Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - November 5, 2010


Donald Alan Adams

Donald Alan Adams died in his home Oct. 14 at the age of 64 with his wife by his side after battling pancreatic cancer since May 2009.

He was born Sept. 21, 1946, in Ft. Lewis, Wash., the first of seven children to Patty and Harold Adams. A 27-year resident of Pleasanton, he worked more than 30 years as a mechanical designer, eight years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and most recently at BAE (United Defense) in Santa Clara. He also worked independently as a graphic animator/designer and prior to that as a wedding photographer.

In 1987 he married Barbara Jean. He enjoyed his home life, including their two cats, his five computers, his wife's cooking, their weekend adventures and creative projects, as well as get-togethers with friends and family. He was a vital member of Valley Bible Church for 20 years. He volunteered his services wherever he went and created graphic designs for the Livermore Independent Film Festivals.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife Barbara; brothers and their wives Robert and Coleen, Douglas and Janell, and Christopher and Sheri-Lyn Adams; sisters and their husbands Deborah Jones, Diane and Ernie Long, and Allison and Kevin Kenny. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at Valley Bible Church, 7106 Johnson Drive in Pleasanton. Contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at

Richard Gregory

Richard (Dick) Gregory died at home in Pleasanton on Oct. 31 at the age of 76.

He was born May 6, 1934, and raised in Milwaukee, Wis. He attended the University of Wisconsin where he met his wife, played the clarinet in the marching band, and earned his masters in Metallurgical Engineering. He raised his family and sold foundry supplies in Orange County, where he was founder and president of Metalworking Supplies Inc. He and his wife retired in Murphys, where they enjoyed many wonderful years of golf, friends and fellowship. They recently moved to Pleasanton to be close to family. Mr. Gregory was a talented musician playing clarinet in a jazz band and singing bass in everything from barbershop to concert choir. He enjoyed golf, sports, travel, church, friends and family.

Mr. Gregory is survived by his wife of 54 years Judy Gregory; his mother Ruth Gregory, age 98; sister Marianne (Hans) Schmitt in Wisconsin; children Kris (Greg) Weaver of Pleasanton and Paul (Greta) Gregory of Fresno; and five grandchildren with a great-granddaughter due in three months. A service celebrating his life will be held at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore on Nov. 27. Donations can be made to Hope Hospice at


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