The cities of Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova in Sacramento County are each mourning the passing of one of their city councilmen. Citrus Heights’ Melvin Turner, 67, and Rancho Cordova’s Dan Skoglund, 66, both died Thursday morning, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) told colleagues on the Assembly floor.
Turner had been battling pancreatic cancer for the past two years. Skoglund died from complications after a recent surgery.
“I am reminded today that life is fleeting,” said Cooley.
The Citrus Heights Sentinel has more on Turner’s career and passing. A ceremony was held in his honor Thursday, with more than 100 city employees in attendance.
Turner was first elected to the council in 2010. He had also served on the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department advisory board and the Citrus Heights Planning Commission. Skoglund took his seat by appointment in 2004 following the death of another councilman. He won election three times after that.
Both men had served as mayor of their respective cities.