Mr. Wrightson, who died June 11, spent a total of 37 years covering the Central Valley and the state Capitol during a pivotal era after World War II.

Mr. Cunningham, who died June 5, started as one of Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys and hosted a local TV show in the 1960s that featured a Fair Oaks teenager named Lynn Anderson, who went on to country music stardom.

Ms. Alquilar, who died June 5, was a former social worker and teacher known as Barbra Taffet when she co-founded a groundbreaking gallery for contemporary artists in 1970.

Mark A. Smith, who died June 9 at age 87, was a world-class adventurer who test-drove Jeep prototypes on the torturous Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada and led a 20,000-mile expedition from the southern tip of South America to Alaska.

Mrs. Tillson, who died May 30, was a lifeline for tenants facing eviction, families who fell behind on utility bills, people with no safe place to spend the night and countless others in crisis.

John T. Collentine, a World War II veteran and peace advocate with a love of art who led popular tours of public sculptures and murals on the streets of Sacramento, died May 20 after an illness, his family said. He was 93.

William Keena of Roseville, who fought in the largest D-Day assault landing area, Omaha Beach, died Friday, the 70th anniversary of the invasion. He was 90.

Former state Treasurer Bert A. Betts, a Democrat who was elected to the post in 1958 and served two terms while Pat Brown was governor, died in Sacramento on Wednesday. He was 90.

Mr. Mouras, who died May 14, was a decorated combat paratrooper in the Pacific and spent 20 years in the Army before joining the humane movement.

Leonard “Bud” Meyer Jr., who flew midnight bombing missions over the Pacific in World War II,earned two Bronze Stars after a tour in Korea and, as an Olympic swimming official, once disqualified Olympic great Mark Spitz in a race, died May 5 of heart failure.

Widely known as “the father of zoological medicine,” Dr. Fowler developed the first veterinary program for non-domesticated animals at UC Davis in 1967. He died May 18.

Mrs. Martin, who died May 9, stood out at local appearances by Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers and wrote one of the band’s most popular songs.

Mrs. River, who died May 9, spent exciting early years from Paris to New York to Big Sur before devoting herself to preserving stories of people at historical California state parks.

Former California lawmaker John Vasconcellos, who advanced groundbreaking measures on subjects ranging from human development to medicinal marijuana during nearly 38 years in the Legislature, died Saturday.

Mr. Truitt, who died May 18, was an articulate voice in efforts to protect the architectural charm and historical significance of Sacramento’s heritage buildings, landmarks and neighborhoods.

Mrs. Brown, who died May 12, aspired to a career in heath care after her younger brother died of a medical emergency in a community where nearby hospitals did not treat blacks.

Mr. Henley, who died May 12, led efforts to preserve the capital’s rich history with the restoration of Old Sacramento and the establishment of the Sacramento History Museum and the Center for Sacramento History.

James Williams, 78, who taught black history at American River College and served two terms as Sacramento NAACP president, expanded the course curriculum and shared his early experiences growing up in the segregated South.

Virginia Crespo, a prominent El Dorado County activist who was a leader in political and civic groups, died April 26 of a heart attack caused by heart disease, her husband said. She was 62.

Jackie Lynn Taylor Fries, a pioneering TV personality and show business veteran who was one of the Little Rascals in the beloved “Our Gang” comedy films, died May 5 with Alzheimer’s disease, her husband said. She was 88.

Dr. Wynne DuBray, a retired Sacramento State professor who advocated for American Indians and multicultural perspectives in social work and psychotherapy, died April 28 at 82.

Ted Crail, a newspaper veteran and prolific writer who schmoozed with entertainment legends and advocated for wildlife protection, died April 16 of various health ailments, his family said. He was 85.

John “Jack” O’Camb, a popular El Dorado County volunteer who was the “voice of the Bruins” as a longtime football announcer for Ponderosa High School, died April 19 of pneumonia, his family said. He was 76.

George Bruno, a former teacher and popular big-band leader who was devoted to performing and preserving the music of America’s “greatest generation,” died April 20 of an aneurysm, his family said. He was 89.

Marino Pierucci, a lifelong West Sacramento resident and veteran educator who was a leader in the early days of the Washington Unified School District, died April 21, his family said. He was 91.

Ken Gimblin, an influential teacher and sports journalist who covered Northern California teams for many radio and TV stations, died April 15 of a heart attack, his family said. He was 76.

Cal Bollwinkel, a popular broadcaster who was widely recognized as “the face of Channel 40” for his signature on-air editorials at KTXL, died April 17, his family said. He was 88.

The Rev. Richard A. Evers, a visionary pastor who took his ministry outdoors as the founder of a Sacramento drive-in church, died March 2 of health complications related to a fall, his family said. He was 82.

Kevin Sharp’s battle with cancer helped launch his rise to country music stardom and helped him inspire those who heard him speak.

Tom Myers, a Sacramento photographer whose vivid images of animals, places and people in California and the West have appeared in national magazines, books and on greeting cards, died April 7 of cancer, his family said. He was 88.

Jon Herr, a small-business owner who made a big difference in many lives as a foster parent for more than 120 children, died April 6 of lung cancer, his family said. He was 60.

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.

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.

John A. Jungerman, a pioneering UC Davis physics professor who worked on the top-secret team that developed the atomic bomb in World War II and witnessed the dramatic first test explosion, died March 28. He was 92.

Robert “Bob” Fowler, an expert on fruit trees who co-owned his family’s Newcastle nursery, died April 1 after a lengthy illness.

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.

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.

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.

Otis Turner, a former KCRA reporter and anchor who founded a Fair Oaks newspaper, died March 26 of lung cancer, his family said. He was 69.

Doris C. Pike, a homemaker who embarked on a diligent search for her family history and helped establish the first public genealogy library in Sacramento County, died March 24 of colon cancer complications, her family said. She was 95.

James O. Jeffers Sr., a prominent athlete who became a popular teacher and coach with important life lessons after a car crash left him paralyzed from the neck down, died March 22 after a recent illness, his family said. He was 82.

Margie A. Younger, a lively retiree who acted in local theater, wrote a Placer County newspaper column and appeared in Chia Pet ads on national TV, died March 19 after a brief illness, her family said. She was 92.

Ella J. Lively, a World War II veteran, community volunteer and fearless activist who devoted herself to peace and justice issues from civil rights to the war in Iraq, died March 5, her family said. She was 90.

Virginia L. Young, an influential advocate for mental health care in Sacramento and who preached as a child with famed evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, died Thursday at 94, her family said.

Shirley Fahn, matriarch of a prominent family in the Sacramento business and Jewish communities, died Monday of a stroke, her family said. She was 87.

Dr. Franklin J. Chinn Sr., who cared for generations of Sacramento residents while raising an accomplished family of medical and educational professionals, died March 10 after a brief illness, his family said. He was 88.

JoEllen “Joey” Franklin, a writer who profiled the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker and many other local merchants as a business columnist for The Sacramento Bee’s Neighbors section, died March 14 of Alzheimer’s disease, her family said. She was 83.

E.J. Dolner, an old-school car guy who was a top auto racer, owner and mechanic for more than seven decades, died March 10 of a stroke, his family said. He was 88.

Irene P. Ramseth, a resourceful homemaker who earned patents on clever household inventions, died March 2 at 95, her family said.

Edith-Adele Bellmer, who grew up with strong ties to Sacramento history in her family’s grand Heilbron House mansion, died Feb. 22 at 95, her family said.

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