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Zane Gray died Saturday, October 30, 2010, at his home near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. He was 83 years old. Photo courtesy of the Gray family.






CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – Zane Joseph Gray, 83, died peacefully at his Spring Valley Lakes home Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, after a lengthy illness.

Zane was born Sept. 16, 1927, in the Missouri Flat area on the Applegate River in Josephine County, Oregon, to Joseph and Amy Gray, an Oregon pioneer family.

He was the second youngest of six children and was reared in the southern part of Oregon. He attended schools in Missouri Flat, Selma and Glendale, Oregon.

Zane enlisted in the Navy in February 1943. He later transferred to the Sea Bees and was assigned to advanced explosives.

He spent most of his time in Okinawa. He said his time there was very difficult as the island was occupied by the Japanese, who he said hid in caves and took shots at them while they worked.

He was discharged in 1946. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Metal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Zane was a logger working in Southern Oregon and Northern California. He owned his own logging business in the late 1950s, working in the Truckee area for some time.

Beginning in the early 1960s he managed the Chenoweth Lumber Mill in Bodega. He was responsible for the mill sending the first shiploads of lumber from the U.S. to Japan in the 1960s.

Zane purchased property near Bartlett Springs in 1978, commuting to Bodega weekly. His son, Wes, later joined him in the mill.

In 1985 Zane left the mill and moved full-time to his property near Bartlett Springs. In 1986 Zane began work for Vittel Bottling Co. in Nice, where water from Bartlett Springs was bottled.

It was then that Zane became involved in the restoration of several of the Bartlett Springs resort buildings and the famed gazebo. Sadly, those buildings were destroyed by an arsonist in 2007.

Zane worked for Nestle, which owned Vittel, as a caretaker of the former resort property until 2009.

Zane was a volunteer fireman for the Lucerne Fire Department for many years, before it was consolidated into the Northshore Fire Protection District.

He also manned fire equipment near his property by Bartlett Springs. He was on the front lines of the Fork Fire that burned the area by Bartlett Springs in 1996, which burned more than 83,000 acres in the Mendocino National Forest.

Zane loved to hunt and he spent many hours with his son, Wes, and grandsons in the Lake County area.

He was predeceased by children James, Sandra and Betty; older brother M.C. “Bob” Gray; and sisters, Ruby Gass, Zella Roff and Dolly Claymier.

Zane is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances; son Wesley and wife, Debbie, of Sebastopol; brother, Kenneth and wife Barbara of Grants Pass, Oregon; grandchildren, Nathan, Jason, Randy, Aria, Clinton, Elizabeth and Sara; seven great-grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

He will be interred near his parents at the Missouri Flat Cemetery near Grants Pass, Ore.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Harold Harby died at his home in Kelseyville, Calif., on Friday, October 8, 2010. He was 92 years old. Courtesy photo.


Harold D. Harby passed away in his home in Riviera West on Oct. 8, 2010, from natural causes and surrounded by family.

Harold is survived by daughters, Nancy and Melanie Harby; son-in-law, Roy Zimmerman; grandchildren, Kelly and Curt Winchester, Jonathan Brockway, Travis and Rita Dunn, and Joseph and Samuel Zimmerman. He also is survived by his brother Stoney Harby and his nephew Gregory Reinhardt.

Harold was married for 31 years to his beloved wife, Margie Harby, who passed away in 1986.

Harold was born in Los Angeles, two months before the end of World War I, and was equally proud of his Norwegian, English and Native American roots.

Valedictorian of his high school class, he graduated at the depth of the Great Depression. He attended the US Military Academy Prep School at Fort Winfield Scott in San Francisco's Presidio where he watched the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. He then joined the U.S. Weather Bureau and traveled the western United States, working in the territory of Alaska when World War II broke out.

Harold returned to LA to work as an aircraft jig builder at North American Aviation. He then worked on one of the most famous airplanes ever built, Howard Hughes’s Hercules, commonly known as the “Spruce Goose.” During the war, Harold enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant flying B-17s and B-24s. He was also recognized as an expert marksman.

