Will Heryford passed away on November 4, 2021, too soon, unexpectedly, but peacefully in his sleep at the age of 65. He was born as a large baby with Scot Highlander and Dutch heritage (with some Swiss-Italian thrown in for good measure), into a classic 1950's family as the middle child of five. Both parents were war veterans. His father, William Heryford "Bill" was a manager of PG&E, his mother Corinne "Tick" raised the children, first in Sutter Creek, then in Arnold.
He grew up stocky and strong, but gentle, with the personality of a big teddy bear. After high school at Bret Harte, while starting college, he lived with his grandmother Honey for a time, helping care for her, working out and riding his bicycle on long rides for exercise.
While attending San Diego State, he won a scholarship from Kelly Broadcasting in Sacramento that included an internship at KCRA Channel 3 in Sacramento, editing the 11 O'clock news. He was then hired as a cameraman, working with Kent Pierce, who did folksy stories, and he worked with other well-known reporters of the time. He stayed with KCRA his entire 42-year career as a photojournalist, branching into editing and doing his own stories.
He, too, specialized in folksy stories. In his work day, he would come up with an idea, go to the site, film it, edit it, add narration, and send it in. He loved his career and colleagues, and although he flirted with the idea of retiring, it was ended only by his untimely passing.
In 1997, he married Tina Wingfield, and together they built a new home in Lodi and there they raised their two sons who, thanks to his guidance, are now responsible and productive young adults who made him proud: Peter Heryford and Andrew Heryford.
Willie, as he was known to family and friends, was amiable, sociable, and well liked by all he met; he never had an enemy. His jokes and antics made him a favorite at the frequent gatherings of his extended family.
He is survived by his wife, Tina; sons, Peter and Andrew; mother-in-law, Betty Wingfield; two older sisters, Corinne Allen (John), Barbara Crews (Scot); younger brother, Jim Heryford (Yvonne); nieces, Haley Bock (Garrett) and Jaymie Heryford; and his nephews, Ryan Heryford, John Allen III (Liz), Adam Allen, and Brian Allen, as well as their children, who all adored him; and his extended families, including the Selna and Galgiani branches. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tick and Bill; younger brother, Patrick; grand-niece, Allison Allen; father-in-law, Hershel Wingfield; and brother-in-law, Hershel Wingfield, Jr.
All of his family will miss him greatly, as will his many friends and colleagues in Amador, Calaveras, Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties, as well as others, including his many social media friends.
A memorial service is scheduled for November 21 at 11:00 at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, followed at a later date by private family graveside services at the plot where his mom and dad are laid to rest at Sunset View Cemetery in Martell, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to a charity of the donors choice
Published by Lodi-News Sentinel from Nov. 13 to Nov. 19, 2021.