Friday, 18 September 2020


Donna Atkinson. Courtesy photo.

Donna Bush Atkinson
Dec. 20, 1939 – Aug. 22, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Donna Bush Atkinson passed away peacefully at the age of 80 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Donna was born Dec. 20, 1939, in Upper Lake, California, and lived most of her life in Lake County.

Donna was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband, John D. Bush; parents, LeRoy and Inez O’Bryant; and grandson, John Moitozo.

She is survived by children, Kathy (Tom), Johnna (Mike), Daryle (Patricia)and Elizabeth (Mark); her loving brother, Larry O’Bryant (Kathy); grandchildren, Nichole, Michelle, Sarah, Julie, Justin, Michael, Valerie, Trevor, Timothy and Isabella; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, many friends and her church family.

Donna was a woman of deep faith and loved being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was because of her faith that she was able to pass peacefully knowing that she would be reunited with her husband John.

She was loved by all. She was “Grandma Donna” to a lot of children over the years. Not just her own grandchildren but their friends, the children at church and the children from her daycare. She will be dearly missed by all.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Ed Collins. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – Edward A. Collins was born March 4, 1961, in Oakland, California. Ed passed away on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the age of 59 in his home in Upper Lake.

He was predeceased by his father Arthur Collins and brother Steven Collins.

Ed leaves behind his wife, Trina Collins; his children, Amy Collins, Brandon Goodrich (Vanessa), Melissa Quick (Andrew), Dr. Brandi A. Holt, Shoshana Lane and Amanda Lane; his mother, Hilfri Harvesty; brother, Gordon Collins; sister, Susan Mathiesen; and six grandchildren.

Ed has been involved in the Lakeport and Upper Lake community since he moved here in 1969. Ed worked in the local pear sheds as a teen and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1978. He went on to drive truck for Kendall-Jackson Wines then Timberline Disposal.

Ed went back to school and got his Associate of Science degree in alcohol and other drug studies in 2013 from Mendocino College. Ed became a counselor at local drug rehabilitation centers and retired as a DUI counselor and instructor.

Ed was greatly involved in his community through many clubs and organizations he was a part of. He helped build the community through volunteering his time with the Lakeport Lions Club, Operation Tango Mike, Sea Scouts, ECV, Lakeport Senior Center, playing Santa Claus during holiday events, Upper Lake Citizens Patrol and other various organizations around the lake.

Due to gathering restrictions at this time, a service will not be held. You can pay your respects to Ed by visiting his plot at the Upper Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Paul Racine. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, California – Longtime Lakeport businessman and entrepreneur Paul Racine passed peacefully at his lakeside home on July 11, 2020.

Born Paul Edgar Racine on Aug. 18, 1943, Racine was raised in the coastal town of Fort Bragg where his family owned and operated Racine’s, a retail store that has been a fixture of downtown Fort Bragg for many years.

Upon graduation from Fort Bragg High School at 17, Racine enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served with intelligence units in Germany and Turkey.

He returned home at age 21 and enrolled at Santa Rosa Junior College. There he met the woman who would become his wife, Olga Carmiggelt.

Together they started Paul Racine Distributor, a small auto parts distributorship in the Napa area and they also began their family.

With daughter Tara Dawn and son Paul Jobe (known always as “PJ”), the Racines moved to the Holiday Cove neighborhood in Lakeport and built the family home, a geodesic dome structure that was unique to Lake County at the time. It was situated at the entrance to Holiday Cove on a commercial piece of property.

The Racines were avid boaters and water sports enthusiasts.

Racine was a born entrepreneur. He had a keen eye for design and mechanical concepts, and these talents revealed themselves in the many businesses that he founded and operated over the years.

In the late 1970s, he bought and operated “Alga Baby Boat Bottom Cleaner.” It essentially was a drive-through boat wash that had an underwater array of brushes that would clean algae and other debris from boat hulls.

At the same time he cleaned local chimneys and stove pipes under the name “Sweeperman and Ashley.” Ashley was the vacuum system that he employed to keep chimney residue from damaging floors and carpets.

Racine’s signature achievement was “The Dock Factory.” He designed and built floating docks, swim platforms and other water-borne structures starting at his home in 1981. Racine’s docks can be found on many lakes throughout California.

Racine’s company manufactured the docks that today grace the shoreline at Lakeport’s Library Park. It is now located at the Soda Bay Road facility.

Racine’s son, PJ, purchased the business in 2016 to carry on the family tradition.

Racine’s latest contribution to the county’s recreation attractions was the building of a slot car track on Soda Bay Road. “Fun Time Slot Car Raceway” was a place where slot car enthusiasts could bring their cars to compete or rent cars by the hour.

In addition to his business achievements, Racine was a founding member of the Konocti Youth Soccer League, which thousands of the county's youth have been a part of growing up, and the Clear Lake Rimlander’s Association. That organization worked to promote the health and access to the lake for business and recreation purposes and many other things.

