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William Fenton Macklin

March 28, 2001

No formal services will be conducted for William Fenton Macklin, 52, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in El Centro.

Mr. Macklin was born July 6, 1948, in Los Angeles. He graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro and Imperial Valley College.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in political science from San Diego State University, he served as a deputy sheriff and an undercover narcotics detective for the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.

In 1972 Mr. Macklin started attending Western School of Law in San Diego and graduated with a juris doctorate degree in 1975. He also completed postgraduate studies at the University of Southern California. Before beginning his private law practice, Mr. Macklin was manager of the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association in El Centro.


After being appointed by former Gov. Pete Wilson, he served as an Imperial County Municipal Court judge from 1995 to 1997. In addition to his law career, Mr. Macklin was a published author in professional journals and western non-fiction and regional magazines and wrote a weekly syndicated humor column for Arizona newspapers.

Mr. Macklin was a popular master of ceremonies and speaker for numerous community activities and charitable causes. He was a member and past president of the El Centro Rotary Club and participated as coach and trainer for Special Olympics.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Macklin of El Centro; daughter, Michelle Macklin of El Centro; sister, Trudy Macklin of El Centro; and brother, Tom Macklin of Orlando, Fla.


Services will be at 10:30 a.m. April 5 in Drinkwine Family Mortuary in Castle Rock, Colo., for Burt Richard Oborne, 58, of Sedalia, Colo., a former El Centro resident who died in an automobile accident March 17 in Sedalia.

Mr. Oborne was born Dec. 3, 1942, in Stockton. He moved with his family to El Centro as a young man and graduated from Central Union High School in 1962. He married Erin McLaughlin in 1968.

Mr. Oborne was retired from QWEST Communications. He was an avid hunter and trained hunting dogs.

Survivors include his wife, Erin Oborne of Sedalia, Colo.; daughter, Tricia Oborne of Denver.; sisters, Valerie Hahn of El Paso, Texas, Maxine McFarland of Escondido, June Whitaker of Hemet, Jean James of Montrose, Colo., and Melissa Lynch of Winterhaven; and brother, Robert Oborne, of Bend, Ore.


Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church for Della Grace Agnew, 89, of San Diego, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Monday in Villa Pomerado in Poway.

Mrs. Agnew was born May 18, 1911, in El Centro near Grafton Road.

She graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1928 and Imperial Valley College in 1930. She married Ira Huffman in 1930 and lived in several areas of the Imperial Valley, including Brawley, where she and Mr. Huffman owned Brawley Plumbing & Electric from 1937 to 1941.

The Huffmans later moved to El Centro and purchased an appliance business, calling it Ira Huffman Appliances. During World War II, while Mr. Huffman was away for the war effort, she kept the business going on Main Street. When her husband returned, electrical contracting and air conditioning parts of the business were added.

In 1957 she applied for a teaching position with the Brawley Unified School District and was accepted. She taught mostly at the third-grade level at Phil Swing School. She retired from teaching in 1976.

She married her second husband, Mathew Wheeler Agnew, in August 1960. At that time her husband owned the MW Agnew Construction Co.

The Agnews were active in the First Presbyterian Church of El Centro. She was a 50-year member of Signal-Alamitos Eastern Star chapter, serving as worthy matron in 1951. She was a member of the Imperial Valley Pioneer Society and Imperial Valley Gem and Mineral Society for many years.

Mrs. Agnew moved to Cedaredge, Colo., and then to Delta, Colo., in 1997. She moved back to California in 1999, residing in the San Diego area near her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Marjorie Covington of San Diego; grandchildren, Janice Edgar of Yuma, Steve Covington of San Diego and Julie Stone of Poway; grandsons-in-laws, Michael Edgar of Yuma and Jeff Stone of Poway; sister Ruth Irving of El Centro; and great-grandchildren, Julie, John Michael and Jamie Edgar, all of Yuma, and Genevieve and Nicholas Stone, both of Poway.


Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for William F. North III, 58, of Winter Park, Fla., a former El Centro resident who died March 12 in Winter Park.

Mr. North was born in El Centro and moved to Central Florida in 1997.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 112 in Winter Park.

Survivors include his son, Darin W. North of San Clemente; sisters, Zildah Barteau of Novato, Mary Frances North of Denver and Sara Reuter of Northfield, N.J.

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