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.