November 29, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- Tragedy has struck a Spring Valley family after George and Gladys Novinger were swept over the towering Rainbow Falls in Hilo, Hawaii over the weekend. Gladys was found unconscious and taken to a hospital, where she died. Her husband is presumed dead, though his body has not yet been recovered and may have been washed out to sea, according to Hawaii authorities.
November 29, 2016 (Ramona)—The motorcyclist killed Friday morning on Highway 79 in Santa Ysabel in a collision with a Prius has been identified as Victor Earhart, 70, a prominent skateboarder who inspired fans of all ages.
Sector 9, a skateboard company where Earhart worked and performed as a team writer, posted a tribute titled “Legends Never Die” that praised him as “a great ambassador for skateboarding and a legend to many. He was always down to ride skateboards rain or shine, dirt or asphalt. He was very loved by all and will be sorely missed in the skateboard community.”
November 18, 2016 (El Cajon)—Dr. Richard O. Butcher, 77, an El Cajon resident and prominent San Diego physician honored nationally for his dedication to serving patients in poor and minority communities, died of heart failure Saturday while attending the American Medical Association’s annual meeting in Florida.
Dr. Butcher was highly respected in San Diego’s medical, philanthropic and sports communities, as well as at the national level. Last year, he received the National Medical Association’s Practitioner of the Year Award.
Photos: Dr. Kokernot and his Grossmont letterman’s sweater
September 11, 2016 (El Cajon) — “We’ve lost another wonderful Foothiller,” the Grossmont High School museum curators wrote in an e-mail announcing the death of Dr. Robert Hutson Kokernot, 94. Dr.Kokernot was a graduate of the class of 1940 and was inducted into the Hall of Honor at Grossmont in 1967.
July 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Evangelist Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” Christian book series and founder of local Christian schools, died today at age 80 in a local hospital of complications from a stroke. Time Magazine once named LaHaye among the 25 most influential evangelicals in the U.S.
July 25, 2016 (San Diego) — Conrad Prebys, a generous philanthropist who supported numerous San Diego nonprofit organizations, health and education centers, died Sunday, July 24th of cancer at Scripps Mercy Hospital with his family at his side.
June 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Rick Alexander, a prominent East County realtor, long-time member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Board, and active member in community organizations passed away June 13th. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th at 10 a.m. in the Performing Arts Theatre at Cuyamaca College. All are welcome to attend.
Photo: Helen and Cesar Chavez with six of their eight children in 1969 at the United Farm Workers’ “Forty Acres” property outside Delano. Standing from left are: Anna, Eloise and Sylvia. Seated are from left Paul, Elizabeth and Anthony.
June 6, 2016 (Keene, Ca.) - Helen Fabela Chavez, 88, who played a vital role helping her husband give birth to what became the first enduring farm workers union in U.S. history—and sustained Cesar Chavez during the 31 years he led the United Farm Workers of America—passed away today, Monday, June 6 at a Bakersfield hospital surrounded by many of her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
May 2, 2016 (San Diego) --“Build a box. Fill it with Mel’s Mix. Add a grid…and start planting.”Mel Bartholomew, creator of Square Foot Gardening, has passed away at the age of 84 in La Jolla, California. His easy, innovative method of growing vegetables revolutionized the way millions grow their own food.
February 8, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – It is with great sadness that we report the death of East County Magazine’s “Baja Blog” columnist Susan Mahalick, 60. She passed away at the University of California San Diego Medical Center last week following an illness.
January 22, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Services will be held Saturday, January 30 in Carlsbad for David C. Price, who passed away January 13 at age 86.
A lifetime San Diego resident, David C. Price was instrumental in the formation and operation of several San Diego area businesses and real estate developments, and was actively involved with various philanthropic ventures benefiting San Diego County. Most recently he lived in Carlsbad and formerly resided on Mt. Helix with his family for over 30 years. He also served for eight years on the Cajon Valley School District board in the 1960s.
Price was born in San Diego on October 21, 1929. He was a 1947 graduate of Grossmont High School and graduated from San Diego State University in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. After serving two years in the Army, he worked in the aeronautical industry for 15 years, including serving as General Manager of Advanced Structures in La Mesa, a division of Whittaker Corporation.
September 1, 2015 (Descanso) -- When I think of Garry McClintock, what I will remember more than anything else is his attitude towards life. He was always upbeat and positive, and full of curiosity of the world around him. He had the inner and spiritual strength to continue to carry that on despite his long illness. When you spoke with Garry you always felt that he was really interested in what you had to say, and you always seemed to go away better for it. His shop was always somewhere that you could not only buy a saddle or tack or have it repaired but a place where you could find out what was happening, in Descanso or in the equestrian community. It was as much a social center as it was a saddle shop. And I cannot remember him in any conversation ever saying a bad thing about anybody.
August 22, 2015 (Poway)--The Most Rev. Samir Hana Kafity, twelfth president-bishop and primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and bishop-in-residence at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway, died on Friday afternoon at home after a stroke. He was 81 years old.
