June 21, 1942 ~ October 13, 2018
Professor, statesman, pilot, commercial fisherman, filmmaker, storyteller and photographer, Jesse Scott Carter was born in Redding in 1939, to Harlan and Barbara Carter. He passed away at his home in Graeagle, from Parkinson’s shortly before his seventy-ninth birthday.
Scott was raised in the family home now known as the Carter House Art Gallery on the banks of the Sacramento River in Redding. He graduated from Shasta High School where he was a student body officer. He attended Menlo College, then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with honors in history and political science, followed by a master’s degree in political science with honors from California State University, Chico.
In 1961, Scott and his brother traveled to Alaska in search of adventure and employment in the fishing industry. In his book, 20 Years on Bristol Bay — An Alaskan Odyssey, published in 2011, Scott chronicled his experiences as a crew member on several boats operated by Alaska Packers and eventually the purchase and operation of three of his own vessels. He quickly learned the skills required in the commercial fishing industry, and became concerned about overfishing of sockeye salmon by foreign boats. This concern ultimately became the subject of his full-length documentary film, “Alaska’s Ravaged Red Salmon.”
Scott was hired to teach American History and Government at Shasta College in 1971, retiring in 2005. He always referred to teaching at the college as the “best job on the planet.” He loved interacting with students, many of whom he kept in touch with for years afterward.
Scott qualified for a private pilot’s license in 1977. Only five days after qualification he took off from Redding to Bristol Bay. Since there were no control towers and few other pilots to talk to in the air, he had a CB radio installed and talked to 18-wheel truck drivers along the Alaska-Canadian Highway to determine his position and inquire about the weather ahead. Over the years he owned other aircraft and continued to find reasons to fly throughout the western states, Mexico, and Canada, landing on roads, fields, and beaches as often as on runways.
Public service was always important to Scott. He was elected to the Redding City Council in 1986 and served as Mayor beginning 1989.
In 1996 he married Susan Carroll, who shared his love of flying, travel, and adventure.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Carroll; his son, Oliver Carter; his brother, Ross Carter; his grandson, Harvey Carter; nephews, Douglas, David, Matt and Alex Carter; and nieces, Tessa Carter Sorako, and Sara Carter.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Riverview Golf and Country Club in Redding on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Beverly Donato,a 29-year resident of Plumas County, passed away at home with family at her side on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, as a result of heart-related issues.
Born on Aug. 10, 1939, in Throne, Alberta, Canada to Forest and Nellie (Agar) Hesp, she was the youngest of 12 children.
As a teenager, Beverly and her family moved toSt. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, where she attended high school, and subsequently received educational and professional experience with International Harvester, Ford Motor Company, and Dominion Foundries and Steel.
In 1968, she married Robert Luke, of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, and they relocated to Corning, New York, where they had two children. Robert passed away in 1977, and Beverly raised her children while attending school and working at Corning Community College.
In 1983, she married Donald Donato, of White Plains, New York. Beverly, along with her children Beth and David, relocated to Lockport, New York, to join Don’s daughters Suzanne, Cynthia, Anne and Maureen, from his previous marriage.
In 1989, Beverly and Don moved to Plumas County when Don became President of Feather River Community College. Beverly assisted with organizing events to benefit the College.She enjoyed developing friendships, getting to know the Plumas County area and learning to play golf.
Don passed away in December 2001.
Beverly valued the learning opportunities she gained from various community affiliations, including being a member and treasurer of the Plumas Women’s Golf Club and the secretary/treasurer of the Plumas Eureka Homeowners’ Association for 27 years; a member and the historian for the Eastern Plumas Healthcare Foundation Board from 2006 to 2016; and a member of the Nevada Society of Scottish Clans for the past 13 years.
She attended the Graeagle Community Church, and Christ the King Episcopal Church in Quincy.
Beverly was an avid golf and tennis enthusiast. She often attended First Friday receptions at the Quincy Art Galleries and performances at the West End Theatre. She greatly enjoyed supporting local events, restaurants and businesses with her companion of the past 14 years, Roger Settlemire of Quincy. Beverly loved living in the Blairsden-Graeagle area and truly considered it her home.
Beverly is survived by her daughter, Beth Hintonand her husband Hal, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania; her son, David Luke and his girlfriend, Tiffany Cookro, of Winter Garden, Florida; her stepdaughters, Cynthia Donato, of St. Louis, Missouri, Anne Chrzanowski and her husband Michael of Peachtree City, Georgia, Maureen Donato of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; her longtime companion, Roger Settlemire, of Quincy; and his children, Craig Settlemire, of Lake Almanor, Cathy Michaels, of Fort Collins, Colorado, Rob Settlemire, of Carson City, Nevada; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, seven step-grandchildren, and many cherished friends.
Beverly was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Luke, her second husband, Donald Donato, five sisters, six brothers and her stepdaughter, Suzanne Donato.
A service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at noon at the Graeagle Community Church, and a reception celebrating Beverly’s life will follow at the Coyote Bar & Grill in Graeagle.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Graeagle Community Church — 150 Graeagle Johnsville Road, Graeagle, CA 96103; Christ the King Episcopal Church — 545 Lawrence Street, Quincy, CA 95971; and the Main Street Artists Gallery — 436 Main St., Quincy, CA 95971.
Robert died Sept. 22, 2018. He was born on Aug. 14, 1934, and raised in Napa. He attended San Jose State and graduated from there with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He met Helen Vergason at the “Nite Cap” in Cupertino. They later married in 1966. They made their home in Sunnyvale. He worked for 30 years as a civil engineer for Charles W. Davidson & Co. He retired in 1994 and they moved to Quincy.
He lovingly took care of Helen after she suffered from Parkinson’s and dementia for 10 years before she passed in 2015.
Robert was an excellent wood worker and enjoyed camping and fishing with his family.
He is survived by his two children, James Linder and Helen Reynolds; three grandchildren, Kathryn Evans, Brian Linder and Cyrus Linder; and one great-grandchild, Byron Linder.
Laura Lee Shirley, better known as “Lolly,” suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on Sept. 18, 2018. She was 54.
Lolly was the oldest daughter born and raised in Portola to her parents Richard and Grace Morgan on Feb. 06, 1964. She graduated from Portola High School in 1982 and briefly moved to Vacaville. She returned to her roots in Portola in the spring of 1989, where she remained a resident ever since.
Lolly married James “Jim” Shirley, of Portola, in March of 1996. Together they raised three children. Lolly lived for public service and helping others; she was an active member in the community she knew and loved from the time she was a teenager. She worked at Eastern Plumas Hospital, where she got to care for and help patients. More recently, she was an in-home caregiver where she could offer specialized care to those who needed it most. Lolly was also serving as an active member of the Plumas County Grand Jury. Perhaps her most adored role however, was assisting her beloved friend Steve Heskett on the Portola High School football team.
Lolly had the most infectious laugh that could light up any room. She will be missed by so many.
She was preceded in death by her father, Richard “Dick,” who parted in 2008.
Lolly leaves behind a grieving family including her husband, Jim Shirley, of Portola; daughter, Casey and son-in-law, Brad Jones, of Chico; son, Chase Shirley, of Dixon; daughter, Caitlyn Shirley, of Portola; mother, Grace Morgan, of Dixon; sister, Jill and brother in-law, Jean Gelpi, of Dixon; six nieces and nephews; as well as a large extended family.
A celebration of life reception will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Father Burns Catholic Social Hall from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Portola High School football program in care of Steve Heskett.