Santa Cruz Judge, Ex-Supervisor Dies Suddenly While Vacationing in France

A longtime Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge has died suddenly at the age of 70 while vacationing in Lyon, France.

Judge Jeff Almquist passed away on Oct. 7 according to his family. He was preparing to step down from the bench soon and plans for a retirement party were already underway.

Judge Almquist was appointed to the bench by Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. He served as the court’s presiding judge in 2010 and 2011 helping to weather an “extraordinarily difficult budget crisis with great leadership” according to Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Paul Burdick. For the past seven years he had been assigned to Family Law in Watsonville.

Almquist was in private law practice from 1976 to 1996 when he was first elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. He served two terms on the Board. He also served on the Regional Transportation Commission, Library Board, and the Santa Cruz County Board of Education.

Read more about the life and passing of Judge Jeff Almquist here




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