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Bryan Mottlow, 38, died Saturday, August 6, 2011. Courtesy photo.



Bryan Paul Mottlow passed away suddenly on Aug. 6, 2011 at the age of 38.

Born in Grass Valley, Nev., Bryan grew up in Lake County, and spent time in Ft. Bragg and Marysville.

Bryan leaves behind his family: wife, Ronda Mottlow of Spring Valley; mother, Winona Sue Rucker of Marysville; father, Richard Paul Mottlow of Ft. Bragg; children, Kelly Crawford and Ashley Rose Crawford of Spring Valley; stepfather, Randall L. Rucker of Marysville; sisters, Jessica Lynn André, Macála Anne Mottlow, Taana Rucker and Amber Semke; brothers, Jacob Paul Mottlow and Luke Boncore; and grandparents, Sam and Audrey Mottlow.

Bryan will be remembered for his truly magnetic personality. He had an incredibly loving smile, with a little mischief hidden beneath. He naturally drew a crowd and he always made those around him happy.

He loved helping others, cooking, gardening and spending time on his motorcycle, and his father was his riding partner.

He was an exceptional father to his children and a beloved family member and friend. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Services for Bryan will be held in Spring Valley at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the Spring Valley Community Center 3000 Wolf Creek Road, Clearlake Oaks.

Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, is handling the arrangements.

Le Roy Palmer of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., died on July 4, 2011, at age 99. Courtesy photo.



Le Roy Palmer of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., passed away on July 4, 2011.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., on March 15, 1912, and as a young man became interested in the then-new medium of radio, eventually getting an amateur radio operator’s license in 1933.

Also interested in music, he joined his high school chorus and in 1931 sang three performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a member of that vocal ensemble.

After graduating from high school he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and went on to work for two electrical manufacturing companies in Chicago as a production manager.

In 1958 he received an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and the following year he and his family moved to Belmont, Calif., where he was employed by a company that specialized in aerospace and defense work.

During the 1960s he was involved in the United States space program and worked with a team that designed and manufactured the antenna used to transmit television pictures from the first manned lunar landing.

After retiring in 1977, he devoted his time to managing his investments, working on home improvement projects, took piano lessons, traveled to several countries and bowled as well as played bridge regularly.

In 1984, after his wife Caroline died, he remarried and took up residence with his bride, Elsie, in Mountain View, Calif. She introduced him to square dancing and pinochle and eventually the couple moved to Windsor, Calif., and then to Clearlake Oaks. There he and Elsie quickly made friends with many others in the Keys and often took part in activities at the Clear Lake Keys Club.

Throughout his life he was an avid reader, enjoyed learning new skills, planning personal projects as well as designing and building things and took pleasure in music, particularly opera.

He had a deep appreciation and respect for learning and during his later years audited several college courses available on DVD.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie Carey Palmer; his two children, Frederic Palmer of Belmont, Calif., and Laurel Palmer Lettieri of Mount Vernon, New York; and his two grandchildren, Rebecca Pelfrey of Beachwood, Ohio, and Christian Palmer Pelfrey of Yonkers, New York.

A memorial will be held at the Clear Lake Keys Club, 12980 Lakeland St. in Clearlake Oaks on Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m.

Jack Humphrey at Altamont, Calif., on August 18, 2007. Courtesy photo.


Completing his last lap and reaching the checkered flag, Jack Wulff Humphrey passed away peacefully at home in American Canyon on June 12, 2011, among loved ones and in the care of Hospice services after a lengthy battle with multiple illnesses.

Jack is survived by his loving companion, Susie Dorsett LaPointe of Sacramento; his sisters, Nadine Strauss (Bob), of Lucerne, and Sharon Leuzinger of Lucerne; brother, Charwin Ward of Spring Valley; stepfather, Billy Ward of Lakeport; niece, Sharise (Elias) Santana, and children, Cameron, Victor and Cadence; and nephews, Kahlin (Ashley) Leuzinger and children, Takara and Amara, and Michael (Cherie) Leuzinger and Caden.

He is additionally survived by Doris Harville of Upper Lake; Sue Harville of Upper Lake and son Scott Harville (Joan) and children, Leanne and Tut; Kathy Harville Scott of Woodland and her children, Kim Scott, Kris Scott, Kelly Sagara (Jon) and children, Troy and Trent, and Chuck Scott (Becky).

He was preceded in death by his father Ray Humphrey and mother Barbara Wulff Humphrey Ward; his wife, Patti Lynn Harville Humphrey in 2003, and his father-in-law, Tut Harville.

Born in Woodland on March 15, 1947, Jack graduated from Upper Lake High School with the class of 1965 and attended Santa Rosa Junior College. He completed a 36-year career with Del Monte Foods in November 2007, where he served in a number of capacities, retiring as an international transportation analyst.

