Nadine Salonites, a noted opera soprano who was a kindergarten teacher and volunteer, died Jan. 25. She was 81.
Steve Schofer, a veteran musician who played bass for Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers, died Feb. 27. He was 64.
Della Davidson, a UC Davis dance professor and innovative choreographer who merged body movements with narrative elements to tell multimedia stories onstage, died March 13. She was 60.
Eva Rutland, a noted author who wrote about her hopes and fears as an African American mother raising children amid racial discrimination in postwar California, died March 15. She was 95.
Cynthia Dall, a singer and musician who was a favorite of the indie-rock underground scene, died April 5 at age 41.
John T. Nickens Jr., a retired engineer who played the clarinet in community bands for nine decades, died April 25 at age 99.
Ray Torres, a virtuoso drummer who backed up R&B legends with a signature style that influenced many musicians, died May 19. He was 68.
Thomas F. Fox, a music minister who was the eldest child of iconic film and TV star Dale Evans, died May 16. He was 84.
Norma-Lee, a western swing artist who twice served as honorary mayor of Rio Linda/Elverta, died June 29. She was 58.
Linda Louise Arnold, a former professional dancer who helped start and teach the children's theater program at Chautauqua Playhouse for more than 25 years, died July 14. She was 71.
Robert M. Watson, a longtime physician who also performed locally as a top-notch jazz pianist, died July 23 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Southern California. He was 76.
Perla Warren, a noted choral conductor and former music teacher at American River College, died July 29. She was 76.
Richard Cragun, a professional dancer who left Sacramento at 16 to win international acclaim as one of the leading male ballet stars of the 20th century, died Aug. 6 in Rio de Janeiro. He was 67.
Emogene Marjorie Turtle, who taught music after an exciting but demanding career as an opera singer, died Aug. 13. She was 90.
Larry Welden, a prominent artist and teacher who painted Northern California landscapes in ethereal watercolors, died Oct. 25. He was 90.
Edna Comerchero, a virtuoso flutist who performed professionally and taught students who became world-class performers, died Oct. 25. She was 80.
Judith Waegell, a ranching family matriarch who made classical music as a professional cellist, died Dec. 7. She was 74.
Robert D. Dávila