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Jeff Kooyman: A life renewed

Jeff sank into an abyss of drugs and mental illness for years. But he has found a brighter future in Lodi with his family, friends, faith and music.

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Jeff Kooyman’s 1965 Lodi High School yearbook photo.

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Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:00 am

Jeff Kooyman stands outside the Chevron station on Ham Lane, a generic cigarette in one hand and his size-12 boot propped on a cement planter. His black Dyno-glide, the beach cruiser he pedals powerfully around Woodbridge and Lodi, leans against the stucco building. It allows him to travel from his job to church to his Woodbridge care home. It is his freedom.

He takes another drag from his cigarette as he watches the cars pull in and drivers step out. They look up at Jeff, the 62-year-old newspaper delivery man.

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