Jeffrey Hudson Gymer, who was raised in Three Rivers, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. He was 49.
Jeff was born August 31, 1969, in Stanford, Calif., to Roger and Ann Gymer. The family moved to Three Rivers when Jeff was a young age.
Jeff attended Three Rivers School. He graduated from Bullard High School in Fresno.
Jeff received bachelor of science degrees in Chemistry and Agriculture from Fresno State University. He held a master’s degree in Public Administration, also received from Fresno State.
At the time of his death, Jeff was living in Fresno. For the past 13 years, he was a civil engineer for the State of California.
Despite all his academic degrees, he considered his civil engineer’s license his greatest accomplishment. He didn’t go to school for it; he studied for it on his own and passed the test.
Even though Jeff hadn’t lived in Three Rivers for several decades, he was an expert whitewater kayaker so was a fixture here each spring during high water. He would even miss work at times to get his Kaweah River fix.
“I’ll never forget how he would get so excited as we came around the bend on Highway 198 and we could see the ‘elephant’ on the mountain, outlined in snow,” said a friend of his recently. “He would say, ‘We’ll have boating until August!’ and drive a little bit faster.”
Jeff was a true Three Rivers kid. He took the love he had for nature everywhere he went.
He had an outdoor hobby for every season. In the spring, it was all kayaking all the time until the water ran out, and then he would swim in the Kaweah until there was nearly no water left. In the winter, he snowboarded, summer was filled with hiking in the Sierra (he also water-skied), and in the fall, out would come the dirt bike.
Jeff is survived by his five-year-old daughter, Ava; and his mother, Ann.
A memorial service was held March 20 in Fresno.