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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

 

Tom Stemnock

March 13, 1941 – Oct. 2, 2019 Tom Stemnock, part-time resident of Borrego Springs since 1986, passed away October 2, 2019 from kidney cancer. Tom is survived by his wife Christine of 47 years., son Jeffrey, daughter-in-law... — Updated 1/23/2020

 

Mary Margaret "Moo" Anderson

Nov. 1, 1926 – Oct. 22, 2019 Mary Margaret "Moo" Ransford Anderson was born on Nov. 1, 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts. Moo died peacefully at home on Oct. 22, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. The family has planned a private... — Updated 1/23/2020

 

George Porvaznik

July 16, 1938 – July 23, 2019 George Porvaznik, 81, of Borrego Springs, California and Pinckneyville, Illinois, passed away in San Diego, California on July 23, 2019. George was born on July 16, 1938 in Valier, Illinois to George... — Updated 10/3/2019

 

Allison Patti Saunders

April 19, 1954 – Aug. 10, 2019 Allison Patti Saunders, born April 19, 1954 in Los Angeles, California, passed away at her home in Borrego Springs on August 10, 2019, after a lengthy battle with cancer. A licensed cosmetologist... — Updated 10/3/2019

 

Carol A. Will

May 30, 1938 – Aug. 8, 2019 Carol A. Will, 81, of the Western Home in Cedar Falls, formerly of Borrego Springs, passed away from cancer on Thursday, August 8, 2019. She went peacefully, surrounded by the gratitude and love of... — Updated 10/3/2019

 

Santiago Roa Rivera

July 25, 1927 – July 15, 2019 Santiago Roa Rivera 91, born July 25, 1927 in Guanajuato, Mexico, went to be with the Lord on July 15, 2019 at his home in Borrego. He was surrounded by his family. Well known to family and friends... — Updated 8/19/2019

 

Christine Ann Tate

July 7, 1947 – May 9, 2019 Christine Tate was born and raised in Point Loma, San Diego where she first developed an interest in nature, colour, light and space. She continued to develop those lifelong passions through a universit... — Updated 7/2/2019

 

Bonita Lee McIntyre Wood

Aug. 22, 1942 – May 24, 2019 Bonita Lee McIntyre Wood, 76, passed away surrounded by her family, on May 24, 2019 at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, CA. She was a resident of Borrego Springs and Nipomo, California.... — Updated 7/1/2019

 

Pamela Margaret Brown

July 15, 1945 – April 6, 2019 Pamela Margaret Brown, 73, of Sun City, California passed away on April 6, 2019 in a motor vehicle accident. She was born July 15, 1945 in Fontana, California to Mary Louise Spezza (Lally) and... — Updated 7/1/2019

 

John Howard Chidester

John passed away peacefully in his sleep, at home with his wife Susan by his side. John was 73 years old. John was a graduate of Escondido High School – class of ‘63. Shortly after, he became a carpenter in construction. He was a hard and meticulous worker for 40 years. In... — Updated 6/18/2019

 

Rose Y. Steadman

On Tuesday Feb. 5, 2019, Rose Y. Steadman, beloved mother and aunt, passed away at the age of 90. Rose was born in Portland, Oregon on July 8 1928, the youngest of nine siblings. At the age of 18, she moved to California where,... — Updated 6/18/2019

 

Raymond L. Wickel

Raymond L. Wickel, a longtime resident of Humboldt County California, died on Feb. 11. Ray is survived by his wife Pauline, step-daughter Paula Wonderley, sister Thelma Romage and husband Herb, and his brother Richard Wickel and... — Updated 6/18/2019

 

Miguel Edmundo Lerma Sr.

May 9, 1932 – March 1, 2019 Miguel Edmundo Lerma Sr., 86, died Friday March 1, at the Palomar Medical Center in Poway, California, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. A long-time resident of Borrego Springs, Lerma... — Updated 4/3/2019

 

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