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Life Tributes for the week of 6/5/19

Arthur “Art” Clarke Bartlett

Arthur “Art” Clarke Bartlett, of Blairsden-Graeagle, peacefully passed away on May 2, in Oro Valley, Arizona, with his wife Nancy by his side. They met while skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1986 and married that same year.

Art was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, Jan. 17, 1935. At an early age he was accomplished at the piano. Bi-weekly he rode the train into Boston where he sang in the Trinity Church Boys Choir. He was a graduate of The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts. Art spent summers working at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer institute, Tanglewood, and would refer to remarkable encounters with “my pal, Lenny” (Leonard Bernstein) and all the incredible music that surrounded him. Art graduated from Brown University in 1957, earning a BA in American History. He was a member of the DU Fraternity and loved to reminisce about those days. During the years at Brown, he developed a love for jazz and especially enjoyed pianist Bill Evans. He served three years in Army Intelligence. After the Army, Art took a winter off to ski instruct and bartend at Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire. He was noted for his graceful Arlberg ski technique.

Art began his career in educational publishing at Addison-Wesley, which brought him to San Francisco in 1962. In 1977, he joined W.H, Freeman & Co., SFO, and pursued his career in college textbook publishing in the sciences. In 1983, Art and the former President of A-W, Donald W. Jones, co-founded Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts. Together, Art and Nancy worked out of their Portola Valley office in acquisitions, meeting with professors on college campuses throughout the country. The company sold in 2007 and became Jones and Bartlett Learning, a subsidiary of Ascend Learning.

In 1997, Art and Nancy retired and moved from Portola Valley (Art was one of the founding residents of the town) to Blairsden-Graeagle. Together, they enjoyed learning how to play golf at their beloved Plumas Pines Golf Resort, fishing, skiing — and generally enjoying the great outdoors. In 2002, they purchased a winter home in Oro Valley and shortly thereafter joined the Stone Canyon Golf Club. Art was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and Stanford Football.

Art’s death was due to complications of a stroke. He leaves behind a daughter, Sarah Bartlett Marquis (Nick) and granddaughter, Avery, of San Mateo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Ruth Bartlett and his sister, Sandra Walker.

A celebration of Art’s life will be held later this summer on the deck overlooking the Feather River. In Art’s honor, a random act of kindness would be most appreciated.

Ernest “Gib” Gibbs Bonner

Ernest “Gib” Gibbs Bonner was born Jan. 21, 1949, in Alameda. He peacefully entered the gates of heaven on May 17, 2019, at Enloe Hospital in Chico.

He was a loving husband to Brigitte; loving father to his stepsons, Joe and Bryan Graham; also to his grandchildren, Cooper and Owen Graham; along with numerous foster grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Todd and Marilyn Bonner.

He worked for PG&E for 38 years before retiring. He was an active Union member of IBEW Local 1245. He served in his community of Red Bluff and Reeds Creek Estates. He loved the outdoors: hunting, camping, fishing and golf.

The family would like to express a deep appreciation to the entire Enloe Hospital staff and doctors, especially Dr. Marcia Nelson for her exceptional care and the compassion he received over the years.

Memorial gifts may be made to Enloe Hospital in Chico. There will be no services at Gib’s request.

The remains will be scattered by Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home at sea off the coast of Fort Bragg.

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James Gilbert Bryant (Buz)

James Gilbert Bryant (Buz), was born July 30, 1935, in Huntington, Oregon.

James served in the U.S. Air Force then later in the Air Force Reserves. James spent some time bull riding in his younger years. He retired from Georgia Pacific after spending 25 years with the company. After retirement he came to love the sport of golf and enjoyed playing every chance he had.

James passed from this life on April 2, 2019, in his home with family nearby.

James left behind his beloved wife Delores J. Bryant and his six sons: Ronald Ridge, Jimmy Ridge, Lee Ridge, Jimmy Bryant, Perry Goodman, Brian Bryant, 12 grandkids, 18 great-grandkids and one great-great grandson.

A military memorial service for James Gilbert Bryant will be held at the Taylorsville District cemetery on June 22, at 11 a.m.

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