OBITUARIES: Evers, O'Gara,

Emily Marie Evers

Our beloved Emily Marie Evers passed away peacefully January 11, 2013 with loved ones by her side.

She was born October 9, 1946 in Paris, AR.  In 1949, she moved to Mckinleyville and married her best friend, Norbert Evers. They lived in Arcata for the last 35 years.

Emily leaves behind her loving husband Norbert and their 3 children Tauni, Cindy and Amy and 4 brothers Allen, Bill, Jerry, and Tommy and sister in-law Donna.

She loved spending time with her 4 grandchildren whom she adored and cherished: Nicholas, Kimberly, Courtney and Curtis. She also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles, all who loved her very much. She is preceded in death by her mother and father Leo and Mary Juetten, and sister-in-law Diane Pool-Tully. She will be missed very much by her family and friends.

 

Daniel Michael “Dan” O’Gara

Daniel Michael "Dan" O'Gara was welcomed into this world on July 2, 1936 by Carl Michael "Mike" and Maxine "Max" (Obuchon) O'Gara in Los Angeles, CA.  In Dan's  youth his family lived in Los Angeles and Cloverdale, CA, as well as Yellow Springs, OH.

Dan2After graduating from Bryan High School in Yellow Springs, Dan received his BA in Education from University of Ohio where he lettered in swimming all four years. His specialties were in freestyle and butterfly, placing second in the 100 meter butterfly at the Mid American Conference in 1958.

Dan completed his formal education with a Masters in Education from University of San Francisco. His lifelong love of learning and dedication to education proved to be an example and gift to us all.

In August 1957, while directing the campfire and waterfront for Easter Seal Societies Camp Campbell, Dan met the love of his life, Penne. She captured his heart in her time as a camp counselor and their love story began.

They were married on December 28, 1958 and invested the following three years in beginning their teaching careers.  Yearning for international adventure, Dan and Penne set their sights on teaching overseas for just two years.  Little did they know at the time how engaged they would become in multinational communities and cultures, living abroad for the next 13 years.

Colombia became their home in 1961 and they were soon joined by a family of their own.

First to arrive was Timothy Miguel, followed by Robin Kathleen and Sean Patrick.  The O'Garas moved to Sumatra, Indonesia in 1971 where they spent three years immersed in a new culture and surrounded by amazing wildlife.  The family took full advantage of their time in South America and Indonesia experiencing more than enough adventure for Dan to glean fantastic stories to delight us all for years to come.

Dan and Penne had been enamored with Humboldt from their earliest years of marriage and set their sights on eventually settling amidst the redwoods alongside the Pacific.  In 1974 their dreams came true as they moved one last time, to a stunningly beautiful homesite in Trinidad.

They were quickly woven into the fabric of this community and spent the next 38 years deeply invested in it.  Dan taught at Worthington and Grant Elementary Schools in Eureka and was presented the Jean Olson Career Achievement Award following his retirement.  He was honored to have a creek behind Grant Elementary named after him.

For Dan, retirement translated as the opportunity to begin a new profession, pursuing his lifelong passion for storytelling.  He understood that the telling of and listening to a story is an integral part of finding meaning in our experiences. He know that in storytelling, a bridge is built that connects people to a deeper engagement of their lives.

He wanted this enrichment not only for himself, but for all people.  In this inclusive spirit he founded the North Coast Storytellers as well as the Storytelling Festival by the Sea. For 12 years great tellers from around the world have come to present at this festival.  Dan also traveled to tell stories at the  Ulster Storytelling Festival in Northern Ireland and at the Bay Are Storytelling Festival.  Storytelling and sharing Native crafts and games in schools, libraries and state parks along the west coast also brought him tremendous pleasure.

Giving back to his community was important to Dan, and he found a plethora of ways to demonstrate that.  Years were spent volunteering in schools, presenting at math and reading conferences for teachers in California, supervising HSU student teachers, and sitting on the boards of Sumeg Village, Big Lagoon School Board, Trinidad Historical Society, Native American Parent Group VII and the Redwood Parks Association Interpretive Board.  Dan also worked with members of the local American Indian community and park rangers to establish the Sumeg Village Day at Patrick’s Point State Park.

Dan passed peacefully from this life on January 7 at UCSF Medical Center following a stroke.  His family and dear friends were given the gift of phone calls held to his ear, able to share with him their love.  Ultimately he was surrounded by his wife and three children sharing their stories and love with him as he began a new journey.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Dawn Adams.  He is survived by his wife, Penne and children, Tim (Virginia) O'Gara of Woodland Hills, CA, Robin (Bruce) O'Gara of Eugene, OR and Sean (Scout) O'Gara of Eagle, ID, his eight grandchildren, Gershom, Rene, Aaron, Aiden, Isabel, Finn, Theo and Paloma and his sister, Colleen O'Gara.

We are left with rich memories of Dan including his stewarding his tree farm, playing jokes, doing flips on the trampoline with his grandkids into his 70's, of pictluck game nights, tucking grandkids into bed with his stories, popping us the best popcorn and of decades of date nights with Penne to swim, eat at Hunan Village and take in a movie.

Dan's life encompassed friends and family from a multitude of diverse and colorful paths.  He cherished each of you in his life.  We invite you to join us on July 2 at the Trinidad Town Hall for a celebration of Dan's life.  The time will be announced at a later date, but we are sure there will be hours of shared storytelling, music and laughter as we remember a man whom we are each truly better for having shared our lives with.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please consider making a donation to the Federal and State Parks, Smiletrain @ www.smiletrain.org/, Food for People (707) 445-3166 or Northcoast Storytellers-Ink People (707) 442-8413 in memory of Dan O'Gara.

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