Published in Contra Costa Times on April 16, 2010
Brown Resident of Alameda Bob was born in San Diego, CA on May 31, 1930
and passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 3, 2010 in Marysville,
CA after a shout bout with recurring cancer.
Bob was a graduate of Alameda High School, June 1948, and from an early
age was engaged in sports, most notably baseball. Drafted right out of
high school by the St. Louis Cardinals,
Bob pitched a few seasons in their farm team before an injury forced him
to give up the sport.
Bob was an avid fisherman, duck hunter, and all-around outdoorsman as
Bob married Alice White in 1951 and raised four daughters, Margaret, Mary,
Elizabeth and Diana. After divorcing in 1972,
Bob married Yvonne Zagami and made his living for the next 30 years breeding,
raising and training Labrador Retrievers in Marysville, CA at the former
"Thunder Cloud Training Center".
Bob was preceded in death by his daughter Margaret and former wife Alice.
For the last 5 years Bob has lived in Alameda perfecting his golf game
and taking up tennis. Well-known for "shooting his age"
Bob was enjoying life to the fullest; due in part to his loving companion,
Bob will be sorely missed by all who knew him and loved him. He will be
remembered for his sense of humor, fairness, jokes and pranks, and his
twinkling brown eyes.
Bob is survived by his 3 daughters Mary Dietz of Chico, Elizabeth Holcomb
of Marysville and Diana Surak of Chico; his grandson David Janiak of San
Diego and granddaughter Lili De Vaney of Elk Grove. Bob had a total of
10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren .