Clark Mitze was a retired Air Force officer and bomber pilot who led the California Arts Council from 1976 to 1978.
Romie Circle, a Roseville firefighter, played Santa Claus for children at Christmas. Circle died Sept. 24 at age 73.
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Leonard D. Blackford, a leading Sacramento architect.
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Francis "Frank" Gau, a World War II veteran and California state highway engineer.
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This January 2013 photo provided by Johnny Fratto shows Eric Lynch in Beverly Hills, Calif. Eric "The Actor" Lynch, the diminutive member of Howard Stern's "Wack Pack," who for years launched into comical, frequently foul-mouthed rants during calls to Stern's radio show, died in Calif. on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. He was 39. (AP Photo/ Johnny Fratto)
Lynda Bardis, disability rights advocate and former deputy director of the California Department of Rehabilitation.
Mohinder Singh Rye, Sacramento business owner and leader in the Indian community
William Hegg, former chief executive officer of Sacramento Savings Bank
Pete Schaafsma, an analyst of government finances, was a fixture in the state Capitol.
Randy Sturgeon, a longtime runner, racing coach, event director and publisher.
Ed Popejoy, a former TV cameraman and motion picture specialist for the state.
Owner and patriarch Miguel Unzueta, shown at the Caballo Blanco restaurant in south Sacramento on March 29, 2011, died Friday.
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Former California state Sen. John Foran.
Mary “Marilou“ Kehoe was a homemaker and volunteer who served on Cal Expo board and Sacramento County Fair board.
Lawrence A. Schei was a prominent Lawyer and leader in Sacramento philanthropic groups.
Dean Adraktas, former KFBK radio news reporter
Margaret Relles, matriarch of the Relles Florist family
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Elva Reichenberger, who treated many children as a nurse in local schools for more than 30 years.
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William “Herb” Hartman, was a pioneering broadcasting engineer at KCRA Channel 3. He died Aug. 20 at age 91.
Burl Waits was a Korean War veteran and former labor organizer who became a Sacramento lawyer and community activist.
William “Bill” Underwood, former executive director of the United Way in Sacramento.
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Grantland Johnson, head of the California Department of Health and Human Services, stands near his Sacramento office in January 2001. He died on Tuesday at age 65.
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Elaine Corum served as a radio operator in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II and marched for peace against U.S. military actions in Vietnam and Iraq.
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Robert Earl Lynch, a longtime Sacramento teacher survived a deadly mine explosion on one of the most attacked destroyers in the Pacific during World War II.
Harry Sweet, 93, was a pioneering Northern California television news photographer with great foresight who kept all his footage and went on to donate more than a quarter-century of Sacramento history on film to local archives. Read his story here:
Jean Dahl, 90, was a devoted wife and mother who nurtured a love of acting and stepped into the spotlight in later years as a member of a Carmichael theater group. Read her story here:
Wesley K. "Danny" Daniels, 89, was a humble scratch golfer and proud World War II veteran who was captured by the enemy after being forced twice to bail out of a B-24 over Europe. Read his story here:
Mary Healy, 61, was executive director and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Zoo for almost 15 years. Read her story here:
Mearene Jordan, 92, was a Sacramento beautician who wrote a fascinating memoir about her life as a longtime personal assistant and close friend to legendary Hollywood movie star Ava Gardner. Read her story here:
David Middlesworth, 75, was a retired corporate executive and dedicated vegan who founded a vegan dog food company. Read his story here:
Mary Scott, an artist and longtime antiques dealer in Fair Oaks
Kourtney Lampedecchio has been fighting a rare form of cancer while getting her master's degree at UCD. Today she realizes one of her biggest dreams as she receives her MFA.
Cal Worthington made his millions and a name for himself by filming his own used-car commercials, featuring the running gag "my dog Spot," which could be any animal but a dog.
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David Gilhooly sculpted comical figures of frogs and food items in ceramics and plastics.
Catherine Dawn Arlett
Sister Sheila Walsh
Ellie Enriquez Peck was active in the Democratic Party at all levels.
Bob Garrison was heavily involved with wildlife-watching organizations and co-wrote a hiking guide.
