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LUCERNE – Services have been scheduled to honor Northshore Fire Captain Dave Fesmire.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, at the Lucerne Firehouse, 6257 Seventh Ave.

Fesmire died Nov. 20 after a battle with cancer. He was age 55.

The much-beloved member of Northshore Fire Protection District's dedicated staff – who was known to friends as “Fezzy” – was born in Carmichael.

A highly decorated Vietnam veteran, he began his service in the community as a volunteer in 1989, two years after arriving in Lake County.

On the day of his death, the Lake County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation to Fesmire, honoring him for his service to the community.


Evelyn Leah Sims died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 in Clearlake at age 52.

Mrs. Sims was born in Woodland Aug. 8, 1955. She graduated from Esparto High School in 1973. She worked in Oregon as a forklift driver and laundry worker. The past 15 years she worked as a cook.

Survivors include Mrs. Sims' husband, Michael A. Sims; daughter, Jennifer (Jaime) Zamora of North Carolina; son, Justin Sims of Clearlake; stepson, Michael A. Sims II of Texas; mother, Carol Hilton of Woodland; sisters, Eva (Steve) Mallinson of Texas, Eileen (Neils) Pedersen of Denmark, Kathy (Dave) Roberts of North Highlands; brothers, Rob (Angie) Hilton of Esparto and Ralph Hilton of Utah. She is also survived by grandchildren, Jaime Jr., Zachary, Ronaldo and Shalia; aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by daughter, Mariah; father, Don Hilton; and nephew, Chris Hilton.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Sims' name be directed to the Justin Sims Contributions at Bank of America, c/o Carol Hilton, 52 Embassy Drive, Woodland, CA 95776 or the Hospice at 1717 S. Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453.

A memorial was held on Dec. 1 at Esparto Countryside Church on Grafton St., with Pastor Pamela Anderson officiating. Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.

To view and sign Evelyn Sims' guestbook, visit www.legacy.com/DailyDemocrat/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=98805992.


Kevin Clary. Courtesy photo.


Kevin Dee Clary, age 45, passed away Oct. 14, 2007 at Sutter Lakeside Hospital with family by his side. Kevin was born Feb. 7, 1962, in Chico, Calif.

Kevin was raised in Kelseyville and went all through school in Kelseyville. He loved playing football and always stayed close with his teammates and his high school buddies.

Kevin loved to go camping and fishing. He loved music and going to concerts at Konocti Harbor, but his favorite pastime was watching NASCAR races. Kevin loved his job as a mechanic, working for Norton Motors and Kelseyville Packing, until an accident prevented him from continuing with the career that he enjoyed so much.

Kevin is survived by his daughter, Amber Clary of Napa; his dad and mom, Dee and Sharon Clary of Kelseyville; his sister, Kim Brown of Kelseyville; and his brother, Kraig Clary of Nice. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A service for Kevin will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the New Life Four Square Church, located at 1125 Martin St. in Lakeport. A burial service will be held by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made, in Kevin’s name, to the Kelseyville Fire Department, P.O. Box 306 Kelseyville, CA 95451.




Bernie was born July 30, 1932 and passed away peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 5, 2007.

He was an awesome husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant after 23 years after he had seen the world. He was a much loved resident of Clearlake since 1977. He was active in all community projects in Clearlake.

His recognitions include awards for humanitarian of the year, citizen of the year, past president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was known as a relentless volunteer who served his community without hesitation. Bernie, with his wife Jackie, spent much of his free time traveling with the Elk's RV Club.

He loved and treasured each day of his life, he loved his family, his friends, his business and Clearlake. It was the only place he found that he could enjoy all four seasons and not have to shovel snow. Always a stand up guy with a strong hand and a friendly smile, he will be missed by all that knew him.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jackie; mother, Ruby; and father, Glenn.

He is survived by his children, Kevin Edwards of Clearlake and Kathy Edwards McNeer of Imperial; sister, Collene, of Cresent City; four grandchildren, John, Chris, Cameron and Hayden; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Pierce.