Jack’s passion was auto racing. He became an ambassador for the Legends of the Pacific racing series over the last 14 years, after racing in other divisions dating to the early 1960s. Known for his quick smile, he was always ready to loan engines, gears, carbs, ignition systems, suspension parts and anything else needed to keep other drivers coming to the track week after week, according to his fellow racers.


He loved racing and he loved the San Francisco 49ers, and he was 49 years old when he became a heart transplant recipient, a 15-year milestone he celebrated this April, so it’s no surprise that Jack’s red LOP race car bore the magical number 49. He was grateful for the opportunity he was afforded to extend his life through a donated heart.

The other loves of Jack’s life were his many canine companions, with the most recent being his bulldogs, Patti and Buster, the latter a rescue dog.

In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to NorCal Bulldog Rescue, 13520 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, CA 94062-4553 or to Hospice Department, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, 975 Sereno Drive, Vallejo, CA 94589.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2011 at Upper Lake Cemetery, 780 Clover Valley Road, Upper Lake.

For further information, please call Chapel of the Lakes at 707-263-0357 or visit




Jack Humphrey driving Car 49 at Legends of the Pacific. Courtesy photo.

Jason Alexander Carr, age 3, died on July 28, 2011. Courtesy photo.




Jason Alexander Carr went to Heaven to join the angels on July 28, 2011.

Born in Lakeport, Calif., on March 28, 2008, he was the beloved first born child of John “Ryan” Carr and Charmaine Plein.

His life, although cut so short, was a miracle, as he came into this world unable to breathe on his own. Jason was a joy to his family, with his huge smile that lit up rooms and warmed hearts wherever he went.

When his little brother John Lucas was born a year later, Jason had a built in playmate. His favorite things to do were take walks with Mom and Dad and play with his brother and best friend Dillon.

He also loved building block castles, playing with trucks in the gravel, getting up early to watch Spongebob, and being "bounced" by Ellis.

Beside him was his faithful, tolerant, doggy companion, Buck. Once he learned to jump, that was his mode of transportation. If you asked for a kiss he would just hop over and give you one!

When family came and went, he would wait patiently for them to return and greet them with a beautiful smile and hug. He'd point at the records and say "moosic" and he and Grandma would rock to song after song. His grandpa Jimmy would be there for him at a moment's notice. Jason knew his family loved and adored him and he will be missed and forever and ever and always in our hearts.

Jason is survived by his parents, Ryan and Charmaine; little brother, John "Lucas" Carr; grandparents, Melissa Plein, Cheryl Carr, James and Marla Plein; great grandmothers, Helen Tinney, and Joy Chamskas; uncles, Matthew Carr, Cody Plein and Jacob Humphrey; aunt, Marisa Plein; second cousins, Keith, Kevin, Nicole, Jessica, Emily and Ashley Tinney; little cousins, Dylan and Tyler and numerous other friends and family members.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Nolan Carr and his uncle, Joshua Plein.

A special thanks to our Round Table Pizza and Robinson Rancheria families.

A memorial to remember Jason will held on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. at United Christian Parish, 745 N. Brush St., Lakeport, CA.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like to help with the final expenses an account has been set up at Mendo Lake Credit Union for these young parents.

Wilbur Peter, 94, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at his home in Utah. Courtesy photo.


Wilbur George Peter, 94, peacefully went to be with his beloved wife Jackie on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Wilbur was born on Jan. 2, 1917, in Wilder, Minnesota. In 1942, after graduation from high school he was drafted and shipped to England where he met and later married Jackie on Oct. 6, 1945, in Liverpool, England, during World War II.

Wilbur was a communications expert and worked on splitting the Transcontinental Cable, disconnecting from Berlin. After the war Wilbur continued to work in France where a son, James, was born July 1947, only to die 10 days later. The child was buried in Cherbourg.

Upon returning to the United States Wilbur and Jackie lived and worked in the Southern Calif area until they retired in 1961. At that time they purchased and ran Bridge Auto Court Fishing Resort in Lower Lake, Calif.

Due to declining health Wilbur, with his sister, Dorothy, moved to West Valley City, Utah, nine years ago to be lovingly cared for by his niece Connie Wallis.

Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Clara; beloved wife, Jackie (1992); son, James; and older brother, Lloyd.

He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Walker (Utah); brothers, Darwin (Buster) and Peter (Minnesota); and many nieces and nephews.

Much appreciation is sent to Applegate Home Health and Hospice for their outstanding care and concern for Wilbur.

A memorial service is being planned for Friday, June 17, 2011, at his residence in West Valley City, Utah.




Wilbur Peter served during World War II, working as a communications expert. Courtesy photo.

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