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Richard “Dick”



A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Dec. 17 at Walton’s Chapel of the Valley, Carson City for Richard “Dick” Canatsey, 66, who died Dec. 8, 2005 in Carson City.

Mr. Canatsey was born Nov. 21, 1939 in Pleasanton, Kan. to Jack and Dorothy Davin. He was raised in Lovelock and remained a lifelong resident of Nevada.

He served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, 77th Special Forces. He had a lengthy career in law enforcement including Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and Sheriff of Douglas County. He served as the first Nevada Highway Patrol aerial pilot “Eye in the Sky” and was Chief Pilot of the Nevada Department of Highways. He was Chief Pilot and aide to Nevada’s Governors Paul Laxalt, Mike O’Callaghan and Robert List. He was also a flight instructor, flight engineer and a commercial airline pilot. Mr. Canatsey was a pilot for Vietnam troop transport with Airlift International. He was a certified firearms instructor. Mr. Canatsey continued his career as an investigator with several law firms, most recently the Law Offices of White, Meany and Wetherall. He was an expert for accident reconstruction in Nevada District Courts.

Mr. Canatsey was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Genoa, “Q.B.”, Airline Pilots Association, Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association and he attended church at the Sparks Christian Fellowship. He loved Nevada history and exploring rural Nevada. He loved flying, golf, kids, dogs and horses. He was an avid fan of “Mickey Mouse.”

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Davin, in 2005. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Davin, sister Dr. Patti Davin, both of Carson City, sons Richard L. Canatsey Jr. and his fiancé Vicki Dalton of Gardnerville, Robert L. Canatsey of Medford, Ore., daughter Christy Canatsey-Malarchuk of Gardnerville, grandchildren, Dally Malarchuk and Brandon Dalton.

Arrangements are in the care of Walton’s Chapel of the Valley. In lieu of flowers the family requests any memorial donations be made to Thanks and Giving, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please remember to write “Thanks and Giving” on your check. Condolences may be placed in the Family Guest Book at

Robin H. Halbrook


Robin H. Halbrook, 66, died Nov. 27, 2005. She was born June 24, 1939 in New Brunswick, Canada. Adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hacker, she spent most of her early childhood in Wakefield, Mass. until her family moved to Corona del Mar, Calif. in 1955.

She and her husband Jim Halbrook moved to the Carson Valley in 1993. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband Jim Halbrook; daughters Cathy Randel, Leslie Randel and Lorie Fox; son-in-law Jeff Fox; stepsons Kelly and Ed Halbrook; daughter-in-law Mary Halbrook; grandchildren Christon Randel, Megan Bavaro, Peter Fox, Kristina and Dannella Halbrook and great-grandson Keoni Hester.

A private family memorial was held November 30. Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home.

Nick DiSalvo


A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Dec. 15 at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville for Nick DiSalvo, 84, who died Dec. 9, 2005, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

Mr. DiSalvo was born March 9, 1921, in San Jose, Calif. He graduated from San Jose High School and worked on his family ranch. He was in the Army during World War II as part of the 3442nd Ordinance Medium Automotive Maintenance Company. After the war he returned to San Jose, married and raised five children. He and his wife moved to Gardnerville 25 years ago. He loved to cook for his family.

Mr. DiSalvo was preceded in death by his brother Vince DiSalvo. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy DiSalvo of Gardnerville, children, Roxanne and her husband Oliver Manfredi of Gardnerville, Dorian and her husband Jon DelConte of San Jose, Calif. Terri DiSalvo of San Jose, Calif. Sal DiSalvo of Gardnerville, Mark and his wife Tareasa DiSalvo of Gardnerville, sister Theresa Mancino; brothers Sal and Bennie DiSalvo; grandchildren Jana Tejeda, Brian Manfredi, Jon DelConte, Reese Rotsaert, Nicholas DiSalvo and great grandchildren Cody Manfredi, Jordan Tejeda and Rylee Manfredi.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville.