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July 04, 2003
Obituaries
Fay L. Fort Born February 10, 1905, Fay L. Fort, 98, died Monday, June 23, 2003 in Sacramento. Born in Santa Barbara, California, Mr. Fort lived most of his life in Santa Paula, California, where he owned Fortís Automotive Parts & Service. He retired in 1987 at the age of 82.On September 27, 1936, Mr. Fort married Ella H. Murphy in Santa Barbara. For the next 65 years they lived in Santa Paula, where they raised three children. For the past four years Mr. Fort lived in Redding, California, and recently moved to Sunrise Assisted Living of Fair Oaks.Mr. Fort was a member of Kiwanis and the Methodist Church of Santa Paula. He was a lifelong member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California, and was recently awarded his 75-year diamond pin.Survivors include daughters, Irene Helzer of Jackson and Ruth Whittaker of Ventura; grandchildren, Terri Lynn Martinez of Santa Paula, Jennifer Helzer Griffin of Turlock, Amanda Fort of Camarillo and Jason Whittaker of Ventura; six great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.Mr. Fort was preceded in death by his wife, Ella, and his son, Glen.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 12 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Santa Paula.Memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, 133 N. Mill St., Santa Paula, CA 93060; or Ventura County Chapter Alzheimerís Association, 1339 Del Norte Rd., Camarillo, CA 93010.Richard R. CamachoRichard R. Camacho, 72, of Santa Paula, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003 following a brief illness of cancer.Mr. Camacho was born February 28, 1931 in Los Angeles, California and had lived most of his life in Santa Paula where he attended school. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Camacho was an optical technician for over 50 years, most recently working for Abrisa Optical and just retiring earlier this year. Richard enjoyed playing golf and was active helping the homeless at several shelters in the Los Angeles area.He is survived by his wife, Julia Gonzales Camacho of Rowland Heights; daughter, Sandy Camacho of Chino Hills; daughters and sons-in-law, Yvonne and Richard Redmon of Moreno Valley, Karen and Kent Smith of Victorville, and Cynthia and Dave Zezulka of Chino Hills; sons, Richard Camacho, Jr. of Rowland Heights and Anthony Camacho of Los Angeles; sisters, Pat Camacho of Santa Paula and Elvira Camacho Rodarte of Oxnard; sister and brother-in-law, Lilly and Arthur Razo of Canoga Park; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.The family would like to thank Doctors Ma, Fogel and Meyers of Ventura for their care and support.
A funeral mass will take place Monday, July 7, 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 10800 Henderson Rd., Ventura, with the Reverend Loji Pilones officiating. Burial will follow in Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura.Sally L.(Allen) DionSally L. (Allen) Dion, died June 20, 2003, from complications from a recent illness. She was 71.She was born in St. Johns, Michigan; she grew up in Michigan and moved to California in 1966 with her husband Richard Allen and 3 children. She had worked most of her life as a bookkeeper, including the Santa Paula office of the Auto Club and was retired from SBRC/Raytheon in Santa Barbara.She had an interest in becoming a pilot in the early 70ís, even after being widowed in 1973 due to a small plane accident. She continued to fly her orange and white Citabria, Jonathan, out of Santa Paula Airport until she moved to Santa Barbara in the late 70ís. She had participated in several flying competitions and had been a member of the Santa Paula Chapter of the 99ís. She also had her commercial pilotís license that allowed her to tow sail planes, which she did for a while out of the Santa Ynez airport. She also loved horses, cats, and teddy bears and had quite a collection of all kinds of things related to these loves. She was an avid reader of historic novels and had a profound interest in England and itís history, particularly the Salisbury plane. She had traveled to England several times, and was very pleased that each of her children had been able to take at least 1 trip there with her.After moving to Santa Barbara, Sally married Mal Dion in 1980. He preceded her in death in 1989.Sallyís survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Randy and Jan Allen of Santa Paula; son and daughter-in-law David and Carol Allen, of Guadalupe, CA; daughter and son-in-law Sue and Jim Scofield of Ventura; grandson Justin Allen, his wife, Lena, and their daughter, Riley, of Ventura; grandson Christopher Allen and granddaughters Natalie and Jennifer Allen of Guadalupe; granddaughter Annie Scofield; sister Karen Osborne of Ventura; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Linda Johnson of Ventura; sister and brother-in-law Julie and Chuck Peters of St. Johns, MI; and several nephews and a niece.As per Sallyís wishes, no services have been planned and her ashes will be scattered in Salisbury, England.