Donald Hedrick, 85, of Mariposa, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa.
Born Aug. 22, 1932 in Wheeling, W.V., he was the son of James Filmore “Phil” and Elnora “Nora” (Gallagher) Hedrick.
Don graduated from high school in June of 1950 and joined the United States Air Force on June 27, 1950, two days after the start of the Korean War and two months shy of his 18th birthday. Don’s tour of duty ended at Castle Air Force Base in California on Aug. 26, 1953, one month after the armistice was signed.
While stationed at Castle Air Force Base Don met his future wife, Alice F. Amis, who he married Aug. 28, 1953. Don, with Alice in tow, returned to West Virginia to start a new chapter in his life.
In 1954, Alice was pregnant with their first child and homesick for her family, so they returned to California where they resided the remainder of their lives.
Don’s first job in California was working with the U.S. Forest Service in Mariposa County, followed by various jobs in Richmond, Calif. Don started working for East Bay Municipal Utility District as a welder in 1961 and retired in 1991 as Assistant Superintendent of Pipeline Construction having worked 30 years for EBMUD.
Don and Alice returned to Mariposa upon retirement where they built their home and immersed themselves within the community.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Amis Hedrick on Feb. 21, 2018; both parents; brother, James F. Hedrick, Jr.; sisters, Catherine Jackiewicz, Lavelle Devault and infant sister Eleanor Jean Hedrick; and nephew, James Leroy Devault.
Don is survived by two sons, Gary Michael Hedrick and wife Denise of Orofino, Idaho, and Donald Guy Hedrick of Lemoore, Calif.; daughter, Marla Gay Pruitt of Atwater, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Alisa Hartman, Morgan Lee Hedrick, Crystal Hedrick, Nikki Ewert, Donald J Hedrick, Kyle Pruitt and Tracey Pruitt; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Joan Patterson of Claysville, Pa.; brotherin law, Donald J. (Sharron) Amis of Vacaville, Calif.; six nephews, Ronald Jackiewicz, Walter Jackiewicz, James Jackiewicz, Wilfrid F. Burket, David J. Burket and Zachary Amis; and eight nieces, Kathy Devault, Sharmalee Wear, Sharlene Johnson, Regina Lauther, Pamela Newland, Frankie Mark, Francine Claude and Sandra Amis.
Don had a small group of friends and neighbors who meant the world to him. He faced many adversities over the last 10 years and, without their help and assistance, it would not have been possible for him to continue to live his dream of staying in his home on the hill. A heartfelt thank you from the family goes to John and Waltzie Janeski, Joan Barlage, Ron Wallak and his best friend, Marvin Wells.
At the request of Don, his body has been cremated. A private service will be held at a later date.