For the next three months I'll do free lookups from the California death index available for a fee at Vitalsearch. The index starts in 1905 and ends in 1940 (when Ancestry.com picks up California deaths).
Anyone tempted to subscribe to the index for $29.95 for 90 days, as I did, be forwarned. This is an unscrupulous company that doesn't respond to emails, answer their telephone, or return calls. In fact, when calling the company, an answering machine is all you get. Vitalsearch charged me for a second 90 cycle after I'd repeatedly tried to cancel.
So, free lookups to anyone who needs one. The more the merrier!