Obituary of Eugene “Geno” Walter Meyers
Eugene “Geno” Walter Meyers “The mountains are calling and I must go.” ~ John Muir Geno went home to the Lord on Sunday morning, October 28, 2018, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. Geno was a remarkable man who lived an adventurous life throughout his 69 years. A friend said of him, “We respect Geno, the gentleman who always played fair, the light footed runner with great endurance, the gold miner at home in the wilderness.”
Born in Oroville, CA, on December 4, 1948, to Irene and Bob Meyers Geno spent his first eight years in Camp One, a small community near the logging town of Feather Falls in Butte County.
When Geno was eight the family moved to Westport, near Fort Bragg where he attended a one-room schoolhouse and learned to fish from his dad’s boat. The family moved back to Oroville a few years later and spent summers along the Middle Fork of the Feather River, fishing, hunting and gold mining. Geno started dredging gold when he was 11 years old and continued mining the rest of his life.
He graduated from Oroville High School in 1967 and graduated from Chico State in 1972 with a B.A. in math with a teaching credential. Later he attended Sacramento State and received his Special Education degree.
At Chico State, he was All-American in Track and Field, (1969 and 1971). He held the Far Western Conference meet record in the 800 meters (1:50.1) until 1994 and he also set the Chico State mile record at 4:06.7 and held school records in the 880-yard and threemile runs.
Inducted into the Chico Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 his citation reads, “Gene Meyers is one of the best, if not the best, distance runners to wear a uniform for Chico State.”
Geno met his wife, Cathy Anderson, in 1980, they married in 1982 and lived in Chicago Park where Geno served on the Chicago Park School board and coached track and volleyball while teaching at Milhous Boys Ranch School.
For nearly a decade Geno also supported his family by selling firewood, after which he was a substitute teacher until being hired as a Special Ed aide and Track and Field coach at Nevada Union.
Geno is survived by his wife of 36 years Cathy, sons Benjamin and Owen, sisters Mollie and Barbara, brother Dave (Kim) and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 9 at Simple Truth Church, Cottage Hill School, 22600 Kingston Lane, Grass Valley, 95949.
Thank you to his many caregivers, family and friends who made his last years easier and active. Special thanks to Sierra Ridge Memory Care in Auburn for their loving “In the Moment” care during his final six months and to Hospice of the Foothills.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 1455 Response Road #190, Sacramento, CA 95815, Helping Hands Adult Daycare, P.O. Box 309, Penn Valley, CA 95946, or Chico Wildcats Track and Field, CSUC, Chico, CA 95929-0155.
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