OBITUARIES: Barker, Jackson

From the 2.6.13 edition.

Donald Richard Daniels

Donald Richard Daniels passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27 2013 at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, Calif. after a sudden and brief illness; he was 73 years old.

Don was born in Glendale, Calif., on July 20, 1939 to Harold and Marjory Daniels, where he joined his older brother Bill. The Daniels family moved to Humboldt County in 1946 where Don attended Trinidad Elementary School.

He attended Arcata High where he was on the cheer squad as a male cheerleader (later in life he performed cheers for his children and grandchildren much to everyone’s delight).

He graduated from Arcata High in 1957 and went on to Humboldt State College where he was the president of the Intercollegiate Knights Fraternity, vice president of the student body and was listed in the book of Who’s Who of students in colleges and universities.

After graduating from Humboldt State with a bachelor of art degree in business he moved to Walnut Creek to work with AAA Insurance, but returned a few years later to Humboldt County to open his own insurance agency and soon after turned the same location to a Century 21 real estate office.

During that time he married Judith Vaughan and they had three daughters together. The family resided in Trinidad. Don was a successful Realtor for the next 15 years; however during his career he battled severe bi-polar disorder and was forced into early retirement and it ultimately ended his marriage.

Though bi-polar disorder was hard on him and everyone else who loved him, it also lent itself to some great stories and laughs along the way. His laughter was one of kind, and he had a big heart. He was a good man and most everyone who met him loved and respected him.

He was a resident of Trinidad for most of his life, a town that he dearly loved. Some of his earlier years were spent taking friends and family fishing on his boat out of Trinidad Harbor. He also enjoyed having salmon barbecues at his cabin in Trinity Village.

Many days were spent at the Seascape, where he spent time with his niece Erica during her AM shifts and having coffee and chatting with friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Marjory Daniels, and his brother Bill Daniels. Don is survived by his daughters Inga McCutchan (husband Terry), grandchildren Kayleigh, Carter, and Tanner McCutchan, daughter Kersten Resz (husband Eddie), grandchildren Kayden and Rachael Resz, daughter Jenna Higgins (husband Brian), grandchildren Audrey and Ashton Higgins and his nieces Gretta Daniels and Erica Ervin.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, Feb. at the Wesleyan Church of the Redwoods in McKinleyville followed by a reception at the Trinidad Town Hall.


Dale Loren Barker

Feb. 3, 1953 –  Jan. 27, 2013

Dale Loren Barker was born in Great Falls, Montana and died in his home in Eureka, Calif.

He grew up in Fieldbrook, Calif. and made many life long friends. Dale will forever be remembered by his surviving daughters Nicole Barker of Blue Lake, Calif. and Shana Barker of Fieldbrook, Calif.; his sister Alice Easter and two brothers, Lee and Mike Barker, as well as many extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his late mother, Shirley Baker, father Darrell Barker, and sister Karen Jones.

Dale loved working with his hands making redwood spinners and planter boxes, along with carpentry work. He was a jack of all trades and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Dale had a big heart and touched the lives of many.

Friends and family are invited to attend the memorial service at the Fieldbrook Grange Hall on Saturday Feb. 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. A potluck will follow.


Irene Huggins Jackson

Irene Huggins Jackson was born Feb. 12, 1929 to Fred and Mary Huggins of Essex Ranch, Arcata, Calif. She passed away Jan. 9, 2013 in Redding, Calif. after a year of declining health.

Her early childhood was on the Hammond Lumber Co. Essex Ranch where her father worked for many years.

She attended Arcata Elementary School and Arcata Union High School. Irene lived in the Arcata area many years working for various clerical positions.

While married to Raymond Krellwetz she had a daughter and a son and while married to Angelo Batini she had another daughter and a son.

While living in Redding Irene married a former AUHS Classmate “P.J.” Jackson. They enjoyed their retirement in Redding as members of the Redding Elks Club and the Elks RV Club.

Irene and P.J. traveled to many places in their RV. Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mary Huggins, her sister Laura Mae Huggins Elliott, her son Joe Batini and her daughter Kay Krellwitz Matchke.

She is survived by her husband “P.J.” Jackson, her daughter Angela Batini and her sons, Alex and Nick, her son Ray Krellwitaz and his sons of Redding, Calif. and a sister Betty Peugh Sweaney of McKinleyville and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Life for Irene will be held at the Redding Elks from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 which would have been her 84th Birthday. If you care to honor Irene with a memorial donation, the family requests that they be made to American Cancer Society of Humboldt Community Breast Health Project, 987 8th St. Arcata, CA 95521.

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  1. Just read the obit (above) for Don Richard Daniels…he also had a Daycare center in the 1970’s which was behind Safeway in McKinleyville, across the street from the current Community Center…that daycare was the BEST! Prayers and Condolances to the Daniels family!

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