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OBITUARY: Aaron Charles Jackson, 1985-2021

LoCO Staff / Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 6:56 a.m. / Obits

Aaron Charles Jackson of Eureka passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Aaron was born on June 4, 1985 at Mad River Hospital to his parents, Judith and Jerry Jackson. Aaron was raised in Eureka, and named after his Grandpa, Charlie Marsh, whom Aaron was very fond of and close with as a child.

Aaron loved growing up in a small town during his childhood with his older brother Shane Jackson and baby sister Alycia Jackson. He was popular and often knew every kid on the block. Much like Aaron, his childhood was never dull. He was full-throttle with everything and didn’t know the meaning of “slow down” or “you can’t do that”. His response would often be “WATCH ME”. He often instigated fun adventures like a ride in the wheelbarrow tied to a go cart, with Shane and Alycia watching, laughing, or driving. His full-throttle personality was known to all, and would back fire at times. Aaron broke his collar bones five times as a kid. You could say he was fearless.

Aaron was a momma’s boy through his life; however, he like to share his love with pranks and scaring his mother daily with fake cat poop, puke, rats and snakes, with his dad not far behind with the video camera catching all things Aaron in action. The childhood memories in his neighborhood were the best a kid could ask for. Most of the kids Aaron and his siblings grew up with became lifelong friends. Aaron was always the lively one thinking of fun things to do, including paintball guns and dirt bikes with his friends in Elk River. Aaron was two years older than his baby sister, Alycia Jackson. They were close growing up, with Aaron being the middle child, and Shane, his older brother by 2 years were the best of buds. They shared many fun memories like skiing and snowboarding at Shasta every winter.

During summers, Aaron spent most of his time at Trinity Lake with all the Jacksons and Vallees, staying at Pinewood Cove and the Jackson cabin. Spending summer days on the ski boats of his parents and his cousins water skiing, tubing and jumping off the leaky tiki patio boat. Aaron was close to a pro at tubing during those years. He loved to battle Shane on the tubes, anything that goes fast, and soon enough he got his sister to do it with him. She learned from the best, often looking up to her brother like he was superman!

From snowboarding, wakeboarding, rollerblading, ocean fishing, dirt bikes, skateboarding, paintball guns, hunting bear, turkey and deer up at showers pass, and more. He did it all and was good at all of it. His middle name should have been FULL THROTTLE.

Aaron enjoyed life and it was filled with so much family and friends. Aaron spent his last 15 years in love with Melissa McNeese and raising their son, Tanner Charles Jackson, age 5. He loved to prank Melissa on the daily, for he did love to keep things exciting and fun in their life. They both loved fishing and camping at Ruth lake together. Aaron and Melissa loved each other very deeply since a young age.

Aaron loved being a father. Tanner and Aaron would do all the manly things together, for Aaron wouldn’t have it any other way. Building their chicken coop, fixing the fence, fishing in the bay, and accidentally catching seagulls. Aaron liked to spoil Tanner with farm animals and would let him have his goat and chickens come inside to play with him, which Melissa was not too fond of cleaning up the mess. Aaron’s absolute favorite, was taking Tanner hunting with him up to Showers Pass with his stepdad at the hunting cabin. This was one of Aaron’s favorite places. The last hunt Aaron and Tanner shared was a turkey hunt up at the cabin with his stepdad, also known as grandpa Burt.

Aaron developed a great work ethic in his adult life. He was a local roofer for 10 years, worked for a tree service, more recently a commercial fisherman and sport fishing in his ocean boat. He was good at all the things he put his mind to. He was talented with his hands and worked hard for everything he had.

Aaron’s smile could brighten any day. His laugh was contagious, the Aaron Jackson laugh as we all knew. Aaron also had a kind soul beneath his fearlessness. He sadly suffered from anxiety and depression for many years in his teens and adult life. When it came to family functions and events he was always asking his mom and dad, “Is Alycia going to be there, is Shane going to be there?” he wouldn’t go unless they were there, for he felt at ease with his siblings around him. The grief of losing Aaron will be lifelong for all of us, for he was so loved and so close with his family.

Aaron Charles Jackson was a loved son, brother, cousin, uncle, fiancé and father. Aaron leaves behind his son Tanner Jackson, age 5 years, fiancé Melissa McNeese of 15 years, brother Shane Jackson, sister Alycia Jackson, parents Judith Jackson, Jerry Jackson, stepdad Burt Guthridge, his two nieces Montana and Autumn Holberg, stepsiblings Amy and Travis Cloninger, all his many aunts, uncles, cousins and his side kick dog Ryder.

As his loving baby sister, I know he is now in our grandparents’ loving arms, fishing with grandpa Charlie, logging with grandpa Judd and hunting with Uncle Dick.

