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Willam "Bill Carnazzo Obituary
William "Bill" Carnazzo

February 17, 1941 ~ January 15, 2013

FORESTHILL, CA - William "Bill" Carnazzo passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at the age of 71. Bill was born February 17, 1941 in Pacific Grove, CA, to William and Carmel Carnazzo. He was the first of four children. He often spent weekends with cousins and extended relatives in Big Sur and at home in Monterey.

He graduated from Junipero Memorial High School in 1958, and attended Santa Clara University, graduating with high honors in 1962. Following graduation, he was accepted to the United States Naval Officer's Candidate School in Rhode Island. He then served in the United States Navy for four years, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam on aircraft carriers as the communications officer on the Admiral's staff.

Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of San Francisco School of Law. He received the President's Scholarship Award for Achievement during his first year and retained this award throughout law school. He was the president of the Law Review, and graduated first in his class in 1968. He practiced law in Salinas, California, for 11 years, and became a partner in the firm. He then moved to Sacramento, California, accepting a position with the Sacramento City Attorney's office, and retired in 2004 as the Assistant City Attorney. Bill was well-known and highly respected in the legal community throughout the State of California, and was frequently published in law review journals. Bill was an accomplished writer with a passion for intellectual pursuits.

His other passions in life were fly fishing and his concern for the environment, especially our streams. His fishing talents resulted in many accolades, countless volunteer hours, and unforgettable family trips to trout destinations all over the great Northwest. Teaching the art of fly fishing, especially to his grandchildren, was an important part of his life. Bill was one of the founders and past presidents of the Granite Bay Flycasters' Club. He was a master fly tyer and renowned fly fishing guide. Bill was a frequent columnist for the Cal Fly Fisher magazine and other publications. At the time of his death, he was in the process of completing a book on fly fishing techniques.

Bill was a great mentor to all who knew him, but especially to his immediate family. His wisdom, knowledge, passion, humor and quiet wit, which touched so many, was matched by a profound and personal love of solitude.

He married the love of his life, Judy Reif, at Sacred Heart Church in Salinas in 1962. Their first child, Anthony, was born in 1964, while Bill was on his first tour of duty in Vietnam. Their second son, Dominic, was born in 1967, and their daughter, Regina, in 1971.

Bill is survived by his wife, Judy; his son, Anthony of Springfield, MO; his son, Dominic (Kathy) of Idaho Falls, ID; his daughter, Regina Dvorak (Charles) of Penn Valley, CA; his grandchildren, Nicholas, Evan, Kristen, Summer, CJ and Christopher. He is also survived by his brother, Jerry (Gerry) of Monterey, CA and sisters, Carol Carnazzo-Brown (Ron) of Granite Bay and Gigi Knudtson (Bud) of El Dorado Hills, CA. He was preceded in death by his father, William Carnazzo and his mother, Carmel Carnazzo.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Marello Church in Granite Bay. Contributions may be directed to the NFARC for the trout conservancy efforts or to a .
Published in The Monterey Herald on Jan. 22, 2013
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