Obituaries for the week of 3/28/2013

Donald Lee Clark

Margaret Bernice (Peggy) Roberts

Charles Peter Bassin

Kathlene Marie (Johnson) Fehrman

Richard E. Violett


  Longtime resident of Greenville, Donald Lee Clark passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, from cancer in Auburn Calif., with his family by his side.

  Don was born Feb. 12, 1943, in Santa Monica, to George and Elizabeth Clark.Don served in the Navy from 1961 until 1964, after which he moved to Greenville, where his parents and sister resided. Don held many jobs in the Greenville area, including working for LP, owning the Shell gas station, being an EMT, but in the end tire sales was his calling. He ended his tire sales career at Lassen Tires in Susanville in 2006. Don loved Plumas County and all it offered. His hobbies were fishing, hunting, bowling, golf and softball.

  He is preceded in death by his parents George and Elizabeth, his sister Donna Lee Clark and his second wife, Donna K. Moffitt Clark.

  He is survived by his son, Kenneth Clark and his wife Heather, of Rocklin; his daughter, Colleen Isaacson and her husband Chris, also of Rocklin; six grandchildren, one great-grandson and his faithful furry four-legged companion, Murphy.

  A private family service will be held at a later date to honor Don’s wishes.


  Peggy Cameron Roberts, what a gal!

  Peggy died at age 88 in Redwood City, March 15, 2013.

    “Peggy” was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Glynn; her daughter Janis; and by her parents, Robert and Corinne Cameron.

    She is survived by her son Jeff and daughters Jill and Adair, along with her brother Sam and her seven loved and cherished grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

    Peggy was born in Seneca, Oct. 18, 1924, the seventh of nine children and spent her early years on the family mining claim in Seneca in the Sierra Mountain Range.She attended public school in Greenville, graduating in 1943.She loved her life in the high Sierras, but when she met her future husband, Glynn, in San Francisco (SF), was pleased to be whisked away from her mountain life to the Bay Area. 

  Peggy and Glynn married in June of 1946 and moved from SF to Redwood City in 1950.

  She was a voracious reader and crossword puzzle solver, and was known for her long, witty letters. She loved to correspond by putting pen to paper.

  Peggy volunteered as a girl scout leader and was a den mother with the cub scouts. She was involved with many of the children’s school and cultural activities.She was clever and creative and often made the girls’ dresses, nightgowns and costumes.

  She was active in the First Baptist Church of Menlo Park and was the church secretary there for many years. She went on to work at a dental office and then for Mr. Gears for 25 years until retiring in 2008, at age 83.

  In 2009, Peggy moved to Woodside Terrace retirement community.She made many friends and enjoyed frequent visits with family and friends.She loved the doves nesting on her balcony and the hummingbirds that hovered nearby delighted her.

  Peggy will be buried alongside her husband in the Prattville Pioneer Cemetery beside Lake Almanor in the summertime.

  In lieu of flowers, I know our mother would appreciate donations of support for her grandchild, Christina Grocott, as she participates in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk to fight against breast cancer.


  On the seventeenth of March, we lost Charles Bassin in a tragic accident at his home in Whitehawk Ranch, Northern California.

  His life was a contrast of incredible joys and pains, but when we who loved him were privileged to share in his journey, he was the consummate source of compassion, love and laughter.

  He leaves behind heartbroken parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, friends and his spaniels.

  Charles has been laid to rest at Skylawn in the hills above San Mateo.

  We carry your heart, we carry it in our hearts.


  Rest in Peace. We love you.

  Santa Rosa native and longtime Plumas and Lassen County business woman and Quincy resident Kathlene Marie (Johnson) Fehrman, with her children at her side left us to join her mother and brother in the care of Our Lord Sunday night, March 17, 2013, at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

  Born April 22, 1953, in Fresno, California as the middle child to Randolph and Marian, (Lovas) Johnson the family shortly thereafter moved to Santa Rosa where Kathy attended and graduated from St. Rose Elementary and later from Santa Rosa High School as a member of the Class of 1971. She went on to attend Santa Rosa Junior College while also working for North Bay Mortgage Company later sold to Wells Fargo Mortgage.

