Franci Gallegos, a cornerstone in the Western Sonoma County Social and Environmental Activist community, passed away from lung cancer, Friday March 24th. She was a persistent and heartfelt investigative journalist and poet. Franci was raised in East Los Angeles and attended U.C. Berkeley, Sonoma State, and received her teaching credential from Dominican College. She taught many years as an English teacher at Berkeley High. In the sixties, Franci was an activist Draft Counselor.
A thirty year resident of Camp Meeker, She set California environmental case law history in 1977 with recently elected Superior Court Judge, Elliot Daum as lead attorney. This case law is known as Gallegos vs. The California Dept. of Forestry. This was to protect the Camp Meeker Watershed from logging. Court costs were raised from a benefit concert with Jerry Garcia and Maria Muldaur.
For eight years She was a Director of The Camp Meeker Park and Recreation District. She served as a Director of The Camp Meeker Players. Franci was a founder of The Russian River Health Center. She was on The Board of Directors of The Western Sonoma County Rural Alliance.
It has been a life long dream of Franci¼s to create a park of the entire Willow Creek Watershed in Western Sonoma County She was actively working on this project at the time of her passing.
Franci's determination and focus was using her writing to energize communities by bringing important issues to a broad audience. She was often the first voice to rise in defense of causes not covered by the mainstream press.
A poet as well as an investigative journalist, in 1991 her work of poetry, "Border Lines" was published. Here is her poem, "Passages".
I saw a wild iris unfold
once from a fetal bud
the petals stretched
as if rising from sleep
out of the sun;
the only birth
time and again.
On Tuesday, March 28th, The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adjourned in the memory of Franci Gallegos.
Franci was known and loved by the entire community for her indomitable vivacity.
She is survived by her three children: Claire Josephine, Tristen Winter, Jessica Winter, and grandchild, Daisy Duncan.
Caring homes are needed by her beloved feline companions. please call:(707) 887-1789
Remembrances may be sent to:
Thoughts of Franci Gallegos
P.O. Box 171
Jenner, Ca. 95450
Pot-luck Memorial services will be held April 8th, from 1-5pm at 15650 Coleman Valley Roadäcall (707) 874-2161 for directions and information.
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