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Tracy Riley, a Navy veteran and community volunteer whose history in Downey stretches back several decades, died this morning.
DUSD school board member Martha Sodetani announced the news on Facebook.
Tracy met his wife, Barbara, in 1953 while on leave from the Philippines. They married a year later.
Together they contributed much of their lives to public service, donating time with the Assistance League of Downey, Downey Chamber of Commerce, PTA HELPS Room, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey Coordinating Council, and other organizations.
Barbara would go on to become mayor of Downey. The community and senior center was named in her honor.
A viewing is scheduled for Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Miller-Mies Mortuary.