Obituary: Carlton Dutra |

Obituary: Carlton Dutra

A rosary for Carlton Dutra of Penn Valley will be held 7 p.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley.

A funeral Mass will be held there at 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by graveside services at Penn Valley Cemetery. Refreshments will follow at the Penn Valley Fire Station No. 43 on Spenceville Road.

Mr. Dutra died Thursday, Feb. 21, at home.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1929, in Oakland. He moved from Los Gatos to Penn Valley in 1969. He was a Korean War veteran and received numerous medals.

He worked as a store manager for 10 years before becoming disabled from his war injuries. He was a member of the Retail Clerks Union and the Penn Valley Fire Department. He was a commissioner for the Penn Valley Fire Protection District for 14 years, started the Firemen’s Ball and worked on fund-raisers for the Penn Valley Fireman’s Association.

He received the first Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Carlton Dutra Meritorious Service Award in 2000, and a scholarship for junior firemen was established in his name in 1998.

Mr. Dutra established the Great Dane rescue program in Nevada County.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Dutra, of Penn Valley; daughters Kim Pickard of Clyde and Sabrina Busher of Rough and Ready; son, Troy Dutra of Rocklin; sisters Dorothea Star of San Leandro and Marjorie Travers of Fremont; brother, Donald Dutra of Stockton; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Eva (Sousa) Dutra; brothers Henry and Ralph Dutra; and sisters Beverly Dutra and Diane Smith.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Carlton Dutra Scholarship Fund, c/o Penn Valley Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 180, Penn Valley 95946.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

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