Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hazel M. Cain, Calaveras Rancher

   Hazel M. Cain, born August 25, 1924, was a longtime Calaveras County rancher, horsewoman and civil activist.

   She passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 90 years old.

   Hazel resided on the Cain Ranch in Burson until a few days before her death, caring for her cattle
and horses.

   Hazel was the widow of Philip H. Cain, also a lifelong rancher and activist.

    Hazel was a graduate of U.C. Davis and although a career EDD employee, her love was working with her husband Phillip training and showing their horses throughout the west and winning numerous awards in bridle horse competitions.

   Although Hazel  and Phillip had no children, many children were introduced to horses and riding at the Cain Ranch.

   Hazel was an activist appearing before the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and other agencies advocating for agriculture, ranching, open space and against subdivisions and urban sprawl.

   She and her husband Phillip opposed subdivisions and development that encroached on ranchland and were tireless defenders of ranching.

   Hazel continued to the date of her passing living on and protecting the ranch she loved.

   Services will be at St. Andrews Catholic Church in San Andreas at 11 AM on Thursday, September 30, 2014 with interment to follow at the St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery.

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