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Former Tuolumne County Sheriff Dies At Age 82

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John Vernon “Jack” Litteral, the Tuolumne County sheriff from 1975 to 1979, died Sunday at the age of 82.

Mr. Litteral died at Tuolumne General Hospital in Sonora. He lived in Tuolumne County for 45 years and owned a 200-acre cattle ranch near Stent.

He had a 20-year career in the Sheriff´s Department. He joined the Sheriff´s Department in 1959 as chief jailer then worked his was up through the ranks to sergeant and lieutenant before he was elected Sheriff.

Mr. Litteral was a lifetime honorary member of the Tuolumne County Sheriff´s Posse. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as the Tuolumne County Farm Bureau and the Sonora Elks Lodge .

He was born Feb. 13, 1923, in Marshall, Ill., and came to California in 1948.

Mr. Litteral is survived by his wife and four children, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and close friends.

At Mr. Litteral´s request, there will be no services. Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home of Sonora is in charge of arrangements.

Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, Visiting Nurse Association-Hospice of the Sierra,or a favorite charity.