Jerry Cadagan
1938 - 2015
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Jerry King Cadagan July 18, 1938 - May 17, 2015 Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend left us six months after the tragic loss of his adored wife Kristin. Survivors include children Scott (Kara), Brent (Pamela), Kim (Kyle), Shannon, seven grandchildren, his cousin, nieces, nephews, and many friends whose lives he brightened. An attorney by training, his enthusiasm for the outdoors fueled tireless advocacy on behalf of the environment and water policy. His passion was the flow of rivers and the beauty they brought to his dear family and friends he shared it with. By his own admission he had "white water in his veins". Jerry's love for his family, "water" and friends is immeasurable and will be remembered as his greatest gift to all of us.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for June 24, 2015 at The Lake Merced Boathouse. The family suggests donations to your favorite environmental charity in lieu of flowers.


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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 5 to Jun. 7, 2015.
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August 28, 2015
Jerry Cadagan was one of the finest men I have ever known. During the late 70s through the mid 80s, we worked together at Crown Zellerbach and we fought to save our beloved Stanislaus a River. He and his fantastic wife Kris and I shared some wonderful raft trips down that beautiful river. We ended up with our picture on the front page of the Modesto Bee. But aside from that connection, I admired his brilliant mind and sense of play, which does not often come in one person. His privileged upbringing was never apparent. I will miss he and Kris terribly, because just knowing they were alive made the world a better place. I was able to come to Kris's Celebration of Life, but because of my disability I could not attend Jerry's. I wish his two sons and two daughters and their families my deepest sympathy.
Diane Barr-Young
June 25, 2015
To my one and only dear cousin Jer and my good friend Kris, you will be in our hearts forever. Thank you for your humor, your love and companionship. Your wonderful four children will carry your legacy forward.
RIP together.
Mardi Mitchell
June 12, 2015
I had only recently become aware of Mr. Cadagan while reading about our local ground water issues. I was just looking for updates on his efforts when instead I learned of his passing. I am quite saddened to have lost an able and willing warrior for the environment. My condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Mr. and Mrs. Cadagan.
Christopher Gross
June 12, 2015
You are All in my thoughts and Prayers Everyday. I am So sorry that You, and the rest of the World, have lost such a Fantastic Person in our Supreme Commander. My Wholehearted condolences to all of You.
Liz Payment
June 12, 2015
Jerry was a bright light in the dim and difficult world of water and river politics. His love of rivers and his first rate mind, plus his brilliant wife and family gave him the power and fortitude to get an amazing amount of good things done. He and Kim will be missed by many.
Kevin Wolf
June 10, 2015
I offer my sincere condolences on the passing of my classmate (CMC 1960) and long-term email correspondent. I always looked forward to our five year reunions in no small measure to catch up with Jerry and Kris, and his environmental updates. His passion & commitment to his friendships is recalled with warm reflections. My deep sympathy extended to his children and grandkids.
Richard Meyers
June 10, 2015
I HOLD FOND MEMORIES OF SCHOOL DAYS,TORTUGATEERS AND FORT ORD AND CARMEL IN 1961....AND OUR REUNIONS...SIMPLY THE BEST OMER LONG '59
June 10, 2015
Thank you all for the thoughts, condolences and most importantly the wonderful memories of our father.
Brent Cadagan
June 9, 2015
Jerry's presence brightened every place he appeared.
His love of rivers, family, friends, and life was palpable.
He was game for changing the world, and he helped many of us along that path.
His enthusiasm, knowledge, and determination inspired me, and others, time and time again. And they still do.
So, onward, to protect all that Jerry loved.
Tim Palmer
June 9, 2015
Jerry will always be remembered as a true friend of the river. His efforts enriched us all.
Marguerite Young
June 8, 2015
Don Hodel and Jerry
Spreck Rosekrans
June 8, 2015
Don, Bob and Jerry
Spreck Rosekrans
June 8, 2015
Kris Cadagan, Jean Hackamack, Don & Barbara Hodel, Jerry Cadgan and Bob Hackmack - breakfast before filming at Hetch Hetchy with Harrison Ford
Spreck Rosekrans
June 8, 2015
Jerry and former Secretary Don Hodel
Spreck Rosekrans
June 8, 2015
it is fitting that he will be remembered at Lake Merced, a place he worked hard to protect. Jerry was a solid reporter and I looked forward to his robust voice on the other end of the line when I was a cub press contact at the Sierra Club. He always enlightened me, reminded me to get out on the river and made me laugh. He made a difference on our planet and he will be missed.
Teresa Schilling
June 8, 2015
I want to express my sorrow for the loss of Jerry to his family and friends. His absence is also deeply felt in the California water advocacy community. I am tremendously grateful to him for contributing to my understanding of water issues and keeping us all updated with his daily Water Clips. We'll strive to carry on his legacy. Thank you, Jerry!
Sonia Diermayer
June 7, 2015
His invincible, always positive, we can do this approach to life - especially on behalf of the Stanislaus and Tuolumne Rivers. Accompanied by a delightful "here comes trouble" smile.
Laurie McCann
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