He was also a life-long Porsche fan and collector and could frequently be seen about town in one of his many classic Porsches.

Racine is survived by his wife of 52 years, Olga; daughter Tara (husband Raoul, children Jasmine, Kaia, Luna and Malia); and son PJ (wife Sausha, children Addison and Riley).

Carolyn Marie Collins
June 7, 1933 – Aug. 13, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – On the night of Aug. 13, 2020, Carolyn Marie Collins died in her brand new home in Middletown at the age of 87.

She was surrounded by family, her beloved pets and a dear friend.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Dorothy Wiley; her brother, Dave Wiley; her daughter, Ann Kathleen Collins; and her husbands, Bill Nitzel and Jim Collins.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Marie Dawson; her son-in-law Tommy Garrett; her four grandchildren, Meryl Collins, Jessica Collins, Brandon Dawson and Collin Dawson; and a great-granddaughter, Kolea Palakiko.

She was well-loved and will be duly missed.

At her request, no services will be performed. In lieu of anything, we only ask that you find a child or a young adult and teach them how to sew, knit, craft, and create.

Carolyn was mind-bogglingly talented and it was an amazing talent she freely shared with everyone around her.

She feared it was a dying art, and her passion for it was phenomenal.

In this day and age of isolation and homeschooling, she would hope that others would reach out to children and teach what they know, even if it isn’t their own kid.

Nancy Odette Hundemann. Courtesy photo.

Nancy Odette Hundemann
Oct. 12, 1954 - Aug. 12, 2020

Nancy Odette Hundemann, age 65, passed away peacefully and without pain. She endured an ongoing battle with diverticulitis and short bowel syndrome. She had multiple surgeries at various hospitals from Florida to California and even Nevada.

Nancy was born on Long Island, New York. She was married, and subsequently, divorced. She leaves behind one son, Travis; and a grandson, Cameron.

Nancy was a “people person” and was always willing to help others as she saw fit. She loved Angels and flying stunt kites. She was a strong woman with many multitasking abilities.

A life-long friendship was formed with her “Sister” Annette. They met in 1983 as a bartender and a server.

Nancy then turned her talents into entrepreneurship as a restaurant owner in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She had three restaurants, and as her sickness progressed, she lost them all by 2007.

Nancy will be laid to rest in Jax, Florida, side by side with her parents and uncle. May she rest in peace and shine down upon us all from above.

Donations towards the family's funeral costs can be made to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 North High St., Lakeport, CA 95453. Please send checks or money orders. No cash, please.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Nancy Hundemann, at right. Courtesy photo.

Viola Trujillo. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Viola Trujillo was born on April 19, 1926, in Del Norte, Colorado, and went to heaven on Aug. 9, 2020, at the age of 94.

She was the oldest of 13 children born to Juan Antonio Herrera and Maria Leocadia Gurule, but was raised primarily by her grandmother Sofia Gurule. She was predeceased by her sister Martha (Peña) and brothers Charlie, Delmer and Eppie. She is survived by her brothers Antonio and Arturo and her sisters Helen (Dulac) and Alice (Waid).

Viola married Gilberto Trujillo on Sept. 8, 1941. They migrated to California during the war in 1942 in search of a better life. They settled in Richmond where they raised their five children; Barbara Carver (Ed), Sandra Holman (Dan), Ronaldo, Roger and Lisa Romo (Absalon).

They retired in 1976 and moved to Clearlake. They were able to travel extensively with friends and family and spent several winters in Yuma, Arizona. Viola and Gilbert were married for 59 years before his passing in January of 2001.

Viola, also known as Mama, Nana Lolo, and Dodo, had 10 grandchildren: Greg Stanfill, Carrie Moore, Dan Holman, David Holman, Dean Holman, Chea Briggs, Maria Trujillo, Joanna Trujillo, Melissa Romo and Armando Romo; and 10 great-grandchildren, William R. Moore, Heather Hansell, Cherylynn Thompson, Aurora Stanfill, Tony Holman, Jason Holman, Tommy Holman, Cassandra Romo, Ariyanna Romo and Asher Romo; and one great-great-grandchild, Rylan Bemish.

She will be remembered as a delightful woman, young at heart who enjoyed life to the fullest. Everyone wanted to be in her presence listening to her stories and her jokes! She enjoyed spending time with her large, extended family: picnics, reunions, playing cards, board games, dancing, music and especially going to the casino.

While she leaves an enormous void in the family, she also leaves many memories that will be cherished and passed on forever.

Due to the pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Upcoming Calendar

09.19.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
09.20.2020 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Democratic Party virtual fundraiser 
09.22.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers’ Finest Tuesday market
09.22.2020 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lakeport Police medication collection
09.23.2020 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Library hosts ‘Zoom with the Director’ 
09.24.2020 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lakeport Police medication collection
09.24.2020 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Dine Out with Hospice
09.26.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
09.29.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers’ Finest Tuesday market
09.29.2020 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Lakeport Police medication collection

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