Saturday, 04 February 2023


Katherine Lewis. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Katherine Marie Lewis was born on January 27, 1921, in Canton, China, to missionary parents Roy A. Falconer, MD. and Clara Falconer.

Clara passed away six weeks after Katherine was born and is buried in Hong Kong.

Katherine and her dad stayed in Nanning, China where Dr. Falconer was helping to establish a hospital. They returned to the United States short of the seven-year commitment when Katherine was about a year and a half old.

He remarried and Laura Warner Falconer became Katherine’s mom. Several years later, a brother, Marvin Falconer, was born and the family continued living in Los Angeles before moving to Glendale, California.

In 1943 the Falconer family moved to Lakeport where Dr. Falconer established a medical practice. Katherine graduated from high school in 1938 from Glendale Union Academy, Glendale, California.

A nurse’s degree was obtained in 1943 from Glendale Sanitarium and Hospital, Glendale. She went on to get her BS degree in nursing in 1945 from Pacific Union College in Angwin.

She met and married Erwin W. Lewis, Jr. of Bachelor Valley in September of 1947. They lived briefly in Los Angeles while Erwin finished his medical laboratory technology degree then moved to Fort Bragg for four years before returning to Lake County in 1953.

They built a home in north Lakeport where Katherine lived until she passed away following a brief illness on March 24, 2022, with family by her side.

Erwin and Katherine adopted a son, Gerald Lewis, and a daughter, Marna Lewis-Sildve. With their family complete they raised their children in Lakeport.

They both worked at Lakeside Community Hospital and then Sutter Lakeside Hospital with Katherine retiring in 1989 after 46 years in nursing and Erwin in 2002 with over 50 years in the laboratory.

Erwin and Katherine loved to travel the world, first visiting Hawaii, then Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands, Alaska, Europe and Turkey, to name a few. When they went to China, Katherine was able to see her mother’s grave.

They also took numerous trips in their motorhome throughout the United States and camping trips to Yosemite and Baja.

They were dedicated and attentive grandparents taking pride in their grandchildren Troy and Lindsey. Katherine enjoyed being Grammy to her two great grandsons, Connor and Payton, who adored her.

Katherine was predeceased by her mother, Clara Falconer (1921); her father, Dr. Roy A. Falconer (1968); her stepmother, Laura Falconer (1974); brother, Marvin Falconer (2005); her son, Gerald Lewis (2003); her beloved husband, Erwin Lewis (2006); her sister-in-law, Lucile Lewis (2013); and sister-in-law, Doris Falconer (2015).

She is survived by her daughter, Marna Sildve (Peter); grandson, Troy Kurtz; granddaughter, Lindsey Kurtz-Toyama (Nicholas); great-grandsons, Connor and Payton Toyama; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Glenn and Rose Lewis; nephew, Gary Lewis (Toni); and their children George, Katherine and daughter Kanani and Charles, Karen Lewis-Boyle (Bill), daughter Tara Lewis-Petersen (Erik) and children Sydney and Lilah Petersen, Linda Lewis-Scott (Tim) and the extended Siri family, Marna’s birth parents and siblings.

Katherine was a member of the Lakeport Community Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1953 and had been involved in competitive flower arranging and various service and study groups during her long and productive life here in Lake County.

A memorial service will take place on Friday, April 15, at 4 p.m. at Lakeport Community Seventh-day Adventist Church on Park and Hill roads in Lakeport. Interment will take place at Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 707-263-0357,

Patricia King. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Patricia Ann King passed away peacefully at home on the morning of March 5, 2022.

She was born Aug. 25, 1932, to her mother Lillian Wheeler, who died in 1934.

Pat was raised by her Aunt Rose and Uncle Charlie Laggi of Loleta, California.

Pat graduated from nursing school, which began her expanded career of over 53 years working at old Lakeside in Lakeport and numerous doctor offices throughout Lake County.

Her peers and professionals respected her skill, quick wit and her sense of humor that was a style all her own.

Pat was an enthusiastic volunteer for Hospice of Lake County. Pat loved chocolate, watching ice skating and was the underdogs champion. God help you if you ever pissed her off.

Pat is survived by her children, Anthony King (Jocene), Ellen Morris (John) and Roseanne Jones; her brother, Norman Wheeler; her dog, Lucy; grandchildren, Miya, Strada, Trevor and Allison; and great-grandkids, James, Jordan, Journie, Regi, Matteo, Madisyn and Dublin.

Pat was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James King; her brother, Anthony; sister, Delores; Aunt Rose and Uncle Charlie; and recently her son-in-law, Reggie Jones, whom she loved dearly.

