Will Heryford
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.
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Only fond memories of you and Pat. Glad I lived next to your Grandmother. You have always been a kind soul. RIP
Beth Peterson
November 29, 2021
WILL WAS INDEED ONE OF A KIND AND THAT IS WHY HE WAS SO LOVED AND SHALL BE SO MISSED! CONDOLENCES TO ALL HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS! R.I.P.
DOUGLASS WILHOIT
Friend
November 20, 2021
I was so sorry to learn that my good buddy and amazing neighbor passed away. Will Heyford was a good man, a great father and husband. It was my honor to know him for more than 4 decades. In my role as Chief of Police I was often interviewed by reporters from channel 3 and Will was often holding the camera on his shoulder. Will was the kind of guy that loved to do anything he could to help a friend. Over the years he would jump at the chance to help me move something. He would pick up the paper and take the garbage cans out if I was out of town. He would text me if I left my garage door open or if my dog got out. One of the things I will miss most is our conversations standing in our driveways, which occurred on many occasions. I grew to love him as a friend and I will really miss him. I know that you have gone with God my friend. ( I am going to donate $100 to PALS (People Assisting Lodi Animal Shelter) in honor of Will and his dog buddy)
Larry Hansen
Friend
November 20, 2021
Will was a fabulous man, husband and father, and our entire community will miss him. From those of us at Changing Faces Theater Company, we greatly appreciate his support. When he approached me about doing a story for our Pop Up production of Pinocchio, I had no idea how much he would immerse himself into this story. He spent almost 2 hours with us as he interviewed many people and recorded much of the performance. We have been able to use his story as we promote our company. Will´s kind, gentle demeanor was much appreciated. Again, the entire community will miss this fantastic man. Rest well, my friend.
Mike and Sabrina Bartram
Friend
November 20, 2021
We have many pleasant memories of Will. We would frequently meet him on our early morning walks through the park and talk about many current events. He is missed! We send our condolences to all of his loved ones.
Wayne & Vonnie Young
November 16, 2021
Willie was a friend since way back at Bret Harte. We had so many good times together, especially the 1973 World Series. No matter how long it was between our seeing each other it was always just like yesterday. Willie was definitely one of the good guys always a friend, full of humor, and that great smile. RIP my friend, you will be missed but not forgotten.
Michael Rodrigues
November 14, 2021
To the Will Heryford Family: Tina, Peter, and Andrew, I want you to know that I was honored and proud to know your husband and father. I am a retired photographer and always enjoyed working with Will at various events. He was a brilliant photo journalist!
Jerry Tyson
November 13, 2021
We shared so many good and hectic times working together. Will saved us so many times and he was the best both in front and behind the camera. We will all miss him for his professionalism, his humor, and his friendship.
Rich Ibarra and Deedee Antypas
Work
November 13, 2021
Wills sense of humor was unbelievable, I enjoyed every time I knew he was going to be where I was. He will truly be missed by so many people. My condolences, rest in peace!
Ronald Scott
Friend
November 13, 2021
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