June 28, 2015 (San Diego)--Bill Burke, the chief of police for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), passed away today of unknown causes. He was 68 years old. Burke started with MTS in 2001, was promoted to director of security in 2004 and became its first chief of police in 2011. Prior to working with MTS, Burke was the chief of police for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department in Chicago, Ill.
May 1, 2015 (Santee) – Ryan Willweber, a track star and junior at West Hills High School in Santee, has died of injuries sustained in a crash yesterday afternoon. Two other students were injured, including Willweber’s brother, who reportedly suffered broken bones.
Memorial services set for May 1st at Miramar National Cemetery
April 25, 2015 (San Diego) - James W. Loiselle, a retired Navy Captain and defense contractor, died April 14, 2015 from an accident at his home, the San Diego Daily Transcript reports. Loiselle, who lived in El Cajon and Coronado, was named by San Diego Daily Transcript as one of the top 15 most influential people in the technology field in our region.
March 12th, 2015 (Viejas) - A huge throng of people from all over came to say goodbye to Roy Cook in the gym at the heart of the Viejas Reservation on Saturday. Roy died suddenly and we are overwhelmed with a sense of loss. It was comforting to hear from so many friends how they were touched by his magic. The prayers, the songs, the Honor Guard, the Soaring Eagles, the drums building up to heaven and the wailing releasing our anguish. We cried in each other's arms.
The first day I met Roy Cook was at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Jamul Casino in 2005. I was proud and happy for the Jamul Indian Village and perplexed by the angry faces marching with signs on the street. Roy sensed the vicious opposition would eventually delay the project and he was right. He told me some of the history of the Jamul Band. He said they were the poorest of the poor. Their little village had dirt roads, their homes had dirt floors.
That encounter changed my life because Roy spoke with such certainty and compassion I began reading everything he wrote. The words lifted off the pages like they were written in my heart. Being indigenous became more than a card I carried in my wallet.
December 26, 2014 (Ramona) – A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 10 at 11 a.m. at Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in Ramona to commemorate winemaker William Holzhauer. Holzhauer passed away earlier this month following a long battle with cancer. The celebration of his life will be held on his birthday.
December 1, 2014 (Ramona) – William John Holzhauer, winemaker and co-owner of Hacienda de Las Rosas Winery, died yesterday at his home in Ramona surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with cancer. Holzhauer was known to many as the proprietor of the winery’s tasting room in Old Town and later, Ramona.
Teri Kerns, executive editor of the Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine, remembered William Holzhauer as a “wonderful man and winery pioneer.”
His wife and co-owner of the winery, Tammy Rimes Holzhauer, said the winery was William’s dream that began 15 years ago when the couple, living in La Mesa at the time, bought property in Ramona. William’s dream was to create a winery based on a Spanish mission, also including Tammy’s passion, Peruvian horses. “Drink fine wine, ride fine horses” became their motto.
November 7, 2014 (San Diego)—A sophomore at San Diego State University has died after falling five stories off an apartment building near campus. She has been identified as Melissa Kennon, a sophomore studying psychology.
November 1, 2014 (La Mesa) – Aubrey “Bud” Dunne, 82, passed away on October 28, 2014 at his home in La Mesa. Past president of the La Mesa/Spring Valley Teachers Association, he taught math at La Mesa and Parkway Middle Schools.
He also played a major role in the Associated Community Theatres (ACT) of San Diego County, which named the Aubrey Awards in his honor. During the 1960s on Lincoln’s birthday, you could find him dressed up as Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg address at Grossmont Center. A lifelong stamp collector, he also founded the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors.
Update: A celebration of life will be held on Oct 16th at Foothills Christian Church at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the service. The church is located at 365 W Bradley Ave, El Cajon.
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September 23, 2014 (El Cajon) – Duane Swainston, a former El Cajon City Council candidate and manager at Aerospace Ketema and GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics, passed away today of esophageal cancer.
Swainston ran for El Cajon Council in 2012 and had set up a website to run again this year, but did not file candidacy papers as he waged his battle with cancer. In a 2012 interview with East County Magazine, he stated his philosophy that guided him in business and in life: “Communication, cooperation and respect are keys to being a successful leader.”
September 18, 2014 (La Mesa)—Former La Mesa-Spring Valley School District board member Penny Halgren passed away yesterday afternoon. Halgren served on the school board from 1994 until January 2013. She resigned to move to Arcadia in Los Angeles County to be with her boyfriend and started a quilting business there.
A long-time La Mesa resident, Halgren also served on the board of the East County YMCA for 16 years and was actively involved with the La Mesa Rotary Club.
Photos: Mendez, left, from his Facebook page; Ingram, right, courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
August 3, 2014 (Lakeside) –A second body has been recovered from El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside, following a boating collision Thursday. Russell Mendez, 20, and Jeffry Ingram, 21 were killed after a Nitro vessel struck the boat while they were fishing, ejecting both men into the water. Two men aboard the Nitro were treated for injuries and released.