A celebration of Aaron Charles Jackson’s life will be held at Fortuna River Lodge on June 13. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. This will be open to all his family and friends. Any friends and family that have pictures please contact Alycia Jackson on Facebook. We do advise all that plan on attending be either fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test with days of attending. Any memorial donations are much appreciated. Please contact Alycia Jackson on FB to do so.


The obituary above was submitted on behalf of Aaron Jackson’s loved ones. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.


OBITUARY: Israel David Widmark, 1976-2021

LoCO Staff / Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 6:56 a.m. / Obits

Israel David Widmark passed away on April 2, 2021.

Israel was born on March 23, 1976, in Eureka at the old General Hospital. He attended Eureka Nazarene School from kindergarten through seventh grade. From there, he entered the Eureka school system and later the McKinleyville school system. He was a life long resident of Humboldt County living in either the Eureka or McKinleyville areas.

Israel was employed by various jobs through out his life, most related to automobile or small machinery repairs.

Israel had a variety of interests. He liked working on vehicles, repairing small machinery, fishing, camping, and collecting older money. He learned about cutting and polishing rocks (lapidary) from Grandpa Boatright. It excited him to see the different rock colors, their cuts and their beauty.

He enjoyed eating fried frog legs, sushi, and grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup.

Israel loved his family more than anything, and advocated the importance of family. He was always ready to share what little he had with others. He had hoped to teach his children more about loving each other and showing respect. He loved small children, and liked being a grandpa. We all knew that we were loved by him.

Israel leaves behind his three children: Brandon Widmark, Jesse Widmark and Harmony Taylor. His two grandkids, Shanelle and Izaiah. His brother and friend, Aaron. His mother, Athleen Baker, and his father, David Widmark. His Aunt Asia and Uncle Levi, Aunt Melissa, Aunt Lisa, and Uncle John. Three nieces: Cora, Karly, and Taresa. And numerous cousins.

Lastly, Israel leaves behind his “buddy” Chief, his Boston Terrier.

Israel was preceded in death by his grandparents: Levi and Alvina Boatright and Elvin and Jessie Widmark.

Israel’s cremation was handled by Ayers Family Cremation. The family had a graveside service on May 15th at Greenwood Cemetery in Arcata where his ashes are buried. The service was officiated by Rev. Tim Shires, who has been a friend of the family for years.


The obituary above was submitted on behalf of Israel Widmark’s loved ones. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.

OBITUARY: Dennis Cook, 1953-2021

LoCO Staff / Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 6:56 a.m. / Obits

Dennis Cook passed away earlier in May in Eureka with his wife and two sons by his side. Dennis was not only a wonderful husband and father but a friend to many in the Humboldt community. Above all, though, his mission was to walk with God and live by the principles of Christ.

Dennis was born in Arcata to Bernie and Marian Cook. He had two older siblings, Kenny and Patty, and grew up in the Jacoby Creek/Bayside area around a great number of relatives. He spoke often and fondly of his youth as a time of family gatherings on the creek, motorcycles, golf, Willow Creek and many other idyllic youthful moments.

Dennis graduated from Arcata High and Humboldt State University in the 1970s before starting his own business. He spent more than 40 years working to grow and develop Cook Logging while maintaining many relationships in the business community. It was often said among those that worked with Dennis that he was a fair and honest businessman.

In 1977, Dennis married the love of his life, Barbara Cook, and they spent 44 wonderful years together. It is often expressed by Barbara how marvelous Dennis treated her and what a wonderful husband he was. She couldn’t imagine having a better life companion than Dennis. In addition, Dennis had two sons, Chris and Ty, and loved them with all his being. From sports to school to a countless number of activities, he demonstrated this love through active participation in their lives. As his son, he never once made me feel unloved. He was the model father, husband and man.

Dennis devoted the later half of his life to Jesus Christ. He spent time in a few local churches but found a home and was born again under Bishop and Pastor McDonalds. He held the ultimate respect and honor for their leadership, guidance and friendship. Dennis participated in multiple roles within their church such as usher and marriage counselor.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother Marian and father Bernie Cook. He will be greatly missed and is survived by his wife Barbara; son’s Chris and Ty; grandchildren Alexis and Noah; brother and sister Kenny Cook and Patty McDonald; and in-laws Dennis McDonald, Jerry and Gwen Dohrman, Jim and Sue Titera as well as a great number of friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Dennis will have a celebration of life/memorial service at a date to be named later. I love you, Dad.


The obituary above was submitted on behalf of Chris Cook’s loved ones. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.

