Jon Hockema

Jon Hockema

Jon Hockema

Born: Gold Beach, Oregon
Raised: Gold Beach, Oregon
Off-Season occupation: Boat builder at Sundown Boat Works
Pilot since: 1986
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing.
Funniest moment on the river: Tim O’Dwyer used to have a collie dog named Bachelor that would walk along the gunnels of the boat. One day Tim put his expensive Maui Jim sunglasses on Bachelor as a joke. While Bachelor was walking the gunnels, wearing the sunglasses, a passenger tossed a rock into the water. Bachelor, in response to the rock, looked down and the glasses fell into the water.
Why you love your job: Because I am always on the river.
Favorite rapid to run: Devil’s Staircase Rapid