Union Democrat staff

Don Ray Walz Jr.

Aug. 27, 1963 - May 20, 2013

Sonora resident Don Ray Walz Jr. died of natural causes May 20 at his home. He was 49.

Mr. Walz was born in Los Angeles to Don Walz Sr. and Diane (Love) Walz.

He joined the U.S. Army at 18 and was involved in biological weapons.

Mr. Walz worked as a jeweler in San Francisco and lived there most of his life.

He lived in Sonora the last 12 years because friends lived here.

He enjoyed making beaded jewelry, fishing and handiwork.

Mr. Walz is survived by his partner of 12 years, Constance Marinof, of Sonora; his father, Don Walz Sr., of Anaheim; and brother, Tony Lee, of Birmingham, Ala.

No services are planned.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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