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Red Bluff Daily News Online - News
Family, friends to say farewells to GraffellBy C. JEROME CROW-DN Staff WriterTEHAMA - In what promises to be a fitting farewell to man who touched so many lives, friends, family and Tehama County residents will join together at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Los Molinos Veterans Memorial Building to say one last goodbye to Maurice "Marty" Graffell.
, 74, presumably drowned in an accidental fall into the Sacramento River on Aug. 1.At the time he
was doing one of the things he
loved the most, playing fetch with his
body has yet to be recovered.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Los Molinos Veterans Memorial building, 7980 Sherwood Blvd. Pictured is Graffell
with his wife Elizabeth when they were honored in 2001 as parade VIP's at the Los Molinos Fourth of July parade.Daily News photo by C. Jerome Crow
Almost without exception the first thing anyone says about Graffell
was the impact he
had for the good in the community.
...Los Molinos Chamber of Commerce President Mary Baker remembers Graffell for his ability to care.
also served on the city water commission.
Along with his
work in the City of Tehama, the county also benefited from his
served as both the chairperson and vice chairperson of the Tehama County Transportation Commission
and on the Commission on Heritage
and Historical Records.
O'Keeffe added that Graffell
had always been a great support to her.
Divers halt search for ex-mayor
Maurice "Marty" Graffell
August 06, 2003 - 2:27 a.m.TEHAMA - The search for former Tehama Mayor Maurice "Marty" Graffell was called off Tuesday, after five unsuccessful days of looking for his body in the Sacramento River.
presumably drowned Friday evening after he
balance in his
back yard, slipping down a bank and falling into the river.
and Elizabeth Graffell moved to Tehama
in 1986 after living in the Los Angeles area for several years.
...Maurice Graffell was mayor of Tehama from 1988 to 1994 and served on the City Council until 1996. He was also active in the community from being a Kiwanis Club member to volunteering at the local museum.
Warner said he
and several neighbors would continue to search in their boats for Graffell
"We'll just patrol every day trying to find him," he
said." We hope he'll eventually come up and someone will see him and we can bring him home."
A memorial service for Graffell
is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, 7980 Sherwood Blvd, Los Molinos.
sacbee.com -- News -- Search continues for ex-mayor
A friend who witnessed the accident tried to pull Graffell out, but the swift current carried him downstream, the officer said. Graffell was elected mayor of Tehama in 1988 and served until 1994.He
remained on the Tehama
City Council until he
retired from public office in 1996.
Red Bluff Daily News Online - News
Maurice "Marty" Graffell, 74, of Tehama was reportedly playing with his dog near the river bank, in his backyard when he fell into the water, a friend who had been working with Graffell earlier attempted to pull the man out of the water but lost hold of him.He then went next door to have the neighbors call 911.
wife Elizabeth, moved to the small city in the late 80's after he
retired from working for the City of Los Angeles
. Graffell worked for the City of Los Angeles as the maintenance manager at on of their sewage treatment operations. He
almost immediately got involved in the community and is well known and loved as someone who really tried to make a difference in the world around him.He soon was elected to the city council and served as mayor. Graffell was elected Mayor of Tehama in 1988 and served until 1994.He also served on the city council in Tehama until 1996.
would later nominate Warner for the mayors office.
...Graffell would retire from public office in 1996 but remained active in many civic groups including the Central Tehama Kiwanis Club and the Tehama County Museum Association.
Redding: Local News
CORNING -- The body of former Tehama mayor Maurice "Marty" Graffell was recovered Friday from the Sacramento River nearly two years after he was presumed drowned.
Three men fishing near the mouth of Deer Creek spotted a body, later identified as Graffell's
, floating in the river shortly before 4 p.m.
was 74 at the time. He was mayor of Tehama from 1988 to 1994 and served on the City Council until 1996.