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Danville Express

Community Pulse - August 28, 2009

Obituaries

Alamo resident David Allan Dellamar died Aug. 11 at the age of 50.

He was born Dec. 3, 1958, to Margaret and Alfred Dellamar. He grew up in Lafayette and attended Happy Valley Elementary, St. Perpetua's Catholic School, Stanley Intermediate and Acalanes High School. He was the owner and president of Delmar Electric Company Inc., based in the East Bay. His father started the business in Berkeley in 1950, and it meant a lot to him to continue to work with his father. Above all, he was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin and dear friend to many. He enjoyed the outdoors, cars, golf, water skiing, snow skiing, dirt bikes, street bikes, his Harley, boating, and most recently surfing. He is survived by his wife Michelle; son Lucas Dellamar; daughter Jaymi Dellamar; stepdaughter Marisa Wilson; father Alfred Dellamar; brother Steve Dellamar; and sisters Marilyn Dellamar, Joni Bushnell, Judee Sorenson and Janet Dellamar.

A Celebration of his Life will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Diablo Country Club. Donations can be made to the California State Parks Foundation to the David Allan Dellamar Memorial Fund, 50 Francisco St., Suite 110, San Francisco 94133.

Laurence D. Sherman Jr., a resident of Danville, died Aug. 17 at the age of 84.

He was born Dec. 26, 1924, and raised in Piedmont, where he met his future wife, Delane. They later moved to Alamo to raise their family. After moving back to Oakland in 1970, they returned to the Danville area in 1984 to be close to their grandchildren and stayed for the next 25 years. He proudly served in the Marines 4th Division during World War II, where he fought battles in Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He was part owner of the L.D. Sherman Co., a wholesale stationery supply business. After retiring, he enjoyed keeping busy working part-time for his son's business.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Delane; daughter Kate Sherman of Walnut Creek, daughter Diane Sherman and her husband Gary Stepp of Santa Cruz, son Dan Sherman and his wife Danni of Danville, and their three children.

The family will hold a private gathering in celebration of his life. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Edward Albert Mathias, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 19 at the age of 79.

He was born Oct. 7, 1929, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., and is forever a Steelers fan. He served in the Navy in Korea as a medic. He worked in the steel industry and in 1969 moved his family to California, joined ARCO Vacuum Metals and later worked for Southwall Technologies. In retirement he enjoyed traveling and golfing with the Old Crows. He volunteered for the Senior Help Line and was a member of SIRS.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis; his son Edward; daughter-in-law Barbara; daughter Leslie Kraintz; son-in-law John, Curt and Liane Moldenhauer, Brian and Lisa Highfill and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Aug. 22. Donations can be made to Senior Helpline Services at 1035 A Carol Lane, Lafayette 94549.

Carl Robert Nelson, a resident of Danville, died Aug. 15 at the age of 71.

Survivors include his sons Chuck and Rick, granddaughter Morgan Paige, and sister Carol. No services are being held.

Leon Willis Roush, a resident of Alamo, died Aug. 20 at the age of 82.

He was born Sept 24, 1926, in Rockford, Ill., to Lloyd and Leone Roush. He married Mary Lou Michael of Rockwell City, Iowa, in 1944. After serving in World War II in the Navy aboard the USS John D. Henley, he returned to the Midwest to begin a 45-year career in the grocery industry. He worked for Eagle Food Stores (a division of Lucky Stores Inc.) and rose to the position of president. In 1978, Lucky Stores brought him west to work in the corporate offices in Dublin where he retired in 1989 as senior vice president. He enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, gardening, making candy and giving numerous hours in various capacities to his church.

He was preceded in death by his brother Robert and is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mary; sister Shirley Jones (Donald); daughter Carol Combs (Edward); son Thomas Roush (Christine); eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held at the San Ramon Valley Methodist Church in Alamo on Aug. 24. Donations can be made in his name to the San Ramon Valley Methodist Church Memorial Fund or to the American Lung Association.

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