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Jess Charles Doporto Sr.
September 11, 1930 ~ April 25, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Danville resident, Jess C. Doporto, age 92, on April 25th. Jess first arrived in Danville in 1966 after growing up in Palo Alto as the eldest child of Rose and Jesus Doporto. Ever the protective older brother, Jess is survived by his baby sister Maria Elena, and predeceased by siblings Bob and Carmen.
Jess was a graduate of Castlemont High School in Oakland, where he exhibited vast amounts of talent in all sports and musical theater. Following high school, he was drafted to play for the Oakland Oaks AAA baseball team which allowed him to travel throughout the country.
He was also a proud and dedicated American soldier serving in the Korean Was as an Airborne 187th paratrooper. After the war, he returned home to marry the love of his life, Charlotte. They were married for 43 years before she passed away too soon in 2001.
Jess and Charlotte were devoted to their two children, Jess, Jr. (Jesse) and Cheryl, along with Debra, who they accepted into their home with open arms. While settling into family life, Jess began a 40 year career as a plumber and member of Local 342. Jess adored his family, teaching them how to ski, swim and bowl. He thrived on sharing new experiences with them such as participating in cultural events, or taking the family on day trips to San Francisco, Berkeley, or Carmel.
It wasn’t just with his family that he shared his generosity and kindness. Everyone was always welcome in their home and invited to join in for a family meal around the dinner table. Many a story was shared over the years around that table!
Jess’s number one passion was his family, and he was so very proud of his two granddaughters, Jessica (Brandon) Freel and Christine Walsh. He also had a passion for golf, playing with his childhood friends every Saturday for over 50 years. What special friendships he had as not many people are so fortunate to have close friendships that started in grammar school.
One source of comfort we can take in his passing, is that he and his beloved Charlotte are reunited together again… dancing, laughing, and drinking champagne!