Jewell Milton Gordon born January 23, 1919 in Colusa, Calif. and raised on the Gordon Ranch, four (4) miles south of Princeton, Calif., peacefully passed away on December 29, 2013 in Woodland, Calif. A descendent of early Central Sacramento Valley Murdoch ,Compton, Packer and Gordon families, and was greatly loved by his family, friends and community. He was exceptionally kind hearted and was always available to lend a helping hand.
Graduate of Princeton High School, '37, and proud Navy Veteran of WW II, his final station at Marpee Point, Saipan. Graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science, Los Angeles; serving Franklin-Downs Mortuary, Modesto, California and FD Sweet and Son Mortuary, Willows. Office Manager at Barber Rowland Fertilizer and Farm Chemical Company, Loshe Mill, and Michaud Aviation. District Supervisor for Professional Apartment Management Co. (PAM)
Milt was a fifty-five year member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge
, 1786, Willows. He proudly served as a member of the Hospital Advisory Board of Glenn General Hospital, Willows and was Past President of the Glenn County Unit, American Cancer Society.
Milt was known as a talented pianist, and he performed at many Elks Lodge functions and community-wide events. As a member of the Methodist Church, he was the pianist for special services and Community Sing-alongs and was a faithful Christian. Many organizations benefited from his wood working craftsmanship, one-of-a-kind bird houses, uniquely crafted to raise funds for community service projects. The aviary he built for his birds and his attention to their every need was a special tribute to his loving character.
Milt was preceded by his parents, Jewel Vernon Gordon and Beulah Saunders-Gordon, brother William Gordon (Lois) and wife Emily, Brother-in-Law Joe Bach.
Survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Powers-Gordon; sisters, Peggy Bach and Phyllis Elkins (Dick); children, Judy Quattrin (Gary), David Duckart (Vivienne Parker), Doug Duckart (Charlene); grandchildren, Michele, Andrea, Allison and Heather;10 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, cousins and special friends.
Graveside Service on Thursday, January 9, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Burwood Cemetery, 28320 E. River Road, Escalon, Ca. Memorial Service, Thursday, January 23, 2014, 11:00 a.m., Elks Lodge, 150 South Shasta St., Willows, CA. 95988.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Milt's special friends and neighbors who shared their love and support. The loving and professional care of St. John's Retirement Village, Manor West, Stollwood Convalescent Hospital Staff, Woodland and Yolo Hospice was outstanding and the family will be forever grateful.