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Longtime Clovis Schools Trustee Sandoval Dies After Lengthy Illness



Betsy Sandoval, Clovis Unified's longest-serving trustee, died Sunday. (GV Wire composite/David Rodriguez)
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Betsy Sandoval, Clovis Unified’s longest-serving trustee until her retirement from the School Board in 2022, died Sunday after a lengthy illness.

Clovis Unified reported Mrs. Sandoval’s death Monday in an email to district staff.

She was first elected to the School Board in 1981 and served until 1993, and then won election again in 1996 and was re-elected in subsequent years to multiple terms representing Area 6. She remained on the board until her final term expired last year.

Mrs. Sandoval graduated from Clovis High School after attending Weldon Elementary and Clovis Grammar School, and she later operated a local insurance agency while serving on the School Board, including four terms as board president.

Love of Clovis Unified Extended to Sandoval’s Family

Clovis Unified was a family affair for Mrs. Sandoval. The district said that all three of her children returned to work for the school district, as did extended family members.

“Throughout her service (she) demonstrated a commitment to our core educational philosophies and values that had a far-reaching impact on our entire community,” the district said.

She is survived by her husband Sam and children Rick, Michelle, and Christine. Those wishing to send cards or condolences to the Sandoval family may do so in care of the Clovis Unified Superintendent’s Office. Services have not been finalized.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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