Masters of Las Palmas Lodge 1985 to 1990

Masters of Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge 1991 to 2004

(numbers refer to findagrave.com memorial links)

DubaLarry Duba 21985  Larry Leonard Duba  Brother Duba was born in Seattle Washington and received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State College and his MS in Systems Management from USC.  After several years of working for PG & E, he took a 4 year leave of absence to serve in the U.S. Air Force intelligence service.  He then returned to PG & E where he was a telecommunications engineer.

He was raised  Master Mason in Las Palmas Lodge on February 10, 1977 and served as our Master in 1985.  In 1986 his father, Leonard Duba, served as Master of George E. Tutt Lodge No. 722 in Los Gatos, CA.

During his year as Master, Brother Duba raised 8 Master Masons and had 6 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.

Denton1986  John Lee Denton Brother Denton  was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  He served 15 years in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1976.  He belongs to the American Institute of Engineers and after leaving the Air Force, he worked as a plant superintendent in the raisin processing industry.  Brother Denton liked to talk about his adopted home state of Texas and their customs in his monthly trestleboard message to the members.

Brother Denton was raised a Master Mason in Las Palmas Lodge on March 12, 1981.  During his year as Master, Brother Denton raised 10 Master Masons and had 7 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.

 

Hall1987  James Olin Hall, Jr.  (1936 – 1991)  (38345937)  Brother Hall was born and raised in Fresno.  He attended Roosevelt High School and Fresno State College.  He then received his pharmacy degree from The University of Utah.  He also served in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman.

Brother Hall petitioned Las Palmas Lodge in August of 1977and was Raised on April 15, 1977 in Columbia, California.  He may be the first Master of Las Palmas Lodge to receive his 3rd degree in the historic Columbia Temple.

During his year as Master, Brother Hall raised 8 Master Masons and had 6 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.

AlstromChuck Alstrom 21988  Charles Edward Alstrom  Brother Alstrom was born and raised in Fresno.   "I had been a DeMolay in high school but was to busy for Masonry.  I joined Las Palmas Lodge because my father was a member with no intention of going through the line.  I was coached by George Holstein (Master 1949) who was also my father's coach.  Larry Hopper appointed me to the Line and the rest is  history. He was raised a Master Mason in Las Palmas Lodge on September 7, 1978.

During his year as Master, Brother Alstrom raised 9 Master Masons and had 5 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.

He owned and operated College Pharmacy on Van Ness Ave., south of Fresno City College, where he was a pharmacist.  The business was started many years earlier by his father.

French1989  Lee Irving French  MD  Brother French was born in Tofte, Minnesota.  He practiced Family Medicine in Fresno and later moved to Chino Valley, Arizona where he currently resides.  He is a veteran of the U. S. Military.

He petitioned for the degrees of Masonry in April of 1978 and was Raised in Las Palmas Lodge on November 2, 1978.  Brother French has the distinction of being the only Medical Doctor to have ever been a Master of Las Palmas Lodge.  During his year as Master, Brother French raised 8 Master Masons and had 9 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Ennis1990  Bill M. Ennis, Sr.  (1944 - 2016) (161397074)  Brother Ennis owned and managed Ennis Fine China and Crystal in Fresno.  The business was started by his father who was also a member of the Lodge.  Brother Bill also served as building manager for our temple. 

Brother Ennis petitioned Las Palmas Lodge shortly after seeing his father's Masonic Funeral Service.  He was raised on September 1, 1983.  During his year as Master, Brother Ennis raised 5 Master Masons and had 8 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.   For several years after being Master, he continued to deliver the Lecture of the 3rd degree on a frequent basis.

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Harrelson1991  Stephen Michael Harrelson   Brother Harrelson was born in Watsonville.  He petitioned Las Palmas Lodge where he received his first and second degrees in early 1983.   On May 15, 1983 he was raised a Master Mason in Center Lodge No. 465 as they needed a candidate for their Past Master's Night.

He owned a janitorial service company.

Worshipful Harrelson was the first Master of the newly consolidated Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge.  During his year as Master, Brother Harrelson raised 4 Master Masons and had 5 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Scott1992  Don Wayne Scott  (1926 - 2015)  (148725913)  Brother Scott was born in Everett, Washington.  He was a pharmaceutical salesman for Lederle Laboratories.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Military.

Even though he petitioned Las Palmas Lodge for the degrees of Masonry, and was initiated in Las Palmas Lodge, he was Passed in Selma Lodge and raised on June 18, 1883 in the Historic Columbia Temple.  During his year as Master, Brother Scott raised 11 Master Masons and had 2 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Randy Forrester1993  George Randall Forrester  D.C.  Brother Randy was born in Washington D.C.  He was an electronics technician for the California Air National Guard.  In 1981 he enrolled in the Palmer Chiropractic College in Sunnyvale, CA.   He started his own chiropractic practice in Fresno in 1985, the same year he petitioned Las Palmas Lodge. 

