2) Burton Barnes, another local patriarch and ag enthusiast who also served in the U.S. Navy and then Air Force during the Korean War, passed away last month as well, at age 93. He leaves behind his wife Patricia, four kids and six grandkids, according to his obituary. After a long and storied career as an “exploration geophysicist” that took him around the world, Burton moved to rural Healdsburg in the early 90s — where he began “another career as a rancher raising sheep and cattle on his 270–acre ranch above Lake Sonoma,” the obituary says. “He developed the ranch from retirement until the day he died. It was his greatest passion. While ranching he did find time, for a short while, working as a Tribal Administrator for the Dry Creek Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California in Healdsburg. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.” (Source: Legacy.com)

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Simone Wilson was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA, where she was the editor of the Healdsburg High School Hound's Bark. She has since worked as a local journalist for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City and the Middle East. Simone is now a senior product manager and staff writer for the Healdsburg Tribune.


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