SOURCE: Oak Valley Bancorp

Oak Valley Bancorp

February 25, 2010 18:32 ET

Oak Valley Bancorp and Oak Valley Community Bank Mourn the Death of Director

OAKDALE, CA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2010) -  It is with great sorrow that Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), the bank holding company for Oak Valley Community Bank and Eastern Sierra Community Bank, announces the death of Mr. Arne Knudsen. Knudsen passed away February 21, 2010 after a valiant struggle against cancer. Knudsen has served on the Bank's Board of Directors since 1991. He was also one of the original founders and played an instrumental role in gathering support and capital from other founding shareholders.

"Arne was a steady voice, consistent in principle, who committed to the Bank selflessly," stated Ron Martin, CEO. "He was a long-time advocate of the Bank who played an integral role in our development and growth through the years. He was a true gentleman and will be dearly missed," Martin concluded. 

Knudsen was born in Denmark and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 9 years. He became a US citizen and later served in the Army Reserves. In 1960, he moved to Oakdale and started Knudsen Nursery, Inc., a wholesale nursery operation in nearby Valley Home. He was an active member of the California Association of Nurserymen until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Birgitta. 

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ron Martin/Chris Courtney/Rick McCarty
    Phone: (209) 848-BANK (2265)
    Toll Free (866) 844-7500
    www.ovcb.com