San Bernardino Assessor-Recorder, Former State Lawmaker Bob Dutton Dies at 71
San Bernardino County has announced the passing of Bob Dutton, a retired state senator who was serving as county assessor-recorder-clerk. He was 71.
“The City of Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino County, and the State of California have lost an honorable, dedicated public servant with the passing of Senator Bob Dutton,” the county said in a statement.
Dutton served on the Rancho Cucamonga City Council from 1998-2002, where he successfully fought to eliminate the city’s Utility Tax. In 2003, he was elected to represent the 63rd State Assembly District. He won election to the State Senate four years later and went on to serve as Senate Republican Leader.
Dutton was elected as San Bernardino County’s Assessor-Recorder and appointed County Clerk in 2014. He won election for a second term in 2018.
Dutton was a board member and President for the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce. He earned numerous accolades over the years from the California League of Cities (Legislator of the Year), the California State Sheriff’s Association, the California Small Business Association and the California Small Business Roundtable. He was involved with the YMCA, Red Cross, the Community Foundation, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Council. According to the county, “Senator Dutton’s favorite and most beloved volunteer activity was coaching his daughter’s fast-pitch softball team and helping many athletes receive scholarships to play collegiate sports.”
Board Chairman and Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman called Dutton “a dedicated public servant and trusted friend.”
“He took so much pride in his role as Assessor and I enjoyed working with him in solving problems and serving residents,” Hagman added.
Dutton was remembered by Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford as “a leader and a generous soul, whose advocacy for taxpayers and our county will be dearly missed.”
Many other county leaders paid their respects with fond memories of Dutton’s public service and dedication to his family.
Dutton is survived by his wife Andrea Guillen and their daughter Kara. The family has asked that donations be sent to Children’s Fund, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Chino, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Council. Funeral arrangements are pending.