A funeral service will be held for Bernie at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at the Clearlake Elks Lodge, located on the corner of Crawford Ave. and Old Highway 53. A visitation will be held prior and will begin at 10 a.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel 16140 Main St. P.O. Box 284 Lower Lake CA 95457 www.jonesandlewis.com.


Norman and Marcy Dean. Courtesy photo.


Norman Andrew Dean, Sr., age 79, of Mangum, Okla., passed away early Saturday, October 6, 2007, at the V A Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Norman was born on February 18, 1928, in Granite, to Alvin Edgar and Verla (Evans) Dean. On February 26, 1946, he was inducted into the Army Air Corp and proudly served his country until February 3, 1949. On June 1, 1957, he married Marcella Marion Bachmann in Petaluma, California.

A 30-year Master Mason and auto mechanic, he loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Norman served Lower Lake, California as the assistant fire chief for 12 years and as chief for eight years before moving to Mangum in 2004. He also was a certified emergency medical technician.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Sharyl Lynn Dean; one brother, George Olin Dean; and one sister, Daloma Marie Fanozzi.

He is survived by two sons, Norman Dean, Jr. and wife Laura of Auburn, California and Kenny Alvin Dean of California; four grandchildren, Gina Marie Dean, Michael Rogar, Christopher Rogar and Joseph Cary; two brothers, Tom Dean of California and Eddie Dean of New Jersey; one sister, Kay Poe of California; along with many other relatives and friends.

Inurnment was Oct. 13, 2007 at the Granite City Cemetery, Granite, Okla. A service has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2007, at First Baptist Church of El Sobrante, 4555 Hilltop Drive, El Sobrante, CA 94803.

Visit Norman Dean's guest book at www.legacy.com/Link.asp?I=GB000095845755.

Norman Dean April 2007

Don't think of him as gone away...

his journey's just begun,

life holds so many facets ...

this earth is only one.

In Memory of

Norman Dean


The Deans

Deloma and Norm

Norm and


Norm, Eddie, Kenny, Norman, Tom

Norm, Joe, George, Tom

Marcy and Norman



Matthew Zanoni. Photo courtesy of the Zanoni family.




On Sept. 29, 2007, at the age of only 22 our baby Matt was lost. Being the saddest days of our lives, Matt Zanoni is survived by his loving family, father Mike, mother Lori, sisters Jennifer and Laura, and one of his many best friends and brother Michael; devoted grandparents, Rich and Loraine Baptista, and Vince Zanoni; Uncle Rick Zanoni and cousins; Aunt Kathy Michalski and cousins; and Uncle Rick and Aunt Colleen Baptista and cousin.

Matt was born Aug. 2, 1985, in Daly City, the youngest of four siblings, raised in Windsor for the last 21 of his years. Our town has seen Matt grow from diapers to such a strong, handsome, kind and charming young man. There's nothing Matt wouldn't do for those he cared for.

Matt loved living life to the fullest, playing soccer, baseball, basketball and golf beginning from his toddler years, to maintaining a skillful job in the heating and air conditioning business since he was just 16, driving the cars and trucks he liked, to dirt bikes, spending great time with friends who think of him like a brother, to adventures such as making plans to go skydiving just short of his time.

Matt surely made us proud and will never be forgotten; he will always be our family's beloved baby.


Please join us in our goodbye to Matt this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at the Shiloh Cemetery in Windsor at 1 p.m. and following to Sonoma Country Day School Gallery. 


Redwood Credit Union in Windsor has opened a Memorial Trust Account in the name of Matthew Richard Zanoni, donations can be made at any RCU location.


The Zanoni Family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to those who helped in bringing Matt home and to those who have shown their utmost support, including Jimmy Totten, a longtime friend and recent citizen of Lake County who found Matt. We are touched to see all the love that has been shared for Matt.

We'll always miss you Matt!


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