John Albert Nejedly


John Albert Nejedly

Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Death 19 Sep 2006 (aged 91)
Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Burial Johnsville, Plumas County, California, USA
Memorial ID 16683674 View Source
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John A. Nejedly was a resident of Walnut Creek since 1938, and a native of Oakland, CA. He was the son of Albert Edward NEJEDLY and Mary Ellen WALSH Nejedly. He was widely respected as one of California's foremost environmentalists and youth advocates. Both of his parents were first generation Americans -- his father's parents coming from Bohemia and his mother's parents coming from Ireland.

John was a WWII veteran serving in the Pacific theatre as a Japanese language officer until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in 1935, and a Law Degree from Boalt Hall in 1941.

Nejedly was elected to the 7th California Senatorial District in March 1969, where he served for a decade. He was acknowledged as a tireless leader in the fight to protect California's natural resources. Nejedly, who served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildlife, authored major environmental protection legislation, including the Pesticide Control Act, which eliminated the use of DDT, and the Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Act of 1972. He was also responsible for numerous bills related to the state park system, wildlife protection and management, and forestry, and spearheaded the creation of many Contra Costa County parks and trails through state park bonds.

Nejedly served as Walnut Creek City attorney from 1946 to 1959 and as a Contra Costa County District Attorney until 1969. He also worked on behalf of children, donating 80 acres of land in the Sierra for a wilderness camp for disabled and disadvantaged youth.

John was an Eagle Scout, an honor and commitment that he maintained throughout his life. It was also something he encouraged other young men to pursue.

In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the community, a bridge in Antioch was named for him in 1978. The John A. Nejedly bride spans the delta and connects Solano and Contra Costa counties.

John was a great man who leaves behind his own legacy of public service, and also a strong encouragement for others to give all that they can to their community.

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