Rocklin native killed while tending to rollover accident
Rocklin native Spencer Myers was a good Samaritan to the last, and his friends, inspired by his example, have started a memorial fund to help his family.
Born and raised in Rocklin but a Vacaville resident when he died, Myers, 36, was on his way to work around 5 a.m. April 19 when he spotted an overturned vehicle in the fast lane on Interstate 80. When he got out of his vehicle to help the driver, a third vehicle hit the overturned car in the dark, killing Myers and hospitalizing the other driver.
His wife and two young children endured this loss without life insurance, so his friends in both Rocklin and Vacaville have set up an online fundraiser, the Spencer Myers Memorial Fund, to help support them.
Rocklin resident Traecy Berryman, a childhood neighbor of Myers’ who helped organize the fund, said for the industrious man who made a living with his woodwork, money had not eclipsed his passion enough to have made a nest egg.
“He did beautiful woodworking, he was a musician, and he was actually working in a fine cabinetry shop in Dixon,” she said. “You don’t expect that all of a sudden your breadwinner is going to be gone in an instant, so we just realized that Tammi, his wife, is going to have a long, hard road ahead of her, and anything we can do to help that even a little bit is something.”
The fund raised more than $1,800 in seven days.
Marc Olsen, Berryman’s brother and a friend of Myers for more than 28 years, said old friends from their childhood and even some from out of state have given what they could. For Olsen, personally, it meant doing something Myers would have done for him.
“The hope is that we could get people to donate from the community,” he said. “I knew that the hard part was going to be that – people have good intentions, but if it wasn’t accessible, it slides off your to-do list.”
Olsen remembered Myers as a meticulous, tenacious craftsman who devoted himself wholeheartedly to many pursuits, emerging from a skateboard session with bruises and bloody shins until he mastered it, or spending a year building a computer numerical control router out of spare parts to make better furniture.
To his friends, Myers’ final act seemed a characteristic and inspiring example of his most essential devotion – to his fellow man.
“He was a full-time father, a full-time woodworker, and he had side projects that he was always doing to try to earn extra money,” Olsen said. “The thing that I’ve always remembered and felt the strongest about Spencer was his determination … Everything was meticulously done, and I feel like he lived his life that way.”