Obituaries: Sept. 21, 2023
By Mid Valley Times Staff
5:21 am,
September 21, 2023
Betty Joan Bennett

Betty Joan Bennett of Reedley, died on Aug. 11, 2023. She was 88 years old. Mrs. Bennett was a medical receptionist. Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Rafael Reyna Carrillo

Rafael Reyna Carrillo of Dinuba, died on Sept.12, 2023. He was 90 years old. Mr. Carrillo was a farm laborer. A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Dinuba with interment at Smith Mountain Cemetery. He is survived by, one daughter, five sons, 34 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Dopkins Dinuba Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ted Collins

After a short illness, Ted Collins went to meet our Lord on Sept. 3, 2023. A large part of his life involved loving sports, mainly the game of golf. Not only was Ted a huge fan of the Fresno State Bulldogs and Fresno City College Rams, he also made it a point to attend the high school sports of his grandchildren He was an extraordinary individual and an exceptional athlete. He was a resident of Selma for many years before relocating to the Fresno area. He has been a resident at the Veterans Home California-Fresno since June 2014. His funeral will be held Sept. 30, 2023, Pastor Ken Johnson will be officiating. 

Ted Collins

Ted was born to Artie Collins on Feb. 7, 1932, in Botkinburg, Arkansas. In his early years Ted spent many years living with family in Arkansas and Caruthers. However, once enrolled in high school he settled in Caruthers and graduated from Caruthers High School in 1951 and then enlisted in the Navy as a Sonar Man during the Korean Conflict Era. He began dating Nancy Turnmire in her junior year of high school eventually dating exclusively in their senior year. Ted proposed to Nancy on Christmas 1952 and the wedding was planned while Ted was overseas in Japan and Korea. Upon his return they were married at Monmouth Church on Oct. 10, 1953. They moved to San Diego, briefly, until Ted was deployed for eight months. His first son was born in August 1955. Two more sons soon followed in 1956 and 1960. His military responsibilities ended in January 1960. Ted enrolled in college to earn his bachelor’s degree along with a teaching credential from Fresno State University. In 1964, Ted’s fourth and last son was born and in 1966 the family then moved from the farm to Selma. Ted taught in the Fresno and Fowler area until deciding to teach at Reedley High School. He retired from teaching in 1993. Ted was respected by many friends, family, past colleagues, and students. He was a great high school Blue Raider three sport athlete and enjoyed a lot of competition and success with the game of golf thereafter, for many years. He will always be with us in spirit.

Ted is survived by his sons: Christopher (Elizabeth), Keith (Monica), Clay (Carrie), and Kenny (Christy), and brother, David Whaley (Blanca), grandchildren Charlene, Elisabeth, Lee, Katey, Michael, Caroline, Sean, and Samantha, and five great-grandchildren. He was loved by nieces, nephews, cousins, not to forget the countless number of students throughout his teaching career. Ted was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, his mother, Arty and step-father Lewis, and three sisters, Susie, Linda, and Patsy. 

A funeral is planned to celebrate his life on Sept. 30 2023, 8:30 a.m. at Monmouth Community Presbyterian Church, 2825 E. Overholser Ave., Fresno. In lieu of flowers, the sons would like to suggest a donation to Monmouth Community Presbyterian Church. The Collins family is deeply appreciative for your friendship to their father, Ted, throughout all the seasons of his life. In addition, we are eternally grateful for the love and care for our father by the staff at the Veterans Home California-Fresno.

Susan Nobuko Fujioka

Susan Nobuko Fujioka, of Dinuba, died on Aug. 31, 2023. She was 78 years old. Mrs. Fujioka was a secretary. A graveside service was held on Sept. 18, 2023 at the Reedley Cemetery. Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Joshua Brian Henson

Joshua Brian Henson of Green Bay, Wisconsin, succumbed to diabetes on Aug. 31, 2023. He was 45 years old. Josh was diagnosed with juvenile-onset diabetes when he was 11 years old. He never let his illness get in his way. Josh loved the outdoors and to hike, especially at Edison or Courtright lakes. He skied China Peak, boated Pine Flat Lake at any opportunity.

Joshua Brian Henson

He loved music. He sang in the Sanger High choruses, marched in the Sanger High Band all four years. As a sophomore he was chosen to play first chair French horn in Honor Band. That summer he went to Europe with a group of other student musicians where they visited eleven countries and performed in eight of them. He often sang karaoke where he sang Irish ditties or silly songs. He often would sit at any piano and make up his own music which he played for others at weddings or parties.

He graduated from Sanger High and attended Reedley College. After a year at RC and a few dead-end jobs, his sister Sami of Wisconsin, persuaded him to come with her to her home in Wisconsin. He loved the area and got a job at (twisting wrenches) as a diesel mechanic. He also continued to sing and perform his music in the local Green Bay area where he met the love of his life, Kat. They married on Oct. 31, 2009, Halloween, in costumes, and that is when she became his “Guardian Goblin” for the next 14 years. Josh went on dialysis in 2010 and was treated every other day but the treatment took its toll.

Josh was kind, thoughtful, polite and helpful to all others and seemed to always seek out the timid, fearful, or confused to provide a helping hand.

He is beloved by all his family, his wife Kat of Wisconsin, mother Beverley of Tivy, bother David of Montana, sisters, Crystal and his brother-in-law Tom of Nevada and Sami of Fresno, a nephew and two nieces, two aunts and one uncle and many friends. 

A celebration of life will be held in Tivy on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 at 11 a.m. 

Jose L. Maldonado

Jose L. Maldonado of Parlier, died on Sept. 6, 2023. He was 67 years old. A funeral service was held on Sept. 19, 2023 at Iglesia Fuente de Vida. Wallin’s Parlier Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sharon Kay McCarty

Sharon Kay McCarty of Orange Cove, died on Aug. 27, 2023. She was 70 years old. Mrs. McCarty was an orange packer. She is survived by her son, her daughter, two brothers, four sisters and four grandchildren. Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gail Jean Owens

Gail Jean Owens of Sanger, died on Aug. 29, 2023. She was 73 years old. Mrs. Owens was a commodity inspector. She is survived by her husband, Dervin Owens, two sons, one daughter, one brother, two sisters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Catarino Quintanilla

Catarino Quintanilla, of Orange Cove, died on Sept. 10, 2023. He was 93 years old. Mr. Quintanilla was a night watchman. A funeral service was held on Sept. 19, 2023 at Dopkins Dinuba Funeral Chapel with interment at Smith Mountain Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Maria Quintanilla, three daughters, three sons, 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Dopkins Dinuba Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Dora Reyes

Mary Dora Reyes of Sanger, died on Sept. 11, 2023. She was 79 years old. Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023 from 9 to 9:30 a.m., a Rosary said at 9:30 a.m. and the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sanger. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leslie M. Ward

Leslie M. Ward, of Sanger, died on Sept. 18, 2023. He was 76 years old. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home. A funeral service will be on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Sanger Bible Church. Wallin’s Sanger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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