Tuesday, 05 December 2023


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Burton Wojciechowski, 43, passed away from complications of Type I diabetes.

Born March 25, 1970, he was valedictorian of Middletown High and graduated from Stanford University.

He is survived by his loving family members/

A life celebration will be Sunday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon at Sonoma Community Center.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary.


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Dylan Lee Evans passed away unexpectedly at the age of 21 on Dec. 16, 2013.

He leaves behind his parents, Lisa Mora and Richard Evans; brother, RJ Evans; grandparents, Jim (Ginger) Mora and Kathy Evans; great-grandmothers, Faye Hansen and Ellen Mora; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends too numerous to name.

He was loved and will be sorely missed by all who loved him.

There is not enough ink on this page to express what Dylan meant to those around him but his family invites you to celebrate his life on Monday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. at Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, 16140 Main St., Lower Lake.

Please sign Dylan’s guestbook at www.jonesandlewis.com .

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Robert “Bob” John Okulove went to be with the Lord Dec. 15, 2013.

He was born May 20, 1939, to Walter and Katherine Okulove in San Francisco. He attended Capuchino High School in San Bruno, Calif.

Bob served his country in the Army from 1958 to 1963. He moved to Lake County and joined the Lake County Sheriff's Office in 1963.

After a short courtship he married the love of his life, Carolyn Sorensen in April of 1966.

After almost 11 years as a deputy sheriff, Bob left the sheriff's office and sold insurance for a short time. In 1977 he began working for the Konocti School District as a groundskeeper and retired after 21 years.

Bob was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Clearlake.

He is survived by his loving family, including wife, Carolyn; children, Karol (Randy) and Timothy (Lindsey); grandchildren, Megan (Tyler), Brandon, Madison and Ryan; great-grandson, Tanner; siblings, Alexis and Walter; numerous nieces, nephews and many cherished friends.

Memorial services will be held at the First Assembly of God Church in Clearlake at 1 p.m. Saturday. Dec. 21. Rev. Steve Snyder will officiate.

For further information call Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com .



Clifton Bradley Swetnam
July 22, 1947 – Dec. 14, 2013

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Cliff Swetnam passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at the age of 66 after a long illness. He was at peace in his passing.

He was born Clifton Bradley Swetnam on July 22, 1947, in Richmond, Calif.

Cliff’s lifelong dream was to be a policeman. To this end, he joined the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in 1970. Cliff was with the ACSO for 28 and a half years, retiring in 1999.

He then went to work with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and was a welcome presence at the Lake County Courthouse, where he retired after 10 and a half years.

Cliff married his first wife in 1969 and had two beautiful daughters, Corinne Swetnam Wagner and Shannon Swetnam Woodward.

He then married his second wife, Joy Prichard Swetnam, in 1995.

Cliff first met Joy at a dance at the IDES hall in Hayward in 1966, but they lost contact with each other shortly thereafter. They met again in 1994 where it was “love at first sight – 28 years later.”

Cliff’s daughter, Shannon, is married to Kenneth Woodward; they have two children, Mason, 10, and Avery, 8. Cliff’s older daughter, Corinne, is married to Michael Wagner and has one daughter, Taylor, 15, who has been the light of Cliff’s life.

Cliff loved to travel and over the years he traveled to Sweden, Norway, Mexico, Canada, Tahiti and many other places.

For many years he fished the Tournament Bass Trails, where he won many awards and traveled to lakes all over the United States.

When he could no longer fish, he bought a travel trailer and, with Joy and his two dogs, camped all over California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. He was planning his next “camping” trip right up to the end of his life.

Another passion for Cliff was Lake County.

He was appointed to the Lake County Planning Commission in 2000 and served for 12 years.

He spent an enormous amount of time researching every issue that came before the commission, and felt the decisions he made were truly the best for Lake County.

Because of his hard work and dedication, he was awarded “Planning Commissioner of the Year” by the California County Planning Commissioner Association, a statewide organization, in 2008. He also served on their board of directors for several years.

In his later years, Cliff became a vocal anti-smoking advocate, speaking at smoking cessation classes offered by Lake Family Resource Center.

He would bring in all of his medications and drag his oxygen tank to the front of the room so everyone could see what smoking had done to him. He encouraged participants to ask questions and answered all with honesty and compassion. Many people have called him after his presentations to let him know that he was the reason they were able to quit smoking.

Family and friends were Cliff’s life blood. He had such a love of life and the adventures that awaited. Cliff was loved by all who knew him.

Cliff is survived by his wife, Joy; daughters, Corinne and Shannon; stepsons, Kenneth and Eric; grandchildren, Taylor, Mason and Avery.

He is also survived by his brothers, Greg Swetnam, Mark Prichard, Paul Prichard and Thom Prichard, and sister, Jeannette Prichard and their families. He also was close to his cousins and especially close to his nieces and nephew in Texas.

There will be a memorial service held on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at 1 p.m., at Chapel of the Lakes, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport.

A gathering of friends and family will take place at the Soper-Reese Community Theatre, 275 S. Main St., Lakeport.

Cliff requested that people celebrate his life by wearing Hawaiian shirts to the service.

He also requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Lake Family Resource Center, 5350 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451.


December 12, 2013

Today I lost the love of my life, Barbara Ann Ruelas. She was born Oct. 26, 1949.

Barbara got lung cancer 12 years ago and fought through it with several different types of treatments.

Again in 2007 she got colon cancer and after several months of chemo and radiation, she pulled through. She was a tough one for sure.

Last March it came back and this time it overtook her only after nine months of chemo.

After the past week in St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, they let hospice bring her home. Got a bed for the front room and all the love they offer.

Barbara got her last wish to spend some time with her puppies in her beautiful home.

Last night Jesus took Barbara home. All she wanted when I met her was a home of her own for her puppies to grow old and pass away in, and it all came to pass. Bless you Barbara.

She leaves a son, Jimmy Gray, his wife, and grandchildren Malory and Mike; and a daughter, Shelly, who lives in Kentucky. She also leaves Eric “Bro Zeke” Eberhardt, Lacy and Elvis, the family.

Her grandson Jesse will be heartbroken, but nobody will miss Barbara like I do, forever. Seven years wasn’t enough honey, I’ll see you later.

All my love,



LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Waymon J. Palmer, born March 18, 1934, passed away Dec. 13, 2013, at the age of 79.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their family.

At his request, no services will be held.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport.

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