Services Information from the Sierra Star, January 15, 2016

Bill Skovran

William (Bill) Skovran, of Oakhurst, died Jan. 12, 2016 at the age of 82. He was born in St. Anthony’s Village, Minn., to Andrew and Mary.

He served in the Korean War, was employed with the U.S. Forest Service, and enjoyed golfing, bowling, outdoor activities, and the Vikings.

Mr. Skovran was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters Mary Landstrom, Helen Dunham, Anne Reynolds, Marge Ferrest, and Irene Curtis; and his brothers Andy, Pete and Dan.

He is survived by his children Patrick and spouse Sue Schultes-Skovran of San Francisco, and Christine Pearson of Oakhurst; two grandsons; his brother John, and sisters Julie Benyo, Alice Nelson, and Barb Schaller.

Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Jan. 21, at Oakhill Cemetery, followed by a memorial service and reception, 11 a.m., at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church.

Donations can be made in his name to charity of choice.

E-Mail From: Patrick Skovran

Note Sent: Tue, Jan 19, 2016 9:44 pm
Subject: sequoia survivors - sad news on the passing of Bill (aka Moose) Skovran

Greetings “Sequoia survivors
If you are receiving this email it is because my father William (aka Bill ; aka Moose) Skovran considered you a friend, colleague and partner in crime at some point in his professional career working for the USFS. He left my sister Christine and I a list of people to contact upon his passing. Thus it is with a heavy heart that I am completing that task.

Our father checked into St. Agnes Hospital in Fresno on Wednesday 1/6 with severe dehydration. They addressed that quickly with several IVs of saline and he appeared to be on the mend with an imminent discharge. Then on Saturday morning while still in the hospital he suffered a heart attack. He passed peacefully 3 days later at home.

Details of his memorial are pasted below. Please feel welcome and invited to attend and also know that if you are un able to make it we understand (as would he).

Memorial arrangements are as follows: Thursday (1/21)
10:30am graveside memorial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst, CA.
11:00am memorial service at Sierra Vista Presbyterian church in Oakhurst (Dad was very involved in this church community for the past 20 years)
12:00pm Reception at the church with hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

Flowers may be ordered at Red Bud Bouquet 559-641-2837
Church web site is
The cemetery web site is

Everyone and anyone who knew dad is welcome and invited. We have not hired any bouncers. I am not sure if all of our attempts to reach and inform everyone have been successful. Please share this with anyone you feel appropriate – especially those less email savvy. If you cannot make it – please do not worry - We understand and dad would as well. I just want to make sure that everyone is informed and feels included.

Thank you all for your prayers and support.

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Description of Sequoia National Forest

The Sequoia is one of nineteen National Forests in California. It takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 30 groves on the forest's lower slopes. The Sequoia's landscape is as spectacular as its trees. Soaring granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater, and more await your discovery at the Sierra Nevada's southern end. Elevations range from 1,000 feet in the foothill region to peaks over 12,000 feet in the rugged high country, providing visitors with some of the most spectacular views of mountainous landscape in the entire west.


Hikers, off-highway vehicle users, and horseback riders have over 1,500 miles of maintained roads, 1000 miles of abandoned roads, and 850 miles of trails in the forest available for their use and enjoyment. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which stretches 2,600 miles from Canada to Mexico, crosses the Sequoia National Forest for approximately 78 miles. The three National Recreation Trails in the forest are: Summit, Cannell Meadow, and Jackass Creek. Other points of interest on the forest include: Hume Lake, Chicago Stump, Cannell Meadow Station, Kern River, Kings River, Dome Rock and Needles. The Sequoia contains portions of six designated wilderness areas: Kiavah, Monarch, South Sierra, Dome Land, Jennie Lakes and Golden Trout. Specific winter activity areas accessible by highway are: Hume Lake Ranger District at Cherry Gap and Quail Flat; Tule River Ranger District in the vicinity of Quaking Aspen Campground; and Greenhorn Ranger District at Greenhorn Summit.


Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation on the Sequoia National Forest. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, much of it comes in the form of snow. Winter temperatures well below freezing and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season when venturing into the high country, with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.


The Sequoia National Forest received its name for the 39 groves of giant sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum, located within its boundaries. In 1847 a German botanist named Stephen Endlicher named the coastal redwood trees Sequoia sempervirens. He presumably was honoring the Cherokee Chief Sequoya or Sikwayi who invented a phonetic alphabet of 86 symbols for the Cherokee language. In 1854 a French botanist, Joseph Decaisne, applied the name to the giant sequoias, which are closely related to the coastal redwoods

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