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Date: Wednesday, 16 July 2014, at 11:30 a.m.

Dennis M. “Izzy” Isbell, a member of the Sacramento-area motorcycle and recovery community, died of cancer at his home in Davis on Dec. 2, 2007 surrounded by family and friends. He was 62.
Born May 24, 1945 in San Francisco, he lived in Alaska for 49 years before moving to Davis in 2001. He served in the military between 1967-69, operated heavy equipment on the Alaska pipeline and worked as a civil servant at the Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks.
An avid Harley rider, he loved California’s year-round riding season. Described as a role model for scores of young men in recovery, he celebrated 21 years clean on April 8, 2007.
Family members say he wished to thank everyone who was part of his recovery journey. He is survived by his wife, Maggie; mother, Deede; children, Melissa, Jeremiah and Wendy; grandchildren, Riley and Taden; and brothers, Steve, John, Ayden, Bob, Dan, Greg, Barry, Tim and Lee.

Jennie Reyes Hernandez Holmes passed away on Nov. 29, 2007 at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, following a battle with gastric cancer. Born on Nov. 23, 1947 in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, she was 60 years old.
She was the daughter of migrant farm laborers who moved their family to the U.S. when she was 5 years old. Her family settled in Indio, where she met and married Consuelo Hernandez in 1964. They moved to Esparto and started a family there. For the next 44 years, she made Yolo County her home, and also lived in West Sacramento and Davis.
She worked for 26 years in Davis at the Hunt Wesson cannery as a shuttle truck and forklift driver and warehouse operator, where she met Carl Holmes, whom she married in 2001. She furthered her education and achieved certificates in both general education and as a licensed esthetician. She was a legal resident for 50 years, and became a U.S. citizen and was naturalized in 2002.
Family members say she appreciated nature and enjoyed tending her vegetable garden, hiking and viewing wildlife. In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling to beautiful places, and visited Alaska, Mexico, Yellowstone and Hawaii. She took pride in her work, her family and herself, and enjoyed cooking meals for family and friends, shopping for special gifts, and laughing out loud.
A vigil took place on Dec. 4 at McNary’s Chapel in Woodland. A funeral Mass took place on Dec. 5 at Holy Rosary Church, followed by interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

William F. McMenomey Sr. passed away on Dec. 1, 2007 in Woodland. Born on Nov. 4, 1927 in San Francisco to Charlotte Mitchell and William F. McMenomey, he was 80 years old. He was the youngest of four children, and was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helga C. McMenomy; children Richard Sarro, Shelly C. Sarro-Tieso, Laureen Valencia, Linda M. Bruce, William F. McMenomy Jr. and Kathleen McMenomy; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
A viewing was scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5-8 p.m. at Wiscombe’s Funeral Home in Davis, 116 D. Street. Funeral services will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m., at the Veterans National Cemetery on Midway Road in Dixon. A reception will follow the funeral service at the home of Shelly Sarro, 622 Ivy Loop in Winters.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mr. McMenomy’s behalf to the Veterans National Cemetery in Dixon.

Louise McFarland passed away on Nov. 10, 2007, in Placerville. Born on Feb. 8, 1917 in San Francisco, she was 90 years old. She attended Esparto High School and Sacramento City College, and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Yolo Fliers Club, the Cameron Park Country Club and the Esparto Countryside Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Joan Humphrey, and grandchildren, Laura Schumacher, Desiree Emmett and Deanna Lamb; six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John McFarland; brothers George and Harvey Forbes; and parents, Stanley and Anne Forbes.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 16, at McNary’s Chapel. Burial followed at Monument Hill Memorial Park in Woodland.

Marguerite Godden, a Winters resident for over 51 years, passed away on Nov. 12, 2007, at the age of 86, from congestive heart failure. She was born on Oct. 30, 1921 in Hershey, Nebraska to Charles and Mary Josephine Sullivan and was one of four children.
Upon graduation from Hershey High School in 1939, she moved to Los Angeles, to work for Douglas Aircraft following the start of World War II. While in Los Angeles, she met Silas L. Godden, a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, who was from North Platte, Nebraska. They were married in Hershey, Nebraska on Oct. 30, 1944 and moved permanently to California in 1947.
In addition to raising a family of three boys, she worked seasonally at the Tufts Ranch and for many years for the Mariani Nut Company where she was a floor supervisor. She could be seen riding her bike around town into her early ‘80s and was an active member in the Pioneer Presbyterian Church. She was also an avid baseball and basketball fan.
She is survived by her sons Randall Godden of Capay Valley, Steven C. Godden and wife Deborah of Winters, Daniel Godden and wife Fern of Westlake Village, grandson Steven M. Godden and wife Elizabeth and two great grandchildren Hunter and Mackenzie of Woodland.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years Silas L. Godden, her mother and father, sister Dorothy Dickerson, twin sister Marjory Lancaster both of Nebraska, half-sister Lavera Gerrard of Apple Valley.
Following cremation, private services will be held at the Winters Cemetery on Saturday Nov. 24, 2007 at 10:30a.m. Friends wishing to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to the Shriners Childrens Hospital of Northern California or to Yolo County Hospice

