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Maida Sawyer diamond s ranch; waterford, Calif. Mrs. Sawyer was born on April 18, 1907 in Ione, California, daughter of William and Cloudy Strong. She passed away on October 4, 2010. Te youngest of three sisters, two of which preceded her in death. Graduate of College of Pacific where she met her late husband, Wesley N. Sawyer. After marriage she taught school at Wilson School in Modesto and in 1947 she and her husband returned to the Diamond S Ranch in Wa- terford where she lived the remainder of her life. She leaves her son, Tom H. Sawyer (Linda), four grandsons, Wes (Susan), Bruce (Jeanette), Chris (Agnes) and Michael (Anne), and nine great grandchildren. Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Franklin & Downs-Colonial Chapel, 704 12th St., Modesto. Remembrances: First United Methodist Church, Modesto; PEO Sisterhood; Chapter BH Salvation Army.

Published in the Modesto Bee from October 6, 2010

Lloyd D. Cotta Los Banos, Calif. Lloyd David Cotta, 79, of Los Banos, passed away February 11, 2011 at his home with his family and friends by his side.

Lloyd was born in Gustine, Ca on June 23, 1931 to parents Frank and Mary Cotta. He was one of eight children. Lloyd graduated from Los Banos High School and went on to graduate from Cal- ifornia Polytechnic State University in 1954, where he majored in Dairy Science.

Lloyd met his wife, Mary, at the Los Banos Bowling Alley and she soon became his favorite waitress. Tey were married in 1968.

Lloyd worked at Culligan Water where he started out as a book- keeper and soon worked his way up to vice-president. From there, he bought Mel’s Liquor Store and ran that business for 12 years. In the 70’s, he decided to go into the insurance busi- ness and bought his own agency. He retired from the insurance business in 2000, but could still be found helping customers in the office for years after.

Lloyd has been a resident of Los Banos since he was 5 years old. Te community has acknowledged his accomplishments on many occasions, a few of them being; Man of the Year in 1975, Grand Marshall of the Merced County Fair in 2001, and in 2009 Little League honored him for being a fine coach and mentor for many young “boys of summer” throughout the years.

One of Lloyd’s greatest passions was raising Holstein dairy cat- tle. He was a very active member of the Merced County Hol- stein Club, UPEC, DES and Our Lady of Fatima. He also loved hunting and fishing. Most importantly, he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

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Lloyd is survived by his loving wife, Mary Cotta, of Los Banos; children, Ty Cotta (Audra) of Los Banos, Frank Rocha (Lorretta) of Los Banos, and Gail Dyer (Dennis) of Los Banos; siblings, Clar- ence Cotta (Lorraine) of Los Banos, Raymond Cotta (Marian) of Los Banos, George Cotta (Marge) of Los Banos, Agnes Freitas (Joe) of Santa Cruz and Dolores Averill (Tony) of Santa Cruz; grandchildren, Wyatt and Garrett Cotta, Ted and Frank Rocha, Whitney Dyer Ellis (Dave), and Vanessa Dyer Tolley (Matt); great-grandchild, Ryker Tolley. He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mary Cotta and brothers Frank Cotta (Inez) and Eddie Cotta (Kay).

A Rosary for Lloyd was held at Whitehurst Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, February 16th at 7pm. Te funeral services were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Tursday, February 17th at 10am. Donations can be made to California Home Care and Hospice 780 W. Olive Ave Merced, CA 95348.

Published in the Merced Sun Star February 17, 2011 Mitchel M. Mulas

Mulas Dairy Company; Sonoma, Calif. On March 31, 2011 our beloved Mitchel M. Mulas, 82, passed away following complications with heart surgery. He was the loving husband and best friend for over 60 years to his wonder- ful wife, Nilda (Ricci) Mulas; Dad to: Vickie Mulas, Raymond (Janey) Mulas, Carolyn Mulas, Mike (Denise) Mulas; Nonno to: Michael (Adrianne) Medeiros, Vincent Medeiros, Anthony Mu- las, Deondra Mulas, Danielle Mulas and Michael Mulas; Great- Nonno to Alyssa and Alexa Medeiros all of Sonoma. Mitchel was born to Michele (Mike) Mulas who came to the United States from Sardinia, Italy at the age of 13 and Mary (Segarini) Mulas a native of San Francisco and survivor of the 1906 earth- quake; on May 12, 1928, at the Old Sonoma Hospital on Burn- dale Road.

He attended the one room Tule Vista School and graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1946. Mitch & Nilda met when she was 13 and he was 15. She was attending Tule Vista School with his brother Mario. From the beginning they shared a common bond. Her family was operating a dairy on the prop- erty now known as Buena Vista Vineyards on Ramal Rd. Tey had their first date when she was 16 and three years later on April 29, 1950 he married the love of his life and they began their journey.

Mitch and his brother Mario (who preceded him in death in 1998) expanded the original 16 cow dairy established in 1922 by their parents on Sonoma Mountain; to the present 1000 cow herd at its current location in Sonoma, CA. As he saw the industry he loved so much begin to change, Mitch (Dad) rec-

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