All Articles: Obituary

S.Q. Veterans Say Goodbye to One of Their Brothers

By JULIANGLENN PADGETT and ARNULFO GARCIA Joe Diggs was a friend, father and a mentor to the men of San Quentin. He left this world honorably in a ceremony befitting a soldier who served his country in the United States Army. Diggs, 60, who was well known in San Quentin, passed away February 2, 2011, while […]

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OBITUARY

By Tung Nguyen It seems like yesterday, seeing Phousaykeo “Luong” Sapsourivong busy cleaning the showers for the men in North Block. It was a job that Luong quietly and humbly did faithfully for all of us. Luong passed during a peaceful Sunday morning, Jan. 16 at age 53. He is survived by his wife and two […]

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OBITUARIES

By JulianGlenn Padgett San Quentin resident Jimmy Chapman was remembered as a friend and a good man. Chapman worked in Prison Industry (PIA) for over nine years. Douglas Collier, who lived with Chapman during the last three months of his illness. “He wasn’t a veteran or part of the church, but he was a human being…he […]

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Kairos Leader Passes

A volunteer leader of the Kairos program at San Quentin died April 16 at his Santa Rosa home of Leukemia at the age of 80. He was Robert “Bob” A. Stratton, a long-time leader of the Cursillo Christian movement which sponsored the Kairos program. Stratton was a Navy submariner and letter carrier for the U.S. […]

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Recent Deaths On the ‘Row’

Michael Dee Mattison, 55, received on death row from Los Angeles County on April 14, 1980, died of natural causes at an outside hospital facility on July 17, 2009. Fred Harlan Freeman, 69, received on death row from Alameda County on October 7, 1987, died of natural causes at a community hospital on July 25, […]

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Condemned Inmate Dies

By Lt. S. Robinson Condemned inmate Michael Dee Mattson, 55, who was on California’s death row for the kidnappings, rapes and murders of two Los Angeles County girls, ages 9 and 16, was pronounced dead of natural causes at an outside hospital facility July 17, 2009. Mattson was received by San Quentin State Prison on […]

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Prisoner Richard Shores Passes After Parole Denial

By JULIAN GLEN PADGETT Friends of Richard Shores gathered at the Garden Chapel Friday, May 8, for a ceremony to remeber him in life, and to mourn his passing . Soft music filled the hall as several inmates, some free staff and correctional officers took their seats. As people filed inside the mood was noticeably […]

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Chaplain Howard 1924 – 2008

San Quentin News Staff Chaplain Harry W. Howard, born Sept. 22, 1924, passed away on Sept. 18, 2008.  Harry’s loving wife, Kay, preceded him to Heaven in 1999.  Harry is survived by two sons: Howie and Steve.  Harry was devoted to his ministry of spreading the Lord’s word.  He worked for over 30 years in […]

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Harry Hagy

San Quentin News Staff Harry Hagy, CDCR No. A-53751, the oldest man in San Quentin, returned to his maker, Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 51 days short of his 86th birthday.  Harry, died at Doctors Hospital of San Pablo, at 3:00 p.m.  He was not able to regain consciousness or breath on his own.  For those […]

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Remembering Matthew Solomon

By Prison University Project Matthew Solomon, a former student in the San Quentin College Program, was shot and killed in San Francisco on Thursday, September 4 while standing on the street, talking to his friend Noel Espinoza, who was also killed.  Matthew was 23 years old.  He was an extraordinarily kind and creative person who […]

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