Category Archives: Obituaries

Lester Leslie

LESTER LEE LESLIE 1953-2015

June 3, 1953 – July 26, 2015
Lester passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Bishop, California. Born June 3, 1953 in San Bernardino, California to Lloyd and Majo Leslie, Lester grew up in a large family with three brothers and four sisters. He was a horseman from the start and spent many years working on different ranches in California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Arizona and even Florida. Besides his ranching experience, Lester worked at a mine; as a roofer; fence builder; construction; helping weld pipelines, and even put in a brief teenage stint making beds in a hotel (which lasted about three days), though everyone knew he was a cowboy at heart. Very competitive, he was successful showing in working cow-horse classes, ranch rodeos, ranch sorting, and in earlier years, team penning. He loved his horses and always rode a good one, taking pride in how they worked and handled. Whether he was a cowboy first and horseman second, he was without a doubt a “natural” and quite gifted. He freely shared his knowledge to help others with their horsemanship, all the while dealing with some serious health issues, becoming an inspiration to many. When he wasn’t horseback, Lester could usually be found watching old westerns, at a theater catching a new movie, on the phone with family or friends…or maybe his favorite, taking a nap! A man that was loyal, courageous, generous, funny, sweet and charming, sometimes cranky and ornery, set in his ways, and never scared to give his opinion… that was “our Lester.” We loved him and will miss him to no end.

Lester is preceded in death by his Father, Loyd Leslie. He is survived by his best friend and partner Cynde Cantwell; mother Majo Leslie; sisters Mary Arthur; Lola Turley; Jody Winchester; Emma Bills (Bob); brothers Barney Leslie (Barbara); Dudley Leslie (Kathy); Mark Leslie (Jody); numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, grand nieces and nephews….and his good little mare “Cowgirl.”

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance, P.O. Box 1523, Bishop, CA 93514

A memorial service will be held for Lester Leslie on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Mt. Whitney Golf Course, Lone Pine, CA.

Family and friends are invited to come, gather and share memories and stories. Food will be served.

For questions call, Emma Bills at (760) 876-5987

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James Doherty

JAMES CLAUDE DOHERTY 1921-2015

Graveside services will be held August 1 at 10:00 am at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for 81 year Bishop resident, James Claude Doherty.
Born in Imperial Valley, Calif. On February 13, 1921 to Joseph L. Doherty and Louella Boshers Doherty. Jim passed away July 26, 2015 in Bishop, Calif.
Jim came to Bishop in 1934 with his dad, Joe Doherty. Joe started Joe’s Garage on Willow St. in the same year. Jim attended Bishop schools, graduated in 1939. He spent time in the U.S. Army from 1942-1944, in England, returned to Bishop in 1944. He married Helen A. Brockman on July 11, 1945 in Pasadena, Calif. They were married 59 years. Helen passed away in 2004. They made their home in Bishop. Jim owned and worked at Joe’s Garage until his retirement in 1985.
Jim loved to fish on his boat at Crowley Lake, he and Helen took several cruises, enjoyed traveling in their 5th wheel trailer visiting new places, family and friends. His passion for his wood pile was a highlight in his life.
He leaves 4 children, Karen Eckert, Sacramento, grandson David Eckert, granddaughter Kim Kaluba. Janette Boyd, (Doug), Stockton, granddaughters Teri Boyd, Dena Brayshaw, grandson Ryan Boyd. Tom Doherty, (Judy), Gardnerville, Nev., granddaughters Cori Ayandele, Linzy Fitzsimons, grandson Todd Doherty. Donna Brazier, Bishop, granddaughters Cara Brazier, Jenna Brazier, 13 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild.
His beloved dog Sadie, his best friend and companion, passed away February 2015.
Jim loved life, his family, his friends, he loved Bishop. Bishop was his life. He will be truly missed.
Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to www.ICAREforPets.org

