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.

Mr. Zito, who died June 10, helped set up the Early Start program for developmentally disabled infants and toddlers. He retired as the state’s liaison officer for Head Start.

Mr. Bailey, who died June 9, was an entrepreneur who left the corporate world to start his own business, Pulsar Video Productions, which filmed events and made training videos for many private and government clients.

Mr. Graham, who died June 21, wrote about his life of crime and punishment and his redemption as a born-again Christian in an autobiography, “Where Flies Don’t Land.” He ran a Sacramento group home for boys for more than 20 years.

Mr. Petrocchi, who died June 14, spent 30 years protecting consumers against being shortchanged in purchases and business transactions. A son of immigrants, he had deep roots in Sacramento’s Italian-American community.

Dr. Isola, who died June 12, practiced ophthalmology in Sacramento for almost four decades and was active in Italian-American groups.

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.

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