William C. Pletcher

May 7, 1948 - Apr 8, 2019


William Clark Pletcher, 70, passed away in Sacramento, CA, on April 8, 2019, surrounded by family, after putting up a valiant fight with Pancreatic Cancer for over 2 years.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jeanne (Canda), his son Dylan (Kathleen), and daughter Kathryn (Gregory) Klagenberg and his sister Diane (Ronald) Yearns. He loved playing the role of “Grumpy Grandpa” to his 3 grandchildren: Ian, William, and Lillyanna. He is preceded in death by his parents Cyril Augustus and Anna Jean Pletcher.
Bill (Red Dog) was born in Johnstown, PA on May 7, 1948. The family moved when he was 3 to Cleveland, OH, He was in the Boy Scouts, achieving the Order of the Arrow. He graduated from Collinwood High School in 1966. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, in Chemistry, from Case Western Reserve University in January 1971.
He served in the US Air Force from 1971 to 1980 reaching the rank of Captain. He was in the Strategic Air Command as a Navigator in 310th Air Refueling Squadron stationed at Plattsburgh AFB (1972-75). This included serving in Viet Nam while stationed at Utapo, Thailand in 1973. He was then assigned to Mather AFB in Sacramento, CA as a Navigator Instructor (1976-80).
He worked at the California Department of Food and Agriculture as an Agricultural Chemist at the Laboratory on Meadowview Road (82-87), and 1/98-12/2007 as an Information Systems Supervisor and Information Security Officer at CDFA Headquarters.
One of his greatest joys was in 2002, when he and his son bought Harley Davidson Fat Boys and began riding together with the Sacramento HOG chapter. His riding name “RedDog” was because of his love of his Red English Bulldog, Cherry Garcia. He and Jeanne traveled to Sturgis, SD for Bike Week many times between 2004 and 2015 (75th Anniversary).
His love of Navigation never left him, and he was able to continue to use those skills long after he left the Air Force: Boating, especially as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, teaching Coastal Navigation, and later as “Paracelsus”, his geocaching name where he created many Navigation-Themed puzzle geocaches.
Always goal-oriented, the final goal he achieved was to find a geocache in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. He was able to reach that goal, traveling to get the last 6 states (LA, MS, AL, FL, GA, SC) in February of this year, before his cancer returned with a vengeance, having metastasized to his liver.
His Love and Faith in Jesus Christ kept him strong and able to endure the last few weeks of his life.
Memorial Services will be at East Lawn Mortuary & Sierra Hills Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, on May 18th at 11:00 am followed by internment with military honors and a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Bill’s name to : NorCal Bulldog Rescue

NorCal Bulldog Rescue


  • Shari Noonan says:

    Bob and I were so happy to spend time with you and Bill here in Georgia! A sweet, sweet time. We consider it a blessing . Bob & Shari Noonan

    • Jeanne Pletcher says:

      The Clinging Cross that you gave Bill while we visited, brought him great comfort in his last weeks. Now it brings comfort to me! –Jeanne

  • Morris Weisbart says:

    As my boss and mentor at CDFA, you were also a friend and I will never forget our IMSU your instruction, meetings and lunches. Your time here was too short and you will be missed by all.

    • Lori Marks says:

      The White feather symbol that he is OK in heaven. You will be missed on earth and hope that Jeanne will be comforted by your love. 🙂

  • Dagmar and Hans says:

    We so enjoyed your visit here in Oregon and had fun hearing all about your go caching adventures. RIP, Bill, we will always remember you.

  • Jeanne Pletcher says:

    A good link to make donations in Bill (RedDog)’s honor is: NorCal Bulldog Rescue

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