Andrew William Oppmann Jr.

Andrew William Oppmann Jr.

Andrew William Oppmann Jr. “dropped the suit” (his terminology) on January 23, 2018, in peaceful anticipation of rejoining his beloved wife. “D” Brown Oppmann. Born in Ohio on October 29, 1931. Andy strove to balance the Germanic perfectionism he’d inherited with his scorpio-Dionysian nature, He met his first wife, Barbara, while climbing in the Rockies. His ‘70s shades and their wedding ring were the two personal items he brought along to his last hospital stay. As a young aide in the CA Senate, Andy’s observations contributed to legislation improving conditions for farm workers. With Barbara’s support he graduated from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley in 1968. As Sierra County’s only private attorney, fees were often paid in quilts or eggs. Later, in Crescent City, Andy specialized in SSI law for nearly 30 years, attending Hearings in signature Crocs and plaid flannel shirt to win Disability payments for hundreds. Four years ago declining health suddenly closed his practice Andy said he learned to not procrastinate working as a reporter for Sierra Count’s Mountain Messenger in the ‘70s. He and “D” grew award-winning cannabis in Humboldt Co. in the early ‘80s, then moved to the Winchuck River and returned to journalism, covering local news for the Del Norte Triplicate and Curry Coastal Pilot in the late ‘80s. Preceded by two brothers and a grandchild and survived by his sister, three children and four grandchildren.  Andy’s final sorrow was that he hadn’t been the father he wished he’d been. However, he did teach his kids to fly fish, think logically and act impulsively, repair the bear-marauded springbox,  which ends to peel an onion from, frugality and generosity, to have impeccable manners, obey orders till you figure out how to silently rebel, respect people regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances and to love wilderness. Though he’d be the first to say he’d failed daily, he did his best to live guided by heart and spirit. Andy’s hermit-inclinations lost him many good friends over the decades . They were remembered fondly. Gratitude goes to the Brookings EMTs and Curry Co. Hospital staff who picked him up when he fell and to the cheerful staff at Sea view, especially for his midnight snacks. Huge thanks go to Lorna Curry, whose professional and boundless care made all the difference. Donations can be made in Andy’s honor to ACLU, arbor Day Foundation and the Sierra Club.

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