Obituaries for the week of 11/1/2013

Patricia Ann (Pat) Madden

Darold Adamson

Jack Hutchison

Darell Francis Grames Sr.

Patricia Ann (Pat) Madden, 83, beloved wife to Lester for more than 60 years, mother to Susan Lewis, passed away on Sept. 4, 2013, in Reno, Nev.

Pat was born to Edgar and Louisa (Firks) Francisco on Oct. 27, 1929, two days before the Great Depression hit, on a dirt farm outside of Novice in Crawford County, Texas. 

Pat loved playing bassoon in the marching band at Berkeley High School.

Pat met Lester in 1951, in San Francisco where they both worked at The Pacific Fruit Express, an affiliate of the Southern and Union Pacific Railroads.They were married in 1953, beginning a 60-plus year love affair. They spent many years racing VWs in autocross competitions, along with camping and traveling (mostly to wineries) with their car club friends.

By 1977 the Maddens were ready for a new adventure, so they purchased a small motel in northern California.Les and Pat, along with their daughter Sue, successfully operated the Sierra Motel for many years, finally retiring to Reno in 1991. They formed many friendships with their neighbors and customers over the years.

Pat passed at Renown Medical Center emergency room, from complications of long-term congestive heart failure, with Les, Sue and her husband Wes, by her side.She is survived and sorely missed by her family, including grandsons Anthony and Ryan Lewis of Verdi, Nev., niece Mary Katherine McBroom of San Antonio, Texas, sister-in-law Burma Francisco of Grass Valley, nieces Sisi and Carina Reynolds of Grass Valley, and many friends.

Her mother, father, infant brother Phillip, sister Mary, brother Michael and stepmother Virginia preceded Patricia in death.

At Pat’s request, no services will be held.


Darold Adamson, beloved husband, father, family man and friend passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 10, 2013, with his wife and children by his side.

Born Feb. 24, 1929, in Libby, Mont., Darold grew up there, hunting, fishing and playing sports. A gifted student athlete, Adamson decided he wanted to be a teacher and coach when he was just a sophomore in high school.

After high school, he continued his education at the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in education and his teaching credential.

Adamson’s career in education, coaching, athletics, and administration spanned more than 40 years. It began in 1955 in Bakersfield, at a small elementary school where Mr. Adamson taught 5th through 8th grades. There he met Peggy McClelland, who he married in 1956.

Longing to return to the mountains, Darold and Peggy set out on a driving adventure in the summer of 1956 and discovered the town of Chester. Adamson sought out the principal (Mr. Bob Batha) of the newly formed Chester High School (CHS), and asked for an interview. His persistence paid off when he was ultimately offered a position which he accepted, teaching six sections of history and math, and coaching basketball. He continued coaching basketball at CHS for 15 years and coached baseball, football, and track as well.

A loving family man, Darold was very involved in the lives of his children, Sandra, Jodi and Eric Spending time together on and off the field as they grew up, he shared his love of sports and the great outdoors. He worked on his golf game when he could — and he loved the San Francisco 49ers and Giants.

In 1970, Adamson became vice principal at CHS, and four years later assumed the role of principal. He made it a point to get to know each student personally, going so far as to know exactly where to find them when they were absent from school during hunting season.

In 1984, he swept Judy Wann off her feet and they were married in a private ceremony in Arizona. Darold immediately became an integral part of Judy’s large and extended family, and was at the heart of all family holidays and celebrations.

In 1986, Darold was hired to work as the commissioner for the Northern Section California Interscholastic Federation, (CIF). His role as commissioner provided him the opportunity to continue his involvement with high school athletics, a job he loved. During his time as commissioner, he and Judy made many cherished friendships that lasted for the rest of his life. In his spare time, he continued working on his golf game and fishing and he continued to love the San Francisco 49ers and Giants.

A tribute to his profession, Adamson has inspired many others to pursue careers in education and coaching. His positive influence, leadership and commitment to students were honored in 2010 when the newly remodeled CHS gym was dedicated the Adamson Gymnasium.

Retiring in 1999, he continued working on his golf game and did some traveling with Judy, visiting family and friends. He still loved fishing and the outdoors and, of course, the San Francisco 49ers and Giants.

Acknowledging a life well-lived, Adamson once humbly remarked, “If I had been able to draw a perfect blueprint for my life, I couldn’t have done any better.”

Darold is predeceased by all of his brothers Bobby, Norman, Duane, Eddie, Ronnie, Richard and his sister Donna.

He is survived by Judy, his loving wife of almost 30 years, and the children he was so proud of: Eric Adamson, (Becky), of Chester, Jodi Adamson Mansell (Chuck), of Lakeport, and Sandy Hasstedt (Glen), of Bonney Lake, Wash.; stepsons Richard Wann (Julie) and David Wann (Laurie), and grandchildren Tanner and David Mansell, Sadie Benny (Pete), Corey Pargee (Dan), Kalah Wann, Keith and Brian Wann, Larke and Adam Hasstedt. Surviving in-laws are Chloe Adamson of Libby, Mont.; Yoko Rich, Hank Rich, Mike Rich, Peggy Schuppert, Susan Bradburn, their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Darold’s wonderful life was held at the Butte Creek Country Club on Sunday, Oct. 20. Any remembrances may be sent to Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home for the Darold Adamson Scholarship Fund, established to benefit Chester High School, 680 Camelia Way, Chico, CA 95926.


Jack Gerald Hutchison was born on Aug. 9, 1932, in Mystic, Iowa, to Elra and Sadie Hutchison.

He passed away on Oct. 19, 2013, in Chico.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, of 60 years; three sons, Mark (Kathy), of Brookings, Ore., John (Linda), of Greenville, Robert (Marci), of Greenville; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

There will be no services per Jack’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Greenville Rancheria Clinic in Greenville, in care of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home, 680 Camellia Way, Chico, CA 95926. To view obituary and send condolences to the family go online to NewtonBracewell.com.




Darell Francis Grames Sr. was born on June 7, 1939, at Walker Mine, to his loving parents, Francis and Azelia Grames, who raised him in Greenville, along with his sisters, Sandie and Deanna Sue. At Greenville High School, Darell was a gifted athlete who competed in football and basketball as well as pole vaulting and running in track. His speed records in track are still posted in the high school gym today.

Darell went on to serve in the United States Air Force in Japan. He played football for the Air Force. However, while there, he was most known for being the Welter Weight Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. He never lost a fight, even defeating the United States and Japanese Olympic Champions.

An avid outdoorsman his entire life, Darell especially loved to fish and hunt while camping with his family and friends. After retiring from hard work in the construction field, he enjoyed camping, canoeing, hiking and bicycling with his beautiful wife Diane. Always the athlete up until the end of his earthly life he was still lifting weights, boxing and playing golf on the three-hole course he built for himself at his home.

Darell was a real life hero to so many people, but none more so than to his family. He was loved more than words can ever say. He taught his children what matters most is family. He was preceded in death by his sister Deanna Sue, his beloved daughter Darla and his parents.

Darell peacefully passed away in the arms of his loving wife Diane, on Oct. 22. His brother from another mother, Larry McCarn, was, as usual, also by his side.

Our dear, sweet Daddy is survived by his children: Shaerie, Darell Jr., Cindy, Scott, Bobby, Mickey and Shannon. He was a grandpa who loved and was so proud of his 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He especially enjoyed fishing and hunting with them as well as watching them compete in sports and become quality human beings.

A celebration of his life will be held next spring in Taylorsville, the homestead of his ancestors.

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