Michael John Greene,
Deputy Coroner (ret)
December 22, 2011
Mike passed away peacefully at home on December 22, 2011 at the age of 72 after a brief illness. He was born in Utica, New York (1939) and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He came to California via service in the Air Force in 1961. After his service he was employed by McDonnell Douglas, until its closing. He then joined the Sacramento County Coroner's office retiring as Senior Investigator with 23 years of service. After his retirement he worked part time for the IRS and State Board of Equalization. He became involved with several law enforcement organizations throughout the area keeping in touch with many he admired throughout his career at the Coroner's office. He belonged to Roseville Elks, Carmichael SIRS, SVPOA, and 711 Club and served as both past president, officer and secretary for NCPOA which he was very proud. Preceded in death by his father Lawrence Greene and mother Nora (McCormack) Greene both from Ireland. Survived by his wife of 47 years Dottie (Dorothea Walker), son Michael of Harrisburg, PA, daughter Tracey (Keith) Raynor of Katy, Texas, daughter Kerry (Jason) Davis of Citrus Heights, grandchildren Nicholas Greene, Talia and Reagan Raynor, Mia and Zachary Davis; brother-in-law Richard (Mary) Walker, Robert (Suzanne) Walker and sister-in-law Robin (Lonnie) and many nieces and nephews; cousins Jack (Natalie) son John McCormack and Jim (Jane) McCormack. At his request no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or NCPOA Scholarship Foundation (ncpoa.net) in his name. The family will have a celebration of life at a future date. Our family thanks Mercy hospice for their caring help.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on December 29, 2011
C. STANLEY GILLIAM
LIFE MEMBER NCPOA
Stan died December 18, 2011, at the age of 87, in Carmichael, California.
Stan was born in Sacramento to Flora (GG) Rippon Gilliam and Charles Bilby Gilliam on April 29, 1924, and descended from Sacramento/Franklin pioneering families Rippon, Kuechler, Gilliam, Woodard and Bilby. On July 29, 1950, Stan married Joan (pronounced Joanne) Cecilia Jonen. They remained happily married for 57 years. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Joan in January 2008. The couple had three children and six grandchildren.
Prior to his retirement from the Bee in 1989, Stan penned the daily column 'Stan's Sacramento' for 11 years. For the preceding 12 years, he entertained and educated Sacramento's restaurant goers with his weekly column 'Eating Out.' In all, Stan was with the Bee for 28 years, starting out as a part-time copy editor.
The newspaper business was Stan's second career, the first being teaching. He spent 17 years in education, first at Grant Union High School/Grant Technical College and then at Sacramento High School, where he touched many lives. He also spent 20 years as a seasonal timekeeper and night office manager at Del Monte Corporation in Sacramento.
Not wishing to languish in retirement, he continued writing 'Stan's Sacramento' for the weekly Senior Spectrum until his final column in 2007.
Stan attended David Lubin Grammar School and Kit Carson Jr. High School. He attended Christian Brothers High school, graduating in 1941. He then matriculated at Saint Mary's College of California where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In the mid-1950s he was conferred a Masters Degree in English/Journalism from California State University, Sacramento (then known as Sacramento State College).
Stan held distinguished service awards from Saint Mary's College and California State University, Sacramento, and was recognized as Alumni of the Year at both Saint Mary's College and Christian Brothers High School in 2003.
Stan was a 66-year member of Elks Lodges No. 6 in Sacramento and No. 2103 in Carmichael. He was also an honorary life member of the Northern California Peace Officers Association and the alumni associations of Christian Brothers High School, Saint Mary's College, CSUS and Grant Union High School. Over the years, Stan was active in numerous clubs and organizations and up until his death still attended gatherings as late as October of 2011.
Stan is survived by sons John Anthony (Tony) of Challis, Idaho (spouse, Gynivell) and Stuart Charles of Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County (spouse Rhonda Hughes), daughter Ann Dolora (Anndee) of Laramie, Wyoming (spouse Nicholas Zakis); and six grandchildren: Patrick Banks, Rose Banks, Jonathan Gilliam, Michael Gilliam, Amanda Gilliam and Timothy Gilliam.
