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Valley CAN Mourns Loss of Its President Bob Maddux

Maddux was committed to cleaning the air in the Valley

Fresno, California - Valley CAN (“Clean Air Now”) is mourning and celebrating the life of its president, Bob Maddux, who passed away of Leukemia early yesterday morning. Maddux, a well-respected businessman and community leader, joined Valley CAN in November of last year. Maddux dedicated countless hours organizing the new 501 C(3) non-profit in an effort to help clean the air in the San Joaquin Valley.

“Bob was very passionate about his role with Valley CAN and helped mold our organization as the first president. With his leadership, Valley CAN has provided more than $250,000 to organizations throughout the Valley in an effort to clean the air, implemented the Business Recognition Program, and worked closely with local officials to help fund real-world solutions to improving our air quality,” said Gus Freshwater, Valley CAN vice president.

Maddux was an Associate of Gary McDonald Homes, one of Fresno’s leading developers. Recently, Gary McDonald Homes and Granville Homes were the first to announce they would not put wood burning fireplaces in new developments due to air quality concerns.

Improving the Valley’s air was just one of the many passions Maddux was committed to addressing. He was a principle and founder of A Landscape of Choice, an organization that developed strategies for improving patterns of community growth. Maddux had also served on several community boards and committees including the United Way and the Fresno International Opera. Additionally, he served on the Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s Water and Environment Committee as well as being a member of the Fresno County Farm Bureau and the Building Industry Association.

“Bob will be missed by the board and staff of Valley CAN. We will continue to work and achieve his and our goal – to clean the air for our future!” said Freshwater.

For more information about Maddux and Valley CAN, contact Tom Knox (916) 325.2908 or Shelley McKenry (559) 438.2040.


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