Monday, 25 October 2021


Timothy Galland. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Timothy Joe Galland, 62, more famously known as “Banjo Tim,” sadly and unexpectedly passed away at his home in Nice, California.

Formerly of Fremont, California, he was the son of Dennis and Diane Galland, and born Nov. 6, 1958.

He proudly served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged.

Tim was a renowned expert banjo player. He was also known for his beautiful custom handmade furniture and enjoyed doing oil paintings as a hobby.

Tim is survived by his sister, Donee Klidies; brother, Tom Galland; nephews, Lloyd, Daniel and Chase; nieces, Kristi, Katrina and Kelli; along with many of his friends and neighbors.

Tim is now free with the angels, strumming out tunes of merriment and rejoicing with them all.

Care entrusted to Jones Mortuary FD311, Lakeport, telephone 707-263-5389.

Please join us at and share your memories of Timothy.

Mary Jane Howard. Courtesy photo.

Mary Jane Howard
Oct. 12, 1958 — July 10, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Mary Jane Howard was called home to heaven on July 10, 2021, after a 23-year-long battle with cancer. She now sits with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom she loved so dearly.

Mary Jane was born on Oct. 12, 1958, in Salinas, California, and was the fourth of five children born to Joe and Anita Doris.

She married the love of her life, Don, in 1980, with whom she had three beautiful children.

Some of Mary Jane’s greatest joys in life were being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Mary Jane had a special love for children and the elderly. Of all the jobs that she worked in her life, her favorite was as a special needs paraeducator for the Lakeport Unified School District, where she worked for 17 years. She made it her mission to try and reach every student she worked with, and loved seeing her students grow up in the community.

Mary Jane attended Grace Church in Kelseyville for over 25 years, and was a faithful servant in ministry. She worked in AWANA for 13 years, started the Angels of Grace ministry to help care for and comfort the elderly, and was a Bible study leader.

She was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Mary Jane is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Don; three children, Jennifer (Aaron), Steven (Heidi) and Danielle (Guillermo); five grandchildren, Gabriel, Hanna, Landon, Maeve and Elias; mother-in-law, Dovie; siblings, John (Vera), Cathy (Jess), David (Tina) and Cindy (Chuck); sisters-in-law, Robin and Molly; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of Mary Jane’s life will be held on Monday, July 19, at 1 p.m. at Grace Church, 6716 Live Oak Drive Kelseyville.

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

Ed Carver. Courtesy photo.

Ed Carver

Sunrise: Aug. 26, 1940
Sunset: July 2, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Ed passed away on July 2, 2021.

As Ed was rehabilitating from a fall at home and then a subsequent fall at his son’s house, he succumbed to complications of his lungs and heart.

He was the second of three sons born to Edgar and Frances Sutton in Normal, Illinois on Aug. 26, 1940.

They migrated to California and settled in El Cerrito.

Ed was predeceased by his parents, brothers, Larry and Scott, and his precious fur baby, Bear.

Ed and Barbara met in 1957, remained friends and married in 1982.

He is survived by three children, Eddie, Chris and Jennifer; two stepchildren, Greg Stanfill and Carrie Moore; nine grandchildren, Bobby, Cherylynn, Aurora, Heather, Brycen, Kelso, Sutton, Profiera and Keeli; and two great-grandchildren, Rylan and Ava.

Barbara and Ed retired in 2001, moved to Hidden Valley Lake, where they built a beautiful home and made many friends.

Ed was a car guy, loved classic cars and hot rods and spent time restoring their 1957 Chevy.

He also enjoyed fishing, reading, golfing and gardening, but the highlight of his retirement was spending time with their grandchildren, Bobby, Heather and Rylan.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Private services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Middletown Senior Center, 21256 Washington St., PO Box 1037 Middletown, CA 95461, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Arrangements by Neptune Society.

