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A longtime resident of Upper Lake, Calif., Ted Hill fell asleep in death Jan. 11, 2013.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 9640 Main St., Upper Lake.

Arrangements were entrusted to Jones Mortuary FD 311, Lakeport, Calif., .

Whether drinking coffee at his corner table at Studebakers, cheering in the stands at a local basketball game or walking with Lucy in Fort Bragg, Don Hook never met anyone who remained a stranger for long.

More than anything, Don loved meeting people, sharing his story and learning theirs. His friendly personality, generous spirit, and big heart made him a beloved figure in Kelseyville and beyond.

Donald Allen Hook was born on January 23, 1923, at the family home in Kelseyville, Calif., to Rolla Hook and Aileen Hook.

Don and his sister Virginia grew up on the Hook ranch and attended Kelseyville schools. Don loved sports and played on every team he could at Kelseyville High School before graduating as the class salutatorian in 1940.  

Don continued his education at the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in electrical engineering and played on the Freshman Basketball team.

After two years at Cal, the war started and Don enlisted in the Army. He was trained to work on aircraft radar and served in France where he worked on bombers. He and his buddies enjoyed riding their bicycles through the countryside and meeting people.

When the war ended, Don planned to continue his education at Berkeley, but as he said, “I stood in line to enroll for hours, and the line never moved,” so he returned to Kelseyville, and purchased a grocery store on Main Street.  

Soon after opening the store, he made the best decision of his life, hiring the valedictorian of his graduating class, Lucy Stokes, as his bookkeeper. Their relationship progressed rapidly and Don and Lucy were married in April 1947. Don and Lucy were married for 64 years, until her death in 2011.  They had three children, Connie, Jerry and Ken, and built their house on the Hook ranch.

In the early 50s, his father Rolla decided to retire, and offered Don the opportunity to run the pear ranch, so he sold the grocery store and became a pear farmer.

Together with his brother-in-law Charlie Neal, Don grew pears on the Hook Ranch. The Hook and Neal children grew up moving irrigation lines, driving tractors and enjoying life on the ranch.  

In the mid-1960s, Don left the ranch and began working with Lucy’s brother Russell Stokes manufacturing ladders at Stokes Ladders in Kelseyville. He continued at the ladder shop until he gradually retired in the early 2000s. After retiring, Don worked on his walnut ranch well into his 80s.

Community and family were very important to Don. He was a master of the Hartley Masonic Lodge, a charter member of the Kelseyville Lions Club and refereed high school basketball games. He served as scoutmaster of Kelseyville Troop 48 for years, and was honored with a scoutmaster’s highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award.  

In 1964 he attended National BSA Jamboree in Valley Forge Pennsylvania as Scout Master of the Silverado Area troop.

Don was a member of the school board for Kelseyville Unified, including serving as president, and was on the board of the Lake County Hospice. Don belonged to the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church and enjoyed participating in Church activities. Late in life, Don took great pleasure in his Sunday School, bible studies and discussions with Pastor Steve Nesheim.

Don maintained his love of sports throughout his life. He regularly took his family to track meets, baseball, basketball and football games in the Bay Area, often involving his beloved Cal Bears.  He was a familiar and vocal figure at Kelseyville and Clear Lake High School sporting events, especially those in which his children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren participated.

Don and Lucy were wonderful role models on how to age gracefully, and were often seen walking hand-in-hand. They enjoyed traveling in their motor home, and made numerous friends while staying in Fort Bragg or at Lake Berryessa. They both exercised regularly, swimming, walking and working out into their eighties. Don also loved solving crossword puzzles and the jumble in the local newspaper.  

He took great pleasure in his family, and was dearly loved by his daughter, sons, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was generous with his time, money and energy, and found satisfaction in helping those who were less fortunate.

