William Bert Schlosser, 59, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his Ukiah home on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Bert was born in Oregon on December 26, 1953 and grew up in Simi Valley, California. He attended Moorpark Junior College and was a member of the team that won first place in the National Debate Tournament of 1978. Bert had a gift for the spoken word and the courtroom was his favorite stage. He was so proud of his son William for pursuing his passion for drama and following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Bert's dad, who was Dean of Theater Arts at Cal State Northridge. As a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Bert was extremely proud of his daughter Eve's decision to also be a "Banana Slug". Eve shares her father's love for mathematics even though Bert knew he didn't have anywhere near her talent for numbers. Bert attended law school in Santa Barbara, California where he officially began his legal career in 1984. Initially, he set up private practice as a criminal defense attorney in Santa Barbara where trials were few and far between. When an opportunity came up in the Public Defender Office for Santa Barbara County, Bert's talents were realized and he was now in the right venue. His legacy as a trial attorney had begun. For the past 25 years, Bert has served as Deputy Public Defender and Alternate Defender for Mendocino County where his trial record is daunting. Above all, Bert Schlosser was a tireless and passionate advocate for the legal rights of the legal rights of accused. Bert is survived by his wife Deborah (aka Wally), and his children, William, 22 and Eve, 20, who brought him more joy than he ever expected. He is also survived by his mother Dorothy Jean Schlosser of Simi Valley, California, brother Wade, sister-in-law Debra and niece Alyssa Schlosser of Westlake Village, California, and sister Perri Schlosser. He was preceded in death by his father William Edwin Schlosser. His beloved dog Pepper misses him deeply. Bert had many, many friends both old and new. Each and every one of Bert's friends were very important to him. He truly loved them all. Services will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Eversole Mortuary at 10:30 a.m. with a reception immediately following at the Elk's Lodge, Hastings Road, Ukiah.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Nov. 3, 2013