Frank Citti

Frank Citti, a Healdsburg native and long-time city electrician who hailed from a family of Italian settlers in the area, died Tuesday at the age of 82.

The cause was complications from a recent surgery, said his son.

Citti was a 26-year veteran of Healdsburg's municipal utility, where he worked as a repairman fixing lines and transformers.

City employment was a family tradition. Before him, Citti's father and uncle also worked for Healdsburg, in parks and public works.

The outdoor job suited him, said his son Steve Citti of Healdsburg. After his city retirement he tended to wine grapes, joining Bevill Vineyard Management and working as an independent contractor until his mid-70s.

"He would get up early in the morning to spray, disk and harvest," said Steve Citti.

Frank John Citti was born in 1930 and grew up in Healdsburg, which had a population at that time of just over 2,200 residents. Over his lifetime the agricultural town grew into a city of 11,000 — and transformed itself into a worldwide wine and food destination.

He graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1950 and joined the National Guard, serving until the early 1960s. He was employed by PG&E before going to work for the city.

In 1953, at a dance at Alexander Valley Hall, he met his future wife, Rita Albiani of Sebastopol. They were married in 1954 and had a son and daughter.

Hailing from Tuscany and other areas in Italy, their extended families had deep roots in the area.

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