Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - August 19, 2011

Obituaries

Marlin (Doug) Williams

Marlin (Doug) Williams, a Pleasanton resident, died Aug. 9 at the age of 51.

He was born Nov. 6, 1959. He graduated from Irvington High School in Fremont in 1977, and enjoyed a 31-year career at AST in Sunnyvale.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife Lori; children Emily and Claire; parents Marlin and Betty; brother Bryan and family, Jackie, Allison and John. A Memorial Service was held Aug. 14 at Graham-Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton. Donations may be made to his daughters' education, to the Williams Family Trust c/o Fremont Bank, 6654 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 345, Pleasanton 94566.

William Anthony Furtado

William Anthony Furtado, of Pleasanton died suddenly Aug. 7 at the age of 68.

He was born Sept. 20, 1942, in Oakland to William and Anna Furtado. He worked for 45 years in sales for Montgomery Ward, Mason Flooring Supply and Butler Johnson, retiring three years ago. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing and coaching soccer, boating on the California Delta, and visiting Monterey Bay and the Florida Keys. He had a passion for cooking, gardening and landscaping, and he was an avid football fan. He was a successful and awarded salesman with a magnetic and charismatic personality, as well as a devoted husband and father.

He is survived by his wife Joy; brother Allan; sons Dan and Tony; and daughter-in-law Stephanie. A Memorial Mass was held Monday at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton.

Eugene 'Gene' O'Brien

Eugene "Gene" O'Brien, 76, a Pleasanton resident, died suddenly Aug. 8 in Arnold after leaving the golf course.

He was born June 9, 1935, in Detroit, Mich., to James and Kathleen O'Brien, who were Irish immigrants. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Dearborn, joined the Army and served in Korea. He then attended Western Michigan University before spending 40 years in the construction business in California, moving to Pleasanton in 1958. He retired in 1992 then went to work as an inspector for the city of Pleasanton. The family cabin was built in Arnold in 1981 and has been a second home since then.

Mr. O'Brien was a member of the Jaycees and served as president of the Lion's Club. He was currently a member of SIRS Branch 34 and the Sequoia Woods Country Club. He loved playing Keno, bocce ball, trivia games, watching his grandchildren's activities and golfing. He had a hole-in-one in 2003. He was a handyman for family, friends and neighbors and no project was too big or too small. He was proud of his Irish heritage, had an outgoing personality, and loved political debate.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Kathy; children Patrick (Debbie) of Pleasanton and Erin of Pleasant Hill; grandchildren Sarah, James and Michael of Pleasanton; brother Jim and sisters Peggy, Maureen and Sister Kathleen, IHM, of Michigan; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, with a reception following. Donations may be made to Open Heart Kitchen, 1141 Catalina Drive, Mailbox 137, Livermore 94550.

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