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G. Sunny Fields passed away March 8, 2017, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. She was 73. Sunny was born on Nov. 8, 1944, in San Diego.

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Tamra "Tammy" Johnston was born June 9, 1958, to Hank and Lillian Shrader in Bakersfield. She passed away March 17, 2017 in Bakersfield. Tammy was raised in Keene and moved to Tehachapi in the early 1970s where she graduated from Tehachapi High School in 1976, and met her husband, Jeff Johns…

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Johnie (John) Howard Simmons Jr., age 80, died on March 12, 2017, in Porterville. A graveside service and interment will be held later in his hometown. John was born June 21, 1936, to Johnie Howard Simmons and Josie Evelyn Green Simmons in Paris, Texas. He married Billie Jean Crenshaw on Aug…

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Susan “Susie” Marie Sackett Palmer was born on July 13, 1957, in Lakeport and graduated to heaven on March 9, 2017, in Tehachapi after a difficult fight with cancer. 

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Donald Barton was born in Dallas, Texas, to Kerby O. Barton and Ruby Barton on Dec. 11, 1931. He passed away on March 11, 2017.

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Fred Acosta Perez, 82, of Tehachapi, died March 9, 2017. Fred was born Oct. 31, 1934, in San Fernando to the late Frank R. and Isabel M. Perez. He was married to the love of his life, Nancy Franco Perez, from May 13, 1978, until her death, March 20, 1982. Fred worked for the Los Angeles Coun…

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Susan Marie Palmer passed away in her home, with her family at her side, on March 9, 2017. She was 59 years old.

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It doesn’t feel real. On Jan. 8, 2017, our amazing, wonderful and always there for us mom passed away. Twenty-two days later, on Jan. 30, our extraordinary and larger than life dad lost his battle with cancer. They are together; however, they are both greatly missed here.

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Long-time resident of Tehachapi Cecil George Dome entered into rest at his home, with family by his side.

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Joe Tautkus, 60, of Tehachapi passed away Feb. 14, 2017. He is survived by his daughters Katie Whitman and Nicole Steger, and stepson Ryan Owen. He was loved beyond words, and will be missed beyond measure.

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Mya Button Boone entered into eternal rest prior to her birth on Feb. 23, 2017. Parents Christian Boone and Sabrina O’Rafferty called their tiny little girl “Button.”

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Larry Ray Jones passed away on Feb. 2, 2017, at the age of 78. Larry was born to Edwin (Brick) Jones and Laura Jones in Tehachapi on April 28, 1938.

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William Ronald Escoto left this world on Feb. 15, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was 78. William was born and raised in Tehachapi. He worked at Monolith Cement Company for 10 years and then California Portland Cement Company for 26 years.

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Howard S. Colby of Bear Valley Springs passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 7, 2017. He was 78 years old.

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Sharon Ardelle Churchill, a 32-year resident of Tehachapi, passed away peacefully in her home on Feb. 7, 2017, at the age of 77, after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Pete was born in Kitzingen, Germany, on Dec. 1, 1956. On April 29, 1959, at the age of 2 and a half, Pete and his mother came to America to start their new lives, settling in Tehachapi, Calif. He grew up in the small town with his three sisters and brother.

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Shirley May Cain Brunner, 65, of Spring City, Utah, returned to her Heavenly Home on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a resident of Tehachapi for 32 years.

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Tehachapi native Larry Ray Jones met his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the age of 78.

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Patricia “Peggy” Perry of Bear Valley Springs entered into eternal rest with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 19, 2016, at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. She was 75 years old.

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Virginia Louise Hawkins of Caliente, Calif., passed away on Dec. 6, 2011, at her home with her family by her side. She was 84 years old at the time of her passing.

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Elizabeth Shurtz, 97, passed away on Jan. 24, 2017. She was born on a farm in New Sharon, Iowa, and moved to California to be with her husband Kenneth in 1940. Together they raised their two daughters in Eagle Rock until his passing in 1959.

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Ann Lee Shoemaker Layton passed away suddenly on Jan. 23, 2017, in Palmdale, Calif.

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Marilea Bible went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. She was 86 years old.

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Virginia Womack of Oak Knolls succumbed to complications of Alzheimer’s on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, with her beloved husband of 47 years by her side.

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Ronald John Olofson, 80, of Smithwick, S.D., passed away Jan. 12, 2017, of congestive heart failure with his wife and son by his side. Ron was born April 28, 1936, in Yankton, S.D., to Loyal and Jenny Olofson. Ron graduated from Yankton High School, received his bachelor degree from Northern…