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John Balli, 71, of Austin, Texas passed away on January 13, 2012. John was born in Mission, Texas to the late Gilbert and Pila Balli.
John is survived by his wife, Tina. They were married 48 years; his daughter Sheryl and her husband Jeff Reeh of San Antonio; son Brian and his wife Lisa of Austin. Grandchildren: Jeffrey and Colby Reeh and Lola and Levi Balli. He is survived by his brother Dr. Larry Balli and his wife Norma of Edinburg, TX.
John actively gave back to the community by volunteering with many organizations. He coached many children including his own where he co-founded the Town & Country Optimist club. In his later years he volunteered at the Manchaca Optimist Youth Sports Center where he coached his grandsons in baseball. John enjoyed teaching the game of golf to children through the junior golf programs of the South Texas PGA. John also enjoyed working the youth golf camps at The Onion Creek Golf Club. John volunteered at The Ronald McDonald House weekly for several years. John loved life and people.
A visitation will be held Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 6:00pm with a Rosary at 7:00pm at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle, Texas. Mass will be held Friday, January 20, 2012, at 11:00am at Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Buda, Texas. Burial will follow at Onion Creek Memorial Park in Manchaca, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family is respectfully requesting a donation for those youngsters that would like to play baseball but can't afford the cost. Please send your donations to: John Balli Memorial Scholarship Fund, Manchaca Optimist Youth Sports Complex, P.O. Box 444, Manchaca, TX 78652.
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Published in The Monitor from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2012.
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January 25, 2012
The Arce family, Jeronimo Jr., Efrain, Yolanda, Ricardo and Diana extend our heartfelt sorrow at this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Familia Arce
January 25, 2012
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time.
Rudy and Diana Ruiz
January 25, 2012
To the Balli family, I am sorry for your loss. I volunteered with John at the Ronald McDonald House & we became good friends. Being 41 years younger he took me under his wing & always put a smile on my face, made me laugh, and taught me everything he knew & could think of every time we played golf. He will be dearly missed.
David Rabke
January 25, 2012
We have just learned of John's passing and are so sorry that we didn't hear sooner. John was such a great friend of the Ronald McDonald House, and all of us here. We send you our love, prayers and condolences.

Jan Gunter - on behalf of all of your friends at RMHC Austin
Jan Gunter
January 22, 2012

Learned about the passing of your brother, John. Please accept our sincerest condelences.

Mando & Martha Gonzalez
January 20, 2012
Larry and Ernestina and families. We are so sorry to hear that John Gilbert passed away. Our condolences go out and we will keep you in our prayers.
Life goes on and God's time heals us all.
Jerry & Julie Saenz
January 19, 2012
Dr. Larry Balli & Family,
It is obvious that your brother John will be missed by the entire community. Such a giving person of his time. How honored you must feel that he too believed in giving back to his community, as you always have Dr. Balli. He will deeply be missed, but has touched many people with his kindness and dedication of volunteering his time to make a difference in someone elses life. We will keep you in our prayers.
Dentists Who Care
January 19, 2012
I just heard today of your loss and am so very sorry. I knew John when I worked as a contractor at TEA many years ago, and he was always a pleasure to work with. A light has gone out for his family and I will be lifting you in prayer.
Sherry Seabrooke
January 19, 2012
January 18, 2012
John was such a lovely man. Neighbors since 1999, I saw him many mornings on our way out and just about every evening with one of his grandkids in his yard. As the kids played, we shared bits of our lives. I never realized how much glancing over to see John for a quick wave was a part of my routine. I do it now, and I'm sad. The girls and I miss him.

We teased John about his diehard support of the Longhorns, threatening to put up an SMU flag instead. His was always the first house my girls wanted to go to for Halloween, and as they got older, just about the only one. They wanted to get the Christmas lights up first, but John always beat us to the punch. "John's house" was also "home base" for us to meet if we had a fire or if they needed a safe adult. John was so great with kids--taking an interest in them and having a real conversation with them.

Some people naturally bring a little joy to life and make you feel good. John was such a person. I'm so grateful we were able to get to know him.

With affection-- Meg, Cyndy, Regan & Ryan
Meg Murphy
January 18, 2012
He was a great friend & neighbor, who always had a smile. He not only cared about issues but dared to get involved. He will surely be missed by many who loved & admired him. Jim & Kathy Bushnell, Austin TX
January 18, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 18, 2012
So sorry to hear about your brother. Thinking off you and your family.
Kathleen McClain-Holton
January 18, 2012
We sure will miss seeing JB around the ball park. This is a real loss for us all.
Craig Gore
January 18, 2012
JB was a truly great man and an example of caring, vigor, and honesty to all he touched. I truly miss his smile already.
Larry Hufford
January 18, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. We often think of Colby and your family wondering when we will see you in Austin again. We will be thinking about you during this difficult time wishing you peace and comfort in the days to come.
Rachel McCasland
Grant's mom
January 17, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
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