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Danville Express

Community Pulse - May 29, 2009

Obituaries

Danville resident Leslie Charles Johnson died May 8 in Danville at the age of 95.

He was born December 13, 1913, in Port Chicago. As a student at Mt. Diablo High School he excelled in many sports. He worked for 40 years at oil refineries near Martinez. He loved to duck hunt, travel, play golf, which he did into his 90s, follow the local pro sport teams, spend time with family and friends, tend to the garden and barbecue, and was proud of his Swedish heritage. Often he was found discussing sports, enjoying an event or meal out, and a glass of good red wine.

He was preceded in death by wives Rose Bellomo Johnson in 1961, Virginia Best Johnson in 2003, and his five siblings. He is survived by daughters Diana Butler of Healdsburg, Helen Gibson of Ventura, stepdaughter Jill (Marvin) Starr of Alamo, step granddaughter Kristi (Michael) Carter of Danville, grandchildren Leisa Butler and Grant (Jennifer) Butler both of Petaluma, Michael Gibson and Brent (Star) Gibson both of Ventura, and Kelly (Mat) Kennel of Redondo Beach and Chad (Heather) Best of Minneapolis, Minn.; great grand children Cade and Brook Butler of Petaluma, stepson Jack (Sonia) Best of Reno, Nev., step grandson Jeff Jones of Walnut Creek and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 31, at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel at 1139 Saranap Ave., Walnut Creek. Donations in his memory may be made to Vitas Hospice, 365 Lennon Lane, Suite 140, Walnut Creek 94598 or to a charity of choice.

Michael Edward Schaefer, a resident of Danville, died May 1 at the age of 65.

He was born Feb. 26, 1944, in Glendale to Louis Donald Fuller and Helen Marie Schaefer. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. In 1979 he founded Morning Star Outreach, a ministry to inner city kids. For 30 years he provided free summer camps for middle school age girls and boys. He was the owner and operator of Western Tire Inc. of Hayward for more than 42 years. He was married to Denise Schaefer for almost 35 years.

He is predeceased by his father Louis Donald Fuller and his stepfather, Felix Schaefer. He is survived by his wife Denise; his mother Helen Schaefer; his brother Donald Schaefer; his sisters Felicia Schaefer and Charlene Suppes; his son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Tracy Schaefer; his son, Jared Schaefer; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held May 9 at East Bay Fellowship in Danville, 2615 Camino Tassajara. Memorial donations can be made to Morning Star Outreach, 29444 Mission Blvd., Hayward 94544.

Mary "Jean" Scott, a resident of Alamo, died peacefully May 7 at the age of 82.

She was born Feb. 23, 1927 in Yankton, S.D., attended high school in Omaha, Neb., and moved to California with her husband in 1948. She spent the majority of her life with her family in Walnut Creek and Danville. She worked at the Naval Air Station in Alameda in the IBM section from 1950-55. She joined the Naval Air Station KEX Club in 1950 and remained active until her death.

She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years Howard L. Scott and her sister Marjorie Tennant. She is survived by her daughter Susan Wyman of Alamo, son Steven Scott of Ridgefield, Wash.; sisters Betty McBridge of Alamo, Eloise Murray of Plattsmouth, Neb., Janice Haselhuhn of Emporia, Kan., brothers Ersie Salvatori of Ferndale, Wash,. and Derald Salvatori of Buckley, Wash.; son-in-law Bill Wyman; daughters-in-law Marjorie Scott, Dawna Scott and Kimberlee Scott; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. At her request, no services are planned. Remembrances may be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., No. 100, Dublin 94568.

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