Mark Osborne, a Santa Rosa bicyclist who died final week after being struck by a suspected drunken driver close to Sebastopol earlier this month, is remembered by associates as a talented winemaker and avid outdoorsman, who introduced a “mild and pleasure” to those that knew him.
Osborne, 53, a local of Australia and an enologist at Gary Farrell Vineyard in Healdsburg, was considered one of two cyclists seriously injured May 12 when a driver apparently inebriated crashed a pickup truck into them alongside Excessive Faculty Street, in accordance with CHP.
Each riders have been rushed to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Osborne died from his accidents on Thursday. The opposite bicycle owner, a 12-year-old boy, was later taken to UCSF Benioff Youngsters’s Hospital in Oakland the place he stays a affected person. The 2 didn’t know one another and simply occurred to be driving in the identical space once they have been hit.
Tracy Hinman, Osborne’s life accomplice of 9 years, mentioned folks have been drawn to his pleasant, laid-back demeanor, whether or not he was working on the vineyard, on a gaggle mountain bike trip or dressing in costume with Hinman to see stay productions of “The Rocky Horror Image Present.”
“He was tremendous easygoing, nothing bothered him,” Hinman mentioned. “He appreciated all people. He didn’t need to faux good to folks.”
Osborne was a hiker, kayaker, runner and marathoner, collaborating in races together with the Annadel Half Marathon, Kenwood Footrace and San Francisco Marathon. He additionally beloved to journey, particularly to nations with lively volcanoes. He and Hinman have been planning to purchase a second dwelling in Italy that Osborne would repair up and the place they may finally retire.
Osborne moved to Sonoma County from Australia in 2007 as a winemaking intern on the Gary Farrell Vineyard and remained there for the remainder of his profession. He labored his manner as much as enologist, specializing within the chemistry and biology of wine manufacturing.
Earlier than coming to the US, he spent his early maturity as a bicycle mail provider. In his 30s, he got interested within the wine business, incomes winemaking levels at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE and Charles Sturt College in New South Wales.
Brent McKoy, affiliate winemaker at Gary Farrell, employed Osborne and described him as an in depth pal. McKoy mentioned Osborne was simply as adept within the vineyard’s laboratory as he was taking up hands-on duties across the property.
The lab, the place Osborne would play music whereas he labored, was the “most enjoyable hub of the vineyard,” McKoy mentioned.
“He was all people’s favourite,” he mentioned of Osborne. “He was the lifetime of the occasion — simply type of a laid-back Australian man.”
Osborne was hungry to study and at all times appreciated to have a brand new mission, Hinman mentioned. He lately acquired his pilot’s license and had simply began an electrician course. The couple additionally lately took up beekeeping, which appealed to Osborne’s affinity for science and useful work.
“He didn’t even like honey. He appreciated the thought of serving to the surroundings,” Hinman mentioned.
When Osborne was struck on his bike, he was driving on the street for less than a brief distance to get from one path to a different, Hinman mentioned. He was primarily a mountain biker and tried to keep away from busy Sonoma County roads as a lot as doable.
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, a motorcycle advocacy group, has positioned a white “ghost bike” memorial on the scene of the crash at Excessive Faculty Street south of Gaye Street. The coalition has been in contact with Hinman about scheduling a trip in his reminiscence.
The person suspected of hitting Osborne, Ulises Valdez Jr., 27, of Sebastopol, is a supervisor at Valdez Household Vineyard. Valdez was arrested on suspicion of a felony DUI after being taken to Memorial Hospital with main accidents. He was launched to the hospital’s custody on the time, CHP Officer David DeRutte mentioned. Valdez is not a affected person on the hospital, DeRutte mentioned Monday.
Sonoma County Chief Deputy District Lawyer Brian Staebell mentioned Valdez has not been charged with a criminal offense. The district legal professional’s workplace will determine what, if any, fees are applicable as soon as prosecutors obtain extra data from the CHP in regards to the deadly collision, Staebell mentioned.
Osborne is survived by his mother and father, Sean and Anne Osborne; his sister, Paula Issues; his nephew, Luke Issues; and his niece, Lauren Issues. All are from Adelaide, Australia.
Hinman mentioned relations are ready to see once they can journey to the US to plan a memorial for Osborne and rejoice his life.
“He was only a good bloke, as he would say,” Hinman mentioned.
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