Thursday, 25 February 2021


Michael Felton. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – In loving memory of Michael Jay Felton, Nov. 27, 1950, to Nov. 10, 2020.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Terri Lynne Felton of 37 years; two children, Breanna Michelle Felton and Cole Michael Felton; and granddaughter, Jayla-Lynne’ Arrington.

Mike was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved anything and everything outdoors.

He was born as a local Northern Californian in Sonoma; along with his family he ventured into hunting, fishing and exploring at an early age. He continued using the outdoorsman skills throughout his life to care for his family as well as pass down the lifestyle.

Mike was quiet, reserved and intelligent, with amazing character and ethic. He is highly respected by his peers at Sutter Lakeside hospital where he worked for 35 years. He was taken suddenly after a quick battle with cancer.

Mike was predeceased by his father, Forrest Wendel Felton; mother, Betty Frances (Moore) Felton; and sister, Dale (Guglielmi) Felton. He will be dearly missed by his family and every person that had the pleasure of having him in their life.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Charles M. Crofoot. Courtesy photo.

Charles M. Crofoot
Sept. 7, 1939 – Oct. 18, 2020

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. – Charles M. Crofoot, 81, passed away on Oct. 18, 2020, at home.

Charles was born Sept. 7, 1939, in San Diego, California, to Charles and Mildred Crofoot. He grew up in San Diego and Rodeo, moving to Cobb in his junior year of high school.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and family gatherings, and was known for his sense of humor.

He worked for Kelseyville Lumber and Foremost Dairy prior to owning and operating Crofoot’s Chevron & Tow Service, retiring in 2001.

Charles is survived by his wife of 61 years, J’net; daughters, Donna Crofoot and Penny McIntosh (husband Robert); grandsons, Charles Matteo (Shayla), Joshua McIntosh, Jonathon Seda (Kimberly) and Robbie McIntosh (Katelyn); and great-granddaughter, Emma Charlie Seda.

His wishes were to be cremated and his ashes spread in Crofoot Gulch. No services are planned.

Cherry Keller. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Cherry Keller was a Lake County resident her whole life.

She spent many years being a landscaper with her best friend Jim.

Cherry was a feisty woman who also enjoyed being a part-time bartender where she became friends with many people.

She enjoyed a good game of dice and a couple cold Coors, and some would say, she was a pool shark.

Cherry leaves behind her son, Rodney Durbin; daughter, Tracy Lampela; grandsons, Austin and Delbert Lee; sister, Terry Washington; niece, Lisa West; and many friends.

Cherry will be missed by many! We’ll see you on the other side!

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

JoAnn Deacon. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Born on Feb. 21, 1924, in Oakland, California, JoAnn (Franzman) Deacon passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

She is held in loving memory by her children and their spouses, Cathy and Murray Pulse, Ron and Jenny Deacon, Don and Saro Deacon; her grandchildren and their spouses, Zoe and Larry Richardson, Ariana and Dammeon Wills, Jody and Missy Pulse, Jesse and Julie Pulse; great-grandchildren, Bryce, Kiana, Samaya, Jazmyn,Treysen, Kate and Colin; and nieces and nephews, Jay, Marjean (Johnson), Lita Clapper and John, Clyde and Ann (Munsey).

JoAnn grew up in Oakland and learned to play the piano and cello. She was in her own band that played at school dances and on the Cal Band where she met her future husband.

On May 28, 1942, she married Lawrence Sheldon Deacon and after his discharge from the Army they settled in San Lorenzo, California.

In the 1950s, JoAnn's father financed and the family built a summer home in the Terraces of Lakeport using adobe bricks made on her husband’s family farm in Scotts Valley. Many summers were spent here entertaining family and friends.

After her three children entered elementary school, she completed her credential in 1961 and started teaching first and second grade. JoAnn retired from teaching and moved to Lake County but continued to be active in education, volunteering in elementary classrooms (including her daughter’s class) and with the literacy program.

She was also active in the retired teacher’s association whereas she received the state’s prestigious Ruth Q. de Prida Award.

As an avid walker, she participated along with her daughter in 5K walking events and won many first place ribbons for her age class!

JoAnn and her husband enjoyed travels to distant parts of the world, including China, Egypt, European countries, Africa and more.

She saw many changes in her lifetime and adapted with humor, strength and grace.

