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Marshall Scott

Marshall Clay Scott, born March 20, 1936, in Deming, New Mexico, died January 2, 2021 in Moreno Valley, California. Marshall was preceded in death by his parents, Noah A. and Evilyn M. Scott, and brothers Edward, Noah Jr., Elbert, Frederic, Leon and Luke. He is survived by his wife Frances Gililland Scott; daughter, Kari Lorraine Scott (Dino Serafini); son, Marshall E. Scott (Laurie Lampley); grandsons Raymond Scott and Pedro Scott, along with sisters Genie Mosher, Jewel Downs, June Kofford, Kathy Marlowe, Christena Scott and brothers, James Scott and Phillip Scott. Marshall grew up in Deming, New Mexico. He served four years in the United States Air Force and then attended New Mexico State University where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business. He met Frances, the love of his life, on a blind date June 6, 1956. They were married August 31, 1957. Both of their children were born at NMSU. Upon graduation in 1964, the family moved to Riverside, California, where Marshall started his career in banking. His banking career moved the family from Riverside to El Centro, to Blythe, to Hemet and finally in 1971 to Moreno Valley (Sunnymead), where they lived until 2017 when he and Frances downsized to Altavita Village in Riverside. Marshall left his banking career in 1976 and distinguished himself in the business community as the owner of a successful State Farm insurance agency. He served his community for many years in many different areas including being a champion for the incorporation of Moreno Valley and serving as the City’s first mayor. He was founding/charter chair of the Board of Cal-West National Bank, Moreno Valley United Way Campaign and Moreno Valley Morning Rotary Club. He served as Council President for the local Boy Scout Council and was an avid supporter for 22 years. As a member of the Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce, he served on the Military Affairs Committee, Industrial Development Steering Committee, Honorary Commanders of March Air Force Base and was selected two-times as the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year. He served on the Economic Council of the Riverside Department of Development, was a member of the Riverside County Association of Life Underwriters, and California Association of Life Underwriters. He especially enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors for Idyllwild Pines Christian Camp and for March Field Museum. He served for many years as a Deacon at First Baptist Church and was involved in many other areas of leadership and mentorship. Marshall and Frances enjoyed traveling and were blessed to visit many beautiful places around the world. It was their delight to take their grandsons along on many vacations. Marshall enjoyed his final years visiting old friends, making new friends at Altavita Village, and attending Bible study and church.

Bernard Smith

Bernie was a Korean War Veteran, an active member of the VFW, a 3rd & 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Officer, Elks Lodge Chaplain, and St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church parishioner (Eucharistic Minister, Lector, fiesta organizer, and helped build Y.E.S. Center). He also contributed to St. James and Notre Dame Catholic Schools. Bernie is survived by his wife of 65 Years, Rita Ann Purnell, and their 12 children: Terry (Valarie), Barbara, Tim (Jennifer), Jim (Joni), Chris (Sue), Paul (Renai), Jeanne (Bob), Tom, Therese (Dan), Michael (Julia), Robert (Melissa), Kathy (Jerry), and by 46 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren, and his brothers Jerry (Shari) and Steve (Cindy) and sisters Joan, Mary, and Marlene. He has joined his parents Francis Smith and Helen Pfeifer, son Angel Robert Francis, grandson Mathew, sister Donna and brother Jim.

