William Clyde Ball, M.D. was born in El Campo, Texas on October 21, 1921. He passed away on March 8, 2020 in Hanford, California at the age of 98 years.
Dr. Ball's parents, James and Lena Ball, were teachers and were also owners of cookie bakeries. They lived in eastern, Oklahoma, then moved to Houston, Texas where Clyde graduated from high school. Following two years in college in Keene, Texas, he transferred to the University of Texas where he entered the Navy. He was sent to medical school in Loma Linda University in California. While in medical school, he married the former Nadine Hansen of Corcoran. He completed his postgraduate training in Fort Worth, Texas.
In January of 1953, Dr. Ball, along with his wife Nadine and two young sons, moved to Corcoran where he practiced in a new office on Whitley Ave. His first patient was Bruce Flaherty. At that time in medicine, the scope of family practice was greater than today. Dr. Ball's practice included obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, orthopedics, and he treated a large patient population of Type II Diabetics. A past newspaper article about Dr. Ball stated that there were 2,500 residents of Corcoran when he first arrived and he probably doubled that population with the number of babies he had delivered. He also operated across the surgery table from Dr. Ed Kerr of Hanford for 43 years.
Dr. Ball and Nadine were blessed with two more sons after they made Corcoran their home. There was a brief move to Barstow when he was called up by the Army. He served as the chief of the outpatient clinic at the U.S. Army Hospital at Fort Irwin. Once returning to Corcoran, Dr. Ball worked long hours, sometimes being the only doctor on call for the community.
In 1977, Dr. Ball lost his beloved wife, Nadine. By then, his sons were grown and married with their own children.
In 1986, he married another Corcoran girl, the former Susan Murray. Together they raised her two daughters.
Though he continued to practice full and part time until his retirement in October 2014, he was able to play a lot more golf later in his career. He enjoyed courses all over the United States and Scotland. Dr. Ball and Susan had many wonderful vacations in Hawaii (his favorite) and Europe. A lifelong member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, he credited his longevity and good health to the church's lifestyle.
Dr. Ball was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings and his first wife. He is survived by his wife Susan; sons Steven Ball (Donna), Craig Ball, M.D. (Lorna), Jay Ball, M.D. (Sonia), and Scott Ball (Jan); stepdaughters Christina Wadsworth (Chad) and Caroline Avitia (Tyron); grandchildren Kristen Brockman (Carl), Jess Ball, Chad Ball (fiancé Nicole Charon), Jacob Ball, John Ball, Jerod Ball (Stacy), Justin Ball (Michelle), Garrett Ball (Heather), Katelyn Visser (Kevin), Sam and Luke Wadsworth, and Trent and Lexi Avitia; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at a future date to be determined pending the current situation in California. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Hanford, California native and daughter of the late Conrad L. and Josephine Miranda Gonzales, passed away at her home in Greer, South Carolina. Her husband and daughters were both by her side. Surviving are her husband Mark W. Lehner at home; Two daughters both of the Denver Colorado area, Siovean M. Lehner and Jocelin P. Lehner and her husband Dean Pittman; Her sister, Laura Gonzales of Hanford, California. Celine was predeceased by her brother Albert Gonzales. Celine was the Sales Manager at The Farm House, Inc. in Landrum SC, a local equestrian supply and tack shop. She was also a faithful parish member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Greer, SC. She was a graduate of Hanford High School, earned her Associates Degree from College of the Sequoias in Visalia California, then attended the University of California Irvine.
Due to the Corona virus, a small private graveside service was held in order to maintain the health of her many friends. There will be several "Celebrations of Life" held at a later date, one in South Carolina, and one in California.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615 OR to Joyce Meyer Ministries at www.joycemeyer.org.
John was born in Iowa to John Seldon & Hazel Pearl Fox Montgomery on December 27, 1931. John passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the age of 88.
John came to California in 1942 at the age of 12. He attended Hanford High School graduating in 1949. John married Adeline Jean Brazil in January 1951. He worked for his in-laws as well as Manuel Leal milking cows until he began his career with Kings Tulare Tallow Works in 1959 (now known as Baker Commodities) retiring in 1991. John then drove truck and delivered sod for Salyer Sod until he retired again in 2004. John & Adeline moved into town (Hanford) in 1992 from the home they established on the Brazil Ranch in 1957.
John is survived by his two daughters: Valerie Klassen (Darrell) and Cheryle Boeve (Bruce). John had four grandchildren: Steven Richwine (Melissa), Preston Richwine (Heather), Jill Boeve Ketner (Jeff) and Daniel Boeve (Cortney) who has been John's caretaker for the past 3 years. He has six great-grandchildren: Andie, Tyler & Hayden, children of Steven, Maddox & Stella, children of Preston and Blake Boeve, son of Daniel.
John is also survived by his siblings Richard Montgomery (Georgia), Bob Montgomery (Loretta), Janice Reyes and Sister-in-law Janet Montgomery as well as Sister-in-law Lena Semas (John) and brother-in-law Tony Brazil (Virginia). John is also survived by numerous godchildren, nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his wife Adeline in December 2017, his parents Seldon Montgomery and Hazel & Winston Thompson, his siblings Donald Montgomery (Jan), Shirley Montgomery Souza (Chuck) Sandra Montgomery, Larry Montgomery, brother-in-law Louis Reyes as well as his in-laws Antonio S & Jennie Brazil, sister-in-law Mary Semas (Tony) and brother in law Eddie Brazil.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:30 with Gravesite service to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In honor of John donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of