Saturday, 27 May 2023


Sharon Dawson-Garrett. Courtesy photo.

Sharon Marie Dawson-Garrett
Sept. 4, 1960 – May 2, 2023

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — Middletown lost one of its brightest stars early in May, when Sharon Marie Dawson-Garrett passed away in the company of family at a local care facility.

She was 62, having succumbed to complications from cancer that she had tackled since 2017.

“There was nothing standard about Sharon,” recalled her husband, Tommy Garrett, noting her achievements in painting, photography and writing. “She had an artistic gift, a vision that is rare and one of a kind.”

Born in San Francisco, the daughter of Caroline Marie Wiley-Collins, Sharon was raised by her mother and adoptive father, James Edward Collins, in Menlo Park, Calif. Sharon attended local schools and then majored in fine arts at Santa Barbara State University.

After moving to several towns with her sons, Sharon bought an old Victorian house in Middletown in 1988 and began her photography career. She worked for the Middletown Times-Star as an assignment photographer and, beginning in 1994, authored a weekly column, “Squawkings,” for more than a decade.

In 2014, Sharon’s portrait photography led her to launch “Wave of Hope,” a nonprofit program centered on individuals who had overcome turmoil, with Sharon’s interviews and pictures of the survivors forming the centerpiece of a traveling exhibit. She was awarded a Stars of Lake County Humanitarian Award for her work on the project.

According to her son Brandon, “Wave of Hope” embodied the concern for others that was a hallmark of his mother’s personality. “She never let anyone down,” he noted, adding that as a supportive mom and friend, “she always had your back.”

When the Valley Fire in 2015 destroyed their home, Sharon and Tommy rebuilt a house on the same site. “She wanted to stay near her neighbors in town, whom she called her ‘peeps,’” Tommy remembered.

After her cancer diagnosis, Sharon kept up her creative pursuits, notably writing an account of her medical treatments in 2022, “Suddenly Terminal,” in which she personified her illness as an unwelcome houseguest with whom she argues and ultimately accepts. She followed the publication of that book with a two-volume collection of her “Squawkings” columns, released earlier this year.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Tommy, whom she married in 2017 after 12 years of courtship; her sons Collin and Brandon; her first husband, Russell Dawson; her sisters Susan Nitzel-Blum and Jacqueline Cohen; and numerous cousins and an aunt from the Wiley family. Another sister, Annie Collins, died in 2018.

A celebration of Sharon’s life is scheduled for July 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Twin Pines Casino in Middletown.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to to offset the cost of the memorial celebration.

Those who knew Sharon remember her as the heart and soul of her family, which she extended to include friends and pretty much anyone she met. Hundreds of people have known her for her caring, intuitive heart. She will always be remembered for her soul in her art, photography, and writing.

But lastly, she will be remembered for her humane nature and the caring she showed for her animals and gardens, nurturing them the same way she cared for everyone she befriended.

She leaves a hole in our hearts but will be remembered through the positive things we do to care for other people, the same as she did for us.

Gary Kirk. Courtesy photo.

Gary Wayne Kirk
Dec. 20, 1943 – May 4, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Gary was born in Fort Collins, Colorado to Dorothy Larsen.

He later moved to Cle Elum, Washington where he received his education.

He worked as a logger and trucker in Cle Elum before moving to California where he met his wife, Barbara Kirk.

Eventually, Gary and Barbara moved back to Cle Elum to raise their own family. Gary worked for the railroad for many years before going back to logging as that is where his heart was.

He later moved back to California to continue his trucking career. Gary and his wife owned their own trucking company, B and G Trucking, for many years before his retirement.

Gary is survived by his children, Trent Wayne Kirk (Cricket), Lila (Steven) Smith, Tinker (Michael) Britt and Damon Bennett; brothers, Larry (Robin) Larsen and Allen (Theresa) Larsen; 16 grandkids, Wiley (Cece) Kirk, Keelie Kirk, Drake Chesebro, Callie Chesebro, Ryder Hedges, Blake (Shayla) Smith, Morgan Wayne Smith-Dejuan Turrentine, Jose Torres, little Gary (Morgan) Britt, Robert Britt, Ashley (Branden) Busching, Nicole Willey, Brian Willey, Nathan Bennett, Bryan Thomas and Jeff Thomas; 14 great-grandkids; all the neighborhood kids who called him Grandpa Gary; several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Gary was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Kirk; his mother, Dorothy (stepfather, Lester Larsen); sister, Sharon Murry; daughter-in-law, Diane Bennett; and many extended family members.

A memorial service will be held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St. in Lakeport on Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m.

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

Dennis Cholez. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Dennis Harry Cholez (Denny), 77, of Kelseyville, passed away on April 28, 2023, after a lengthy illness.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia (Ginny) Cholez; son, Brian Cholez; daughter, Brigida (and husband Christopher) Harrison; four grandchildren, Ian and Anabel Harrison and Christopher and Connor Cholez; along with many nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Sonora High School and Gavilan College.

Dennis was a proud veteran who served in the United States Navy.

He worked in various California state parks and loved the outdoors.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, stamp collecting, puzzles and music.

Dennis also won several awards for his competitive speed walking.

He will be remembered for his vibrant energy and witty sense of humor.

Donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

A celebration of life is planned for fall 2023.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, telephone 707-263-0357,

Edward ‘Ed’ Pepper
July 9, 1970 — March 16, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Ed was born in Mountain View, California.

His family moved to Kelseyville in 1984, and he attended Kelseyville High School where he wrestled and played baseball before graduating in 1988.

He was a volunteer firefighter for Kelseyville Fire Protection District for 13 years (1985-1998) while working at local lumber yards.