Don is survived by daughter, Connie Burnes, and sons Jerry (Karen) Hook and Ken (Pam) Hook. His grandchildren include Ryan (Jamie) Murphy, Tom (April) Hook, Jenn (Travis) Avila, Andrew (Kelly) Hook, Kate (Ken) Goldfine, Marilyn Hook and Kory Hook. He also leaves six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Neal, and his wife of 64 years, Lucy Hook.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m.

Gifts in his memory may be made to the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church at P.O. Box 301, Kelseyville, CA 95451.


KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Services for Donald Allen Hook, who passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church.

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


Heaven’s gates were opened on Jan. 11, 2013, for Jose de Jesus Lopez Cueva, know as “Don Chuy” of Kelseyville, Calif.

Born Oct. 15, 1915, in Los Corrales, Jalisco, México to the late Don Luis Lopez and Doña Merenciana Lopez Cueva, Jesus was the first born of seven children, Primitivo (deceased), María Luisa (deceased), Luis, Rafael, Margarita and Felipe.

At 97 years old Jesus is survived by his wife Elvia Lopez and 18 children: Merenciana, Luis, Evilin, Yuriko, Mayi, Jesus, Sonia, Luisa, Abigail, Irma, Andrés, Susana, Jesus, Rafael, Primitivo, Rita, Pedro, and José, numerous loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jesus settled in Lake County and worked for many ranchers with his family until retirement.

Always a lover of nature and animals, Jesus was the happiest when tending to a garden or livestock.
Jesus excelled in cultivating the earth; his gardens always produced the best vegetables and fruits, which he shared with other families.

He loved horses and the freedom to walk the vast agricultural fields in which he worked.

An avid singer and guitar player, Jesus played in a trio during his early years in México. He had a great love for music and could always be heard whistling tunes to classic Mexican music.

Jesus opened his house to many people in their time of need; he was gracious to any stranger in need.

Everlasting memories of “Don Chuy”: In his pocket, a roll of lifesavers to share with his children. In his hand, a baby bunny that he had caught while working in the pear orchards. This would always thrill his children and the smile on his face from watching them be so delighted.

In our hearts the tune “ my daddy is comir my daddy is comir” we sang to greet our “Apa.” His favorite saying, “No te quiero … Te Adoro!” are some of the best memories.

“Don Chuy” will be missed and lovingly remembered.
Jesus fought a courageous battle to overcome a stroke. His family wishes to thank all those that believed in his strength and courage throughout these past seven months .

A public viewing and rosary will be held at Chapel of the Lakes on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Father Oscar Diaz will celebrate Holly Mass at noon Wednesday, Jan. 16, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Kelseyville. His funeral will take place immediately after mass at the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Lakeport.

Bill Llewellyn was born Jan. 13, 1942 in Sacramento, Calif.

He graduated from Albany High School in 1958 and joined the Marine Corps in 1959 and served until 1962.  

He entered UC Berkeley in 1962 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1965. He worked for Bechtel as an Electrical Engineer for 14 years.
Bill met his wife MinSook and they were married May 14, 1980. After their marriage they moved to Lake County, Calif., where they enjoyed many happy years together. On Dec. 13, 1996, their twin sons Eddie and Joey were born.

Bill is survived by his wife MinSook, sons Eddie and Joey, sister Sally Llewellyn Hankins and nephew David Hankins.
Bill served 15 years as a fire board director with the Lower Lake Fire Protection District and the consolidated Lake County Fire Protection District.   
Bill was diagnosed with cancer in April 2012 and passed away Jan. 3, 2013.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held for Bill at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Lake County Fire Protection District Fire Station, 14815 Olympic Drive, Clearlake, Calif.



Kimberly “Kimmie” Hazelwood was born Jan. 5, 1989, to Rexford Hazelwood and Cheryl Hazelwood Hostine.

She was raised in Lake County with her two siblings, Brandon and Alicia.

Kimmie was a blessing to all those who knew her and she will be greatly missed and forever remembered as one of the strongest and most loving young ladies in our lives.

Visitation will be held at her grandmother’s home, 10710 Rancheria Road in Upper Lake.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport.

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

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