"Wild Bill," as he was known to friends, was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Oakland. He graduated from San Leandro High School in 1945 and then attended San Jose State University, where he was an active member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After graduating in 1951 with a degree in engineering, he married Mary Lynn Brandt and took a position with McGuire and Hester Construction Co. in Oakland. He left McGuire and Hester in the early '70s, and in 1975, became a founding partner of Mountain Cascade Inc., a pipeline engineering and construction company, where he worked until he retired in 1988.
He loved golf and, in 1960, joined Diablo Country Club. In 1962 he and his family moved to the community of Diablo, where he developed many wonderful friendships. As the unofficial "Mayor of Diablo," he was often seen picking up the mail at the Diablo Post Office and socializing at the club.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lynn Peck; daughter Leslie Ditz of Boise, Idaho, and son-in-law Bill Ditz; son John Peck and daughter-in-law Julie of Alamo; four grandchildren; brother Eugene Peck of La Mesa; sister-in-law Elsie Peck of Paradise; and six nephews and two nieces. His brother, Kenneth Peck, preceded him in death. A celebration of his life was held Jan. 25 at Diablo Country Club.
While on their honeymoon in 1951, Bill and Mary Lynn attended a Las Vegas show featuring entertainer, Danny Thomas, and have supported his St. Jude Children's Hospital ever since. Contributions would be appreciated in Bill's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Ann F. Davis
Ann F. Davis, 82, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, died Jan. 15 in Las Vegas, after a battle with Lymphoma.
Born Ann Freeman Rutherford in Long Beach on Aug. 3, 1925, she attended Wilson High School and eventually met and married the love of her life, Nathaniel S. Davis Jr. They were wed in 1945, soon started a family, and moved to Danville to raise their children.
She spent most of her career as the heart and soul of Montair Elementary. After 25 years she moved with her husband to Hawaii for a retired life pursuing her passions of scuba diving, tennis and all-around fun. She was forever young at heart and carried a calling card with her name and title: Ann Davis, Playgirl.
She was an athlete all her life and made history in Hawaii as part of a group of women who formed the first 70s-age division in tennis. She enjoyed life, traveled the world and volunteered her time working at the local AARP office and as an ambassador of Kona.
She is survived by her children Nancy Davis Arnold and husband Keith Arnold of Olympia, Wash., Kim Davis of Las Vegas, Julie Davis of Santa Rosa; three grandchildren; and her beloved companion, Spanky.
Memorial services were conducted in Kona.
Gladys Ruth Morgan
Danville resident Gladys Ruth Morgan passed away on Jan. 19 at the age of 98.
Born March 18, 1909, she was predeceased by her husband, Murphy Morgan, in 1978. The couple started Morgan's Masonry Supply, now run by their grandchildren, Steven and Mark Staats.
Gladys is survived by her three children, Sandra Morgan of Washington, Joan Staats of Washingon, and Audrey Anderson of Danville; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 23 at Wilson & Kratzer in Danville. Private interment was at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland. Contributions to your favorite charity preferred.
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