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EAST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — John Chuchel, 80, long-time resident of East Sacramento, died May 19, 2019, after a long illness.

Born in Winona, John moved to Sacramento in 1979. A theoretical mathematician, he was educated at St. Mary’s College in Winona, the University of Minnesota and Montana State University. He taught college-level math for 53 years; 35 at the University of California, Davis. Numerical interests led him to studies of weather, volcanoes, mountains and careful tracking of over 275,000 miles during 55 years of cycling. Mountain climbing and hiking were early fascinations, supplanted later by his love for travel and in particular, several small Tuscan towns. Jazz, folk and bluegrass, and chamber music dominated his extensive music library.

John is survived by wife, Suzanne; children, Elizabeth and Stephen; and grandchildren, Sophie and Henry of Sacramento; sister, Nancy in Seattle; and brother, Jim in Red Bluff, Calif.

John’s Mass of Christian burial took place May 25, at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento. He is buried in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Remembrance contributions may be made to the John Chuchel Memorial Fund, University of California, Davis College of Letters and Sciences, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616. Checks should be made payable to UC Regents. The memo line should say “John Chuchel Memorial Fund.” Contributions will provide scholarships for UC Davis mathematics students.

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