2012-07-12 / Obituaries

Chauncey A. Haynes

Chauncey Almon Haynes peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at his home in Mariposa on Thursday, July 5, at the age of 84.

Chauncey was born on Feb. 15, 1928, in Madison, Wisc. He grew up on a farm in Evansville, Wisc. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17 years old. Chauncey was present at the first atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll.

Chauncey married his wife of 64 years, Joann, on Nov. 29, 1947. The newlyweds’ first home was on Midway Island. Chauncey’s duty stations included the USS Fulton, the USS Coral Sea, Great Lakes (Illinois), the Navel Ammunition Depot at Hawthorne (Nevada), Barber’s Point (Oahu, Hawaii), and Monterey. He served in the Navy for 22 years, and retired as a chief yeoman.

Chauncey served next as a Monterey County Deputy Sheriff for 12 years. He patrolled Greenfield, King City, and Big Sur. He also worked in the jail and as a court bailiff.

Chauncey retired a second time in 1975, and he and Joann moved to Mariposa. He went back to work as the investigator for the Mariposa County District Attorney for 14 years. He retired for good in 1990, and he enjoyed traveling with Joann in their motor home with the Mobile Nobles.

Chauncey was a member of the Mariposa Masonic Lodge #24. He was a 32nd degree Mason, and a past master of the lodge. He was also a Shriner.

He enjoyed crossword puzzles, painting and building models.

He is survived by his wife Joann Haynes; his daughter, Debra Smith of Mariposa; his son, Matthew Haynes of Raymond; his daughter, Dawn Hernandez of San Jose; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and his brother, Palmer Haynes of Mount Horeb, Wisc.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John C. Fremont Hospice, 5180 Hwy 140, Mariposa, CA 95338.

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