Obituaries: May 9, 2024
By Mid Valley Times Staff
6:01 am,
May 9, 2024
Cmdr. Gerald L. Devins 

With his family’s deep sorrow, Commander Gerald L. Devins passed away at home on April 28, 2024. He was a gentleman of true grit. 

Cmdr. Gerald L. Devins

Gerald, affectionately known as “Bud,” started life with humble beginnings. He was born in Neosho, Missouri and was raised in Dinuba, California, and became his family’s hero. 

A career Naval pilot, Gerald served as a Hurricane Hunter on the Atlantic seaboard during the early 1960s when satellite technology was in its infancy. During this time, he also flew following John Glenn, America’s first astronaut as he orbited earth. Bud served two tours in the Vietnam conflict and completed 45 missions. He was a Master of the Air. 

He earned two master’s degrees, in electrical engineering and financial management at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. Then late in his career, became the curricular officer for the Aeronautics Department of the school. Bud then started his second career at General Electric and United Technologies Co. as a project manager before retiring to McMinnville, Oregon. 

With his steady, intelligent, and loving nature, Bud was devoted to his wife, Arlene, of 63 years; and his five children, Lynn Bevill, Laura Wallace, Lousie Hughes, John Devins and Anne Devins. Thirteen grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive him. With his soft smile and quiet determination, he was the heartbeat of the family. With love, he will be missed. 

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Carol Dawn Hayhurst

Our beloved mother and grammy, Carol Dawn Hayhurst of Orange Cove, California went home to be with our Lord on May 3, 2024. Dawn was born on Dec. 25, 1941, in Kingsburg, California to Louis and Eileen Edwards. Dawn was the only Edwards child to be born in a hospital. 

Carol Dawn Hayhurst

Dawn spent her childhood in Cutler, California attending Cutler Elementary School and Orosi Union High School where she graduated in 1959. It was during her high school years that she met the love of her life Walter Gene Hayhurst. Walter and Dawn were married on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1959, in Orosi, California. Their love story lasted 62 years. Together she and Walter built a successful citrus farming and cattle operation. Dawn was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Orange Cove, where she was the choir director for 35 years. Dawn played an interquel part in the development of the Presbyterian Women’s Association, acting as treasure and devotional leader. Dawn was also a member of the Orange Cove Women’s Club, helping organize and host many fundraisers and projects. Dawn was very active in the community acting as community leader for the Orange Cove 4-H, project leader for numerous projects in the 4-H world. Dawn was preceded in death by her husband of 62 wonderful years, Walter, her parents Louis and Eileen Edwards, her sister Betty James and her brother Larry Edwards. Two of the most important parts of Dawn’s life were her amazing faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and her family. She is survived by her daughter Janet Lyn, son Bruce and wife Heather. Her grandchildren, which were the light of her life, Cody (Alaina), Clayton, Jacob (Shanya), Cyle, Chase (Kelli), Whitney (Spencer), and Courtnie (Matthew). Great Grandsons Broc Alan Mitchell, Walter Wayne Hayhurst and Colt Daniel Hayhurst. Sister Margie Dark Mc Kinney. As well as many nephews and nieces that hold fond memories of her. The family would like to thank Dawn’s amazing caregivers: Isabel, Bella, Kiana, Marissa and Shyanne, the entire staff at Quail Park: Shannon Ranch Memory Care and Memory Care on Tulare Street for their incredible care and love. As well as Kaweah Hospice for their amazing staff and guidance during this ‘long’ goodbye. 

Memorial services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Orange Cove, 499 6th Street, Orange Cove, California at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2024 

Celebration of life luncheon will be held at The Ridge Creek Golf Course, 3018 Ridge Creek Dr, Dinuba, CA 93618, immediately following the memorial service, 12:30 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that remembrances be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association to find a cure for this incredibly cruel disease in Dawn’s name.

Carole F. Hinton

Carole F. Hinton of Granite Bay died on Sunday, May 5, 2024. She was 87 years old. Mrs. Hinton was a special education teacher. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024, at Fowler Cemetery at 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Fowler. Wallin’s Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carole Jackson

Carole Jackson of Reedley, died on Monday, April 1, 2024. She was 86 years old. Mrs. Jackson was in health food sales. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at Dinuba First Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons and one daughter. Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Clotila Dollie Pedroza

Clotila Dollie Pedroza of Dinuba, died on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. She was 110 years old. Mrs. Pedroza was a fruit packer. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Smith Mountain Cemetery. Mrs. Pedroza is survived by her one son, two daughters, many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dopkins Dinuba Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Susan Soria

Susan Soria, died on Monday, April 22, 2024. She was 67 years old. Mrs. Soria was a homemaker. Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Sterling & Smith Funeral Home in Dinuba from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Rosary said at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Parlier on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 10 a.m., followed by the burial at the Parlier Cemetery. Sterling & Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lester James Walston

Lester James Walston of Tulare, died on Monday, April 29, 2024. He was 85 years old. Mr. Walston was a mechanic. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Smith Mountain Cemetery. Mr. Walston is survived by his two daughters, one brother, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dopkins Dinuba Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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