Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on the Passing of Long-time California Democratic Party parliamentarian Joseph L. Wyatt, Jr.

California Democrats lost one of the closest members of our Democratic family in California. Joe Wyatt, Jr. who served as our Party's parliamentarian since 1970 passed at the age of eighty-nine.

To know Joe was to know first and foremost a kind and wonderful human being. He was also a committed husband, father, grandfather, and Democratic activist. 

Joe was a founder of the California Democratic Council (CDC), a federation of local volunteer Democratic clubs that helped reinvigorate statewide Democratic politics in California and was instrumental in the election of Pat Brown as California governor in the election of 1958. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention on numerous occasions.

He was a committed activist in the truest sense of the word, tirelessly serving our state party and always offering sage and fair counsel on the rules and procedures needed to advance party business. For over 50 years he practiced trust and estate law for three law firms, most recently as Senior of Counsel to Morrison/Foerster LLP, since 1995.

Our hearts go out to his wife Marjorie, his sons Jonathan, Daniel and Lawrence, his daughter Linn, his daughter in law Tamara and his grandchildren Jack and Taryn.

 

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