Duane Reno

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Duane Westlee Reno

Duane Westlee Reno, 71, of Walnut Creek, CA, passed away peacefully Sunday the 5th of January, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.  He was born to Duane Hugh Reno and Leota Marie Reno in Tulsa, OK on September 24th, 1942.  He is survived by his wife Cathy, son Jeremy, daughter Bonnie, brother Gary, and sister Beverly.


Duane graduated from the University of Michigan after receiving his bachelor's degree, and then attended Stanford University, receiving his master's.  Duane was then employed as an aerospace engineer with Lockheed Martin.  During his employment, Duane enrolled and graduated from Hastings College of law with a law degree and Order of the Coif honors.  In 1982, Duane became a founding partner with Davis and Reno Attorney's at Law in San Francisco, where he actively practiced law until his passing.  During his illustrious and highly successful law career, Duane won landmark Fair Labor Standards Act decisions and helped pioneer the development of labor law for fire fighters and other public employees.


Duane was a loving and active husband and father.  Extensively involved in numerous coaching and support roles during his children's athletic pursuits, Duane maintained a strong balance between work, home, and family activities.  His love and passion of high performance cars was strong throughout his life, as was his love of computers, which led him to develop ezBates, a software program that is still actively being sold online.  His impact was felt by many throughout the community and he will be missed.


A memorial will be held Sunday January 19th, 2014, from 1:00pm to 3:30pm in the Lakeside room at the Heather Farm Community Center 301 N. San Carlos Dr. in Walnut Creek.  Flowers may be sent to the Reno family at 905 Labrador Way, Suisun City, CA 94585.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 12, 2014
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