Wendy K. Dexter
July 22, 1967 ~ Jan 27,2015
Loving Wife, Mother, Daughter, Friend
Wendy was born on July 22, 1967 in Wiesbaden, Germany, the only child of Christian and Sandra Weber. She grew up in Concord, CA where she attended public schools and graduated from Concord High School in 1985.
She pursued an education in Environmental Planning and Management at the University of California, Davis, where she graduated in 1990. While at UC Davis, Wendy participated on the women's Crew team, volunteered at the Davis Horse Barn and worked as a telemarketer and cook. After graduation, Wendy completed her Master's coursework on Terrestrial Biology at California State University, Hayward.
Wendy met her husband Sean in 1992 while working for the US Forest Service in Pioneer, California. Wendy and Sean got to know each other while working the fire crew, although her official job was as a Biologist looking for spotted owls and his was an Archeologist. They met at a camp set up for the fire crew and talked for hours and hours, which was the beginning of their love and friendship. Wendy and Sean married in 2003 in Port Costa, California. True to who Wendy is, she and Sean created their wedding ceremony in their backyard on the edge of a forest.
From a young age it was clear that Wendy possessed the passion and patience to excel in the environmental consulting profession. Wendy's love of animals started as a child and grew over the years to include many dogs, cats and other non-furry animals. After graduating from college, Wendy worked as a Biology Technician and Wildlife Biologist before venturing out on her own and launching her own company, Condor Country Consulting in 2001. She was the President and Principal Biologist for 14 years.
In 2004, Wendy and Sean bought a house and moved her company to Martinez, California. Working side-by-side with Sean, Wendy passed the financial and operations work to Sean and spent the majority of her time with clients and in the field looking for endangered species. Working with Sean allowed Wendy to fulfill her passion for biology while affording her the opportunity to pursue other interests such as volunteering as an Avian advisor in Belize, attending and giving back to her church, spending time educating children on science, traveling with her family and dedicating time and energy to the PTA, especially to raise money for Aspen's school.
Of all the things that mattered most to Wendy it was her family. In 2005, Wendy and Sean welcomed their daughter Aspen into the world. From the moment she was born, Aspen was the most precious person in Wendy's life. Wendy and Sean loved to travel with Aspen including a trip to Yellowstone National Park to see bison and grizzly bears. Wendy spent time in Aspen's classroom sharing the magic of science and nature. She enjoyed watching Aspen swim and play softball, and she loved to watch Aspen's thirst for knowledge and books grow.
Wendy's approach to life was to make every day matter. She spent it with loved ones and enjoyed life to its fullest. Wendy was brave and strong, ethical and thoughtful, sunshine and flowers, light but very deep. She approached her responsibilities with enthusiasm and dedication. She was a bright shining star and she will be missed dearly by all who loved her.
She is survived by her husband Sean; her daughter, Aspen; her father, Chris; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Wendy was predeceased by her mother Sandy Weber.
If Wendy were to speak to us today, she would remind us to be patient with each other, to be positive and say something kind to one another, to laugh and to love and live life on your own terms.
Memorial services will be at Connolly & Taylor funeral Chapel, located at 4000 Alhambra Ave, Martinez, CA on February 15, 2015 at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to John Muir Elementary PTA or Friends of Alhambra Creek. Please note "Wendy."