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Remembering Dave Mintkenbaugh, popular clerk at Pleasanton Raley's

Co-workers, customers offer recollections at memorial table

Shoppers and colleagues at Raley's in Pleasanton have been paying tribute to longtime bagger/courtesy clerk David "Dave" Mintkenbaugh, who died unexpectedly from natural causes on Sept. 29 at the age of 54.

A memorial table has been set up prominently at the front of the grocery store with a poster filled with notes of remembrance, as well as flowers, coconut water (Mintkenbaugh's favorite drink) and a recognizable wide-brim hat like he used to wear while working outdoors at the Sunol Boulevard store.

"Dave would always go out of his way to make sure that a customer's specific needs were met," co-worker Jason Taylor-Weber told the Weekly. "He and I were very close at work, so I know that outside of work, he really enjoyed movies and old music."

Mintkenbaugh, who had worked at Raley's for the past 15 years, was set to be honored at a celebration of life outdoors in Folsom on Thursday; several of his co-workers were taking time off from work in order to attend.

Both customers of Raley's, as well as Mintkenbaugh's colleagues at the store, said they will miss his cheerful disposition and his warm, welcoming smile.

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Customer Robin Fewster said she was very surprised and saddened to learn of Mintkenbaugh's death, noting that he has been a fixture at the supermarket since she moved to town in the early 2000s. She added that she'll miss his positive attitude and friendly demeanor.

Ellen Goldsmith, another customer, described Mintkenbaugh as "helpful and dependable, and a true asset to Raley's customer service."

But it is perhaps Dave's co-workers at Raley's who will miss him most of all. Courtesy clerk Ranjan Malahotra described enjoying a wonderful relationship with Mintkenbaugh, saying they often worked side by side, joking and laughing. Cashier Phyllis Ihles said she would greatly miss Mintkenbaugh, whom she called "just the sweetest, most helpful guy."

Courtesy clerk Jeff Priscaro recalled interacting with Dave from the time he was just a young child coming to the store. When Piscaro started working at Raley's later on in his life, he said Mintkenbaugh formally introduced himself and proclaimed "We're going to have a blast together, kid. I'm going to teach you everything I know."

Editor's note: Editor Jeremy Walsh contributed to this story.

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Remembering Dave Mintkenbaugh, popular clerk at Pleasanton Raley's

Co-workers, customers offer recollections at memorial table

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Oct 7, 2020, 7:07 pm

Shoppers and colleagues at Raley's in Pleasanton have been paying tribute to longtime bagger/courtesy clerk David "Dave" Mintkenbaugh, who died unexpectedly from natural causes on Sept. 29 at the age of 54.

A memorial table has been set up prominently at the front of the grocery store with a poster filled with notes of remembrance, as well as flowers, coconut water (Mintkenbaugh's favorite drink) and a recognizable wide-brim hat like he used to wear while working outdoors at the Sunol Boulevard store.

"Dave would always go out of his way to make sure that a customer's specific needs were met," co-worker Jason Taylor-Weber told the Weekly. "He and I were very close at work, so I know that outside of work, he really enjoyed movies and old music."

Mintkenbaugh, who had worked at Raley's for the past 15 years, was set to be honored at a celebration of life outdoors in Folsom on Thursday; several of his co-workers were taking time off from work in order to attend.

Both customers of Raley's, as well as Mintkenbaugh's colleagues at the store, said they will miss his cheerful disposition and his warm, welcoming smile.

Customer Robin Fewster said she was very surprised and saddened to learn of Mintkenbaugh's death, noting that he has been a fixture at the supermarket since she moved to town in the early 2000s. She added that she'll miss his positive attitude and friendly demeanor.

Ellen Goldsmith, another customer, described Mintkenbaugh as "helpful and dependable, and a true asset to Raley's customer service."

But it is perhaps Dave's co-workers at Raley's who will miss him most of all. Courtesy clerk Ranjan Malahotra described enjoying a wonderful relationship with Mintkenbaugh, saying they often worked side by side, joking and laughing. Cashier Phyllis Ihles said she would greatly miss Mintkenbaugh, whom she called "just the sweetest, most helpful guy."

Courtesy clerk Jeff Priscaro recalled interacting with Dave from the time he was just a young child coming to the store. When Piscaro started working at Raley's later on in his life, he said Mintkenbaugh formally introduced himself and proclaimed "We're going to have a blast together, kid. I'm going to teach you everything I know."

Editor's note: Editor Jeremy Walsh contributed to this story.

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Deborah
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Old Towne
on Oct 7, 2020 at 11:25 pm
Deborah, Old Towne
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on Oct 7, 2020 at 11:25 pm
28 people like this

My heart goes out to Dave's co-workers at Raley's who are really feeling his loss. And to the customers too. I was one of them. Dave always put the most positive complexion on my trips to the supermarket. Like so many others, I will miss him, and truly appreciate the time he spent, and the effort he made, to create a pleasant shopping experience for people. I wish everyone took their jobs so seriously.


Becky Dennis
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Foxborough Estates
on Oct 8, 2020 at 9:33 am
Becky Dennis, Foxborough Estates
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on Oct 8, 2020 at 9:33 am
26 people like this

I’m really sorry to hear of David’s unexpected passing. He was always smiling and so helpful. Sincere condolences to all his Raley’s co-workers and family. May his memory be a blessing.


Rosemary Martelli
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Golden Eagle
on Oct 8, 2020 at 9:40 am
Rosemary Martelli, Golden Eagle
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on Oct 8, 2020 at 9:40 am
24 people like this

So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He will be missed.


Lydia
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Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 8, 2020 at 2:46 pm
Lydia, Vineyard Avenue
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on Oct 8, 2020 at 2:46 pm
20 people like this

So sad to hear about this. Dave was an exceptional person and always so kind to me and my kids when we saw him Raley's. His desire to serve others was evident. Praying peace over his family and friends tonight.


Diane
Registered user
Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm
Diane, Pleasanton Valley
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on Oct 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm
12 people like this

David will be missed > He was always a shining light and brightened MY day


Mary
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Vintage Hills
on Oct 9, 2020 at 8:41 pm
Mary , Vintage Hills
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on Oct 9, 2020 at 8:41 pm
13 people like this

I was really sorry to hear that Dave has passed away. He was always so helpful and kind and conscientious. He will be missed. Raley’s will just not be the same without him.


Bill Brasky
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Oct 10, 2020 at 1:46 am
Bill Brasky, Vintage Hills
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on Oct 10, 2020 at 1:46 am
14 people like this

Rest in Peace Dave


Laureen
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Laguna Vista
on Oct 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm
Laureen, Laguna Vista
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on Oct 11, 2020 at 4:49 pm
9 people like this

So sorry to all grieving. I'm also so awfully sad to read that Dave has passed. He brightened up the day for Raley's customers like me. He always seemed to be enjoying his work and his spirit was very uplifting to all around him. Sincere condolences to all. There's a bright light in heaven.


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