Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - July 23, 2010


David John Garske

David John Garske died peacefully July 4 at the age of 53 after a lengthy battle with a neurological muscular disease.

He was born May 7, 1957, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to John and Ann Garske, and spent his early years in Las Vegas, Nev. The family moved to Pleasanton where he graduated from Dublin High School in 1975 and forged lifetime friendships. In his early years of vacationing with his family, he developed a passion for fishing, hiking and camping, which eventually led him to his dream of owning a home in the mountains of Yosemite where he died.

After raising a family in Colorado and Modesto as a salesman for Jorgensen Steel, he eventually moved to Mariposa where he became a real estate broker and owned a property management company.

He is survived by his parents, John and Ann Garske; two daughters, Sarah Garske and Amanda Garner; three brothers, Don, Dan and Adam Garske; four sisters, Suzanne Haendel, Laura Elmore, Carol Jones and Connie Ankenbruck; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of his life from 2-4 p.m. July 27 at Cornerstone Fellowship Church; 348 N. Canyon Parkway, Livermore. A reception will follow. Donations may be made to the ALS Foundation; One Embarcadero Center, #1530, San Francisco 94111, "Funds restrictive to research."

Arthur Lloyd Garrett

Pleasanton resident Arthur Lloyd Garrett died July 14 at the age of 59.

He was born June 20, 1951, in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in radio and television broadcasting. He served as the director of the District Attorney's Office Forensic Video Unit for more than 36 years. A few of his many interests included visiting Disneyland, Japanese culture, attending NASCAR races with his family and reading.

Mr. Garrett was preceded in death by his father Harold R. Garrett and brother Robert K. Garrett. He is survived by his wife Dottie; sons Keith and TJ; grandson Joey Garrett; mother Ruth Takino Vince of Livermore; two nieces and a cousin. Family and friends are invited to join in the celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore.

Harriet Morehead

Harriet Morehead, a resident of Livermore for 18 years, died June 28 at the age of 77, surrounded by her family.

She was born March 20, 1933, to Harrison and Elsie Shigley in Chicago, Ill. She met her husband and lifelong sweetheart, Richard (Dick), in the summer of 1951 and they were married the following November. Dick was drafted in May 1952 so Harriet, then 21, drove from Chicago to Oklahoma to be with him during basic training. When he returned from war, Mrs. Morehead worked at Time Life Magazine as a keypunch operator, taking the "L" train to work. Later they lived in Lansing, Mich; Allentown, Pa; and finally Pleasanton, where she worked as a media aide at Fairlands School and afterward for Farmers Insurance and Scales Unlimited.

Mrs. Morehead was predeceased by her husband Dick; brother Harry Shigley and sister Janis Ireland. She is survived by her children, Lori Cortez of Fremont, Kathy Morehead of Lathrop, and Tracy and Robert Stoner of Livermore; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Donald Newman; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services were held at Graham Hitch Mortuary in Pleasanton on July 8, followed by burial at Pleasanton Memorial Gardens.

Michael Fraser Manning

Pleasanton resident Michael Fraser Manning died July 6 at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 10, 1939, in Ukiah and grew up on a pear ranch in Hopland. He was superintendent of recreation for the Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District for 14 years, during which time he was honored as "Young Man of the Year." He became an energy consultant for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, where he founded Kids' Country, an after-school care program for the district, and later became an independent energy consultant. He worked with people with disabilities and was involved in the Special Olympics. He also enjoyed travel, dancing, photography, cultural arts, good food and fine wine, and gatherings with family and friends.

Mr. Manning was preceded in death by his parents Judge John Manning and Joan Manning of Hopland. He is survived by his loving wife Carole; son Brian Manning of Hopland, daughter Naia Nakai; one grandchild; brothers John Manning (Melanie) of Huntington Beach and Kevin Manning of Santa Rosa, and sisters Maureen Manning of Ukiah and Patricia Manning (Tim Fenner) of the U.K. He is also survived by stepsons Brian Anderson (Kelly) and Kent Anderson; four step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and many cousins.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 13 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton with burial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Donations may be made to Bruns House Inpatient Hospice Facility through


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