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William Vest

Services for William “Bill” Vest of Grass Valley will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Burial will be at the Paradise District Cemetery in Paradise.

Mr. Vest died Tuesday, Dec. 31, in Grass Valley. He was 38.

He was born on June 28, 1964, in Van Nuys, to Bill and Helen Vest. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic stationed in Germany from 1981 to 1986. He married Donielle Gardner on June 20, 2001. He had served as deputy coroner for the Butte County Sheriff’s Department before moving to Nevada County. He had worked as a funeral director at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary before going to work as a surgical assistant at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Table Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 124 in Paradise. He was a member of several Civil War re-enactment groups. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and brewing beer, for which he had won numerous blue ribbons. He also played the drums.

He is survived by his wife, Donielle Vest of Grass Valley; parents, Bill and Helen Vest of Paradise; sons, Tommy Vest and Stephen Vest, both of Grass Valley; stepson, Ricky Sorensen of Grass Valley; stepdaughter, Breann Sorensen of Grass Valley; sisters, Becky Vest and Jennifer Murdoch, both of Southern California; and brother, Jeff Vest of Paradise.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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