Santa's Village News
Santa's Village Pupeteers to Elves
Dorothy Alice Kinney
Angela Combs CanrightAngela Combs Canright died Sept. 27, 2004, in Placerville. She was 94.
She was born in Chico, and had lived in Santa Cruz and Pollock Pines for many years.
She was known among friends and family as The Puppet Lady, for her long interest in puppet theater. She set up three puppet theaters at the now defunct Santa’s Village in Scotts Valley, and was instrumental in establishing others at Happy Hollow and Frontier Village in San Jose and at Crazy Horse Campground and Ghost Mountain Ranch in El Dorado County.
She taught home economics at San Lorenzo Valley High School in the late 1950s. In Southern California, she was a teacher and a school principal. She also was involved in arts education.
She always looked forward to seeing daffodils bloom in the spring. Family members suggest those who want to remember her plant a few bulbs.
She is survived by daughter Jana Reid; son David Combs; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Phyllis LivingstonPhyllis Joy Livingston died March 10, 2004, in Jackson. She was 80.
A native of Scotia, Mrs. Livingston was one of seven children. She lived in Scotts Valley from 1952 to 1982.
During her 30 years in this area, Mrs. Livingston was active in the Scotts Valley PTA and Cub Scouts in the 1950s. She was also one of the first employees of Santa’s Village in Scotts Valley, where she worked as an "elf" in the gift shop for many years.
In later years she enjoyed traveling with her husband in their motor home in the United States and Canada, stopping in to see friends and family scattered across the United States.
She moved to Railroad Flat when her husband retired from Graniterock in 1982. She later moved to Jackson.
She is survived by son Jim Livingston of Santa Cruz; daughter Lana Hess of Mokelumne Hill; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She enjoyed a close relationship with daughter-in-law Corey Livingston of Santa Cruz.
Mrs. Livingston’s siblings and husband of 54 years, LaVerne Wesley (Tarz) Livingston, died before her.
Susan M. Dunleavy
My first summer job was as an elf at Santa's Village in Scotts Valley. It was so fun. I did it for four years until I was too big to be an elf and too young to play Mrs. Claus. I wore a costume with leather elf shoes, green shorts and green tights. I ran the snowball ride, then moved up and was the first and only girl to run the antique car ride. I also was the train operator for two summers. One of my best memories was lunch in the birthday room.
John George Boetger
John George Boetger died Dec. 23, 2006 in Cameron Park. He was 83.
Mr. Boetger was raised in Plainview, Neb., and worked as a carpenter in Alaska after high school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and toured Europe with the Army chorus after the war. Later, he earned a degree in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University.
He was a veterinarian at the Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital from 1951 to 1972. He worked with large animals and his patients included seals on the wharf and Santa's reindeer at Santa's Village in Scotts Valley.
Mr. Boetger belonged to the 20/30 Club, the Elks and the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor Commission during his time in Santa Cruz. In Cameron Park, he was a past-president of the Rotary Club.
Mr. Boetger also enjoyed camping, golf, fishing and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years Sally Boetger of Cameron Park; daughters Carol Hinkle of Reno, Nev., Judy Newland of Truckee and Diane Forrest of Sperryville, Va.; son Michael Boetger of Cameron Park; and seven grandchildren.
Howard Harrison Hurlburt Jr
In 1981 he married his beloved wife Sue Harrison. Howard and Sue enjoyed going boating/ fishing locally. They were best friends and shared good times as well as depended on each others strengths for life's challenges.
Howard's occupations included working for the Ca Dept Forestry, and the County of San Francisco. His business venture's included running a small Construction Co and owning two Cocktail Lounges. His last position was managing the Holiday Host RV Park located at the old Santa's Village in Scotts Valley until it was destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
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