Our beloved Dugan was born in Susanville, CA on August 8, 1947, to Bob and Virginia Aguilar, and passed away peacefully in Elk Grove, CA on the morning of October 6, 2018. He was surrounded by family throughout his last weeks.
Dugan graduated from Lassen High School, Sierra College, and Fresno State University. He worked for thirty years at the Sacramento Bee. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the United States Marines as a forward observer. He carried the effects of that war with him long after it was over, suffering from disabilities caused by exposure to Agent Orange and from PTSD. He was a superb athlete, loyal friend, loving husband, father, and grandfather, and brilliant photographer. He took tremendous pride in his Maidu, Pit River, and Paiute heritage, and used his skill in photography for over forty years to document the lives of Native Americans. His mission was to show the world that Natives are alive and well, and to show the beauty of Native faces. His photographs are shown in museums and galleries around the world, and in many books and magazines. He fooled people into thinking he was quiet, but in reality he was funny, smart, and passionate about life.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, his stepdaughter Shannon Lillegard, her husband Louis, and their children Tenley and Des, his son Dustin Aguilar and his partner Brooke Hall, his sister Joleen Robles and her husband Marty, and many, many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death just two weeksbefore his own by his stepdaughter, Adrienne Healy. He was especially looking forward to joining her and his cousin Fred. Dugan’s life was important. His legacy will live on. He was loved and cherished, and none of us can ask for more than that.
We want to thank the VA, Kaiser, ProHealth Hospice, especially Brittany and Marjorie, and Malia from Bravo Personal Care Services for their tremendous help and support. Donations to the City of Roseville for the Maidu Museum or to Heyday Books in Berkeley will help to support Dugan’s mission of honoring the lives of Native Americans.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Maidu Museum in Roseville, CA on November 4, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.