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Bruce Pachie. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Gerald Bruce Pachie passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the age of 79.

He was born and raised in Middletown, California.

Bruce was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He served in Vietnam for which he received multiple awards: two Purple Hearts, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with triple Bronze Star attachment, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert Rifle Badge with rifle bar, and Parachutist Badge.

While training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he met and married the love of his life, Shirley Wander.

Following his years serving in the military, they returned to Middletown to raise their family.

Bruce began his 42-year career with PG&E as a lineman and eventually became a troubleman until his retirement.

Bruce loved the outdoors and hunting, a passion he shared with his two sons and his grandchildren.

A longtime hunter, Bruce enjoyed hunting out at Guenoc Ranch and out-of-state trips to Idaho and Wyoming. He loved packing into the mountains on his beloved horses. He also enjoyed his dogs and hunting pheasant.

Bruce loved high school sports and went to as many games and rodeos as he could, to watch his sons and grandchildren participate. He was a Founding Board Member for both the Middletown Colts Football Program, as well as the Middletown Cobb Little League.

He loved the small-town life of Middletown and was always ready to support local businesses, schools and anything that would benefit the kids.

He was an avid supporter of FFA, 4H and local horse clubs and made sure the lights at the Central Park Arena were ready for Middletown Days and summer riding.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Pachie; two sons, Louie Pachie (Patsy), Greg Pachie (Lisa); and his three grandchildren, Rebecca (Scott), Gracie and Tanner.

His pride and joy were his grandchildren, and he was elated to soon be welcoming his first great-grandchild.

He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn (Tom McMahon); brothers, Larry Menzio (Martha) and Eric Nelson; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the following organizations that Bruce was a proud founder and supporter of:

• Middletown Cobb Little League;
• Middletown Colts Football Program;
• Middletown High School Football Program.

Kevin Waycik. Courtesy photo.


Kevin Sean Waycik
Jan. 14, 1956 to Feb. 24, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Kevin Waycik unexpectedly passed away in February after a short but aggressive battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 14,1956, to Dan and Martha Waycik in Los Angeles, California, the family moved to Saratoga, California, when Kevin was a young boy.

In 1974, Kevin graduated from Prospect High School, Saratoga, where he played football and broke records on the swimming team.

Kevin spent all of his childhood summers vacationing on the shores of Clear Lake in Lucerne with his parents and two brothers, Ross and Dan. To this day many residents still refer to a section of shoreline on Clear Lake as “Kevin’s Beach.”

Kevin worked at Smith Kline Pharmaceutical in Sunnyvale for several years. In 1984, he accepted an offer of employment at Homestake McLaughlin Gold Mine in Lower Lake, California. He became an accomplished welder/fabricator at Homestake where he maintained employment for nearly 20 years until the mine’s closure.

Kevin’s last career was a tribal gaming security guard at Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino where he rose to the level of sergeant before retiring after serving for over 15 years.

Kevin was always passionate about water ski racing, and stock car racing. Kevin was a member of the NorCal Boat and Ski Racing Association, Region 1 and NCRA Lakeport Speedway. His passion in both sports is evident by an office room filled with trophies, memorabilia and everlasting photographs all on display.

Upon retirement, Kevin purchased a new truck and RV and began his latest passion of camping with his family and beloved pooch, Lotus. Kevin spent the past year traveling to destinations all over California.

Kevin served civic duties with pride and honor on the Northshore of Clear Lake. Kevin tirelessly led the Lucerne Neighborhood Watch and held countless meetings to improve the community.

Most recently, Kevin served as a council member of the Lucerne Area Town Hall where he continued to strive for community improvement and development.

Kevin was predeceased by his parents Dan and Martha Waycik and his brothers Dan and Ross Waycik.

Kevin leaves behind many heartbroken friends and family.

Memorial services will be held in Kevin’s honor at Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino banquet hall in Nice on April 1 at 11 a.m. Please refer to and confirm attendance on Kevin’s Facebook Page.

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

Marilyn Parker. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Marilyn Parker, age 98, passed away on Feb. 25, 2023.

She was born on Sept. 19, 1924, in El Centro, California, to William and Audrey Starner and was raised in Holtville, California.

She married the love of her life, Donald Parker, in 1944, and they resided in Don’s hometown of Alameda, California, for more than 30 years.

During that time, she dearly loved the 20 years she spent as director of Kiddie Kampus Nursery School.

