.

Since 1975, she had lived in Davis, where she shared her friendship, love and artistic skills with the Davis community until 1996, when she required special care due to dementia.

At the time of her death, she lived in a Sacramento care facility, where she was known for her beautiful smile.

She is survived by her only son, David M. Larson.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 725 Elmwood Drive in Davis, with burial to follow at the Woodland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Time Off for Caregivers program, in care of the Davis Senior Center.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," the week of April 30, 2000.)


Lydia Luraschi

Lydia Luraschi died in Woodland Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at age 90.

Born Sept. 7, 1913, a native of Woodland, Miss Luraschi was a lifelong resident of Woodland. She graduated from Woodland High School, and Beauty College. She was a hairdresser for over 50 years. She was an active member of the Woodland Healthcare Auxiliary at Woodland Memorial Hospital, knitted caps for the newborns. She was also a member of the Italian Catholic Federation, and was a bridge player.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Nancy Morrow (George) of Sacramento, Lynda Steinke (Ron) of Salemn, Ore., Bill Bascherini (Carol) of Fair Oaks, Tom Musgrove (Sherrie) of Granite Bay; eight great-nieces and nephews; and seven great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Argia Landucci Luraschi and Luigi Luraschi, natives of Italy; and sisters, Alice Luraschi Bascherini and Nora Luraschi Musgrove.

The family requests memorials be directed to Holy Rosary Church, Woodland.

Services: Celebration of Life gathering and luncheon will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Holy Rosary Parish Hall, 315 Walnut St., Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, November 16, 2003.)


Aaron Mark Laskey

The following obituary was contributed by George Mallman from the June 1907 issue of the "Grizzly Bear," which was the official organ of the Native Sons of the Golden West and the Native Daughters of the Golden West.

Aaron Mark Laskey, one of Woodland's respected pioneers, passed away May 8, (1907) at the family home in that city. He had resided in Woodland for thirty-nine years. His death is mourned by a large circlue of friends.


Doris Patricia Laskier

Doris Patricia Laskier of Davis died on March 20, 2002, in Sacramento. She was 83.

Born Doris Patricia Moore on March 3, 1919, in Birkenhead, England, she immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area with her late husband, Herbert Joseph "Jim" Laskier, and two children in 1958.

A lover of nature, walking, books, conversation and travel, she had lived in Davis since 1997, where she enjoyed the activities of the Davis Senior Center.

She is survived by her son, Pete Laskier and his wife Barbara Call of Ross and Truckee; daughter, Adrienne Laskier and her husband Will Corral of Davis; stepdaughter, Vivienne Exelrod of San Francisco; and granddaughter, Lolinda Williams of Santa Rosa.

She is survived in England by her beloved brother and sister, Albert Moore and Elsie Peacock, and numerous nieces and nephews there and in Canada.

Her ashes will be scattered in California, but her family says "her love and spirit will be with us always."

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, March 29, 2002.)


Horton Meyer Laude

Horton Meyer Laude, a UC Davis professor emeritus of agronomy and range science, died Oct. 8, 2004, after a long illness. He was 89.

He was born Feb.. 25, 1915, in Beaumont, Texas, the only child of Hilmer H. and Edna Horton Laude. He spent his childhood in Manhattan, Kan., and was a 1937 graduate of Kansas State University.

From 1937 to 1939, he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He earned his doctorate in botany at the University of Chicago in 1941.

In 1946, after serving in the U.S. Army, he married Jane Gale and joined the UCD faculty.

His teaching and research career spanned 35 years. He retired in 1981 and was honored by his alma mater with the Kansas State University Distinguished Service Award for that year.

His widely published research included work on the physiology, ecology, adaptation and development of range plants and cereals. In 1964 he was a Rockefeller Foundation visiting professor in Chapingo, Mexico, and in 1968 he was a visiting fellow at Lincoln College in New Zealand.

He was a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and had served as president of its western branch, as well as president of the Western Society of Crop Science. He belonged to several other professional and scientific societies, including Sigma Xi.

He is survived by his wife Jane and daughter Jennifer, both of Davis, and his son Richard of Palo Alto.

Private services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association or Yolo Hospice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, October 18, 2004.)


Jane Gale Laude

Jane Gale Laude died peacefully on Oct. 30, 2004, just three weeks after the death of her husband, Horton. She was 88.

Friends are invited to a service at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road, followed by an 11 a.m. gathering at University Retirement Community to remember both Jane and Horton Laude.

Born Mary Jane Gale July 1, 1916, in Ivor, Va., she was the fourth of seven children of Dr. John Samuel Gale Jr. and Frances Cofer Rogers Gale. She was a 1938 graduate of Florida State College for Women, where she majored in education, but also cultivated her artistic talent. She returned to Virginia where she taught high school for several years.

She met her future husband while teaching languages to Army Signal Corps officers in Arlington, Va., and they married in Ivor on Feb. 2, 1946, just before moving to Davis where he joined the UC Davis faculty in agronomy.

