2012-11-01 / Obituaries

Ted Hogan

Ted Hogan went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Sept. 29. Ted was a longtime resident of Mariposa. Born in Merced and preceded in passing by his parents, Herman and Nellie; and his son, Gibby. Ted was loved by many, and will be missed by those who loved him. Ted started working at a young age, in the fields, up and down the state of California, later even driving trucks for a stint, and was a business owner in many different fields. He served in the U.S. Army as a young man, and after his service, landed in the San Jose area and got into the retail industry, quickly advancing to management each time. He was always looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Realizing the rigor of retail was not for him, he moved on to many ventures, from ice cream trucks to flea markets and sometimes traveling the states to wherever his next great idea or new dream took him. Ted was a free spirit, always thinking ahead, but not forgetting to enjoy the moment. He landed in the foothills for several years, owned a screen company, tried his hand in a vineyard and worked to revitalize the Yosemite Valley Railroad. That was his dream in his later years. He always seemed to come back to the Merced area, thus ending up in Mariposa. He often referred to his foothill oasis, right above the fog line as “God’s country.”

Ted was happiest spending time with his friends, and family. He loved to strum his guitar, and you could usually hear him humming a song to himself as he worked, and he was always good for a funny story or two. He always had another project working, and if you stayed long enough, you would be working on it too. Ted would go to great lengths, if needed, as an advocate to better the lives of his neighbors.

He is survived by his son, Tim; and daughter, Libby; also his five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A remembrance and celebration of Ted’s life will be held at the Mariposa cemetery at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10, to be followed by a gathering at the Mariposa VFW hall at the corner of Highways 140 and 49 North.

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