Monday, 15 July 2024

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Michael J. Pommier. Courtesy photo.

Michael J. Pommier
1975-2024

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Micheal “Mike” James Pommier, 48, passed away on Feb. 3, 2024, after a well fought battle with cancer. Mike lived, loved and fought fiercely.

He was born Aug. 19, 1975, in Santa Clara, California, to Teresa Wells and Joseph Pommier. He was the only child of that union. However, he did have three half-brothers and a half-sister.

He was raised in Lakeport, California, by his grandparents Phyliss and Joseph Pommier, who preceded him in death.

Mike never married; however, he was in a long-term relationship with the love of his life, Deirdra “Dee-Dee” Mahan-Pommier.

Mike is survived by his son, John Pommier; daughters, Rebecca Bisaccio and Serenity Pommier; as well as bonus children, Trinity, Stormi, Schuyler and Nathanyll. Mike leaves his children with a rich genetic heritage.

Mike was involved as a soccer and t-ball coach for his children. He was an avid Raider fan and enjoyed attending football games and collecting memorabilia throughout the years.

He famously scored four touchdowns in a single game for Polk High School in Chicago during the 1966 City Championships.

Mike will be greatly missed in his absence and may he rest in peace.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In honor of his memory, please consider donations to the Konocti Youth Soccer League.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Kenneth Beech. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Kenneth John Beech was born on March 13, 1933, in Birmingham, England.

Ken passed away suddenly on Feb. 13, 2024.

Ken grew up in England and lived there until 1963, when he immigrated with his family to the United States. Ken lived in the Bay Area and took a job with Hewlett Packard.

Ken and his family moved briefly to Canada and from there, back to England for a period of time. He and his family moved back to the Bay Area and from there moved to Santa Cruz.

After the kids had grown up, Ken and his wife Sheila retired to Lake County where they lived for over 40 years.

Ken is survived by his wife, Sheila Beech of Kelseyville; his brother, George Beech of Clearlake; daughters, Carol Jacquez (Sal) and Denise Curran (Mike); grandchildren, Leah Marshall, Justin Jacquez, Brandon Jacquez (Mellissa), Michelle Crabtree, Scott Crabtree and Ben Crabtree-Alvarado (Angel); many great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.

Delbert Lee Thomas Sr. Courtesy photo.

Delbert Lee Thomas Sr.
Dec. 9, 1939 — Feb. 25, 2024

Delbert Lee Thomas Sr., 84, of Clearlake Oaks, California, passed away on Feb. 25, 2024, in Santa Rosa, California.

Delbert was born on the Elem Indian Colony in Clearlake Oaks and attended Lower Lake High School. He later relocated to the Bay Area, where he attended Contra Costa College.

He returned to live in the Clearlake Oaks and Spring Valley area. He was living in Santa Rosa prior to his passing.

Delbert dedicated 33 years of his life as a lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric, building towers and climbing poles before the use of bucket trucks. He was a cultural and religious expert within his community, serving as the captain of the Elem Roundhouse since he was 19 years old.

Delbert was a committed guardian of traditional and religious life ways, he was a beautiful singer and dancer. He found great joy in harvesting abalone, seaweed and acorns along the northern Mendocino County coast.

Delbert was a devoted fan of the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. He cherished spending time camping along the coast and indulging in traditional Native foods. Delbert's presence will be deeply missed by his loving family and many friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lori Laiwa Thomas; his sister, Loretta Kelsey; his sister, Alice Audrey Arroyo; his daughter, Julie Plevney, daughter Sandra, son Lyle, son Daryl, son Gary and daughter Rhoda, including stepchildren Marcus Meloy and Sheila Castillo.

His large extended family includes 27 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He had numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Delbert was preceded in death by his mother, Caroline Williams; his father, Cecil Thomas; uncle, John Kelsey; aunt, Effie Kelsey; his former wife, Betty Thomas; his sister, Alice Audrey Arroyo; his son, Joe Thomas; and his son, Delbert Lee Thomas Jr.

In accordance with Delbert's final wishes, there will be no funeral service or burial. Instead, his ashes will be spread at sea and his dinner will be held at Abalone Point, Mendocino County coast on March 24 at 1 p.m.

His family wishes to thank the following Tribes for assisting with financial donations: Colusa Indian Community, Elem Indian Colony, Hopland Pomo Nation, Sherwood Pomo Nation, Big Valley Pomo Nation and Cahto Tribe of Laytonville.

The Eggen & Lance Mortuary in Santa Rosa is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Ian French. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Ian Michael French unexpectedly passed away Feb. 20, 2024, at the young age of 20.

He was born and raised in Lake County and graduated from Upper Lake High School.

From a young age Ian found a love for riding quads, dirt bikes and tractors. Off roading always put a smile on his face.

Ian is survived by his mother and father, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

No services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please protect your loved ones and install a carbon monoxide detector.

Russell Dover. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Russell Richard Dover, 76, of Kelseyville passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Feb. 28, 2024.

He was born on June 11, 1947, in Cedar City, Utah, to Richard Bryant Dover and Mina Elmyra Wilson and he was the oldest of seven children.

Russell married twice (Patrica Bryant, 1967 to 1972), and to his eternal companion, Debra Scharninghausen, on June 9, 1973.

Russ loved being a mechanic. Over his career he was self-employed, worked at Libby’s Cannery, Mt. Konocti Growers, Homestake Mining Co. and retired from Berberian Nut Co.

He loved cars. He built a 1970 Plymouth Duster to drag race, worked on friend’s race cars and restored a 1940 Chevy Coupe.

Russ was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Russ is survived by his wife, Debra; his daughters, Tammy (John), April (Steve), Tracy (Edward) and Kristen (Richard); his 11 grandchildren; and seven great-granddaughters.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29, at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery in Gridley, California.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lakeport.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Wilbur R. Facey. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Wilbur R. Facey, 96, of Lakeport passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2024.

Will was born in Etna, California, on Dec. 12, 1928, to Festus and May Facey and is survived by his wife Shirley, son Richard (Karen), granddaughter Ariel and brother Lyle.

Will served in the Navy during World War II and attended Chico State University where he was a Gold Glove boxer.

He moved his family to Lakeport in 1965 from Fort Jones, California, to teach physical education at Terrace Middle School.

Will coached multiple sports teams at Terrace and girls basketball at Clear Lake High School for years even after his retirement from teaching. Will started the PeeWee Basketball Leagues in 1973, which boys and girls still enjoy.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family and was known for pitching a few horseshoes, including participating in World Championship Tournaments.

Wilbur opened many doors for students to pursue their dreams, and he will be truly missed.

A celebration of life will be held at the Lakeport Senior Center, 527 Konocti Ave., at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

In honor of his memory, please consider donations to the Kyle Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund at Clear Lake High School, 350 Lange St. Lakeport, CA 95453; checks payable to Kyle Reynolds Memorial Scholarship.

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