William Frank Monroe

William Frank Monroe, 68, passed from this life on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada, with his family by his side.

Bill was born April 24, 1950, in Glendale. He was the older of two children born to Bill and Bobby Monroe, his sister, Anne, three years younger than he.

He grew up in Southern California in the ’50s and ’60s surrounded by the Southern California culture of surfing, the Beach Boys, rock and roll, hot rod racing and cars. He embraced all of these, but the one that captured his heart the most was cars.

As a young child he learned to play the accordion. Then later in his teen years, he taught himself how to play the drums. Before he owned a drum set he would substitute pan lids suspended from his bedroom ceiling for cymbals, stacked books for drums, pounding away much to the dismay of his parents.

He and some friends formed a band in high school, with him being the drummer. Practicing in one of their garages, they became quite good, getting hired for high school dances and college frat parties, winning a battle of the bands contest sponsored by Casey Kasem, the famous radio DJ, and receiving a trophy from him. The band even cut a couple of 45 rpm records.

Graduating from Edgewood High School in 1968, he then enrolled at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, for approximately 1.5 years before being drafted into the Army in 1970. He was sent to Fort Ord, for basic training before being shipped overseas to Vietnam, where he spent one year. While in Vietnam he served in the 29th Infantry, ground patrol before getting an assignment as a door gunner on a helicopter. He was honorably discharged in 1972.

After being discharged from the Army, he decided to leave city life behind and moved to Plumas County, settling in Quincy in 1973. He had many extended family members already living in the area. Bill enrolled in a welding class at Feather River College and soon discovered he had a talent for welding, earning a welding certificate. It was the start of what would become his life’s work.

He moved back down to Southern California in late 1973 to put his welding skills to use in production welding work. While working as a welder at a boat trailer factory, he met and married the love of his life, Elise Eaton, in August 1974. The young couple moved back up to Plumas County settling in Greenville, where they lived for 10 years. During that time, Bill worked at a gold mine outside of Quincy for two years before getting hired as a millwright at Louisiana Pacific in Crescent Mills. He worked there for seven years before the mill shut down for good. Bill and his wife then bought a home in Meadow Valley, after he was hired as a millwright at Sierra Pacific Industries in Quincy where he worked for over 30 years until his retirement in 2013.

He and Elise had two sons, Neil and Kevin. Bill’s family meant everything to him. They took many family vacations all over the Western United States. He enjoyed the great outdoors, camping, fishing, boating, canoeing and backpacking.

Bill’s talents were many and centered around his innate ability to think and visualize things in 3-D, that he would then build, doing the calculations in his head, all of this with no written plans for reference. He was a builder, a fixer, a tinkerer. He could diagnose and fix most anything. He thoroughly enjoyed working in his beloved garage and on warm summer days could often be heard playing his favorite ’60s rock n’ roll songs at full volume.

Even in retirement, Bill was never one to sit idle. He had to be busy, always working on some project or another. He designed and built many things: lumber racks for friends’ trucks, sheds, porches, fences, railings, a greenhouse, carports, a fort and a swing set. More than anything else, he was always working on cars.

Bill was a car guy through and through and enjoyed buying, modifying, restoring and working on classic cars his entire life. He had a fondness for buying unusual vehicles having owned a chopped Volkswagen dune buggy and a 1953 Dodge Power Wagon army truck.

His pride and joy however, were the 1962 Ford Thunderbird and 1965 Ford Falcon convertibles that he owned. The Falcon held a special place in his heart as he built the entire car from the ground up from a junked and rusted cast-off. He, along with his sons, worked for years on the car, rebuilding the engine, the transmission, painting it a gorgeous blue, making it exactly how he wanted it, fulfilling his dream of building a hot rod. On sunny, warm days, he could be seen driving around town in it. You couldn’t miss its distinctive sound. Over the years, he participated in car shows around the county and won many trophies.

His sense of humor was well known by those who loved him. He could never pass up an opportunity to tease, tell jokes and generally make fun of everyday life. He loved to make people laugh.

He was also very artistic, drawing quite well and excelling at caricature likenesses of people and things.

Bill was a good, decent, hard working man his entire life. He had many lifelong friends whom he always enjoyed spending time with. He loved his country and was very patriotic, always hanging two flags on his garage on appropriate holidays. He was devoted to his family above all else.

Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Anne, his mother, Bobby, and his father, Willard Monroe.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elise, of Meadow Valley, his sons, Neil and Kevin, many cousins and several nieces.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Meadow Valley Cemetery. All are welcome. A potluck reception will be held immediately following at the Meadow Valley Community Church Fellowship Hall.

Mary Jane Cox

Mary Jane Cox

June 21, 1942 ~ October 13, 2018

Mary Jane Cox was a lifelong member of Loyalton.  She worked as a Bank of America courier for some time. Then she became the Noon Supervisor at Loyalton Elementary School where she worked up until two years ago. 
She loved painting and crafts.  She was an avid San Francisco Giants fan, but most of all she loved her grandchildren.
She was one of seven children in her family. She was preceded in death by her sister, Doris D’Andrea, and brother Miles Jackson Morgan.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey Fred Cox and two children, Debbie Jaquez and Carl Cox. Her grandchildren; Kyle and Tyson Jaquez, and Ashley Cox. Great grandchildren; Eliza, Mary Burke, Presley and Kyler.  Also her brothers; Harold Morgan, Don Morgan, Richard Morgan and Robert Morgan.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 19 at 10 A.M. in the Sierra Brooks Lodge in Loyalton.

J. Scott Carter

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 D. Donato

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 Maureenfrom 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 Cookroof 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 I. Linder

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

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.