Dr. Robert Burgerman
Betty Mae Vickery
Joseph L. Ganaway led a substance-abuse treatment agency and sang in local theater.
Dr. Neil Culp helped start one of Mercy Hospitals' first hospice programs.
Dr. Sid Inglis helped shape California policy on education and teacher credentialing.
Ann Gershenzon performs in December at the Sacramento Community Adult Tappers Holiday Showcase. She tap-danced as a child and helped support her family during the Great Depression.
Eliseo Garcia is pictured as a teenage war hero in a book he published in 2006. Garcia, 17,was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for knocking out two enemy machine gun crews in 1950.
Claire Mix directs the kids in her singing group during a practice session in her home.
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Mary Weikert University Advancement/Sacramento State Lloyd Snelson was such a big fan of the Sacramento State football team that he had the Hornets' logo tattooed on his backside.
Norman B. Slater Jr. was a volunteer firefighter who also served on agency boards.
Dr. Herbert Bauer
Susan L. Mogull, a teacher and influential advocate for accurate portrayals of Jews and Judaism in education, died April 24, 2013, at 72. Read her story here.
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Jean C. McEvoy, an attorney and leader in the Sacramento legal community who was a champion for women and social justice, died April 14, 2013, at 69 . Read her story here.
Leon Lefson, a longtime political activist who was an influential figure in the progressive community, died in his sleep April 5, 2013, at 98. Read his story here.
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Patrick R. Tatro
Wayne Boulding helped Sacramento City College win a U.S. basketball championship in 1946.
Terry Dyer worked as a butcher before joining the Sheriff's Department.
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Dr. Martyn Rosa
Cathy J. Runnels
The Rev. Colin Macdonald stands in St. Clare Catholic Church in Roseville shortly before its completion in 2002. The Rev. Macdonald died Feb. 22 of injuries suffered in a fall.
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Tom Fujimoto holds his Congressional Gold Medal on Saturday during a ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento for Japanese American veterans of World War II.
Pat Derby, with Tammy the elephant in 1997,crusaded to protect exotic animals.
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Loomis veterinarian Dr. Richard Barsaleau competed in long-distance horse-riding events, including the 100-mile Western States Trail Ride. He also raised horses.
Bill Carnazzo specialized in land-use issues as city attorney for Sacramento, but his passion was fly fishing. In a 2002 interview, he said, "I love the solitude and beauty of the places I fish."
Demetrius T. Dogias
Dr. Jerry Kaneko
Marilyn Hilliard Geraty
Sister Maryanne Beeler
Judith C. Kelleher
Lewis Allen, who spent 21 years in the military before retiring at Mather Air Force Base, was also a career civil servant who raised college scholarship funds.
The Rev. Elwyn Gibbs
Henry Agonia defended higher fees to support state parks.
Bill Griffith was known as an American River paddling competitor and environmentalist.
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Judith Waegell, a ranching family matriarch who made classical music as a professional cellist, died Dec. 7 of colon cancer. She was 74. Read the obituary here.
Jennifer Garza, second from left, with her husband, Mike Garza, left, and her parents, Dolores and Edward Bojorquez, attends a Mass in celebration of her life in August in Sacramento.
Marcy and Morton Friedman met at Stanford and were married 57 years. Their gifts aided the Crocker museum and local symphony. Andy Alfaro Bee file, 2010
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Creighton Sanders started his illustrious Sacramento broadcasting career in 1960 and retired in 1992.
James G. "Jim" Van Maren, a fourth-generation Citrus Heights resident who was a longtime agriculture industry lobbyist, died Nov. 12, 2012, at 84. Read his story here
Tim Howe, a lobbyist and political consultant who was a top aide to Democratic lawmakers, died Nov. 9, 2012, at 66. Read his story here.
Nick Trujillo began playing the guitar after the death of his wife, Leah Vande Berg, in 2004. The popular Sacramento State professor died last week of a heart attack.
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Joe Ramsey, who died Sept. 24 at 75, was among the first lawyers in California to enter the field of alternative dispute resolution.
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Perla Warren, a noted choral conductor and former music teacher at American River College, died July 29 of cancer. She was 76. Read the obituary here.
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Emogene Marjorie Turtle performed with such groups as the San Francisco Opera.