OBITUARY: Rosie Blanca Arias, 1964-2021

LoCO Staff / Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 6:56 a.m. / Obits

Rosie Blanca Arias was born January 24, 1964 to Janice Moore and George Bigovich. On May 13, 2021, she took Jesus’s hand, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband, David Arias, children Alaina Cisneros (Aaron William), Carlos Cisneros (Rose Sylvia), Luis Cisneros (Trisha Cisneros), Ezequiel Arias (Cheyanna Salazar), and David Arias (Selena Osorio), grandchildren Rosie, Brandon, Aubree, Brynlee, David, Ayden, Jocelyn, Audriana, Cruz, and Asher, nephews Saul Arias-Peralta and Enoc Arias-Peralta, Uncle Melavon “Biggy Rat” Bigovich, many nieces and nephews in Mexico and numerous extended family. She was greeted in heaven by her mother, Janice Moore, father, George Bigovich, brother Mark Bailey, daughter Raina Arias and her dog, who was her bonus child, Baby.

Rosie had a larger-than-life personality and anyone who knew her knew she loved fiercely. If she called you a friend, you know she would give you the shirt off her back and no one could say she didn’t have your back. Everything she had, she gave out of her love. Her family was the light of her life. Being with her children and grandchildren brought her unsurmountable joy and she beamed with pride whenever she spoke of them. She was always the happiest when she was surround by her family. She freely gave hugs and kisses out to her family; she was very affectionate. She loved to laugh, dance and sing. She gave the best compliments and had a great sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

There was a small, private family viewing on Monday, May 17th at 2 p.m. at Paul’s Chapel in Arcata.


The obituary above was submitted on behalf of Rosie Arias’ loved ones. The Lost Coast Outpost runs obituaries of Humboldt County residents at no charge. See guidelines here.

Back in Humboldt, Bear River Triple-Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Rhonda Parker / Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 4 p.m. / Courts

A Loleta teen accused of shooting three people to death on Feb. 10 pleaded not guilty today to three counts of murder, along with special allegations that could mean life in prison without possibility of parole.

Defense attorney Andrea Sullivan entered the pleas this afternoon on behalf of 19-year-old Mauricio Sanchez-Johnson, who was booked into Humboldt County Correctional Facility on Sunday after being arrested and held for three months in Utah. He was returned to Humboldt County after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an extradition warrant earlier this month.

Sanchez-Johnson appeared in court today via video from the jail. He was wearing an orange jumpsuit and a face mask. He answered all questions with “Yeah.”

Judge Larry Killoran informed Sanchez-Johnson that the first count of murder was for Nikki Dion Metcalf, the second for Margarett Lee Moon and the third for “Jane Doe,” who was Margarett Moon’s 16-year-old daughter Shelly Moon.

Metcalf and Margarett Moon, who were engaged to married, were both 40.

In addition, Sanchez-Johnson is charged with personal and intentional discharge of a firearm, the so-called “Use a Gun and You’re Done” law that can add 25 years to life to any prison sentence. Finally, he is charged with the special circumstance of committing multiple murders. A conviction could mean life without possibility of parole.

Killoran ordered that Sanchez-Johnson be held without bail, though he gave Sullivan permission to file a motion requesting bail at some point.

Sanchez-Johnson’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 1. Deputy District Attorney Roger Rees, the attorney prosecuting the case, said he was not comfortable at this time estimating the length of that hearing.

“It could be a morning; it could be a few days,” Rees said.

The hearing was scheduled for one full day after Sullivan made that request.

Coincidentally, Sullivan and Rees will likely be in trial together on another case on July 1. They agreed to request a day off in that trial if Sanchez-Johnson’s preliminary hearing proceeds that day.

Sanchez-Johnson allegedly shot all three victims in their home on the Bear River Rancheria. He then headed east and was arrested the following day while driving through Utah.


(PHOTOS) At a Masked Humboldt State University Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremony

Andrew Goff / Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 1:02 p.m. / Education

ABOVE: HSU student Samantha Hayman receives a squirt of hand sanitizer before graduating; BELOW: HSU President Tom Jackson addresses the sparser-than-usual crowd | Photos: Ray DeSoto

It wasn’t the way they envisioned it, but they made it.

Over the weekend, Humboldt State University honored its class of 2021 at ceremonies that looked and felt starkly different than any previous year in the school’s history. With stringent COVID precautions in place, several hundred students, faculty and family members masked up and socially distanced themselves inside HSU’s Redwood Bowl to celebrate academic accomplishments achieved even despite the unprecedented times. 

There were several separate graduation events held. Friend of the LoCO Ray DeSoto was in attendance for for Saturday’s College of Natural Resources and Sciences-designated proceedings and was kind enough to share a few images of the historic event.

California Will Keep Its Masking Guidance in Place a Bit Longer

LoCO Staff / Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 12:20 p.m. / COVID-19 and Humboldt

Press release from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center:

California will keep its current indoor masking guidance without making any changes until June 15, the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) agency announced today. 

CHHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced the continuation of the existing guidance in a virtual news conference this morning. Dr. Ghaly said California reviewed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance and decided to stay with June 15 as the date those who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a mask.

June 15 marks the day Gov. Gavin Newsom said the Blueprint for a Safer Economy restrictions would be lifted.