Passing of Francis Musser

Francis Fairly Musser, “Smokey”, started his career with the California Department of Forestry (CDF, now CAL FIRE) in the Tehama-Glenn Unit in 1958.  He was assigned to the Lassen Lodge Forest Fire Station in Mineral as a Fire Apparatus Engineer.  He promoted to Fire Crew Captain at the Crystal Creek Camp in the Shasta-Trinity Unit, west of Redding.  He then returned to TGU after accepting a promotion to the Paskenta Ranger District (now Battalion) as a State Forest Ranger I (Battalion Chief).  He retired in 1979 and moved to Indian Valley.  Chief Musser remained active during his retirement as a volunteer firefighter with the Indian Valley Volunteer Fire Department from 1984-2010 marking 52 years of public safety service as a firefighter.


Chief Musser is survived by his second wife, Anne Harrigan Musser; his children Katherine Iglesias and Norman Lamb of Greenville CA, Paul Francis and Debbie Musser of Flagstaff Arizona; his twin sister Fay Gilkey of Orofino, ID and his sister Isabell Gleason of Orting, WA, Anne’s children; Tina Popenuck and her children, Katie and Anthony, Tom and Kim Popenuck, Bill Popenuck and Sage Baggott; and many nieces, nephews and relatives on the Noah and Musser sides of the family.


Chief Musser’s full obituary is posted at


Donations in Francis’s memory may be made to the following organizations:


Indian Valley Museum

4288 Cemetery St

Taylorsville, CA 95983


Taylorsville Community Methodist Church

4264 Nelson St

Taylorsville, CA 95983


Services will be held September 30, 2017 at 2 PM at the Taylorsville Community Methodist Church, in Taylorsville CA.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Taylorsville District Cemetery.  Chief Lane Caldwell has been assigned as the Family Liaison Officer.


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