  While conversing with friends on Fourth Street she struck the eye of a recent enlistee in the Army, John Fehrman. She called, wrote those letters any veteran could appreciate and visited during leaves from Viet Nam and Germany. Following his discharge the couple was united in Holy Matrimony at St. Rose Catholic Church in Santa Rosa on Oct. 3, 1976. A year later following her husband in his career, the couple relocated to Salinas, where she worked for Wells Fargo as an Assistant Operations Manager at their Auto Loan Center.

  In 1978 shortly after having her first child she and John moved to the northeastern California community of Greenville where the couple purchased the Funeral Homes in Greenville, Chester, and Westwood, and in 1990 moved to Quincy with the business expansion.

  Family was always first and foremost in Kathy’s life whether it be caring for her husband and children or her mother and brother, Kathy was always able to juggle the life of a business owner and mother. She was at the forefront of professional women in the funeral industry and showed many a male counterpart that a woman was just as good or better in all aspects of the profession.

  Kathy enjoyed traveling, especially had a love of the ocean, liked a good meal out and in just the last couple of years became enamored with her two grandsons. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her children especially the fact that she was able to provide them with a college education, a dream she always wanted to obtain.

  In leaving Kathy leaves her husband John Fehrman, of Quincy; her loving children who were at her bedside continually for the past seventeen days, Steven J. Fehrman and his wife Jennifer, of Penn Valley, Nicole A. (Fehrman) Taborski and her husband Jed, of Santa Rosa, and her baby, Ashley M. Fehrman, also of Santa Rosa; the jewels of her recent life, her grandsons Carter J. and Jackson J. Taborski, along with her sister, Marianne “Annie” Pedro and her husband John and niece Vanessa Pedro, of Santa Rosa.

  A celebration of her life was held Saturday, March 23. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lafferty and Smith Colonial Chapel. Interment will take place next to her mother and brother in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, in Santa Rosa. The family asks that any remembrances in Kathy’s memory be made to the American Red Cross, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.


  Richard E. Violett (Lt. Colonel USAF Retired) passed away peacefully in Carmichael on March 19, 2013.

  A third-generation Californian and descendant of pioneer Amador County families, Colonel Violett was born in Ione on Jan. 30, 1925. His great-grandparents settled in the Ione area shortly after the Gold Rush. He graduated from Ione Union High School in 1942 and attended the University of California at Berkeley and College of Marin.

  Col. Violett was commissioned as an officer in the Army Air-Corp during World War II and was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict where he flew 55 combat missions as a B-26 navigator-bombardier.

  After his retirement from the Air Force in 1969, he was employed by the Public Employees Retirement System. He became manager of the Sacramento area office which served members in 30 northern California counties. He retired from PERS in 1978.

  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jacqueline Violett (Garcia), of Sacramento; son Paul Violett and wife Michele, of Brownsville; brother Edwin Hughes of Fort Collins, Colo.; grandson Zachary Violett, of Bend, Ore., grandson Phillip Violett, of Folsom, and granddaughter Sara Violett, of Boulder, Colo. Dick’s final years were made enjoyable by his time spent with his companion and caregiver Alison Kelsey.

  Dick and Jackie discovered the beauty of Plumas County while vacationing in 1968. They eventually purchased a condominium at Graeagle Meadows where they enjoyed golf and other activities with friends. Dick was active on the Board of the Graeagle Meadows Homeowners Association. It was through his time spent in Graeagle that their son, Paul, discovered his passion for the mountains, streams and forests of the region.

  Dick was a life member of the Retired Officers Association. His hobbies included golf and travel. He was very interested in genealogy and traveled throughout the country tracing his family’s roots.

  Arrangements were through Sierra View Mortuary in Carmichael. Graveside services with military honors were held at Ione Public Cemetery on March 25. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Armed Forces Foundation 16 N. Carolina Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003.

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