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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, March 06, 2006 at 05:59:32 :

Independent Journal
Friday, June 29, 1956
Page 4

Accident Leading To Painter's Death Described

Death of Samuel Blaz Bootorich of Larkspur, Golden Gate Bridge painter, came unexpectedly this week when complications developed from a heel fracture suffered in an accident at the toll plaza two weeks ago, bridge general manager James Adam said today.

He said t he accident did not appear too serious at the time, and therefore no public report was issued. According to Adam, Bootorich, 64, was painting the concrete canopy at the toll gates when a ladder plank went off balance. Bootorich jumped when it appeared the ladder and plank would fall, landing on his heels on the pavement about 10 feet below. He suffered a heel fracture and was sent to a San Francisco hospital, where he died Wednesday.

Funeral services were held this morning at the Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael.

Bootorich lived at 11 Locust avenue in Larkspur with his wife, Jennie, who survives. He had been a painter for the bridge for 19 years.

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