HUERTA, Julianne Marie
January 21, 1969 - December 6, 2008
Julianne Marie Huerta, born January 21, 1969 at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, passed from this life in the early morning hours of December 6, 2008.
As a child, Julianne traveled with her family to Turkey and Texas, where she graduated from high school in Austin and still has several friends there. Julianne decided that she wanted to live in California after graduation and moved there in 1987.
She served as a trusted advisor to Members of the California State Legislature. Her role as Principal Consultant to the California State Assembly Republican Caucus for both the Budget and Appropriations Committees included the annual deliberations on the Governor's Budget for all issues related to Human Services. She was highly respected by both Republicans and Democrats, staff at all levels within the Legislature and state agencies, local governments, lobbyists, and community agencies and programs. As a confident advocate for vulnerable women and children, she fought tirelessly for those who did not have a voice, and drafted key legislation to protect children in the foster care system.
Besides her efforts to fight for causes within the Legislature, she was actively involved in the many causes that were so dear to her heart, including WEAVE, the search for a cure for breast cancer, and the Cup of Love Project, and support for Latino women in their effort to achieve success. She also served on numerous boards, such as Latino Sports Outreach.
As a sports junky, she could be found rooting on the Sacramento Kings, the Sacramento Rivercats, the Dallas Cowboys (and the San Francisco 49ers when no one was looking), the San Francisco Giants and Texas A&M. She always enjoyed attending the Sacramento Film Festival. Her favorite music included that of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Beatles.
Julianne put up a valiant fight against cancer for five years. Even through treatment and sickness, she was always graceful and dignified and continued to fight for those less fortunate, putting their needs before her own. She could always be found wearing some form of pink, her favorite color. Her friends see her as one of the most courageous people in the world.
Julianne was the second child of parents Raymond and Elizabethanne Huerta. Julianne is also survived by her sister, Teresa, and brother, Raymond; her nephews, Michael Christopher and Shawn Patrick McManus; and several aunts and uncles on her father's side: Katie Fierro, Margaret Romero, Lupe Valdez, Joe Huerta, Frank Huerta, Esther Vasquez, Vickie Rodriguez, Juan Huerta and Toni Chavez and their families. Family members on her mother's side include one aunt, Mary K. Beicher, and one uncle, William C. Hoadley.
Julianne's family and friends will miss her very much and are sure she will be watching over them. Arrangements are pending.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 7, 2008