Turner, Howard Madeley
October 5, 2007
Howard Madeley Turner “lived until he died.”
A supremely positive, loving, generous and dedicated husband, father and grandfather, Howard Turner will be remembered for his devotion and support of his family, friends and numerous social and charitable organizations.
Howard is survived by Kay, his wife of nearly 46 years; his son Bryan and wife Kara; and his daughter, Sydney Turner, all in Sacramento. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Alice Carswell and husband Bruce of Davis; and preceded in death by his brother, John Turner.
He was an affectionate and entertaining grandfather to his two grandchildren, Alyssa Turner of El Dorado Hills, and Charlie Rose Turner of Sacramento. He will be greatly missed by many other relatives and countless friends.
Howard was a third generation Sacramentan born on June 30, 1934. He graduated from Sacramento High School and UC Berkeley before going to work in the family’s real estate business in West Sacramento.
He was a leader in the community for 30 years, tirelessly promoting and supporting causes that benefited West Sacramento. In 1973, Howard orchestrated the gift of his family’s land to Yolo County for the construction of a branch library that bears his father, Arthur F. Turner’s, name.
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Many of the best days of Howard’s life were spent at Lake Tahoe where his grandmother purchased property in 1905. Through the years he enjoyed snow skiing, boating and entertaining at the cabin he aptly named Playtime, capturing his insatiable appetite for life.
Everyone who knew Howard agreed that he never passed an opportunity to sing, play an instrument, and make everyone feel better. His willingness to give of himself led him to serve as a two-term commodore of the Tahoe Yacht Club and president of the Homewood Homeowners’ Association.
Howard Turner was grateful for every minute of every day and felt blessed for the richness of his life and always helped those less fortunate. He served as a director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters; president of the Sacramento Children’s Home, and as a two-term president of the Sacramento area United Way.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Sacramento Children’s Home, 2750 Sutterville Road, Sacramento, CA 95820 or the Tahoe Maritime Museum, Po Box 627, Homewood, CA, 96141.