Under a waning moon on Oct. 22, 2013, Gerald William Hodkins died at his home in Nevada City, surrounded by some of his biggest fans. He was 58.
Jerry was born April 13, 1955, to Myron and Anita Hodkins in Roseville, Calif. The family moved to Nevada County a year later where Jerry and his three brothers would thrive on a small ranch off of Wolf Road. They raised cattle, worked in their mother’s garden, fished local ponds and creeks, hunted game and did their share of mischief-making.
While growing up, Jerry was active in 4-H and FFA and earned many awards. He received distinction for his role in numerous athletic activities in high school. After graduating from Nevada Union in 1973 he married Kristine Morrison. Over the next few years they welcomed two daughters, Natalie and Morgan. Jerry was a hardworking, devoted family man who labored at various jobs in the construction industry, including at his own business, Jerry Hodkins Drywall.
Jerry was known for his exceptional gardening skills. His trademark crops were tomatoes, garlic and pickling cucumbers. His spicy dills are legendary. Jerry enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, skydiving and beekeeping. He was an avid reader of nonfiction, with a particular interest in ancient to modern-day military battles.
Jerry is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Natalie and Buck Rainey; daughter and daughter-in-law, Morgan and Allison Hodkins-Smith; his wife, Candace Hansen and her children, Yuri Godwin and Coral Cunningham; their spouses Kerry Kelley and Isaac Bloch; and a grandchild, Henry Godwin, for whom Jerry acted as an unconditional surrogate parent and grandparent. Jerry is also survived by many relatives and friends – some dear, some distant – who knew and loved him.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Robert and Steven.
The family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of the Foothills.
For information regarding gatherings to celebrate Jerry’s life, contact Candace at 265-3472 or Morgan at 273-2446.