C.A. "Cal" Terhune

Aug 8, 1929 - Jul 31, 2015


C.A. “Cal” Terhune of Ione, passed away at his home on July 31, 2015, after many years of battling Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. Cal was born on August 8, 1929, in Roseville CA. Cal graduated from Roseville High School and Placer Junior College.

Following junior college, Cal joined and received an Honorable discharge from the Marine Corp. He graduated from San Jose State and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of California Berkeley. Following graduation, he began working with the California Youth Authority, where he was eventually Assistant Superintendent at Fricot Ranch School for Boys and Superintendent at Nelles School for Boys, Preston School of Industry, and Youth Training School. He was appointed Director of the California Youth Authority in 1987 and Director of the Department of Corrections in 1997. Between directorships, in his “adopted” hometown of Ione, CA, he sat on the Ione City Council and was Mayor.

It should be noted that Cal and Jim Rowland were the only two persons to serve as Director of both the Youth Authority and the Department of Corrections. He served under three Governors; Deukmejian, Wilson and Davis.

A good friend and co-worker reflected “Cal throughout his career in the Youth Authority represented the principles of the Institution that it was – dedication to the rehabilitation of young offenders, in facilities that provided fair, safe, and humane treatment. He set the example for the staff that carried out the principles. He was the first to arrive at his work station and the last to leave even if it meant driving from his home in Ione, having coffee with his mother in Roseville, and being at his desk in Sacramento by 7:00 A.M. Cal did not have a lot of time for idle conversation; his focus was on the issues of the day and he expected the same from his staff. He also expected staff to be loyal to the principles of the Institution that was the Youth Authority. Staff who wandered astray would wander afar.

Cal was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a collector of “things,” almost anything; guns, fans, tools, brooms, picture frames, and antiques of all descriptions. He was also a skilled craftsman who could fix, redo, and restore anything that needed fixing, redoing, and restoring. Born and reared in what was then the little town of Roseville, the son of a railroader, he never ventured far his hometown roots where one earned their pay by hard work, paid their taxes, served their country, married, raised a family, and when called upon, would oversee the operations of the two largest correctional organizations in the United States. ”

He leaves behind his loving wife of 65 years, Ardyce; his daughters, Melanie of North Highlands, CA, Allison (Mike Gavin) of Walla Walla, WA; grandchildren, John of Kirkland, WA and Nicholas of Seattle, WA; sister-in-law, Marilyn Cain; niece, Leslie and her children Megan and Collin. He also leaves behind his “Colnar” cousins, Carol, Gus, Mary, Patty, Debbie, Sherry and Nancy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Colnar Terhune and John Arthur Terhune.

The family thanks his many friends who kept in touch with him over the last few years ~ the emails, phone calls, and lunches meant so much to both Cal and Ardyce.

At Cal’s request there will be no services. He will rest at Sacramento’s East Lawn Memorial Park – Trinity Building.

Remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624

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