Alex V. Spotorno
Aug. 25, 1926-March 26, 2018
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Alex V. Spotorno passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018. A rancher in Pleasanton for almost 70 years, living on the family ranch established in 1867, he was highly respected in the industry for his expertise as well as the high quality of his cattle and lambs.
Alex was born in San Francisco, CA, son of Alexandre V. Spotorno and Isabel Marie Roberts. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII piloting landing craft in the Pacific Arena, followed by graduation from U.C. Davis in 1949. In addition to ranching, he was land manager of the watershed lands for the City and County of San Francisco Water Department for thirty years. He was a member of the state and county Farm Bureaus for many years and served for a time as Vice–President of the CA Woolgrowers Association.
Alex is survived by his loving wife, LaVerne; devoted children Kenneth Spotorno (Jan), Joanne Zachariades, John Spotorno (Jennifer), Kathryn Spotorno, Marianne Spotorno, son-in-law Lee Zachariades; loving step-children Stephen Quartarola (Peggy), Michele Motekaitis (Paul), AnneMarie Bjorklund (Erik), Gina Angulo (Joe); fourteen adoring grandchildren Katie and Allie Zachariades, Gregory Spotorno, Anneka and Kiana Pisula, Adam, Alyssa and Amber Motekaitis, Nicholas and Ryan Quartarola, Isabella and Gabriella Bjorklund, Adrienne and Dominic Angulo; best buddy since they were both thirteen years old Gordon Rosenberg (Vicki), and extended family and friends. His sense of humor, generosity to others, his love for and commitment to his faith and to his family and friends will be deeply missed.