Donald Bowie Franklin

Donald Bowie Franklin

January 8th, 1946 to February 6th, 2015

Don Franklin passed away on February 6th, 2015 at his home in Chalfant, CA after a lengthy battle with colon cancer.
Don was born in Los Angeles, grew up in southern California, graduating from Gardena High School in 1963. He spent most of his working career in the industrial laundry, linen supply business, rising to General Manager of the Bakersfield division of Valley Industrial Services.
While living in Bakersfield, Don was active in youth sports and the Bakersfield Breakfast Lions Club. He served one term as club President and, another year, was named Lion of the Year.
Don was first introduced to the high sierras, as a boy in the 1950’s, while taking family vacations. Their vacations stretched from Independence Creek to Bridgeport, and he loved every bit of it. He thought at the time that this would be a great place to live, and he was certainly right.
The opportunity to move to Bishop occurred in 1986. He continued his working career with Bishop Laundry and Linen Supply. He worked at the Union Carbide Tungsten Mill from the mid-90’s until they closed in 2000. He spent the remaining 12 years of work with Mono County, working at the Benton Crossing Landfill. He retired in November, 2012.
Throughout his life Don enjoyed various sports and activities. Water skiing, boating, snow skiing and golf were always a part of his life. However, his favorite activities involved the High Sierras. Camping, fishing, hiking and exploring local sites of interests were great fun.
Don enjoyed introducing the Sierras to family and friends. Mule Days was always a great event for the family, and once a year for several years, a group of about 20 or so would gather to tube the Owens River.
Don and Linda enjoyed their first date on Thanksgiving, 1997 as dinner guests at the home of Bob and Kay Darling. From there, it was a short journey to falling in love and they have been joined at the hip ever since. Don and Linda were married in July, 2001.
Don and Linda enjoyed travel and did so as often as possible. They made several ocean cruises, two trips to Hawaii, a vacation to Washington D.C., and a family reunion in San Antonio, TX. One of their favorite vacations was a road trip to Mesa Verde, CO to explore the Indian Cliff Dwellings.
Don’s sense of humor knew no boundaries. He loved to laugh, and even more, he loved to make others laugh. Don appreciated and protected God’s good earth and all the creatures that inhabit it. Over the years, Don and Linda shared their home and made family of three precious puppies – Scooter, Suzee and Maggie.
Don accepted Jesus as his Savior several years ago, and with Linda’s guidance and encouragement, joined St. Timothy’s Anglican Church. He was baptized and confirmed, and Don felt these two events brought his spiritual life full circle. St. Tim’s church family quickly embraced and bonded with Don and he with them. All of Don’s family and friends are at peace knowing that he is free of pain at home with his Lord.
Don is survived by wife Linda, daughter and son-in-law Jacque and Jeremy Jans of Bakersfield, daughter and son-in-law Julie and Scott Carlson of Bakersfield, stepsons Michael and Mark Heffron of Bishop, sister Sally Sessions of Lancaster, CA, brother and sister-in-law Tom and Judy Franklin of Fayatteville, GA, 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, many loving nephews and nieces and friends galore. Don was preceded in death by infant son Steven Bowie Franklin, infant daughter Johanna May Franklin, sister Nancy Lee Stewart and brother Anthony David Franklin.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 at 11:00am at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 700 Hobson Street, Bishop, CA, followed by a graveside ceremony at the East Line Street Cemetery. A Celebration of Life reception will follow at St. Timothy’s. Father John Paul Wadlin officiating.

