Deaths: June 14, 2002

June 14, 2002

Richard Lloyd Jones

Family services will be Saturday in El Cajon for former Calexico mayor and Valley civic leader Richard L. Jones, 78, of Pine Valley, who died June 6 from complications in post-operative care in El Cajon.

Though retired, the business he established with his father-in-law, the late E.D. Roberts, still bears his name. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Martha R. Jones, sons Russell L. and James B. Jones, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Jones was a founding member of the Imperial Valley Development Authority, instrumental in securing current campuses for Imperial Valley College and San Diego State University in Calexico. He was a retired customhouse broker and a Marine veteran of the South Pacific in World War II.


Contributions can be made to a scholarship fund being established in Mr. Jones memory for the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus. Checks for the fund may be mailed to: R.L. Jones, Calexico, P.O. Box 472, Calexico, CA 92231.


Services will be private for John Burt Mouser Sr., 83, of El Centro, who died Monday in his home.

Mr. Mouser was born on March 3, 1919, in Los Angeles and was raised in El Centro.

He attended Central Union High School in El Centro, Imperial Valley College and University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Mouser served in the U.S. Army Air Force.

After his military service, he returned to work at Consolidated Aircraft. He married Irmadean Catlin Mouser on Nov. 5, 1948.

Mr. Mouser worked at Imperial Hardware and owned and operated Westmorland Hardware for 30 years. He retired in 1983.

He was a longtime member of Del Rio Golf Club, Entre Nous Social Club and Los Vigilantes, where he served as ramrod for a year.

According to family, the Mousers enjoyed taking numerous trips, playing golf and spending summers at their Mission Beach home with family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irmadean Catlin Mouser.

Survivors include his brother, Luray Mouser Jr. of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Bob Castillo of Huntington Beach and Veralynn Mouser-Noriega and Marcos Noriega of San Diego; sons and daughters-in-law, John Jr. and Tammy Mouser and Mike and Deedra Mouser, all of El Centro; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 400 S. 8th St., El Centro, CA 92243.


Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Church of Christ, 9280 5th Ave. in Hesperia, for Floyd Pitts, 75, of Victorville, a former Calipatria resident who died Wednesday in his home.

Mr. Pitts was born May 10, 1927, in Marseilles, Ill.

He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Pitts was an active member of the community and was involved in coaching Little League baseball. He also served in the local Lions Club and was the elected area constable for several years.

In 1989 he married Mary Cristol Marcoulier. He was employed by the Imperial Irrigation District and farmed in the Northend area of the Valley.

Mr. Pitts loved to follow Calipatria High School sports teams and was an avid gardener, according to family.

Upon retiring from farming, Mr. Pitts moved to Rosarito, Mexico, and then relocated to Victorville, where he lived until his death.

Survivors include his wife, Mary of Victorville; children and spouses, Sandy and Larry McCaleb of Tigard, Ore., Eric Pitts of Plant City, Fla., and Roseanne and Tim Galegher of Northfield, Minn.; step-children, Ron Marcoulier of San Diego and Marcie and Tom Sedlemeyer, both of Bend, Ore.; brothers and sisters, Lucille Slentz, James Pitts, Lorraine Elias, Paul Pitts, Patricia Gee, Phyllis Short and Glen Pitts; and nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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