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Civic leader Dave Walden dies at age 69

Real estate advisor also led Pleasanton North Rotary, Chamber

Dave Walden, a well-known Pleasanton civic leader and real estate mortgage and sales training professional, died last Friday at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital. He was 69.

Mr. Walden was self-employed as a communication facilitator and sales training expert who also was a certified mortgage planner, long associated with Diversified Mortgage Group in Pleasanton.

He also had served as chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and president of the Pleasanton North Rotary Club. In recent years, he also had worked with Cheri Tree in a system called B.A.N.K., a system to promote effective sales methods. His volunteer work even extended to San Francisco where he served as one of 350 guides on walking tours of that city.

Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Mr. Walden was a graduate of Santa Clara High School and San Francisco State University before moving to Pleasanton. Later he joined Maureen, Rudy and Mike Lopez in their home in Castro Valley, where he was living at the time of his death.

Although he had been ill for several months, it was only three weeks ago that doctors diagnosed his condition as Stage IV cancer of the esophagus and stomach.

He is survived by a cousin, Gregg Hollenbaugh, and his close friend Marilyn Ponte Grutman, who was with him when he died.

No funeral services were held, but friends are planning a memorial service in the near future.

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Posted by Jeanie Reitzell
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Mar 29, 2016 at 8:28 pm

Dave was a very special guy with a great sense of humor. He will be missed by so many. I always enjoyed his company. RIP Dave


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Posted by brad hirst
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 30, 2016 at 9:22 am

Dave was a very good man. Hard working, caring, and good humor. He helped make the world better.


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Posted by rick lewis
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 30, 2016 at 9:30 am

I had the pleasure of working with Dave for over 10 years at DMG. He was always a very kind and hard working person who cared about our community...
Pleasanton..very much!

Dave will always be a part of the DMG family.


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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 30, 2016 at 10:41 am

Having know Dave over 25 years through the Community, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Real Estate . . . He had a real Heart for Community Service, Networking & Supporting one another. Always, an Enterprising Networking Entrepreneur. RIP Dave! Gary & Phoebe Schwaegerle and Family


5 people like this
Posted by George Withers
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Mar 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

Sorry to hear of Dave's death; He was great friend! Pleasaunton has lost another good civic leader. RIP Dave!!


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Posted by Charli
a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm

Charli is a registered user.

I am so shocked and sorry for our loss. David was always so nice to be around. He was a great hugger! He will be missed by many. RIP Dave.


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Posted by Wayne Yeaw
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm

For over 30 years Dave has been a special friend of my family
Took many trips together. If you needed anything you could depend on Dave.
Pam and I will always miss him RIP


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Posted by Hathi Winston & Jerry Prettyman
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Dave was always cheerful and ready to help both in Pleasanton North Rotary and our old Pleasanton Network. We'll miss his big smile.


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Posted by Mike Cheney
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Very surprised to hear of Dave's passing. I didn't know him well enough but I do know he was very involved in helping our city in many ways. He will be missed.
Mike Cheney
Valley Plumbing


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Posted by May Pominille
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm

Very sad to learn of David's passing. I knew David when I attending the Marketing Meetings in Pleasanton
during the year Gina Piper Chaired the group meetings. He was always very cordial.


2 people like this
Posted by Alice Jones
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

I first met Dave 17 years ago when I bought my first Acura and he was a Service Advisor for Acura of Pleasanton. He was always kind. He will be missed.


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Posted by Cheryl Llewellyn
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2016 at 4:33 pm

RIP Dear Friend. You always made me smile at Rotary, Chamber and there are so many great memories of laughter. You will be missed and always remembered.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Rest In Peace. A very fine man.


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Posted by Ken Cook
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 30, 2016 at 8:39 pm

I knew Dave from attending Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce mixers and events. He always had a smile, a warm word, and listened to you. He will be missed in this community.

Ken Cook
Tri-valley PC Medic


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Posted by Kurt Kummer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 30, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Kurt Kummer is a registered user.

Dave was just a great guy and I'm so sorry to hear he's left us. He was smart, and helpful, and funny and he loved Pleasanton. We're all better for knowing him. Thanks Dave.


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Posted by Larry Lindsey
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 31, 2016 at 8:59 am

So sorry to hear about Dave's passing. He and I often traded stories, trends and general information about the mortgage industry and its direction while we were both in the mortgage business. Dave was a good person. RIP


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Posted by Herb
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Mar 31, 2016 at 10:36 am

Dave was a huge supporter of all good things about Pleasanton and the people. I enjoyed my time with him in Rotary and the Chamber. RIP. Thoughts and prayers to the family.


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Posted by Jerry Pentin
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Sad news indeed. Dave was a great guy, always volunteering, helping out, lending an ear...and a leader as well. Our city has lost a fine man. RIP Dave. Prayers and thoughts to his family as those of us who had a chance to work with him, know him and enjoy being around him will miss him.


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