Passing of William (Gary) Todd

Elizabeth Jean Todd (Jeannie) was called to heaven on September 21, 2017. William Gary Todd (Gary) joined his love of 45 years on February 8, 2018. Both passed away at home in Redding, CA with family at their sides. They are survived by their eight children: Skip Woodruff, Mary Kay Cox, Kathleen Purvis, Sheryl Beverett, Tina King, Daniel Todd, Cam Todd and Teri Martin; fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Jeannie’s spirit and her beauty were surpassed only by her incredible love for Gary and her family.

Gary Todd served as a communications specialist in the US Navy and joined the California Division of Forestry as a firefighter on July 4, 1950. He was the Asst. Chief (1963) and Chief (1967) of the Lake-Napa Ranger Unit. It was while in St. Helena that he met Jeannie. He served as PTA President and basketball coach for St. Helena Parochial School in the late 60’s. He thoroughly enjoyed working the land on the family Christmas tree farm. Gary was an incredibly devoted man—to family, friends, the fire service, and to the men and who proudly called him Chief.

Per their request, there will be no service. Their spirit will forever be in St Helena as the place they met, fell in love, and blended a family that could not have loved them more.


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