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Jean Smith Klotz
(1931-2018)

Jean Smith Klotz was born on August 12, 1931, in Burbank, California, the daughter of Hazel and Leon Smith, a kitchenware salesman. She attended Burbank High School and, later, American River College, graduating from the McGeorge School of Law at the age of 40. She married Dr. Morton Klotz in 1955 (together they had four children) and they moved to El Dorado County (Placerville and nearby Diamond Springs), California, in 1963. She and Morton were enthusiastic mineral collectors, selling mineral specimens under the name of the Grubstake Mineral Company (advertising micromounts of gold, petzite, enargite, pyrite, and native mercury in Rocks & Minerals in 1968-1970). She served as Deputy County Counsel from 1972 to 1978, then went into private practice as “Motherlode Law.” Her greatest love was mining law, and shared her adventures and anecdotes with local mineral clubs. As of 2012 she was still working, serving as attorney for the California Federation of Mineral Societies. She died on October 22, 2018.

References:
ANONYMOUS (2018) Obituary: Jean S. Klotz. The Mountain Democrat, Placerville.
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