2013-08-08 / Obituaries

Franklin Dalton Sevedge

Franklin “Skip” Dalton Sevedge, of North Fork, died on July 29, 2013 at the age of 70.

Dalton was born on April 5, 1943 in Oakland to Clyde and Dorothy Sevedge. Skip grew up on the ranch in Mariposa with his two brothers, where they learned at an early age the value of family and hard work.

Skip graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1961 and began fighting fires with the U.S. Forest Service. His eventual career was interrupted by two tours in Vietnam with the United States Navy. During the conflict, Skip obtained a Top Secret clearance and served with the River Assault Force on the Mekong Delta. He was later recruited to do work for NASA on the Apollo rocket.

Skip spent 35 years with the Forest Service managing the forests of the Sierra that he loved so much. He enjoyed taking his family on Jeep rides and backpacking all over the mountains. His life-long love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors led him on many adventures with family and friends all over the western United States and alaska.

In his retirement, Skip spent many hours at Manna House, earning two volunteer of the year awards. He also enjoyed marching as a member of the honor guard for VFW Post No. 6311 in holiday parades and events, as well as honoring his fellow soldiers at their interment ceremonies.

Sevedge is survived by his parents, his brothers Rodney and Dennis, his daughter Helen, son William, son-in-law Andy and grandchildren Tyler and Lacey.

Remembrances should be directed to Manna House or a favorite veterans’ charity.

A visitation will be held this Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.—prior to an 11 a.m. memorial service at Palm Memorial Sierra Chapel in Oakhurst.

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