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Chavarria, Santos S. 
Santos Silvas Chavarria
, 98, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, in Fort Stockton.  Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at St. Joseph's Church in Fort Stockton with Father Arturo Pestin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Memorial Funeral Home of Fort Stockton. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Monday.  Mrs. Chavarria was born Aug. 20, 1909 in Terlingua to Luz Maria Deanda Silvas and Leandro Silvas. She was married to Senon Chavarria. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son, Pablo Chavarria.  Survivors include two daughters, Cleotilde Gonzales and husband Ramon of Midland and Dolores Gonzales and husband Valente of Fort Stockton; one sister, Faustina Chavarria of Alpine; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.  (Alpine Alvalance, Sunday February 3, 2008)


Dutchover, Edward Martinez 
Services for Edward Martinez Dutchover, 90, were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Davis with burial in the church cemetery  St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the church, followed by rosary at 7 p.m. Father Tony Amoako-Attah officiated.  Mr. Dutchover, of Fort Davis, died Aug. 29 at Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine.  He served in the Army during World War II and was retired from the Fort Davis National Historic Site. He had worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps during construction of Indian Lodge.  Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Amelia Dutchover of Fort Davis; brother Wilfred Dutchover of Morton; sisters Helen Dutchover Bently of Fort Davis, Vicki Dutchover Solano of Levelland and Elvira Dutchover Gonzales of Boise, Idaho; sons Edward Dutchover Jr. and wife Mary, and Elias Dutchover and wife Maria, all of Fort Davis; daughters, Mary Lou Dutchover, Emma Cantwell and husband Rodney, and Diana Olivas and husband Patricio Jr., all of Fort Davis; grandchildren Julie Dutchover Sanchez and great-grandchildren Nathan, John and McKayla Sanchez of Sierra Blanca, Kimberlee Anne Dutchover of Austin, James Dutchover and great-grandchildren Stephanie, Haley and Elise Dutchover of Van Horn, Trae Dutchover and great-grandchildren Joseph Tyler and Braeden Philip Dutchover of Fort Davis, Arlene Guerrero and great-grandchildren Adrian, Nell and Kylie Glidewell and Juliet Guerrero of Fort Davis, Manny Dutchover of Lubbock, Mark Sanchez and great-grandchildren Mariah, Vincent, Michael, Avery and Kaleb Sanchez of Fort Davis, Lori Sanchez of Fort Davis, Ryan Cantwell and great-grandchild Riley Odell Cantwell of Las Vegas, Nev., Patrick Olivas of Wickett, Michael Olivas.  Alden Michael Olivas of Midland, Megan Olivas of Fort Davis and Misty Olivas and great-grandchild Madison Shaye Olivas of Midland.  (Alpine Alvalance, Sep. 10, 2007)


Fisher, William Edgar
William Edgar Fisher, 81, died on Feb. 22, 2005, at his residence in Fort Davis. Graveside services were conducted Saturday (Feb. 26) at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Fort Davis with the Rev. Joe Gossett and Oscar Medley officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Geeslin Funeral Home of Alpine.  Fisher was born in Fort Davis on Oct. 11, 1923, to Jesse Cunningham Fisher and Winnie Estelle Davis Fisher. He was a longtime rancher, community barber and employee of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He retired from the Texas State University System at McDonald Observatory in May 1989.  He was a devoted member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Davis and a member of the Masonic Lodge and Lions Club. He served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Maryland during World War II. He was married to the late Fern Fisher, who served as county treasurer of Jeff Davis County.  Fisher is survived by his sons, Bill Fisher and his wife Theresa of Wolfforth and Lee Fisher and his wife Susan of Clint; his daughter Ginger Fisher McGough of Fort Davis; his sister Grace Grisham of Kentucky; eight grandchildren; several “adopted” grandchildren from Fort Davis and the surrounding area; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Fisher obituary was printed in The Desert-Mountain Times on March 3.


