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|Anaheim Mourns Passing Of Former Mayor Don Roth|
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ANAHEIM, CA - (April 16, 2012) - Former City of Anaheim Mayor Don Roth, a man dedicated to the community, has passed away at the age of 90. He is remembered by his family and friends for his service to Anaheim, Orange County, and his country.
“Don loved life and was an enthusiastic supporter of all things Anaheim,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “My wife Julie and I express our deepest sympathy to Don’s family. May he rest in peace.”
In 1971 Roth was appointed by the mayor and council members to fill a vacant city council seat. In 1976 he continued his service to Anaheim by running for and winning a City Council seat. In 1982 and 1984 Roth was elected as Mayor of Anaheim. He was later elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
The eldest of three children, Roth enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a flight engineer. His military service was based in Banana River, Fla., and Saipan in the South Pacific. He and his family moved to southern California in the mid 1950’s, where he completed 20 years of active duty at Los Alamitos naval Air Station. He was involved in community organizations such as the Lion’s Club, the Rams Booster Club, and Anaheim Beautiful.
In recent years Roth relocated to northern California to be closer to family. Roth’s family requested memorial gifts may be directed to Faith Network of the East Bay, 2633 Telegraph Ave. #409, Oakland, CA 94612.
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