The former mayor of Auburn who resigned last week over a flap involving Donald Trump has died in a plane crash, according to his family. Bill Kirby was killed Saturday morning when the plane he was piloting crashed near the Auburn Municipal Airport. One passenger survived with minor injuries.
“Our family is devastated by this tragic news,” Kirby’s family said in a statement. “Bill devoted decades of enthusiastic and loving support to his family, his patients and the Auburn community he loved so much. We will miss him immensely but take comfort in knowing he died while flying – one of the other loves of his life.”
Kirby was a urologist by trade and a pillar of the Placer County community. He served as Chairman of the Tumor Board at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Chief of the Medical Staff at Sutter Auburn Faith, Chief of the Surgery Department at Roseville Community Hospital, and as the first Chairman of the Institutional Review (Cancer) Committee at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He also provided free medical services for athletes at Placer High School for three decades, served as president of the Auburn Little League, and as a director of the Auburn Area Recreation & Park District.
Most newspapers headlines on Kirby’s death have referenced his recent social media dust-up stemming from a meme he posted that compared Trump supporters to the KKK. But in Auburn, Kirby is remembered first and foremost as a devoted physician, public servant, and family man. He is survived by his son, James, his daughter Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez (Adam), and his grandchildren Addison and Chloe.
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