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DEATHS: June 18, 2001

June 18, 2001


Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary at 3838 Bonita Road in Bonita for Dan Byerly, 82, of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, who died June 11 in his home.

Mr. Byerly was born March 12, 1919. He served with honors as a pilot and landing signal officer for the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married his first wife, Merle Oliver, in 1942. She died in 1987. They had lived in the Imperial Valley until 1983, when they moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Mr. Byerly married his second wife, Janice Gumbs, in 1993. He relocated to British Columbia in December 2000.

Mr. Byerly was a vice president for Bank of America, managing both the El Centro and Brawley branches. After his retirement from the bank, he was a partner of the Sandhill Cattle Co. in the Imperial Valley.


Mr. Byerly served as board treasurer for the California Mid-Winter Fair for more than 20 years and was active in youth activities and community affairs.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Byerly; sons and daughters-in-law, D. Wayne Jr. and Sandy Byerly, Oliver Eugene "Gene" and Cressie Byerly and John Griffin "Griff" and Norma Byerly; stepchildren and spouses, Lawrence and Gabrielle Gumbs and Catherine and Gareth Orchard; granddaughter and spouse, Christine and Stuart Smith; grandchildren, Nathan Dallas, Lauren Amanda, Lucy Rebecca, John II and Ashlee Joe Byerly; great-grandson, Daniel Wayne Byerly III; step-grandchildren, Noah Willi Gumbs and Christopher Denis, Alexander Emile and Elizabeth Ann Orchard.


Visitation will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Beatrice Dominguez, 61, of Brawley, who died Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley with the Rev. Ronnie Valenzuela officiating.

Mrs. Dominguez was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Brawley, and was raised there. She married Juan Dominguez in Brawley on Feb. 27, 1959.

She worked in local agriculture fields for many years. She began working at a Jack-In-the-Box restaurant in 1978, becoming manager in 1980 and managing the business from 1980 to 1994. She retired in 1994.

After retirement, she took care of her several grandchildren at her home for the past seven years.

She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Louie Dagnino.

Survivors include her husband, Juan Dominguez of Brawley; daughters, Gracie Dominguez of Brawley and Esmeralda Dagnino of Westmorland; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Raul Valdez of Ocotillo; son, Juan J. Dominguez Jr. of King City; numerous grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico for Jose Jesus Ortega, 52, of Calexico, who died Thursday in Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. The Rev. Edmundo Zarate will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Ortega was born Feb. 11, 1949, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, where he was raised. He came to the United States in 1974, settling in Calexico. He worked as a tractor driver for various local agriculture firms for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Dolores Ortega of Calexico; children, Miguel E. Ortega of Calexico and Dora Hardin and Jose Ortega, both of San Diego; brother, Miguel Ortega of Calexico; sisters, Raquel Castellanos of Westmorland and Paz Ortega of Mexico City; and grandchildren, Emily and Karen Hardin, both of San Diego.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro for Elsie R. Wacaser, 84, of El Centro, who died Saturday in her home.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary's Catholic Church with Monsignor Thomas Vidra officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Wacaser was born Feb. 6, 1917, in South Dartmouth, Mass. She graduated from high school in Fairhaven, Mass., and spent three years in the Women's Army Corps during World War II, where she was stationed at Minter Air Base near Bakersfield.

She married Frank Wacaser at the base chapel on Sept. 12, 1945. After raising three daughters in Massachusetts, the Wacasers moved to Arizona and then to El Centro in 1977. She worked for Imperial Stores in its main office for 16 years, retiring in 1985.

She and her husband enjoyed traveling to 49 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces. Since 1989, the Wacasers were campground hosts at campgrounds in California and Arizona during the summers.

Mrs. Wacaser was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church & Sodality in El Centro and the Desert Quilters Guild. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, according to family.

She was preceded in death by a sister, a brother and grandson, David Ray.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Wacaser of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia and Jack Ray and Susan and Kirby Viestenz, all of El Centro; daughter, Karen Wacaser of El Centro; brothers, Manuel and John Rapoza, both of Massachusetts; sister, Irene Moniz of Massachusetts; and grandchildren, Roger Ray, Cameo Proo, and Kelsey, Kyle and Klancy Viestenz.

The family suggests memorials to the David Michael Ray scholarship fund at Valley Independent Bank or the American Cancer Society.

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