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Jain O’Mara Light ’70 passed away peacefully Jan. 16, 2012, at her home in Aptos, Calif., surrounded by family.
Jain had a smile that could brighten a room, loved the outdoors and was always open to new adventures. She took up cycling after her youngest child left for college, and, as an avid mountain and road cyclist, participated in numerous events such as 24 hours of Moab relay race, dozens of long-distance cycling events, and the LIVESTRONG Challenge. She also enjoyed volunteering at cycling events such as the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif., and was a board member of a number of local cycling clubs. Her adventurous spirit also took her boogie boarding, hiking, and cycling on the Big Island of Hawaii and traveling around the world.
Having lived her entire life in the Bay Area, she graduated from Santa Clara University in 1970 with a B.S. degree in sociology and psychology. In 1978, Jain married Michael Light, and together raised five children in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Although she enjoyed the outdoors, nothing compared to her joy of being a mother and grandmother.
Jain thoroughly enjoyed her more than 22 years as a paralegal, office manager, and personal assistant to Arthur Johnson before retiring in 2010 due to illness.
She is survived by her husband, Michael, children, Lisa Gamble, Jason Sutter, Beki Melone, Jeremy Sutter, Jon Garland-Sutter and 16 grandchildren.