Sandra Roy Thorne, wife of Pleasanton mayor, passes away unexpectedly

City flags flown at half-staff in her honor

The Pleasanton community is mourning the loss of Sandra "Sandi" Roy Thorne, Mayor Jerry Thorne's wife, who died unexpectedly early last Friday morning from complications during cancer treatment. She was 80.

As the First Lady of Pleasanton, Sandi Thorne was a stalwart supporter of the mayor and all his work during his six years in office, but she championed her own causes as well, most notably serving on the Board of Directors at the Museum on Main, and she remained actively engaged in the Assistance League of Amador Valley.

"It is with great sadness that I share the passing of Sandi Thorne, who died unexpectedly. Sandi was a devoted wife and mother and a great friend to our community," said Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho, who directed all city flags to be flown at half-staff in her honor last weekend. "I would also like to offer our deepest condolences to the mayor and his family."

A memorial service is scheduled for this Friday morning at St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Born on Aug. 14, 1937 in Danbury, Conn., Sandi was one of six children in the Roy family. She met Jerry Thorne when they both worked in San Francisco for the Fred S. James Insurance Co. -- he first asked her out the day before St. Patrick's Day.

The Thornes married on Nov. 2, 1974, and they moved to Pleasanton two years later.

Here, the couple raised their daughter Keri -- who with her husband and two children were at Sandi Thorne's side these past few weeks.

Her friends at the Museum on Main, where she served on the board and was a former board president, are among the many Pleasanton community members grieving Sandi Thorne's death.

"Since starting as a volunteer in 2004, Sandi gave the museum her time, her sweat, her ideas, and her heart," said Jim DeMersman, Museum on Main executive director.

"She helped inventory collections, install exhibits, plan fundraisers, and govern the museum as a board member and officer," DeMersman added. "Her kindness, good humor, and sound judgment will be sorely missed, and her loss leaves a hole in this institution's heart that cannot be filled."

The Thorne family will hold a vigil in Sandi Thorne's memory Thursday at Graham Hitch Mortuary. Her funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church on Bernal Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Sandi Thorne's name to the Museum on Main via

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23 people like this
Posted by goodguy
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 3, 2018 at 10:41 pm

may her soul Rest in piece! Condolence for Mayor Thorne, hope he gets the strength!

9 people like this
Posted by Kurt Kummer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 3, 2018 at 11:16 pm

Jerry I'm so sorry to hear this. Sandi was so much fun to be around! She had such a great sense of humor. You'll miss her greatly. My heart is with you in this very difficult time.

15 people like this
Posted by George Withers
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 4, 2018 at 8:19 pm

Jerry, Carol and I are sorry to hear of Sandi's passing, and we will keep you and your family in our thought and prayers as you go through the grieving princess.

23 people like this
Posted by Richert Lumber Co.
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 4, 2018 at 11:37 pm

Sandi & Jerry have given so much to Pleasanton, we’ve been blessed..
We raise and lower a flag at my business every day...Sunday August 5 it will be at half staff to honor the Thorne family, Sandi we will miss you. chose wisely.
Tom Richert

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on Aug 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm

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7 people like this
Posted by Naveed Khan
a resident of Ironwood
on Aug 6, 2018 at 9:20 am

Sad to hear about the demise of Sandi Thorne. She represented the values and spirit of Pleasanton. I am sure she is in a better place. "Surely we belong to God and to Him we return". I pray for the strength of Mayor's family to bear this loss.

11 people like this
Posted by J Boles
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 6, 2018 at 9:55 am

Such very sad news. My prayers and thoughts go out to Jerry, the family and friends for faith, strength and comfort in this time of heartache and loss .
Sandi was a very wonderful person, she will be missed greatly and forever remembered and loved.

5 people like this
Posted by Sherry W
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

Jerry, I am so saddened to hear of Sandi's passing. I am truly sorry for your loss. Sandi was such a lovely woman, kind and always so sweet. She will be greatly missed! My heart aches for you and your family. May God give you the peace and comfort that will see you through the days and months ahead. You are all in my prayers.

4 people like this
Posted by Lisa Currin
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2018 at 10:50 am

My heart goes out to Jerry and Keri. What a super family, who care so much about our town. Sandi’s heart and humor will be remembered.

8 people like this
Posted by Doug Miller
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Doug Miller is a registered user.

Sandi was a wonderful person, a person you wanted as a friend. She would listen to a long discussion and then offer a succinct and pithy comment full of humor and grace. She will be missed by many.

9 people like this
Posted by Patriot
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Aug 6, 2018 at 8:12 pm

Patriot is a registered user.

Jerry, Marty and I were truly saddened to hear of Sandi's passing last Friday. Sandi was a wonderful person and was always at your side for sure. As the Founding Chairman of the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group it was great to see her always with you as we did dozens and dozens of Welcome Homes for our troops from Pleasanton. We are grateful that your daughter and her family were able to be visiting you and Sandi from their home in Europe--as it turned out it was to be a sad visit for sure. Sincerely, Chris and Marty Miller

5 people like this
Posted by Kent & Alice Pryor
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Aug 6, 2018 at 11:56 pm

We appreciated Sandi for her community efforts and her direct way of communicating. We grieve this loss, especially for Jerry and family. You both have shown great leadership, and we are ready to pitch in wherever needed. Loved being with you in Tulancingo. It won't be the same without Sandi. Best wishes during this difficult time.

4 people like this
Posted by Weldon Theobald
a resident of Danville
on Aug 7, 2018 at 10:13 am

Jerry, I was so saddened to read of your loss. Sandi was such a great supporter and caring person. She will be greatly missed by all. You and the family are in my prayers.

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