Her family says that while she very much loved her life and friends in Davis, she never gave up her Virginia identity or accent. She always maintained close ties to her family and delighted in being a Western exponent of Southern grace and hospitality.

She began painting again in the 1970s, and her art remained a primary focus in her life for three decades. She became well known locally for her portrait work and especially enjoyed her relationships with the families whose children she painted.

She is survived by her daughter Jennifer of Davis and her son Richard of Palo Alto; her brother, Dr. James C. Gale of Roanoke, Va.; and her sisters, Frances Dalton of Belton, Texas, and Cordelia Burrow of South Lyon, Mich.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Yolo Hospice and the Davis Art Center for the student scholarship fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, November 4, 2004.)


Wilmoth Louise Laugenour

Funeral Notice

Wilmoth Laugenour died at her home on Sunday, July 4, 2004, with her children at her bedside. She was 82 years old.

Born on Aug. 25, 1921, in Fremont, Neb., Willi moved to Woodland when she was 2 years old. She attended Dingle Elementary and Woodland High schools, graduating in 1939. She got to know her future husband, Eugene Laugenour Jr., while they both sang in the church choir, and later were married in San Francisco.

As a married woman and mother, Willi believed in being resourceful, living a clean life, and doing things with her family. Many activities throughout her life were centered around the family home in Sacramento, or Fremont Presbyterian Church. Willi had an amazing spirit about her, and was always ready for some sort of adventure. She enjoyed her life and the many people that she met along the way. Her favorite treat was a Vic's extra-thick milkshake, or a good dinner at the Pheasant Club.

Wilmoth was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Laugenour Jr., on April 7, 2001. She is survived by her three children, Stephen Laugenour and wife Teri of Woodland, Susan Raffetto and husband Peter of Sacramento and David Laugenour and wife Debbie of Auburn.

She is also survived by grandchildren Sean Morrison and wife Mollie, Kelly Laugenour and husband Josh Jimerfield, Jill Laugenour, Tom and Mark Laugenour, Mike and Katie Raffetto, and great, granddaughter Moseley Morrison.

A private, family burial was held Thursday, July 8, at Mary's Cemetery in rural Yolo County.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento.

The family requests memorials to be directed to Young Life Sacramento.

Klumpp Funeral Home of Sacramento is assisting the family with arrangements.

(A photograph of Wilmoth Laugenour is included with this obituary.)

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, July 11, 2004.)


Suzanne C. Laughlin

Suzanne C. Laughlin died in her home on June 24, 2000, after a long illness. Born Aug. 7, 1920, in Privas, France, she was 79.

During World War II she met an American soldier named John in Lyon, France. They were married 54 years ago on Dec. 26, 1946, in New York City.

She taught French in the Homewood Flossmoore school district in Illinois for 20 years. She then retired to Sebastian, Fla., where she enjoyed living on the Indian River. In September 1998 she moved to Davis to be near her son Philip and his family.

She is survived by her husband, John Laughlin of Davis; two sons, Steven Laughlin and his wife Margaret of Milwaukee, Wis., and Philip Laughlin and his wife Tina of Davis; and five grandsons, Jonathon, Patrick, Daniel, Matthew and Samuel.

A reception for family and friends will be held Saturday, July 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the club lounge at the University Retirement Community on Shasta Drive in West Davis.

McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," June 25, 2000.)


Alex John Lavorico, Jr.

Alex John Lavorico Jr., our loving father, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2004, in San Jose. He was born on January 26, 1952 in Woodland. He lived in Woodland for 20 years, and then moved to San Jose to lead a wonderful life. He did just that with his loving wife Donna Lavorico. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his six children, Alex Lavorico III and wife Kathy, Stella Lara and husband Vincent, and Arthur Lavorico, all of Woodland; Erick Lavorico, Raquel Lavorico, and Natalie Lavorico, all of San Jose. He was a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren, Alex IV and Luke Lavorico; Mariah, Vincent and Marcos Lara, and unborn grandchild Lara, all of Woodland. He leaves behind four brothers, Danny, Eddie, David, and Ralph Lavorico all of Woodland, as well as numerous nephews and nieces and a large extended family that will miss him very much. Alex was preceded in death by his father and mother, Alex Lavorico Sr. and Virginia Medina Lavorico, and his father-in-law Reyes Noriega.

Alex worked for the Santa Clara County VTA for 17 years. He had many interests, including softball, but his main interest was taking care of his family. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in their many sporting events and helping them with their hobbies. He made frequent trips to Woodland to visit his family, which was quite large, and it was always a good time when he came to visit.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Rosary will be held also on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The burial service will be held on Wednesday, May 5, at 11 a.m. All services will be at the Oak Hill Chapel, 300 Curtner Ave. in San Jose. Oak Hill Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Inquiries may be made by calling 408-297-2447 or 315-1150.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Monday, May 03, 2004.)


Delphine Rosalie Lawrence

Delphine Rosalie Lawrence died on Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at age 99.

