Herman Saunders

TV producer

Herman Saunders, producer of television shows such as “Dragnet,” “Adam 12” and “F Troop,” died March 24 of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 87.

Born in Stockton, Calif., Saunders was a graduate of the U. of the Pacific. He also served during WWII in the West Coast Army Air Corps.

During the big band days he was a pianist with Tommy Dorsey, Horace Heidt, Skinny Ennis, Milton DeLugg, Leighton Noble and many others.

He also produced the TV movie “Houston, We’ve Got a Problem” and wrote for “Perry Mason.”

Saunders served on boards such as the Hollywood Rotary Club, the Southern California Sports Broadcasters and the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law.

Services will be held at April 2 at 12:30 p.m. at the Old North Church at Forest Lawn Hollywood.

Donations may be made to the University of the Pacific.

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