In Sutter County, Museum of Forgotten Warriors founder Dann Spear’s video captured images of the 1997 flood fight

Dann Spear worked for Sutter County’s Road Department  for 25 years. He was also founder of the Museum of Forgotten Warriors. In 1997, he was assigned to videotape the flood fight effort as part of the Damage Assessment Team from the Public Works Department. Dann passed away last week.

From the office of Scott Mitnick, County Administrator

Sutter County Road Department employee Dann Spear, who even before he retired started the Museum of Forgotten Warriors, passed away last week.

Dann’s contribution to the memories and appreciation of the service of our military was well earned. His museum grew bigger every year, and it appears local veterans will not let the effort end with Dann’s death.

Many at the County will miss him. We were reminded that Dann was assigned during the 1997 flood fight and evacuation to carry around a video camera to record events, including damage. Below is a short video with some of the images Dann captured as part of a team assigned to assess the damage in real time.

Note at the end of the video the group of emus that blocked his path temporarily on the levee. It was a story Dann loved to tell.