We extend our sincere condolences to the families of former Foothill Conservancy directors Michael Kriletich of Paloma, Mike Spadoni of Rail Road Flat, and Jack Van Zanten of Pine Grove, who passed away in September, January, and February, respectively.
Michael Kriletich was the former chief probation officer in Amador and Calaveras counties, an organic farmer, a leader in many local organizations, including Calaveras Grown, and a strong advocate for the Mokelumne River and local communities. He represented us in the highly successful “River Reflections” arts project in 2015. Michael is survived by his wife, Diane, and sons Sean and Wade.
Mike Spadoni was a retired electronics industry quality control engineer who served as our treasurer for several years. He played a key role in our transition to a staffed organization, participated in our Blue Mountain Community Renewal Project, was a founding director of the Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council, and served on the board of the Central Calaveras Fire District and West Point Rod and Gun Club. He is survived by his wife Judy, four children, and five grandchildren.
Jack Van Zanten was a World War II veteran and retired architect who helped our organization in many ways. He and his wife Mary, a retired interior designer, lent their considerable talents to several of our Amador County Fair booths. Van Zanten is survived by Mary, three children, and four grandchildren.