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Longtime Solano County Superior Court Judge John “Jack” DeRonde died of bone cancer Wednesday at his home in Vacaville. He was 80. DeRonde’s first judicial appointment was in 1971, when he was selected by the Solano County Board of Supervisors to serve on the justice court. After years with the consolidated Fairfield-Suisun Municipal Court he was elected to superior court in 1986, where he served until his retirement in 1990. A veteran of three wars — World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War — DeRonde retired from the United States Air Force in 1967 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University in 1942 and studied pre-law at St. Bernardine of Siena College in New York. He earned his J.D. in 1951 from Albany School of Law at Union University. DeRonde Drive near Travis Air Force Base is named after the judge, who also served on the board of directors of the California Judges Association. DeRonde is survived by his wife, Kathleen, of Vacaville; two sons, Glen of Vacaville and John Jr. of Davis; daughter Denise Zofcin of Carmel; two sisters; and four grandchildren. A funeral was held this morning in Vacaville. Memorial contributions can be made to the John Allen DeRonde Scholarship Fund through the Solano County Bar Association, c/o DeRonde and DeRonde, 460 Union Ave., Fairfield, 94533.

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