Deaths: March 12, 2002

March 12, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Apostolic Assembly, 427 S. Hope Road in El Centro, for Enrique G. Salcido, 97, of El Centro, who died Saturday in Seeley.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Apostolic Assembly in El Centro. Pastor Armando Barrientos will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Salcido was born Jan. 14, 1905, in Caborca, Mexico, and moved to El Centro at age 14.

He married Manuela Gauna in El Centro on Sept. 25, 1925.

Mr. Salcido was a deeply religious man and served as a pastor at Apostolic Assembly churches in El Centro and Brawley for 40 years. He also founded a church in Needles.

He spent his time preaching the word of God whenever possible and read the Bible daily, according to family.

Mr. Salcido was preceded in death by his wife, Manuela Salcido, on Feb. 13, 1999; brothers, George and Albert Salcido; and sisters, Maria Palomares and Anita Cannon.


Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Ernestine Ochoa of Seeley; grandchildren, Esther and Arturo Castillo and April Ochoa, all of El Centro, Elizabeth and Daniel Ochoa Jr., both of Seeley; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Ochoa, Miguel Angel Labunog Jr. and Erika Castillo, all of El Centro, and Daniel Ochoa III of Seeley; and sister, Lupe Fonseca of Brawley.



Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Frances H. Derrick Tucker, 77, of Brawley, who died Saturday.

Pastor Joe Finnell of Calipatria Community Church will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Tucker was born July 29, 1924, and was raised and attended schools in Brawley. She graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1941.

She was a "Rosie the Riveter" for Douglas Aircraft during World War II and later worked as a clerk in Brawley, being employed at the city's water office for several years. She also worked for Wilke Machine & Auto Parts in Brawley.

She married Jay Tucker in Baldwin Park on Feb. 13, 1943. The couple had a Los Angeles Times route in Brawley for 14 years.

The Tuckers opened a Farmers Insurance agency in 1972, where Mrs. Tucker continued working until her death.

Mrs. Tucker was involved in Babe Ruth and was a member of the Galloping Gossips Equestrian Riding Group.

She enjoyed working in her yard, being around her horses and spending time with her family, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Tucker, on Oct. 12, 1999; brother, Lester Derrick in 1988; and sister, Evelyn Powers in 1980.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Les and Debi Tucker of Vallejo; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Kent Constable of Brawley; grandchildren, James P. and Laurie Tucker, both of Vallejo, and Lisa and Tyler Constable, both of Brawley; sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Alfred Mamer of Nampa, Idaho; sister-in-law, Donna Derrick of San Diego; and numerous nieces and nephews.


No services are planned for John Clifton "Doc" Hammond, 96, of Yuma, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Monday in Yuma.

He will be buried next to his wife, Louise, near Millwood, Ohio.

Mr. Hammond was born Dec. 31, 1905, near Millwood.

He attended schools in Knox County, Ohio, and Ohio State University, where he earned his doctorate's degree in zoology.

Mr. Hammond had a long public teaching career, which included working in Montana in 1926, Hawaii in 1927 and Bladenburg, Ohio, in 1930. He also taught in the Imperial County at the former Alamitos School south of Holtville from 1932 to 1934 and at El Centro High School.

His last teaching years were at Central Junior College, where he taught social subjects, retiring in 1958.

Mr. Hammond married Louise Little in 1928. The couple bought a farm near Howard, Ohio, in 1946. They continued teaching for years in Southern California and spent their summers on the family farm.

During the 1930s, he was involved in New Deal programs in Ohio, was employed as a WPA administrator for Knox County and worked for a brief period for the Farm Security Administration office in El Centro.

During his years of teaching in El Centro, Mr. Hammond became acquainted with hundreds of Imperial Valley students who referred to him affectionately as "Doc."

His family and friends will recall that a walk along Main Street with Mr. Hammond meant you would be stopped frequently by former students stopping to chat with "Doc."

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Hammond, in 1989.

Survivors include his children, John L. Hammond of Portland, Ore., Grace Hammond of El Centro, Burrell Hammond of Holtville and Jim Hammond of Coshocton, Ohio.

The Hammond family would like to express their gratitude to Doreen and Edward Wong of El Centro for the years of loving companionship and care given to Mr. Hammond during his last years.

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