Jim Hench 1929 – 2014

Archive: March 6th, 2014

Friends mourn the loss of Jim Hench

Jim Hench was one of the founding board members of Friends of the Napa River. He will be sorely missed with his intimate knowledge of the river’s wildlife, topography and hydrology. But mostly he was known to be the man to take you out on the river, by canoe or kayak, from the wetlands in American Canyon to the headwaters in Calistoga.  We are all very, very sad for this loss of a friend.

Thanks to Janelle Wetzstein who reported compassionately in the Napa Valley Register of February 28, 2014:

“Local residents are mourning the loss of Jim Hench, Napa River aficionado and protector, who died Friday after a seven-year battle with cancer. He celebrated his 85th birthday on Jan. 23.

Hench was known for helping to found Friends of the Napa River — a grassroots nonprofit started in 1994 that was dedicated to transforming the Napa River into a flood-protected environmental asset.

Most notably, in 1998, Hench’s advocacy helped pass Measure A — a countywide half-cent sales tax that funded the local share of flood and environmental projects in Napa County.”

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