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John O. Wilson
March 17, 1938 - Dec. 31, 2013
Resident of Martinez
John Ogden Wilson, born on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1938, the son of Robert Hugh Wilson and Mavis Clare de Blanc Wilson, and younger brother of Marilyn Wilson Lane. All proceeded him in death. John met Helga Roessler on a blind date on New Year's Eve, December 31, 1956. They were married on August 3, 1958 and were only parted by his death at home this New Year's Eve past. He attended a one room school house in, then, rural El Sobrante, California, and Richmond High School, and college at the University of California, Berkeley. In later years, he earned an MBA from Saint Mary's College, California. His long distinguished career as a Civil Engineer included management of many important projects, first with Contra Costa County, and the bulk of his career with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport. He served on the City of Martinez Planning Commission for 12 years, and was a founder of the Martinez Regional Land Trust (now the Muir Heritage Land Trust). He is survived by his wife of more than 55 years, Helga Wilson, by his mother-in-law Lisbeth Roessler, by his eldest son David A. Wilson (younger son Daniel Wilson proceeded him in death in 2010), by granddaughters Brenna Rose Hills-Wilson and Elizabeth Wilson, and great-grandchildren Juliette and Logan. He also leaves behind an extended family and dear friends. John loved outdoor sports, such as soccer, running and whale boat racing. He loved backpacking in the wilderness and exploring the great American West and beyond. He loved his home and the garden he created there, and he truly loved life. He was a good man and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 2, 2014
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