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David Wayne Sparks

Survived by wife, Gloria; children, Michelle (Norman) Tavis (Heather), Eli (Suzanne) and Simone; grandchildren, Danielia, David, Christian, Nevaeh, Matthew, Eli, Rose; sister, Terri; nephews, Andrew, Shawn, Dustin, Wolfgang and Robert; nieces, Marcelle, Jennifer, Veronica, Kimberly and Tonya.

Celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at North Shore Christian Fellowship, Upper Lake.

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


Albert Nahmias crossed over from earth to glory on Jan. 28, 2013.

He was born to Isarel and Ventura Nahmias on Nov. 4, 1921, in Seattle, Wash.

He left school at an early age to become a traveling salesman and retired at age 60.

In 1992, he met and married Mae Stewart and enjoyed her two children: Delores Bradford and Bennie Irving. They celebrated 21 years of marriage in 2013.

Al, as everyone knew him and Mae moved to Lake County where they started a small business and he became well known in the community.

He enjoyed being active in senior projects and the NAACP. He was a member of Powerhouse Baptist Church of Clearlake as well as a member of Beit Chavurah of Lower Lake. All of this gave him the joy of life he had.

He is survived by his wife Mae and cousins, Ventura, Israel and Rita. 


On Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, Ray Lyon passed away peacefully after battling many health issues.

Ray led a life that touched many people throughout his career, volunteering and personal family life.

He started off as a young boy raised in the mountains of Upper Lake, Calif., born on Feb. 13, 1933, to Donald and Lena Lyon. He was fifth generation in Lake County.

He lived his adult life in the Sacramento Valley when he moved from Upper Lake to Orland his senior year in high school.

His whole life he was outgoing, loved people, loved his family, served his community and created goals for himself that led him to many of his accomplishments.

At 17, he left home for the first time, taking a train with all his belongings in a cardboard box to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

He met his wife Lois and they were married on March 19, 1954.

At the age of 21, in 1954, he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and 1955 he received his teaching credential.

He was proud of the fact that he was elected student body vice president and grand marshal of the Cal Poly parade after being selected as Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year. He was passionate about attaining whatever goals he set for himself.

He accepted the job as agriculture teacher with Orland schools in 1955 to 1957. He then became director of the Yuba City Vocation Agriculture department.

In 1958, the University of California hired him as Glenn County’s 4-H, dairy and forage crop advisor. In 1965, he also became the Colusa County 4-H advisor.

It was during his time as 4-H advisor that he made the most long-lasting, positive impact on children’s lives. He was later given the unofficial title of Mr. 4-H, which he loved.

As usual, he built the 4-H program beyond a regular 4-H program with trips, retreats, a high 4-H program, a mini-member program and a 4-H program for mentally challenged adults.

His family was instrumental in assisting with a wide variety of 4-H events. He loved his job, and he made it a family event.

In 1990, he was appointed by the University of California as acting regional director for Northern California. In 1994 he retired with the title of “County Director Advisor, Emeritus” by the vice president of the University of California.

His community was just as important to him. His many volunteering experiences included Orland High School Board trustee, Glenn County Superintendent Board trustee, Butte Community College Board trustee, United Way Board member, Orland Kiwanis, Glenn County Fair Board and others.

He was instrumental in getting the train, Heritage Trail and Chrome School moved to the Glenn County Fairgrounds. He always wanted to put an old town scene on the back fence at home. He settled for an old town scene at the fairgrounds, and Lois was relieved.

Family was very important to him. He enjoyed being involved in their lives with 4-H activities, family trips and purchasing a cabin in Mineral, Calif., where family gatherings occur. He will be greatly missed.

He was married 58 years to the love of his life, Lois Goodwin Lyon. He is survived by all five children: in Nampa, Idaho – Kathryn Pierson and husband Steve and the youngest George Carson Lyon; in Orland, Becky Brummet and husband Rick, and Debra Cosgrove and husband Jim; in Creston, Calif., Jody Lyon.

He also is survived by his sister, Ramona DiDio, nephews Jim DiDio, Mike Lyon and Chris Lyon, and niece Robin Minic. There are 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother Lena Phelps Lyon Burk, father Donald C. Lyon, brother Russell Lyon and grandson Martin Lyon Pierson, who died as an infant.

There will be a graveside service for family members only at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Upper Lake Cemetery.

A memorial service is being planned for 1 p.m. March 24 at the Glenn County Fairgrounds.

In lieu of flowers, he has requested that people donate to the local 4-H Club.


James Christopher Ducoty, if you knew Jim you were lucky, if he loved you, even luckier.

We will miss you and love you forever big man.

– Michelle and Jimmy

Arnold Moore went to be with the Lord on Jan. 25, 2013.

He passed away while at Rocky Point Care Center in Lakeport, Calif.

He was born in Bee Ranch, Ark., on Dec. 13, 1918.

He is survived by his three sons, Delbert Moore in Eureka, Calif.; James Moore in Merced, Calif.; Gary Moore in Finley, Calif.

Arrangements by Jones Mortuary, .

Richard Delroy Westcott, age 77, passed away Jan. 19, 2013, in Nice, Calif.

He was born July 26, 1935, in Iowa and worked as an barber for more than 40 years.

Richard was a resident of Lake County for 33 years. He will be dearly missed and forever loved.
Arrangements entrusted to Jones Mortuary, .

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