Robb Deignan, 65, was participating in a 100-mile road ride Saturday at the time of the accident, according to Facebook posts and an email sent by former colleagues at the Department of General Services. KTVU.com reported over the weekend that a cyclist in the annual Foxy Fall Century ride crashed after losing control of his bicycle while riding down a hill in Fairfield.
Deignan worked in state government for two decades, serving as a press secretary and media consultant in the state Senate and spending four years as director of public affairs at the Department of General Services, according to his LinkedIn and Facebook profiles. The former anchor and reporter for KTXL-TV put his media skills to work in the Senate, directing radio, television and web communications for the Democratic Caucus and serving as a press aide to then Democratic Sens. Kevin Murray and John Garamendi.
His LinkedIn profile described his current occupation as "Semi-Retired/Dog Walker" at "Self-Amused Inc."
"Semi-retired and hanging out with my dog, Buddy, and cycling junkies," he wrote in the description field.
Deignan, who lived in Sacramento, is survived by his wife Marcia and son Justin. Friends from Capitol circles and beyond have flooded his Facebook page with photographs and memories, paying tribute to him as a "conscientious, witty class act" with a "megawatt smile." A Facebook memorial page has been created in his honor.
State Worker blogger Jon Ortiz contributed to this report.
PHOTO CREDIT: A 2006 photo of Deignan during the Eppies Great Race event. Courtesy of friend and former colleague Ken Hunt.