Don Meacham was born in Cowell, Contra Costa County in 1916. He lived most of his life in Sonoma County, where he retired as a freelance commercial photographer after 50 years in the profession. He attended Petaluma schools and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He served his profession and his community, having been a charter member and president of the Northern California Photographers Association. Don also served as a jurist in the national qualification program of the Professional Photographers of America. He continued as a photographer in the Navy during World War II; he was the flagship photographer on the USS Augusta during the North African invasion; and was the Chief Photographer of the Naval Air Station in Santa Rosa until the war ended. Don was a charter member and chairman of the Santa Rosa Civic Art Commission and was instrumental in establishing Arttrium, the county's first visual and performing arts festival. He is survived by his loved and loving wife, Helen Meacham; nephew Tully Price and wife Linda; grand-nephew Randy Price and wife Kerri; grand-niece, Alycia Price; step children Sue Harris and Tom Heuser and wife Jane; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At his request there will be no funeral services. Donations to: University of California, San Francisco Cancer Research, (415) 502-2404 or to Ferndale Museum, (707) 786-4466; will be appreciated.
Published in Press Democrat from Mar. 6 to Mar. 8, 2010.