In 1998, during his paramedic class, he decided to make a career change and began working for the Lake County Public Works Department.

Ed was dedicated to his family, friends, and community.

He played men’s softball and coached a women’s softball team before coaching youth programs. He coached T-ball, youth softball and Little League, where he also was head of the field maintenance for seven years. He also coached youth basketball.

Ed really loved coaching baseball at Clear Lake High School. He started as an assistant JV coach in 2015 then became JV head coach in 2017, moved up to assistant varsity coach in 2018 and in 2020 he became the head varsity coach.

You could always find Ed coaching several summer leagues and travel-ball teams, he loved the game and being a father figure and friend to all those kids.

Ed also loved to barbecue with his crew! Volunteering to cook at friends get togethers, weddings, fundraisers or any big events in community, you always knew Ed would be there behind the grill with a huge smile on his face. He will be deeply missed by his community.

Ed is survived by his wife of 20 years, Evie; daughter, Zoey; father, Fred; brother, James Seymour and family; and several cousins, in-laws, and friends who were just as much family as his own.

He was loved by so many, Ed couldn't go anywhere without knowing someone.

A memorial will be held July 1, 2023, at Clear Lake High School football field at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers you may donate to the Ed Pepper Memorial fund at Umpqua Bank, 805 11th St., Lakeport, CA 95453.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

Larry Rogers. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Lawrence “Larry” Allen Rogers was born in Kelseyville, California, on Oct. 9, 1933.

He passed at home on May 1, 2023, at age 89 with family by his side.

Larry graduated from Kelseyville High School and Menlo College School of Business Administration with a bachelor’s degree. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War.

Larry started farming with his father Herb and before long he branched out and started buying land in Upper Lake where he planted his first Bartlett pear orchard in 1962.

He continued to buy land and develop several more orchards and vineyards over the years, specializing in Bartlett and Bosc pears, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli and Zinfandel grapes.

He continued to farm for over 60 years and was known as a pillar in Lake County's agriculture community.

In his younger years, Larry enjoyed outdoor activities, including hunting in California and Idaho. Larry skied well in his 80s with his grandchildren, who he had taught to ski.

Larry had a love for travel, and traveled extensively in South America, Europe and Africa, and went on numerous cruises.

Larry was a longtime member and served on the boards of the Westlake Soil Conservation District, Upper Lake Elementary School District, California Tree Fruit Agreement and Kelseyville Packing Co. He was a member of the Kelseyville Lions Club.

Larry is survived by his son, Lawrence A. “Bud” Rogers (Tari); his daughter, Beth Catherine Rudnick; grandchildren, Cecelia Vina (Carlos), Catherine Pearl (John), Kyra Rudnick (Anthony Peterson), Alex Rogers (Markie), Mariah Rudnick and Lauren Rudnick; and great-grandchildren Hailey Vina, Johnny Pearl and Holly Vina.

He is predeceased by his parents, Herbert Elmo Rogers and Catherine Elizabeth (nee Barrett) Rogers; sister, Connie; and his daughter, Karen Ann Fulton.

Larry will be greatly missed by his family and community.

Visitation will be held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary on Wednesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon with a funeral service starting at noon. Interment will follow at Kelseyville Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory can be made to Kelseyville FFA, 5480 Main St. Kelseyville, CA 95451. In the memo please put “FFA donation.”

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

Glenn Alan Goodman, of Clearlake Oaks California, formerly of Fort Atkinson, passed away on March 30, 2023
Glenn Alan Goodman, of Clearlake Oaks California, formerly of Fort Atkinson, WI, passed away on March 30, 2023. 

Glenn was born the second of eight children to Betty and Howard Goodman on May 4th, 1953 in Loveland, CO. He graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1971.

He married the love of his life Kandice on July 21, 1994. Together, they lived in their dream home on top of a remote mountain in Northern California. There, they raised Kandice’s daughter Lauren, and enjoyed exploring and hiking the surrounding hills, often beside their family dogs- Honey, Belle, Hammer, and TJ, pictured with Glenn below.

Glenn with TJ, a favorite hiking companion.
Glenn had a strong passion for nature, and could usually be found outside tending to his gardens, where he could name every singing bird or sprouting flower.

He took great pride in sharing the latest harvest with his loved ones, and grew some of the best vegetables around.

Glenn was also a gifted artist, carving intricate figures from rock, wood and clay-- some of which decorated his gardens, others he would gift to family and friends.

As a life-long “Dead Head”, Glenn attended hundreds of Grateful Dead concerts, traveling with both family and friends around the country to see as many concerts as possible.

Glenn cared deeply about the world around him and always stood up for what he believed in.

Until the end, he fought his cancer with the same determination he lived his life.

Glenn is survived by his wife Kandice Goodman, stepchildren Lauren (Jeff) Ebner and Brett (Lauren) Cates, step-grandchild Jack Cates, siblings John (Sandy) Goodman, Paul (Geri) Goodman, Liz (Tim) Richardson, Michael (Eileen) Goodman, David (Ann) Goodman, Carolyn “Kaile” (Aspen) Goodman, and Kathleen (Ed) Adams, and nieces and nephews Robert (Alyssa) Goodman, Katie and Hannah Richardson, Nathan and Sarah Goodman, Nicholas, Michael and Julia Adams. His parents and a nephew, Stephen, preceded Glenn in death.

Services will be held in California at a later date.

Upcoming Calendar

05.27.2023 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lakeport Speedway Memorial Weekend Opener
05.28.2023 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lower Lake Daze & Street Fair
05.28.2023 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lakeport Speedway Memorial Weekend Opener
Memorial Day
05.31.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Konocti Unified walking school bus event
06.01.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
06.03.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile

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