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Community Pulse - March 13, 2009


Devin Kochis

Devin Kochis, a resident of Danville, died Feb. 16 at the age of 40.

He attended San Ramon Valley High and graduated from Berean Christian High School in 1986. He served in the 82nd Airborne and received his Ranger Tab in 1990. He graduated from the Los Medanos College Criminal Justice Training Center, and he served 11 years on the UC Berkeley Police Department.

He is survived by his brother Bryan of Woodland Park, Colo.; his mother Connie and his father David of Danville. A memorial service was held Feb. 27 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. Memorial contributions can be made to the Calvary Chapel San Ramon Church, 231 Market Place, #603, San Ramon, 94583.

William K. Fletcher

William K. Fletcher, a resident of Danville, died Feb. 17 at the age of 95.

He was born July 7, 1913, in Sugar Pine. He was a graduate of Madera High School. His interests included tinkering with mechanical objects, golf, walking, fishing, camping and enjoying the outdoors.

His wife of 66 years, Nora, and their daughter, Noreen, preceded him in death. He is survived by his two daughters Willa Reister of Knoxville, Tenn., and Jaye Perry of Danville; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. A private family service will be held at Oakland's Chapel of the Chimes. Contributions may be made to Hospice of East Bay.

Jay Charles Langon

Jay Charles Langon, a resident of Danville, died of brain cancer surrounded by his family Feb. 21 at the age of 60.

He was born July 14, 1948. He spent his professional life working as a general contractor in the East Bay. During his 40 years as a contractor, he built and remodeled many Bay Area homes. When he wasn't working on houses, he enjoyed spending time with his family exploring the back roads of California. One of his favorite places to visit was Yosemite. Jeannie Cockerton Langon, Jay's wife of 35 years, was his life and traveling companion. Together they raised their two sons, Josh and Joel, in the towns where they had both grown up.

In addition to his wife Jeannie and their two sons; he is survived by his mother and five siblings: Joyce Langon of Dublin, Janet Orr of Ariz., John Langon of Castro Valley, Julie Langon of Ariz., Jeff Langon of Diablo, and Joan Snashall of San Ramon; two grandchildren; and 17 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father John and brother James. A Celebration of Life service was held March 5 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Lafayette. Donations can be made to the Jay Langon Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 317, Alamo 94507.

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.

Joyce Ann Jarrard

Joyce Ann Jarrard, a resident of Danville, died Feb. 22 at the age of 59.

She was born Oct. 26, 1949. She was an active member of her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Danville. Her greatest joys in this life came from being a wife, mother and a grandmother. In the last few months, she and her husband made numerous trips to Utah and Texas to spend time with the family.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Craig Jarrard; son Scott Jarrard (Amanda); daughter Janelle Burns (Dave); son Jaren Jarrard (Chantille); daughter Kristin Knies (Matthew); sister Judy Peel (Norman); brother Dr. Bruce Peterson (Mary); and nine grandchildren. Services in California were held Feb. 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Ramon. Another service was held in Utah on March 3 with interment the next day.

Louis Matheisl

Louis Matheisl, a resident of Alamo, died peacefully Feb. 23 at the age of 83.

He was born Oct. 27, 1925, in Fresno. He served in Europe in World War II and was at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he returned to California, where he married Wilma Davidson on July 1, 1950. He worked in the industrial chemical business his entire career, starting as a young man in a warehouse and retiring after having owned his own company. He loved keeping a beautiful house and garden with Wilma. They traveled the world and enjoyed skiing, boating and diving, and he entertained everyone by riding his unicycle at gatherings.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma; brother and nephew, Bob and Aaron (Leryse); his sister-in-law Frances Olson; nieces, Linda (Tom), Jill (Mike), Marta (Pat) and Vanessa (Eric); as well as multiple great nieces and nephews in California and Nevada; and his beloved dog, Sophie. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.