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Neil Morris

Neil Vernon Morris  1956-2015

Neil Vernon Morris was born on December 23, 1956 and passed away on January 20, 2015 at Renown Hospital with family by his side. He was born to Conrad and Arlene Morris in Bishop California. On that evening around 7:00, as the Christmas Carolers walked the halls singing Christmas songs to the patients, Neil was born. His eyes widened as he heard the music. We know that at that moment his love for music began.
Neil lived in Bishop for the first four year of his life. His father worked for the phone company and the family made several moves in the years that followed. They moved to Victorville in 1961, Minden Nevada in 1964, Apple Valley California in 1967 and Bellevue Washington in 1970. The Northwest was where Neil decided to make his home until 2011.
He graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue Wa. in 1975. He continued his education at the University of Washington in Seattle. Neil was employed at “Band Wagon Music Store” during high school and college. While attending college he was given the opportunity to become manager of the store. His passion for music convinced him that this was the path he would take. He loved helping young students and taught them to play and encouraged them to pursue their love for playing musical instruments. He started playing the standup bass in the fourth grade and from then on he was in all the school bands and many more bands-mostly playing the electric bass and Rock N’ Roll. He was married to Denise Opfer for 20 years. After closing his music store, Neil was employed at Entco where he was the event planner. He coordinated many events and conventions for large corporations including General Motors, Weyerhauser and Boeing. He was an Honorary Member of the “Thundering Angels” motorcycle club and planned numerous rallies and fundraisers. The money raised was used to help families in need with housing. Neil returned to Bishop in 2011 to spend time with family. Recently, he’s been enjoying and thriving as he plays his electric bass in the band “The Unwanted” He has made many friends and touched many lives. He is known for doing random acts of kindness and helping others whenever he can. There are no strangers in Neil’s world, he is everyone’s friend. His love for life and laughter is how he will be remembered.
Neil is survived by his parents Conrad and Arlene Morris, sister and brother in law – Kristin and Robert Carr, niece – Whitney Carr, nephew and wife- Garrett and Terees Carr and his Uncle and Aunt- Howard and Wenda Holland. Neil leaves behind numerous cousins and friends.

A memorial service and luncheon for Neil will be held 12:00 PM, Saturday, January 31 at Bishop Elks Lodge #1603. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be given to the Bishop Unified School District Band and Music Department or to a charity of your choice.


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Cleo Miles

Cleo Miles, 1910-2015

Long-time Big Pine resident, Cleo Ava Miles, age 104, born in Floyd, Iowa on September 20, 1910, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on January 20, 2015. At the age of 18, Cleo moved from Iowa to Southern California to attend the UCLA School of Business where she met her first husband, William Vance. They were married, started their family, and moved to Big Pine in 1950 where they owned the Big Pine Store, Big Pine General Store and several other properties in the town of Big Pine for many years. After the passing of her husband in 1959, Cleo continued to operate the store retiring and selling the business in 1963, and marrying her second husband, Dr. Carson Miles in 1966.
Cleo was a caring and giving person, who not only enjoyed spending time with family and friends, but very much enjoyed volunteering her time and efforts to many organizations and groups including the Big Pine Care Center, Bishop Care Center, Salvation Army, Hospice Thrift Shop, and Wild Iris to name a few. She was a dedicated member of the Big Pine Methodist Church and the Big Pine Methodist Women’s group. Throughout her lifetime, Cleo was the recipient of many recognition awards for her selfless and charitable service to these agencies. Anyone who knew Cleo also knew of her passion for reading as well as her love for baking and sewing as was known for her delicious baked goodies and hand-sewn/knitted items.
Cleo is survived by her brother, Robert Winner of Arkansas, son, Bob Vance and wife, Patricia of Big Pine; Grandsons, Patrick Vance and wife Lenna, Jeremy Vance and wife Lynda, Mike Neil and wife Becky, Ron Neil and wife Dana, and Billy Neil; Granddaughters, Paula Thomson and husband Jason, Shari Harris and husband Joe, Sara Vance and husband Jason Barlow, Cathy Hill and late husband Billy Hill, Debbie Dyer and husband Larry, Karen Belden and husband Rick, Linda Schaaf and husband Gary, and Cheryl Brown. Cleo is also survived and remembered by 23 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren, and the extended Miles family. Cleo was preceded in death by husbands William Vance, and Dr. Carson Miles, sister Dorothy Blakely, brothers Art and John Winner, daughter Marilyn Vance, son William Vance, Jr., grandson Robbie Vance, and great-granddaughter Jenny Neil.
Services for Cleo Ava Miles will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Big Pine Methodist Church with Reverend Karen Moore officiating with burial to follow at the Big Pine Cemetery and reception at the Big Pine Town Hall. In lieu of flowers, it was Cleo’s wish for donations to be made to the Big Pine Methodist Church or the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department.

