By Tony Wade
Daniel Ornon Root II was a Navy veteran, teacher, school superintendent, public servant, community advocate and a husband and father. He loved the little hamlet he adopted after moving to Solano County from Yreka and was affectionately known as “Mr. Suisun City.”
Dan O. Root II’s father was Ross Root, not Dan O. Root I – that would be his grandfather. Dan O. Root II’s son, Dan O. Root III, was, like his father, a teacher at Armijo High School. And there is also a Dan O. Root IV and a Dan O. Root V.
Born April 23, 1899, in Wood River, Nebraska, Dan O. Root II earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for several years before becoming an educator. Root taught in Wyoming, the San Joaquin Valley and Yreka before coming to Armijo High School in 1937 to teach math and coach athletics.