Recent Obituaries

  • 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.

  • Saturday, Jan 10 2015 05:39 PM

    Lynnea Arlene Heath Bakman, 1937 — 2014

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    Lynnea Arlene Heath Bakman passed away on Dec. 24 at her home in Tehachapi. She was the first born of Roy W. and Claudia (Gordon) Heath and arrived on Oct. 5, 1937, in Coalinga. She was a third generation Californian. Her father was born at the Shasta Mine northwest of Redding and her grandmother was born in Bodega Bay, north of San Francisco.

    The family relocated to Fresno where she and her siblings attended elementary and high school. They spent their summers tending garden or working and also spent time camping, hiking and fishing in the Sierra. While attending Fresno State College she also worked in state child care centers and taught piano, majored in music and minored in education, and was a member of the Bulldog Marching Band.

    Upon graduation she was employed by the Herndon School District as a kindergarten teacher and for the next 25 years was intermittently employed as a full, part-time, or substitute teacher except for the nine years she spent as a dedicated full-time, stay at home Mom.

    Lynnea was a very involved parent from the time the children started school until they left for college. She was involved in a number of leadership positions with the Camp Fire Girls and Boy Scouts of America organizations, youth and high school swimming and soccer programs, art and music programs, classroom aid, field trip driver and aide, and just being there for not only her own but other children as well. She was a substitute for the Tehachapi Unified School District from 1969 to 1971.

    In 1961 she met Robert R. Bakman in San Luis Obispo where he was attending Cal Poly. They married in 1962, and raised their children camping and fishing on their vacations in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

    Upon their return to Tehachapi in 1985, prior to Robert retiring, she became a full-time homebody and enjoyed flower gardening, developing a certified backyard bird habitat, sewing, knitting, reading, weekend runaways, and of course summer vacations and fall trips to the Sierra. One of her favorite places in Tehachapi was the Mourning Cloak Ranch which she could see from her back yard and visited often as it developed into an international attraction — and watched sadly as it diminished in stature.  

    Her favorite activity was an Annual Family of Four Easter egg hunt, which has expanded over the years into a large three generation extended family gathering, Easter egg hunt and barbecue.
    After Robert’s retirement they did come extended traveling in the Western States and a few Coast to Coast adventures.

    She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert R. Bakman; son, Eric and Wilma (Gibson) Bakman of Tehachapi; daughter, Roberta Calhoun (Tim) of Concord; grandson, Micah Calhoun of Concord; granddaughter, Timmie Qitugna (Mike) of Escondido; brother, Steven (Caroline) Heath of Santa Ana; sister, Cherrill Gragg of Tehachapi; brother, Gordon (Megan) Heath of Fresno; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

    She was a kind, generous, witty, loving person whose independent nature and practical life experiences provided definite insights to many lively discussions. May the Good Lord Bless and Keep her, until we meet again.

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

  • Friday, Jan 09 2015 02:57 PM

    Susan Ledesma Freng, 1952 — 2015

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    Life time Tehachapi resident, Susan Ledesma Freng, passed away Jan. 3, 2015, ending her six year battle with cancer. Sue was born in Bakersfield, March 30, 1952 to parents Refugio and Maria Ledesma. She grew up with her nine siblings living in the small railroad towns in and around the Tehachapi Mountains, attending local schools and graduating from Tehachapi High School in 1970.  

    Sue was a dedicated member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church. She served as a Catholic Daughter for many years and was honored to be chosen as the organizations President. She was also a part of the Guadalupe Society and sang in the choir. Sue was always the first to volunteer to help someone in need or do a favor for a friend. It is often said she would have given her last dime or the shoes off her feet to someone in need.  

  • Friday, Jan 09 2015 11:52 AM

    Tresa Marie Mendenhall, March 30, 1948 - Dec. 28, 2014

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    Tresa was born the first daughter of Richard and Betty Chenard, in Los Angeles, on March 30, 1948. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Ralph. She is survived by her loving family, including her sisters, Sharon and Debbie; her daughters, Debbie, Lenita, Sundee, Teresa, and Tiffany; and her son, Rick. Her grandchildren are Amelia, Andrew, Carson, Evan, Jason, Jennifer, Justin, Kevin, and Mike; and great-grandchildren, Jack and Parker.

    Tresa grew up in Whittier where she raised her family before moving to Tehachapi where she had lived for the past 13 1/2 years. She was an avid gardener with an amazing green thumb. She could grow anything anywhere. Her love of cooking was something that her mother taught her well, was matched by her husband's skills, and something treasured and passed on to her children and grandchildren.

  • Friday, Jan 09 2015 11:51 AM

    Dona Clara Middaugh, 1933 - 2014

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    Dona Clara Middaugh peacefully joined God's Kingdom on Dec. 23, 2014.

    Dona graduated from Rosemead High School in 1951, obtained an Associate in Arts degree from Los Angeles Valley Junior College in 1953, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northridge in 1959. She also spent four years with the Forest Service and received accommodations for her hard work. Dona was a Licensed Vocational Nurse for 12 years at Holy Cross Hospital, where she met her true calling for helping and caring for people. It was a thrill for Dona and Jackie to ride their motorcycle back and forth between Bouquet Canyon and the hospital.

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