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Remembering Aurelio Abrica

It is with true sadness that I learned of the passing of Aurelio Abrica this week. I worked along side Aurelio for nearly 30 years at the Roadrunner Tree Farm. He was a man of simple beliefs. The things he held close in life were Concha and his girls, the Atlanta Braves and maybe... — Updated 3/22/2021

 

Hector Meza

"Dios sabe lo que hace" ("God knows what he does") is the song Hector and his wife of 34 years, Irene Meza, loved to sing together. It was just this song they shared a few days before he passed away from post-COVID 19... — Updated 2/23/2021

 

Antonia Torres Laguna de Fuerte

Antonia Torres Laguna de Fuerte's small, cozy home was always filled with warmth – either from the huge pot of steaming tamales on the stove or from the abundance of love for her large family. Everyone was welcomed in her home... — Updated 2/19/2021

 

Edie Tooker

Feb. 1, 1921 – Dec. 18, 2020 Born in Islip, Long Island, New York February 1, 1921 and passed away in Santee, California December 18, 2020. She is survived by three children, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.... — Updated 1/21/2021

 

Bernice Okey Dennett

July 16, 1934 – Oct. 22, 2020 Bernice Okey Dennett was born in Highland Park, Illinois on July 16, 1934. She passed away suddenly on October 22, 2020. In January 2019, she moved from Fallbrook out to Borrego Springs to be near... — Updated 11/10/2020

 

Marck Owen Vaught

March 25, 1954 – Nov. 11, 2019 Marck Owen Vaught, a State Park Ranger for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, passed away in his Coleville, California home on Nov. 11, 2019 after a long-time battle with leukemia. Marck was a... — Updated 10/29/2020

 

Thomas Edwin Hall

Nov. 15, 1925 – Oct. 7, 2020 The family of Thomas Edwin Hall is sad to announce the passing of their beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother on the 7th of October 2020. Born November 15, 1925 in San Diego,... — Updated 10/28/2020

 

Ronald William De Long

Feb. 7, 1942 – Aug. 9, 2020 Ronald William De Long passed unexpectedly on August 9, 2020, in Rancho Mirage, California, at the age of 78. His wit, wisdom, and dry humor are dearly missed. He was born in Los Angeles to the late... — Updated 10/5/2020

 

Ollie Elizabeth Hopkins Cone

Ollie Elizabeth Hopkins Cone passed away peacefully on July 21, 2020 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born on October 18, 1934 to Wallace and Bessie Margaret Alsworth Hopkins in Omaha, Nebraska. Her family moved to Greeley,... — Updated 8/21/2020

 

Lynn Clifford "Charlie" Watson

Nov. 15, 1946 – July 21, 2020 Lynn Clifford "Charlie" Watson was born in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, on November 15, 1946, and attended the Tonkawa campus of Northern Oklahoma College where he met his future wife, Pamela Lavelle. He... — Updated 8/11/2020

 

Kathleen (Kathi/Kat) Gibson

Sept. 26, 1943 – July 22, 2020 Kathleen (Kathi/Kat) Gibson, Mom, a long time resident of Borrego Springs, California, has passed on from this life. She died quietly, and in her own time, in the early morning of July 22, in... — Updated 8/7/2020

 

Siegfried "Sid" Karl Franz Engel

June 15, 1928 – June 25, 2020 Siegfried "Sid" K. Engel, long-time resident of Borrego Springs, California, passed away peacefully on June 25, while at a skilled nursing facility in Escondido, California. Sid had just turned 92.... — Updated 7/24/2020

 

Muriel "Mickey" Streit

Nov. 26, 1933 – June 17, 2020 Muriel Ann (Ryder) Streit was born November 26, 1933 in Greenport, New York, and died on June 17, 2020, at the Veteran's Home in Chula Vista, California. "Mert" was a proud native of Shelter Island,... — Updated 7/9/2020

 

Robert "Bob" Arvid Johnson

Sept. 6, 1920 – April 23, 2020 Robert "Bob" Arvid Johnson was born in 1920 during the Spanish flu pandemic in Ironwood, Michigan. He spent most of his life in California. He passed away April 23, 2020 in Maumelle, Arkansas... — Updated 6/21/2020

 

First-Class Petty Officer, Carl Ronald Johnson

Jan. 30, 1944 – April 21, 2020 Carl Ronald Johnson, born January 30, 1944 passed into eternal life on April 21, 2020 in Palm Springs, California. He was 76 years old. Carl was a resident of Ocotillo Wells, California for nearly... — Updated 5/7/2020

 

Kim Beck – A Musician's Musician

June 24, 1937 – Nov. 17, 2019 Kim Allynn Beck was born on June 24, 1937 in Glendale, CA to Helen and Harry Beck. Helen, an artist and writer, was inspired to name her only son, "Kim" after a well-known character by the famous... — Updated 4/3/2020

 

Tragic Accident Takes Life of Local Wildlife Researcher

On January 9, John David Bittner, known for his extensive research on raptors, tragically fell to his death. Bittner was in the Bandy Canyon area tending to cameras that monitor a Golden Eagle nest when the accident occurred. Found... — Updated 3/5/2020

 

Rev. Simon P. Lefebvre, CSV

Aug. 21, 1927 – Jan. 13, 2020 The Rev. Simon P. Lefebvre, C.S.V. passed away peacefully Jan. 13, 2020 at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He was 92. Fr. Lefebvre was born Aug. 21, 1927 in Marthe,... — Updated 3/5/2020

 

Marck Owen Vaught

March 25, 1954 – Nov. 11, 2019 Marck Owen Vaught, a State Park Ranger for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, passed away in his Coleville, California home on Nov. 11,2019 after a long-time battle with leukemia. Marck was a... — Updated 1/31/2020

 

Borrego Says Goodbye to Chuck Blandy

For the close-knit community of Borrego Springs, the death of Chuck Blandy in a motorcycle accident two days before Christmas came as a shock to all. Chuck was 66 years young. As a plumber, he served Borrego well, as did his father... — Updated 1/28/2020

 

David Charles Osborn

Sept. 20, 1942 – Nov. 7, 2019 David C. Osborn grew up in La Jolla, California. He graduated from La Jolla High School in 1961. Dave married his sweetheart, Genie Wolf in 1966. They were very fortunate to have 53 lovely years... — Updated 1/23/2020

 

Elizabeth C. (Betsy) Higgins

June 17, 1947 – Nov. 21, 2019 Betsy passed away at her home in Borrego Springs from complications related to pancreatic cancer after battling her disease for six months. Betsy was born on June 17, 1947 in Lafayette, Indiana to... — Updated 1/23/2020

 

Phil Brigandi

(1959-2019) "Local historian" is how Phillip K. "Phil" Brigandi described himself. He was a "local historian" for much of Southern California including the Anza-Borrego area, Hemet, and Orange County. He passed away in his... — Updated 1/23/2020

 

Yvonne Biedron Daemke

Feb. 1, 1948 – Oct. 30, 2019 At 72 years young, Yvonne Biedron Daemke passed from a cerebral hemorrhage on October 30, 2019 in Borrego Springs, California. Yvonne is survived by her current husband William Daemke of Borrego... — Updated 1/23/2020

 

Lester Erroll Levie

Nov. 24, 1925 – Sept. 28, 2019 Lester Erroll Levie moved from this earth to Heaven on September 28, 2019. He was almost 94 years old. Born November 24, 1925 in McGill, Nevada, Les led a full life as a Jesus-follower, father, gran... — Updated 1/23/2020

 

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