JoAnn will be lovingly remembered by many family, friends and all the fine folks at Studebaker’s coffee house where she could be found “holding court” weekday mornings!

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

A. L. Reynolds and one of his beloved dogs. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – A. L. Reynolds, Jr., 79, of Lakeport passed away suddenly on Nov. 1, 2020.

Al was born in Gallatin, Missouri, on Dec. 21, 1940, to Alva Lee Reynolds Sr. and Virginia Lee (Reynolds) Eastwood.

Al moved to Lakeport where he started the first grade, graduating from Willows High School.

After graduation, Al enlisted in the United States Marine Corp serving from 1959 to 1962 at Camp Pendleton. During this time he was deployed to the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was proud to be a United States Marine.

In 1961 he married his best friend and love of his life, Judie (Zuur) Reynolds.

Al and Judie had a wonderful marriage of 59 years and were blessed with four children, two girls and two boys. They lived most of their early marriage in Santa Rosa, raising their children where Al worked as a parts runner for Bishop-Hansel Ford before becoming a parts manager. Al worked for several Ford agencies retiring his career at Ukiah Ford.

In 1982 Al wanted to move back to Lakeport where he grew up. Al opened the Bicycle Rack; he and Judie together were co-founders of the first BMX race track in Lakeport.

Upon retirement he enjoyed watching his boys play sports, becoming a papa, collecting Roy Rogers memorabilia, volunteering at the senior center, delivering flowers for Flowers by Jackie, ushering at St. Mary's church and volunteering at the California Highway Patrol office in Lake County.

Al was a very active and youthful guy. He enjoyed many things: camping, fishing, dirt bike riding, 1970s Oakland A's games, driving race cars at the Lakeport Speedway, walking his dog Bodie, and restoring many old cars over his lifetime. Al played an integral role in bringing CYO basketball to St. Rose school.

What made Al the happiest was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Alva Sr. and Virginia; his son, Kyle Reynolds; and sister, Rita Collins.

Al is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judie Reynolds; his daughters, Kristin Reynolds and Kelly (Robert) Schmidt; son, Kory (Julie) Reynolds; brothers, Monte Reynolds, Gary Eastwood and Jerry Eastwood; sisters, Verna Petershon; nine grandchildren, Justin, Jennifer, Kari, Meghan, Jason, Hillary, Katie, Kelcie and Kortnie; nine great-grandchildren; aunt, Shirley Ray; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins; and dear friends.

Family prefers donations in his memory be made to the Kyle Reynolds Basketball Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1312 Lakeport, CA 95453.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Ricardo Cortez. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – On the evening of Oct. 28, 2020, Ricardo C. Cortez, 71, of Kelseyville, while surrounded by his family, passed away at Sutter Health Hospital in Modesto, California, due to complications from COVID-19.

Ricardo was born in Michoacan, Mexico, on Nov. 21, 1948, to Francisco and Felisa Cortez. He was the widower of Shirley Cortez. They shared 44 years of marriage together.

He was employed with Work Right Products of Lakeport, California, for 17 years, and later with Kelseyville Unified School District where he worked as the custodian for Kelseyville High School for a few years.

He was a member of the Lake County Rod & Gun Club where he won numerous trap shooting competitions, taking home the first place trophy buckles, and then later as part of the Konocti Gun Club he won a couple more. He also belonged to the Lake County Bowling League but mostly in his spare time.

For a few years, he coached little league baseball on the teams for which his sons played. Ricardo will forever be remembered for his most accomplished hobby of hunting, where the trophies lie in the memories, the telling of the stories of the hunt around a campfire, but most of all in the time spent with his friends, his nephews and his sons.

He is survived by his children, Rick Cortez, Jorge Cortez and Elisha Aguirre (Antonio); his grandchildren, Alondra, Erube and Antonio Aguirre, Felisa and Aryana Cortez, and Jorgie Cortez, Jr; his siblings, Baudelina Cortez, Theresa Cortez, Celia Moreno and Francisco Cortez (Martha), and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and compadres. He is also survived by his recent wife of 11 months, Maria Carmen Galvan.

Ricardo was predeceased by his wife, Shirley Cortez; his parents, Francisco and Felisa Cortez, and his brother-in-law, Jose Moreno.

Rosary and funeral Mass will be private.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

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