Tuesday, March 3, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Davis woman proves you’re never too old to skydive

skydive1W

90-year old Sally Maness jokes with chief instructor Greg Foster following her tandem parachute jump Saturday morning at Skydance Skydiving. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

By
From page A4 | May 11, 2014 |

It all started as a gag gift from Ed Beoshanz to Sally Maness on her 90th birthday in January: a certificate to go skydiving.

“I gave it to her as a joke,” Beoshanz said, “and told her, ‘You have to use it before you’re 100.’ ”

Maness said she knew he meant it as a joke, but told Beoshanz, “Too bad, I’m calling you on it.”

And just a few months later, she did.

On Saturday, Maness, her son Steve and grandson Gene Parker shared a three-generation skydive, each jumping as part of a tandem at SkyDance SkyDiving out near the Yolo County Airport.

Sally Maness was the only one of the trio who had never skydived before. Steve Maness used to do it all the time — the Oregon resident has more than 850 jumps under his belt, though he hadn’t jumped in quite a while before Saturday.

Parker, meanwhile, a Davis resident like his grandmother, recently began taking lessons and actually was planning a solo assisted jump on Saturday. But winds that picked up early grounded student jumpers, so Parker went as part of a tandem as well.

Beoshanz was on hand to watch Saturday, as were Sally Maness’ friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, most of whom admitted being surprised that she had taken Beoshanz up on his offer.

“Not that she’s not brave enough,” said her daughter, Sandy Parker. “But she just never mentioned wanting to.”

Before the jump, Sally Maness had to sign some waivers, sit through a short class with chief instructor Greg Foster and watch a video of a jump.

Foster, who would be tandem jumping with Maness, took her through the process, step by step, of everything that would happen and everything she would need to do: how to hold her body coming out of the plane, when to pull her parachute and how to land.

“I’ll talk you through all the little stuff,” he told her.

As they headed over to suit up, Maness said she was ready to go.

“I’m excited, but not really scared,” she explained. “Just cautious.”

After suiting up, the trio — along with their tandem jumpers and a sizable collection of other solo jumpers — boarded the plane that would take them 13,000 feet up.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the plane started releasing its cargo, which appeared as tiny specks overhead. Sally Maness’ great-grandchildren, 12-year-old Cash Johnston and 5-year-old Lauren Parker, used binoculars to spot them. Cash, for one, would have very much liked to have been the fourth generation up there.

“I want to go so bad,” he said.

Parker and Steve Maness beat Sally to the ground with quick and efficient landings. She and Foster, meanwhile, floated slowly through the air, taking in the views and seeming to stop and hang just above her family, before slowly and gently touching down.

Beoshanz was one of the first there to greet her with a hug, before the rest of her family surrounded her.

“How was it?” she was asked. “Was it fun?”

“Yes,” Maness said, “though I don’t know if I want to do it again.”

“I’m a little wobbly,” she laughed.

“How about when you’re 100?” her granddaughter asked.

“Ask me again then,” Maness replied.

But the smile never left her face as she was led away.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy

Comments

comments

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in limbo

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Nominees sought for city’s human rights awards

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

    Pedal power: It’s a different kind of March Madness

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    STEM-Tastic Sunday highlights summer opportunities

    By Chloe Lessard | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    County: Baby Justice was on Social Services’ radar

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    House to vote on Homeland bill without conditions

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    State to supply just 20 percent of water

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Bob Dunning: Rampant crime on the streets of Davis

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2, 1 Comment | Gallery

    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

     
    Appeals court upholds protection for threatened seabird

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    ‘Pearls Before Swine’ joins daily comics lineup

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Winter market wraps up Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Public broadband, on ‘Davisville’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Alcoholic liver disease strikes Hispanics years earlier

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Embroiderers will discuss needlework tools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Tuleyome needs volunteers for work party

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Holmes’ talent showcased

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Bingo games Sunday will benefit DHS Madrigals’ trip

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Go all in for fun at Texas Hold ‘Em tournament

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    DCC Nursery School hosts open house

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Join a fitness party at Zumba class

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Logos Books hosts conversation groups, poetry readings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Get a taste of Middle Earth at library

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Sure and begorrah!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Overeaters get support at meetings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6Comments are off for this post

    Cycle de Mayo kicks off Bike Month

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Klein’s book featured at Authors on the Move

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    City says it did not OK Ygrene mailers

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A6

    .

    Forum

    The kids aren’t interested

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    One more family insult

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    Thanks for act of kindness

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A8

    Cannery CFD creates unequal taxation patchwork

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Climate changes are inevitable

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

    Act for our children’s future

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    UCD alums will want to stay

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

    End the use of this word

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Sports

    In the Clubhouse: Summerhays Jr. talks about new post at El Macero CC

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lady Blue Devils in semis Tuesday night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Aggie men host two big ones this week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Dream run ends for Davis’ master wrestlers

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devil boys net an easy tennis victory

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Newly acquired Smith scores in Sharks’ victory

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Aggie lacrosse team takes home opener

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    Blue Devil girls look for revenge in the pool

    By Kellen Browning | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    DHS boys aim to repeat as section swim champs

    By Kellen Browning | From Page: B10

    .

    Features

    Name Droppers: Dunn graduates from Marine Corps basic training

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    .

    Arts

    Thursday Live! features Keith Cary, Wyatt Hesemeyer

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    Songs of the Civil War to be performed by Anonymous 4

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Davis Chorale starts year with demanding music

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Dieter W. Gruenwedel

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Otto Vasak

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7