Jim Sabraw

Obituary: Jim Sabraw, 74, Sacramento marketing guru

Published: Friday, Jun. 1, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4B

Jim Sabraw, a prominent Sacramento marketing guru who served on the boards of business and nonprofit groups, died May 21 after a sudden illness, his family said. He was 74.

Mr. Sabraw was widely known in the business community as a marketing expert who specialized in small and family-owned enterprises. He was a founding partner of LeadershipOne, a consulting firm, and was instrumental in starting the Capital Region Family Business Center and the statewide Family Business Association.

He supported business growth as a board member and executive director of the Sacramento Valley Venture Capital Forum and a founding board member of ACCESS. He served on the boards of Capital Public Radio, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Comstock Club, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and The First Tee of Greater Sacramento.

Donald James Sabraw was born April 17, 1938, in Endicott, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's degree in literature from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and served as a dental technician in the Navy from 1958 to 1964. He started a video production business in Sacramento in the 1970s.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Sabraw of Sacramento; daughters, Michelle Hinds of Roseville, Nicole Zehnder of Rocklin and Amber Lyons of Sacramento; mother and stepfather, Emma and Haddon Estabrooks of Williamsburg, Va.; brothers, Lanny Estabrook of Fairfax Station, Va., and Bates Estabrook of Andersonville, Tenn.; and six grandchildren.

Services are pending. Donations in memory of Mr. Sabraw may be made to The First Tee of Greater Sacramento.

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