Charles L. Dunham, a retired Sacramento Fire Department battalion chief, died Jan. 30 at home in his sleep, his family said. He was 81.
Mr. Dunham retired in 1988 after 30 years with the Fire Department. In 1972, his home served as a command center for firefighters responding to the plane crash into Farrell's Ice Cream shop on Freeport Boulevard, his family said.
Mr. Dunham was born in 1931 in Okmulgee, Okla. He graduated from Sacramento High School and was stationed in Guam during four years in the Navy.
An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a founding member of the California Inland Fisheries Foundation.
He lived in the Hollywood Park neighborhood for 40 years.
He was predeceased by his first wife of 42 years, Joan, and an infant son, David. He was legally separated from his second wife, Barbara.
He is survived by his daughters, Vicki Lira of Sacramento and Nicki Bonslett of Galt; son, Chris of Citrus Heights; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Wednesday. Donations in memory of Mr. Dunham may be made to the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center, 2315 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817; or any charity.
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