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Senator Robert Presley

December 4, 1924September 22, 2018
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Robert Presley, age 93, of Folsom, California passed away on Saturday September 22, 2018. Robert was born December 4, 1924. Robert Presley has had a distinguished and varied career, first as a highly decorated soldier of World War II, then in law enforcement He has also been a California State Senator, and is presently active in the California criminal justice system. As a World II combat veteran, Presley was awarded the Bronze Star for Heroic Achievement in Action while serving with the Fifth Army in Italy. Presley is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Washington D.C. He holds a lifetime teaching credential in Police Science and served 24 years with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, the last 12 years as Undersheriff. Presley served in the State Senate 1974-1994. In a survey of the Capitol Press Corp, Legislators, legislative staff and governmental advocates, the California Journal rated Presley number one out of 40 State Senators. The National Assembly of Governmental Employees also selected him as one of ten outstanding State Legislators in the U.S. During his tenure in the California State Senate, he served on the Judiciary, Agriculture and Water, Natural Resources and Budget Committees. In 1985, he was chosen Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Presley also served on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, which oversees spending and performance of state agencies. He has been a leading advocate of streamlining government. As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on California's Business Climate, he aggressively worked to ensure that government policies encouraged business reinvestment in California. As Chairman of the Joint Legislative Prisons Committee, Presley carried major anti-crime and prison construction legislation, and provided oversight of the state's prisons, as well as, the California Youth Authority. He also authored air quality and consumer protection laws and Workers' Compensation reform. As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Children and Youth, he authored major legislation to improve children's services. Groups such as the California Peace Officers' Association, the State Parks and Recreation- Association, the County Supervisors Association of California, the Family Services Council of California and the Chief Probation Officers of California have named Presley "Legislator of the Year." The Independent Business Coalition Against Workers' Compensation Fraud recognized him as a "Fraud Buster of the Highest Order." Presley has been honored by the Small Business Exchange and the National Federation of independent Business for his efforts to assist small business development. He has received special recognition for his landmark legislation strengthening disciplinary systems for doctors and lawyers. Presley was the first Chairman of the Board of the Crime Control Technology Research Center at the University of California, Riverside. He was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson as Chairman of the California Youthful Offender Parole Board. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors appointed Presley Chairman of the County Commission on Reorganization and Structure. He was also a former President of the State Medical Podiatry Board and board member of the Children's Advocacy Institute, based in San Diego. On January 4, 1999, Governor Gray Davis appointed Presley Secretary of the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, overseeing a 5.7 billion dollar budget, 163,000 inmates, 110,000 parolees under parole supervision, and 51,000 employees. Presley left as the Agency Secretary upon a change of Governors in November, 2003. He is presently a private consultant in Sacramento, California.

Robert is survived by; daughter Donna Danielson; daughter Marilyn Raphael and son-in-law Dan Raphael; son Bob Presley; daughter-in-law Trish Presley; grandson Michael (Lori) Becker, grandson Bill Thurber, grandson Aaron Danielson, granddaughter Shell (Harry) Danielson-Lewis, granddaughter Ashlee (Brian) Clavijo, grandson Sean Raphael, granddaughter Dr. Alexa (Stephen) Sales, DDS, great granddaughter Audrianna Acosta, great granddaughter Kalei Becker, great grandson Chance Becker, great granddaughter Andalyn Lewis, great grandson Elliott Raphael, great granddaughter, Alana Clavijo, great granddaughter, Kirra Clavijo, great granddaughter Olivia Clavijo, great grandson Cruz Clavijo and great grandson Scott Elliott Sales. Robert also leaves to cherish his memory one great-great grandson, Oliver Acosta.

A Celebration of Life Service for Robert will be held Monday, October 1, 2018 from 10:30 AM -12:00 PM at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504.

Private interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AchesonandGraham.com for the Presley family.


  • Donna Danielson, Daughter
  • Marilyn Raphael, Daughter
  • Dan Raphael, Son-in-law
  • Bob Presley, Son
  • Trish Presley, Daughter-in-law
  • Michael (Lori) Becker, Grandson
  • Bill Thurber, Grandson
  • Aaron Danielson, Grandson
  • Shell (Harry) Danielson-Lewis, Granddaughter
  • Ashlee (Brian) Clavijo, Granddaughter
  • Sean Raphael, Grandson
  • Dr. Alexa (Stephen) Sales DDS, Granddaughter
  • Audrianna Acosta, Great Granddaughter
  • Kalei Becker, Great Granddaughter
  • Chance Becker, Great Grandson
  • Andalyn Lewis, Great Granddaughter
  • Elliott Raphael, Great Grandson
  • Alana Clavijo, Great Granddaughter
  • Kirra Clavijo, Great Granddaughter
  • Olivia Clavijo, Great Granddaughter
  • Cruz Clavijo, Great Grandson
  • Scott Elliott Sales, Great Grandson
  • Mr. Presley also leaves to cherish his memory a great great grandson, Oliver Acosta.

