McFETRIDGE, II, BrittonBeloved father, grandfather and friend, passed away in his sleep on February 4, 2012. Jerry was born in San Diego, CA on May 27, 1939. With an adventuring spirit, Jerry rafted the rivers of the west, trekked the Annapurna in Nepal and hiked the Pacific Crest Trail of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He was always planning a new project or trip and was set to bike across Vietnam at the end of this month. A state capitol staff member and consultant for more than forty years, he is credited with mentoring dozens of legislative staff members and shepherding significant legislation into law, including the California Occupational Safety and Health Act. After he retired, Jerry moved to Clarksburg and started a vineyard from scratch, where he farmed 22 acres of Chardonnay and Petite Syrah and built his dream house. He loved living in Clarksburg, sharing laughs and wine with his closest friends. Jerry was also a devoted grandfather and cherished spending time with his grandsons, taking them on long walks and trips to the park. He is survived by his brother Duncan McFetridge; sister Jo Weaver; his children, Duncan (Shawn), Milan, Britton III (Andrea), Margaux and Matthew; grandchildren, Jackson, Finnegan and Britton IV; and countless close friends. Jerry was one-of-a-kind and is loved immensely. He will be missed greatly and remembered for his intelligent mind, indisputable work ethic, hilarious antics, wry sense of humor, generous and caring spirit, kindness and devotion to everyone around him, and, most of all, his love of life. Services to be announced on jerrymcfetridge.blogspot.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support the preservation of the Victory Trees planted along Freeport Boulevard to memorialize Sacramento's fallen solidiers in World War I. Donation information will be made available on the website.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on February 8, 2012