Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jason Paul Berry, Longtime Calaveras resident

    Jason Paul Berry was born in Los Angeles on August 8, 1954. He passed away on Saturday April 14, 2018 at the age of 63.

   During his parents quest for California from Vermont, his first home was a motel room where his Mom and Dad used a dresser drawer and swaddling clothes for his short time in Los Angeles.

   His Mom and Dad traveled with Baby Jason to the Bay Area and settled in Palo Alto for a short time.  Next they moved to Milpitas and eventually settled in Fremont.

   While in the Bay Area, Jason's parents started a family business "Metal Craft" where Jason grew up and later worked in the very successful family business.

   In 1969 Jason and his younger siblings moved to Paloma where Jason converted from a city boy to a country boy, learning to ride horses, cut and stack hay, maintain a complicated well system and all the ranch boy duties of caring for 20 horses, 300 chickens, milk cows, bulls, ducks, dogs, cats and many other critters.

   He loved riding horses, motorcycles, boats, camping and hunting.  He raised two sons in Paloma, Jason Paul Berry, Jr. and James Berry and grandsons Brandon Berry and Jordan Berry, all of Paloma.

   He is survived by his step-mother Helen Berry of San Andreas, ex-wife Glenda (Waldrop) Berry, sister Lorry (Lorraine) Weatherby of Paloma, sister Jennifer Berry of Valley Springs, sister Lynne Calvert of Yelm, Washington, brother Carlton (Deme) Berry II of Elk Grove, grandsons Brandon and Jordan Berry, stepsister Jeanne Berry, stepsister Lila Grover, stepbrother Richard Berry and stepbrother James Harrison of San Andreas and many nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his father Carlton Berry, mother Rita Berry and brothers George Berry and Rex Berry.

   Jason loved his family and was proud to be the oldest brother at "The Family Ranch" in Paloma.

   Jason worked as a paper delivery boy in the Bay Area, as a laborer at Spence's Feed Store in Angels Camp, in the family metal plating business, then as a truck river for J.S. Trucking in Lodi, DH. Winn Trucking in Lockeford, then as a trucking business partner with his father.

   His favorite job was riving a Tow Truck for Campbells Chevron in Jackson. He was known by all his bosses to be a very dedicated and hard worker.

   Jason was known to help hundreds of people in time of need or in emergencies. He responded to car lock outs, emergency food, emergency shelter, safety from danger, vehicle breakdowns, etc 24/7.

   He had a soft spot for children an women in need. He always did all he could for those in need an many times gave his last dollar to help people, even those he did not know.

   A public Funeral will be held at San Andreas Memorial Chapel at 254 W. St Charles Street in San Andreas on Saturday April 21, 2018 at 9 AM, followed by a Celebration of Life at Gold Strike Village Club House on Gold Strike Road.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Paloma Open Bible Church or a Cancer Charity of your choice.




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