May 24, 1934–December 5, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the death of Henry Mayo, a wonderful man, son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend to so many. He suffered a serious fall from which he did not recover.
He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Henry Hollister Mayo and Glee Kiser Mayo. He was the fifth and last child in the family. He grew up during the Depression and World War II, and delivered newspapers in his neighborhood. He was in the class of 1952 at Perry High School and then enrolled at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. In November of 1955, he was one of 20,000 men drafted into the peacetime U.S. Navy, where he served as a radioman on the USS Taluga. He made life-long friends in the Navy. While attending radioman’s school at Treasure Island, he attended Glide Methodist Church in San FranciscowherehemetDianeJohnson,a1952 graduate of Sonoma High School. They were married in 1958 and moved to Berkeley while Henry attended the University of California. Their daughter Meredith was born in 1959.
In October of 1960 they moved to Santa Rosa, where Henry worked at Summit Savings and Loan. He was a loan officer and appraiser inSantaRosaandSonomaCounty.Hebecame a member and then president of the 20-30 Club and participated in their philanthropic projects. His first son, Henry Brian, was born in 1964 and his second son, Jeffrey Hollister, was born in 1966. He loved real estate, and in 1972 he and Robert Moratto formed Sonoma Properties, a real estate company on Broadway in Sonoma. Over their years together they sold and built homes and expanded the company to seven offices with over 100 agents. The companybecame Prudential California Realty and then Frank Howard Allen.
Henry loved real estate and Sonoma Valley. He was very philanthropic and participated in as many projects as he could to better the Valley. He loved to ride his bike all around town and was known as “The Real Estate Peddler.” He was proud to be a charter member of the Sonoma Plaza Kiwanis Club and participated in their many fundraising events. He was a member of the Foundation of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Henry and Diane were long-time members of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, and then long-time members of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church when they moved to Glen Ellen in the 1980s. He was a devoted Christian and churchgoer. He also loved to travel, visiting over 170 countries and all 50 states, always anxious to see what was down the road. But Sonoma Valley was his true home.
He retired in 2009 and took great pleasure in tending the chardonnay vineyard he planted in 1990. By 1993 he established Mayo Family Winery, known for single vineyard wines. In 1995 he was joined by his son Jeffrey. The year 2020 marks their 28th harvest.
A memorial celebration of life for this wonderful man will be held when gatherings are allowed.