John Sommer died Aug. 12.
Family and friends are welcome for visitation to be held from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17, at the East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, and are respectfully invited to attend a celebration of his life at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18, in the Town & Country Lutheran Church, 4049 Marconi Ave., Sacramento. Interment will follow in East Lawn Elk Grove Cemetery next to his late wife.
Mr. Sommer was born April 9, 1918, in Krem, N.D., one of seven children. He moved to California in 1941 and held residence in San Francisco, Stockton, West Sacramento, and Grass Valley, but considered Grass Valley his true home. He spent most of his life serving God by creating the Alta Sierra Biblical Garden with his wife, Verna. An artist at heart, his sculptures and paintings were some of his many hidden talents. He enjoyed gardening and felt most at home in the outdoors getting his hands dirty. He treasured family gatherings and enjoyed hosting traditional German meals, never skipping dessert.
He was an active member of his church and when he spoke, it was understood that he knew God personally.
Mr. Sommer is survived by his loving children Jerry (Kitty) Sommer of Loomis and Joy Salazar of West Sacramento; loving grandchildren Jason (Rebecca) Sommer, Kari Smith, Laurie (Tom) Dahlberg, and Nicole (Trevor) Stephens; and great-grandchildren Lynsie, Julia, Morgahn, Kylie, Skylar, Spencer, Sean, Brynn, Bryce and Stuart.
He was preceded in death by his loving and dedicated wife of 65 years, Verna; son-in-law, Julian Salazar and granddaughter, Kimberly Salazar.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, 6300 E. El Dorado Plaza, Suite 400, Tucson, AZ 85715.
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