James Dorst

Long time Claremont, CA resident James Joseph Dorst (Jim) passed away on December 22, 2020 at the age of 88. (Did not have COVID.) Jim was born on March 15, 1932 in Neillsville, Wisconsin, to Raymond John Dorst and Elva (Garbush) Dorst. The depression was just getting started. His family lived on a dairy farm that his dad was sharecropping with the owners. Jim was six years old and in the second grade when his dad bought his first farm. When he was nine years old, Jim could drive a tractor and a team of horses. Jim’s mom, dad and sister Patricia would work 12-14 hour days to make the farm successful. In 1948, his parents sold the farm and they moved to Colby, Wisconsin. He then worked as a cheese maker for two years and then in a gravel pit for a year. Jim joined the Marine Corps in October 1952 and served for three years. He went to Korea and was assigned to work EOD and ammo maintenance for 12 months. He returned to the states on August 18, 1954. He then received orders to report to Quantico, Virginia, where he was stationed at Camp Barrett at the ammo dump. Jim issued ammo to the FBI, CIA and officers in basic training. When he came home from the service, he worked as an auto mechanic for his father and a tree trimmer for ACME Tree Service. In 1956, Jim met Beverly Brodhagen and they were married on September 7, 1957. They moved to Claremont, California in 1960 where Jim started his career in construction. He worked as a glazing estimator for Olson Glass and Granite Glass before starting his own glazing company (D and D Company) in 1984 with his partner Gary Dryden. In 2000, he started his own glazing company called Padua Glass. Jim was well respected through the glazing industry, serving as Chairman of the Board for the California Glass Association in 2002 and served on their board of directors, and he was President of the Southern California Glass Management Association from 1985-1986. He received a certificate of appreciation from the Local 636 and the California Apprenticeship Council. Mr. Dorst was also part of the Industry Expert Program for the California State License Board. Jim and Beverly enjoyed spending many vacations in the southwest making sure they traveled to the Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico, every August. Jim is survived by his wife Beverly Dorst, daughters Debra Dorst Porada, Vanessa Huber and son James Dorst, grandsons Alexander Porada (Kristine), Michael Huber (Jourdan) and Jacob Huber (Analyssa), great-grandson Jackson Huber and great-granddaughter Asha Porada. Jim’s sister Patricia (Dorst) Mayeda and brother Raymond John Dorst preceded him in death.

John Lesondak

John Matthew Lesondak, Jr. 92 years old John entered heaven December 31, 2020 with his daughter by his side. He was born in Ambridge, PA to John, Sr. and Anna Lesondak. He lived most of his life in Pennsylvania. John joined the Navy and upon discharge in 1947, he joined his family in California. In 1950, he married Norma and they were married 70 years, up until her death in March of 2020. John was preceded in death by his parents, John, Sr. and Anna Lesondak, his wife, Norma, his son, John Matthew Lesondak, III, his 4 younger brothers, Tom, Bob, Bill, Richard and his older sister Betty Cheney. John was a member of Red Hill Country for 44 years. He was an avid golfer and had many friends at the Country Club. He was also a member of the Ontario Elks Club for 62 years. During that time, he met many wonderful friends, including his card buddies, who were so important to him. He spent 20 years traveling with the Breezy Elks as well and had many interesting stories to tell. John traveled numerous places with his wife, Norma, but always said he loved his trips to Spokane the most. He spent several summers on the lake enjoying his family and numerous friends he met. John retired from commercial plumbing at age 57 after serving the area for 35 years. John is survived by his two daughters, Dee Anna Lesondak of Upland and Peggy Eckert of Spokane, WA., granddaughter, Sara Zangenberg (Adam), great-grandchildren, Allyson and Sean who are currently residing in Weiden, Germany. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Madeleine Lesondak and Denise Baeriswyl, as well as many nieces and nephews.

John Dahlberg

John (Johnny) Jacinto Dahlberg May 5, 1937 – January 12, 2021 John (Johnny) Jacinto Dahlberg, 83, peacefully entered into rest on January 12, 2021, at his home in Yucaipa, CA following a seven-month battle against pancreatic cancer. John was born in Redlands, CA on May 5, 1937. John is survived by his wife, Beverly Dahlberg and his three children: daughter, Tracy Marie Gossert (Burnie), and sons John Christopher Dahlberg (Linda) and David Anthony Dahlberg (Nicky). John has 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters: Dr. Karen Wynn (Paul), Pamela Krause (Clay), and Patricia Brock (John). He also leaves 3 stepchildren: Jeannie Farley, Jamie Lund (Mark), and Rick Leonard. He was predeceased by his parents Harris and Ramona Dahlberg, and his daughter Kimberly Joy Carvalho. John was the oldest of three living descendants of Jacinto H. and Concepcion Romero who were the superintendents of the historical Fairbanks Ranch which was located on Bryn Mawr and Highway 99. John served in the Army and received an honorable discharge for his service. John, a Redlands native, graduated from Redlands High School in 1955 and attended San Bernardino Valley College. He worked in various retail capacities at Sage’s, Standard Brands and RB Furniture until he became owner/operator of the Rain Barrel Plant Boutique and the Railroader Restaurant. John loved growing up and living in Redlands. His sisters remember the many times they would be out in town and there would almost always be a “Hey, John!” from one of his many friends. We love you and miss you John. You will always be in our hearts.