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Duane Dutro

Duane Howard Dutro


Duane Howard Dutro 65, Born on Oct. 1, 1949 in Altadena CA. passed away in Loma Linda CA on Dec. 7, 2014. Duane is survived by mother Patricia Dutro of Bishop, brother Michael Dutro of West Covina and sister Linda Pendergraft of San Jacinto.
A Memorial services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday January 17, 2015 at Brune Mortuary. Pastor Les Smith to officiate.

Duane Howard Dutro

Duane Howard Dutro


Duane Howard Dutro 65, Born on Oct. 1, 1949 in Altadena CA. passed away in Loma Linda CA on Dec. 7, 2014. Duane is survived by mother Patricia Dutro of Bishop, brother Michael Dutro of West Covina and sister Linda Pendergraft of San Jacinto.
A Memorial services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday January 17, 2015 at Brune Mortuary. Pastor Les Smith to officiate.

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Carl John Lawrence

Carl John Lawrence

Carl John Lawrence, Age 72 of Big Pine, CA for 30 years born on March 25, 1942 in Palo Alto, CA. passed away peacefully on January 9, 2015 in Reno, NV. Carl is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mary Lawrence, his son Carlos Meza, his sister Margie Amaral, and brother Art Lawrence.

Carl’s survivors include his wife Maria Lawrence of Big Pine, CA, his son Carly Lawrence (Kimberly) of Jamestown, IN, his daughter Lori Taylor of Oregon, his son Fernando (Catherine) Meza of Mt. Pleasant, SC and daughter Veronica Meza of Albuquerque, NM,12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother Dan (Jeanne) of Chowchilla, CA, Bill Lawrence of Bishop, CA. and many nieces and nephews that he loved like his children.

Carl loved his family and spending time with them. He also loved the Lord and his Catholic faith. He was a very hard working man until he retired and he loved his Gold Mining.

Visitation and Rosary will be Friday January 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Brune Mortuary in Bishop, CA and Funeral will be  Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop. Burial will follow in Big Pine, CA.



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Curtis Eugene “Nick” Charles

Curtis Eugene “Nick” Charles

Curtis Eugene “Nick” Charles, age 68, died at home on December 29. 2014.

Born to Russell and Faye Charles in Franklin, Ohio on November 2, 1946, he lived in Garden Grove before settling in Bishop, CA in 1988.  He worked as a printer and was an active member of the Lions Club before retiring in 2010.

Survivors include his wife, Lynda, his sons, Robert and Russel, daughter-in-law Alicia, and grandchildren Trevor and Troy Charles.

No services will be held at the request of the deceased.


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“Sarg” Snyder

Florence Irene “Sarg” Snyder

“Sarg” Snyder age 89, a resident of Bishop for 67 years was born in Los Angeles, CA May 11, 1925 passed away on December 29, 2014 in Bishop.
Sarg was born in Los Angeles , CA and graduated from Compton High School in 1943. While living in Compton, she met her future husband of 68 years Gene Snyder. Though they met as teens they agreed not to wed until after Gene’s return from service in WWII. The pair moved to Bishop in 1947 together with their best friends Marv and Ricki Tetrick, during that time Sarg worked as an operator for the telephone company and raised her three children. She continued to work for the phone company until her retirement in 1983.
In her younger years she was she was a member of the Junior Women’s Improvement Club. She loved to do the Kankan and was an avid golfer. After her retirement she volunteered for hospice and she and Gene enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and their second home in Yuma Arizona. The pair also took part in an extensive trip through Europe to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D day.
While her given name was Florence Irene, the name Florence, Flossy, and Flo were completely unacceptable, as anybody who knew her well could attest to. If you valued your life, you called her “Sarg” a nickname given to her in her youth by a dear friend who admired her colorful vocabulary and its likeness to that of his drill sergeant.
In her twilight years, nothing became as important to her as her family; she was a constant presence in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all of whom will greatly miss their birthday phone calls each year wherein she would “sing” happy birthday at the top of her lungs until you could no longer hold the phone to your ear.
She will be remembered for her hugs so tight you couldn’t breathe, her fantastic sense of humor, and her infectious laugh that filled the room whenever she was around. Though her great grandchildren would probably argue that her “denture trick” was one of her best qualities.
While she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, it is a comforting thought knowing that she is now reunited with her beloved son Dean. The pair are likely smiling down upon us all from Heaven right now marveling over the fact that they “got in.”
Survivors include, husband for 68 years Gene Snyder, son and daughter-in-law John and Marie Snyder, daughter Evelyn Snyder, grandchildren, Camerin Kreizenbeck, husband Garret and great grandchildren Will and Phoebe, Ian Snyder, Morgan Ray husband KC and great grandchildren Birch, Ridge and Rowen Alyse Snyder and Peter Ascencio.
Funeral services will be Saturday January 10, 2015 at 11: 00 at Brune Mortuary, 325 West Elm Street in Bishop. Interment will be private at East Line Street Cemetery.
For those who wish, donations may be made in honor of Sarg to: the Hospice of the Owens Valley, 162 Line Street, Bishop, CA 93514.