Born April 1, 1904, in Theresa Island, Azores, Mrs. Lawrence had been a Yolo County resident for 80 years. She came to U.S. at 19 months of age. She attended schools in Ione, and completed school to the 8th grade. She was a homemaker and member of the Cabrillo Club No. 26 of Woodland.

Survivors include her son, Louis Lawrence; daughter, Adelaide Davis and husband Charles; daughter-in-law, Elaine Lawrence; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lawrence; sons, Joseph Jr. and William Lawrence; parents, Maria and Frank Vieira; brother, Frank Vieira; daughters-in-law, Thelma B, Angie and Grace Lawrence; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorials be directed to the charity of donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.

Services: A funeral mass is scheduled to be said at 10 a.m. today Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Woodland, with a burial to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, April 23, 2003.)


Joseph R. Lawrence

Joseph R. Lawrence died at The Californian in Woodland on Mary 23, 2002. Born Sept. 20, 1909, in Oakland to the late John and Agnes Lawrence, he was 92.

He was a resident of Yolo County for 37 years. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1927 to 1930. He was employed by the city of Oakland Police Department for 25 years. After retiring in Oakland as a lieutenant, he went to work for the Yolo County Sheriff's Department for 10 years. He was a member and past president of the Yolo Fliers Club. He served on the board of directors of the Yolo Federal Credit Union and was a member of the Holy Rosary Church.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Tuttle of Whitefish, Mont., and son, Brian Lawrence of Moraga; grandchildren, Michael Lawrence of Seattle, Wash., Michele Farnung of Walnut Creek, Annie Tuttle of Bridgeville and Izzy Tuttle of Davis. He is also survived by his brother, Frank Lawrence of Walnut Creek.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian E. Lawrence on July 10, 1999.

Respecting his wishes, no service will be held.

McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, May 27, 2002.)


Mary Lawrence

Mary Lawrence died in Woodland, Monday, Dec. 6 at age 80.

Miss Lawrence was born July 19, 1924 in Cordele, Ga. She had been a Yolo County resident for four years. She was a writer in the advertising, entertainment and legal professions.

Survivors include Miss Lawrence's sisters, Geraldine Brown of Los Angeles and Nellie Gordon of Daytona Beach, Fla. and her ex-husband, Tom Vukodinovich of Woodland. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lula; her father, Frank; her sisters, Thelma and Doris and her brothers, George, Frank and Raymond.

Services: Respecting the wishes of Miss Lawrence, no services are scheduled. McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, December 14, 2004.)


Elizabeth Lawson

Mrs. Elizabeth Lawson, mother of Mrs. W.J. Price, died at the residence of her daughter, near Buckeye, on March 27th, aged 78 years, nine months and twelve days. She was a member of the Baptist church of which she had been an earnest, consistent communicant for nearly forty years. She leaves five sons, two daughters and over one hundred grand and great grandchildren. Three of her children are on this coast; the balance reside in Missouri. The funeral took place from the lady's house in Cottonwood, her remains being interred in that place, and was conducted by Rev. T.R. Bowles, of this place.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Saturday, April 5, 1890.)


John D. Lawson

(The following obituary was transcribed by Betty Loose.)

"Sacramento Union," Sunday July 15, 1917.


LAWSON - In Woodland (Yolo Co.), July 13, 1917, John D. LAWSON, husband of Mrs. Jane Lawson, father of Mrs. Wallace BONDS, William H., Robert G. and Edward B. Lawson of Woodland, and James B. Lawson of Okaland, a native of Tennessee, aged 84 years, 11 months and 28 days.


Joseph Lazaro

Joseph Lazaro died following a four and one half years battle with cancer in East Plumas District Hospital Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at age 76.

Born Oct. 12, 1925, in Mankus Corner, Mr. Lazaro had been an Esparto residence for 30 years and had resided in Portola for the past eight years. He was a carpenter and was a member of Union Local 160. He had also operated the family apricot ranch and drying yard - "Lazaro Ranches." During World War II, he served as a radioman aboard the U.S.S. Robinson - DD562 from 1943 to 1946. He was a 45 years member of the V.F.W. of Woodland Post, 40 years member of Woodland Elks Lodge, four years member of American Legion Post No. 329, Portola; and also a member of Tin Can Sailors Association.

Mr. Lazaro is survived by his wife, Betty Lazaro of Portola; daughters, Evelyn Mihal of Sacramento, Roxanne Millhollin of Esparto, Dodie Truitt of Woodland and Althea Frankel of Kings Beach; daughter-in-law, Tina Mota of Sacramento; and sons, Joe III, also of Sacramento and Jerry Lazaro of Woodland.

He is also survived by his sisters, Connie Perrier of Colusa, Ramona Winters of Williams, Maryanna Husted of Apache Junction, Ariz., Rose Lazaro of Carson City, Nev., and Ann Roberts of Topeka, Kan.; brother, Tony of Carson City, Nev.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lazaro was preceded in death by his son, James Lazaro.

A graveside inurnment service in scheduled at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at Esparto Cemetery. Meet at Esparto High School at 1:30 p.m.

Manni Funeral Home of Portola is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Wednesday, March 06, 2002.)

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