The family requests no flowers. Any remembrances may be sent to The Stan Gilliam Journalism Endowment Fund at Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA 94575; Sacramento Food Bank, 3333 3rd Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817; or the memorial funds of Christian Brothers High School, 4315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Sacramento 95820.
The family wishes to acknowledge Stan's caregiver and good friend, Doreen (Rina) Muzzi, who provided assistance to Stan subsequent to the death of his wife, Joan. Her assistance allowed him to maintain his vibrant involvement in the community he so loved.
Published in The Sacramento Bee from December 30 to December 31, 2011
Parker, Van R. Col. USAF (ret)
Life Member NCPOA
December 11, 1915-April 25, 2010 in Carmichael, Ca.
Colonel Van R. Parker passed away peacefully at his Carmichael home on April 25, 2010 at the age of 94. He was a decorated combat pilot with over 1,000 hours of flight time in missions from WWII to Korea and Viet Nam. He held numerous medals and commendations but said one of his greatest moments was leading the Show of Force fly over of Tokyo Bay following the signing of the surrender aboard the USS Missouri. He was a past wing commander of the 320th B52 Bomber Wing at Mather AFB. He is the author of his book on WWII "Dear Folks" and was given mention in Tom Brokaw's book, "The Greatest Generation." He is survived by his wife, Naomi French Parker.
Powell, Harry L. Jr. Stockton PD (ret) Passed away in Rocklin on Februrary 15, 2012. Rest is Peace.
BRAVO, Octavio 'Ocho' N.
June 6, 1931 - April 3, 2012
Placer County Sheriff's Dept.
After a brief but courageous battle with cancer, Ocho passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in West Sacramento. Ocho was born in Emigrant Gap, and at age eight moved with his family to Colfax where he lived for the remainder of his life; he attended local schools, and graduated from Placer High School (1949) and Sierra College.
Ocho was a member of the United States Marine Corps and veteran of the Korean Conflict where he was awarded the Purple Heart. Ocho retired from the Placer County Sheriffs Office in 1992 and is a member of the Nevada County Softball Hall of Fame and the Northern California Peace Officers Association.
Ocho is survived by his beloved daughter Suzan Bravo Garcia (Ron), adored grandchildren, Scott, Kaitlyn (Angel), Tiffany, Veronica, Samuel, Vincent Octavio; treasured great-grandchildren, Camden Octavio, Leah, Lillian, Alden; and Suzan's brother SSG Michael Lopes (Melissa). Ocho has been reunited in death with his beloved former wife, who remained his best friend, Sally Dee Lopes, the mother of his daughter Suzan.
Ocho will be forever remembered by his devoted brother Jose (Christene); loving sisters, Maria Weber (Skip), Veeda Ray; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and countless friends. Ocho was preceded in death by his parents, Juana and Pedro, and his brother Silvano.
Ocho touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity. Friends and family will remember him for his humor, love of music and passion for dancing, and as a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants. 'You've got a gun, a badge and a flashlight.'
DEL PONTE, Joseph P. 'Papa'
Sacramento PD Sergeant (ret)
A resident of Sacramento, passed away peacefully on April 3,2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was 86. Born March 26, 1926, in San Rafael, CA. As a young boy during the Depression era, he sold newspapers on the corner; those earnings helped with family expenses. After later moving to Sacramento and attending Sacramento High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, becoming a member of "The Greatest Generation". After his discharge, he met and married his beloved wife, Gloria. They were married 55 years before her passing in 2002. He worked for the Sacramento Police Dept. for 20 years before retiring as a sergeant. Though he became an avid cyclist late in life, he and Gloria enjoyed a lifetime of traveling and golf. He attended countless events and milestones of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A kind, loving and generous man, his family was a tremendous source of pride and love, they will miss him greatly. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Ruth Del Ponte; his wife Gloria; daughter Patti Jo Del Ponte; brother Edward Del Ponte; and sister Angelina Quinn. He is survived by his daughter Linda Wallace (Vern); grandson Jeff Wallace (Kim); granddaughters, Shelly Bautista (Marco) and Gina Monaco; great-granddaughters, Alexandra Bautista and Jaye Wallace; brother Robert Del Ponte (Roberta); sister Patricia Collins; and many nieces and nephews.