Robert Stranger

Robert H. Stranger went to be with his Lord on January 1, 2021 after battling cancer for 10 years. Bob was born in Evanston, Illinois on April 14, 1946. He served his country in the Vietnam war. Bob went to Active Duty as a Quartermaster on the USS Galvaston and did two trips to Vietnam. Bob came to know his Lord and Savior in 1966 before leaving overseas and was baptized by his youth pastor, Jim Godwin, at First Baptist Church of San Bernardino, CA. In between active and reserve duty in the Navy, he married Kathie Katona in 1968. Five years later, when Bob finished his Bachler Degree at California State College in San Bernardino, using his G.I. Bill. Bob soon began his career at the Southern California Edison Co in San Bernardino. And they had 2 daughters soon after. Bob while working, returned to school at Fullerton State University and received his Master’s Degree in Business/Economics. Once completed, Bob and Kathie had twins. After 20 years of service with Edison, he took an early retirement and left Palm Springs in 1996 as a Budget Manager. After Edison retirement, he spent part of his summer at Harvard Graduate School of Education. When he returned home, Bob enrolled at UCR and on June 11, 2004 completed his Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Education. Bob then became an Assistant Superintendent for both Colton Unified School District and Hesperia Unified School District, and found his second love in Education. Bob also was the longest serving Yucaipa/Calimesa School Board member and served his community and kids for 24 years, at school and the church. He eventually became an active participant in helping to establish the first charter school in Yucaipa, Inland Leaders. And once approved became the Chairman of the Board and served until his death. Bob leaves behind his wife Kathie of 52 years, and his four daughters, Gretchen Vance, Karstin Stranger, Jana Sanders, and Dora Denning, along with 12 grandchildren he dearly loved.

Curtis Richardson

Curtis Lee Richardson, age 67, passed away peacefully January 4, 2021 in Redlands after a long illness with end stage renal disease. He was born February 18, 1953 in Miami, Fl. He was predeceased by his parents, Walker and Mildred (Onder) Richardson. Shortly after graduating from Lake Elsinore High School in 1971, he enlisted in the Air Force. He was stationed in Bitburg, Germany as an Aircraft Mechanic. Curtis was a long-time resident of Redlands, Ca., where he was self-employed as a General Contractor until retiring in 2009. His greatest joys in life were his daughters, his wife, and his 2 yr old granddaughter. Curtis is survived by his wife Linda, daughters Laura and Kristen, granddaughter Liliana, sisters Sharon Nixon, Karen Pecora, Rebecca Grahek, brothers Mark and David Richardson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Raymond McLean

Our Father, and Clan Chief, Raymond Lincoln McLean passed away on December 27, 2020, reuniting with his beloved wife Katharine (Kathy). Raymond was born in Boston, MA on February 15, 1930 to Chester and Hilda McLean and was raised in Medford, MA as well as Jonesport, ME. After graduating from Medford High in 1948, Ray enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as a Staff Sergeant/Flight Engineer during the Korean Police Action. Ray met Katharine while stationed in San Bernardino, CA and after a monthlong whirlwind romance, married her in 1950, before being honorably discharged from the service in 1952. Ray began his storied 34 year law enforcement career as an original member of the newly formed Fontana Police Department. He rose to the rank of Sergeant, and while employed, studied and graduated from Los Angeles State College with a BA degree in Sociology in 1958. After seven years with the Fontana PD, Ray was appointed Police Chief in Montclair, CA in 1959. In his 19 years as Montclair Chief, Ray oversaw the building of a new police station, introduced K-9 units to the force, created a youth services division, and the Fire House Community Center. While leading the force, Ray enhanced his leadership skills by completing many post graduate courses and attending the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He also found time to teach Social Science and Police Administration courses at several area colleges. In 1978 Ray sought a new challenge in Ventura, CA becoming Police Chief and over seven years at the helm, “proved to be a very effective manager and innovator”. Another new police facility and the development of a new emergency services headquarters were part of his seven- year tenure in Ventura. Upon retirement from Ventura PD in 1985, Ray assumed the position of Special Assistant and Bureau Chief for the Attorney General of CA through 1991. He then worked in local government consulting services for several years. Throughout his working career, Ray was an engaged and loving father, avid reader, and a woodworker of many fine pieces of furniture, decorative wood turnings, and carvings. Once he retired, Ray enjoyed spending time with his wife of 69 years, traveling, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. Ray was heartbroken when Kathy passed away in April of 2019. He is survived by five grateful children, daughters Debra Warner (Ben), Kerri Morton (Rick), Tara Emery (Nelson), and sons Kevin (Kathy), and Daren (Dana), as well as 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

