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SMITH: Conservationist remembered for his commitment, adaptability

Of course, Jonathan Glass didn't own a sports coat.

At least he didn't seven years ago when the native Santa Rosan was a shaggy, confirmed outdoorsman still in his 20s.

His boss and mentor at LandPaths, Craig Anderson, remembers needing him to dress up for an important event in Sacramento. The state was willing to take ownership of land along Willow Creek in the west county, but officials needed someone from LandPaths to look them in the eye and promise to manage the property.

Craig couldn't go, so he asked Jonathan. It turned out he was the ideal person for the task.

The Willow Creek Preserve would come to command much of Jonathan's effort, and to be a prime source of pride and joy for him. He told Craig he'd love to represent LandPaths in closing a Willow Creek deal — but could he borrow a jacket?

Less than a week after Jonathan ended his life and his struggle against depression, Craig finds it bittersweet to recall looking through his closet for something appropriate for his friend and protege to wear to the Capitol.

"He must have been a sight, with his long hair, beard and my borrowed blazer," Craig said.

"I still have that blazer."

STARK DIFFERENCE: I know you know that Sonoma County culinary/hospitality stars Mark and Terri Stark are semi-finalists for the James Beard Award for outstanding restaurateur.

But has that really sunk in? The Starks are among just 20 restaurateurs in contention for being declared the best in America.

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