Jim Walker. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — James William Walker, age 61, of Lake County passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on June 25, 2021, of pneumonia.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on July 31 at 10 a.m. at the gun range at Highland Springs Park, 3800 E. Highland Springs Road in Lakeport, with a tri-tip barbecue with “all the fixin’s” immediately following the services provided by the Lake County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

Jim was a Texan who was extremely proud of his Scottish heritage and to have ancestors who were “Walker, Texas Rangers.”

His family relocated to the Central Valley of California, and he graduated from Clovis High School at the age of 16.

Now Jim was honest as the day is long, but he was also a born Patriot. I think it is all right to admit now that he entered the United States Air Force upon graduation by lying about his age and forging his mother’s signature. It took four decades, but the government finally figured it out.

In 1986, Jim separated from the military. He always said separating from the service would have been his biggest regret, had it not been for the fact that if he had not, he would not have met who he always adoringly referred to as “His Lovely Bride,” with whom he shared the last 34 years of his life.

Jim worked his way up from residential apprentice electrician to industrial master electrician, earning his Bachelor of Science degree, and was recognized as one of the top three master electricians in the nation by the National Fire Protection Association in 2015.

During his employment with the county of Sonoma, Jim voluntarily taught night classes to enable other employees to obtain their “journeyman” level electrical certifications.

On weekends, Jim worked with his friends Clif at Lake County Guns in Lakeport, John and Ethan at Coyote Point Armory in Lower Lake and was instrumental in helping his friends Linda and Dave establish their gun shop at GI Joes in Ukiah.

Jim was a “distinguished graduate” of and ambassador for the Front Sight Firearms Institute, a National Rifle Association certified instructor, a United States Concealed Carry Association certified instructor and a California State Department of Justice Certified Firearms Safety Instructor.

Jim built his life on being of service to his family and community. In fact, he met his lovely bride while fundraising for “The Sheriff’s Posse” and the “Peace Officers Association” in Humboldt County in 1987.

Jim had a guardian heart and a warrior spirit who mentored many young people. He was always kind and affable, gracious and good-natured, with a wicked sense of humor, and was known for his “Dad Jokes.”

Jim was a true gentleman who had that “Southern Charm” that naturally drew people in. He was also crazy smart. There was no need for “Google” with Jim Walker around. Although he humbly claimed, “My mind is just a swirling caldron of useless information,” I learned long ago to NEVER play “Trivial Pursuit” with that man, and to NEVER bet against him.

Jim was a “motorcycle enthusiast” (AKA biker) who loved tooling around the United States on his Harley Road King or Indian Scout to a plethora of bike runs with his friends, including Sturgis, South Dakota twice. He called his Indian scooter “The Other Redheaded Love of his Life.”

Being of service brought tremendous joy to his life. From the Lake County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Steel Challenge to the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Jim stepped up to help.

He volunteered countless hours teaching handgun classes with the help of his “Range Monkeys” and Best Friends Luis, Roberto, Todd, and Jeremy at the Konocti Rod and Gun Club, where he was an immensely popular and knowledgeable instructor.

In 1997, Jim brought together the Lion’s Club and his personal “biker” friends to create the “Cloverdale Toy Run” to provide toys to underprivileged children at Christmastime. The “Run” is in its 24th year.

In 2005, Jim helped found the Lake County Chapter of the Friends of NRA and has been the chairman since 2007. With the aid of his dedicated friends, they raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money to secure the Second Amendment, and to fund local youth education programs, women-focused firearms training and self-defense, law enforcement training, hunter safety programs, and firearms and marksmanship training and safety.

Jim was the “special events coordinator” for the Lake County Peace Officers Association for the past fifteen years, working tirelessly organizing dinners and events, and raising money with his locally famous “gun raffles” for other nonprofit organizations and for the families of fallen officers.

Jim was instrumental in developing what has become the annual Clearlake Police Department K-9 fundraiser dinner where he once ingeniously auctioned a cake for $1,400 and raised money by promising that all the police officers would wear kilts to the following fundraiser (and they did)!

After retiring from the county of Sonoma in 2017, he continued to be of service in what was especially close to his heart and started his own firearms training business, called “Dionadair Training.” Dionadair is Gaelic for “Defender.”

