Ira Adlai Saletan died at home in Napa on Tuesday, Aug. 2, surrounded by his family.
Ira was born on March 26, 1956, and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, until the age of 12, when he moved to La Porte, Texas. He graduated from Amherst College in 1979 with a degree in American studies, and received a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He married Judith Kopec in 1986; the marriage ended in divorce. After 25 years in Sacramento, Ira moved to Napa to join Suzanne Shiff; they married in 2008. He had a lifelong engagement, both professionally and as a volunteer, in community issues, including fair housing, education, and health care.
Suzanne celebrates Ira: handsome, funny, intelligent, well-read, teacher, Jewish, loving, attentive, interesting, adventurous, generous, thrifty, warm, sporty, alive, caring, daring, spontaneous, watchful, quiet, talkative, mysterious, thoughtful, peaceful, Quaker-ish, snacker, puzzle-solver, happy, sad, prayerful, lost, found, napper, computer lover, email aficionado, friend, brother, son, lover, quirky, writer, poet, romantic, playful, good kisser, cook, joyful, considerate, coupon-clipper, shopper, walker, sweetheart.
In addition to Suzanne, Ira is survived by his mother, Jeanne, and by his siblings, Paul, Becky, Will, and Lou, and their families. His father, David, predeceased him this year.
A private ceremony for family has been held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ira’s memory may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (themmrf.org) or to CaringBridge (caringbridge.org).
Thanks to Dr. Ari Umutyan, Dr. Richard Cohan, Adele Cotter and Angie Mueller, Dr. Jeffrey Wolf, and Napa Valley Hospice.