Sharon Mendoza Doughtyby Representative Jared Huffman
Posted on 2015-01-14
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Mr. HUFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in memory of Sharon Mendoza
Doughty, who passed away on November 19, 2014 following a long battle
with cancer. A pioneering rancher, conservationist, teacher, winemaker
and a natural leader, Ms. Doughty was a positive force within the local
Sharon Doughty grew up on her parents' historic B Ranch on the Point Reyes Peninsula. After the passing of her second husband, Bill Bianchini Jr., in the early 1980s, she took over the daily operations of their 800-acre dairy. Transitioning from a career as an accountant and teacher, Sharon Doughty became a full-time rancher with the help of her close family and friends.
Through her comprehensive knowledge of the dairy trade, Ms. Doughty became a natural leader within the North Bay dairy community and leaves behind a long legacy of positive impacts. The depth of her commitment to Marin County agriculture united fellow ranchers and helped to propel their products into national markets. A dedicated advocate for the preservation of local agricultural lands, Ms. Doughty served two terms as the president of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust and one term as a member of the California Coastal Commission. She selflessly devoted her time and expertise to the Marconi Conference Center in Marshall and 4- H. Among her many honors, in 2007, Ms. Doughty was named the ``Woman of the Year'' for California's 6th Assembly District for her exceptional community leadership.
Mr. Speaker, Sharon Doughty's life teaches us that one woman can make a substantial difference. Her efforts will not soon be forgotten as much of her legacy lives on all around us in Marin County and beyond. It is therefore appropriate that we pay tribute to her today and express our deepest condolences to her husband Steve; daughters Kathleen von Raesfeld and Karen Taylor; brothers Joseph Mendoza Jr. and James Mendoza; grandchildren Audrey and Nina von Raesfeld, Camilla, William Joseph, and Eva Taylor; and nephew Will Clark.