August 22, 2013
Rod Bedayn of Grass Valley, died peacefully at home, on Friday, August 9, 2013. He was 66 years old. Rod was born in Berkeley, California, on November 26, 1946, to Raffi and Barbara Bedayn. Raised in Orinda, California, he spent most of his adult life in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and foothills. He lived in South Lake Tahoe for 20 years, and resided in Grass Valley for the past 15 years, with his wife Janice, and their two children, Jesse, age 16, and Junet, age 13. In addition to his immediate family, Rod is survived by his sister, Kathy
Bedayn, of Walnut Creek, his brother and sister-in-law Richard and Mary-Jo Bedayn of Alamo, and by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
A true renaissance man, Rod’s skills and interests were many, but his passion was in the mountains, deserts, rivers, and – most of all – in his family and community. His professional life included time spent in the Merchant Marines, and as a truck driver, waiter, and real estate broker, but everything he did was in the service of leading a simple and balanced life focused primarily on the outdoors, family and friends. He was a whitewater river-raft guide on several rivers in the western United States, a mountain bike guide in Utah, a ropes course facilitator in Sonoma County, and he spent many years as a ski instructor, and in mountain rescue in the Tahoe area. Rod’s education was equally varied; he attended Utah State University, and San Jose State University, where he completed his Bachelor’s studies. He received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from JFK University in 1993.
Rod married Janice Hassett in 1995 and they moved to Grass Valley in 1998, where their children have been raised. Rod was a volunteer in many organizations, most notably as an active parent at Nevada City School of the Arts, a creek monitor for Wolf Creek Alliance and a board member on the BriarPatch Community Market Board of Directors. His greatest attributes were the kindness and generosity of spirit that guided his every action. He freely shared his skill, knowledge, and love of the outdoors, always with humor, charm, and good
cheer. He had a deep reverence and joy for the natural world, and for those who walked alongside him.
Rod died from complications of Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), and the past ten years proved to be far more challenging than any mountain he climbed, or any whitewater- rapid he ran. As with the rest of his life, Rod navigated the complications of this disease with grace and dignity. A celebration of Rod’s life will be held in September.
In honor of Rod, memorial contributions can be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, (theaftd.org) the BriarPatch Community Fund, (briarpatch. coop) or the Sierra Nevada Alliance (sierranevadaalliance.org). His family would like to have each of those who knew Rod to take a walk in the mountains in remembrance of him, of his spirit, and of his life.