Born on Dec. 6, 1927, in Sanborn, Minnesota, to Peter and Veronica Meyers, Gerry “Papa” Meyers ’52—along with his parents and six siblings—came to Sacramento via “jalopy” in the 1930s to accommodate Grandpa Peter’s new harness-making job. In Sacramento, he graduated from Christian Brothers, moved on to Sacramento City College, entered the Navy and eventually earned degrees from both SCU and CSUS. Along the way, he met the love of his life, Nancy Bogdan, his wife of 63 years. Gerry spent over 30 years as an educator and administrator in the San Juan School District. Papa, English major to the core, was skilled in the use of the term Pecksniffian; was a noted fan of unreliable automobiles from the UK and Italy; and was inventor of the broomstick, a single-pole “worm finder” (sadly, never patented). Gerry was a lifelong Giants and 49ers fan, an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer, and self-proclaimed tomato growing champion. At age 91, he passed away peacefully on Aug. 21, 2019. He was proceeded in death by his parents, wife Nancy, and his siblings Lucian, Robert, Margaret, Mary, and Dorothy. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Souza; his three sons, Gregory, Andrew (Carla), and Jeffrey (Linda); five grandchildren (Kelly, Kristin, Gillian, Marissa, Alex), and two great-grandchildren (Joshua, Ezra). All will miss his endless optimism, dry wit, and his devotion to family and friends.

22 Oct 2019