Obituaries

Mary Jeanne Yaeger Obituary

Mary Jeanne Yaeger was called to be with her Heavenly Father on January 22, 2019. She was 90 years old. Mary was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was born in Bessimir, Alabama on September 15, 1928 to Herman and Maydred Bains.

Mary graduated from Blue Mountain College with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Religion. She was employed at Eglin Air Force Base where she met the love of her life, Jack Yaeger. Jack would write her notes and leave them on the windshield of her car. They married in 1959 and spent the next 55 years together.

Mary was the quintessential Southern Lady sharing her kindness, gentleness, laughter, and gracious and warm hospitality with family and friends. After cleaning the kitchen from the evening meal, she would always ask, “Does anyone want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?”

She devoted her life to the education of children. Her gift was reaching students and connecting with them on their level. Former students shared how Mrs. Yaeger touched their lives and impacted their future career choices.

Jack and Mary moved to Bishop following their retirement. They spent their golden years fishing the Owens River and spending time with their children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Mary is survived by her children, Julie Smith (Karen) of Los Angeles, Philip Yaeger of Costa Mesa, Jackie Robinson of Bishop, Mary Houghtaling (Jeff) of Crowley Lake, and Jeanne Woo (Jerry) of Mammoth Lakes; grandchildren Dalton, Nicholas, Cassidy, Sarah, Jack and Jade; great grandchildren, Jaxon and Creedence; sistersin-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley and John Allen, Marge and Dick Cole, Nancy Yaeger, and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Jack Yaeger, predeceased her in September 2014. Mary’s strength came from her deep faith and she was a sweet Southern child of God. Her funeral will be Saturday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Reception to follow at Whiskey Creek at 12 p.m.

Sean Van Maanen Obituary

Sean Donald Van Maanen or Sean Don as his family called him 26, of Bishop California died February 11, 2019 at his home. Sean was born April 3, 1992 in Sonora California and then moved to the Bishop area shortly after with his family. Sean attended Bishop Elemtary, Home Street Middle School and JKBS. Sean enjoyed working, riding and working on his bike, and hanging out with his friends and family.

Sean is survived by his Mother Brenda Van Maanen and her husband Bobby Shunkwiler of Bishop, his Father Donald Goss and Candy Cotton of Long Beach, his Biological father and step mother Robert and Pam Ferguson of Apple Valley. His Brothers and Sister, Jason Park, Julie Park, Jonny Park, Casey Van Maanen, Scott Van Maanen and Thomas Van Maanen all of Bishop. His sister and Brother in laws Jenny Park, Brandy Park, Rachel O’Leary, Stu Butterfield and Tom Smith of Bishop. His Neices and Nephews Michael Maxey-Park, Brandon Bissel, Jason Park, Lexi Park and Hailey O’Leary. The love of his life Jackie and her 4 beautiful children Dominick, Kirsten, Scarlet and Layla. Aunt and Uncle Verna and Chris Zak. Cousins Laura, Brad and Tyler and their children. Step brothers and sisters Lisa and Chris Johnston, Sierra, Starla and Ashley Shunkwiler. Step neices and nephews Darren, Levi, Hunter, Delaney, Chet, Demi, Ruby, Kaiya, Draiden and Brinley. And numerous great aunts and uncles aross Iowa, Idaho, Washington and Wisconsin.

Sean was preceaded in death by his grandparents Garret and Birdy Van Maanen, Elmer and Ester Goss, step father Raymond Charlie, Step brother Danny Charlie, cousin Ryan Temeyer and his nephew Robert Bar.

Celebration of life will be held on March 2nd 2019 at 1:00 at Izaak Walton Park in Bishop.

James “Jim” Tatum (1958-2019) Obituary

James “Jim” Tatum, age 60, passed away on January 27th. He was surrounded by family at his home in Bishop as he concluded his courageous battle with cancer.

Jim, a lifetime Bishop resident, was an incredible husband, father, brother, and community contributor. His love of the local community was evident in all of his professional and personal endeavors where he always went above and beyond to do for others. His accomplishments were numerous across his career: as a rancher, in his 20-year tenure as the CEO of the Tri-County Fairgrounds, as the Inyo County Deputy Public Works Director, and most recently as the Bishop City Administrator. His generous and make-it-happen spirit could also be seen in his roles as a Bishop Little League and Bishop Union High School Baseball Coach, a member of the local school board, and the beloved “tractor man” at the California High School Rodeo State Finals and other fair arena events. He was also known for his witty and playful sense of humor, optimistic attitude, and that unmistakeable whistle while he walked. His impact on the community will be enduring, but his presence will be sorely missed.

Jim’s loving family will continue to carry forward his memory, values, and commitment to community. They include his wife, Donna Tatum; daughter and son-in-law Kelsie Tatum Martinez and Jaime Martinez; son and future daughter-in-law Keith Tatum and Sara Galligher; brother and sister-in-law Von and Jayne Tatum; brother Lee Tatum; his family in-love, Polly, Larry, and Robert Renfro and Linda Holcomb; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Betty Tatum of Bishop.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim on Sunday, February 10th at 1pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation in Jim’s memory to either the Bishop Union High School Jim Tatum Memorial Scholarship (301 North Fowler Street, Bishop, CA 93514) or the Friends of the Tri-County Fair Jim Tatum Memorial Fund (PO Box 607, Bishop, CA 93515).