A heart feld thank you to Miya and her finance Jimm for taking such loving care of her for over the past two years allowing Pat to to have her wish of staying in her home. Thank you to all of
Pat's caregivers for their outstanding care and Hospice of Lake County for their compassionate care and ongoing guidance for the family.

Memorial services to be held Tuesday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 1625 N. High St., Lakeport. That will be followed by a gathering at her home on Hill Road in Lakeport.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 707-263-0357,

Jeff Markham. Courtesy photo.

Jeffrey Barton Markham was born Aug 18, 1944, in San Francisco, California, to Paul and Elsie Clough Markham.

He entered into rest March 18, 2022, in Springfield, Oregon.

Jeff grew up in San Carlos and Redwood City, graduating from Sequoia High School in 1962. He was involved in many pranks with his close friends there — ask them!

He attended the College of San Mateo and received an AA in law enforcement. This is where he made some lifelong friends whom he joined for annual reunions until just last year.

He moved on to San Jose State, graduating in 1966 with a degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. That is where he met his first wife, Carolyn Rhea. They married in 1967 in Los Gatos.

Jeff and Carolyn had two sons, J. David Markham and Stephen J. Markham.

Jeff hated bullies … that is why he chose law enforcement as a career. He became a reserve police officer in the Redwood City Police Department and fell in love with the job. He went through an academy and then he was sworn in as a reserve deputy sheriff in San Mateo County.

Jeff tested for the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement for the state of California. He was placed in San Francisco. Because San Francisco was the flower power city of love, he saw the backside of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll bands in the mid 1970s — Janis Joplin, the Mamas & the Papas, Big Brother and the Holding Co., among others — as an undercover drug enforcement officer. Oh, the stories he could tell of some of these famous people.

Jeff and Carolyn decided they didn’t want to raise their kids in the city so they relocated to the family vacation cabin in Clearlake. Jeff joined the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 1969.

He worked through five sheriffs. He saw many changes in the department over the 36 years of service. “I loved it … we were a family and we had a lot of fun.”

His two sons Stephen and David grew up in Clearlake and attended Konocti Unified schools. While the boys were growing up Jeff was active in their lives and interests including farm animals and cars. They have moved on and flourished in their respective careers.

Jeff earned his Masters of Public Administration from USC in 1976.

He was always so proud of his selection to attend the FBI Academy in the fall of 1982. After three months of classes and training, he finished the academy with straight As and a qualification of “expert” in firearms training.

Jeff and Carolyn divorced in 1996. Jeff continued on with his career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office where he made lifelong friends.

In 1997, Jeff met Jeannie Sprecher Butler, a local kindergarten teacher, on a blind date set up by Peggy McCloud. He strung her along for four years before he finally married her in 2001.

In asking her to marry him he agreed to help raise her four boys. Being a stepparent was, he says, “the toughest job there is.” But he enjoyed being an active part of their lives also.

He was a good sport, learning how to snowboard, camp and dirt bike with his new family. He also encouraged and taught Jeannie how to ride motorcycles. They put many many miles on their Harleys, enjoying the camaraderie and freedom of that community.

Jeff retired from the sheriff’s office in 2005 after 36 years. He retired as a chief deputy, chief of staff, but Jeannie always called him “Captain.”

He spent his retirement riding motorcycles, woodworking and traveling to some exciting places where English is not spoken and clean water is not guaranteed.

Volunteering in the local homeless ministries was something he really felt called to and he helped cook meals on a weekly basis with Jeannie.

He maintained his need for order, cleanliness and manners, but also his sense of humor to the end.

They had recently moved to Creswell, Oregon, to be close to Jeannie’s family and newest granddaughter, Elaine. He leaves a loving neighborhood and church in both Lake County as well as Creswell.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannie, of Creswell, Oregon; his two sons, J. David Markham (Jodie) of Lakeport, California, and Stephen Markham (Alex) of San Antonio, Texas; his granddaughters, Chelsea (Brandon), Kendall, Mackenzie and Jackie (Matt); a great-granddaughter, Cecilia; his grandsons, Andrew (Christina) and Matthew; his stepsons, Rick, Mark (Reannon), Zane (Savannah) and Rawley (Allie) Butler; and his special love, granddaughter, Elaine.

He leaves a hole in the lives of all his family. His sense of humor and need to protect all he loved were with him to the end.

Memorial donations in his name can be sent to the Clear Lake High School wood shop program or the Lake County Sheriff’s Activity League.

A memorial has been planned for April 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St. in Lakeport.

Harold Frierson Sr. Courtesy photo.

