Gene Morgan died March 5, 2010
at his home in La Quinta, CA.
His wife Isabel and his
children were at his side.
Gene was born in Cambria, Illinois
on Sept. 12, 1922. He often talked about his
exceptional and happy childhood
with his loving parents, Silas
Ervin and Ruby Morgan, and his
sister Doris. He was a good student
and active in sports. He always
had an interest in airplanes
and decided to join the Navy
after the outbreak of World War
II. Gene signed up for the Naval
Aviation Cadet Program in 1942
and started his active duty Naval
Aviation training in 1943. He was
assigned to a number of colleges
and Naval Air Stations where
he received extensive academic,
military and flight training. He
was commissioned as a Navy
Ensign and received his Navy
Wings of Gold at Corpus Christi,
After various active duty assignments,
Gene was assigned
to an F6F Hellcat squadron at
Livermore Naval Air Station.
It was on Oct. 13, 1945 that he
met the love of his life, Isabel
Bonne. It was love at first sight
for both Isabel and Gene. They
were married on Dec. 9. Gene
finished his Naval active duty in
1947. He then started to work for
his in-laws, Al and Emma Bonne,
as a dry cleaner in their commercial
laundry on Second Street in
Livermore. That same year saw
the birth of their son, Michael. In
1948, daughter Chris was born,
followed by daughters Cindy
and Monica in later years. Gene
continued to fly in the Naval
Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant
Commander in 1982. During
his career as a Naval Aviator, he
piloted many of the Navy's best
planes, including the Hellcat,
FM2 Wildcat, F4U Corsair, TV-
1 jet fighter, F2F Banshee, S2F
Tracker and various others.
Gene was a terrific husband
and father and always wanted
the best for his family. In order
to improve the family's financial
situation, Gene started selling
life insurance in the evenings.
In 1953 he founded E.E. "Gene"
Morgan Insurance Agency, which
has been located for the last
45 years at the corner of 4th
and L Streets. He worked hard,
along with his wife and business
partner, Isabel, to make the business
one of the most successful
insurance offices in the East Bay.
Gene's son, Mike, joined the
agency in 1979.
In addition to his success in
business, Gene was active in
community affairs and politics.
He was a member of many civic
organizations, was a past president
of the Livermore Chamber
of Commerce and served as a
director of the Livermore Area
Recreation and Park District
Board for 10 years, including a
term as president. Gene and Isabel
enjoyed traveling and visited
countries all over the world. During
his business and community
careers, Gene received many
awards and lots of recognition for
his achievements. However, his
family and valued clients always
Upon retirement, Gene and
Isabel eventually located in the
Palm Springs area and lived for
the last four years in La Quinta.
He enjoyed the warmer climates.
He and Isabel were active tennis
players. They remained very
much in love for all of their
64 years of married life. They
shared the grief of the loss of
their wonderful daughter Cindy
at age 16.
Gene is survived by his wife
Isabel, daughters Chris (Bob) and
Monica (Bill), his son Michael
(Nancy) and his grandchildren
Christine, Morgan, Melissa,
Meredith and Michelle.
Services were held March 21
at the First Presbyterian Church
Donations in Gene's memory
can be made to the Rotarian
Foundation of Livermore or to a
Joseph Samuel Mingoia
Joseph passed away from
complications due to congestive
heart failure at ValleyCare Medical
Center in Pleasanton on Feb.
3, 2010. He was a "young" 94
years of age. He was born August
Though he was a long-time
resident of Livermore, he was
born and raised in San Jose to
Italian immigrants who farmed in
Pleasanton off Vineyard Avenue.
He spent many summers there.
He attended and graduated
from Bellarmine Prep in Santa
Clara where he excelled in baseball,
accumulating several trophies with his team.
He was self-employed, along
with his brother Ben, raising
tomatoes and growing grain in
both Livermore and the Central
Valley. They owned a trucking
service and hauled tomatoes and
assorted fruits during the summer.
He was also instrumental in
developing domestic water wells
for both the cities of Livermore
Joseph was an entrepreneur.
He bought and sold cattle, operated
a Christmas tree farm lot in
Oakland for a number of years,
and bought and sold scrap iron
and oakwood. He also operated in
wrecking yard in Escalon.
Joseph was an avid hunter and
fisherman in California and out of
state. He loved the simple pleasures
of life, such as the outdoors,
nature and his beloved Terriers.
He had a remarkable talent for
telling funny stories. He especially
enjoyed family gatherings
on his Mines Rd. property.
He is survived by son, Joseph
Mingoia of Livermore and
daughter Linda Dyer of South
San Francisco, and three grandchildren,
Kathleen, Charles and
Tiffany. He is also survived by
two sisters, Sister Julie Carmel of
Notre Dame Order and Josephine
Glangrosso of Pleasanton. He
leaves behind a large extended
family of nephews, nieces and
cousins. He was preceded in
death by his wife of 28 years,
Hazel, and brothers Emanuel and
A memorial and celebration of
life will be held Sat., April 10 at
noon at the Livermore Pleasanton
Rod & Gun Club on Dagnino
Rd., Livermore. All who knew
him are welcome.
Donations to a favorite charity
would be appreciated by the
Catherine Vargas died March
26, 2010 following a long battle
with illness. She can now be her
her father Lewis Vulgamore. She
was born August 8, 1950 and
spent most of her youth in Livermore,
attending Livermore High
School. She lived in Pleasanton
to raise her family.
She leaves behind her mother
Rozella Vulgamore of Livermore,
sisters Sharon Shafto of Auburn,
Carol Wilbur Of Redding, brothers
Butch Vulgamore of Twin
falls Idaho, Dewey Vulgamore
of Manteca; sons Rubin Lopez
of Pleasanton, Brandon Lopez of
Stockton, and her husband Mike
Vargas of Sacramento.
There was a private family
ceremony Wednesday 3/31/10 in