  • Bob Presley, Son
  • Michael Becker, Grandson
  • Bill Thurber, Grandson
  • Aaron Danielson, Grandson
  • Sean Raphael, Grandson
  • Brian Clavijo, Grandson In Law
  • Dan Raphael, Son In Law


  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, October 1, 2018


Senator Robert Presley

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Kelly Richardson

March 26, 2019

I had the great honor and privilege while attending UCR to serve as an intern in the Senator's Sacramento office in 1979. Senator Presley and his staff inspired me as to their integrity, hard work and dedication to the people of California.

Senator Presley was so highly respected by both sides of the aisle, and was often sought out for important co-sponsorships because of his reputation.

My experience in working under him with his fine staff inspired me as I later embarked upon my legal career. I really don't know if the citizens in his District understood how lucky they were to have him represent them.

I am so sad to belatedly learn of his passing. But I am so grateful of his example.

Laura Lamont

December 8, 2018

My Father in law VIRGIL Lamont (Cherokee) and my Mother in law Sally Lamont (Cherokee) were very good friends with Robert and Oniwake I have a picture of Robert and Virgil standing in front of a old car after they were back home in Oklahoma after the service ! His wife Oniwake (Cherokee) was best friends with my mother in law Sally Lamont (Cherokee) I have a photo album that oniwake gave to Sally a very long time ago and it shows them together A real treasure!!! They all moved to California on or about the late 40’s Virgil and Sally always had very fond memories of Robert and Oniwake

Rick Atha

September 28, 2018

I only knew Bob as a puff of white hair barely visible over the wall that separated our back yards for the first three months after I moved in. Bob's idea of a face to face introduction 10 years ago was to park his car crooked on my driveway, rush up to me on my porch with a badge in his left hand barking the following order, "Are ya coming with me peacefully or do I need to call the boys?" That is how I met Bob. I feel blessed to have known him, conversed with him and to have listened to his stories of the past. I only regret is that he always used Ontario International Airport instead of Los Angeles Airport. Using LA would have extended our conversation time as I drove him to catch a plane.

Steve Bauer

September 26, 2018

For over fifty years I have known Senator Presley as neighbor, undersheriff, state senator, family friend, confidante, counselor and voice of reason. He was a giant of a man, a real life icon and a straight shooter; to me, he seemed invincible. He was a pragmatic and skilled politician who knew how to get things done...without sacrificing his integrity.

Writing legislation and creating policies that improve the lives of future generations requires hard work and sacrifice. The citizens of Riverside County owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Presley for the clean air they breathe...and also to his family for sacrificing their husband and father for extended periods of time. Some of my clearest teenage memories are of working on my motorcycle in the garage late on a Friday night and Senator Presley would pull his sedan with the “SS-36” license plate into his driveway. Even after working all week in Sacramento, flying to Ontario and then driving to Riverside, he always waved and said hello to me. The image of him walking to the house, briefcase in hand, with his tie finally loosened around his neck is one I will respect and cherish forever.

My heart goes out to Bob, Marilyn, Donna and the entire Presley family, as well as his countless friends and constituents.

Rest In Peace, Senator Presley, you earned it.

Amy (CRAIG) Armstrong

September 25, 2018

As my dad, Bob Craig, mentioned, we all loved hearing about Uncle Robert from my Granny, his sister (MaryJo) She was SOOO very proud of him! In fact a black and white life size poster still hangs in her home she had in Muskogee, Oklahoma before she passed!! I was lucky enough to have traveled with my Grandma MaryJo and Grandpa Derwood to California as a very young child to visit Uncle Robert (I also remember that fantastic swimming pool)!!! Thoughts and prayers for the family!

Bob Craig

September 25, 2018

My mom's (Mary Jo Presley Craig) oldest & last sibling was always such a great "Uncle" Bob - mom said that was whom I was named after (I hope it was true!)! When we were young going to California was such a great trip -he and Aunt Ahni had a swimming pool! Great for the "Okie" clan who swam in Baron Fork creek! After my parents passed in the last two years Uncle Bob would call and we would visit - he would educate me on all things political ( he was so brilliant & well read!) and I got to keep him Updated on Oklahoma Sooner Football! Man I'll sure miss those talks! My prayers are with my Cali Cousins Donna, Marilyn, & Bob. Thanks so much for sharing you unbelievable dad with all of us!


September 24, 2018

My Uncle Bob, my sister Evelyn's (Evie) Uncle Bob ---- we have lost the last uncle we had but Aunt Ahni and Uncle Bob are together again. He made us laugh and was so caring in so many ways. We loved and will always remember him and his voice, such a distinctive voice , always answered the phone, " Robert Presley here "
We are so happy he was part of our lives -- we are so blessed to have had him and our Aunt Ahni in our lives.
God Bless all the family and our prayers are with everyone of you.


September 24, 2018

We fought the good fight my friend. You were always a solid leader and great friend - you supported all my crazy ideas. I hope that your family will know we are there for them. You were a war hero and a charter member of the Greatest Generation.


The Presley family.