Meena  and Gladwyn Utarid

HE WILL BE MISSED — Meena  and Gladwyn Utarid in happier times. Gladwyn, who died on May 17, was a familiar face around Forestville and a beloved member of the Forestville Methodist Church.

Gladwyn Rejander Utarid (Oct. 26, 1940-May 17, 2019)

“It’s the simple things in life that mean the most” is how the saying goes, and to be on the receiving end of a warm welcoming smile would qualify as a “simple thing” with huge value. Gladwyn Utarid, who passed away on May 17, wasn’t stingy with smiles, and he had that kind trademark smile that makes a difference, speaking volumes in one little gesture. His optimism was contagious.

“No matter what was going on in life, he didn’t let the little stuff bring him down,” explained his daughter, Anjana Utarid.

Gladwyn Utarid will be missed by family, friends and the greater community of west Sonoma County and beyond. The late Utarid walked almost everyday, through Forestville, where he lived. He was a familiar face, even if you didn’t know him, but most of the merchants did, because he would stop in and chat whenever he had the chance. Utarid had a light-hearted sense of humor that made people laugh and had a positive affect on those around him.

“My Dad was a strong, thoughtful and happy man. He wanted the best for his wife and family and everyone else he encountered”, shared his son, Mark Utarid

He contributed 32 years of service to Korbel Champagne Cellars, where he worked until his retirement about eight years ago.

“He was always smiling and making people laugh. He was a great ambassador for Korbel,” said Rafael Alvarez, production manager at Korbel Champagne Cellars.

The late Utarid was born in Roorkee, India, but landed in west Sonoma County in 1975, sponsored by the late Waunema Warren, a member of the Forestville Methodist Church, who had met Utarid and the family on a trip to India.

Utarid was the jack of many trades, and one included the title of Reverend. He attended the Union Theological Siminary in Bareilly, India, and led the Central Methodist Church in Mussoorie, India, for five years before moving to California. Although his life took other turns, his faith remained as a centerpiece, and he was active in the Forestville Methodist Church for over 40 years. After retirement, Gladwyn enjoyed volunteering by maintaining the church gardens and helping his wife, Meena at Relay for life in Sebastopol.

“He loved the church and fellowship, serving and praying there. That is where he filled his cup,” said Meena Utarid.

Utarid is survived by wife, Meena Utarid, daughter, Anjana Utarid, son, Mark Utarid, daughter-in-law, Gabby Utarid, son-in-law Darren Magot, grandchildren, Madeline Utarid, Nathan Magot, Zach Magot, Claire Utarid, Simone Utarid and five of his siblings, Gladys, Gloria, Goodwill, Grace and Gabriel. He joins his daughter Waunema (Softy) Utarid-Magot, who passed away in 2013.

A memorial service will be held at Forestville Methodist Church (6550 Covey Road, Forestville) on Sunday June 2 at 3 p.m. Family and friends are welcome to the gathering and to enjoy Gladwyn’s favorite dishes immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers the family has set up a fund at Redwood Empire Food Bank (refb.org).

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