Passed away September 28, 2012 at the age of 70. Gene was born in Sacramento, CA to Emilio and Olga Andreuccetti on August 8, 1942 and grew up in the Delta area, on Grand and Sutter Islands. He is survived by his wife, Mary Andreuccetti, daughters, Tracy Lawson (Terry) and Kelly Prudek (Fred); 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Gene graduated from Courtland High School (Courtland, CA) in 1960 and Humboldt State University in 1966 with a BS degree in wildlife mgmt. and range science. In 1966, he began a 32 year career working for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), later named the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). From 1966-67 he held a number of conservationist positions for the agency throughout California. From 1977-81 Gene was Asst. State Conservationist for Washington State, based in Spokane, WA. During this time he served as Dir. of the National Resource Conservation Act Response Center in Athens, GA and also co-led the agency's emergency assessment team following the 1980 eruption of Mt. Saint Helens. While living in Spokane, Gene met Mary and they married in 1982. They moved back to Sacramento, CA where Gene served as the Deputy State Conservationist and later held the California State Conservationist position from 1982-88. From 1988-95, Gene's career took the couple to Washington DC where he served in various capacities including Director of NRCS's Conservation Planning Division and Assistant Chief for the South. Gene's final NRCS position (1995-1998) was a return to the Sacramento area, where he served as Regional Conservationist for the West Region.
Throughout Gene's life, he demonstrated a love for the land and its wildlife. This was reflected in his involvement in Ducks Unlimited and California Waterfowl Association (CWA), where he was an active life member. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending many happy hours with friends and family in the great outdoors. As a much loved husband, father, grandfather, relative and friend, he will be deeply missed. Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial, Monday, October 8, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anthony Church, 660 Florin Rd. Reception to follow the service at St. Anthony Parrish hall. Remembrances may be made in his memory to CWA, 1346 Blue Oaks Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678 -Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger, directors
Published in The Sacramento Bee on October 5, 2012