|Andy Deneau,1977. Photo courtesy Anaheim Heritage Center.|
Andy was born on April 5, 1949 to Harold Leo Deneau and Rose (nee Hargrove) Deneau. He attended George Washington Elementary School, John C. Fremont Junior High School and Anaheim Union High School (Class of 1967). He worked his way through college as a dispatcher for the Anaheim Fire Department, and used his California State Teaching Credential to teach arts programs in the public schools. Most recently Andy, a trained musician and performing arts professional, served as Director of Marketing and Community Relations for the Long Beach Opera and was the founding director of Dance In Schools, a supplementary arts education program in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Andy’s life was defined by his substantive community service, including (in part): chairman, Heritage Committee of the original Cultural Arts Commission, City of Anaheim; chairman, Ad Hoc Museum Committee, City of Anaheim; member, Heritage Committee, Anaheim Bicentennial Committee; member, Citizens’ Capitol Improvement Committee, City of Anaheim; co-founder and first president, Anaheim Historical Society; founding board member, Anaheim Foundation for Culture and the Arts [aka Anaheim Cultural Arts Center]; founding member and treasurer, Anaheim Museum Inc.; founding member, Central City Neighborhood Council, City of Anaheim. Most recently, he served two terms on the Anaheim Cultural & Heritage Commission (2007-2013). Andy also co-authored, with Diann Marsh, most of the National Register applications for Anaheim landmarks [including the Carnegie Library and the Kraemer Building] submitted through the 1980s.
(Ed - My thanks to Jane Newell of the Anaheim Heritage Center for putting this obituary together.)