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Rod Herman


August 16, 2018

Rod Herman, a resident of Martinez, Calif., died June 28, 2018, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Herman was a member of the Colfax High School class of 1968 and had hoped to attend this year's 50-year reunion.

Born May 15, 1950, to Ed and Ruby Gerlitz Herman, he was raised in Colfax where he was a three-sport athlete at CHS. He started college at Washington State University. He later left college, but returned and received a degree summa cum laude in 1988. He was employed as an applications analyst for Chevron in the Bay Area of California.

He and Jacki Gray were married in 1992, and they traveled around the world after his retirement. He enjoyed food, wine, attending classic rock concerts and golf after starting to play at age 40. He was a certified golf instructor.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children by a prior marriage, Mike Miller in Oregon; Jerry Herman in Antioch, Calif., and Dan Herman in Arizona. He also has four grandchildren.

A celebration of his life has been scheduled for Sunday. The family suggests memorial donations go to the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek, Calif., Pan Can & Hospice of the East Bay.


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