Jim believed that the protection of oneself and loved ones is an inalienable right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and he made it his personal goal to provide people with the skills and abilities to take responsibility for that protection with confidence and competence.

Jim is also known by many as “Reverend Jim,” and in this capacity, he had the great honor of officiating at numerous weddings of family and friends and “Bike Blessing” events. He was extraordinarily gratified to note that over the past 30 years, ALL “His Couples” remain united to this day.

Jim is survived by his lovely bride, Teddi Walker; his son, Dallas, and his wife, Crisana Leighton; his daughter, Brandie-Lynn Leighton; his son, Ryan Dilks; his sister, Tracy Bozarth; his cousin, Karen Walker; his niece, Malori, and her husband, Leopoldo Reyes; and his nephews, Isaac and Aiden.

He was the proud Papa of Carseyana, Riah and Gracelyn, Alyssa, Isabella, Jesse and Andrew, and Riley, Hunter and Corbin.

It was Jim’s ultimate objective and ambition to be the man his family could always count on to be there for them, no matter the circumstance, and he attained his goal.

Jim was our Rock, he will forever be our Hero, and his legacy is the experience, strength and hope that he instilled in his children and grandchildren.

No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full. - quote by Lucius Cornelius Sulla

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Terri Felton passed away peacefully on June 25, 2021, just seven months after her husband of 38 years, Mike Felton, passed from cancer. Some could say she died from a broken heart.

Terri was born in Glendale, California, on May 24, 1958, to Harvey and Doris Jones.

She is survived by her two children, Breanna and Cole; granddaughter, Jayla-Lynne’; sisters, Kathy and Sandy; many nieces and nephews; and a few lucky adopted loved ones (Jennifer and Kalaya Mule).

Terri’s love for her family, friends, children and animals was extraordinary, and her selfless acts of kindness are far too numerous to count!

She not only cared deeply for those around her, but she was also the kind of woman who would go out of her way to make friends with strangers to remind them that they were not just part of a community, but they were a part of her world.

Her larger-than-life personality and positive energy were the “secret ingredients” in everything she did and everyone she touched. She knew how to enjoy life and have a good time, and was always the life of the party! From her infectious laugh, to her great sense of humor, people couldn’t help but be drawn to her.

Terri had so many hobbies and interests that it was hard to keep up with and find room for them all! From her amazing oil paintings to her creative cuisine, the bootleg vino and lollipops, her beautifully handcrafted jewelry and the thousands of homemade gifts she made with her day care kids.

Along with spending heartfelt time with loved ones and raising little ones, she also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, coaching, concerts, traveling, and a good dive bar here and there. She would love to order a martini, share a few dirty jokes and watch your reaction.

Terri was the best wife, mother, grandmother, friend, babysitter and collector of homeless animals anyone could have asked for! She was always ready and willing to lend an ear and give you a big hug, and knew how to calm the storm of a broken heart.

She will be forever missed, as her absence has left a deep scar among those who loved her dearly.

Funeral service will be held at Hartley Cemetery on Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m.

A memorial gathering to celebrate Michael and Terri Felton will be held on Saturday, July 24, at noon at the Riviera Hills Restaurant.

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

Leslie Snyder. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Leslie Merton Snyder, born March 20, 1948, took his final ride on June 30, 2021, surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Hollywood, California, he was raised in Santa Paula.

Les served in the US Navy during the Vietnam war. While stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii, he met his wife of 49 years, Kristin.

Les is survived by his children, Martin (Jacqueline) Snyder and Aubrey (Erica) Snyder; his three grandchildren, Kerrington, Maxwell and Henry; sisters, Janice (Jim) McNaughton, and Marcia Manes; good friend, Irvin Myers; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, Geri Cole and Merton Snyder.

Les and Kristin moved to Lake County in 1981. Les worked as an x-ray technician for 40 years.

He was an avid Harley rider and loved boating, traveling back to Hawaii and a good martini.

A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends.

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

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