Brother Forrester was Raised a Master Mason in Orosi Lodge on November 13, 1985 as they needed a candidate for their Past Master's Night.  During his year as Master, Brother Forrester raised 12 Master Masons and had 4 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.

He received the Hiram Award in 1998.

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Banks1994 & 1995  Lawrence Tipton Banks II.  (1948 – 2008)  (148742489)  Brother Tip was born in Lafayette, Indiana.  His father was a Colonel in the U.S. Army so he and his family moved across the country while he was growing up.  As a youth he was active in Scouting and earned the Eagle Scout rank.  Upon his father’s retirement, the family moved to Fresno in 1971.  That same year he and his father started Tip’s Complete Automotive & Towing in Fresno and expanded to Corcoran, Clovis and Friant.  Brother Banks was also in the U.S. Army National Guard where he repaired helicopters in the 11th-12th Transportation Company.

Brother Tip petitioned Las Palmas Lodge in 1982.  He served as our Master in 1994 and  due to a last minute resignation by a new Master Elect, he was our first Master to serve two terms as Master.  He had a strong deep voice and recorded Community Service announcements for local radio stations and was the voice at the Fresno Air Terminal.  During his 2 years as Master, Brother Banks raised 11 Master Masons and had 7 Masons affiliate with Las Palmas Lodge.

In 2000 he was given the Hiram Award.

Cub Jack1996  Cline Culbertson Jack, Jr.  Brother “Cub” was born and raised in Fresno.  His father was a member of Las Palmas Lodge.  Brother Jack petitioned Las Palmas Lodge for the degrees of Masonry in 1962.  He is also a plural member of Clovis Lodge No. 417.

Shortly after becoming a Past Master, he was appointed Inspector.  He was also our Lodge secretary for one year.  He was then appointed Assistant Grand Lecturer for our district, an office that he still holds.  Brother Cub is the father of Curtis C. Jack, our Master in 2001 & 2002. 

He received the Hiram Award in 2007.

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Mederios1997  Ralph Patrick Medeiros  (1934-2018)  (190610065) Brother Medeiros was born in Makaauo, Maui, Hawaii.  He received the degrees of Masonry in 1972 in United Service Lodge No. 1118 in New York State while he was stationed there.  He petitioned Las Palmas Lodge for affiliation in 1985.

He  was a diesel truck mechanic and later worked in the maintenance and cleaning business. 

He received the Hiram Award in 2003 from Welcome Lodge No. 255 in Lemoore where he was also a Master.  He served as the District Inspector for 11 years.

Brother Ralph spent the last years of his life in Albany, OR.

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Biorge1998   John Steven Bjorge  (1947-2012)  (148742815)  Brother Bjorge was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.    He was a salesman of Toyota automobiles.

He petitioned Las Palmas Lodge on February 19, 1981 and was initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason on April 23, 1981.  Ten years passed before he was passed to the degree of Fellowcraft.  He was Raised a Master Mason on May 9, 1991 in Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge.

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Sorge1999  Theodore Eric Sorge  (1946 – 2005)  (148743175)  Brother Sorge was born and raised in Fresno.  In 1987 he petitioned Clovis Lodge No. 417 for the degrees of Masonry.  On January 21, 1988 he was made an Entered Apprentice Mason.  During the next several years he became close friends with members of Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge and he and his family attended social functions at the Lodge.  In 1992 he petitioned Clovis Lodge for permission to drop his membership there and petition Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge for membership and his remaining degrees.  As a member of Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge he received his 2nd degree on May 7, 1992 and was Raised a Master Mason on June 4, 1992.

Brother Ted worked for the City Fresno as an irrigation specialist.

Freeman2000   William Richard Freeman   (1959 – 2013)  (148743504)  Brother Freeman was born in Castro Valley, California.  He was employed in the outside sales of chemicals and cutting tools.

He was our first Master to have petitioned the newly consolidated Las Palmas -Ponderosa Lodge for the degrees of Masonry.  He was Raised on June 21, 1991.  

 

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Curtis Jack2001 & 2002  Curtis Cline Jack  Brother Jack was born in Fresno and graduated from High School in Fremont, California.  In 1990 he graduated from paramedic school as an EMT and worked for American Ambulance. 

He petitioned Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge for the degrees of Masonry in 1996 and was Raised on June 6, 1996.  He served two consecutive years as our Master due to a Senior Warden moving out of town for employment purposes.  Brother Curtis is the son of Cub Jack, our Master in 1996. 

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Jim Keeton2003  James Mitchell Keeton  Brother was born in Newport Beach, California.  He petitioned Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge in March of 1997 and was Raised on September 25, 1997.

Brother Keeton owned A-One Chimney Service and was also a contractor and brick mason.

 

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

Jim Stahl2004  James Christopher Stahl  Brother Stahl was born in Fresno.  He was a sergeant with the State Center Community College Police District serving at the Fresno City College Campus.

He was Raised in Las Palmas-Ponderosa Lodge on February 11, 1999. 

 

Research is being conducted on the history of this Past Master.  If you have information, please contact the Lodge Secretary.

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