Patricia Marie Brewer
Henry Kempton Jr.
Ned Guy Porter
Richard Fording Sr.
John Thomas Gillett Jr.
Andy Vern Ochotorena
Patricia Marie Brewer
Pat Brewer was born in Akron, Ohio in 1950. She went home to be with the Lord suddenly on the 26th of July 2013 at her home in Standish.
She grew up in the San Diego area of Southern California. On Dec. 6, 1974 she and Max Brewer were married. They lived in the San Diego area where they raised a family while Max pursued a career in the U.S. Navy. When Max retired from the Navy, he, Pat and their sons, Ray and Scott, moved to Lassen County, settling in Standish. Pat worked in a variety of jobs during her lifetime, including working for the Navy Exchange at NAS Miramar, the Best Western Trailside Inn, WalMmart and at the Diamond Mountain Casino in Susanville. For eight years, Pat worked for the Lassen County Office of Education as a speech therapy aide, serving at both Johnstonville and Shaffer schools.
Pat loved her family, friends and church family. She was a member of Standish Bible Church and served for many years in a variety of ways, including as Sunday School teacher, deaconess, AWANA leader, member of the Missions Fellowship and more. In recent years Pat had struggled with a spate of physical infirmities, endured several surgeries and most recently a bout with leukemia. Through it all she persevered and seldom lost her perspective and cheerful outlook.
She is deeply missed by all and is survived by her husband of 38 years, Max; sons, Raymond (and wife, Kathleen), of Oklahoma, and Scott (and wife, Rayann), of California; grandchildren, Daniel, James, Arachelle, Kara Brewer, Josh Curtis, Michael and Emily Brewer; and many other family members and friends.
A memorial service for Pat will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at Standish Bible Church. Donations in Pat’s memory may be made in her name to Standish Bible Church.
Henry Kempton, Jr.
Henry “Sonny” Kempton, Jr., 63, died from heart disease Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at home in Patterson, Calif. He was born June 3, 1950 to Adeline and Henry Kempton, Sr. in Alameda, Calif.
Henry married Janet Kempton on July 28, 1972 and they were together for 24 years. They had two children, Jennifer and Edward. The family lived in Oakdale, Calif. and moved to Susanville when the children started school.
Henry loved anything to do with nature. He took his family camping every weekend; taught his children to fish and hunt and took them on long hikes in the woods. He enjoyed old John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies, gardening and taking long walks with the family dog after work each evening.
He spent most of his working life as a truck driver, a job that pleased him, and retired at age 60 to move in with his mother to help around the house. He grew a garden and landscaped around the place.
Henry was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his children, Jennifer Kempton and Edward Kempton; his ex-wife, Janet; mother, Adeline; sisters, Joyce Cutler and Ruth Avilla and their families; as well as nieces and nephews.
He will be sorely missed.
Henry was cremated at the Oakdale-Riverbank Memorial Chapel in Oakdale and will be scattered in the mountains by his son. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to Wilderness Unlimited, 22425 Meekland Ave., Hayward, CA 94541.
Ned Guy Porter
Ned Guy Porter died in Carmichael, Calif. on July 25, 2013 at the age of 83. Ned was born in Susanville on Dec. 13, 1929 and had resided here all his life. Ned grew up down on Small Street and spent the better part of his youth playing in and around the Susan River. He became an expert fisherman and could pull nice trout out of the river when no one else could.
Ned graduated from Lassen High School in 1947 and Lassen College in 1949. He was very active in sports and in varsity basketball he was usually the high point man. He was also a very good football player and his senior year received the coveted Athletic Award. He continued to play sports at Lassen College and received a football scholarship to B.Y.U.
He worked briefly for the Fish and Game in Madeline, Calif. and down below in what is now referred to as the Inland Empire before being drafted into the U.S. Army to help fight the Korean War. During boot camp he received awards for his sharp shooting ability. Once in Korea he was assigned to the front lines as machine gunner until wounded by enemy shrapnel. He had attained the rank of Corporal when his tour of duty ran out.
Upon his return to Susanville he married the love of his life, Gloria Lucero. Their early married life was spent in Provo, Utah with Ned continuing his studies at B.Y.U. Ned then returned to Susanville and went to work for his father-in-law, Art Lucero, at the T&M Carpenter Shop. He soon branched out and was partners in NorCal Construction Co. and then P&E Construction Co. He eventually formed his own company: Porter Construction. During one of his construction jobs at the high school he met with a bad accident when he fell off a roof. The fall would result in a serious compound fracture of his leg, which he would never recover from.
In 1970, Ned went to work for Lassen College as a building inspector, and in 1984 became the maintenance supervisor. He also taught some night school building trades classes. Ned retired in 1992. He always enjoyed the time he spent at the college, especially the people he worked with. Also during that time period he and his brother, Kent, formed a firewood business: N&K Firewood.
Ned loved to hunt, fish, golf and gather firewood, so that’s exactly what he spent a great deal of his retirement doing.
Ned was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge, and a member of the Historical Society and Alumni Association.
Out of all his life’s adventures the one that was the most important to him was the job of father and grandfather, and this he excelled at.Ned is preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Lucero Porter; his father and mother, Guy and Irene; and his three brothers, Boyd, Dale and Kent.
He is survived by his daughter, Suzy, of Susanville; and three sons, Charlie and wife, Tina, of Elverta, Calif., Sam and his wife, Janet, of Susanville, and Art, of Susanville. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Donations to Ned’s memory can be made to the Lassen High School Alumni Association.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at the Lassen Cemetery
Richard Fording, Sr.
Richard A. "Dick" Fording, Sr., of Lake Almanor West, died suddenly, Friday evening, July 19, 2013 at Seneca Health Care District's Hospital.
He was born May 29, 1942 in Berkeley, Calif. to the late California natives Addison and Ida (Wright) Fording.
Dick is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joanne, of Lake Almanor West; sons, Richard Jr. and his wife, Margaret, of Reno, Joseph, of Carson City, Calif., and Matt Spaulding and his wife, Kathy, of Fernley, Nev.; grandchildren, Joseph, Bryce, Erika, Braxton, Jesse, Joseph Jake and Josh; great-grandchildren, Kaedyn and Khloey; along with the Westlar family and friends.
Following cremation at Dick's request no services will take place. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family asks any remembrances in Dick's memory be made to the Lake Almanor West Volunteer Fire Department c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.
John Thomas Gillett Jr.
John Thomas Gillett Jr., 92, of Litchfield, died July 13, 2013 in Susanville. He was born Aug. 22, 1920 in San Diego.
John is survived by wife, Rhea Gillett; son, John Henry Gillett; one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.
There are no services scheduled at this time.
Andy Vern Ochotorena
Andy Vern Ochotorena, of Susanville, was born April 18, 1958 in Redding, Calif.
Andy is survived by parents, Martin Ochotorena and Joan Gorbet; brother, Tim Ochotorena and wife, Sandy; sister, Susan Younger and husband, Dave; son, Levi Ochotorena; daughters, Brandy and Taylor Ochotorena; and three grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at Diamond Crest Cemetery.
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