Is Eureka & Humboldt County the Suicide Capital of the West?

At the national rate for suicide of about 11 per 100,000, Humboldt County should have about 14 suicides per year.  So far this year, 24 days into January, Humboldt County has had 7 suicides already, an annual pace of 106 suicides.  What is going on?  Are we experiencing a suicide cluster here in Eureka and Humboldt County, and if so, what is the cause?

Man dies after jumping off Eureka Masonic Lodge building:

“Coroner Dave Parris said Haynes’ death marks the seventh suicide that his staff has responded to since Jan. 1. Over the last 90 days, the coroner’s office has responded to 15 suicides. In contrast, the coroner’s office responded to five suicides between November 2010 and January 2011.”

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Obituary: Levi William Haynes (March 10 1976 – Jan. 24, 2012)

Levi William Haynes, 35, went to be with his beloved brother Chuckles on January 24, 2012, in Humboldt County. Levi was born on March 10, 1976, in Cres­cent City to Charlie and Jan Haynes.

He attended local schools and was very active in sports. Levi graduated from Sunset High School in 1994 and pursued a career in logging like his father because he loved the outdoors.

He had two beautiful daughters with Melanie Currie Barry. Mateha and Sydni meant the world to him and he loved them with all his heart.

Levi enjoyed hunting, fishing and many outdoor activities.  He spent time with his girls as often as he could and loved attending their sports activities and anything else they were involved in.  Levi was a big-hearted person who always put others before himself.

Levi will be greatly missed by many, especially his two daughters Mateha and Sydni Haynes and surviving family members which include his parents Charlie (Becki)  Haynes; Jan Haynes and Steve Pyke, brother Jeremiah Haynes, his stepsister Sara Conner, stepbrother Josh Conner, niece Bella Haynes, stepson Ty Barry, uncle Chuck Jeppson; aunt Susan Short-Evanow, cousins Jennifer, Carrenan, Tyler and Michael and local cousins Heather (Alfred) Larson, Shellie Duncan, Hollie (John) Maready and their families.

Levi was preceded in death by Charles John Haynes and Steven Dale Short.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in his memory to his daughters’ college fund at Chetco Federal Credit Union.

Memorial services will be held at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, 1281 Douglas Street, Crescent City, on Tuesday, January 31, at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.

— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel–-Jan-24-2012


2 Responses to “Is Eureka & Humboldt County the Suicide Capital of the West?”

  1. Those are some pretty ugly numbers. Here’s a good piece on Humboldt Co. Suicide albeit slightly out of date.

  2. […] off Eureka’s Masonic Lodge building Tuesday by a 35-year old man, both the Times-Standard and Highboltage report that over the past 90 days the coroner’s office has responded to 15 suicides, compared to […]

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