Retired Correctional Sgt. Stephen Wentz passed away on March 25.

Sgt. Wentz began his career with the State of California on June 4, 1982. Upon graduation from the Academy, he began his Correctional Officer career at California Rehabilitation Center.

He promoted to Sergeant on Oct. 5, 1987, at Avenal State Prison. Sgt. Wentz transferred to Pelican Bay State Prison on Nov. 1, 1989, where he remained until his retirement on Dec. 30, 2009.

Sgt. Wentz worked as a Retired Annuitant from Feb. 8, 2010 to his death.