Toby Johnson, a rancher and former educator who represented south Sacramento County communities on the Board of Supervisors for 16 years, died Monday at his home. He was 97.
His death was confirmed by Supervisor Don Nottoli, a longtime friend and former aide who succeeded Johnson on the board in 1994.
“He was one of the finest men I’ve ever known in my life,” Nottoli said. “He was a great friend and mentor to me.”
Johnson was a teacher and administrator in the San Juan, Galt and Arcohe school districts before winning election to the Board of Supervisors in 1978. He served four terms representing a vast district - stretching from Rancho Cordova to Isleton and Galt - that underwent rapid changes, including the transformation of Elk Grove and Laguna from pastures to booming suburbs.
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Survivors include his wife Sue; a daughter, also Sue; and three sons, Jeff, Thad and Matt.
A complete obituary will be published online Tuesday and in print on Wednesday in The Sacramento Bee.
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