Gregory Lawrence Bostrom

May 12, 1948 – May 4, 2022

Gregory (Greg) Lawrence Bostrom, age 73, died of heart failure on May 4, 2022 outside Skagway, AK. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Docia Ann Lawrence Bostrom.

Greg was born on May 12, 1948 at Mills Hospital in San Mateo, CA, to parents Lawrence and Helen Bostrom and was 3rd in a family of 5 siblings. He grew up in Burlingame, CA and moved to Downieville, CA in 1986.

Greg was an inventor and craftsman from a young age. He worked at Bostrom’s Jewelers in San Mateo and voiced Fred the Dog on radio station KSFO. He then worked for a pool product company in Burlingame before moving to Downieville to work for Lawrence Tank Testing for over 30 years.

Always an active member of the community, Greg put his heart and soul into his endeavors. Blessed with a lively imagination and a wonderful sense of humor, he was a passionate playwright, inventor, and physical artist. He played an active role in the Sierra County Arts Council, designing theater sets, creating lighting rigs, and acting whenever he could. This, in addition to his weekly cartoons in the Mountain Messenger, his gorgeous and authentic 3D mine tunnel displays, and the countless hours dedicated to the California State Fair Sierra County exhibits, will ensure his influence and impact upon the local community will be felt for years to come.

He loved to travel and set out to provide his family with unique and fun experiences. A member of Skiers and Hikers for Outdoor Enjoyment (S.H.O.E.), he instilled a love of hiking and the outdoors in his children. The family would regularly take road trips exploring the country and visiting historical sites.

He and Docia have two children, Laura Kirkham (Michael) in Port Orchard, WA and Sara Burum (Joshua) in Cotati, CA. His legacy continues in his grandchildren: Addison Kirkham, Nicolas Kirkham, Joshua Burum, and Lilith Burum.

A memorial service will be held at the Yuba Theater in Downieville, CA on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 1 pm followed by a potluck at the Community Hall. All are invited to attend.

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