In 1952, he was an alternate to the Democratic National Convention. He also worked on political campaigns for his father, Harold Harby, who was Los Angeles City Councilman from the 1930s through the 1950s.

Harold found his life's calling when he went to work for the city of Los Angeles as a surveyor. He worked 33 years for the city and retired as survey supervisor for all of Los Angeles. Harold worked primarily in West LA and liked to say that he surveyed every inch of Sunset Boulevard. He developed a new technique to survey LA's ever-shifting beachfront from Malibu south to the LA Harbor. One of Harold's favorite projects was the expansion of LAX, and he personally surveyed many of its runways.

Harold's friends and family fondly remember him as an avid reader and Mensa member. He was a birder, naturalist and conservationist. He loved music, particularly Country Western and Big Band. Harold was a past master of his Masonic Lodge.

Harold resided here in Lake County for 25 years. He served as president of the Riviera West Homeowners' Associaton and as president of its water board. He also did a turn on the Lake County Grand Jury. Harold was an active member of the Clearlake State Park Interpretive Association and was docent at the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association where he twice served as Santa Claus at Christmas. He was a leading force in the effort to save the Grigsby Riffle.

Rather than having a memorial service, Harold's friends and family celebrated his life with him last month on his 92nd birthday.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lake County Hospice or give the gift of life by donating blood.

James Freyslaben enjoying time at the beach. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.


James Edward Freyslaben died Dec. 18, 2009, at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Calif.

He was surrounded by family, including Linda, his beloved wife of only 23 months; his daughter Courtney McCans; and son and “buddy,” Kevin McCans.

Jim was born on March 20, 1948, in San Francisco, where he was raised.




James and Linda Freyslaben were married 23 months before his death in December 2009. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.



In 1966 he graduated from George Washington High School. Later, he worked for Pacific Orient for many years.

He moved to Lake County 2004 from Napa where he worked in restaurant management for nearly 20 years. His family is currently working on establishing a scholarship in his name for student pursuing restaurant management.

Once in Lake County Jim worked as security at Robinson Rancheria for four years and one year in the vault. He had many friends and acquaintances both at Robinson Rancheria and in Kelseyville.

Survivors include wife, Linda; sons, Kevin McCans and Kyle McCans; daughter, Courtney McCans; and stepson, Sean Gay of Upper Lake.

The family thanked two outstanding oncologists who helped Jim in his final years, Mark Turrill and Jay Joseph.

Donations in Jim's memory can be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation,\




The couple met after he came to Lake County. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.


Once in a Lifetime

Once upon a time,

A man fell in love with a woman

He gave his heart to her,

fully and unconditionally.

She returned that love passionately

and protected that love fiercely

Theirs was a love story for the ages

They loved without boundries

by just sharing a glance,

They danced in the moonlight

as he sang long forgotten love songs.

Then he was gone forever and her love for him endures.

The pain and tears your death has brought,

are reminders of how great my love was for you.

You have not left me

but wait for me

waiting to make our eternity


Whisper to me now my love,

use the wind as your voice.

The day we are reunited

I will be the one singing

as we dance in the moonlight.

Linda Freyslaben



James and Linda Freyslaben. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.


The Comfort and Sweetness of Peace

After the clouds, the sunshine

after the winter, the spring.

after the shower, the rainbow,

life is a changeable thing.

After the night, the morning

bidding all darkness cease.

after life's cares and sorrows,

the comfort and sweetness of peace.

Helen Steiner Rice




James Freyslaben's family is establishing a scholarship in his name for student pursuing restaurant management, an industry in which he worked for 20 years. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.

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Mary R. Lausten died October 14, 2010, at the age of 71. Courtesy photo.

Mary R. Lausten was a loving wife, caring mother and a thoughtful friend. Our dear, sweet Mary entered into heaven peacefully on Oct. 14, 2010, in Lakeport, Calif.

Born July 4, 1939 in Mangum, Okla., to Joseph and Ola Burden, she was the youngest sister of eight siblings.

Mary worked in banking locally for over 30 years. She made many, many dear friends during her years in banking and will always be remembered for her bright smile and infectious personality.

