Eric Thomas Padgett

June 7, 1983 ~ November 3, 2021 (age 38)


After a 22-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Eric Thomas Padgett passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 3, 2021 at home in Sonoma. Eric was born on June 7, 1983 to Debra Monroe of Spokane, Washington and Gary Padgett of Sonoma, California. Eric grew up in the Sonoma Valley, attended Prestwood Elementary School, Altimira Middle School and graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in June of 2001. During his high school years, Eric was an integral part of the FFA, band, and cheerleading programs.  He married his wife of 19 years, Jessica, in August of 2002 and they went on to have 4 children, Shelby, Travis, Jayden and Alyson.

Eric found his true passion of helping and serving others in 2003 when he joined the volunteer fire program which is now Sonoma Valley Fire District. He made many longtime friends there and enjoyed giving back to his community during his volunteer career.  Eric also ventured into working as a 911 dispatcher for California Highway Patrol; a firefighter at Eldridge Fire Department; and a Public Safety Officer for Yountville Veteran’s Home. Eric was also a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West where he enjoyed meeting other brothers and giving back to his community. He was President of Sonoma Valley Girls Softball Association and their travel program and the Sonoma Revolution at the time of his passing. You could also find him in his Tommy Bahama chair at the local Pop Warner football games volunteering as an EMT and volunteering as an umpire for the local baseball league.  He enjoyed watching youth grow, playing games they loved. He also served on the Field of Dreams board where the softball players play ball.

In his free time, Eric enjoyed camping with his family, reading and watching his kids play in their extracurricular activities.  He was ever present at his kids’ elementary school, Saint Francis Solano, where he could be found working the lunch line, organizing the library, or volunteering for any of their field trips and fundraisers.  As his older kids moved on to Justin-Siena High School, you could find Eric keeping book at every softball game and working the scoreboard at the football games.  He never let cancer stop him from showing up and supporting his kids or his community.  

Eric is predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Claire Padgett; maternal grandparents Harold and Doris Wells; father-in-law, Stephen Cramer; grandmother-in-law, Carole Downing; and great grandmother-in-law, Cecile Sterling.

Eric is survived by his wife, Jessica Cramer Padgett; his four children: Shelby, Travis, Jayden, and Alyson; his father, Gary Padgett; mother, Debra Monroe; grandfather-in-law, Dale Downing; mother-in-law, Tami Cramer and Nikki Aquino; brother, Sean Padgett (Hope); brother-in-law, Dustin Cramer (Shannon); sister-in-law , Brittany Chinaglia (Antonio); sister-in-law , Brittany Curran (Travis); brother-in-law, Tyler Cramer; brother-in-law, Coleton Cramer and sister-in-law, Jordan Cramer (Austin). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews including his eldest niece, Haylie Padgett and her mother, Brooke Enlow Padgett; aunt and uncle, Rich and Sandi Nichols; cousins, Pamela Brady and Chris Nichols. Eric also leaves behind many close family friends, his Sonoma Valley Fire Family, his California Highway Patrol family, and his softball family.

Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass celebrated by Reverend Alvin Villaruel at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at St. Francis Solano Church, 300 West Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 95476. A rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. before the funeral mass. A procession will lead all to a celebration of Eric’s life immediately following mass at the Sonoma Veteran’s Memorial Building located at 126 First Street West, Sonoma, CA 95476. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Eric’s honor to the Padgett Family Scholarship Fund c/o Exchange Bank, 435 W Napa St., Sonoma, CA 95476. Donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 2114, Sonoma, CA 95476.  All donations will go towards his children’s education.

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Funeral Mass
November 18, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Francis Solano Church (West Nap Street, Sonoma)

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