Arthur Joseph Heether

January 26,1953 – May 13, 2017

Arthur, or Rocky as he was better known, was born in Oakland, California. He moved to the South Shore in the early 70’s and worked construction on many Tahoe projects.

He graduated from San Francisco State in 1994 with a B.A. in Labor Studies. He went on to complete work coursework towards an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. While there he interned as a sport videographer for the Arkansas Razorback Football team.

Rocky was an American Red Cross volunteer and deployed to Hurricane Ivan in Florida delivering aid to the stricken communities.

Rocky is survived by his beautiful daughter, Tamara Lee Warren, her husband Derek Warren, and a granddaughter, Zaida Mae Warren, who was born on Rocky’s birthday in 2011. All are of Oakley, California. His mother, Doris Moutinho, and stepfather, Corky Moutinho, of Stockton, California, one brother, Randy Heether of La Quinta, California, nephew Aaron Heether, wife Katie and 3 boys, and nephew Adam Heether, also survive him.

Rocky leaves behind his girlfriend of 25 years, Cythnia Kendall of South Lake Tahoe, California and their beloved cat, Teddy. They returned from a trip in January to Stockholm, Sweden; Italy and Greece. At the Vatican, Rocky had an audience with Pope Francis, which he said was the highlight of his trip.

Rocky enjoyed hiking in Desolation Wilderness, skiing and camping. He was an accomplished photographer as seen in his photos from trips to Europe. Sadly, he never saw the photos from his most recent trip. It was always on the “to do” list.

Rocky enjoyed working the Live at Lakeview music series and had recently begun his annual pine cone harvest for another project. He spent his last day picking up pine cones in his Al Tahoe Neighborhood.

Rocky was an intellect and was fascinated by sociology. He shared ideas and inspired those around him with his positivity and heart.

“Rocky” Arthur Heether will be remembered among a gathering of friends and family at Lakeview Commons, Friday May 19th at 6:00pm. All are welcome.

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