Peter Ford Corn
Updated: Sep 25
It is with great sorrow that the family of Peter Ford Corn announce his death on Aug. 30, 2023, at the age of 60, due to complications from skin cancer.
Peter was born in San Francisco on February 6, 1963. He was the third of five children, the son of Thomas Lewis Pierce Corn and Wendy Bell Corn. He grew up on Belvedere Island, where he attended the Belvedere Nursery School and the Reed Union schools through 8th grade. Growing up on the island, Peter was a creative and clever kid, always exploring, building forts, rigging tree swings or zip lines, inventing games, and skateboarding everywhere. He spent his summers in the San Francisco Yacht Club (SFYC) Junior Sailing program and enjoyed golf and biking throughout his life.
For high school, Peter attended The Orme School in Arizona, where he enjoyed an experience that matched his passion for nature and the outdoors. He particularly loved and excelled at the wilderness survival courses the school offered. Peter was a natural athlete who ran cross country and played football and lacrosse. He later attended Whittier College.
Peter took his outdoor survival skills from Orme and his love for camping and backpacking, and shared them with his friends, his family, and his sons. He was a great wilderness guide all through the Sierra Mountains. He found God in nature.
He was an amazing landscaper who transformed people’s yards into a work of art. Peter was a wonderful cook and loved to barbecue. Each Christmas, his family members would anticipate receiving his special homemade toffee-nut candy. From a young age, Peter had a natural gift as an artist; he always loved drawing, painting and doing craft projects. He would often enter his projects into the Marin County Fair, for which he won ribbons. His art supplies and sketchbook were never far from his side.
Peter is survived by his wife, Kimberley Corn of Rohnert Park; his sons Chandler Corn of Portland, OR, Trevor Corn of Seattle, WA, and Jordan Corn of Petaluma; his siblings Samuel Corn and his wife Henriette of Woodacre, Sallie Duncan and her husband Kirk of Atlanta, GA, Polly Sullivan and her husband John of Boston, MA, and Alfred Corn and his wife Laura of Larkspur; and his nieces and nephews, Pierce, Krijns, Corrine, Pieter, Maggie, Peter, Isabelle and Sophia.
There will be a “Celebration of Life” for Peter starting at 12 Noon Funeral Liturgy on Saturday, Oct. 7th, 2023 at St. Stephen’s Church in Belvedere. A reception will follow in Kimball Hall (the parish hall.).
In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to send donations in his memory to The Sierra Club Foundation, 2101 Webster Street, Suite 1250, Oakland, CA 94612.