Bench to be dedicated in memory of Land Park resident, beloved pet

Jack Peyton and Rosebud
Jack Peyton and Rosebud Photo provided by family

A memorial bench honoring the late Jack Peyton, well known to Land Park residents for his daily walks with bulldog Rosebud, will be dedicated Thursday evening at Sacramento’s William Land Park.

The dedication is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Doc Oliver Field, across from the play area, said neighborhood resident Susan Hoeffel. Peyton’s family, including Rosebud, will be in attendance.

Peyton and Rosebud, an English bulldog, spent hours walking around the park each day. Rosebud was a people magnet, and Peyton invited anyone who wanted to pet her to give her a dog treat, handing them a biscuit from the bag he carried.

Gabriel Lopez, who frequently accompanied Peyton and Rosebud on a portion of their walk, said they would rest on benches throughout the park.

Peyton, 70, died Dec. 26, a little more than a month after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was a graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School and Sacramento City College, and an Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War. He worked 30 years for the state, employed most of that time in administration with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Friends, working with the Land Park Volunteer Corps, launched a fundraising drive to purchase and install the bench in honor of Peyton and Rosebud.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy