William B. "Bill" Staiger, a former trade group leader for the California livestock and agriculture industries, died April 13, his family said. He was 91.
Mr. Staiger retired in 1985 after 18 years as chief executive officer of the California Cattlemen's Association. He oversaw a move of the group's headquarters from San Francisco to Sacramento to focus on legislative matters and led efforts to educate the public about industry issues.
He settled in Sacramento in 1959 to work for the Agricultural Council of California. He worked with state lawmakers in drafting the Williamson Act, which allows local governments to contract with private landowners to restrict parcels to farming or open-space use.
Born in 1920 in Oatman, Ariz., Mr. Staiger spent 10 years growing up in Mexico and was fluent in Spanish. He earned a horticulture degree from UCLA and began working in 1941 for the L.A. Chamber of Commerce. He was a field manager for a Sunkist Growers packing house and served from 1951 to 1959 as executive secretary of the Los Angeles Farm Bureau.
In 1984, he was honored by the California Association of Farm Advisors and was named Agriculturist of the Year by the California State Fair.
Mr. Staiger was active in retirement at the Pinebrook Village community in Folsom, where he lived with his wife of 37 years, Bettie, who survives him. An earlier marriage to Alice Staiger ended in divorce.
Survivors include his daughters Karen Ramsey, Beth Staiger and Jackie Blarr; stepdaughter, Linda Nishimoto; stepson, David Hargis; sisters, Jane Seaman, Marion James and Judy Kemp; six grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. No service is planned.