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Sunday, 01 March 2015 05:06

Jerry Hiroshio Matsumura (1952 - 2015)


Dec. 26, 1952 - Jan. 23, 2015 

Jerry Hiroshi Matsumura, 62, of Esparto, passed away Jan. 23 in Woodland. Jerry was a Yolo resident for 62 years, graduated from Esparto High School K-12 and received his degree at Modesto JC in Ag Science. 

Jerry was a farmer his entire life. He was the 3rd generation of farming in Esparto/Yolo County. A member of National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Western Pyrotecnic Association, Farm Bureau, Fire Commissioner for the Esparto Fire Department. 

Preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Tamiyo Matsumura, and son, Hiroshi Matsumura. 

Survivors includes his wife of 40 years, Leanna Matsumura of Esparto; daughters, Reiko Matsumura, Tammy (Sam) Machado, Tammy Sailing and Myrna Spiva; grandchildren, Jameson Ney, Addyson Machado, Barron Santiago, Tarron Santiago, Lela Spiva and Nathan Covington; sister, Kathy (Jeremy) Green, and brother, Paul (Tori) Matsumura. 

Memorial and 7th Day Service will be Monday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m,. at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento. Officiating ministers, Rinban Bob Oshita, Sacramento Buddhist Church.

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Saturday, 04 June 2011 04:20
Sept. 4, 1953, - May 27, 2011

Phillip George Smith, after a heroic battle against renal cell cancer, died peacefully at home in Corning, surrounded by his loved ones on Friday, May 27, 2011. To many who knew him, the way Phil lived his life was an inspiration. Born Sept. 4, 1953, in Woodland, to Henry and Margaret Smith, Phil grew up in Esparto, and attended Esparto High School. Born into a long-standing farming family, Phil worked on his family's ranches in Esparto and Fort Bragg. He went on to attend Modesto Junior College, UC Davis; and Chico State. At Chico State he studied stone fruits and earned his bachelor of science degree in pomology.

Phil began working in the olive industry at Bell Carter in 1978. This position was the birth of a career he loved. He subsequently went on to become the Plant Manager of Ehmann Olive Company in Oroville, a position he retained when the company became Delallo Italian Foods. Phil was an olive aficionado, always adding olives to his dishes and experimenting with new tapenades.

Phil married the love of his life, Susie Becker, on Aug. 6, 1988. They lived in Chico, with their beloved cat and dog. Although Phil and Susie did not have children, Phil was a devoted and proud "Uncle Phil" to many nieces and nephews; whom he loved as he would his own children.

In 1999 Phil and Susie returned to the Ten Mile River Ranch in Fort Bragg to live and work. There, they enjoyed being with Phil's parents in their final years.

He was an active outdoorsman throughout his life - nothing stopped him from enjoying nature. For almost 40 years Phil valued the annual hunting trips at the ranch with his college roommates. He was a golfer, and enjoyed traditional and Frisbee golf. Phil played tennis and racquetball, enjoyed snow skiing and running. He was kind, loving, encouraging and had a thoughtful presence which allowed him to share his vast knowledge without seeming pretentious. His humorous stories live on within us.

Phil is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Susie and their loyal dog Roamin; three sisters, Margaret, Barbara, and Susan; loving mother in-law, Rita Bauman; and numerous loving brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Preceding Phil in death were his parents Henry R. and Margaret L. Smith; and younger brother, Brian Smith, all of Fort Bragg.

A celebration of Phil's life will be held at noon, Sunday, June 5, at 5041 Toomes Ave., in Corning.


Published in Daily Democrat on June 2, 2011
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 12:29


UPDATE  02-12-15




From Maggie McGuire
17 hrs ·
Hi all of my old Esparto High School friends. I just spoke with my sweet friend Leanna Matsumura & she wanted me to let all of you know about Jerry's memorial service, which will be a celebration of his way too short life. The plan is for March 14th in the afternoon until after dark (for fireworks, as I'm sure you all know, Jerry LOVED!) at their home on 18080 County Road 86A, Esparto, California. Everyone who knew & loved Jerry is welcome at any time that day to share with Jerry's family memories, stories or whatever to join them in a final farewell to a wonderful friend or family member. RIP my good friend. You left us too soon like so many others before you. God bless us all. Thanks & love to you all, Maggie. If you have any questions, their land line # is in the book, so call & ask Leanna. Thanks again. I will be there in spirit with deep sadness.


My family would like to thank everyone for the kind words and condolences we have received in the last couple days. My dad was a amazing father, grandfather, husband, family member and friend. He will be missed by many. A service will be held at the Sacramento Buddhist Church on Monday February 2 at 2PM. Open to friends and family that wish to attend. 

Knowing he would want to "go out" with a Bang, we will be celebrating his life with a Fireworks display and BBQ in early March at the ranch. The official date is in the works.

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Sunday, 29 May 2011 13:06
Dawn Rominger (Aurore Rominger) "eighth grade graduation.
Cousin Toni came over and did my hair like the big girls,
and mom made my dress! It was a sort of chiffon layered
lime green with lace on top!"
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