Romie Circle, a career Roseville firefighter with a generous community spirit who delighted underprivileged children at Christmas as Santa Claus, died Sept. 24 with acute leukemia, his family said. He was 73.

Joe Enos, a prominent Walnut Grove resident who devoted himself to the community as a businessman, civic leader and volunteer, died Sept. 20 of a heart ailment, his family said. He was 87.

Michael N. Thome, a former chief executive officer of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and an Army veteran who was captured in World War II, died Sept. 23 at age 96, his family said.

Leonard D. Blackford, a pre-eminent Sacramento architect who designed modern buildings that became monuments, including headquarters buildings for SMUD and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, died Sept. 24 at 90.

Francis “Frank” Gau, a daring World War II tail gunner and former state highway builder who oversaw work near Sacramento that closed the last gap in Interstate 5 to complete a single, unbroken roadway linking three North American countries, died Sept. 17 at age 92, his family said.

James Monroe Powell, a cheerful man with a tireless work ethic who shined shoes for bigwigs at the state Capitol for half a century, died Sept. 7, his family said. He was 98.

Eric Lynch, Sacramento resident and longtime irascible caller to Howard Stern’s national radio show, has died.

With few mainstream programs available for disabled students, Lynda Ruth Bardis spent a year at a school for blind people after losing her eyesight to congenital glaucoma as a teenager. She went on to live independently and study in France, and earned a master’s degree at UC Berkeley before going into public service to advance equality and opportunities for those with disabilities.

Ed Popejoy, an early Sacramento TV news cameraman who later filmed public works projects for the state, died Sept. 7 with emphysema and pneumonia, said his son Greg. He was 84.

Mohinder Singh Rye, a longtime Sacramento businessman who was a leader in the Indian community, died Sept. 10 after a stroke, his family said. He was 78.

William “Bill” Hegg, a banker with a steady hand who led Sacramento Savings Bank to be one of the most successful thrift institutions in the country, died Sept. 7 after a lengthy illness, his family said. He was 83.

Peter Schaafsma, an analyst of governmental finances for the Legislature, the state treasurer’s office and private clients for nearly 40 years, died Monday night of esophageal cancer, his family said. He was 62.

Charles P. “Chuck” Valdes was one of the most powerful figures at America’s largest public pension fund. But he led a troubled private life, dogged by bankruptcies and assorted ethical problems, and he’d been linked to a massive bribery scandal when he retired from public service four years ago.

Howard Roth, a former aerospace engineer who became California’s chief state economist, was thrust into an uncomfortable spotlight when the recession tore a multibillion-dollar hole through the state’s budget. By all accounts, he handled his responsibilities with a steady hand, crafting his economic forecasts without any regard for politics.

A staple of Mexican food in south Sacramento has lost its patriarch, Miguel Unzueta, the owner and founder of Caballo Blanco restaurant. He died Friday at age 88.

John Foran, a longtime legislator and later a lobbyist, dies of bladder cancer.

Randy Sturgeon, a longtime runner who was widely influential in the sport as a coach, race director and publisher, died Sept. 4 of cancer, friends said. He was 62.

Mary “Marilou” Kehoe, a homemaker who volunteered with youth programs and served on the boards of the California State Fair and the Sacramento County Fair, died Aug. 28 of cancer, her family said. She was 81.

Lawrence A. Schei, a prominent lawyer and civic leader who was a driving force in philanthropic groups and institutions, including a Shriners hospital and language center for children, died Aug. 25 at 99, his family said.

Dean Adraktas, a broadcast journalist who was a news reporter at KFBK until his voice on the air was silenced by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, died Aug. 28, his wife said. He was 49.

Margaret Relles, a former teacher who raised five children with a florist and helped start one of Sacramento’s most prominent family-owned businesses, died Aug. 23 at 97.

Elva Reichenberger, a school nurse who was instrumental in screening thousands of disadvantaged children for medical conditions, died Aug. 23 of pancreatic cancer, her family said. She was 75.

Hartman was an influential engineer at KCRA AM, FM radio and television stations in Sacramento, later with Grass Valley Group.

Burl Waits, a high school dropout who became a decorated Marine, lawyer and civic activist, died Aug. 21 with Alzheimer’s disease and other health complications, his family said. He was 83.

