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William “Bill” Behnk, a pioneering computer expert who helped develop and implement information technology systems for the California Legislature, died April 8 with prostate cancer, his family said. He was 87.

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Sister Mary Eileen Brannigan, a talented musician who played several instruments, expertly led religious and secular choirs, and taught generations of Northern California schoolchildren, has died at 91.
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Robert “Bob” Fowler, an expert on fruit trees who co-owned his family’s Newcastle nursery, died April 1 after a lengthy illness.
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James H. Smith, a former Sacramento Bee general manager who was an executive at newspapers around the country, died March 31 at 91, his family said.
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John S. Perez, a former Isleton mayor and businessman who was a leader in efforts to revitalize the sleepy Delta town, died Friday after a stroke, his family said. He was 85.
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Elvie C. Watts, a teacher and administrator who drew on lessons from her childhood in the segregated South as a prominent leader in preschool education in Sacramento, died March 29. She was 97.


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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