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William Joseph Baldridge October 21, 1942 - July 31, 2022

Date of Service

August 25, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Baldridge.

Bill was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the oldest of three children to William and Geraldine Baldridge.   He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, taking his family to adventures in Alaska, Washington, DC, Turkey, Iceland and retiring from the Air Force in 1982 at Castle Air Force Base in California.

Bill was first and foremost a family man; he was devoted to his wife and his daughters and their families.  He lived out his faith through service in the parish and community. He was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus.

He incorporated his previous work skills and his passion for golf by working as a golf course marshal. He enjoyed playing golf with his brother, grandsons, and a myriad of friends.  He shared his many talents and skills with his children and grandchildren including art, attention to detail and love of cars.  He was an enthusiastic supporter and an often participant of their interests, continuously providing coaching and sage wisdom throughout.

He was best known for his quick wit and flippant responses.

Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Michele Baldridge; children, Maria (Ted) Dietz and Kathleen (Naisan) Modjarrad; brother Dennis (Sally) Baldridge. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Christian (Katrina), Elizabeth (Jake), Alexandra, Johnathan, Katherine, Nicholaus, Ethan, and Kadin; and 6 great-grandchildren: Gianni, Charlotte, Eleanora, Felix, Raphael, and Gabriel and was anticipating the birth of his 7th; and nephews: David, William, and Keith.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Geraldine, and sister Sandra Baker.

Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, August 25 at St. Augustine Church, Pleasanton, CA at 10 am, preceded by a rosary at 9:30 am. Interment will be on Friday, August 26 at 9:45 am at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA.   

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Catholic Charities USA (catholiccharitiesusa.org) or First Tee (firsttee.org/donate).


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