Wednesday, April 23, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

D. Lee ‘Fuzzy’ Mitchell III

Mitchell, Lee

May 3, 1936 – Aug. 31, 2013

D. Lee “Fuzzy” Mitchell III, 77, of Woodland, passed away at his home on Aug. 31, 2013. Lee was born May 3, 1936, in Berkeley, the son of Dickey Leroy Mitchell Jr. and Beulah Marie Andrews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a younger brother, Edward Lee Mitchell. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Carlson; a sister, Monta and husband Richard Wagar of Bellingham, Wash.; a brother, Paul Mitchell and wife Madeleine of Reedley; six children, Roxanne Mitchell of Rancho Murieta; Roy Mitchell of Anchorage, Alaska; Kit Mitchell of Santa Rosa; John “JJ” Johnson of Prescott, Ariz.; Timothy Mitchell of Rocklin; and Gail Mitchell of Davis; 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

As per his request, he will be cremated and a celebration of life will be held at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 2013. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Woodland Community College Lee Mitchell Bike Rack Fund, or a Lee Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Book Fund or to the Wayfarer Center Christian Mission, 277 Fourth St., Woodland.

Lee started his work career stocking produce in grocery stores and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and a master’s degree from UC Davis. He embraced and loved teaching. He was one of 12 pioneer professors at Woodland Community College through the Yuba Community College District in 1974. Over a span of 35 years, he taught anthropology, ecology, geography, geology and oceanography. He took great joy in teaching, often providing his own funds for books for students who had limited financial resources.

He was a member of several bike clubs, including the Davis Bike Club, Grizzly Peaks Cycling Association and Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA). He was a three-time record setter in Race Across America (RAAM), a 3,000 mile, nonstop bicycle race from California to Maryland. He and three team members hold the current bicycling record in RAAM for a team whose age averaged 75. “Fuzzy” Mitchell spent many years volunteering as a Supply and Gear (SAG) wagon driver, supporting other serious bicyclists in RAAM, Race Across Oregon, the Hoodo and the 508. Lee’s Red Bike Van is an icon to many enthusiastic bicyclists. He was a true “SAG Angel.”

Lee will be remembered for his unfailing smile, his signature “Santa Claus” look, his never-changing wardrobe and his red minivan blasting music to get you over the next hill. Most of all, we’ll remember him for his unfailing SAG support, his generosity of spirit and his single-minded concern for the safety of cyclist on the road.

Lee possessed a unique set of skills that made him a respected teacher, mentor and leader. He gave much of himself in time, money and energy to cycling, teaching and family; his passion to help others was unparalleled.

Special to The Enterprise

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Kristina McNarySeptember 10, 2013 - 8:03 pm

    Mr. Mitchell was my absolute favorite teacher at Woodland Community College. To this day I can still remember some of his lessons just because of his unique teaching style. He was wonderful and I took almost all of his classes even though English was my major! He will be missed.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

News

 
Council votes to look at reducing water bills

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

New mosaic mural reflects Peña family history

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
UC Davis biodigester hungers for food scraps

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Penalty decision looms in Winters homicide case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

Hay bales burn east of Davis

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Woman killed by train ID’d

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Pro-Russian insurgents hold journalist captive

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Davis Arts Center: See ceramics, join the Big Day of Giving

By Erie Vitiello | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Fire damages Woodland home

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

Register to vote by May 19

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Sign up for enviro organizations during Earth Week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Bible fun featured at Parents’ Night Out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Davis businesswoman presides over conference

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Birch Lane sells garden plants, veggies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Team Blend hosts fundraiser for Nicaragua project

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A3

Fundraiser benefits Oakley campaign

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Fire crews gather for joint training

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Odd Fellows host culinary benefit for nonprofit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
400 bikes go up for bids at UCD auction

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Sunder hosts campaign event for kids

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Church hosts discussion of mental health needs, services

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
UCD to host premiere of autism documentary

By Cory Golden | From Page: A4

UFC hears from two local historians

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
UCD professor to talk about new book

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Fly Fishers talk to focus on healthy streams, rivers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Train to become a weather spotter

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Learn survival skills at Cache Creek Preserve

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Veterans, internees may receive overdue diplomas

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

UC Davis conference showcases undergraduate research

By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Conservation District celebrates its stewardship efforts

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Slow Food tour showcases area’s young farmers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

 
.

Forum

Even a safe house needs boundaries

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
I support Sunder for board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

Will anyone notice?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

 
My votes reflect city values

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

 
A plea on the Bard’s birthday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
.

Sports

DHS thunders back to win an epic DVC volleyball match

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
DHS/Franklin I goes to the Blue Devil softballers

By Chris Saur | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Davis gets to Grant ace and rolls in DVC crucial

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Walchli is under par in another Devil victory

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

Seniors send Blue Devil girls past Broncos in a lacrosse rout

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
 
Baseball roundup: Rangers rally to beat A’s in the ninth

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

Sharks go up 3-0 with OT win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

Field to fork: El Macero’s chef offers spring tastes

By Dan Kennedy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

 
.

Arts

 
Five Three Oh! featured at April Performers’ Circle

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Celebrate spring at I-House on Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Music, wine flow at Fourth Friday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Biscuits ‘n Honey will play at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Catharine ‘Kay’ Lathrop

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6