|Name} Arruda, Donald Joseph (Bill)||Family History} Hancock|
|Title}||Race} White||Sex} Male|
|Birth: Date} Fam 20 Oct 1912||Place} Lincoln, Placer, California|
|Marr.: Date} Exa 25 Jan 1941||Place} Reno, Washoe, Nevada (Link)|
|Death: Date} Exa 23 Mar 1969||Place} Queen of the Valley Hosp., Napa, Napa, California|
|Burial: Date} Exa 25 Mar 1969||Place} Tulocay Cemetery, Napa, Napa, California|
|Grave Marker} Yes||
|Parents: } Antone Arruda & Amelia V. Arruda|
Relationship No.} None
|1st Household No.} 93 = Tulocay Cemetery, Napa, Napa, California|
| Occupation 1} Rabies control officer |
Occupation 2} Horseman
Total Number of} 1
|Notes: Bill's parents were of Portugese ancestry and their family came from the Azores.
A native of Lincoln, California, Bill attended school in Lincoln, Placerville, and
Oakland. In 1920 at age 7 he was living in Placerville with his step-father
(Richard Dugger), his mother, and three siblings.|
In 1936 Bill moved to Napa. He worked at the Basalt company in Napa for many years and later operated a service station at Third and School streets. He was the chief rabies control officer for Napa County during the 15 years prior to his death.
In 1941 Bill, an avid horseman, owned Rolling Stone and had the California State Fair champion in the Five Foot Jumper Class and the same title at the Pomona Fair also in 1941. He was a member of the Napa County Peace Officers Association, Napa Valley Jeep Club, Napa-Solano Antique Bottle Club, Napa County Sheriff's Jeep Posse, and was a hunter safety instructor.
Bill at age 56 was in a 7:45 A.M. head-on collison on Country Lane (a private road) 300 feet east of Kirkland Avenue. Alfred Franks, 20, was westbound and told investigating CHP officers that he had just topped the crest of a hill when he first saw the jeep driven by Bill coming toward him eastbound. The vehicles crashed head-on and then Bill's jeep crashed against a tree. Bill was ejected on impact. Franks auto showed 65 feet of skid marks and Bill's vehicle showed none. Officers said it was possible the sun may have been in Bill's eyes.
Bill was rushed to the Queen of the Valley Hospital by Piner's Ambulance. He died at 9:20 A.M. from internal injuries and a broken back. Franks was not injured and his passenger complained of pain but was not treated. Bill's jeep received only minor damage while the Franks auto sustained major damage.
|Time of Birth}||Time of Death} 9:20 A.M.||Fraternal/Social} See Notes|
|Confirm. Date}||Photo} Bill in the 1960s|
|Immigr'n Date} N/A||Port} N/A|
|Education: Grade} or Top 2 Degrees}|
|Military: Service} for the State of}|
Cause of Death} Automobile accident
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