Jan. 17, 1946 - Sept. 23, 2013
William "Billy" (Oriarte) delCarmen passed away peacefully after a very long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Jan. 17, 1946 in Vallejo to Alice Dee and Bert (deceased) delCarmen of Sparks, Nevada, and George (Elsie) Oriarte of Moss Landing.
He lived his earlier childhood life in Vallejo, later moving to San Pedro, then Ontario where he has resided for many years. He served in the Army and Marines having served two tours in Vietnam and receiving two bronze medals and the Purple Heart.
He was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan. He was always referred to as the Oriarte Clark Gable look-a-like by his cousins. He had a great sense of human and never shied away from entertaining that notion.
Along with his parents, he is survived by his wife, Yolanda; his children, Billy Jr., Gregory, Gina, Mathew, Michelle, Jimmy, Deanna, Vince (Mendi), Rene (Paul) and Eric; several loving grandchildren; his brothers, George Oriarte Jr. of Santa Rosa, Bert delCarmen (Liz) of Dixon, Gary, Ricky and Geoffrey Oriarte of Moss Landing; sisters, Luana Luiken (Ron) of Steamrock, Iowa, Gail Tanzo (Max) of Fairfield, Dawn Oriarte Karns (Steve) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sharon Oriarte Rhoads of Idaho Falls, Bonnie Hansen (Bill) of Sparks, NV, Tanya Tyburski (Bruce) of Burke, Virginia, Pandora Fontes of San Jose; his uncles, Jose Oriarte of Hayward, and Burton Oriarte of Hayward, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins, from throughout California, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 12, at Colonial Chapels, Vallejo from 2 to 5 p.m. You may go online www.timesheraldonline.com and post your comments.
A memorial with military honors was held this past week in So. CA., with his immediate family and friends attending.
"To know him is to love him." Billy will be missed and will forever be in our hearts.
1000 REDWOOD STREET VALLEJO, CA 94590-2955
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Oct. 10, 2013