Chandler C. Hunt
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Our Beloved Chandler Clarence Hunt, born August 26, 1918 to Freda Fern Nichols & Benjamin Harrison "Harry" Hunt, in Spenceville, Calif. (now part of Beal AFB & Wild Life Preserve), passed away from cancer. He died in his home with his loved ones by his side, on the morning of January 23, 2014 at the golden age of 95.
Born third oldest of seven brothers, he grew up on a family farm. After graduating high school he then received a Certificate in Dairy Management from the Agriculture Institute at UC Davis, having his dream in mind to one day own a dairy farm.
Chandler enlisted in August 1941, at the age of 23. During World War II he served in three Theaters: China, India, and North Africa. After flying over the hump (Himalayas) with the Flying Tigers and landing in China, they then went on foot through China to invade Japan by land when the war ended. Chandler was honorably discharged from the Ninth Army Air Base Communications Detachment (Signal Corps) with the following decorations and citations for his service: China Memorial Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and American Defense Service Medal.
After returning home to California, Chan visited his father's good friends, Audrey and George Browning, to help build a cabin at Sardine Lake Resort in Sierra City, where he met their daughter Dorothy Jayne Browning. They quickly fell in love and were married on the shore of lower Sardine Lake on July 21, 1946. Later they bought a dairy farm called "The Cow House" outside of Lincoln in the early 1950's where they raised their three children, Janis, Thomas and Elizabeth. Chandler ran an award winning dairy herd for 20 plus years, serving as an officer in the Dairy Herd Improvement Association of California, having realized his dream. Chan and Dorothy sold the cows and milk contract in 1974 and bought Sardine Lake Resort from Audrey after George's passing. With Dorothy's passing in 2006, Chandler was still a part of the resort until his passing.
Chandler is preceded in death by his brothers Ellis, Ivan, Wilbur "Mike", Loren and Melvin, as well as his wife Dorothy. He is survived by his brother Harry (Dorothy) Hunt, children Janis, Thomas and Elizabeth (Leonard) Henggler, grandchildren Sean, Josh, David, Rana, Jon and Hannah, step-grandchildren Robert and Jenny Boucher and Laurel and Aaron Kirby, great-grandchildren Daerick, Noelani, Ciara and Anya, and Many Nieces and Nephews including Charles Hunt, Elaine VanCamp, Linda Firstman and Barbie Chevalier, Goddaughter Maria Fejervary. Devoted friends and extended family, Lee Kirby, Linda (Cliff) Abbott, and Donna Sharp; also Levi and Susie Brown who Chandler considered his (adopted) son and daughter in law and their daughters Becky and Maryann.
Chandler "Papa", "Dad", or "Daddy" had a kind heart and gentle soul. He was a man of the earth and loved to watch things grow. Be it human, animal or plant. He loved to garden and delighted in fashioning a "chicken" out of a hedge. Chan seldom swore, the worst he would ever call a cow was "knothead!". Chan loved and was loved by many. He accepted living and dying without complaint or question, keeping his wise-cracked humor till the end. Chandler, may you Rest in Peace, our memories of you will fill the void you have left us as you enter your next journey. Love you Papa.
The Family asks that Donations in Honor of Chandler's life be sent to the Sierra City Fire Auxiliary, PO BOX 412, Sierra City, CA 96125 (Specify for the Fire Department). Or Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Headquarters, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 30, 2014