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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

June, 2007



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Bolinas Scion Donald Benjamin Pepper 1925-2007

"He was much like my grandparents. There was always a revolving door. The house was open to everyone and often full." -- Connie Pepper
"I have never seen so many young people at a dying person's bedside." - family Priest
The youngest brother of the nine Pepper children born to Marin and Lewis Pepper in Bolinas, Donald Pepper passed on at the family home in Applegate, May 3, surrounded by friends and family. His oldest brother, Frank, died in 2003 and is survived in Bolinas by his wife, Louise Pepper.
Growing up in Bolinas helping his dad with ranching, serving in the Navy during World War II, and spending a lifetime in the excavation business, Donald Pepper is survived by his loving wife Myrtle and a stadium full of relatives and friends from Bolinas to Applegate, many coming for Memorial services at the Bolinas Cemetery on May 19. Their arrival in trucks SUVs and large sedans was reminiscent of the FBI arriving in Neshoba County, Mississippi, in Mississippi Burning.

The Peppers are Bolinas-the founding, the building, and the living history.

Donald was the great-grandson of one of the town's founding families who came to West Marin in the 1800s. The Pepper brothers and sisters were all born on the Esten-Waterhouse Estate in Bolinas, the home of his parents, Marin Waterhouse Pepper and Lewis Grundy Pepper which was established in 1884 by Nellie Esten and Frank Waterhouse.

His great-grandparents were owners of the Grande Vista tract, which was eventually subdivided into what is now much of residential Bolinas. His grandmother and great-grandmother are credited with laying out the town's streets and roads. The Waterhouse family brought many of the cypress trees and hedges to town. There were no trees in the 1880s as they had been cut for firewood.

The following is a quote from Donald Pepper's heart:


Miss me... but let me go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room.


Miss me a little... but not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love we once shared
Miss me... but let me go.

For this is a journey we must all take,

And each must go alone
It's all part of the Master's plan
A step on the road to home.

When we are lonely and sick of heart,

Go to friends we know,
And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds,

Miss me... but let me go.

Mr. Pepper is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Myrtle Pepper, his children, Scott, (Dea) and Tammi Pepper, of Applegate, grandfather to Kayla Pepper and Tanner Pepper.

He was the youngest of nine children and survived by his sister Hazel Evans, of Oregon, brother Miles Pepper, of Granite Bay, and sister Marin Aitkinson, of Cool, and numerous nephews and nieces whom he adored.

Mr. Pepper was preceded in death by parents Marin and Lewis Pepper, sisters Evelyn Barfield and Doris King, and brothers Jack, Frank and Charlie Pepper.

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