They moved to San Bernardino, California, in 1975. Upon Don’s retirement, they spent many years playing golf and bridge and traveling throughout the country. They finally settled in Arizona City, Arizona.

After Don’s death in 2005, she remained in Arizona until 2019, when she moved to Clearlake Oaks, California.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents, William and Audrey; her sister, Joy; and her brother, Bill.

She is survived by her three sons, Greig (Norene) of Rio Vista, California; Mike (Barbara) of Clearlake Oaks; and Robert of San Leandro, California.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Marilyn was a kind and giving person with a strong and independent spirit. She was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

At her request, no services were held. If so desired, donations in her memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Betty Lou Surber. Courtesy photo.

Betty Lou Surber
Nov. 21, 1931 – Jan. 22, 2023

LAKEPORT, Calif. — The family of Betty Lou Surber will be hosting a gathering to celebrate her life on Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in the banquet room at Konocti Vista Casino, 2755 Mission Rancheria Road, Lakeport.

All those who knew her are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Pam Klier 707-400-8380 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Donations in Betty Lou’s memory may be made to:

• The Lake County Arts Council/Spring Dance Festival, P.O. Box 247, Lakeport, CA 95453; or

• Lakeport Senior Center/Meals on Wheels, 527 Konocti Ave., Lakeport, CA 95453.

Larry Potter. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — On Feb. 20, 2023, Larry went home to be with his Lord and Savior.

Born Jan. 15, 1931, to Ralph and Winnie Porter Sr. in Kennett, Missouri, the family lived there until moving to Phoenix, Arizona when Larry was a young boy.

At age 17 he joined the United States Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in July 1952.

In June of 1953 Larry married Yvonne Macfarland and began their family having four children. They moved their family to Lake County in 1976 and he continued to work for Cal Motor Express in·Oakland until his retirement in 1986. They were married until her passing in March of 1994.

In August of 1995, Larry married Marcia Lee and started a new chapter, helping her to raise her three children. He started working for Royal Automotive and retired a second time at age 84.

Larry enjoyed fishing, bowling, cards, boating and riding his motorcycle as well as get-togethers with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia; his children, Ralph "Butch" Porter Ill, Sheila Porter, Selena Weaver and Catherine Picton; his stepchildren, Lisa (Trevor) Honeywell, Raymond (Shae) Winkler and Melori Lee; 15 grandchildren; 18 great children; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at the Kelseyville Cemetery 3375 Bell Hill Rd. Kelseyville.

A celebration of life will be held following services at the Kelseyville Lions Club, 4335 Sylar Lane.


Donald Campbell. Courtesy photo.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA — Donald “Donnie” Colin Campbell, 64, died unexpectedly but peacefully at home in Concord on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023.

He leaves behind his son and daughter-in-law, Colin and Kelly Campbell; his heart and best friend, Mary Flower; mother, Mary Ann Currier; siblings, Sharon Cain and husband Mike, Jim Campbell and partner Cindi Carrigan, and Cindy Ackley and husband Ted; many nieces and nephews; and a community of friends, bandmates and fellow musicians. He was also a loving grandfather to Mary’s grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Bruce Campbell.

Donnie was born on Oct. 13, 1958, in Oakland, California. He attended Miramonte High School.

Among other exciting ventures, he spent time as a professional videographer for horse racing, and worked in the heavy equipment industry for much of his early life.

He also worked in automotive and spent many hours under the hoods of cars for both his career and to help his friends and family. He was an avid car guy and proud owner of Haze ‘Em, a 1969 Chevy Camaro.

Besides being a devoted gear head, Donnie was an incredible musician. He sang, played guitar, and was a fierce harmonica player for his beloved band, The Culprits. If you were in the same room as Donnie and a guitar, you were almost always lucky enough to be serenaded.

While Donnie lived his entire life in the Bay Area, he also spent much of his time in Cobb Mountain, California, where he formed life-long friendships and touched many lives with his compassion and warmth. Donnie’s light glowed brightly, and he was always quick to help others. He will be sorely missed by so many.

A memorial service will be held for family and friends in mid- to late-April, with the Bay Area venue to be announced in the coming weeks.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, people donate to the Cobb Mountain Lions Club (P.O. Box 701, Cobb, CA, 95426).

In the meantime, friends may stop by Mary’s porch to share music and memories of Donnie, where he loved to play every evening.

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