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.
Jeff Kooyman: A life renewed
Jeff Kooyman, 62, began playing piano in churches after reading
the Bible while living at the Merced Manor care home. He often
plays piano at St. Anne's Catholic Church on Sunday mornings before
services begin. "I kind of feel that God directs my fingers too,
sometimes," said Kooyman after playing in the church on June 23.
Jeff Kooyman’s 1965 Lodi High School yearbook photo.
Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 7:27 am, Mon May 7, 2012.
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.
Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 7:27 am.