Donald Ray Camp Sr.
Daniel Robert Nasser
Veronica Lee (Black) Pearsall
Donald Ray Camp Sr.
On the evening of Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, our father Donald Ray Camp Sr. passed away peacefully with our mother, Anita, by his side at their home in Quincy.
Our parents had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Our dad courageously showed an amazing inner strength, sense of peace, grace and dignity while expressing his blessings, encompassed with all of his loved ones at his side as he battled cancer. He was 77 years old.
He was born Nov. 3, 1936 in Ozona, Texas, to Bertha and Jim Camp and was the youngest of three sons. Raised on the Oregon coast, he chose the timber industry for his career and retired as the cogen supervisor for Sierra Pacific in 1995.
Dad enjoyed boating and bass fishing with family and friends especially at Bucks Lake and Lake Almanor. He was an avid reader. He loved cooking his families’ favorite recipes throughout the seasons.
His family was his greatest source of pride. He is survived by his wife, Anita; daughter, Nancy Camp, with grandchildren, David, Carrie, Donnita, Jamie, Jason and Justin; son, Donnie and Tess Camp Jr., with granddaughters, Jessica and Kasey; son, Jamie Camp, and grandchildren, Jackie, Natalie, Patrick and Christopher; daughter, Jewelle and Greg Mapes, with grandchildren, Meghan and Cole; son, Tony and Laura Camp, with grandchildren, Bryant and Julia; as well 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will be holding a private Celebration of Life for our father. Our dad’s memories and legacy will be with us forever. We love you and miss you every day, Dad, and your spirit and love is always in our hearts.
Farrell Cunningham, a Maidu Indian traditionalist who taught Maidu language classes in several Northern California communities, died Aug. 11, 2013 at his home in Susanville. He was 37. The cause of death is pending.
A poet and painter who spoke seven languages, Farrell’s thirst for his native culture launched a life-long quest that began when he was 13. Too young to drive a car, he telephoned the few remaining elders who could speak Maidu to ask for words. “He would practice them all week long, then call back and ask for more words,” said his mother, Joyce Cunningham.
Malcolm Margolin, founder of Heyday Books and publisher of News From Native California, met him “as a very young man in search of his language, carrying himself with an air of nonchalance that scarcely hid his insecurity, his eagerness, his vulnerability.”
As he studied his native language Farrell learned Maidu culture, especially the interrelationships among plants and animals and the sacred connections throughout the natural world. These values formed the basis for several land-management plans he developed.
At the time of his death Farrell was working on a grant-funded project interviewing Maidu elders and translating a variety of anthropological records to develop a curriculum designed to create other Maidu language teachers.
Farrell Cunningham carried the weight of being the youngest fluent speaker of Maidu uneasily, said Trina Cunningham, his sister: “He struggled almost every day watching elders pass on knowing the culture was passing on with each one that left us.”
The youngest of eight children, Farrell was born March 20, 1976. He grew up in Indian Valley and attended Plumas County schools. After graduating from Greenville High School in 1994, he studied cultural anthropology and linguistics at Humboldt State University, spending his senior year in China.
When he returned to Indian Valley he helped form the Maidu Cultural and Development Group, serving as its first coordinator. Farrell wrote a proposal for a stewardship project that resulted in a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to manage 2,100 acres of federal lands using traditional Native American techniques.
Farrell Cunningham was also involved in the activities of forest communities nationwide and attended the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg South Africa. His visits with the Kiliwa Tribe, originally from the Sierra San Pedro Martir in Mexico, established an international connection among native people who shared similar ecosystems and values.
Farrell’s commitment to preserving his heritage led Maidu elders to train him at an early age to perform the central ritual at their annual Bear Dance. He was the youngest leader of the local spring ceremony, where he danced the part of the bear for more than 10 years.
In 2003 Farrell became a founding member and chairman of the Maidu Summit Consortium, which he described as “a northern Maidu Congress” that united a variety of tribes and organizations. The group’s primary project is acquiring Humbug Valley, now owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Farrell was instrumental in writing a plan to manage the land based on traditional Maidu foods and medicines, plants and animals.
He loved to garden and he put plants in the ground wherever he lived. “He preferred natives, and when the deer ate them, he planted them again,” his mother said.
In addition to his mother, Joyce, Farrell is survived by his father, Marvin; brothers Ernie, of Greenville, Rodney, of Susanville, and Jack, of Albion; sisters, Trina, of Chico, Dena, of Quincy, and Regina Hall, of Greenville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dwayne.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the family home near Taylorsville.
Daniel Robert Nasser
Daniel Robert Nasser, 32, died suddenly Aug. 5, 2013 in Reno.
He was born Dec. 31, 1980 in Susanville to Danny and Denise Nasser, of Susanville. Daniel was a fighter from the day he was born. He was born with an extremely rare heart condition, against all odds Daniel survived all three major heart surgeries he underwent.
Daniel learned to fish at a very young age from his dad, the late Danny Nasser. He grew to love fishing and used what he knew to teach his niece and nephew to fish. Daniel graduated from Lassen High School in 1999 and began working at Walmart until health conditions kept him from being able to work. Daniel truly had a heart of gold and was a loving son. He became friends with everyone he met. He was the best brother to his two sisters and the most loving and caring uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Daniel is survived by his grandmother, Fran Raymes, of Clearlake, Calif.; his mother, Denise Nasser, of Susanville; two sisters, Devon and Diana Nasser, of Susanville; his nieces, Brooke and Bryn; nephews, Peyton and Miles; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Daniel is preceded in death by his dad, Danny Nasser.
A memorial fund has been set up in Daniel’s name at Plumas Bank, to help the family cover the costs of Daniel’s services.
Memorial Services were held at 2 p.m. Aug. 18, 2013 at Lassen Senior Services on Sunkist Drive.
Veronica Lee (Black) Pearsall
Veronica Lee (Black) Pearsall, 45, was born Sept. 12, 1967 in Santa Rosa, Calif. and passed away Aug. 8, 2013 in Susanville.
She is survived by her children, Myranda Heard, Stevee Heard, Teagan Pearsall; parents, Norma and Flori Yorg, of Susanville, and Charles and Merna Black, of Carlsbad, N.M.; brother, Jarrett and Alicia Black and their children, Anna and Rachel, of Rocklin, Calif.; uncle, Jack Brown; Nancy Melody Brown and son, Austin, of Redding; Gordon Brown, of Willits; Lloyd and Josie Brown, of Grand Cayman Islands; Aunt, Nancy and Jim Trumble, of Ukiah, Calif.; cousin, Jon O’Farrell, of Texas; Tom and Kathy O’Farrell, of Ione, Calif.; Bob and Chris O’Farrell, of Ukiah, Calif.; Sandra and Ken Hill, of Covelo; and numerous cousins.
Veronica’s first home was in Covelo, and then the family moved to Susanville in July 1972. She attended school in Susanville through the 12th grade; graduated from Lassen High School in 1985 and from Lassen College as an LVN in 1990. She worked at the convalescent hospital on Riverside Drive for 18 years. She received her RN in 2007 and started work at High Desert State Prison on Feb. 8, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her aunt, Sharon Brown.
Veronica loved her three daughters. She delighted in dolphins, candles, beautiful rocks, going to the lake and laying in the sun, kayaking and the outdoors.
Her family loved her delectable spaghetti sauce.
Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at the Community Church of Susanville at 1400 Numa St. Donations can be made to the Student Ministries at Community Church of Susanville in Veronica’s memory.
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