Vernon Russell "Sonny" Piver of Fort Bragg passed away on March 5, 2012 at UCSF hospital after a long illness. He was born on October 18, 1933 to Arthur "Pie" and Edna Piver. He was 78 years old. A celebration of Vern's life was shared by over a thousand friends and family members in the Fort Bragg High School gymnasium on Saturday, March 10, followed by a military service at Rose Memorial Park. Vern grew up in Fort Bragg and graduated from Fort Bragg High School in 1951. Following graduation, he was a professional baseball player for 6 years for the Pittsburg Pirates organization, a timber faller for 40 plus years, owner of Redwood Chain Saw for six years. Year retired-NEVER! He was also a Korean War Veteran. Vern was active in the Historical Society, the Rhododendron Society, cook at the Salmon BBQ, and an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved attending sporting events, from youth leagues to professional sports. He also didn't miss out on any card game. Sonny or "Big Daddy" as he was known to many, was proudest when he saw his family and friends achieving their goals. He was instrumental in starting the Fort Bragg Little League, a successful basketball and baseball coach, and he took pride in officiating baseball, basketball and football games throughout Mendocino County. He was the top fundraiser for The Lymphoma and Leukemia Society for two consecutive years. He won numerous All Around Logger Awards, and was the "Unofficial Mayor of Fort Bragg". Vern is survived by Betty, his wife of 53 years, daughter Tammy Bloyd and husband Stan of Grants Pass, Oregon, and son Tony Piver of Santa Rosa. He is also survived by siblings, Ron Piver, Tim Piver and Marsha Sisneros, Uncle Russell Scarioni and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Vern was predeceased by parents Art and Edna Piver, siblings Florence James, Deeds, Butch, and Dorothy Piver and Linda Holman. Memorial donations may be sent to Fort Bragg High School in c/o The Vern Piver Baseball Scholarship Fund, 300 Dana Street, Fort Bragg, Ca 95437. The Family is grateful to the many friends and family for their support and continued support. Vern Piver's legacy will live on in the many lives he touched. "Later..."
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2012