Sunday, 07 August 2022


Kami Huston. Courtesy photo.

Kami Kathleen Huston
Feb. 26, 1966 — March 1, 2022

Kami died gently, yet unexpectedly, at home on March 1, 2022, with her life-partner Derek at her side.

Kami was born in Walnut Creek, California, to Keith and Kathryn Huston (Rayne) but by the age of 3 her family relocated to Carmel-by-the-Sea, where she was raised.

Growing up in Carmel provided many outdoor adventures at the beach and special family day trips down the coast, one of Kami’s favorite events, even into adulthood. A lover of animals, Kami was a member of 4-H, raising sheep and keeping a horse.

Attending Carmel River, Carmel Middle and Carmel High Schools, Kami’s further studies led her to become an accomplished professional hair stylist, with many faithful clients who would claim “Kami is the best!” She worked at Totally You and Bellagio salons in Carmel before moving to Cobb Mountain, California, where she owned her own salon, Bella Luna, for a time.

Moving to Cobb allowed Kami to continue her childhood love of horsemanship and she was able to keep horses on their large family property. With the voice of an angel, she was often called upon to sing at celebrations, including the opening “Star Spangled Banner” at Carmel Valley Rancher’s Days.

Kami’s zest for life was evident; she loved riding, singing, dancing, swimming, boating, animals, cooking, travel and any outdoor time in the sunshine!

Her family and friends will miss her wonderful sense of humor, caring heart, sparkling blue eyes and quick smile.

Kami’s greatest pride in life came from her two sons, Sterling (wife, Chloe) and Carson Deshong, who she is survived by, along with Derek Vogel, her mother Kate Rayne, siblings Kevin (Marilyn), Kit (Claire) and Krissy Huston, many nieces and nephews and a granddaughter, Iris Rae Deshong.

She is preceded in death by her loving father, Keith Huston, and ever-caring stepfather, Clive Rayne.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, from 2 until 5 p.m. at Rancho de la Fuente, 2290 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport.

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Jack Mathews. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Jack Mathews was born Nov. 20, 1946, and went home on March 1, 2022, after a brave 16 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was our warrior; his doctor said “he had great courage and was remarkable!”

Jack grew up in Lower Lake and graduated from Lower Lake High School. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a jet engine mechanic during Vietnam.

He came back to Lake County and before long went to work for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. as a general construction field equipment mechanic. He retired in 2018 after 41 years of dedication.

Jack enjoyed lots of fun times with family and friends gathering, hunting, fishing, camping, quad rides, meadow barbecues (where he was master of the grill), good wine, good food and especially homemade desserts. :)

And we can’t forget the 25 years of “Noggers” where he always made a toast to celebrate the happy events of the year!

He worked hard all of his life, at work and at home, taking care of his family, his hunting buddies and his PG&E crews. Everyone that knew Jack looked forward to his genuine smile, warm hugs and words of wisdom. He was more than special in all of our lives and he will be missed more than words can say …

Jack Mathews. Courtesy photo.

Jack was a loving husband of 25 years to Lynda; Dad to Jessica (Josh) Chernoh, Liza (Justin) Esayian, and Heather (Kevin) Murray; Poppy Jack or Papa to Garrett, Evan and Madalynn, Aryana and Ethan, Sophie, Kamden, Grayson and Clark; Big Brother to Polly (Dave) Gubser; uncle to Jenean (Tim) Smith; and great uncle to Brad and Brian Smith.

He also leaves our Sweetwater family, the Garretts, Maces, Mertles and Dyes, his PG&E family and many other loved ones.

Here’s to a life full of love and memories that will last forever! We love you so much… Until we meet again …

Visitation will be held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary on Friday, March 11, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Celebration of life barbecue will be held at Ripe Choice 2550 Soda Bay Road in Lakeport on Saturday, March 12, at 12:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite pictures to add to our picture boards!

In lieu of flowers, a donation in his memory to the Martin-O’Neal Cancer Center will help them to continue their wonderful care for other families. You can mail a check to Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center in Memory of Jack Mathews to 10 Woodland Road St. Helena, CA 94574.

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

Lisa Jameson Ryan. Courtesy photo.

Lisa Jameson Ryan lived a life of kindness and love, courage and compassion, joy and faith.

Her life was filled with gratitude for every moment. This spirit of gratitude sustained her optimism as she faced the challenge of living and thriving with cancer. She used both traditional medicine and alternative healing methods to live her best life.

Just weeks before her death she rode roller-coasters with her family at Disneyland, toured Christmas lights with friends and donned a silly Santa outfit showing her amazing sense of humor and zest for life.

