Raymond Earl Donaldson, a resident of Alamo, died Aug. 2 after struggling against leukemia since November 2006. He was 56.
He was born Jan. 11, 1952, and attended Huntington Park High School. He worked for many years as an owner/operator truck driver, then found his true calling in general construction specializing in residential design and remodeling.
His interests included fishing, hunting and camping with his family. He was on the cutting edge of technology and immensely enjoyed competitive aerial combat on his computer. Other passions included knowledge of historical events and his uncanny natural ability to understand the mechanics of life.
He is survived by his mother Tommie Rae, his wife Sondra, and his five children, Jennifer, Alex and Sean Donaldson, Holly Thomas and John Woods; brothers and sisters Jerry, Thomas, Kenneth, David, Deborah and Sandy; and seven grandchildren. A celebration of his life was held Aug. 7 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville, and a Funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 8 at St. Isidore Catholic Church. Contributions may be made to Leukemia Research Stanford Hospital, 2700 Sandhill Road, Menlo Park 94025.
Kay Jacobson, a resident of Alamo, died peacefully Aug. 6 in Walnut Creek at the age of 72 after an eight-year battle with cancer.
She was born and raised in Oregon, graduating from Roseburg High School in 1954 and from the University of Oregon in 1958. After moving to Alamo in 1972, she was active in tennis at Round Hill Country Club. In 1988 she earned her master's degree in clinical psychology and became a therapist at the Community Presbyterian Counseling Center in Danville and the premarital counselor for all weddings at the church. She enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world and loved playing party bridge.
She re-dedicated her life during the eight years of her illness, saying, "Something good will come of this." She served on the Board of Deacons at Community Presbyterian Church and formed her own cancer support group, which she moderated.
She is survived by husband Dick; her daughter Tracy Stracke; her son Rick; her son-in-law Ed Stracke; grandson Eric Stracke; and beloved dog Tuffie. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life were held at Community Presbyterian Church on Aug. 12. Donations may be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 7247-0260, Philadelphia, PA 19170-0260.