Ivan Frank Altamura


It is with a deep sense of sadness and grief that we share the sudden and unexpected passing of Ivan Altamura (53), on Saturday, August 8th. While his loved ones are still in a state of shock, they are surrounded by a loving extended family, a supportive church family, his colleagues at Capitol Advocacy and more personal friends than can be counted.

Ivan was one of a kind. He had the unique ability to be everyone’s best friend. He was the kind of person that people were drawn to because of his warmth, sense of humor, and a zest for life that epitomized his Italian upbringing. Anyone who has spent any time with Ivan knows that he was the first person to make you laugh, the first to encourage you to chase your dreams, and the most loyal friend you could hope to find. His passion for life was infectious. If you were going to be with Ivan, you were going to laugh. He exuded joy.

Ivan has many passions, he loved to ski, boat, have big barbecues, and other family gatherings at his home, but none greater than his faith in Christ and his family. Alisa, Nikolas, and Marina were his greatest passion, as well as his parents Augusto and Louise Altamura, and his in-laws, John and Morleen Whittington, all who lived close and were able to model a loving, supportive, 3 generation family.

Ivan became a part of the Capitol Community in 2004 after building a successful law practice in Fresno. He transitioned to Sacramento as Chief of Staff for an Assembly Member and went on to serve as COS for two different Republican Leaders. After he accomplished his goals in the Capitol, he joined the Capitol Advocacy family, where he thrived representing a diverse clientele before the CA legislature. He was proud to be a part of the Capitol Advocacy team and considered them family.

Ivan, we miss you, and love you. We will see you again, where the streets are paved with gold, the boat rides on the Delta never end and the ski slopes are filled with powder. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

His memorial will be held 10:00am Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 at Creekside Christian Church with a reception to follow at his family home.


  • Jay Benson says:

    My condolences to Ivan’s family and friends.


    My prayers are with you – love to you all.

  • Mary Ann Chamberlain says:

    We were so sad to hear about Ivan. He was a wonderful man who we had the pleasure of knowing! Our hearts go out to you and your family.

  • Tiffany Replogle says:

    Ivan, you will always be in our hearts
    Tiffany, Scott & Eden

  • Anthony Adams says:

    You will always be remembered as a man who let Christ shine through you; our world is dimmer without you.

  • Terri M Pieretti says:

    Dearest Louise and Augie I remember Ivan’s smile and laugh so well. He made such an impression on me even when he was in middle and high school. I am so deeply saddened by this news. I was in Sam’s Deli when Nick shared the news. You raised a wonderful son!

    With Love and Grace
    Terri Pieretti and my son Vince

  • Janene Flad says:

    Ivan, you were so good and loving to staff. We felt special having you as COS. Your family is so fortunate to have had you as husband and dad.

  • Juli & Tim Thornton says:

    Altamira families, we mourn the loss of our sweet teddy bear. We are praying for peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • Bill Emmerson says:

    Ivan was a very special friend during my years in Sacramento. He was an honest and caring individual that was always ready to help. Ivan will be missed by his family and his many friends.

  • Monica Miller says:

    So sorry for your loss. Ivan was amazing and always such a bright light! Prayers to his family as they work through their grief.

  • Ed Bedwell says:

    Shocked beyond belief that this gentle giant of a man had his life cut so short. Bless you Ivan.

  • Shari McHugh says:

    He was an amazing colleague and friend. One of the nicest people you could have ever met. I know everyone in the Capitol community knows this and I pray his family knows that he was truly loved by so many.

  • DaveAckerman says:

    So sorry for a life cut way too short. Very glad I had the opportunity to work with Ivan. Prayers for the family.

  • Bruce and Ines Gruffith says:

    Our hearts are broken. May Augie, Louise, Alisa, Marina, Nikolas find comfort in all the wonderful memories of Ivan infectious laugh and beautiful smile.
    Till we see you again Ivan!
    Your cousin Ines, Bruce and family

  • Margaret Gladstein says:

    Ivan will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. I was honored to call him a colleague and a friend. His infectious smile brightened up every day.

    May his memory be a blessing.

  • Anthony Archie says:

    Ivan always helped people in the Capitol community. He was one of the good guys in Sacramento. Glad I got to work with him. He will be missed.

  • Don Levin says:

    Honored to have known and worked with Ivan Altamura – A Real Class Act who’ll be sorely missed by all.

  • Heather Javaherian says:

    I will always remember Ivan’s passion and dedication to the work he did for OTAC. He inspired so many students and practitioners.

  • Teresa Anderson says:

    Ivan will be so deeply missed. His untimely passing leaves such an ache in the hearts of so many people, myself included, because he was truly one of the most genuine, kind, and caring people I ever had the privilege to call a friend. I will miss seeing his smiling face in the hallways of the Capitol, laughing with him, and talking about our families. My condolences and prayers to his family – the center of his universe – he talked about you all the time and beamed with pride for all of you.

  • Abel Maldonado says:

    Rest In Peace my friend you will be missed. Prayers to the family.

  • Katie and Jerry Jordan says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Ivan’s family, church, and colleagues. He was a force – an authentic human who made a difference in the world. We are indebted to him and will forever remember him. With love, the Jordan Family

  • Luis Arabit says:

    My sincerest condolences to Ivan’s family, colleagues & friends. He was an amazing person and i am glad to have had a chance to meet him & work with him. May you Rest in Peace, Ivan. 🙏 You will be missed.

  • Carin Martin says:

    My heart goes out to Ivan’s family. He was the nicest and most genuine person I’ve ever met. Truly had a way of uplifting people around him. I will miss him dearly.
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    May you rest in peace Ivan. 🙏💞

  • Alexis Joelle says:

    Ivan’s lobbyist work will be honored and remembered. Deepest condolences

  • Victoria Olsen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. The Altamura family was so good to my son. Boating and skiing trips. My heart just breaks for all of you.

  • Barbara Glaser says:

    Ivan was one of those individuals who brought a smile to my face, every time I saw him. He was always positive and cheerful. And such a great guy to work with on an issue. We will all miss him.

  • Randy Pollack says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Ivan’s family. I remember when he first moved to Sacramento to work with Mike and our discussion was about why he would leave a law practice to work at the Capitol. It was all about helping his friends (in that case Mike-who needed it!) That is the kind of man he was. It was about friendship I will miss talking about our kids and hear how proud he was of their accomplishments.

  • Gail Delihant says:

    Ivan has made a lasting impact on my life. He was truly one of a kind amazing person. I’m so grateful for his influence in the Capitol and lobbying world. He will be greatly missed. But there is also great comfort knowing he is with our Lord and Savior… see you in the sweet by and by! 💔

  • Lisa Test says:

    Ivan was an incredible person. His support for occupational therapy and the credentialing initiative was truly appreciated. His spirit, his laughter, his knowledge shined through.

    He is clearly missed!

  • Frank Erb says:

    Ivan has been a frequent kind encouragement to me for many years. He and I have often bumped into each other in a Capitol hallway and stopped to chat. He sure loved his family, and he often updated me on what a blessing his kids were to him. He will definitely be missed.

  • Chris Bollinger says:

    It sounds cliche but it couldn’t be more true – Ivan was one of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever met. I will miss him dearly at Capitol Advocacy dinners and golf outings. His smile and laugh were infectious. We are all better people having known him.

  • Jenny Murphey says:

    Ivan was so kind, funny and full of life and a friend who made me smile when I would see him in the halls of the Capitol or in the corridors of Creekside. I am beyond sad to hear of his passing but I know he is in heaven and we will meet again some day. He was a man of Christ who loved his family and that was evident to everyone. My prayers go out to his wife, kids and family.

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