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Community Pulse - October 17, 2008


Dunn B. Mangabay

Dunn B. Mangabay, beloved husband of Sabina (Elsa) Mangabay, died Oct. 4 at the age of 56.

Mr. Mangabay, a Pleasanton resident, was born Feb. 23, 1952.

He is survived by his wife, Sabina (Elsa) Mangabay; children, Elina, Melinda, Devine, Don, Dunn, Joseph and Jesus; and many grandchildren.

A mass was held Oct. 9 at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Burial followed at St. Michael's Cemetery in Livermore.

Charles Volonte

Charles Joseph Volonte, a beloved former Amador Valley High School teacher and swim coach, died Oct. 9 at his home with his son Richard by his side.

Mr. Volonte was born June 11, 1929 in his grandmother's home in Susanville, Calif. He was raised in Westwood, Calif. and married his high school sweetheart, Donalee Read Volonte who died Oct. 5, 2001.

They met as a result of a dare from Donalee's girlfriends, being seniors in high school, to "tag" the most handsome freshman boy for the Sadie Hawkins dance. They were married Nov. 28, 1947.

Mr. Volonte attended college in San Jose, then joined the U.S. Navy and was transferred to Bainbridge, Md. while he served. Their son was born there and they returned to Northern California, where he took his first teaching and coaching position at Anderson High School. He was recruited shortly after by the superintendant of schools in Pleasanton to teach at Amador Valley High School. The Volontes moved to Pleasanton in 1958, where he taught and coached until retiring in 1992. His various positions in Pleasanton, in addition to teaching and coaching, included driver's training, teaching, bookkeeping and typing at Amador night school, running the Amador summer swim programs, running the cabana swim club in the newly built Pleasanton Valley homes, and after retirement, co-writing the curriculum for a newly-taken-over program by the State of California's driver's training course.

He is survived by his son, Richard Joseph Volonte and his wife, Joyce; Richard's son, Lucas Charles and his wife, Shelby; and his two great-grandchildren, Jayci and Emma; Richard's daughter, Kari Lea Ann and her husband, Tony Housewirght, all from the Modesto area. He is also survived by his daughter, Ann Volonte Gabbert and her husband, Owen, who live in Chico, Calif. and their daughters, Ariel Natalia and Allegra Volonte.

A memorial service was held Oct. 16 at Valley Community Church. A graveside service will be held on Saturday in Anderson, Calif.


Posted by Rhonda Crozier Snelling, a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 4, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Hello Ann ... we were friends in High School at Amador High School and lost touch. I am sorry about your dad and ask you to contact me at if you get this message.

Posted by Chris Heredia, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Hello, Mr. Volonte was my teacher in 1981 at Amador High School.

Is Volonte park in Anderson, Ca. named after him?