William G. Ballengee died peacefully May 4 in his home in Danville at the age of 64.
He was born in Covington, Va., on Aug 23, 1943, and graduated from Covington High School and Virginia Tech. He worked for Chevron in San Ramon for 20 years. He lived in Danville for 20 years and previously in London for three-and-a-half years.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Susan; his brother Tommy Ballengee and Irma Ballenge; and nephews and nieces, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws. A memorial service was held May 6 at Oakmont Chapel.
Betty L. Bowler Lee Beal
Betty L. Bowler Lee Beal, a resident of Danville, died May 9 at San Ramon Regional Medical Center at the age of 84.
She was born June 16, 1923, in Las Vegas, Nev., to Charles Christian Bowler and Idella Leavitt. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She is survived by her three daughters, Betty (Kent) Loutensock of Herriman, Utah; Billie Reed of Reno, Nev.; and Georgia (Floyd) Barnes of Castro Valley; eight grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held May 15 in the Danville Ward Chapel. Interment is at the Lafayette District Cemetery.
Marilyn Fowler Origlia
Marilyn Fowler Origlia, a resident of Alamo, died May 9 at the age of 83 in the company of her husband Jerry and best-ever friend Madge Weis. She was attended to by Hospice of the East Bay.
She was born in Schenectady, N.Y., on Aug. 20, 1925, and raised in Southern California and later in the Bay Area. During World War II she worked at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Alameda.
In 1948 she graduated from UC Berkeley. The baccalaureate address was delivered by then-President Harry S. Truman. That year she joined the Emporium in San Francisco as a trainee and met her husband-to-be, Gerald (Jerry) Origlia. They were married in Carmel in 1950.
She was predeceased by their only child, Susan A. Origlia, in 2001. She is survived by her sisters, Alice Fowler Harris of Santa Cruz and Diane Fowler Hill of Portland, Ore., three nieces and two nephews.
She was cremated with her ashes spread over her beloved Monterey Bay. She requested there be no funeral or memorial services. Memorial donations can be sent to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill 94523 or John Muir Foundation, 1400 Treat Blvd., Walnut Creek 94597.
Russell J. Valenti Jr.
Russell J. Valenti Jr., 63, a resident of Danville, died suddenly May 19.
He was born in Centerville, Miss., and lived in Niagara Falls, N.Y., until moving with his family to San Jose, where he graduated from San Jose State University.
For many years he worked in the mortgage business and until recently worked as a baker doing what he loved. He had a love and passion for music, cooking, gardening and travel. He was an accomplished drummer and loved to play with his band.
He is survived by his wife Pam of Danville; his son Ernest Valenti and daughter-in-law Stacy of Discovery Bay; his daughter Nichole and son-in-law Larry Laliberte of San Jose; his sister Suzie and son-in-law Doug Haut; three grandchildren and several aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Russell James Valenti Sr. and Eileen Valenti.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated May 23 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Pleasanton. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Tony LaRussa's Animal Rescue Foundation.
John Curtis Longaker
John Curtis Longaker, a former resident of Danville, died May 19 at the age of 68 after a three-year battle with leukemia. He passed away at the City of Hope in the Los Angeles area with his wife and three children at his side.
He grew up in Albany, Calif., and Danville but spent most of his adult life living in Southern California. He took an early retirement from Shell Oil Co. and moved to Bend, Ore., where he and his wife resided for the past 12 years.
To many, he was known as a softball coach, pigeon flyer, fisherman, bowling partner and a great friend and inspiration.
John leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Suzy; three children, Lana, Lisa and Brian; two sisters, Joyce Hamblin of Bend, Ore., and Gail Proctor of Danville; five grandchildren, including one who was born just days after he died.
Donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 9320 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 140, Portland, OR 97219.