For 40 years, Art Raab, a former Lodi High School teacher and local activist, protested at the Lawrence Livermore Lab against nuclear arms.
But he wasn't there to complain — he was passionate about his beliefs and wanted change.
For this, Raab, 84, who died Nov. 20, is remembered by friends and family alike.
"Art was the epitome of an activist," said Jack Dawson, pastor at Raab's church, United Congregational Christian Church. "He was not just an activist, but he really lived what he believed."
Raab's daughter, Mary O'Donnell, said her father was involved in the Lodi community and believed in the rights of all people.
She recalled him working alongside migrant workers each summer to understand their hardships, and he marched with Cesar Chavez for the rights of farm laborers.
"He just got out there in the fields and worked," O'Donnell said. "But he didn't think he was doing anything special. He would say, 'I just live life like I should.'"
Raab also helped start the Breakthrough Project, a group formed after a cross was burned at Tokay High School in 1998.
The Breakthrough Project continues today to fight racism and aid hate crime victims.
"He was there in the beginning and was there probably every time there was a meeting," Dawson said. "He believed in the importance of race relations and that we need to understand each other."
Raab's college roommate, Mac McCaughna, said he remembers his friend as a dedicated student and a hard worker.
"He gets a cause or a point, and he really sticks to it," McCaughna said. "He goes in head down, bowed shoulders, and is determined.
McCaughna and Raab graduated from Chapman College, along with their wives, and the four remained best friends for the rest of Raab's life.
Doris McCaughna, Mac McCaughna's wife, remembered Raab's last days, when he said his goodbyes to friends and family because he no longer wanted to be on dialysis. He had been suffering from diabetes and kidney failure, and ultimately passed away from a combination of these conditions and congestive heart failure.
"He smiled and I took his hand," Doris McCaughna said. "My husband talked with him and he didn't feel as if he wanted to live that kind of life."
Art Raab at a glanceBorn: Aug. 17, 1925.
Career: Taught history, government, and economics at Lodi High School for 33 years.
Family: Wife, Fran Raab; children, Mary O'Donnell, Barbara Reinhardt and Paul Raab.
Doris McCaughna said Raab also took care of the finances at church and worked with the mission ministries.
"He was a very good worker in the church," Doris McCaughna said. "He was very responsible and enthusiastic about how our mission money was used."
However, she had another memory of Raab that made her smile: His smile.
"I always liked it when he laughed," she said. "It was always a pleasure, and he always appreciated my husband's jokes."
Although some saw Raab as man speaking out for the rights of people, Mac McCaughna said that not everybody was as friendly.
"He ruffled a few feathers," Mac McCaughna said, explaining how Raab would stand on the steps of the Lodi Post Office, trying to persuade citizens about one thing or another.
However, that isn't to say he won't be remembered, especially by those close to him.
"He cared for whatever level of people," Mac McCaughna said. "I am missing him already, but more so, the world is going to miss a great man."
Contact reporter Natalie Feulner at firstname.lastname@example.org.