Edward M. Elmore, a Sacramento resident who was a Meadowview community leader, died Nov. 23 of complications from Alzheimer's disease, his family said. He was 65.
Mr. Elmore was a forceful voice for Meadowview during the 1970s and 1980s. He served as president of the Meadowview Improvement Committee and was appointed to city and police advisory groups.
He spoke out against gangs and drugs at public forums and rallied neighbors to get involved in cleaning up streets. He called on city leaders to help residents improve their quality of life.
He was a tireless advocate for jobs and recreation opportunities for young people. He tutored youngsters in the Police Athletic League and was a leader in efforts to build the Samuel Pannell Meadowview Community Center.
Mr. Elmore was born in 1946 in Dayton, Ohio. He served in the Navy, graduated from Wright State University and was a Dayton school police officer. He settled in Sacramento in the 1970s. He taught physical education at St. Anne's Catholic School and was campus security director at Center High School.
He was honored for his civic contributions with a 1987 Law Day Award from the Sacramento County Bar Association and a Distinguished Community Service Award from Mayor Anne Rudin.
A memorial was held Dec. 2 for Mr. Elmore, who married four times and lived recently in Natomas. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, and nine children and stepchildren: Todd of Dayton, Ohio; Anitra Kincy of Michigan; and David, Curan Mobley, Kaseem Winn, Eric Moffett, Monica Taylor, April Henderson and Diana Moffett of Sacramento.
He also is survived by his sisters, Bernice Jackson of Elk Grove, Martha Branner of Menlo Park, and Shirley Elmore of Phoenix; a brother, Donald of Dayton, Ohio; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
- Robert D. Dávila