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Thomas Turner

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Memorial services for Thomas Lee Turner of Grass Valley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Pastor Ron Thompson will officiate the services.

Mr. Turner died Saturday, May 15, at home. He was 71.

He was born Feb. 27, 1933, in Houston, Texas, to L.C. and Frances (Zaludek) Turner. He graduated from Sam Houston High School and attended the University of Houston. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955, during the Korean War, when he was stationed in the Philippines and South China Sea. He married Lonnette S. Winney on Feb. 12, 1953, at the Alameda Naval Base in Alameda. He founded Turner Electric Company, which he ran from 1960 to 1975. He was president of Western Power Construction and vice president of Rosendin Electric. He was also a retired construction consultant and expert witness.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a Nevada County supervisor from 1973 to 1975, a member of the Nevada County Planning Commission from 1965 to 1967 and a member of the Nevada County Grand Jury from 1971 to 1972. He enjoyed bass fishing, the outdoors and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lonnette Turner of Grass Valley; sons and daughters-in-law Mike and Dayna Turner of Tracy, Jim and Dianne Turner of Grass Valley, and Marc and Jonique Turner of Lincoln; daughters and sons-in-law Cindy and Tom Browning of Grass Valley and Kathy and Joe Pitts of Penn Valley; nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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He was preceded in death by his father, L.C. Turner; mother, Frances Zaludek Turner; and brother, Jack Turner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tom Turner Memorial Agriculture Fund, c/o Bank of America.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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