Jonathan Abraham Levine
March 9, 1950 - Feb. 24, 2013
Jonathan Abraham Levine passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in the presence of his family. The world is a lesser place without him, and a greater place because of him.
A fifth generation native of Sacramento, Jonathan was born to Robert Abraham Levine and Valois Levine (née Van Gilder) on March 9, 1950. But for a brief, youthful adventure as a farmer in Israel, Jonathan lived in the Golden State. Raised in Sacramento, and an occasional resident of San Francisco, Jonathan ultimately settled in Woodland - his home.
Jon married Dana Levine (née Owens) in 1975, and their marriage is a model of mutual support and devotion. With Dana by his side, Jon grew from a youth who could scarcely take care of himself, to a man who supported a large family, a successful business, and a fortunate community. Through his tireless and modest volunteer work in Woodland, Jon changed the lives of countless people for the better. An autodidact and entrepreneur, Jon founded the Levine Grain Company in 1993, and was a gifted and scrupulous grain merchant.
Jon was distinguished by his good taste. He listened to the Doors, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground before they were cool - and after. But above all, Jon was distinguished by his love. Though he practiced the snarl of a curmudgeon, Jon could never conceal his generous soul and kind heart. He grew into one of the least judgmental and most honest men the species has ever produced. Jon was supportive, patient, and had an inexhaustible reserve of hard-won wisdom that he gracefully shared.
Jon is celebrated and honored by his wife, Dana; his children Rachael, Nathan and Maria, Megan and Joseph, Owen, and Crystal; and by his grandchildren: Isaiah, Nehemiah, Harriet, Samuel, and Elliott.
Jonathan's life and legacy will be celebrated at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Celebration Center Church, 100 Woodland Ave., Woodland.
Published in Daily Democrat from Feb. 28 to Mar. 18, 2013