Lt. Col. Joseph Dwight Griffin, (retired US Air Force) passed away after a lengthy illness in Davis, on Nov. 1, 2007, just 25 days shy of his 90th birthday. A member of one of the oldest Yolo County pioneer families, he was a longtime resident and farmer from Winters, and graduated from Winters High School in 1936. He was on the family ranch approximately three miles north of town on Nov. 26, 1917.
He attended Stanford University, where he majored in economics. He joined the United States Army Air corps in 1942 as a Second Lieutenant, flying numerous aircraft, from single engine to multi-engine bombers and transport planes. He received the Air Medal for working to author the aircrew training manual for the B-17 bomber, and even at the age of 82, became a pilot of ultralight aircraft.
An avid duck hunter, he used his ultralight for reconnaissance flights over his duck club in the off season, and was still hunting at the age of 88. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge but was not active. He was also involved frequently on various advisory boards such as the Prune Advisory Board and the Yolo County Water Board, he helped insure the completion of the Indian Valley Reservoir.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jarrett and Tandy Griffin of Lochaber, Scotland, and Leavenworth, Washington, and son, Stephen of Fresno; granddaughters Jeanette Griffin of Eureka, Octavia and Claudia Kadow-Griffin of Australia, and grandson Scott Griffin, of Eureka.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean DeHaven Griffin, and his second wife, Evelyn Ryan Griffin.
The family requests any remembrances to be sent to California Waterfowl Association. Services are pending.

Voydell “Pinky” Pinkston, 83, passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2007 at his home in Winters. Born April 27, 1924 in Culp, Arkansas, Voydell was the eldest of three children born to John and Eula Pinkston. He married his wife Lois on Aug. 26, 1942. In July 1943, Voydell and pregnant Lois relocated to Winters to start their family. He was a resident of Winters for 64 years.
He made his living as a business owner. He opened V. Pinkston Trucking in 1946. His company hauled various products such as gravel, grain, tomatoes, apricots, peaches, almonds and walnuts. They would sometimes haul as much as 125 loads a day. He retired from the business in 1991 after 45 years of service in the Yolo/Solano area.
As a resident of Winters, he began serving his community in 1965 by becoming a volunteer firefighter for the Winters Fire Department. His duties included extinguishing fires, assisting in medical emergencies and helping wherever else necessary. In 1975 he was promoted to Assistant Volunteer Chief which ultimately led to an appointment to the Winters Fire Department’s Board of Commissioners in 1984. In 2002 he decided that after 37 years of active service to his community that it was time to retire.
In his spare time he had a passion for flying. He belonged to the Golden Gate Navion Society, an organization dedicated to Navion enthusiasts. He also enjoyed traveling to places such as Germany, Hawaii, South Dakota, Montana and recently Thailand. He and Lois also made an annual trip back to Arkansas to visit family and celebrate Decoration day, a holiday in May that honors family members who have passed away by decorating their graves.
Known affectionately as Pampaw by those closest to him, his later years were spent enjoying time at home with his family. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his one great-great-grandchild. Even on the eve of his passing, he was with those he loved.
“Voydell touched the lives of many people in the Winters community and beyond,” says a family member. “He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.”
He is survived by his wife of 65 years Lois Pinkston; Kenneth Pinkston of Saraburi Thailand, Marilyn Goodwin of Winters, Dennis Pinkston of Winters, John Pinkston of Red Bluff, Marcia Hayes of Woodland and Leslie Pinkston of Sacramento; siblings Doyle Pinkston and Faye Haywood, both of Winters; 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Eula Pinkston.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at Main Street Church, 205 Main Street. Burial will follow at the Winters Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of McCune Garden Chapel and services will be officiated by both Reverend Ron Pinkston and Reverend James Allen.

Lt. Col. Joseph Dwight Griffin, (retired US Air Force) passed away after a lengthy illness in Davis, on Nov. 1, 2007, just 25 days shy of his 90th birthday. A member of one of the oldest Yolo County pioneer families, he was a longtime resident and farmer from Winters, and graduated from Winters High School in 1936. He was on the family ranch approximately three miles north of town on Nov. 26, 1917.
He attended Stanford University, where he majored in economics. He joined the United States Army Air corps in 1942 as a Second Lieutenant, flying numerous aircraft, from single engine to multi-engine bombers and transport planes. He received the Air Medal for working to author the aircrew training manual for the B-17 bomber, and even at the age of 82, became a pilot of ultralight aircraft.
An avid duck hunter, he used his ultralight for reconnaissance flights over his duck club in the off season, and was still hunting at the age of 88. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge but was not active. He was also involved frequently on various advisory boards such as the Prune Advisory Board and the Yolo County Water Board, he helped insure the completion of the Indian Valley Reservoir.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jarrett and Tandy Griffin of Lochaber, Scotland, and Leavenworth, Washington, and son, Stephen of Fresno; granddaughters Jeanette Griffin of Eureka, Octavia and Claudia Kadow-Griffin of Australia, and grandson Scott Griffin, of Eureka.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean DeHaven Griffin, and his second wife, Evelyn Ryan Griffin.
The family requests any remembrances to be sent to California Waterfowl Association. Services are pending.

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