Armand Borel, owner of the last orchard in Danville, died peacefully April 19 at the age of 80.
He was born Sept. 16, 1928, in Oakland, to Joseph and Maria Borel. He attended St. Mary's Elementary in Oakland and graduated from Berkeley High in 1944.
He studied agriculture, his lifelong passion, at UC Davis. His family purchased the Walnut Ranch, now off I-680 at Fosteria, in 1923, and he lived there throughout his life. He served in the Army during the Korean War with a tour of duty in Japan. He was an avid hunter and longtime member of the Livermore Rod and Gun Club, undeniably the best Shotgun Trap Shooter in the valley.
One of his hobbies was railroads and his home is full of memorabilia from his travels over the years. He also served as a volunteer firefighter and fire commissioner for the San Ramon Valley Fire District for many years. Anyone who knew him knew he could tell the best jokes in town and was always willing to offer a kind ear for a friend in need.
He leaves behind his walnut trees, his sweet dog Tippy and friends who cared deeply for him. His rosary was held April 24 at Wilson and Kratzer Mortuary in Danville.
The Danville Weekly ran a story on Mr. Borel on April 6, 2007. Here is the complete story.