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Charles Elvin Fillmore

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Charles Elvin Fillmore Obituary

Charles Elvin Fillmore, 86, of Live Oak, CA, passed away May 1, 2017. Known as Elvin, he was born on February 6, 1931, in Biggs, CA, to Sam and Bessie Fillmore. He attended Rio Bonito Elementary School and one year at Biggs High School before moving to Live Oak, where he attended and graduated from Live Oak Union High School.

Elvin attended LaVerne College for two years where he majored in agriculture and met his first wife, Barbara Ann Lambert. They moved back to Live Oak where he worked in the family orchards growing peaches, walnuts, almonds and prunes.

During the sixties, Elvin became interesting in building and acquired his contractor's license. In addition to building homes, he built the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Yuba City and an addition to the Live Oak Church of the Brethren. He later expanded his business to include his four sons. It was known as C. Elvin Fillmore and Sons, Custom Built Homes.

In the late seventies, Elvin bought The Four Seasons Deli by Ellis Lake in Marysville, which was managed by his second wife, Linda Dean Walker Fillmore. Later he converted an older home on B St. where the business continued to thrive.

In addition to his many business ventures Elvin was an avid traveler. He took several trips for the Live Oak Church of the Brethren, including an excursion to Nigeria and one to Puerto Rico, where his experience as a builder helped in construction of schools and other projects. He also took two trips to China, one with his square dancing troupe in which he danced on The Great Wall. He enjoyed numbers of trips with family to Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska. His square dancing interest also took him to Candlestick Park where he and his group performed before a Forty-Niner game.

Elvin enjoyed many sports playing football and basketball in high school. He loved the game of baseball the best and was a diehard Giants fan.

In addition to building, Elvin expressed his creativity in many ways, including stained glass art and jewelry making. He enjoyed working with his hands since he was a child.

Nothing was more important to him than family, however. He is survived by his children Anne (Roy) Palmer, Danny Fillmore, Kristen (Joe) Saucedo, Jay (Cheri) Fillmore, and Robyn Dormois; His stepsons Scott (Kathy) Walker and Mike Walker, plus many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his sister Janice (Ric) Martinez, and sister-in-laws Norma Fillmore and Pauline Fillmore. He was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Bessie Fillmore, brothers Eugene Fillmore and Donald Fillmore, and his wife Linda Fillmore.

Donations can be made to through the Live Oak Church of the Brethren, 1990 Archer Ave. Live Oak, CA 95953.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from May 3 to May 5, 2017
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