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Leslie Larson

Leslie S. Larson , 1925-2015

Leslie Sigrid Larson died on July 7, 2015 at his home in Bow, WA, peacefully and surrounded by his loved ones, after a long battle with heart disease.
He was born on December 29, 1925 to Archie and Celia Larson on a small farm on the outskirts of Hayward, WI . The family later moved into a house on Clear Lake, where the water was as clear as gin and loaded with small mouth bass. His father, Archie Larson, was a guide for hunting and fishing trips, so Les learned at a very young age to hunt, fish and appreciate the outdoors, something that he carried with him his entire life. His early childhood was spent on this farm and when the Great Depression hit, the family was forced to move to more humble surroundings and live off the land. They were a hearty breed of people.
In the fall of 1941 his family moved to Venice, CA where he attended and graduated from Venice High School.
He joined the U.S. Merchant Marines in 1944, attended boot camp on Catalina Island, CA, and then attended radio school in Boston, MA. He served aboard several ships in the Pacific theater during World War II as a radio operator.
He married the love of his life, Dolores (Lorry), in 1946 and celebrated 69 years of marriage, until they were separated by his death.
In 1946 he went to work for 20th Century Fox Studios as an apprentice electrician and worked on the sets of several classic movies during that era.
In 1955 Les took a job for the Department of Water and Power, City of Los Angeles. In 1966 he transferred from L.A. to Owens Valley as a line patrolman and resided in Independence, CA and later in Lone Pine, CA. It was here that that he found heaven on earth and the Owens Valley held a very special place in his heart. At the age of 57, he was obliged to take a medical retirement due to heart issues.
In 1987 Les and Dolores moved to Mount Vernon, WA and then 10 years later they moved to Bow, WA, to their home on their son’s ranch, Antigo, where he continued to enjoy his many hobbies of fishing, hunting, photography, and fly tying. He was always very good in his endeavors.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores, one sister, Carol (Darrel) Showalter of AZ, two married daughters, Toni (Ed) Lemire of Cherry Log, GA; and Deby (Jim) Cobrae of Redlands, CA; one married son, Michael (Carri) Larson of Bow, WA: twelve grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Les Larson wished to be cremated and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Archie and Celia, and his brother Duane.

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Lorraine Gordon

Lorraine V. Gordon 1929-2015

Lorraine V. Gordon age 86 passed away on Sunday June 28, 2015 at the Bishop Care Center, born February 19, 1929 in Franklin County, Ark. Lorraine was the third of four daughters, born to Jess and Sadie Coslet. She moved to Santa Ana, CA. with her parents when she was sixteen.
Lorraine is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years, Luther Gordon of Bishop, son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Cindy Gordon of Benton, granddaughters Katie and husband Jim Patterson of Benton, Jaymi and her husband Greg Bryant of Benton, and Lacey and husband Jeremy Tank of Gardnerville, NV. She is also survived by five great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Thursday July 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the East Line Street Cemetery, Pastor Jim Copeland officiating.

George Robert Macklin

George Robert Macklin, 1928-2015

George Robert Macklin, 86; born August 25, 1928 in Ukiah, CA passed away peacefully on June 20, 2015 at Northern Inyo Hospital.
Bob moved from Duarte, CA in the summer of 1968 to Bishop where he lived until 1988 and then moved to Gardnerville, NV, and then back to Bishop in May of 2011 to be closer to family.
Bob is preceded in death by wife of nearly 65 years, Merydith Macklin in July 2013, and son-in-law Dale Watterson in December 21, 2014.
Bob is survived by, daughter Patti of Bishop, son and daughter in law, Dennis and Allene Macklin of Lake Havasu, AZ, granddaughters, Renee Parra and husband Marin Parra of Lancaster and Monica Watterson of Bishop, great grandchildren, Dante and Falon Parra of Lancaster and Saige and Savannah Connolly of Bishop, Trudy and Rick Lee of Big Pine, CA. and many great friends. Private Services will be held at 10:00 AM. , July 1, 2015 West Line Street Cemetery Bishop, California.

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Barbara Mandich

Barbara Mandich, 1923-2015

Barbara Louise Mandich (Bobbie), longtime Bishop resident and descendant of local pioneer families, passed peacefully in her home on June 9, 2015. Bobbie was born on October 30, 1923, in Downey, CA, to Verle and Pearl Brown. She attended school in Norwalk, CA, graduating from Excelsior High School.

She enrolled in classes at Long Beach City College, then met Nick Mandich, Jr., the love of her life, married him on June 5, 1945, and moved to Bishop. She raised her three children and helped with the family business, Owens Valley Drug Co. Bobbie also pursued many other interests, among them piloting her airplane (a true passion!) traveling the world, creating stained glass, playing bridge, belonging to Rotary International, supporting other service groups, and spending time with dear friends in the area.

On Mother’s Day this year, when asked if there were anything she still wanted to do in life, she responded, “I’ve had a fortunate life. I’ve been everywhere I’ve wanted to go and done everything I’ve wanted to do.” Bobbie is survived by her children, Nick Mandich III, Neal Mandich, and Patti Mandich, their spouses and partners, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who will miss her very much.

A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, June 22, at 2pm, at First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Fowler Street, Bishop, CA, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to Rotary International.

Reba Mae Sullivan

Reba Mae Sullivan, 1915-2015

Reba Mae Sullivan (nee: Morgan) was born December 13, 1915 and passed away June 4, 2015, just six months shy of a grand 100 years old. She was born in Southwest Missouri and moved to California where she spent her happiest days fishing with her husband Paul and partying with her second husband Harold. Reba did not have any children, but she did have a beloved nephew Kenneth Magruder who was like a son to her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Hughes, her husband Harold Sullivan and her nephew Kenneth Magruder. Her surviving great-nieces are Kathleen Magruder, Heather Thiess and Jeanie Finney. She has several great-great nieces and nephews and one great-great-great nephew.

She was a woman who saw many changes in the world throughout her long life. She was a survivor and adapter to most every situation she found herself in. She often said, “When I die, don’t cry for me because I had a very good, long life.”

