Former county supervisor Pat Sutton dies |

Former county supervisor Pat Sutton dies

TRUCKEE – Former Nevada County supervisor Pat Sutton has died after a bout with cancer.

Sutton, of Truckee, died Saturday, and her family made her death public on Monday. She served on the Board of Supervisors from 1981 to 1985.

“Pat was one of those rare public servants who saw real purpose in that service,” said Truckee-area District 5 Supervisor Ted Owens. “She’s a great example of an unsung public servant.”

Sutton, born in 1930, got involved in Truckee politics in 1973 and was serving on the Truckee Donner Public Utility District board in a 2006-10 term prior to her death.

Sutton accomplished a lot for the district, fellow director Ron Hemig said.

“Nobody has put more time into the PUD (district) then her,” Hemig said. “She was the questioner – she questioned everything. I recall her using a football analogy that she was the line backer, making sure something didn’t get through the cracks.”

From 1982 to 1986, Sutton also served on the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board as a public member, and traveled all over the western slope to attend meetings. She was the first person from Truckee to serve on that board.

She also served on the Local Agency Formation Commission.

Early interest in democracy

Sutton moved to Truckee in 1963 with her husband and four children.

Sutton first became interested in participating in the democratic process as a high school sophomore, when she attended a summer school Junior Statesman program for girls, learning about how government works and the ethics and philosophy of responsible government.

She also was active with the League of Woman Voters as a young mother.

“Being on a board, even a local board, has a lot of responsibility, but it can be a very rewarding experience, even when people don’t agree all the time,” Sutton said in a May 2000 interview with the Sierra Sun, in Truckee.

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