Obituaries |


On March 11, Michael McBride died at the edge of the neighborhood and woods he grew up in and loved. Mike was raised in Tahoe City, and attended Sierra College and UC Davis. He returned to Tahoe, where he worked in the landscape, sheetrock, carpentry and tile trades.

If you knew him, he helped you build an addition on your home, moved you once or twice, baby-sat for your child when you were in a bind. He played endless rounds of golf with you, or you fished together at the end of a pier or up a stream, for hours. He helped you when your car broke down, laughed with you heartily, was there with a perspective when you needed it. He was a brother, a father, a nephew and a cousin. He was a friend, and a son. He was loved.

There will be a graveside service Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Trails End cemetery in Tahoe City. A wake will follow at the residence of Bill and Bernie Bechdolt on Fairway Drive. Friends are welcome to join family at both services.

Maxine Bailey Dittmer was born Sept. 2, 1922 in Jones Prairie, Texas (Milam County). She died July 16, in Truckee.

Maxine is survived by her children Sally Dittmer-Ideker and Stephen Dittmer, and her grandchildren Tenaya and Micaela Ideker and Michael Dittmer. Her late husband was Earl C. Dittmer, whom she married in 1955.

Maxine graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor College, Texas, in 1945. She moved to California in 1947. She was an elementary school teacher for 36 years. She last taught at Whisman School in Mountain View for 19 years as a kindergarten teacher and retired in 1985.

Maxine attended Baptist Churches while growing up in Texas. She attended First Baptist Church since moving to Truckee in 2000. She enjoyed being with people from her church.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a Graveside Service Wednesday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at Alta Mesa Memorial Park, 695 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306 and are also invited to attend a memorial service immediately following at the Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028.

Douglas S. Smith, 78, of Grants Pass, Ore., died Saturday, July 15, at Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, July 28, at Newman United Methodist Church in Grants Pass with the Reverend Melissa Harkness-Haugen officiating.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, Josephine County Chapter, 31 W. 6th Street, Medford, OR 97501.

He was born on Jan. 28, 1928 in Portland, Ore. In 1949 he was a forestry graduate from Oregon State University. He obtained his master’s degree in 1967 from OSU. On Oct. 22, 1952 in Ketchikan, Alaska, he married the former Margaret Jones, who survives. During his career, he held various forestry positions across the western United States and Washington, D.C. In 2002 he moved from Truckee to Grants Pass.

He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Society American Foresters, and was a registered professional forester in California.

He volunteered his time to clubs and youth groups to help promote environmental stewardship. He also did volunteer work for the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce.

He enjoyed fishing, clam digging, woodworking and cooking.

In addition to his wife, Margaret Smith of Grants Pass, Ore., survivors include three sons, Sterling Smith of Vacaville, Calif.; Donald Smith of Houston, Texas, and Steven Smith of Reston, Va; a daughter, Lisa Smith of Reva, Va; a sister, Barbara Sloop of Salem, Ore.; and nine grandchildren.

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