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Dion Charles D'Amico Dion was born October 1, 1960. He spent his early years and most of his adult life in Sausalito and Mill Valley (Marin County). He left us too soon, on February 20, 2013, after being admitted to and East Bay hospital due to a catastrophic work related accident. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his parents Joan and Mike D'Amico, and his brother, Michael D'Amico III. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Michele D'Amico and Tana Ching-Bartek, and brothers-in-law, Mike and Jim Bartek. He had two nieces, Christina and Vanessa D'Amico and nephew, Jasen Bartek. Also grieving are his aunts, Rita Hand, Carol Kroot, Lise Howe-D'Amico and Jean Hand, and his uncles, Dave Kroot, Bill D'Amico, and Jim Hand. He will be missed by his beloved animals, Valentino and Heidi. Dion was an accomplished machinist and teacher, and loved his work. He taught for 6 years at San Leandro High School, and was responsible for revitalizing the machine shop program. He was a well known mountain bike racer in Marin County during the 1980's. He had been involved with Trips for Kids and was on the Mountain Bike Trails Council. He met his wife on Mt. Tam while biking. Dion had a definite zest for life. He was always whistling and was a good story teller. He loved animals, and had a soft spot in his heart for any dog or cat he encountered. He loved to dance, and would often encourage female non-dancers to join him on the dance floor. He loved camping with his wife and dog. He was very passionate about American history, and loved to plan history-related trips around the country. Dion had a passion for speed which he satisfied with both his mountain bike and his motorcycle. He had a knack for fixing just about anything, and was in the process of building a motorcycle from scratch. He was an amazing cook and, at times, even exceeded his wife's capabilities. Dion absolutely loved his family. He always made sure our gatherings were punctuated by lots of hugs, laughter, and funny stories. Words cannot express how much we will dearly miss him. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday March 15, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 3 Oakdale Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local SPCA, Animal Shelter, Milo Foundation, or Happy Hound Day Care in Oakland.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Mar. 11, 2013
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