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RUTH DETER (BA, Home Economics and Art and Credential, ’43) died April 15, 2011, at the age of 90. She and husband Don owned the Tiny Tots Shop on Broadway for 10 years, and then she joined him in his construction business, Detco Steel. Deter was very active in Soroptomist, Butte Creek Country Club, and Omega Nu. She was predeceased by husband Mike Hunt and is survived by husband Don, sons David and Jeffrey, and two grandchildren.
JAMES GRUBB (BA, Education, ’53; MA, Psychology, ’59) died May 27, 2011, on his 80th birthday. He was a professor emeritus at Ohio University from 1964 to 1985. Grub also served in the U.S. Army with the Human Resources Research Organization as a research psychologist. He is survived by wife Dorothy, daughters Rebecca and Lizabeth, and granddaughter Jenny.
THELDA BARTLEM (BA, Arts/Ceramics and Credential, ’60) died June 7, 2011, at the age of 88. She was a longtime Orland resident known for her creative storytelling, complete with handmade props and elaborate costumes. She was head librarian for 11 years at Mill Street School and worked 15 years in rural Glenn County schools, telling stories in 20 or more rural classrooms until she was 85. Bartlem was predeceased by husband Dean and baby son Blaine and is survived by son Todd and daughter Burdean.
RAYMOND MERZ (BA, Sociology, ’68) died Aug. 6, 2011, at the age of 65. He worked for Placer County for 36 years, beginning as an eligibility worker and retiring as director of Health and Human Services in 2004. He was passionate about helping people in his career and through community involvement. Merz is survived by brother Jerry; sister-in-law Janet; and nieces Julie, Janie, Cindy, Jerri, and Jennifer.
STEPHEN HOLLISTER “ELROD” HENDRICK (BA, Business Administration, ’75) died Aug. 1, 2010, at age 57 due to complications of diabetes. He was a real estate agent in the Sacramento-Rocklin area for many years. He was also a member and past president of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at Chico State and is survived by a brother, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews. His ashes were scattered along the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite National Park by family, friends, and fraternity brothers.
GARY MASTERS (BA, Music, ’77) died March 2, 2011, at the age of 58. He met his wife CAROL (BA, Liberal Studies, ’77; MA, Education, ’10) in the Performing Arts Center when they were both students. He worked at local auto dealerships and took pride in helping people unfamiliar with cars to navigate purchases and repairs. Masters most recently represented ConAgra in Northern California. He is survived by wife Carol and sons Andrew and Matthew.
DUSTIN GRANVILLE (BA, Geography and Philosophy, ’06) died Sept. 13, 2011. He was a graduate student in the Department of Geography and Planning. His GIS map “The Taco Truck Journey” won second place at the 2005 Annual California Geographic Society meeting. Granville is survived by mother Teri, father Mike, stepmother Sharyn, and sister Melissa.
JEANNE PLATT (Certificate in Literary Editing and Publishing, ’08) died Aug. 6, 2011, at the age of 30 after a sudden illness complicated by her diabetes. She had worked in many areas of the arts, including at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Stone Bridge Press, and City Lights Publishers. She was also commissioned for several art projects and was a freelance book editor. Platt worked on this magazine as an editorial intern. She is survived by parents Lynn and Steve, her siblings, and many loving family and friends.
NICHOLAS FOSCO (fall 2010) died May 20, 2011, at the age of 26 as a result of a car accident. He was a criminal justice major from Westminster. He is survived by parents Fred and Pam and girlfriend Dani.
KEENAN LUCERO (fall 2010–spring 2011) died in August 2011 at age 19 as the result of a car accident. He was a construction management major. Lucero is survived by parents Joseph and Tiffany.
WYATT EDWARD SHIMIZU NEUBERT (fall 2010) died while driving June 17, 2011, at the age of 24. He was an Asian studies major who was raised in Yuba City and farmed with his brother Matt. Neubert is survived by parents Sharon Shimizu and David Neubert.
WILL O’CONNOR (spring 2011) died May 27, 2011, at age 28. He was a graduate student enrolled in the Single Subject Credential Program in math. O’Connor is survived by wife Rachel.
ADRIAN SAUCEDO (fall 2007–spring 2010) died June 13, 2011, at the age of 21 as a result of illness. He was a bilingual liberal studies major from Orland.
—Anna Harris, Public Affairs and Publications
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