Recent Obituaries

  • Thursday, Feb 12 2015 04:34 PM

    Mary Lenita Clyde, 1943 — 2015

    Mary Lenita Clyde passed away in her home on Feb. 10, 2015. An obituary will be in next week’s paper. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

  • Wednesday, Feb 11 2015 02:22 PM

    Earl Lloyd McKay, 1924 — 2015

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    Earl Lloyd McKay (Mac) was born on Dec. 10, 1924, in Compton. He passed away on Feb. 5, 2015 at the age of 90 years, with his beloved wife of 70 years, Jeanne, and family by his side.

    Earl and Jeanne were blessed with six children, who blessed them with 51 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Earl was loved dearly by his family and peers and perceived as a man of high regard being a former World War II pilot and retired airline captain. He was the first president of the Tehachapi Pilots Association.

  • Friday, Feb 06 2015 12:15 PM

    Joe Estel Beckham

    Joe Estel Beckham

    Joe Estel Beckham of Tehachapi passed away Feb. 4, 2015 at the age of 86 years old.  There will be no services.  Arrangements handled by Neptune Society Cremation, Bakersfield.

  • Friday, Feb 06 2015 11:18 AM

    Donald E. Bechtel, 1926 - 2014

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    Donald E. Bechtel
    1926 – 2014

    Donald Edward Bechtel passed away on New Year’s Eve, 2014, with his family by his side. Don was 88 years old. A funeral service was held on Jan. 14, 2015, at the Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin.

  • Thursday, Feb 05 2015 01:23 PM

    Donald Eugene Ward, 1925 - 2014

    A memorial service will be held for Hart Flat resident and Tehachapi businessman Donald Eugene Ward, 88, on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Kern City Civic Association, located at 1003 Pebble Beach Drive, in Kern City, Bakersfield, CA 93309. Mr. Ward passed away on Dec. 17, 2014. Military honors will be provided by the California State Army Honor Guard at noon. Lunch will be served. For condolences, please visit

  • Friday, Jan 30 2015 02:03 PM

    A. D. Yearton, Dec. 8, 1929 – Jan. 21, 2015


    A. D. Yearton
    Dec. 8, 1929 – Jan. 21, 2015

    Born in Checotah, Okla., moved to California at age 7. He began working at Monolith Cement Plant at age 14 and worked there as a machinist until 1965 at which time he went to work at California Portland Cement where he remained until retirement in 1992. In 1951 he married Mary Lou Burgeis and they had two children.

    A.D. had a life long love of motorcycles, flying and stream fishing. He was a very talented and gifted man in that he could build and fix anything. Over the years he built go-carts, mini bikes, choppers and VW trikes. He also owned and maintained a Cessna 172. He loved trout fishing, his kids, and his grandkids. Everyone enjoyed camping trips with him on the Tioga Pass learning to fish and experiencing God's beautiful creation.

    A.D. loved his grandchildren and always had time for them. He was the best toy assembler and enjoyed helping the kids make things work.

    A.D. is preceded in death by his mother Mae Belle and brother Earl Thompson. He is survived by wife, Mary Lou, son Dennis and his wife Lisa, daughter Judy and her husband Gary Hubl, grandchildren Shawn, Jeremy, Jessica and Amy Yearton and Sara and Gary Hubl, six great grandchildren and brother Leon Napier.

    At A.D.'s request, a private graveside service was held.

    "A father holds his children's hands for awhile . . . Their hearts forever."

  • Friday, Jan 30 2015 01:36 PM

    Marshall L Burns, 1954 - 2015

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    Marshall L Burns
    1954 - 2015

    Marshall L Burns passed away in his home on Jan.17, 2015. He was 60 years old. Born in the mid-1950s to parents Tommie and Irma Burns, Marshall grew up to be an electrician by trade. He started working with his father at an early age, and then completed a five-year apprenticeship program. Marshall eventually took a position that he loved with AC Electric in Bakersfield, where he was a valued employee.

    Always loving a challenge, Marshall loved to work and teach. He was extremely generous, helping others whenever he could. Marshall was a fantastic listener with a great sense of humor, smart, loving, strong, and just a little bit stubborn. Marshall was a lover of life.

    Marshall was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping with family and friends.  He delighted in a long motorcycle ride with his wife. He also appreciated some quiet time for reading. Marshall had a passion for traveling, with road trips being his favorite. He and his wife recently traveled the entire country of France by car.

    Marshall is survived by a lot of loving family and friends. He will be missed by all.

    Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Jan 30 2015 12:54 PM

    Guadalupe Pena, 1921 - 2015

    Guadalupe Pena
    1921 - 2015

    Longtime Tehachapi resident Guadalupe Pena passed away on Jan. 27, 2015. She was 93 years old. A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Wood Family Funeral Service. A Vigil Service and Rosary will be held on that evening, at 6 p.m., at St. Malachy Catholic Church. The Mass of the Resurrection will be on Feb. 5, 2015, at 9 a.m., at the church. Burial will be at a later date. Wood Family Funeral Service was entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit


  • Wednesday, Jan 28 2015 03:32 PM

    Inez R. Gonzalez, 1916 — 2015


    Inez Rivas Gonzalez passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2015. She was 98 years old.

    The recitation of the Rosary will be held at St. Malachy Catholic Church on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.; and the Mass of the Resurrection will be on Friday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m. The Rite of Burial and interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m., located at 5835 West Slauson Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90056.

  • Friday, Jan 23 2015 09:29 AM

    Magdaleno “Mike” Lara, 1958 — 2014

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    Magdaleno “Mike” Lara, one who was often described as a quiet, hard-working, devoted, family-man, was called to be with the Lord on Dec. 10, 2014, after suffering from a neurological-degenerative disease. Despite the hardships that he faced, he remained positive, was an example of strength, and strived to maintain his independence.

    Family was always Mike’s first priority. He worked diligently to provide for his family and to allow his wife, Beverly, the opportunity to stay home and raise their children. He enjoyed remodeling their homes, exercising with his family, participating in karate, and supporting his children in their academic and athletic pursuits. Upon retirement, he volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Malachy Catholic Church. In his later years, the grandbabies brought additional joy and love into the family. He cherished these moments together.

  • Friday, Jan 16 2015 10:27 AM

    James A. Tracy, April 19, 1952 — Jan. 4, 2015

    James A. Tracy, 62, of Tehachapi passed away on Jan. 4, 2015. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at 10:45 a.m., at Bakersfield National Cemetery.

  • Friday, Jan 16 2015 10:17 AM

    Clarence Lynn Fisher, 1930 - 2015

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    Clarence passed away on Jan. 13, 2015 in his home surrounded by his wife and children after a short battle with lung cancer. He was born on Jan. 16, 1930 in Uhrichsville, Ohio to parents Clarence and Beulah Fisher. He grew up there and later moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he met and married the love of his life, Ruth. They later relocated to California in 1959 and were married for 64 years.

    Clarence served in the Army and the Army Reserve for seven years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. His career consisted of Director of Maintenance, Operations, Transportation and Grounds for several school districts for 21 years including the Tehachapi Unified School District.

    Clarence loved spending time with his family and friends. He also loved garden railroading, NASCAR racing, fishing, boating, being outdoors, doing genealogy research, and the wildlife.

    Clarence is survived by his beloved wife Ruth and their five children Gail, Bob, Pam, Bill and Jody along with their spouses. He has 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

    He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace. Heaven has gained an amazing angel.

    Per his request, there will be no services.  His family and friends honored him with a Celebration of Life on Jan. 17, 2015 with family and friends.

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