William “Bill” Underwood, a widely respected civic leader and fundraiser in the volunteer community who served 23 years as executive director of United Way in Sacramento, died Aug. 15 of cancer, his family said. He was 79.

Elaine Greenberg, who for decades rescued and cared for dogs from her home in rural Davis, died just days after authorities seized her Rottweilers and accused her of neglecting them. Friends are shocked at the turn of events for Greenberg, a former biochemist who dedicated her life to rescuing, caring for and finding homes for animals that otherwise would have been put to death in shelters.

Grantland Johnson, a trailblazing Sacramento politician who rose in rank while staying in touch with his community roots as a city councilman, county supervisor and top health official in state and federal government, died Tuesday at 65.

Elaine Corum, a homemaker and world traveler who proudly served in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II and protested U.S. military actions from Vietnam to Iraq, died July 30 from a stroke, her family said. She was 94.

Robert Earl Lynch, a longtime Sacramento teacher who was injured in a deadly mine explosion on one of the most attacked destroyers in the Pacific during World War II, died Aug. 11 of a stroke in Sparks, Nev., his family said. He was 90.

Harry Sweet, a pioneering Northern California television news photographer who donated more than a quarter-century of Sacramento history on film to local archives, died Thursday with pneumonia, his family said. He was 93.

Jean Dahl, 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, died Aug. 7 at 90, her family said.

Wesley K. “Danny” Daniels, 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, died July 23 with congestive heart failure, his family said. He was 89.

Robin Williams showed an acting range like no comedic actor before him. But he was too bursting with life – with humor, empathy and personal authenticity – to stick to one path.

Mary Healy, executive director and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Zoo for almost 15 years, died unexpectedly Thursday while traveling to the Galapagos Islands, officials said. She was 61.

Ms. Jordan, who died July 30, owned and operated a Sacramento beauty parlor after almost 30 years working and living with one of the most famous and beautiful women in the world.

Mr. Middlesworth, who died July 29 while hiking in Glacier National Park, was a dedicated vegan and a widely known leader in animal welfare organizations.

Mrs. Scott, who died July 20, won awards for her ceramics and batiks at the California State Fair and Crocker-Kingsley competition. She sold antiques at the historic Murphy Building in Fair Oaks for 27 years.

Mr. Hastings, who died July 14, was an influential figure in the movement to protect the city’s architectural heritage following the 1973 demolition of the beloved Alhambra Theatre.

Dr. Frye, who died July 20, joined the faculty in 2000. Besides teaching art education, he reinvigorated the metals and jewelry program and forged connections between students and the community.

Ms. Iwahashi, who died July 16, ran in more than 160 official marathons and finished more than 60 in under three hours. She was inducted into the inaugural class of the Sacramento Running Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

Mr. Kessler, who died July 14, raised Guernsey dairy bulls that sired many offspring and won more State Fair championships that any other herd. He was born to farmers in Switzerland and immigrated to California in 1952.

Mr. Staley, who died July 1, led efforts to organize and prepare local volunteers to respond to emergencies. He was a volunteer firefighter and served as treasurer of the Florin Japanese American Citizens League.

Bishop Olson, who died July 2, served nine years as head of the Pacific Southwest Synod of the Lutheran Church in America, which covered Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Mr. Dunnigan, who died July 9, began selling homes before World War II. He was active in business for almost eight decades and trained many agents who went on to start their own real estate firms in Sacramento.

Mr. Williams, who died July 1, helped run the Folsom Pro Rodeo for more than 50 years. He was well known as a parks commissioner, host at public concerts and ambassador for the Folsom Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Marler, who died July 5, was recognized worldwide as an expert on birdsong. His lifelong research on animal communication helped produce important insights into memory, learning and behavior in humans and wildlife.

Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire activist and former Sacramento Union owner known for his conservative viewpoints, died Friday.

Mr. Cresci, who died June 24, established a vineyard and began producing grapes for home winemakers after retiring as a longtime administrator in the chancellor’s office at California Community Colleges.

Dr. Clements, who died June 27, was a longtime Carmichael dentist and orthodontist who oversaw dental care for service members as assistant to Air Force surgeon general.

Mr. Payton, who died June 21, covered the Lake Tahoe area and Sierra Nevada foothills for more than 25 years. He was an active outdoorsman who bicycled solo from his Citrus Heights home to Florida at 82.

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