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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 ( or to CaringBridge (

Thanks to Dr. Ari Umutyan, Dr. Richard Cohan, Adele Cotter and Angie Mueller, Dr. Jeffrey Wolf, and Napa Valley Hospice.






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