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 12th at 11:00 AM at East Line Street cemetery, 2000 Poleta RD. Bishop, CA.

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Peggy Blunt

Peggy Blunt, 1931-2015

Peggy Blunt, long time Bishop resident, dies on Mule Days Weekend

Margaret “Peggy” Rose Blunt, a resident of Bishop for over 60 years, passed away on May 23rd at the age of 83.

Margaret Rose Blunt, known to many as Peggy, was born as Margaret Price in 1931 in Winscombe, England. Like many youths in England at the time, Peggy did volunteer work during WWII. Upon completing her education, Peggy worked at a local paper mill. While visiting her mother at a local pub in 1951, she met a United States Air Force mechanic named Ernie Blunt who was stationed at the nearby RAF Fairfield air base. Their courtship continued for several years until Ernie proposed marriage prior to leaving the military service. Although they planned to get married in England, paperwork held things up. Peggy flew to Los Angles in 1955 shortly after Ernie had left England. They were married a month later on July 18, 1955, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Bishop.

Peggy’s arrival in Owens Valley in 1955 was quite a culture shock, including adjustments to the heat, food, and the very different high desert weather instead of the mild weather of England. Her first stop was the Parker Ranch, located above the current Independence Fish Hatchery. The Parkers, Ernie Blunts’ grandparents, employed Ernie to take visitors on mule packing adventures into the mountains. After a couple of years in Independence, they finally settled in Bishop where they have lived ever since.

Peggy was school homeroom mother, a member of the Bishop Bottle Club and became involved with Brownies, Girl Scouts, and 4-H, especially since she was raising two daughters. Peggy’s hobbies included knitting and plastic canvas, fishing, flowers, gardening, and traveling to go fishing or to see her grandkids. Her passion, however, as many Bishop residents may know, was her penchant for going to every yard sale in town. Her husband Ernie will most likely continue that tradition.

Peggy is survived by: her brother Gordon Price of England; husband Ernie Blunt of Bishop; daughters Helen Waitkus of Bishop; and Mandy McCarthy of Rohnert Park, CA; grand-daughter Kelsey McCarthy of Los Angeles; and grandsons Joseph Blunt of Wasco, Oregon and Jack McCarthy of Orange County, CA.

Peggy and Ernie were planning to celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary in July.

A funeral and a public celebration of life service are not planned. Instead of flowers, please consider a tax-deductible memorial donation to the American Diabetes Association.

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Aurora Lopez

Aurora Granado Lopez 1941-2015

Aurora Granado Lopez, 73, resident of Bishop, CA for 41 years, born in Deming, N. Mexico on December23, 1941 Passed away on June 2, 2015 peacefully at her home.
Aurora’s love and joy were her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. She found pleasure in watching them in the many activities they were involved in and just sharing conversation with them. Her cherished times were early morning coffee with Kristopher, teatime with all her granddaughters and grandson Donald and council time for all as they sat or laid on her bed.
She enjoyed many hobbies during her life like crocheting, embroidery, jigsaw puzzles, bowling, gardening, watching novellas with her husband, cooking with her daughters and quilting. The homes of her family are decorated with many of her beautiful crochet and embroidery work as well as many quilts and afghans to keep her family warm.
The Lopez home was always open as Aurora and her husband Calie took in and welcomed family and friends during all of their married life. Sometimes it was for short visits but mainly raising or providing a home for long periods of time to loved ones in need. She was known to her children’s friends as “mom” and to her grandchildren’s friends as “ grandma”. She provided a great example of Matthew 25:31-40 until the Lord took her home that Tuesday afternoon. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and were blessed by her touch in their lives.
Aurora is survived by her husband of 55 years Calie Lopez, sister Mary-lou Granado, aunt and uncle Natalia and Moses Acosta, daughter and son-in-law Tina and Rogelio Esparza, son Edward Lopez, daughter Debbie and son-in-law Jeff Clarkson, grandchildren Katrina and Juan Martinez, Kris Lopez, Donald Clarkson, Erica and Juan Esparza-Ambriz, Acacia Clarkson, Marisa Aurora-Jean Clarkson, Elizabeth Lopez-Esparza, great-grandchildren Xochitl Martinez, Juan Martinez Jr., Rogelio Josue Esparza, Alexa Itzel Ambriz-Esparza, nephew Patric Granado and numerous other nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Aurora is preceded in death by mother and father Manuela and Alberto Lechuga-Granado, brother Albert Granado and brother Raymond Granado.
Funeral Services for Aurora Granado Lopez will include a Rosary on Tuesday, June 9th at 7 PM at the Brune Mortuary 325 W. Elm Street, Bishop and a Mass on Wednesday, June 10th at 11 AM at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church 849 Home Street, Bishop. Interment will be private.

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Don Banta

Celebration of Life for Don Banta

An outdoor celebration of Don Banta’s life  will be held for family and friends at the Lee Vining Community Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11A.M.  Luncheon provided following service.