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Dale Watterson

Dale “Jug” Watterson 1950-2014

Dale “Jug” Watterson, 64, of Bishop, Ca. passed away on December 21, 2014 in his home surrounded by loved ones.   Jug was born in Bishop to Pearl Watterson on September 14, 1950.  He spent his childhood hunting and fishing with his Gramps, brothers and cousins. He joined the Army in 1969, he then met the love of his life, Patti Macklin and on August 14, 1976 made her a Watterson and together they raised two beautiful daughters.
Dale worked for the Bishop Union Elementary School district as a bus driver and mechanic retiring in June of 2010 after 28 years of service.  He loved playing fast pitch softball, riding horses, branding cattle, watching his oldest daughter rodeo and his youngest daughter play sports. In the later years he enjoyed watching and coaching his grandchildren’s sports. He enjoyed his hunting and fishing trips with his son-in-law Marin Parra. He loved riding in his jeep, hiking the mountains and looking for sheds with his brothers.  Jug was preceded in death by his Mother Pearl Allen, brother-in-law Wayne Chasing Crow, niece Kristen Andrade and nephew Harry Andreas III. Jug was survived by his wife Patti, daughter Renee Parra and husband Marin Parra, daughter Monica Watterson, brother Leland Watterson, sister-in-law Monica Watterson, sister Valerie Spoonhunter and husband Ron Spoonhunter, sister Cynthia Stone and husband Raymond Stone Jr., brother Durice Allen, sister Ramona Chasing Crow, sister Brenda Allen, sister Clarice Andreas and husband Harry Andreas Jr., grandchildren Dante Parra, Falon Parra, Saige Connolly and Savannah Connolly. He also had numerous Nieces, nephews and cousins which he loved very much.
There will be a cry dance Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Allen residence located at 2832 North Sierra Hwy. Services will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11AM at Brune mortuary with internment to follow at West line Cemetery.



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Geraldine Kerley

Geraldine (Ellis) Kerley


Geraldine (Ellis) Kerley, born July 1, 1933 in Silverton, Colo. to the late Frosty and Dora Ellis, passed away Dec. 12, 2014.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Edgar Kerley; her parents; and eldest sister, Eileen Leslie.
Survivors include siblings, Norma Samari, Avis Godown, Carol and husband Richard Nichols, Barbara Webster and Pat Mathieu; brother-in-law, Gene Leslie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gerry began a 43-year career with Federal Civil Service, while completing college when she was hired at Edwards Air Force base in 1952. She was a competent, diligent employee, which led to quick promotions and eventually appointment to executive secretarial positions.  She was assigned for three years to Chateauroux Air Base in Chateauroux, France and upon her return to Edwards Air Force Base she was hired by NASA Flight Division for the space shuttle program. Her job included secretarial duties to and for the original group of renowned astronauts. Her experience included temporary assignment for Douglas Aircraft Co. in the pilot’s office during early development of the space program. Choosing a change of pace, in around 1975, Gerry relocated to Phoenix, Ariz., where she finished her career while holding a position as hearing assistant for the Social Security Department.
A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 26 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop. A funeral mass officiated by Father John Gracey will be held at the Catholic Church on the following day, Saturday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m.
Interment of the ashes will be in Glendale, Ariz. at a future date, to be announced later.