DEATHS: Aug. 14, 2001

August 14, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Juan Jacquez, 76, of National City, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Sunday in Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico with the Rev. Edmundo Zarate officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Jacquez was born Dec. 17, 1924, in Jerome, Ariz. He came to the Imperial Valley at an early age, attending schools in the Imperial Valley and Arizona.


Mr. Jacquez worked as a driver for Alfred M. Lewis Co. for 30 years. He had been living with his daughter, Elvia Cervantes, in National City for the past year and a half.

Survivors include his daughters, Elvia Cervantes of National City and Yaya Jacquez of El Centro; brother, Manuel Jacquez of Lompoc; sister, Maria De Jesus Jacquez of Sonora, Mexico; and two grandchildren.


Memorial services were at 11 today in First Presbyterian Church in Brawley for Gary W. Rolan, 51, of Brawley, who died Wednesday in his home.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Burial will be in Riverside National Cemetery.

Mr. Rolan was born Oct. 27, 1949, in Everett, Mass.

He lived in various locations while his father, Howard Rolan, was serving in the U.S. Navy.

He moved with his family to El Centro at an early age, where he attended Central Union High School.

Mr. Rolan had been disabled for many years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of El Centro.

Survivors include his parents, Howard and Edna Rolan of El Centro; and sisters, Gail Forseth of Temecula, Patricia Bucko of New Berlin, Wis., and Pamela Gal of Murrieta.


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Robert N. Simonton, 74, of Imperial, who died Saturday in his home.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Simonton was born Oct. 26, 1926, in Big Cedar, Okla., and was raised in Brighton, Tenn., near Memphis.

He came to California on October 1944 to work in the Richmond shipyards until he was drafted into the U.S. Navy in January 1945. He was stationed to Naval Air Facility El Centro on August 1945.

Mr. Simonton met Mary Lou Hand at the veterans hall in Imperial on October 1945. They married in Yuma on May 1946. The Simontons had made their home in the Imperial area since their marriage.

Mr. Simonton's work entailed various delivery services including, milk, paper goods and butane, according to family. He retired from Blake, Moffett & Towne in 1988.

Mr. Simonton later established his own business in appliance rental and service, which he operated until 1998, when he retired for health reasons.

According to his family, he had been a faithful member of a non-denominational Christian fellowship since 1951.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Simonton of Imperial; sons and daughters, Bruce and Cathy Simonton of El Centro and David and Charene Simonton of La Mesa; son, Donald Simonton of El Centro; brothers, Donald Simonton of Corona and Jack Simonton of San Francisco; sister, Enid Eileen Parr of Oceanside; and grandchildren, Allyson Simonton of El Centro, Bridget Simonton-Page of Ashville, N.C., Tom Simonton of Laguna Hills, Rebecca Simonton of La Mesa and Sarah Simonton of Oregon.

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