In Loving Memory: Lester “Fiddy” Latham Jr.
Lester was born on June 3, 1949 in Hoopa, California and passed away on April 20, 2014 in Hoopa surrounded by his friends and family.
Lester worked in the woods and held a variety of jobs during his lifetime. He was a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. He served in the United States Army and was a proud Vietnam veteran. When able, he participated in veteran’s activities in support of veterans causes. He enjoyed many activities such as visiting with his family and friends, dining out, and spending time at his favorite casinos.
Known and loved by many, he was a friendly soul who never met anyone he did not like.
He was preceded in death by parents Lester Latham Sr. and Carmen Bailey, grandparents Wesley and Bessie Latham, Langster and Eleanor Bailey.
Lester is survived by his siblings: Wanda Benedict of Hoopa, Brenda Tamerius and Jim of Hoopa, Laura Latham of Hoopa, Lizabeth Latham of Hoopa, Kevin Latham and Andrea of Hoopa, Jaime Melendy and Jackie of Hoopa, Patrick Melendy and Andrea of Oregon, Kate Carpenter of Hoopa, Rochelle Encinas of Hoopa, Deirdre Young of Washington D.C. and Geno of Hoopa, Mike Melendy and Darline of Oregon, Mary Britton and Roger of Oregon, aunts Janice Yerton, Beverly Bailey, and Molly Ammon, and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins, and his lifelong friend Gloria Englert.
Pallbearers: RobRoy Latham, T.R. Maloney, Chance Carpenter, Ramiro Ramirez, Gary Young, Javier Villalvazo Jr., Leonard “Spam” Ferris, and Boyd Ferris.
Honorary Pallbearers: Warren Tamerius, Antonio Martinez, Juan Trujillo, Miguel Villalvazo, Marshall Maloney, Billy Maloney, Kevin Latham Jr., Joshua Latham, Tim Kyle, Devry Freeman, Wesley Latham, Donald Bailey, Hugh Moon, Stanley Ferris, Kenny Doolittle, Floyd Montgomery, Earl Christensen, John Guiterres, Frank Mott, Richard Stone, Phil McLean, George Moon, Geno Young, Jim Mauder, Jim Clark, Juan Trujillo-Ortiz, and Mike Ferris.
A viewing will be held at Paul’s Chapel in Arcata on Thursday, April 24 from 4-7 pm. The service will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10 am at the NF Building in Hoopa, internment will be at the
Hoopa Cemetery immediately after services with a reception following at the Hoopa Fire Hall.