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Burl Waits, a high school dropout who became a decorated Marine, lawyer and civic activist, died Aug. 21 with Alzheimer’s disease and other health complications, his family said. He was 83.

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William “Bill” Underwood, a widely respected civic leader and fundraiser in the volunteer community who served 23 years as executive director of United Way in Sacramento, died Aug. 15 of cancer, his family said. He was 79.
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Elaine Greenberg, who for decades rescued and cared for dogs from her home in rural Davis, died just days after authorities seized her Rottweilers and accused her of neglecting them. Friends are shocked at the turn of events for Greenberg, a former biochemist who dedicated her life to rescuing, caring for and finding homes for animals that otherwise would have been put to death in shelters.
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Grantland Johnson, a trailblazing Sacramento politician who rose in rank while staying in touch with his community roots as a city councilman, county supervisor and top health official in state and federal government, died Tuesday at 65.
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Elaine Corum, a homemaker and world traveler who proudly served in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II and protested U.S. military actions from Vietnam to Iraq, died July 30 from a stroke, her family said. She was 94.
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Robert Earl Lynch, a longtime Sacramento teacher who was injured in a deadly mine explosion on one of the most attacked destroyers in the Pacific during World War II, died Aug. 11 of a stroke in Sparks, Nev., his family said. He was 90.


HOW TO PLACE AN OBITUARY IN THE BEE
The Bee publishes two types of obituaries in the Our Region section of the newspaper and on the web at sacbee.com/obituaries.

• Paid obituaries - also known as death notices or funeral notices - are published for a fee as listings on the "Remembrances" pages. For information about rates and deadlines, contact classified advertising at (916) 321-1323 or funeral@sacbee.com. You can also place the notice via our website by clicking here. Credit card prepayment will be required.

• News obituaries are published free of charge and are written by staff reporters as news stories, based on research and interviews with relatives and others who knew the deceased person.

News obituaries generally are written about people in the Sacramento region who were well known, who made important community contributions or accomplishments, or who had unique or unusual life experiences that were newsworthy.

We welcome information about individuals whose stories would be of interest to readers. To recommend someone for a news obituary, please tell us briefly what was newsworthy or interesting about the person's life. You may send the information - along with your name and phone number - by e-mail to staff writer Bob Dávila at bdavila@sacbee.com or by fax to (916) 321-1109.

Because we receive more tips than we can accommodate, we cannot guarantee an obituary in all cases. In the interest of timeliness, we generally do not publish news obituaries more than two weeks after death.

For more information about news obituaries, contact staff writer Bob Dávila at (916) 321-1077 or bdavila@sacbee.com, or call the city desk at (916) 321-1020.
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