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Gerald Wayne Weeks

August 23, 1949 December 20, 2020
Gerald Wayne Weeks
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After a month-long battle with Covid-19 pneumonia, complicated by his weakened immune system due to Addison's Disease, Gerald went "home" to be with his Lord, just before midnight on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the age of 71.
Born in Hanford, CA he was raised in Coalinga along with his two siblings. He earned his AA degree in Fine Art from West Hills Community College, also in Coalinga. Although he continued to enjoy drawing and painting throughout his life (even winning a 2nd Place ribbon for a painting he submitted to the Dixon May Fair in 2011), his move to the SF Bay Area with his brother led him to a career path in Retail Sales Management. It was on his brother's birthday that Gerald was casually introduced to his future wife, Cindy Fisher. Being a lifelong Christian, he soon led Cindy to accept Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior, and believing that the Lord had brought them together, they married on April 20, 1975, after a short 3-month courtship. A year after the Loma Prieta earthquake, the family moved from the Bay Area to Sacramento, eventually settling in Dixon, CA in 1994. This past spring they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary, crediting their deep faith and trust in the Lord for always giving them the strength to endure the challenges they experienced during their marital journey together.
Gerald is remembered for absolutely adoring little ones, especially babies, and they always seemed to gravitate to his gentle spirit & authentic kindness. Gerald cherished his role as a father and always made time for his kids, including taking time off from work to be a parent-chaperone for many of their class field trips and attending nearly every school function, from kindergarten through high school. As his children grew to adulthood, he continued to be supportive of wherever life took them. Rarely being the disciplinarian, he often looked to Cindy for help, with the line to the kids: "Go ask your mother". He also cared deeply about his extended family. His parents had a combined 13+ siblings, mostly throughout California & some in Oklahoma and he always looked forward to seeing his many aunts, uncles, and cousins during occasional family reunions. Thanks to Facebook, he was able to keep in touch with many of them over the past few years, especially when traveling and reunions were not possible.
He thoroughly enjoyed books, TV shows, and movies with themes of Sci-Fi, fantasy, or comic-book heroes. When his grandson Chris faced reading & language challenges, Gerald encouraged him to read by challenging him to competitions in reading entire book series, such as Harry Potter & Percy Jackson, which had themes they both enjoyed. He also looked forward to movie-dates with Chris, even continuing to plan theater outings when he came home during vacation breaks from college.
Sadly, because he'd been in the hospital since Thanksgiving Day, he was not able to enjoy the sights and sounds of his absolute favorite time of year, the Christmas season, and the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Every year, he would purchase a new ornament, decoration and/or outdoor display, adding to his collection that encompassed nearly half of the garage. He would spend over a week meticulously stringing tree lights & placing each ornament, reminiscing when each one was purchased (or made by the kids) over the years. Heartfelt & joyful memories include Gerald dressing up as Santa in 1978 for his then 2-yr-old daughter Sarah. The idea backfired & sent her screaming & crying to hide in her closet. More recently, he had the family rolling with laughter when he entered the living room where all were awaiting the opening of gifts, fully dressed as little Ralphie from the movie "A Christmas Story", complete with one-piece pink bunny PJs, cap, & slippers, and Ralphie's black-rimmed glasses. His quiet demeanor often hid his childlike joy of life, always willing to go with the flow, even being filmed by Cindy during their 15th anniversary trip to Hawaii dancing in a grass skirt and coconut bra! He loved a good joke as well as comedy shows and would have everyone laughing when he'd try to tell a joke, sometimes using a ridiculous accent, and then forget the punchline! His laughter was often contagious.
Growing up in the 60's, he loved to sing and dance to Golden Oldies. His all-time favorite band was The Beatles and he was an avid collector of their memorabilia. His most cherished items were his complete collection of the original Beatles albums, and although well-worn over the decades, he enjoyed playing them every now & then. In the 90's, he was thrilled to finally attend a Beatles concert, and although it was a Paul McCartney solo event, he enjoyed hearing many of his favorite songs! As time passed, his shimmying-shoulders stiffened a bit, and he came to enjoy modern Country music, especially Garth Brooks. After remembering the exhilarating "3-hour" Brooks concert in Sacramento he attended with Cindy for a special 40th anniversary date in 2015, (as well as going a little stir-crazy at home, due to all of the Covid-19 lockdowns), he was excited when it was announced that a virtual, "socially-distanced" Garth Brooks concert was to be "live-streamed" nationwide at a few chosen drive-in theaters, including in nearby Sacramento! So, this past summer, armed with a thermos full of his never-to-be-without sweet tea, he & Cindy spent the evening enjoying what would be their last "date-night" together.
In recent months, he would sit in his room every evening, finding his favorite Facebook video page on his tablet and could be heard singing along to his favorite praise & worship songs of the various Christian artists & Country Gospel groups that he followed. Oblivious to how loud he was because of the headsets, his heartfelt singing would always bring a smile to those nearby, as they knew how deeply he enjoyed singing and especially to such meaningful songs. Forever the gentle spirit, many songs would bring him to tears (as would movies & Father's Day or Birthday cards). His kids would call him a softie, but always knew his emotions were genuine.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin & Vera (Plott) Weeks of Coalinga, CA, his brother Dennis Weeks of Tulare, CA, and infant daughter Carrie Lynn Weeks.
He is survived by his wife Cindy, daughters Sarah & Aimee Weeks, son Matthew Weeks, and grandson Christopher Cassidy. Twin-sister Wanda Jerlene (Weeks) Brayton of Mesa, AZ, and half-sister Janey (Boland) Kirby, of Reno, NV. He also leaves behind a large extended family consisting of many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews & cousins.
Due to the pandemic restrictions in California, prohibiting mortuaries & churches from holding indoor services, a memorial "Celebration of Life" will be planned at a future date, hopefully in early spring.

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