Obituary: Rod Bedayn
September 6, 2013
Rod Bedayn of Grass Valley, died peacefully at home, on Friday, August 9, 2013. He was 66 years old. Rod was born in Berkeley, California, on November 26, 1946, to Raffi and Barbara Bedayn. Raised in Orinda, California, he spent much of his adult life in South Lake Tahoe and resided in Grass Valley for the past 15 years, with his wife Janice, and their two children, Jesse, age 16, and Junet, age 14. In addition to his immediate family, Rod is survived by his sister, Kathy Bedayn, of Walnut Creek, his brother and sister-in-law Richard and Mary-Jo Bedayn of Alamo, and by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
Rod’s passion was in the mountains, deserts, rivers, and – most of all – in his family and community. His professional life included time spent in the Merchant Marines, and as a truck driver, waiter at The Broiler Room, and real estate broker, but everything he did was in the service of leading a simple and balanced life focused primarily on the outdoors, family and friends. He was a whitewater river-raft guide on several rivers in the western United States, a mountain bike guide in Utah, a ropes course facilitator in Sonoma County, and he spent many years as a ski instructor, and in mountain rescue in the Tahoe area. Rod attended Utah State University, and San Jose State University, where he completed his Bachelor’s studies. He received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from JFK University in 1993.
Rod married Janice Hassett in 1995 and they moved to Grass Valley in 1998, where their children have been raised. His greatest attributes were the kindness and generosity of spirit that guided his every action. He freely shared his skill, knowledge, and love of the outdoors, always with humor, charm, and good cheer. He had a deep reverence and joy for the natural world, and for those who walked alongside him.
Rod died from complications of Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), a celebration of his life will be held on September 21st in Grass Valley.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, (theaftd.org) or the Sierra Nevada Alliance (sierranevadaalliance.org).
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