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Elvo S. D'Amante Sept 9, 1929 - July 28, 2010 Of Orinda, CA. Died unexpectedly while vacationing in St. Petersburg, Russia. Born in Oakland, CA to Salvatore and Erminia D'Amante of Verbicaro, Italy. Elvo graduated from Oakland Technical High School and UC Berkeley ('52) where he was a member of Sigma Chi. He received a master's degree in music education from SF State. Elvo was a member of the National Guard before beginning his teaching career at Encinal High School in Alameda, CA and Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA. In 1965, Elvo moved to Laney Community College in Oakland, CA where he taught classes in music theory, harmony and instrumental music. He retired as Laney's Department Chairman of Music in 1993 but continued to mentor many of his students as they pursued their own professional music careers. "Mr. D ", as he was fondly known, loved teaching and exulted in the many successes of his students. He was the author of several acclaimed music books: "All About Chords", "Music Fundamentals", and" Ear Training Vols I, II, and III". Elvo was a talented saxophone and clarinet musician and felt privileged to have studied with composers Darius Milhaud and Roger Sessions. He played professionally for many years and was a longtime member of the musicians union Local #6. Elvo was proud of his Italian heritage and some of his fondest memories were made in Rapallo, Italy where he moved with his family in 1974-75 while on sabbatical from Laney. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Olga D'Amante and Carolina Sylvestri. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary, and his three children: Lisa (Mark) Stefan of Orinda, Paula (Jack) Loop of New Canaan, Connecticut and Anthony (Julie) D'Amante of Walnut Creek. Also survived by granddaughters Jordan and Christina, grandsons Nick, Stuart, Curtis, Zachary, Michael and nieces and nephews. A handsome, gregarious man with a megawatt smile, Elvo loved a good time, all things Apple and a good bottle of wine. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, August 11th at 11:00 AM at Santa Maria Church in Orinda. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Muir Heritage Land Trust P. O. Box 2452 Martinez, CA 94553 or www.muirheritagetrust.org
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8, 2010
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