Thursday, 03 December 2020

JoAnn Deacon

JoAnn Deacon. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Born on Feb. 21, 1924, in Oakland, California, JoAnn (Franzman) Deacon passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

She is held in loving memory by her children and their spouses, Cathy and Murray Pulse, Ron and Jenny Deacon, Don and Saro Deacon; her grandchildren and their spouses, Zoe and Larry Richardson, Ariana and Dammeon Wills, Jody and Missy Pulse, Jesse and Julie Pulse; great-grandchildren, Bryce, Kiana, Samaya, Jazmyn,Treysen, Kate and Colin; and nieces and nephews, Jay, Marjean (Johnson), Lita Clapper and John, Clyde and Ann (Munsey).

JoAnn grew up in Oakland and learned to play the piano and cello. She was in her own band that played at school dances and on the Cal Band where she met her future husband.

On May 28, 1942, she married Lawrence Sheldon Deacon and after his discharge from the Army they settled in San Lorenzo, California.

In the 1950s, JoAnn's father financed and the family built a summer home in the Terraces of Lakeport using adobe bricks made on her husband’s family farm in Scotts Valley. Many summers were spent here entertaining family and friends.

After her three children entered elementary school, she completed her credential in 1961 and started teaching first and second grade. JoAnn retired from teaching and moved to Lake County but continued to be active in education, volunteering in elementary classrooms (including her daughter’s class) and with the literacy program.

She was also active in the retired teacher’s association whereas she received the state’s prestigious Ruth Q. de Prida Award.

As an avid walker, she participated along with her daughter in 5K walking events and won many first place ribbons for her age class!

JoAnn and her husband enjoyed travels to distant parts of the world, including China, Egypt, European countries, Africa and more.

She saw many changes in her lifetime and adapted with humor, strength and grace.

JoAnn will be lovingly remembered by many family, friends and all the fine folks at Studebaker’s coffee house where she could be found “holding court” weekday mornings!

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

Upcoming Calendar

12.03.2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Clearlake City Council
12.05.2020 5:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Virtual Christmas tree lighting
12.05.2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gallery Open Reception: Home
Middletown Art Center
12.05.2020 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Clearlake Christmas Parade
12.12.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
12.13.2020 8:30 am - 11:00 am
American Legion Post breakfast
12.19.2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
Christmas Eve

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