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Bradley C. Hicks
A funeral service was held Thursday at Crossroads Church in Turlock for Bradley Clark Hicks, 48, of Denair. He died recently at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

Burial was at Lakewood Memorial Park under the direction of Allen Mortuary.

Born March 1962 in Modesto to Stanley and Euna Hicks, Brad was raised in Hughson and graduated from Hughson High. Heproudly joined the Marine Corps and received many accreditations, such as the Rifle Expert Badge, Meritorious Mast, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Letter of Appreciation, Good Conduct Medal, and was a member of the Super Squad. After his honorable discharge he graduated from California State University, Stanislaus, with a bachelor's degree in Geology. After earning his degree, he went on to work at the Castle Air Force Base on groundwater cleanup. His employment also included the Regional Water Quality Control Board in Victorville, after his time there he moved on to the Stanislaus County Dept of Environmental Services, also working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Brad's great love and joy was his family and he enjoyed fine cuisine, fishing, hunting, camping, farming, and snow skiing or time out on the water on the house boat, with good music and good company. He also enjoyed beekeeping and wine making.

He leaves behind his wife of 23 years, Pollyanne Hicks of Denair; his four children, Erika Ashley Hicks, Hailey Quinn Hicks, Morgan Christina Hicks and Garret Warren Hicks, all of Denair; two sisters, Marla Wampler and Heather Taylor; and his parents, Stanley and Euna Hicks of Hughson.

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-Ceres Courier/ July 21, 2010