Lisa passed peacefully, under hospice care, surrounded by family and close friends, on Dec. 20, 2021, in Los Angeles at the age of 59.

Lisa Diane Jameson was born on Aug. 17, 1962, in Ukiah, California, to Jack and Joanne Jameson.

Later Lisa's family moved to Lakeport, California, where she graduated from Clear Lake High School.

Lisa attended the University of North Florida where she earned her nursing degree. During her career, she worked in labor/delivery and medical surgery.

Lisa and James Ryan were married for 32 years and had two children.

Lisa embraced the joy life had to offer. She loved being a wife and mom. She was passionate about her friendships and nurtured these connections. She loved animals, especially her own.

Lisa was adventurous, her enthusiasm contagious, and she enjoyed taking her family and friends along on the journey. She thrived in the outdoors: cycling, horseback riding, skiing, water sports and even trying rock climbing.

Her artistic talents emerged through guitar playing, singing, dancing and the practice of acroyoga. She enriched her spiritual life with prayer, meditation and beautiful beach sunsets.

A celebration of life for Lisa, will be held in Rocklin, California, on March 19, 2022.

Lisa is survived by her husband, James, and adult children, Matthew David and Brooke Elizabeth; mother, Joanne Jameson; siblings, Lynn Kesling (Steve), Ann McKee (Myron), David Jameson (Mei-Ling) and Aaron Jameson (Wendy); and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Lisa shared her love of faith, family and friends and her vibrant spirit continues to inspire us.

Kenneth Bryant. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — On Feb. 14, 2022, Kenneth Dale Bryant went to heaven.

Born Oct. 16, 1942, to James and Addie Bryant, he was known as K.B. and Kenny to friends and family.

He was a loving Husband, Father, Pop-pop, Uncle, Brother, Son and beloved Friend.

He leaves behind his wife Sarena (Sara) of 22 years; daughter, Tina (Pat); son, Kevin (Teresa); daughter, Rebecca; daughter, Racheal (Kevin); son, Micheal; and mother in-law, Marlene Grant.

He also leaves behind his two extra daughters, Jannea (Jake) and Kailyn (Ronny), 14 grandkids, six great-grandkids and many other kids he has raised.

He leaves behind tons of friends, his “extra wife” Sandi Thompson, and his puppies Kahlua, and Rascal.

He will forever be in our hearts and minds. As he would always say, “I'm one of the last of the good guys.”

Celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. May 7 in Taft, California, at the Moose Lodge and at 2 p.m. July 30 in Lakeport, California, at the Yacht Club.

Donations can be made to Community First Credit Union in Kenneth Bryant’s name, account No. 12000900966656.

John “Charlie” Cruz. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Charlie was born March 8, 1951, in Lakeport, California.

He passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2022 with family at his bedside.

Charlie was also a tribal member of Big Valley Rancheria.

He is survived by his son, John Cruz Jr.; daughter-in-law, Natalie Cruz; granddaughter, Kylie Cruz; goddaughters, Alicia and Yolanda; and grandson, Nick Jack.

Charlie had many great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He had many nieces, great-nieces, nephews and great-nephews, as well as friends.

We will surely miss him as he was a big part of our lives.

He is preceded by his parents, Jose and Vivian Cruz; as well as his brothers and sister.

Visitation will be held at his Home at 5240 Gunn St. in Kelseyville from Wednesday, March 2, to March 4, at 11 a.m. Rosary service will be held on March 3 at 6 p.m. at the same location.

There will be no graveside services due to his wishes for cremation.

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

Marilyn La Vonne Smith (nee Kruger) passed peacefully with her family at her side.

She was born Oct. 22, 1933, and died Feb. 10, 2022, at 5:27 p.m. at the age of 88 in Yuba City, California.

She was welcomed in Heaven by her parents, Alvin and Pauline, as well as all of her siblings, Alvin Jr., Patricia, Jureen and Dallas.

Marilyn was a loving wife for 64 years, an excellent mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She worked as a bank teller, retiring in 1995.

She enjoyed her family and gardening and was a talented oil painter.

She was an excellent example of strength, love for her family and devotion.

She is in Heaven free of her earthly body and no longer in pain.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Herbert; her daughters and their spouses, Sheryl and Pat and Janell and Chris; and her son, Robert.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jesse, Jene, Jillian and Dustin, along with her great-grandchildren, Avery, Mia, Jude and Jameson.

A graveside service will be held Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Park Cemetery, 5646 Lincoln Blvd. in Oroville, California.

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