Will passed away peacefully in his sleep, in the morning hours of December 13th, 2023. He miraculously survived a great number of things in his last few years – a stroke, a broken pelvis, a broken back, and a pulmonary embolism. Eventually, his body was tired, and the last month or so was a pretty sharp decline. He declared that he was done, and shortly thereafter, fell asleep.

A Celebration of Life will be held for him on Saturday, April 6th, at the Redwood 66 Native Son’s Lodge outside of Redwood City, CA. Doors open at 4pm for cocktails. A small ceremony will be held at 5pm, with the party immediately following. There is no dress code, but bring a jacket as it can get chilly in the redwoods. Some food and drink will be served but this event is mainly Bring Your Own. The party will be typical Lodge-fashion: stay as late as you want, camp if you want, we may have a bonfire (if conditions permit). We’re hoping that people will want to stay late and hang out. If you have never been to the lodge, please read the section on the lodge below.

RSVP is appreciated. Please send your RSVP, memories, and/or pictures to willster@gmail.com. (or questions!)

Will is survived by his two daughters, Jennifer and Sara.

Info on the lodge: The lodge is owned by the Native Sons of the Golden West. It sits on an 80-acre private grove of redwoods. The main lodge building has a fireplace, wood stove, a bar, a full kitchen, and bathrooms. The road to the lodge is narrow and winding, and can seem intimidating for people driving out for their first time. Just drive slow, especially around corners. You pass through some sections of road that don’t have good cell service. We recommend having a printed map of the driving directions just in case. The map, linked above, will get you driving directions to the gate. Enter the property through the gate and keep driving down the road until you see the lodge building on the right. The parking lot will be to the left as you get to the building. Please note this is not a commercially run property. There are no groundskeepers. We clean up after ourselves and respect the property.

Being as the property is 80 acres of beautiful redwoods, there are many places to camp. Since the road out is narrow and winding, we recommend staying the night if you’ll be drinking. Please indicate in your RSVP if you are interested in staying the night, or if you’d like more info.