Passed away peacefully at the age of 80 with his family by his side on March 23, 2014 at Sutter Hospital, Santa Rosa. Devoted husband for 56 years to Opal M. Pullaro. A 57-year resident of Guerneville. He is survived by his wife Opal, his sons Sam Jr. (Despina) Pullaro, Salem, OR, Gino (Schamynare) Pullaro, grandson Nicholas Pullaro, Hawaii, granddaughter Katie Pullaro Cooper (Josh Barnacle), Santa Rosa. Also survived by three step-grandchildren in Oregon, his brother Joseph Pullaro, Jr. (Jan Fox), nephew Tony Pullaro, aunt Mae Valenti, and numerous cousins in California and Colorado. Sam was born in Pueblo, CO on November 23, 1933 to Joseph Pullaro Sr. and Rosalee (Valenti) Pullaro. He attended Blende Elementary School, Pleasant View High School, and Pueblo Junior College. While attending Sacramento State he was voted Best Athlete of the Year for Baseball in 1954 and 1955, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Sacramento State. Graduated from Sacramento State College in 1956 with a BA, and an MA in Education from San Francisco State College in 1962. Sam began his teaching career at Guerneville Elementary School in 1956, teaching grades 6, 7 and 8, from 1956-1965. He became Principal/Superintendent in 1965, and Superintendent in 1972 until his retirement in 1999. He spent a total of 43 years at the Guerneville School District. After retirement he worked for a year as principal of Creek Side Middle School in Rohnert Park, filled in as principal of Thomas Page School in Cotati, and finished his career at Monte Rio Elementary School. He was a member of Sonoma County Elementary Administrators Association, Sonoma County Association of Calfornia School Administrators-Charter Member, PTA Honorary Life Member, Schoolmaster of the Year in 1987. Scoutmaster 1959-1961, Weblo Leader 1961. A member of the Russian River Rotary Club for 48 years and served as president twice. He was president of the Rotary Scholarship Committee and was one of the original founding members of Annual Rotary Crab Feed, now in its 28th year. He is a Paul Harris Fellow, and sat on the Board of Directors of the Russian River Park & Recreation District from 1977 to 1999. Member of St. Vincent De Paul Society, CYO Basketball Coach, played '58-'59 on the Healdsubrg Prune Packers baseball team, member of Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church and in 1984 was presented the Pro Ecclesiae Et Pontifico Award from the Vatican. According to his wishes his ashes will be placed at Pleasant View Cemetery in the Pullaro Family mausoleum, Pueblo, CO. A celebration of his life will be held on June 21st from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Jensen Hall at Guerneville Elementary School. Donations in his memory may be made to the Russian River Firefighters Association or Santa Rosa's Heart Works cardiac rehabilitation center. Our family wishes to thank the following people who gave such excellent care to Sam: Russian River Fire Dept and Paramedics, Sutter Hospital doctors especially Dr. Lillian Lau, nursing staff, Dr. Pooja Sherchan, Cardiologist Dr. Thomas Cunningham, Dr. Gregory Rosa, Nurse Elisabeth Wandrey, Heartworks Cindy Pehlke, RN, and staff. Arrangements by Pleasant Hills Mortuary, Sebastopol.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 5 to Apr. 8, 2014