PERELLI-MINETTI, Frederic Born in Ukiah, California on April 15, 1924 to Antonio Perelli-Minetti, a pioneer in the California wine industry and known as the dean of California winemakers, and Inez Whitney Perelli-Minetti. He attended Menlo High School and College, after which he joined the Army Air Corps as a First Lieutenant. He flew as chief navigator on a Pathfinder crew, B-24 (heavy bombardment) in the European theater and was awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, a Group Citation for excellent performance, the Purple Heart, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After World War II he completed his education at UCLA and UC Berkeley, and was awarded a singular degree in Wine from the University of California at Berkeley. He then spent his career as an award-winning vintner, serving as a Director and Officer at A. Perelli-Minetti & Sons Winery and the California Wine Association. He served as a member of both the County and State Republican Central Committees, the inaugural California State Air Resources Board, and the Kern County Air Resources Appeals Board. He also served on the Board of Trustees at Stevenson School. He was a private pilot who became an early pioneer in Baja California, where he maintained a home for forty years.
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He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Georgann Barrett Perelli-Minetti, and is survived by wife Barbara Read Perelli-Minetti; daughters Susan Bothwell (Craig), Linda Weber (Michael), sons Steven (Denise) and Michael Perelli-Minetti; stepdaughter Nancy Read; grandchildren John Bothwell; Patricia, James, and Ryan Weber; Cathryn Imperato (Jeff); Shayn and Sofia Perelli-Minetti; and great-grandchildren Eva and Devin Imperato. A Celebration of Life will take place at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4. Brown Colonial Mortuary
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 1, 2013