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Danville Express

Community Pulse - March 6, 2009

Obituaries

William S. Porter

William S. Porter, 84, a former resident of Diablo, died Thursday, Feb. 19, in Danville.

He was born Nov. 16, 1924, and raised in Hermosa Beach. After serving in the Army, he graduated from UCLA. He retired from Chevron in 1990 after working there for more than 40 years. After retirement he served on the board of the Lincoln Home for Children in Oakland.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jeanne; son Ford, daughter-in-law Wendy; daughter Mandy; and grandchildren Will, Katherine and Tim. Donations may be made in his name to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties, Box 6324, Concord 94524. Arrangements were handled by Wilson and Kratzer of Danville.

Margaret Ruth Dayringer

Margaret Ruth Dayringer, a resident of Danville, died surrounded by family and friends Feb. 15 at the age of 80.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Frank Dayringer; six children: Bruce Griffin of Tucson, Ariz.; Margaret Hollensbe of St. Louis, Mo.; Marilyn Griffin of Henderson, Nev.; Carolyn Dyer of Lafayette; Jim Dayringer of Sacramento; and Genene Striemer of Concord; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sons and daughters-in-law.

A memorial service was held Feb. 20 at Friends Church in Walnut Creek. Memorial donations can be made in her name to World Vision, P.O. Box 70200, Tacoma, WA 98481; account # 105429269.

David Joseph Ferranti

David Joseph Ferranti, a resident of Danville, died Feb. 16 at the age of 63.

He was born Nov. 20, 1945. A native of Berkeley, he was raised in Albany and was a resident of Danville for 34 years. A graduate of Chico State College and University of San Francisco, he was a retired teacher for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1970.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Bobbi; daughter Jessica; son David; sisters Donna Sasse and Carole Roberts; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Feb. 21 at Wilson & Kratzer in Danville. Memorial donations can be made to Kaiser Hospice, Donations, 200 Muir Rd., Martinez, 94553.

Heather Davis Palamountain

Heather Davis Palamountain, a resident of Alamo, died Feb. 19 at the age of 38. She was born Sept. 8, 1970.

She is survived by her husband Mark Cooper Palamountain; children Grace Katherine Palamountain and Cooper Marcus Palamountain; parents Jeffrey and Katherine Davis; sisters Shawn Rodger, Wendy McDonald; brothers-in-law Trevor Rodger, Chad McDonald; nephews Brooks Rodger, Reese Rodger, Lincoln McDonald; mother-in-law Joanne Bonner Palamountain; the late Gregory Ross Palamountain; brother-in-law Matthew Ross Palamountain; sister-in-law Lauryn Palamountain; nieces Nicole and Anna; and nephew Greg. A memorial service was held Feb. 26 at United Methodist Church in Alamo. A donation may be made to The Grace and Cooper Palamountain College Fund or the charity of your choice.

Robert F. Jensen

Robert F. Jensen, a resident of Danville, died Feb. 2 at the age of 90.

He was born March 26, 1918, to John and Freida Jensen. He is a graduate of University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where he majored in art and architecture. He joined the service after college. He met his first wife Alice at Lake Tahoe while on vacation. She preceded him in death. After being single for four years he met and married Pearl after one year. He retired in 1985 and concentrated on making folding screens and painting. He entered many art shows and sold some of his paintings and screens.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pearl; daughters Betty Ashabraner, Catherine Clements and her husband Tom; and four grandchildren. Contributions can be sent to Kaiser Hospice at 200 Muir Road, Martinez, 94553.

Carmel Westcoat

Carmel Westcoat, a resident of Alamo, died Feb. 21 at the age of 59.

She was born Sept. 20, 1949, in Oakland, graduated from Cal State Hayward and was a fixture in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. As a math teacher for nearly 25 years, most recently at Ygnacio Valley High School and with Pleasanton Adult Education, she inspired both students and colleagues with her kindness, humor and dedication. Her travels took her across much of the world but she always yearned to see more. As an avid movie watcher and self-proclaimed trivia buff, she was a key player in her family's holiday Trivial Pursuit games.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Westcoat. She is survived by her daughter Marie; son Brian; sister Teresann Tinsley; brother Joseph Corbelli; mother Mary Corbelli and nieces, nephews and a granddaughter. She will be lovingly missed by her longtime companion, Selden Parmelee. Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville.

Robert Siddoway Poole

Robert Siddoway Poole, a resident of Danville, died after a prolonged respiratory illness Feb. 13 at the age of 84.

He was born April 15, 1924, in Rexburg, Idaho. He was raised in Idaho and moved to California to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. After serving in the Philippines and China, he returned to the United States and studied civil engineering at UC Berkeley, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in 1948. He married Arlene Robertson in 1946. He worked as a surveyor for the city of San Francisco and later joined Safeway Stores, where he eventually became head of the store design department. Upon "retirement" from Safeway in the 1980s, he began a second career as an independent financial consultant, which he continued up to his formal retirement in 2006. He was an avid golfer and a member of Castlewood Country Club for more than 20 years and served on its Board of Directors. He was greatly fond of food and wine; read voraciously; and was a talented artist and craftsman. He had a rare combination of charm and curmudgeonly wit.

He is survived by his brother, Frank S. Poole, of New Cumberland, Pa.; his sister, Dr. Catherine Poole, of West Chester, Pa.; his daughter, Anne Poole Rittmaster of San Ramon; his sons, Dr. Michael Poole, of Devon, Pa., and John Poole of Danville; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Poole, in 2001. No services are planned.

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