Louis T. Marracci
November 9, 1920-October 4, 2013
Resident of Lafayette and Walnut Creek
Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and all around beautiful human being passed away from a stroke on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Survived by his daughter-in-law Susan S. Marracci, grandchildren Thomas K. Marracci and Joanne I. Marracci, and great-grandchildren Marcus A. Marracci, Matthew _. Marracci, and Tyler L. White.
Born on November 9th, 1920 in Sacramento, CA to Italian immigrants Joseph and Dena Marracci, Lou was a friendly and gregarious youth reveling in the relative simplicity of the small 7 1/2 acre family farm. Growing up Italian meant lots of hard work, working for his father's construction company building houses, true-blue childhood friends (Jimmy Clifford), first dogs (Fido), playing marbles, his father's sugo (spaghetti sauce), his mother's cakes and pastries, and even making wine (for personal consumption of course) during Prohibition.
Lou married Irene Chapo his high school sweetheart August 10th, 1940. They had their only son Louis T Marracci Jr. on February 2nd, 1942 who tragically died in a plane crash in October of 1987. Irene passed away on October 1, 2012 at the age of 90. In 1944, Lou was drafted and stationed in San Diego CA as an Electrician's Mate Third Class in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged in 1946, began work as a telephone lineman splicing cable for Pac Tel & Tel (later Pacific Bell) Telephone Co. climbing poles and laying phone line. He worked his way through the ranks to become a managing officer of the company. In addition, he was voted President of the San Francisco Council of Pioneers in 1971 (when "Beep-Ball" for the blind was invented) and went on to become President of LADD Chapter in 1975. In 1984, Lou served as the coordinator for the Olympic Torch Relay run from Novato to Santa Monica, CA (500+ miles). Upon his retirement from the phone company, he dedicated his life to helping others, mainly championing for the deaf and blind, for tax payers, library funding, recycling as well as fellow bocce ball enthusiasts and countless other local causes. He spent countless hours in his workshop tinkering with phones, answering devices, doorbells, decibel readers, and even softballs to make them ring louder or light up so they could utilized by those with disabilities. He earned several humanitarian awards in his community and even found time to spearhead and maintain a bocce ball court for league play at a local Lafayette park.
Above all, Lou was a man of openness, humor, integrity, honesty, and love. Quick to laugh and lend a helping hand, he made friends everywhere he went and touched people with his warm heart and usually a joke or two (or three - he had a million of 'em!). This Earth has one fewer bright lights now, but a new star has been added to the heavens.
He will be sorely missed by all of us "Tigers".
US Navy Service from June 3, 1944 to April 15, 1946
Stationed: Camp Elliott, San Diego, California
Honors: Victory Medal WWII
A memorial service will be held on Sunday November 17th, 2013 at 11:00am. at
Oakmont Memorial Park & Mortuary's Redwood Chapel
2099 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette, CA 94549
Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 10, 2013