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ha_dcox48431.JPGA public memorial service for state Sen. Dave Cox is planned next month near the Capitol where the Fair Oaks Republican served as a legislator for a dozen years.

The celebration for Cox, who died last week after a 13-year battle with prostate cancer, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th St.

Cox was a stickler for being on time for appointments, often reminding his staff about the importance of respecting people's time. In that spirit, the press release announcing Cox's memorial service said it will begin "promptly at 10 a.m."

Cox is survived by his wife, Maggie, of Fair Oaks; daughters, Cathleen Cox of Sacramento, Margo Gunderson of Ladera Ranch, and Sarah Aquino of Folsom; and six grandchildren.

Cox represented the 1st Senate District, which stretches from Sacramento County suburbs into all or parts of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Placer, Plumas, Modoc, Mono, Nevada and Sierra counties.

In lieu of flowers, the Cox family asks that donations be made to the Dave and Maggie Cox Scholarship Fund with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, 740 University Ave., Suite 110, Sacramento, CA 95825.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tony Beard Jr., the state Senate's chief sergeant at arms, places a desk shroud on the desk of Senator Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, on July 13 after Cox died. Sacramento Bee/ Hector Amezcua


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