DEATHS: Jan. 18, 2002

January 18, 2002


Prayer services will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Central Baptist Church in El Centro for Louis Dale Dantice, 81, of Seeley, who died Tuesday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Pastor Jim Mersereau of Central Baptist Church in El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Dantice was born on March 4, 1920, in Monte Vista, Colo. He married May Naomi Hoff in Monte Vista on May 8, 1940.

Upon leaving the San Luis Valley of Colorado and moving to Southern California in the early 1950s, he worked milking cows and unloading hay trucks in the Artesia area.


In 1963, he moved with his family to Lancaster, where he continued loading hay trucks in the farming area until 1971.

Mr. Dantice moved to the Imperial Valley in 1971 and kept working in the hay business until his retirement. At one time, Mr. Dantice and his three sons operated boom type hay loaders.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth and Donald Dantice; sister Lenore Ford; wife, May Naomi Dantice; daughter Barbara Dantice; and son Thomas Dantice.

Survivors include his sons, Donald Dantice of Ramona and John Dantice of El Centro; daughter, Arleen Howland of Lancaster; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Gary Bennett of Arlington, Wash.; sisters, Evelyn Hoch of Aurora, Colo., and Loris Itel of Tualatin, Ore.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.


Funeral services will be at 3 today in Salas Bros. Funeral Home in Modesto for Donald W. Hopper, 74, a longtime Imperial Valley resident who died Tuesday in Modesto.

Mr. Hopper was born April 28, 1927, in Amarillo, Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.

He married Juanita Alena Pack in Modesto on April 21, 1946, and worked as an electrician and truck driver in Modesto.

He earned an associate's degree from Modesto College in 1962 and a bachelor's degree from California State College, Stanislaus in 1964. He earned a master's degree from Chapman College in 1975 and a doctorate in education from Northern Arizona University in 1982.

He taught in the Manteca Unified School District from 1962 to 1968 and in the Oakdale Joint High School District from 1968 to 1972.

In 1972, he moved to the Imperial Valley to take the position of vice principal at Imperial High School. He became principal of Imperial High in 1973 and served as superintendent of the Imperial Unified School District from 1976 to 1987, when he retired and moved back to Modesto.

He returned to the Imperial Valley to act as a substitute principal at Frank Wright Intermediate School from January to February 2001.

He was active in his community and in church activities, preaching occasionally at Holtville Church of Christ.

Mr. Hopper was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, earned educator of the year in 1977-78, and was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Imperial Quarterback Club and Imperial Chamber of Commerce.

He was active in community youth activities and was selected to serve as a governing board member for El Centro Community Hospital in 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Hopper of Modesto; daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Louis Nobel of Modesto and Sandra and Jim Gray of Bon Aqua, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Carol Hopper of Modesto; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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