Robert Michael Matranga, 80, passed away March 15, 2020. He was born in Sacramento on March 13, 1940 and grew up in Galt, graduating from Galt High School. Bob’s family owned Matranga Market in Galt.
Preceding him in death were his parents Vince and Rose Matranga, his wife Carolyn Matranga, brother Sam Matranga and sister Laura Asay.
Surviving Bob are his wife Barbara Matranga, children Susan Matranga-Buck (George) and Sheryl Matranga (Rick), granddaughter Taylor and siblings Vince Matranga (Mary), Anita Jones, Ron Matranga (Eddie), Rosemary Hunter and Linda Tyler.
Bob worked for the Sacramento City Police Department for 28 years. He was also an instructor for the Los Rios Community College District for 35 years. During his years at the police department and Los Rios, he instructed hundreds of students in a variety of law enforcement courses.
Bob greatly enjoyed his retirement. He and Barbara traveled to Europe several times a year and made friends wherever they went. He visited Sicily many times where he met and stayed in touch with relatives. He and Barbara became avid bird watchers, and while traveling met other birders who remained close friends for years. He loved to garden, play bocce ball and watch the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. Bob was an active member of the Sons of Italy. He was a Sexton at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He will be missed by family, friends and people he met in his travels.
Due to precautions related to COVID-19, the family plans to celebrate his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.