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ognized the need to diversify. Alta Vista, a ranch the family had purchased in the early 1960’s for pasture to graze heifers was converted to grapes in the 1990’s. A dream of his became a re- ality when he decided to create a wine under the family name. He loved when family, friends and neighbors would drop by to enjoy Nilda’s wonderful cooking and a glass of wine.


Te simple things in life brought joy to dad. Whether it was feeding his cows, checking the crops and the vineyards or mending a fence dad loved being a dairyman and farmer. It brought joy to dad to work on a daily basis with his children and grandchildren continuing the family tradition.


Dad at an early age along with his father helped form the Schell- Vista Fire Protection District in 1942. He became Assistant Chief in 1955 and has served as Fire Chief since 1968. One of “Chief’s” proudest moments was seeing the completion of the current fire station through the efforts of so many. His love and dedication for the department has mentored many volunteers including his sons and grandsons. Acknowledged for civic and industry involvement, Dad led by example throughout his life. He believed that being involved and giving back to the com- munity was an honor and responsibility.


He was always quick to acknowledge it was with the love and support of his wife and children that allowed him to be in- volved. He once accepted an award and stated “it is easy for me to accept this award, because I always know I have the love and support of Nilda and the kids to keep an eye on the farm when I am away”. Dad you have given your family so much to be proud of and we are honored to have been loved by such a wonder- ful, kind, gentle and generous husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Your love and guidance shall remain with us as you are reunited with your family in heaven.


Friends were invited to attend a visitation from 12:00 p.m. un- til 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2011 at Duggan’s Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476. A funeral mass also took place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at St. Francis Solano Church, 300 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476. A private interment was held at Mountain Cemetery also in Sonoma. Tose wishing to make a memorial donation in Mitch’s honor can make them to: the Shell Vista Volunteer Fire Department, 23000 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476; the Sonoma Valley High School Football Program, c/o Sonoma Valley High School, 20000 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476; or to the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Foundation, 970 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, Calif., 95403


Published in the Press Democrat from April 8, 2011


Armand B. Martin


Bel R. Martin & Sons Dairy; Tulare, CA Armand B. Martin, age 55, a Tulare, CA, dairyman, died Satur- day, April 9, 2011 on the family dairy. Armand was born June 27, 1955 in Tulare, CA and is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Martin, and their children; son Daniel (Jill) Martin of Lindsay, daughters Amanda (John) de Campos and Lisa Martin, both of Tulare; and, future son-in-law, Hank Veenendaal. Armand also had two grandsons; Kestin Reis (Daniel and Jill) and Davin Alec (Amanda and John). He is also survived by his mother Gilda Martin, brothers Louie (Mary) Martin, Gabe (Julianne) Martin and sister Linda Martin, all of Tulare; and sister Mary Marlene Warburton of Monterey area, CA. He was preceded in death by his father Bel Martin.


Armand and his wife Liz have been active volunteers, for the


past 20 years, in Tulare County, with the Palo Verde 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America Booster Club during their chil- dren’s school years. Armand was also a long-time member of Tulare County Cabrillo Club, U.P.E.C., South San Joaquin Hol- stein Association, and lifetime St. Aloysius Catholic Church parishioner. He was also a member of the Tulare Angrense Ath- letic Club, Western United Dairyman, 1991 Dairy Family of the Year, D.H.I.A., Tulare Eagles Lodge, and most recently a member of the St. Aloysius Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree. Armand also assisted with the collection of cattle for Our Lady of Fatima celebration in Tulare, Holy Ghost celebration of Tulare, and the St. Anthony’s Portuguese celebration of Pismo Beach, CA.


Armand was a graduate of the Tulare Western High School Class of 1974, loved fishing, hunting, playing with his grandchil- dren and enjoyed humorous banter with friends and family.


Public visitation and fellowship was held Tursday, April 14, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the St. Aloysius Catholic Church Chapel. Celebration of Armand’s life and a final farewell was held Friday, April 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM at St. Aloysius Cath- olic Church located at 125 E. Pleasant Ave., Tulare CA, 93274. His final resting place will be the North Tulare Public Cemetery. Te family asks, that in lieu of flowers or money, that contribu- tions be made to the COS Tulare Auxiliary Foundation in Mem- ory of Armand Martin, 915 S. Mooney Blvd. Visalia, CA 93277. Any questions can be directed to Larry Dutto at (559) 730-3808 or Steve Renton at (559) 730-3902.


Published in the Tulare Advanced-Register April 13, 2011


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