Harold James Frierson Sr.
Nov. 3, 1944-April 2, 2022

Harold James Frierson Sr. was born in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 3, 1944, to his parents Freda Thelma Jeanette Shipp-Frierson and Isaac Frierson. He was the second of five children.

Harold was affectionately known in Tennessee as “Bubba” and when he later moved to Oakland he was known as “Jimmy.” He graduated from Pearl High School in 1961 and after graduation, he left Nashville at age 16 and enrolled in the Air Force.

After arriving in California Jimmy discharged from the Air Force in 1967 and took on a series of jobs at Western Union and Lockheed Martin before eventually landing at his career job as a telephone repairman with PAC Bell.

Along the way he also gained an Associates of Arts degree from Laney College in Ethnic Studies — Black Studies in 1973.

Jimmy enjoyed fishing, watching national news shows, reading National Geographic magazines, and astrology, arts and sciences.

His greatest pastimes were watching his favorite teams including the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A’s and SF Giants but his absolute favorite (and the team he loved from their inception in Philadelphia) were the Golden State Warriors.

Another great joy of his was doing carpentry work and fixing and repairing items and gadgets. He enjoyed new inventions and solving problems, and was skilled at repurposing items and finding and restoring furniture.

He also enjoyed cars and could easily identify the make, year and model of classic cars and even owned a few in his lifetime.

Jimmy also lived in Clearlake for several years.

Jimmy leaves to cherish his memory his dearest friend, Mamie; daughter, Jasmine Dawson; son, Harold Frierson Jr.; stepdaughter, Sharon Spencer; and granddaughters, Vanessa Martin and Terretha Love.

He is preceded in death by stepdaughter, Evelyn McMichael; stepson, Ossie Spencer Jr.; son-in-law, Korey Dawson; sister-in-law, Thame Frierson; as well as both parents Thelma and Isaac.

He also leaves two sisters, Louise Frierson and Frieda Crawley (Randy, Sr.); brothers, Isaac Frierson Jr., and Sherman Frierson (Patricia Merritt); and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.

In Loving Memory

Joseph Thomas Valencia
Aug. 12, 1990 — March 20, 2022

Joseph Valencia was one of the best human beings in the world. He saw the absolute best in everyone he met, always lending a hand when needed.

Without ever trying he bestowed upon us all the gifts of love, friendship, peace and compassion.

We will mourn the loss of such a great man, son, grandson, brother, Uncle, nephew, cousin, friend: but through him we can only hope to take with us his best qualities. Striving to keep his memory alive with us all.

Joe loved to ride dirt bikes. He was so good he could’ve been a professional. He was good at everything he did from snowboarding like Shaun White to wake boarding like Nick Rappa. He was a natural talent. He loved going to the snow with friends and family just to watch the kids play.

He liked to go play airsoft and paintball in the woods till you couldn’t see anymore and wanted to keep playing. He loved to go out on the boat and do a battle royale till one of us fell off. Joe also loved to go slow and take his nieces and nephews on the tube till he was too tired to hang on anymore.

Joe loved his family and friends so much and was always there for them. Joey we love you and will miss you for the rest of our lives.

Joseph so loved his family and friends, his parents, Kim and Cedro; brothers, Chris and Nick; his sister, Trista; Grandma Darlene and Grandpa Chris;  sisters-in-law, Christina and Teanna; his nephew and nieces, Angelina, Christopher Jr., Adrian, Kimmarie, Isabella, Andrew and Jackson; aunt, Kelly; uncle, Greg; aunt, Kristine; aunt, Katie; aunt, Nora; aunt, Christie; aunt, Liz; uncle, Tizoc; uncle, Matt; cousins, Gabby, Gina, Michael, Justine/Vanessa, Manuel, James, Katelyn, Matthew, Mason, Ryan, Josh, Aurora, Nicole and Jaykub; and best friends, Evan and Bree Quetzal.

”The Broken Chain”

You left us peaceful memories,

Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

We love you, Joseph.

A viewing will be held at Jones Mortuary, 115 S. Main St., Lakeport, on Friday, April 1, from 4 to 7 p.m.

John Alameda. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — John Edward Alameda passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at the age of 80.

He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

John was a retired California Highway Patrol officer, sheriff’s deputy, local business owner, horseman, sailor and PROUD Navy veteran.

John Alameda. Courtesy photo.

He spent his retirement loving life with his family, enjoyed paddling his canoes, sailing on beautiful Clear lake, and driving his jeep like a cop in pursuit. He will be sorely missed.

Celebration of life will be held at his daughter's home (Marian) in Upper Lake on Saturday, April 9, at 3 p.m.

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

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