Obituaries
July 17, 2018

Gary Mathews

April 20, 2018

Gary Mathews Gary, a long time resident of Rohnert Park passed away February 19, 2018 at the age of 84. Gary was a music teacher in Rohnert Park schools for 13 years. He inspired many students to a lifelong appreciation of music with his caring, patience and joy in teaching them. Gary was a founding member of The Rohnert Park Community Band. He was an outstanding trumpet player who loved his solos. He played lead trumpet in the Kitchen Kutups stage productions. He also played in several other local bands. He had a Chiropractic practice in Rohnert Park where he relieved pain for many patients with thoughtful, thorough treatment programs. Gary lost his wife Dana, a local teacher in 2003. He is now buried next to her. Anyone who knew Gary and would like to join in a Celebration of his Life is invited to The Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane on May 20, 2018. There will be a free Concert in his Memory followed by his Life Story and Rememberances starting at 2pm. A light lunch will be served after the event. Please bring a Gary Memory to share. You may write it or speak, whichever you prefer. Any questions can be directed to his niece Cheril at cafagan@mindspring.com.

Jerry Glen Wilmot

April 20, 2018

Jerry , 82, passed away at home late on March 1, 2018, with his son and grandsons by his side. He was a long time resident of Rohnert Park, a loving father, grandfather to two and great grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife Irma Wilmot in October 2012; his parents John & Bertha Wilmot, sister Elizabeth of CA, brother Jack of Sanford NC and brother Jim of Duluth MN. He was born in 1935 in Duluth, MN to John and Bertha Wilmot. Graduated from Duluth, MN, Central High School in 1953, playing basketball all 4 years. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954, serving for 20 years including three tours in Germany and one tour in Vietnam. In his Army years he attended University of New Mexico and took correspondence courses at the University of Chicago, graduating with a BA in computer science in 1973. Straight out of the Army in 1973, Jerry went to work for the General Service Administration in Los Angeles, CA and later when moving to Rohnert Park, CA in 1979 worked in San Francisco, CA as Director of Federal Telecommunications Services covering government communications for the Pacific Region (CA, NV, AZ, HI and Pacific Territories). 22 years later Jerry retired in 1995 providing a total of 42 years of dedicated military and Government civil service to our country. While in Rohnert Park, Jerry enjoyed playing golf and routinely visiting various businesses throughout the area enjoying a beer with friends and sharing his infectious sense of humor. Jerry is survived by his son Tracy and his wife Kathy; grandsons Cavin and Lance and great grandson Tristan all living in Rohnert Park; sister Elaine Wilmot, Duluth, MN; sister in law Cathelene Wilmot, Sanford, NC; Shirley Wilmot of Proctor, MN and many nieces and nephews. No religious ceremonies are planned and burial rites are by Adobe Creek Funeral Home in Petaluma. A Celebration of Jerry's Life will be held on June 9th (Saturday) from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Lounge area within Double Decker Lanes, 300 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park, CA. Immediate family will be present, so please stop by for refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and pleasant memories.

Giles Scott Jr.

March 16, 2018

Embry Giles Scott Jr., 71, passed away at home early on Friday, Feb. 23. A longtime resident and business-owner in Rohnert Park, Giles was also a loving father of four, grandfather to six, and husband to his best friend of 39 years. An author, poet, avid camper, wine connoisseur, barbecue aficionado, lover of chocolate, reader and most of all, faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Giles lived his life to the fullest, thoroughly loving those he knew. Those close to him could not help but be affected by his enthusiasm for life and all his many hobbies. He is survived by his loving wife, Judy Scott, as well as his four children and their spouses: Jonathan and Renee, David and Melody, Mary Scott and James Scott and his six grandchildren, Kaylee, Alex, Daniel, Jenna, Olivia and Mason. The memorial will be held at Santa Rosa Bible Church on April 6 at 1 p.m. 

Judson Synder

March 9, 2018

Judson Snyder

August 12, 1925 – March 3, 2018

On Saturday March 3, 2018, 

4:56 p.m., Judson F. Snyder, former editor of the Community Voice and current columnist (Coffee Grounds), died at the age of 92 with caregiver Barbara Johnson by his side according to Tim McGuire, his nephew and legal representative, who lives in Liverpool near Syracuse, in upstate New York. He was preceded in death by his wife, M. Pauline Xavier, in June 2010. Cause of his death was complications from diabetes, which he has been fighting for longer than a decade. 

Born in Huntington, Long Island NY, he attended local schools and graduated from Farmingdale High School in 1943 then promptly enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for three years including one year in the South Pacific.

SNYDER AND HIS WIFE later moved to San Francisco and then moved to Sonoma County in 1972 and settled in the Hessel District. He landed a job as editor of a weekly tabloid published by Paul Golis, co-founder of Rohnert Park, then joined the reportorial staff with the tabloid weekly, the Clarion and then as a reporter on the first issue of The Community Voice for the next 26 years.

No religious ceremonies are planned and burial private rites are by Adobe Creek Funeral Home in Petaluma. Public tributes can be made by dedicating a tree near the RP Community Center or a bench nearby. His name already exists on the honor wall plaque occasionally on view in the Spreckels Theater lobby. 

Judson Snyder’s memorial service will be held March 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in room #2 of the Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Ln., Rohnert Park.

The Community Voice staff will be present, please stop by for refreshments and pleasant memories.