Bonner, W. Braxton, Captain,
Sacramento Sheriff's Dept. (ret)
July 15, 2012
W. Braxton Bonner, Life Member of the NCPOA passed away peacefully after a long illness at his home in Citrus Heights California. A retired Captain from the Sacramento Sheriff's Department, he was a graduate of the FBI National Academy , 94th session. Our condolences to his wife, Joyce and the Bonner family and friends. Willis Braxton Bonner, born May 7, 1933 in Exeter, CA, passed away peacefully at home on July 15, 2012 in Citrus Heights, CA, surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his loving wife Joyce Bonner; children, Mark, Matt and Gina Bonner; stepchildren, Rona Hullen, Ron Vesci, Jr. and Robert Barnett; sister Judy Brown; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Manda Bonner and brother, Gary Bonner. ''Brack'' served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and continued on to be part of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for 34 years, retiring as Captain in 1990. He enjoyed watching and playing football, and camping with his best friend Larry ''Red'' Leitzell. He will be missed and remembered forever by family and friends.
Radford, Robert C. Chief Deputy, Sacramento Sheriff's Department (ret) July 18, 2012
Robert C. Radford, Life Member of the NCPOA, passed away peacefully after a long illness. A retired Chief Deputy of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department, he was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 92nd Session. Bob was born May 15, 1932 and passed away, surrounded by his family, on July 19, 2012, after a brief illness. He leaves behind his wife Nonnie, two sons, Randy and Ronald and two grandchildren, Brian and Merritt Radford. Predeceased by son Scott. Bob served his country proudly with the United States Air Force Military Police during the Korean War. He dedicated his professional life serving his community with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. His career spanned 30 years beginning in 1956; retiring with the highest attainable rank of Chief Deputy Sheriff in 1986. Bob retired to Sequim, Washington, enjoying life and playing golf until his passing. His ashes will be interred in the family plot at the Roseville Cemetery. Our condolences to the family and friends of our collegue, Bob Radford.
Edward A. Viet, California Dept
of Corrections-Member NCPOA
Edward A. Veit, a criminal justice consultant
and former California corrections official who
was an advocate for the parole system, died
July 22 of congestive heart failure, his family said.
He was 87.
Mr. Veit was a noted criminal justice expert with more than 50 years of experience in correctional institutions and field services. He began patrolling the tough streets of East Los Angeles as a sheriff's deputy before moving to rural Northern California in 1960 to raise his family near Auburn.
Starting as a correctional officer at Folsom Prison, he rose to be the state's top inspector of local jails as executive director of the Board of Corrections. He served as an assistant deputy director of the California Department of Corrections and was named in 1985 to be deputy director and chief of parole and community services.
"Ed was known as someone who did everything he touched exceptionally well," said Bob Keldgord, former Sacramento County chief probation officer. "He distinguished himself on the institutional side of corrections, and then he got into field services and did the same thing."
Virgil M. Raggi, Captain,
Lodi Police Department (ret)
Virgil M. Raggi passed away on September 12, 2012 in Lodi at the age of 84. Born in Lodi, to Jack and Amelia Raggi, Virgil remained a life long resident of Lodi. He served as a Lodi Police officer for over 30 years, retiring as a captain. Virgil was active in the community and was a member of the Lion's club where he served as past president, Moose Lodge, and SIR's where he also served as past president. He was a veteran member of the Northern California Peace Officers Associaiton and will be missed by all his friends and collegues.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Dorothy Raggi, daughter Denise Bennet (Sam) of Visalia, and a son Dennis Raggi (Michele) of Surprise, AZ. His parents and brother, James Raggi precede him in death.