Garcia, Cruz G.
Cruz G. Garcia, 73, died August 27 at Lubbock's UMC Hospital.  She was born May 3, 1934, in Terlingua, to Matilde Garcia and Teodoro Granado.  She enjoyed crocheting and sewing gifts for her relatives and newborns in the family. She never forgot birthdays with a card gift or a phone call. She retired from Big Bend National Park where she was a baker. She moved to Odessa, where she lived until moving back to Lubbock with her niece Glynda Gonzales.  Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Aug. 30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marathon with burial in Marathon Cemetery, Father Miguel Alcuino presiding. Rosary was Wednesday, August 29, at St. Mary's Catholic Church.  Survivors include her longtime companion, Jesse Barriga of Odessa; three sisters, Sara Aguilar and Francisca Terrazas, both of Odessa, and Minga Aguilar of Marathon; two brothers, Jesus Garcia and Porfirio Garcia, both of Monahans; 12 nieces, Glynda Gonzales, Lora Gonzales, Jo Ella Aguilar, Gina Macormack, Gilda Gonzlaes, Roxanna DeLeon, Sue Lynn Garcia, Lisa Gonzales, Rosemary Jaquez, Estella Garcia, Dola Sanchez and Juanita Attaway; and four nephews, Sixto Aguilar Jr., Ruben Garcia, Alfredo Terrazas and Edmundo Terrazas.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Matilde and Teodora Garcia, and by nephews Felix Terrazas, Tomas Terrazas, Gregorio Terrazas and Tony Aguilar.  Arrangements were by Memorial Funeral Home of Fort Stockton.  (Alpine Alvalance, Sep. 10, 2007)

Gibson, Howard Cox 
Services today for longtime area resident (October 31, 1991)  Howard Cox Gibson of Davis Mountains Resort, 71 died Oct. 29, 1991 at his home.  He was born Oct. 12, 1920, in Hart, the son of Junie Etta and Guy Sherdin Gibson.  He was self-employed for many years with a family-owned store and trailer park in Study Butte.  He had lived in Fort Davis about 19 years.  He married Patty Carr in Alpine in 1941.  A memorial service is planned at 10:30 this morning at the Davis Mountains Community Church with Rev. Red Paschal of Van Horn officiating.  Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  Survivors include his wife Patty Carr Gibson; one son, Billy Neal Gibson of Shawnee, Okla.; four grandchildren, Linn Gibson with the U.S. Army in Korea, Billy Gibson, Jr. with the U.S. Air Force in Saudi Arabia, Modelle  Gibson and Rachel Gibson (Anthony), both of Odessa; one great grandson, Clay Tom Gibson of Fort Davis; and several nieces and nephews.  (Submittted by Eloise Shingle Springs, CA, October 27, 2007 )


McCallum, George E.
Services for George E. McCallum, 78, were held Friday, Aug. 31, at First Baptist Church in Marfa with burial in Marfa Cemetery. Minister Lloyd Conner officiated.  Mr. McCallum died Aug. 28, 2007 in Midland.  He was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Del Rio to Thadeous Omen McCallum and Valle Mae Bennett McCallum, both now deceased. He married Annie Lee Ward on April 23, 1954, in Del Rio and was an employee of West Texas Utilities for 27 years. Mr. McCallum was a volunteer firefighter for over 40 years, a member of the Lions Club, delivered Meals on Wheels and was an avid collector.  Survivors include his wife, Annie Lee Ward McCallum; sons Ward McCallum of Kerrville and Sean McCallum of San Angelo; sister Mae Dell Carstarphen of Fort Worth; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Galen True McCallum.  Pallbearers were James Elam, David Prince, Anthony Holmans, Louis Holzheuser, Wally Harkey and Scott Cross; honorary pallbearers were George Hutchison, Rudy Scott, Jim Freeman, Jerry Garnett, Emmett De Volin, Don Brady, members of the Marfa Volunteer Fire Department and Marfa Lions Club.  Memorials may be made to the Marfa Volunteer Fire Department.  Arrangements were by Memorial Funeral Home of Fort Stockton.  (Alpine Alvalance, Sep. 10, 2007)

Mitchell, John Gardner
John Gardner Mitchell
, 76, died Saturday, Jan, 27, 2008, in Fort Stockton.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Fort Davis Cemetery with the Rev. J.B. Word of First Baptist Church in Fort Davis officiating. Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home of Fort Stockton.  Mr. Mitchell was born Jan. 9, 1932, in Brownsville to Nell and Fred Mitchell. He was married to Joan Mallard Parker Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell was active in the Lions Club of Fort Davis, Friends of Fort Davis National Historical Site, American Legion and church organizations. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Fred Mitchell Jr.  Survivors include his wife, Joan Mallard Parker Mitchell of Fort Davis; one son, John Edward Mitchell of Pinedale, Wyo.; one daughter, Ann Nell Kumaga of Houston; and two grandchildren.  (Alpine Alvalance, Sunday February 3, 2008)


Puckett, Gary 
Gary Clayton Puckett
, 48, of Fort Davis died Thursday, May 14, 1998, at his residence.  Graveside service will be at 4 p.m. today in Hillcrest Cemetery in Fort Davis.  Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home.  He was born Oct. 10, 1949, in Fort Stockton and had lived in Fort Davis since 1976. He was a rancher and a member of the Davis Mountain Heritage and Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association.  Survivors include his wife, Mary H. Puckett of Fort Davis; two sons, Worth C. Puckett and Matt C. Puckett, both of Fort Davis; his parents, Jerry and Jane Puckett of Fort Stockton; a brother, Roger Puckett of Fort Stockton; a sister, Leslye P. Curnutt; and two grandchildren.  (The San Angelo Standard, May 15-22, 1998)


Riegel, Robert F
Robert Francis Riegel
, 66, of Fort Davis, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at his residence.  Funeral Mass and rosary were held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery directed by Geeslin Funeral Home.  Mr. Riegel was born June 5, 1941, in Houston to Adelle and Robert Francis Riegel. He had lived in Fort Davis for five years and was a U.S. Navy veteran.  Survivors include his wife and two sons, Elizabeth Riegel, Louis Calvert Riegel and Rafael Conrad Riegel, all of Fort Davis; his mother, Adelle Riegel of Moffatt; and three sisters, Anne Jacobs of Houston, Gay Lendsey of California and Mary Anne Riegel of Lake Belton.  Pallbearers were Richard Riegel, Ben Labay, Al Kile, Martin Lizarraga, Bob Diebert, Oscar Jimenez, Frank Lopez and James Dutchover.  (Alpine Alvalance, Sunday February 3, 2008)


Zbinden, Alexander 
 Alexander Zbinden, 59, died on Feb. 23 after battling with complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Memorial Services were held March 2 at the Presbyterian Church in Marfa.  Zbinden was born in Zug, Switzerland, on Feb. 5, 1946, to Ernst and Lydia Wili Zbinden. He grew up in a family of hairdressers with their own hair salon in Lyssach, Switzerland. At an early age, Alexander took up the family trade and began a long and thorough education in classical hairdressing in Switzerland, France and England. In 1968, his appreciation for adventure took him to work on a British cruise ship.  Zbinden married Verena Vollenweider in Grindelwald, Switzerland, in August 1969. Their children, Sven and Kerstin, were born in 1972 and 1975, respectively.   He had a successful career in hairdressing. He participated in, produced and directed fashion shows in Paris, London and the United States. One of the highpoints of his career was working alongside his mentor, Alexandre de Paris and styling the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson’s hair at Buckingham Palace.  He was a pilot at heart and spent as much time as possible up in his “church in the sky,” as he liked to call it.  In 2000, Alexander and Verena moved to Marfa, where he took great pleasure in the beautiful landscape, the big, blue skies and lasting friendships, which carried him with dignity through his difficult days. Whether cutting hair or flying a plane, he had an electric enthusiasm for life that was not lost on his family and friends, and he leaves us with a smile knowing that his spirit will fly on.   Zbinden is survived by his wife, Verena; his son and daughter, Sven and Kerstin; his brother and family, Beat and Bea Zbinden and Svenja, Nina and Sara Zbinden; his sister and family, Irene and Henry Schupbach and Jan, Domenic and Lea Schupbach; his sister-in-law and family, Heidi and Viktor Naf and Patrick and Gisela Naf; his brother-in-law and family, Willi Vollenweider and Rosmarie Kemmler; his brother-in-law and family, Hansueli and Marianne Vollenweider and Carole and Gregor Vollenweider; and numerous extended family and friends in Switzerland, the United States and Canada.  Donations may be made on Zbinden’s behalf to the Odessa Hospice House.

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