She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi and the Business and Professional Woman's Association. She enjoyed shopping, camping, playing bunkos and especially bowling.

Mary was a very social person and loved gathering with family and friends. There was always a place for everyone in Mary's heart as well as in her home. She cared deeply for many.

She will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 32 years, Pete Lausten of Lakeport; sons, Phillip Colwell of Sacramento and Douglas Colwell of Tacoma, Wash.; daughters, Janet Colwell-Nolan and her husband Mark Nolan of Penryn, Calif., and Pamela Lausten-Kane and her husband Dan Kane of Lakeport.

She also is survived by her sister, Pauline Mitchell of Houston; brothers, Dale Burden of Muleshoe, Texas, and BJ Burden of Cooper, Texas; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many friends.

Donations in honor of Mary may be made to the Lakeport Volunteer Firefighters Association, 445 N Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Maxwell Cemetery in Maxwell, Calif.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.

Arrangements by McNary-Moore Funeral Service,

Ryan Depp died on Sept. 22, 2010. He was 16 years old. Courtesy photo.


Ryan Patrick Depp, 16, died of unexpected natural causes on Sept. 22, 2010 in Hidden Valley Lake, Calif.

He is survived by his mother, Glenda Pyzer (Russ); father, Rich Depp (Julie); brothers, Jeremy Depp (SueZann) and Sean Depp; sisters, Shawndre Depp (Jay), Kaitie Depp, Annabel Pyzer and Breanna Pyzer; grandparents, Jan Beebout, Harry Depp, Ken and Diane Staudinger, and Lenard and Rose Pyzer; 11 aunts; 13 uncles; 28 cousins; three nephews; godparents, Leslie Adams and Larry Sark; and numerous other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Ed Beebout; and grandmother, Mary Depp.

Ryan was born on March 17, 1994 in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was always athletic, playing baseball and football, but his great passion was basketball. He was gifted on the court and an absolute joy to watch.

Ryan, although only 16, was wise beyond his years. He had many friends in Santa Rosa and Lake County. His friends were from all walks of life, and he loved them all unconditionally. He did not judge others, instead, he managed to see directly into their hearts and find the good in everyone he met.

He is known for reaching out to others, being kind to everyone he met, accepting people for who they were, lending a caring ear when needed, warm hugs, his “million dollar smile” which lit up the room, and his love, loyalty and devotion to his family – an unbelievable legacy for a 16 year old to leave behind!

Our hearts ache for this sudden and painful loss. We all love Ryan with all of our hearts and miss him terribly. We are all blessed, and better people, for having Ryan in our lives to love, and to be loved by.

A memorial service will be held at the Resurrection Parish Church located at 303 Stony Point Road (corner of Stony Point Road and W. Third Street) in Santa Rosa on Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.

With open hearts, we invite all who would like to attend.

In lieu of flowers, our family would greatly appreciate donations being sent to Camp For A Cure, which is a local baseball camp run by Ryan’s Aunt and Uncle. All proceeds go to The American Cancer Society, Lupus Foundation of America and The American Diabetes Association,

Checks can be mailed “In honor of Ryan Depp” to P.O. Box 2623 Rohnert Park, CA 94927.

Ryan's family entrusted arrangements to Jones Mortuary, Lakeport, California, .

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – To all who knew and loved Zino Mezoui, his wife Jan and the Mezoui family extend an invitation to a celebration in honor of Zino's life to be held on Saturday, Oct. 9.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. at Zino's Ristorante on the shore of Clear Lake, located at 6330 Soda Bay Road.

Parking is available at Zino's, and at Ferndale Resort next door. Please carpool if possible, as parking is limited.

Lodging for out of town guests will be available at the Soda Bay Inn, , 707-279-4722; Ferndale Resort, 707-279-4866; and the Edgewater Resort, 707-279-0208, all within walking distance.

Please call ahead for reservations, and mention that you are attending the celebration.

Donations can be mailed to Umpqua Bank, where an account has been established in his name. Please put account number 991992488 on check donations.

They look forward to sharing memories of this man who touched so many lives, and who will be deeply missed.

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