After more than three decades of service with the U.S. Army Air Force and California Air National Guard, Richard Denison went to work for the California State Railroad Museum, working to preserve the history of railroads. A veteran of 42 combat missions as a navigator during World War II, he died April 1, four weeks shy of his 95th birthday.
Captola “Cappy” Johnson, a coal miner’s daughter who went on to fly during World War II as a pioneering aviator, died March 18 at a Folsom hospital after a short illness. She was about a month shy of her 96th birthday.
During a 63-year career, Virginia Mueller served as a prosecutor and defense attorney, representing clients in civil and criminal cases. Family and friends said she saw the law as the best way to resolve disputes without violence, and she worked locally and globally toward that end.
Percussionist, composer, sculptor and much-loved icon of the local music community Stanley Lunetta relentlessly explored avant garde music while maintaining a legendary career. He died March 3 from brain cancer in Sacramento.
Ted Oto knew what it was like to grow up in a family where money was scarce, so he decided to become a meat cutter. It was a vocation that, he reasoned, would ensure his family always had food on the table, recalled his daughter.
Geetha Ramachandran taught three decades of students as a professor of statistics at California State University, Sacramento, but she was perhaps best known in the Sacramento region as mother and coach of the 1988 National Spelling Bee champion.
Sacramentans in the 1950s and ’60s knew Myrle Nahas as the woman who lent her name and business skills to the restaurant Myrle’s Trails. She also made her mark for several decades as an energetic promoter of good causes, whether selling war bonds or raising funds for a local children's hospital.
Francisco X. Alarcón was a poet and university instructor who was as comfortable surrounded by children during readings at Sacramento’s Fairytale Town as he was in academic circles, recalled friends and fellow poets.
Jerry Enomoto, a former World War II internee who became the first Asian American to run the State Department of Corrections and the first to be appointed U.S. marshal, died Sunday of natural causes at age 89, said longtime family friend Barbara Lehman.
Jason Mackenroth, who drummed for the Rollins Band from 1998 to 2004 and also spent eight years with Blue Man Group, died Sunday at his home in Henderson, Nev., after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He was 46.
Friends of the late Jack Peyton, who with his dog Rosebud was a familiar sight in Sacramento’s Land Park area during daily walks, have established a fund to purchase a memorial bench to be installed in William Land Park.