I have recently learned of the passing of Onace Long. He was born in Panama, Oklahoma in 1925. He came to Trona as an athletic coach and teacher in 1957. This was about the same time as his cousin Coach Doyle Long and Coach Carl Bledsoe also came to Trona from Oklahoma. He was my C team football and C team basketball coach as well as my P.E. teacher.
I do not know what other classes he taught but I was a student in his book keeping class. He eventually became the elementary school principal. Onace retired in 1988 but even after he retired he continued to teach as a substitute teacher. He has been a prominent resident of Trona for over 50 years and will be remembered fondly by hundreds of former students, parents and residents of Trona.
No date has been set for services.
Roy S. Jones from the class of 1989 died on February 19, 2015. He was living in Locust Grove, OK. For more information go to
I will update this if I get any more information.
I received word of James Jorden’s death from Cynthia (Rains) Moreno. James was too young for me to remember, but I do remember his father. You can read his complete obituary at http://www.news-ridgecrest.com/news/story.pl?id=0000003535 or http://www.ridgecrestca.com/obituaries
The sad news that Russell Rector of Trona passed away has come to us this morning from Charlotte (Reeves) Biggs. Russell was a good friend to the Reeves family. More details of Russell’s death should appear in the Ridgecrest Daily Independent in next few days.
The service for Russell is Saturday February 7, 2015 at 9 a.m. Graveside services only with a reception following at the Trona Senior Center.
Monica Carrasco went to be with the lord Friday, January 16, 2015, while in her home at the age of 75. You can read her obituary here: http://www.ridgecrestca.com/article/20150122/NEWS/150129909
Karen (Unzicker) Gilbert was killed in an accident on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Her memorial service will be on January 10, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Trona High School.
Mary Ann (Wright) Santerre, Trona High School Class of ’58, died January 3, 2015 at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, after a short stay.
Her funeral will be Saturday, Jan. 10 @ 3:00 p.m., at the Ridgecrest Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 613 E. Church St., Ridgecrest.