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Sunflowers and fly fishing hook retired deputy

By: Menka Belgal Telegraph Correspondent
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Nancy Siegler lives in Cameron Park on five acres with her husband, Bob. They have a 38-year-old horse, a puppy, 51 varieties of sunflowers, beehives and 400 plants. She’s a Realtor with Lyon Real Estate, freelance photographer, president of The Lady Bugs fly fishing club, a fly fishing guide and instructor, teaches fly tying and is a breast cancer survivor. She lived in Marin County where she was a deputy sheriff and was the owner of Pencil Belly Ranch, a horse boarding and training facility. Now she works in her sunflower garden, getting ready for the Breast Cancer awareness event being held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 13-14, 20-21 at 3340 Lariat Drive in Cameron Park. What do you love most about your job? Meeting new people. Many of my real estate clients have become good friends. What are some of the most interesting things that have happened to you? When I was a deputy sheriff, we arrested a congressman from back east. He was truly a jerk. While booking him he actually called the president of the United States. He did not get through to the president, and as we heard his conversation with the White House, he was told that they would deal with this event when he returned to D.C. There were many odd and funny things being in law enforcement. What are your three favorite places to be? The Bow River in Calgary, Canada, is a beautiful area and the fly fishing is fantastic. I love Canada and have fished there several times. Henderson Springs Ranch in Northern California is a private ranch with many lakes to fly fish on. It has a beautiful private lodge, great food and very large trout. Yellowstone Park is an absolutely a wonderful place to visit and enjoy seeing the earth as it was so many thousands of years ago. There’s great wildlife and great fly fishing. I am a fly fishing guide. Every person should see (that park) at least once in their lifetime. What is your favorite movie and why? “The Sound of Music.” What a great film for all ages. Then and now. What hobbies do you enjoy? Fly fishing, tying flies for such events, my photography, and then taking care of my sunflower garden. I’m a big 49er football fan. I’ve had season tickets since 1953. They were my dad’s tickets. My daughter, who lives in Southern California, flies up to go to all the home games. I believe these things define who I am. Tell us about your family. I am married to my best friend Bob Siegler, going on 24 years. I have two beautiful daughters, three grandsons, one granddaughter and I just became a great grandmother to Isabella, and she is just 4 months old. I have the best son-in-law. Mark Garza is a lieutenant with the LAPD. One of his sons is on the list to become an (LAPD officer). My mom and dad have long passed. I do have a wonderful Aunt who lives in Auburn and we are very close. I also have a ton of cousins in the greater Sacramento area and a great brother and sister-in-law who live in Hawaii on the big Island. We are all pretty close. It’s not bad having a connection to stay in Hawaii for free. What are you most proud of? I am proud to have been in law enforcement. There weren’t many females in that profession back then. I am also proud to have made it through the police academy as it was the most difficult thing I have ever endured — including child birth. What are some things about you people might be surprised to learn? I am a first-born American on my father’s side. His family was from Scotland and settled in Canada. My dad was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. During the Vietnam War I volunteered at Letterman Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco. We would help GIs send letters home, play cards, chess, checkers, just talk, and such. Most of all we tried to do what we could just to make things easier for them. That was a rough time for those GIs. Some just so young losing legs, arms and such, it was just dreadful for them to come home to all the controversial issues dealing with that war. Our country did not treat them very well. What causes are you passionate about? Breast Cancer has been a passion for me for many years. I volunteered for Casting for Recovery for five years and was on staff for three years. They are a worldwide organization. They take ladies in different stages of breast cancer recovery to great remote resorts catering to fly fishing. We teach them about fly fishing and Orvis supplies waders, boots, vests, rods and reels and all they need to go fly fish. We give them casting lessons and prepare them for the fishing day. They also have group meetings about their individual needs. It’s a very moving group to be a part of. The only thing they regret is there is not much time for the actually fly fishing on a river. They are there for three days and treated wonderfully. I have stayed in touch with a few of the ladies and when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I called upon them for stability and more learning as to what the future will hold. It’s a very cool organization. Fly fishing is my way to be with Mother Nature and leave all my troubles behind me. My photography has become important as well. Especially my sunflower pictures, where I change the picture with pixel painting so they resemble a watercolor painting. * * * Breast Cancer awareness event When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14 Where: 3340 Lariat Drive, Cameron Park