Went to rest on November 23, 2013 at Ukiah Valley Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. Born on February 26, 1934 in Sacramento, the only child of Annie and Bob Beltrami, he grew up in their restaurant The Farmers Inn and later The Lone Palm Cafe while attending school. After achieving an Associate of Arts Degree in English/History at Modesto Junior College, Al moved on to U.C. Berkeley where he earned his Bachelors in Political Science and Masters in Public Administration. At Cal, he fell in love with Patricia Jean Kearns and they were married shortly after graduation at The Mission in Santa Barbara. The two remained loyal Cal fans, suffering through decades of lowly Bears Football. They resided in San Diego while Al served out his active duty in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1960. Beginning his career in public service, in 1960 Al moved to San Luis Obispo for a stint as an Assistant CAO before moving to Ukiah in 1965 to take on the role of the Chief Administrative Officer of Mendocino County. He retired from the Navy Reserve in 1985 with the rank of Commander. And he retired from the County in 1990. But Al never retired from Public Service. Almost immediately after he left the CAO's Office in Mendocino County, Al filled in as interim City Manager in Rio Dell. From 91-93 he was the CEO in Stanislaus County and from 93 to 95 he was the Deputy Director for Governmental Affairs in the Office of Governor Pete Wilson. In 1996 he helped establish the Employers Council of Mendocino County, and he served as their Executive Director until 2003. Setbacks like open-heart surgery in 1995 and a serious car crash in 2007 did little to cool Al's passion for his community. He worked with the North Coast Builders Exchange, the Mendocino County Historical Society, The Redwood Empire Fairgrounds, The Agriculture and Business Coalition, The Mendocino College Foundation and many others. Al also had many philanthropic endeavors, including support for a scholarship at Mendocino Junior College, a fund at the Community Foundation of Mendocino County, generous support to the rebuilding of Anton Stadium, and major support to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. Al was a keen historian and avid reader, able to share an historical reference or recall a good joke for any situation. He loved dramatics, acting, theater and opera. But Elvis was King. Al leaves his daughter Katy Beltrami and son, Bob Beltrami and his wife Trish, and numerous cousins in Italy. Al was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his wife of 52 years, Patricia J Beltrami. Funeral Services will be held at Eversole Mortuary on Saturday December 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations my be made to: Mendocino College Foundation - 1000 Hensley Creek Rd., Ukiah 95482; The Community Foundation of Mendocino County - 204 S. Oak St., Ukiah 95482; Ukiah Valley Medical Center - UVMC Development - 275 Hospital Dr., Ukiah 95482; Mendocino County Historical Society - 603 W. Perkins St., Ukiah 95482
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2013