William Alves

Born in Weed, California in 1922, William “Bill” Alves spent his formative years between Yreka, California and Ashland, Oregon. World War ll found him in the U.S. Navy’s V-12 deck officers’ program. In the early part of the war, during officer training at Idaho State University, he was able to develop his baritone voice. After the war, thanks to the G.I. Bill, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Oregon University and his Master of Science in Education at USC.
In 1953, while still teaching, and serving as a second-term president of the Teachers Association in Oxnard, California, he met and married Aileen Smaker, another teacher.

Bill went on to serve as both an educator and a school administrator in five different school districts throughout California. In 1963, with his family, he arrived in Hesperia as a teaching administrator. Summertimes in the early 1960’s he also ran the Hesperia Recreation and Park District. Former students fondly remember his time as a vice-principal at Juniper School and later as principal at Joshua Circle School.

In 1964 and 1965 Bill performed with the High Desert Theatre Arts and Music Guild. In 1965-1967 Bill was president of the Victor Valley Community Concert Association. In 1967 he created “Songs ‘n Sketches,” regaling many an audience with his singing, while his wife chalked a full-sized picture illustrating the lyrics.

In the early 1960’s Bill served as the president of the Lion’s Club. 1968 and 1970-71 found him as president of the Kiwanis Club of Hesperia. He faithfully dedicated many years serving in Kiwanis and investing in his community. In honor of his years of dedicated service, he was awarded the prestigious Kiwanis Dunlap award in 2006 and was awarded as the 2015’s Kiwanian Rock of the Year.

In 1973, fifteen years before Hesperia’s official cityhood, he was elected Honorary Mayor of Hesperia. He soon became a Charter Member of the Hesperia Elks Lodge #2646. Bill was an Elks Lodge Trustee from 1992-1997, and served for many years as the Elks Scholarship Chairman.
Having retired from education after 33 years, he earned his real estate commission in 1977. He joined the staff of Blunt Realty and immediately became an active member of the then Victor Valley Association of REALTORS®. Next, he became a VVAR Director. By 1985 he had earned his broker’s commission and had opened Bill’s All-Star Realty. In 1982 Bill was named REALTOR® of the Year. In 2000 he earned the REALTOR® Award of Esteem.

Bill was handy with carpentry tools. Even with his busy schedule, Bill still found time to build: a seventeen-foot run-about boat – “The Great Pelican,” a nine-foot slide-in camper that slept five – “The Star of the West,” wooden privacy fences, an enclosed sun porch, and a detached double garage. He also did maintenance and repairs on his rental houses.

He was an outdoorsman and always stressed the importance of water-safety. He earned his Water Safety Instructor certificate in the 1960’s.

He enjoyed tending to his brood of “All-Star Chickens,” and provided lots of eggs for others, as well as providing a home for various other animals including dogs, cats, tortoises and even a crow.

One of his favorite quotes was from Benjamin Franklin, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

He has been referred to as, “Just Plain Bill,” “Mr. All-Star,” a “True Gentleman,” “The ‘Ol Sly Fox,” and a “Class-Act.” He was a great man and will be missed by many!

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Aileen, and is survived by his sons Ray (Michelle) Alves, James (Carol) Alves, and his daughter Carol Ann (Michael) Hearn; grandchildren Nicole (Michael) Wimmer, Jonathan Hearn, Emily (Chris) Stratton, Daniel Hearn, Mallory Hearn, Whitney Hearn; great-grandchildren Adelaide Wimmer, Eloise Wimmer and Helena Stratton.

John Aguilar

John S. Aguilar, born October 29, 1920, passed away on December 21, 2020. He was raised in Nelson, AZ and moved to San Bernardino, CA as a teenager. He served in the Army during WWII from 1942-1946. John retired from Santa Fe Railroads at 65, was a dedicated parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe and was an avid donor for many charities. John is survived by his sister, Charlotte Martinez, his children, John Jr., wife Trini, Henry, Diane Calderon, Mary Rojas, husband Alvaro, Gilbert, wife Claire, Eulalia Rosiles, Stevie, wife Sandra. Also survived by his 21 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren. Proceeded into death by wife, Victoria.

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