Firefighter and Forest Service worker
Raymond Fredrick Bird died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at his home in Murphys. He was 65.
Mr. Bird was born Jan. 16, 1948, in Myrtle Creek, Ore., to Owen Bird and Clara Pratt Bird. His family moved around several times while he was growing up. His places of residence included New Plymouth, Idaho; Lebec, Pamona and Greeley Hill. He graduated from Mariposa High School in 1966. Mr. Bird was married to Lynne Cross in 1990 in South Lake Tahoe. Since that time, the couple lived in Murphys.
Mr. Bird was a career firefighter who worked 30 years with the U.S. Forest Service. For most of those years, he was the fire captain of the Dorrington Fire Engine. Mr. Bird also worked a couple of years for the California Division of Forestry in fire service prior to his Forest Service career. After retiring from the Forest Service in 1998, Mr. Bird went to work at Bear Valley Ski Area and worked another 10 years helping to keep the parking lot clear and the buses running on time. When not working, Mr. Bird enjoyed fishing, working on cars, listening to audio books and working in the yard.
Mr. Bird is survived by his wife Lynne Cross Bird; two sons, Landon (Carey) Bird of Copperopolis and Loren Bird of Jamestown; a daughter, Traci Bird of Copperopolis; three grandsons; two brothers, Michael Bird of Sonora and Calvin Bird of Thailand; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Bird; his parents; his brother, Martin Bird; and three sisters, Lavada Partch, Nancy Thompson and Joy Rumph.
A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday March 23 at the Masonic Hall in Murphys. A potluck luncheon will immediately follow the service.