Martin Senat, the president of the Preservation Society of Huntington Dog Beach, has died. He was 81.
Senat, who had been in declining health, died Sunday of unspecified causes, according to Amy Tucker, the chief financial officer for the preservation society.
A Huntington Beach resident for decades, Senat had moved to Northern California in 2008 to be near his daughter.
An Englishman who worked as an insurance salesman before retiring, Senat founded the nonprofit society in 1997 to preserve the Dog Beach, a strip of shoreline in Huntington Beach where dogs can run and play without a leash. Senat's group maintains, cleans and raises funds for the Dog Beach and was a major factor in the national magazine Dog Fancy labeling Huntington Beach "DogTown USA" in 2009.
Tucker released a statement Wednesday that she said Senat had written last year and asked to be released in the event of his death.