Obituaries for the week of 5/19/2010

Debra Denise Marino, 58
Raymond B. Rhode, 90
Mervyn Carlton Hansen Jr., 79

    Debra Denise Marino passed away May 8, 2010, in Grass Valley, with her son, daughter in-law, and closest friends at her side.
    She was born Aug. 3, 1951, in Chico to Robert and Joan Moore. She attended local schools and graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 1970.
    Debra was married to John Quiggle of Chico from 1971 to 1981 and they had a son, Justin Quiggle, in 1974.
    Debra lived in Eureka, Forest Ranch, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, before finally settling in the Chester/Lake Almanor area.
    Debra met her soul mate and the love of her life Tom Marino and they later married in 1996. Tom Marino preceded her in death and passed away in February 2009.
    Debra was known in Chester for her wonderful jams, jellies and pies that were sold locally and loved by many. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, friend and fantastic cook and will be missed.
    Debra is survived by her son, Justin Quiggle, daughter in-law, Heather Quiggle and grandsons, Tanner and Colby Quiggle, all of Grass Valley; as well as her mother, Joan Moore, of Chico, sister, Kelley Moore, of Chico, and brother, Keith Moore, of Chico.
    A celebration of her life was held Sunday, May 16, at the Durham Park, 1895 Durham Dayton Highway.
    In lieu of flowers in her memoriam, donations may be made to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation at P.O Box 1810, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

    Ray Rhode passed away peacefully at his home early Friday morning, May 7, surrounded by his family. Ray was born January 20, 1920, in San Francisco.
    His parents, Leah and Jack Rhode, operated a dry cleaning business along Market Street in the heart of San Francisco up until World War II.
    Ray joined the Army in 1942, and was one of the first recipients of the GI Bill, which helped him attend and graduate from the University of Southern California from 1945 – 48. His college days at USC were very special to him, as Ray could hardly ever be seen without wearing the Southern Cal Trojan school colors.
    Ray earned his teaching credentials from San Jose St. University in 1949, and was assigned a teaching job in Portola, where he taught elementary school math to hundreds of students over the course of 30 great years.
    Ray was well known for his chalk and eraser tossing at students not paying attention or “clowning” around, and his pin-point accuracy is forever documented.
    The long list of students who were inspired by him and eventually later would pay their respects to him was always a testament and tribute for the many years of dedication to the field of education.
    Ray was especially fond of teaching and to those who strived to better themselves through studying. Always reading and always in awe of just about everything pertaining to history and science, Ray was ardent student of life himself.
    He loved gazing at the mountains, streams and wildlife seen every day in the Portola area. His interests included local Portola history, especially the early railroads, geology and prehistory of the region, in addition to hunting and fishing.
    Ray was a certified hunter safety instructor during the 60s and 70s, as well as a member of the Plumas County Boat Patrol at Lake Davis.
    Ray retired from teaching in 1981, and spent the rest of his retirement enjoying and sharing times with his family and friends in Portola.
    Ray enjoyed hanging out at local restaurants sharing thoughts and stories with the locals. He loved to engage in conversation with everyone, young or old, and his enthusiasm for learning was boundless and unrelenting all the way to his passing moment.
    Raymond is survived by his former wife, Patti Compton, of Walnut Creek; their three sons, Peter and his wife, Candy, and their daughters, Heather and Rebecca; Timothy and his wife, Tina, and their sons, Chris and Andy, and daughter, Sarah; and Jack and his wife, Carola; and Ray’s daughter, M’lissa, and her daughter, Erinn.
    A memorial to celebrate his life will be held at the Portola Memorial Hall Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m.

    Longtime Quincy resident and businessman Mervyn Carlton Hansen, Jr. passed from this life peacefully, early Monday, under the compassionate care of Plumas District Hospital located in Quincy. He was 79 years old.
    A native Californian, Mervyn was born in Livermore July 9, 1930, to the late Mervyn Sr. and Edna (Topance) Hansen. As a young teen he and his family relocated to Nevada City where he graduated from Nevada Union High School as a member of the "class of 1948."
    While drag racing the streets of Nevada City and running from the local police, he took refuge in a local coffee shop. Here he caught the eye of a pretty young waitress who informed the police he had been there for quite some time and it could not be him terrorizing the streets. This encounter led to the couple’s marriage in Reno, Nev. July 28, 1956. To this loving union one son and two daughters were born.
    Following his graduation Mervyn worked a number of jobs before moving to Incline Village, Nev., where he was employed as the burning and clearing foreman for Crystal Bay Development.
    He also worked in the movie industry on the set of “Bonanza” and the movie The “Rainmaker.”
    In 1970, he and his wife purchased V and M Travertine Quarry outside of Quincy, which they operated until 1983. He then went to work as a "Jippo" log truck operator driving "Ol Blue" until 10 years ago.
    He went to work for Wilburn Construction and for 10 years tried to retire many times, only to discover that he couldn't give up truckin’. He was finally able to retire four years ago.
    First and foremost, Mervyn was passionate about his family. He took great pride in sharing their accomplishments with all who would listen. He will be fondly remembered for his distinctive wave.
    Mervyn had a great love for the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping while also enjoying traveling especially to the Native American Bear Dances.
    In passing Mervyn leaves his loving wife of nearly 54 years Vivian of Quincy’ sons Dean Hansen of Magalia; daughters Tonia Sherman and husband Mike of Quincy, Dana Galloway and husband Ken of Greenhorn Ranch, a sister; Alice Hoskins of Montague, as well as being the proud grandfather of Stephanie, Cannon, Chalise, Haley, Chyanne, Jasmin, Cheyla, Autum and Ruby.
    He will also be dearly missed by his favorite sister-in-law, Norene Wilson, and cousin, Jill Hughes, both of whom he considered and loved as daughters; nephews Donald Hoskins and Jason Wilson; nieces Ryan Wilson, Leisha Hollingsworth, Barbara Goldsberry and Ilene Donaldson as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.
    A celebration of Mervyn's life will take place Saturday, May 22, commencing at noon at the family’s residence on Bucks Lake Road.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
    The family prefers donations to help local youth suffering from cancer be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Fred Merrell Jackman Jr.
    Fred Merrell Jackman Jr. passed from this life peacefully at his home in the Lake Almanor Peninsula May 4, 2010. He was the son of Fred Merrell Jackman Sr. and Georgia Rose (Littley) Jackman of Santa Clara and South San Francisco, both of whom preceded him in death.
    Fred graduated from high school in San Mateo in 1953. He worked all his working years with United Airlines in San Bruno, where his last occupation was that of staffing manager.
    He retired in 1990, and moved to the Lake Almanor Peninsula near the lake where he could pursue his lifelong love of fishing. He won many fishing derbies with his skills and at least one gave him the honor of Master Fisherman. He loved to teach his skills to his family and friends, especially the young people.
    Fred served his country honorably in the U.S. Army, Paratroops Division, during the Korean War.
    He is survived by his sister, Merrlyn Palmer and husband, Leo, of San Diego; nieces Nancy Grizzle and husband, Rex, of Alpine; Valerie Read and husband, Brent, of Rancho Bernardo; Mardee Capo and husband, Art, of Rancho Penasquitos; a nephew David R. Hughes and wife, Deanna, of El Centro, along with many great nieces and great nephews all of whom have fond memories of their fishing and waterskiing vacations with Fred.
    Private inurnment of Fred's cremains will take place in the Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, alongside his mother.
    An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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