Long-time Truckee public servant, Pat Sutton, dies
February 1, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Long-time Truckee resident and public servant Pat Sutton died Saturday after a bout with cancer, her family announced Monday. She was 79.
Sutton, born in 1930, first got involved in Truckee politics in 1973, and was serving on the Truckee Donner Public Utility District board in a 2006-2010 term prior to her death.
and#8220;Pat was one of those rare public servants who saw real purpose in that service,and#8221; said Ted Owens, Nevada County Supervisor (a seat Sutton previously held). and#8220;She’s a great example of an un-sung public servant.and#8221;
Ron Hemig, the utility district board’s current director, said Sutton accomplished a lot for the district.
and#8220;Nobody has put more time into the PUD then her,and#8221; he said. and#8220;She was the questioner and#8212; she questioned everything. I recall her using a football analogy that she was the linebacker, making sure something didn’t get through the cracks.and#8221;
Jim Maass taught Sutton’s children in 1969, and joined her on the board in 1977.
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and#8220;We were frequently on the same side on issues and frequently not on the same side. But when we weren’t on the same side, nonetheless, we remained friends, and remained friends right to this day,and#8221; Maass said.
Sutton moved to Truckee in 1963 with her husband and four children.
and#8220;We’d been attending PUD meetings for a year or so because we had some concerns with what was happening in the district,and#8221; Sutton said in a May 2000 interview with the Sierra Sun.
She served on the utility district board until 1981, when she ran for and served on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors from 1981 to 1985.
From 1982 to 1986, Sutton served on the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board as a public member, and traveled all over the western slope to attend meetings. She was the first person from Truckee to serve on that board.
She also served on the Local Agency Formation Commission.
Sutton first became interested in participating in the democratic process as a high school sophomore, when she attended a summer school Junior Statesman program for girls, learning about how government works and the ethics and philosophy of responsible government.
She also was active with the League of Woman Voters as a young mother.
and#8220;Being on a board, even a local board, has a lot of responsibility, but it can be a very rewarding experience, even when people don’t agree all the time,and#8221; she said in the May 2000 interview.
The Truckee Donner Public Utility District meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at its offices at 11570 Donner Pass Road, and will speak of Sutton’s death and her service to the community.
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