Donald Ray Petrilli, 72, passed away on November 20, 2019 following a two year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family.
He was born in Long Beach, California on January 2, 1947, to Betty Jean and Alfred Patsy Petrilli. At age 17, he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a full time mission from 1967 to 1969 in Southern Germany.
In 1970, he married his sweetheart, Jean. Shortly after the birth of his second child, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Long Beach. In 1972, he moved his family to Livermore where he taught graphic arts and photography at Livermore High School. In Livermore, they would add three more children to the family.
In 1980, he opened a printing business in Livermore and ran it until 2000, when he returned to his passion of teaching graphic arts, this time as an instructor at Laney College in Oakland. For a period of time, he was the chair of the graphic arts department. He retired in December of 2015.
He was a talented athlete and dedicated a large portion of his life to playing and coaching volleyball. He coached at many different levels including high school, club, community college, collegiate club and professional volleyball. His passion for teaching and coaching allowed him to be an influence for good in countless young lives, including his own children.
His opportunities to serve and teach others extended into his church service as well. Don served faithfully throughout his life in several capacities including as Sunday school teacher, young men's advisor, adult men's leader, missionary, family history consultant, and Boy Scout leader. His most recent service prior to his passing was to serve in the Oakland CA Temple. This brought him great joy.
Don was known for his wit and humor, always adding a timely joke. He was a friend to people from all walks of life and was constantly running into people he knew! He enjoyed getting together with his family, playing games, and socializing. He was a loving father and grandfather, generous with his time, frequently attending his children's and grandchildren's events. He loved to travel, and took a particular interest in Italy due to his Italian heritage, visiting there eight times throughout his life, and twice in his last year.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Jean; five children (and their spouses) Jeanette, Daryl (Claudia), Monica (Darren), Andrea (Ryan), and Vince (Ashlee); 11 grandchildren and his sister Patsy.
All who loved Don are invited to gather for his memorial service on Tuesday, Dec 3 at 11 am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 950 Mocho St. in Livermore. All are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please visit Don's St. Jude memorial fund page (link below) to support St. Jude's lifesaving mission to continue the fight against cancer by making a donation. He will be missed.