A friend says Roy Atkinson Jr. will be remembered in Rancho Murieta as “the old guy with the little red truck.” Mr. Atkinson, who worked as a firefighter in Southern California before moving to Rancho Murieta in 1991, died Wednesday at age 85.
Mr. Atkinson served in the Navy during World War II. He met his wife of 57 years, Patricia McKinney Atkinson, during this time, and they had two sons.
He joined the Los Angeles fire department in 1956 and served 26 years, advancing from firefighter to captain. He later worked as a fire safety officer for several movie studios.
In retirement in Rancho Murieta, Mr. Atkinson enjoyed his dogs, driving around the Gold Country and shopping in Jackson.
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