Services were held for Amon Fonville, of Exeter who went to be with the Lord Oct. 14, 2006.

Amon fonville was born at home May 24, 1923 in San Augustine, Texas, the only child of Jeremiah Fonville and his wife Pearl Parker Fonville. He grew up in Salinas, where he graduated from Salinas High School and attended Hartnell College.

Amon entered the Navy in 1942 and was trained to be a bomber pilot. By 1943 he was on active duty based on the USS Randolph and later on the USS Bon Homme Richard in the Pacific, flying 10 missions in a SB2C Helldiver against Japanese battleships. He earned the Navy Cross for a direct hit during those missions.

He continued his service in the Naval Reserves for 22 years, including commanding and teaching a squadron that was responsible for anti-submarine warfare.

He retired as a captain and continued his lifelong passion for flying by instructing students, piloting charter flights, as well as observation flights of forest fires.

After the war he completed his BS degree in Business Administration at UC Berkeley in 1949 and moved to Exeter where he managed the Exeter Furniture Co. He became interested in citrus farming and gradually became a full time farmer growing Sunkist oranges. He joined Sierra Citrus Association in 1953, serving on the board as Secretary from 1956-2002, and remained on the Board until his death.

Amon married Barbara Jean Dungan in Salinas in 1947, remaining married for almost 60 years. Together they have 3 daughters, Linda J. Fonville of Salinas, Marcia Dearborn and husband Jeff of Visalia and Janet McHugh and husband Jim of Summerville, S.C. He has 6 grandchildren, Jillian Hanson of Antioch, Matthew and Laura Dearborn of Visalia, Julie, Scott and Sean Durrenberger of Summerville.

He was a member of the Exeter Kiwanis Club, Exeter Masonic Lodge 424, Fresno Scottish Rite, and the Exeter Presbyterian Church, where he served as Elder.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Exeter Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements under the direction of Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Online condolences may be made at

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