Rocky Reynolds, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grand father, brother, uncle, cousin, "Boss" and friend passed away on Friday, September 6, 2013 … after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's. |
Rocky was born on December 4, 1924 in San Andreas, California to Frank W. Reynolds from Coulterville and Luella (Dodie) Reister Reynolds from Angels Camp. He had 3 siblings: a brother, Bill (Grace) Reynolds, Lodi, and a sister Laverle (Bill) Brown, Scott's Valley. A younger brother, Glenn L. Reynolds, died at a young age.
Rocky was known as an avid outdoorsman from hunting deer, elk, moose, antelope, to shooting ducks, geese, quail, chukker, pheasants and fishing for any kind of fish. Each year he would go to Avery, Idaho for 4-6 weeks to hunt elk at his private hunting retreat he personally set up. During the year he would stay at his favorite duck club and took numerous fishing trips whenever he could.
Another one of his greatest joys was his work as a farmer and contributor to the agricultural community for which he was selected as a 'Legends of California' Honoree in 2003 along with his cousin and business partner of over 60 years, Don Reynolds. He and Don, started with two old box-making machines and went on to own and operate M&R Packing Company where Rocky managed all the field work and was involved in the company right up until the onset of his illness. Known for his no nonsense work ethic, he was a hands on boss and farmer. Despite his gruff exterior and "let's go" work attitude, his many employees loved him and respected his knowledge of farming as well as his generosity. Many of his employees have been with him for over 45 years. Rocky's handshake was as good as gold.
Rocky played baseball as a young boy and loved the game all his life. He and his partner Don sponsored a women's softball team, M&R Packers, for years, traveling to their many games. Rocky and his wife Carolyn enjoyed their horses and many hunting dogs. They rode horses in the back country to fish at remote lakes and hunted any time they could. Rocky and Carolyn loved to watch and support youth horse activities and generously gave to 4H, high school and college rodeo as well as youth cutting horse competitions.
Rocky is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carolyn of Acampo; three daughters, Sandy (Alan) Pitto of Acampo, Debbie Smith of Lodi, Pennie Reynolds of Sloughhouse; step-daughter Lisa (Ross) Hawkins of Waterford; and step-son Daryl (Lori) Smith of Lodi.
He has 10 grandchildren: Robert "Bobby" Pitto of New York, Kevin (Erica) Pitto of Acampo, Tim (Emily) Dondero of Sonora, Madison Smith of Lodi, Michelle (Tony) Souza of Lockeford, Jason Wimberly of Los Angeles, Rex Hawkins, Wade Hawkins, and Reid Hawkins of Waterford, Nicole Smith of Lodi, and the late Sidney M. Smith of Lodi, who died as an infant. He also leaves behind seven great-grandchildren.
Friends may visit Wednesday, September 18th from Noon until 8 p.m. at Lodi Funeral Home, 725 S Fairmont Ave. Services will be held at Lodi Funeral Home, at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 19th. A special thank you to Asera Care- Hospice nurses Chris and Davina and Rocky's special caregivers, Roberta, Christina, Laurie, Samantha, Kenisha and Lorna for their compassion and dedication to his care.
Committal will be private following the service. Memorial contributions in "Rocky's" name can be made to the
Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. A virtual register can be signed, personal tribute, memory shared or memorial candle lit at http://www.lodifuneralhome.com
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Sept. 10 to Sept. 17, 2013